Warner Bros. Records Announce Record Store Day Releases

Record Store Day 2014In honor of the upcoming Record Store Day on April 19, Warner Bros. Records will be releasing a slew of special releases from The Flaming Lips, Tegan and Sara, Green Day, LCD Soundsystem, Jay Z/Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Foals, Mastodon, Neil Young, Regina Spektor, The Wild Feathers, and Eric Clapton. In addition to swanky vinyl releases, some of the packages will include t-shirt designs, download card, and DVDs. Check out all the details below.


Lorde, The Beatles, Lady Gaga Contribute To Philippines Relief Album

What do The Beatles, Lorde, Cher, and Lady Gaga all have in common? No, this isn’t a bad joke. In fact, it’s pretty cool. The iconic superstars will be just some of the mega-acts contributing to a new relief album for Typhoon Haiyan. Coming in at a whopping 39 tracks, Songs for the Philippines is available on iTunes, with all proceeds being donated to the Philippine Red Cross. View the track list below and donate here. (more…)

Stone Temple Pilots Announce Tour With Linkin Park Frontman

Though the online debate over the true frontman wages on, the members of Stone Temple Pilots who are not Scott Weiland will be headed out on tour later this year with Linkin Park‘s Chester Bennington on vocals.

The first official announcement to surface from STP since the May news that Bennington was working with the group, news that a tour will soon kickoff is further proof the band has cemented its new lineup. We have not heard much in the form of studio recordings with Bennington fronting the band, but these dates give us hope such an effort is in the works. You can view the dates below: (more…)

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Sound And Vision: Can Florence + the Machine End 2011 Where Adele Started It (on Top)?

Florence Welch must be in a state of extreme suspense right about now. And if she is, no one would understand how she feels better than Adele. At the dawn of 2011, Adele was in the very same position in which the lead singer of Florence + the Machine now finds herself, coming off a GRAMMY-nominated (and in Adele’s case, GRAMMY-winning) US debut album with extremely high expectations from people who are music fans, music writers and both (like yours truly). Would album No. 2 be career boom or bust?

For Adele, the rest is recent music history. Her sophomore album, 21, is the biggest seller of 2011 so far in the US, where it has launched two number one singles, song of the summer “Rolling in the Deep” and the big-boned ballad “Someone Like You.”

Florence, in a sense, is someone like Adele. Both British acts broke big in the States on TV (Adele on Saturday Night Live in 2008, Florence at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards); both were nominated for the Best New Artist GRAMMY (Adele won, Florence lost); both have worked extensively with producer Paul Epworth; both were cited by Beyoncé for influencing her during the making of 4; and both played major roles in making the pop charts safe once again for British blue-eyed soul.

But is this where the similarities end? Does Florence’s upcoming second album, still untitled as of mid-September, have the same potential as 21? The power to move continents of fans with its fiery emotion, bringing them to their knees and sending them crawling en masse to iTunes?


Live Wired: Re-watching And Reliving Your Favorite Concert Memories

In the past, Live Wired has discussed the controversy over new technology that allows different Web sites to air live festival footage online. This week, we’re going to take a look at some outlets for live concert footage that you can watch over and over again. Instead of sitting at your computer and watching a performance while it happens, there are Web sites and TV channels that allow you to watch these shows at any other time in the future, how every many times you want. And while there’s not really much debate surrounding this (unless this makes Roger Daltrey want to puke too), we think it’s pretty awesome!

One of the best places to find these performances is the site iClips, which not only streams live concerts but also showcases an entire archive of shows for users to access. You can even choose to browse through their content by artist, or by festival. They’ve been covering well-known festivals such as Mountain Jam, Summer Camp Music Festival and All Good Music Festival. These events include performances from big artists including Ingrid Michaelson, Citizen Cope and Drive-By Truckers. Premium members can access additional performances from artists like Eric Church and Pretty Lights. Daytrotter is another Web site which, while it isn’t exactly like iClips, provides music lovers with archived live performance footage. The Web site is famous for their unique recording sessions with popular indie artists, and they also have a whole section of videos in addition to the free music.








Palladia, which was introduced as MHD in 2006, provides a similar service to iClips but is offered primarily for television watchers. The channel plays nothing but life concert footage all day long. Their programming comes from MTV, VH1 and CMT, with popular series such as Storytellers and Crossroads. In any given day, you could turn on Palladia and watch different live shows from Linkin Park, The Doobie Brothers and Mumford and Sons.

Archived concert footage is not so much a replacement for the real thing (being at the show is an entirely different experience). Rather, it is a way to relive the memories. Some bands release concert DVD’s but not all do, and those also cost money. These services are a way for fans to easily access the phenomenon that is live music, over and over again.

Check out OurStage artists’ live concert footage in the Pro Performance Channel. And coming soon to OurStage you’ll be able to watch and download exclusive performances from buzz-worthy artists as part of the Songs of the Revolution recording series!

Kickstart OurHeart: Hip Hop Vs. Balkan Brass

We’ve always been supportive of new collaborative efforts, especially when they push the boundaries of what’s “normal.” It’s pretty exciting to hear artists who are awesome in their genre team up with the front-runners of a contrasting one. Sure, the end result can be hit or miss, but either way the efforts pique our interest. We thought we’d seen it all: Meatloaf and Ted Nugent, Celine Dion and R. Kelly and Jay Z with Linkin Park. Well, here’s one you haven’t heard. Mr. Lif, a hardcore East Coast rapper, is pairing up with Balkan brass group Brass Menazeri.

This unlikely partnership debuted last December at the first ever Seattle Folk Festival with great success, and with your support, they’ll be able to release a full album this fall. Here’s a little taste of their show in Seattle:

Known for his potently political lyricism, Boston-based Mr. Lif has been tearing it up since the mid-90’s. After several strong EP and album releases he formed The Perceptionists with good friends Akrobatik and DJ Fakts One. Now that he’s made a name for himself, he’s ready to experiment with a whole new kind of music: Balkan “gypsy” brass. Mr. Lif, in an interview with Kickstarter, talks about his fascination with horns. He’s attracted to their big sound, commanding drums and often odd metered rhythms. Brass Menazeri delivers exactly what he’s looking for in spades. These soulful San Franciscans play with a passion that ranges from gloomy despair to ecstatic hoopla. Mr. Lif appreciates the historical power behind their “gypsy” music as well. “I plan to speak from the heart on the humility and resilience brought about by hard times. I want to implore that intense spiritual growth can be sparked by listening closely to one’s instincts. What better music as a backdrop for this than the music of rebellion and liberation?” So, if you’re as curious as we are about this experiment, take a chance on these guys with a small donation.

Rock For Japan: Artists Support Tsunami Relief Efforts

After the devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit Japan last week, artists immediately took to Twitter and Facebook to encourage their fans to support relief efforts and donate money to the Red Cross. Justin Bieber, Diddy and will.i.am were among those pledging their support for tsunami victims, and many celebs, including Gaga and Katy Perry, are taking action beyond Twitter to raise money for the victims. So read on if you’re looking for ways to support the relief efforts!

Lady Gaga was the first to respond outside the digital sphere, introducing a prayer wristband just hours after the quake struck. The bracelets, which say “Pray for Japan” in English and Japanese, are available for $5 on her Web site, but fans also have the option to add a donation ranging from $5 to $100 to the purchase of the wristband. It’s a simple, but effective concept” within 48 hours, Gaga fans purchased enough bracelets to raise over $250,000 for relief. The Mother Monster’s Web site also encourages fans to donate through Citizen Effect.

Since then, several other artists have ramped up their fundraising efforts. Katy Perry announced that she’ll donate proceeds from the sale of light up wands at future shows to the Japanese Red CrossLinkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda designed two tee-shirts”one with a butterfly on it and one emblazoned with the words Not Alone, available for $25 each on the band’s Web site. Proceeds from sales go to Music For Relief and shirts will ship April 8th. Simple Plan have also designed an exclusive charity tee shirt, and the group’s Simple Plan Foundation has already donated $10,000 to the Canadian Red Cross.

Blink-182‘s Mark Hoppus set up an eBay auction for the band’s limited edition swag and promised the proceeds to the American Red Cross. (Coolest item? The original, handwritten lyric sheets to “The Rock Show.”) Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are also auctioning gear to raise money for the Red Cross; an autographed rise cymbal signed by the band and limited edition vinyl are ready for bidding on charitybuzz.

Even Charlie Sheen got in on the action, pledging $1 from the sale of each ticket on his upcoming tour to tsunami relief efforts. And of course, if you don’t want a tee or a wristband, can’t afford rare Blink-182 items or have no interest in seeing Charlie Sheen on tour, you can still text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 and help tsunami victims.