Coachella organizers launched ‘Lovers & Friends,’ a new hip-hop and R&B festival

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The folks behind Coachella just announced a new music festival focusing on hip-hop and R&B called Lovers & Friends. The festival will take place in Los Angeles on May 9.

The lineup is full of nostalgia acts and a few new artists as well. Headlining the festival will be Usher, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Ludacris, Lil Jon, TLC, Nelly, T-Pain, Summer Walker, Megan Thee Stallion and Sean Paul.

Other artists set to perform include Brandy, Monica, Mike Jones, 112, Amerie, Eve, Trina, Ginuwine, Dru Hill and more.

The festival will take place at the Grounds at Dignity Health Sports Park in Los Angeles.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21. General admission tickets are $145-$175; VIP tickets are $230-$250 and Super VIP tickets are $450. There is a special pre-sale that begins at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 for fans that sign up at loversandfriendsfest.com. Goldenvoice is also offering a payment plan option that begins at $19.99 down.

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Primus will cover Rush’s ‘Farewell to Kings’ in full at Milwaukee’s BMO Harris Pavilion

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Primus are unleashing their inner Rush fan. The Bay Area trio will play Rush’s iconic 1977 album “A Farewell to Kings” in its entirety on their upcoming tour, which includes a stop at Milwaukee’s BMO Harris Pavilion on Tuesday, July 7, with openers Wolfmother and Battles.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m., with a pre-sale starting Thursday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. with the password SEVEN. Tickets are priced between $30.50-$60.50.

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“A little over one year ago, Ler Lalonde and I started kicking the idea around of Primus performing a series of shows featuring an iconic Rush album from our youth,” Primus leader Les Claypool said in a statement. “Being that ‘A Farewell to Kings’ was the first Rush record I ever heard, and that it contains my all-time favorite Rush tune, ‘Cygnus X1,’ the choice narrowed quickly. Years ago I had done something similar with Colonel Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade, when we covered Pink Floyd’s Animals in its entirety. It was an insane amount of work, but ended up being one of the most enjoyable live endeavors I’ve ever done. Dubbing the tour ‘Primus: A Tribute to Kings,’ it was originally scheduled to be performed in the Fall of 2019 but, when we were asked to support Slayer on their Final Campaign, the ‘Tribute to Kings’ tour was postponed.”

Primus will also play some of their own music in addition to that Rush album. 

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Check out Snoh Aalegra Tiny Desk Concert before her Chicago show this April

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Almost without trying, Snoh Aalegra has an unforgettable presence. Strolling into NPR’s music department on the day of her Tiny Desk Concert debut, the striking Iranian-Swedish singer donned Off-White Nike Dunks, baggy jeans, dewy skin and a sleek ponytail, carrying herself with the kind of camera-ready, cool-girl aura that silenced a mass of people waiting for her. Even with all that, the moment she started to sing is when the real beauty shone through.

Snoh Aalegra Tiny Desk Concert

Like a fragile candle flame in a pool of melting wax, the texture of Aalegra’s voice mesmerizes without overpowering. The 32-year-old has spent years perfecting that balance. Drawing her musical cues from Brandy and Sade while racking up a list of collaborators such as Vince Staples, James Fauntleroy and, most recently Pharrell Williams, Aalegra always finds her groove in the unexpected pockets of emotion. Much of her latest album, 2019’s -Ugh, those feels again, is an ode to the comfortability of love, one that’s even more appreciated within the close confines of the Tiny Desk.

On this day in particular, Aalegra’s tracks were stripped of their punchier, album-version kick drums and trap echoes. In their absence, it’s Aalegra’s delicate vocal runs and chemistry with her supporting singers that resonated most. “I Want You Around” and “Whoa,” which usually rest on a bed of glitchy, spiraling production, felt lighter thanks to the dreamy string section, and by the time she sang her concert closer, “Find Someone Like You,” the room was in full swoon. It’s clear that at just 16 minutes, Aalegra and her crew knew how to create a memorable moment.

Snoh Aalegra will perform at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre on April 19.

SET LIST

  • “Love Like That”
  • “I Want You Around”
  • “Whoa”
  • “Fool For You”
  • “Find Someone Like You”

MUSICIANS

Snoh Aalegra: vocals; O’Neil “Doctor O” Palmer: keys; Jef Villaluna: guitar; George “Spanky” McCurdy: drums; Ron Poindexter: vocals; Porsha Clay: vocals; Ashley Parham: violin; Johnny Walker, Jr.: cello; Asali McIntyre: violin; Brandon Lewis: viola

CREDITS

Producers: Sidney Madden, Bobby Carter, Morgan Noelle Smith, Kara Frame; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Patrick Boyd; Editor: Kara Frame; Videographers: Kara Frame, Maia Stern, Jack Corbett, CJ Riculan; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Laura Beltran Villamizar/NPR

Copyright 2020 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
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Ozzy Osbourne cancels entire 2020 tour including his Summerfest stop

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Back in December, Summerfest announced that Ozzy Osbourne would headline the American Family Insurance Amphitheater on July 1 joined by Marilyn Monroe as part of his “NO MORE TOURS 2.” Earlier today in a press release, Osbourne has canceled the entire 2020 tour including the Summerfest date due to health issues.

At the beginning of the year, Osbourne revealed that he’d been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Osbourne will be heading overseas for treatment.

Ozzy Osbourne tour cancelled

In the press release, Osbourne said in a statement:

“I’m so thankful that everyone has been patient because I’ve had a shit year,” OSBOURNE said.  “Unfortunately, I won’t be able to get to Switzerland for treatment until April and the treatment takes six-eight weeks.

“I don’t want to start a tour and then cancel shows at the last minute, as it’s just not fair to the fans. I’d rather they get a refund now and when I do the North American tour down the road, everyone who bought a ticket for these shows will be the first ones in line to purchase tickets at that time.”

Refunds are available at the original point of purchase. All refunds, including fees, will be returned directly to the credit card used.  Additionally, ticketholders who purchased “No More Tours 2” tickets will have first access to tickets when the next tour is announced.

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Bon Iver to play three shows in Wisconsin to encourage voting

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In case you didn’t notice all the political ads, this is a big election year. And there are a lot of organizations, celebrities and artists sharing the importance of voting. Bon Iver is among those artists to encourage folks to vote and they are adding an incentive by playing three shows in Wisconsin, a swing state, but there’s a catch.

“In early October during the lead-up to the 2020 election, the band will play the cities of La Crosse, Wausau, and Appleton for the first time ever,” according to a press release. “Fans must pledge to vote in order to gain access to presale tickets for all three shows before they go on sale to the public this Friday, Feb. 21.”

Justin Vernon | photo credit: Graham Tolbert

Presale tickets will be available on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 10 a.m. at boniver.org/tour.

Wisconsin’s Presidential Primary Election is on Tuesday, April 7.

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Billie Eilish’s James Bond theme song has serious Oscar potential

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Short of Lana Del Rey, it’s hard to imagine a modern pop star better suited to James Bond themes than Billie Eilish — which is remarkable when you consider that Eilish herself was barely old enough to see the last Bond movie (2015’s Spectre) in theaters, and that film was rated PG-13.

Now 18, Eilish presides over the latest Bond theme — “No Time to Die,” from the forthcoming film of the same name — with the weary, knowing melancholy of a star twice her age. Written with her brother, Finneas, the song marks Eilish’s first new material since she swept the top prizes at the 2020 Grammy Awards and performed at last weekend’s Oscars.

Any proper James Bond song is bound to convey a sense of action, danger, drama and life-and-death intrigue, especially as the Daniel Craig-era Bond has leaned more heavily on the character’s accumulated melancholy. Out Thursday evening, “No Time to Die” hits those notes with slow-burning, appropriately orchestral grandiosity — more akin to Adele’s decorated “Skyfall” than Sam Smith’s sleepy “Writing’s on the Wall.”

All of which is to say: Don’t be surprised to see Eilish perform at next year’s Oscars too.

Copyright 2020 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
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You can now enter the 2020 Tiny Desk Contest

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Starting today, NPR Music is accepting entries to the 2020 Tiny Desk Contest. You can now submit your video via their website. They will be accepting entries through March 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of the United States. You can’t currently have a record deal.
  • When you’re ready to enter, create a new video of you playing one original song (at a desk) and upload it to YouTube. Then, fill out the entry form on our website.
  • Our panel of judges — including members of NPR Music, colleagues from NPR Member stations and alumni of the Tiny Desk — will choose our winner.

If you win, you’ll play your very own Tiny Desk concert at NPR’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. After that, you’ll go on a national tour with NPR Music, supported by State Farm.

Any questions? Check out the Contest’s official rules and FAQs. And to check if your entry video is eligible, we’ve put together this helpful checklist.

We’ll be highlighting interesting stories, artists and songs in the Tiny Desk Contest newsletter and on this blog along the way. We can’t wait to see what you create.

Copyright 2020 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
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Khalid will headline Summerfest and shares new song with Disclosure

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Summerfest is rolling out the lineup announcements on a regular basis. Today, the Big Gig announced that Grammy-nominated Khalid will take the stage at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater on June 27, 2020. Canadian singer Jesse Reyez will be opening for the show.

Tickets go on sale on sale Friday, February 21, 2020 at 12 p.m. CST at Summerfest.com and Ticketmaster.com, or in person at the venue box office, and include admission to Summerfest.

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If that wasn’t enough, Khalid teamed up with the duo Disclosure for a new love song titled “Know Your Worth” just in time for Valentine’s Day. This isn’t the first time these artists collaborated. Back in 2019, Khalid and Disclosure recorded the hit “Talk” for Khalid’s sophomore album “Free Spirit.”

Multi-platinum selling global superstar Khalid, who was named one of Time’s Most Influential People of 2019, has taken the world by storm since his first single, the 5x platinum “Location” (released right before his high school graduation) exploded onto the scene leading to a major label deal with Right Hand Music Group/RCA Records followed by the release of his debut album, the double platinum-certified, American Teen. 

His sophomore album Free Spirit, released to critical acclaim in 2019,  was declared a New York Times “Critic’s Pick” and was called “superb” by the Associated Press. The album, which has been certified platinum by the RIAA, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and features the Grammy-nominated multi-format #1 single “Talk”. Free Spirit has garnered over 5.3B worldwide streams.

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Rage Against the Machine will play Alpine Valley with Run The Jewels

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Rage Against the Machine’s reunion tour keeps expanding. In November the band announced a series of reunion shows in the Southwest and a pair of headlining shows at Coachella in April. They’ve since added a couple more festival dates, but today the band made it official: They’re launching a full-on, 40-date reunion tour — their first in nearly a decade.

As part of that tour, the influential rap-rock group will headline East Troy’s Alpine Valley on Friday, July 10, with openers Run The Jewels. Tickets go on sale Thursday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m.

Find the complete tour dates below.

Rage Against The Machine

Rage Against the Machine 2020 tour dates:

03/26 – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center ^
03/28 – Las Cruces, NM @ Pan American Center ^
03/30 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena ^
04/10 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/17 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/21 — Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena ^
04/25 — Portland, OR @ Moda Center ^
04/28 — Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome ^
05/01 — Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum at the PNE ^
05/03 — Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place ^
05/05 — Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome ^
05/07 — Winnipeg, MB @ Bell MTS Place ^
05/09 — Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center ^
05/11 — Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center ^
05/14 — Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center ^
05/16 — St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center ^
05/19 — Chicago, IL @ United Center
05/23 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
06/19 — Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
07/10 — East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre ^
07/13 — Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena ^
07/17 — Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest
07/18 — Quebec City, QC @ Festival d’Été de Québec
07/21 — Hamilton, ON @ FirstOntario Centre ^
07/23 — Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena ^
07/27 — Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center ^
07/29 — Cleveland, OH @ Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse ^
07/31 — Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena ^
08/02 — Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena ^
08/04 — Washington DC @ Capital One Arena ^
08/07 — Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion ^
08/10 — New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden ^
08/11 — New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden ^
08/28 — Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
08/30 — Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
09/01 — Paris, FR @ Rock En Seine Festival
09/04 — Stradbally Laois, IE @ Electric Picnic
09/06 — Berlin, DE @ Lollapalooza Berlin
09/08 — Prague, CZ @ O2 Arena ^
09/10 — Krakow, PL @ Tauron Arena ^
09/12 – Vienna, AT @ Stadthalle ^

^ = w/ Run the Jewels

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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will return to the Riverside Theater in June

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Jason Isbell has announced a new album: “Reunions,” his fourth album with his band the 400 Unit, will be out on May 15 via Southeastern Records, and the band has announced a big tour to go along with it. The tour will include a return to the Riverside Theater on Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m., the band announced.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 14, at 10 a.m., but you can get them early through a pre-sale that begins Thursday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. Just use the password REUNIONS.

Jason Isbell | Photo: Erika Molleck Goldring/facebook.com/jasonisbellmusic

“There are a lot of ghosts on this album,” Isbell said in a statement about the new record. “Sometimes the songs are about the ghosts of people who aren’t around anymore, but they’re also about who I used to be, the ghost of myself. I found myself writing songs that I wanted to write fifteen years ago, but in those days, I hadn’t written enough songs to know how to do it yet. Just now have I been able to pull it off to my own satisfaction. In that sense it’s a reunion with the me I was back then.”

You can stream the new single “Be Afraid” below.

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