July 31, 2015

Rowdy Roddy Piper

Sad news from the world of wrestling -- WWE star "Rowdy" Roddy Piper died in his sleep on Thursday night from cardiac arrest. From ESPN:

"Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, beloved by millions of fans around the world," said WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. "I extend my deepest condolences to his family."

Roddy Piper was added to the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. John Shearer/WireImage for BWR Public Relations
Piper, born Roderick Toombs, joined WWE in 1984. He teamed with Paul Orndorff on March 31, 1985, to take on Hulk Hogan and Mr. T at Madison Square Garden in Wrestlemania's first main event.

Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005, Piper was well-known for his microphone skills and often hosted the Piper's Pit segment during WWE shows. He is the second Hall of Famer to die this summer following the June death of Dusty Rhodes.

In addition to pro wrestling, Piper also acted, most notably in John Carpenter's great 1988 darkly comic, highly subversive thriller They Live. You can watch Piper's "I came here to chew bubblegum" and famously epic fight scene with Keith David below.

Roddy, you will be missed. Rest in peace.

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Lollapalooza 2015

Lollapalooza 2015 just got underway in Chicago's Grant Park and will be there all weekend with headliners Metallica, Paul McCartney Sam Smith, The Weeknd, and Florence + the Machine. (BrooklynVegan will be there too, in the Toyota Tent.) If you can't make it, Lollapalooza will be broadcasting live each day starting at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern) across three different channels.

Friday's streaming schedule includes Hot Chip, alt-J, The Weeknd, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, MS MR, Alabama Shakes and more. The whole weekend's stream schedule is listed, along with the Lollapalooza video player, below...

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photo: Kendrick Lamar at Sweetlife Fest 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
Kendrick Lamar

Following the video for "Alright" off Kendrick Lamar's incredible To Pimp A Butterfly, he's now made a video for "For Free? (Interlude)." It was directed by Joe Weil and the Little Homies. Watch it below.

Kendrick plays Osheaga this weekend.

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by Bill Pearis

Stan Ridgway

Both with his band Wall of Voodoo and on solo albums, Stan Ridgway is a vivid storyteller, bringing a noir style (and a distinctive vocal style and harmonica-playing) to tales of love, lust, unhappy accidents, procrastination, ghost marines in Vietnam, urban ennui and other subjects. His most recent album is 2012's Mr. Trouble which has him dabbling in '40s-era jazz, which is a natural fit for him.

Of course he's best known for his time in Wall of Voodoo (and their MTV hit "Mexican Radio"), and the three records he made with them are highly underrated post-punk classics. "Back in Flesh," which they performed live in URGH A Music Way, is like the LA version take on Gang of Four's "At Home He's a Tourist." His first solo album, The Big Heat, is a classic too. Various streams and videos from throughout Ridgway's career are below.

Stan starts an East Coast tour tonight in Philadelphia and will be in the NYC-area for two shows: Asbury Park's Wonder Bar on Sunday (8/2, tickets) and Joe's Pub on Tuesday (8/4, tickets)

All dates are listed below...

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by Bill Pearis

Ultimate Painting Green Lanes album

We've had a heatwave in NYC all week with temperatures in '90s. If you're looking to cool off, Ultimate Painting's terrific second album, Green Lanes, is chill in all the right ways. James Haore's '60s pop sensibilities and Jack Cooper's love of the Grateful Dead play well off each other, keeping things mellow but never boring. It's a "Magic Hour" kind of record you can leave on repeat and not notice (or mind). The album's out next week (8/7) on Trouble in Mind but you can stream the whole thing (via Noisey) below.

Ultimate Painting are even better live, and their North American tour brings them to NYC on September 18 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show are still available.

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photo: Duke Dumont at Lollapalooza 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Duke Dumont

Duke Dumont, the British producer behind 2013's still-addictive "Need U 100%" single, is kicking off a new series of EPs this October called Blasé Boys Club. The first installment comes out 10/2 via Virgin EMI and features lead single "Ocean Drive." You can listen to that and check out the tracklist below.

Duke is also going on tour, and hitting NYC on October 22 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that big show go on sale Tuesday, August 11 at noon.

All dates, including Atlantic City in August, are listed below...

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photo: Chance the Rapper at Pitchfork Fest 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper announced a tour earlier this week, including a NYC show happening October 23 at Terminal 5. That went on sale today and sold out very quickly, but now Chance added a second show for October 25 at Terminal 5. Since we last spoke, he also revealed the tour openers: Hiatus Kaiyote, D.R.A.M., Towkio and Metro Boomin. Tickets for the 10/25 show go on sale today (7/31) at 3 PM.

Chance also added a new LA show. Updated dates are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Motorhead on their 2014 Motorboat cruise (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Motorhead's 22nd album Bad Magic comes out August 28, and the band has released a lyric video for new single "Electricity." Like "Thunder & Lightning," it pretty much has them sticking to their late '70s/early '80s style, which for a band like Motorhead is totally fine. Check it out below.

The band's tour with Anthrax hits the NYC-area on September 16 at Jones Beach. Tickets are still available. Motorhead also play the Toronto, Denver and Chicago Riot Fests.

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Duran Duran '80s

Duran Duran were scheduled to play a concert at the Seaport with Wyclef Jean on Tuesday (8/4) to benefit the South St Seaport Museum, but the show was just canceled. From the press release:

"After a tremendous amount of effort to maintain the date for next week, we are extremely disappointed to say that as of this morning we have had to cancel Dock Rocks due to unforeseen issues at the site," said Captain Jonathan Boulware, Executive Director of the South Street Seaport Museum "We had an incredible response to the event, which included a selection of VIP boat experiences, alongside the concert on the pier, but location logistics have now precluded our moving forward with Tuesday's event in the way that we had originally envisioned. Our plan is to host an alternative fundraiser in the fall that will include many of the same performances, as well as an opportunity to enjoy everything that the Seaport has to offer, while supporting the Museum that was so badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy. We thank our sponsors and partners within the city for their help in planning."
Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon said:
We are really sad that next week's show is now not happening. We love that part of the city and were very much looking forward to playing against that incredible skyline in support of the Seaport Museum. We are in town this week to launch the first single from our new album 'Paper Gods' and were hoping to give fans a chance to hear a couple of tracks from the new record.
Duran Duran also said on Facebook that they hoped to do something with the Seaport Museum soon. Stay tuned about the makeup show and who will actually play it. Meanwhile, Duran Duran's two shows this weekend at Port Chester's The Capitol Theatre are sold out, but you can still get tickets to see them at Nile Rodgers' FOLD Festival on Long Island on Wednesday (8/5).

On the Record with Mick Rock

Legendary photographer Mick Rock has shot just about everyone who's anyone in his 40+ year career. Iconic pictures of stars like Bowie, Lou Reed, Queen, Iggy Pop, and Blondie have earned him the title, "The Man Who Shot the Seventies". Times and technology have changed, but Mick is still at it, and now he has a TV show too.

To quote Ovation:

Today, Mick is as in-demand as ever; photographing legends-in-the-making like Snoop Dog, Daft Punk, The Killers, Cee Lo Green, and the Black Keys, among many others, but this summer, he'll come out from behind the camera to host his own show: On the Record with Mick Rock.

Featuring guest stars Josh Groban, Kings of Leon, The Flaming Lips and Patti LaBelle, On The Record With Mick Rock goes into each of the artists' hometowns to check out the sights and sounds that inspire them. A unique spin on the musician profile series, the show's stripped-down style and Mick's unapologetic rapport with his guests produces candid conversations and musical performances not usually seen on television.

The series premieres on the Ovation Network on Sunday, August 2 at 8 PM (EST). in the first episode, Mick visits Josh Groban in Los Angeles. Details about each episode are listed below along with a few clips from the show where Mick talks about Bowie, the Beatles, Snoop Dogg and more. Check em out...

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