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Nile Rodgers & Chic w/ Chuck D / Janelle Monae / Chaka Khan
The night got off to a bang as Chic took the stage around 7 p.m. and never stopped playing. Performing one hit after another from "Dance, Dance, Dance" to "I Want Your Love," Rodgers commanded the stage as a performer and Master of Ceremonies. He led the band through a slew of his songs with other artists including "Upside Down" and "I'm Coming Out," both enormous hits he penned for Diana Ross.Nile Rodgers' two-day FOLD Festival happened August 4 & 5 at Martha Clara Vineyards in Long Island, bringing in a host of talent and promising nothing but the hits. Like on the first night, Wednesday had Rodgers as MC and his group Chic serving as backing band, allowing for basically non-stop performances from Chic, Janelle Monae, Chaka Khan, and Grandmaster Melle Mel. Chuck D, who couldn't make his scheduled slot on the first night, ended up playing on Wednesday. There was a break before Duran Duran's full-set headlining performance where Monae returned to sing on their new single "Pressure Off." (DD had just come off two nights at The Cap.) Pictures from the whole day are in this post.
The show seamlessly introduced Janelle Monae, who performed a number with Chic, before singing some of her own hits like "Electric Lady" and "Tightrope." Her session included a rousing version of James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)," that was a huge hit with the crowd.
From there the one and only Chaka Khan commandeered the stage, opening with her 1980s tune "I Feel for You." Khan was upbeat and clearly enjoyed flirting with the crowd as she belted out several of her other hits, including "I'm Every Woman."
After Khan, Chic reclaimed the stage and Rodgers got personal as he discussed being diagnosed with cancer 4 1/2 years ago.
"The doctor told me to go home and get my affairs in order, well I'm a musician and getting my affairs in order means going out and playing more music and writing more songs, because we cannot determine the future," he said. Rodgers wrapped it up by saying he was now cancer free to rousing cheers and applause from the audience. - [Northforker]
Day one of FOLD ("Freak Out, Let's Dance" if you were wondering) featured Beck, Pharrell Williams, Keith Urban and more. It's midweek dates may have been a factor in lower attendance than expected (around 3,300 the first night; 2,500 the second) but Rodgers promised FOLD will return in 2016...and on a weekend. More pics from the second night of FOLD Fest 2015 are below.
Duran Duran will release their 14th album, Paper Gods, in September. The long-running UK band made the album with a bevy of producers, including old pal Nile Rodgers, modern-day hitmaker Mark Ronson, Josh Blair, and Kanye collaborator Mr Hudson, and it features a number of guests, including Janelle Monáe, John Frusciante, Kiesza, and, why not, Lindsay Lohan. Bassist John Taylor says "It really goes back to that strange early Duran mix: the hard-edged pop, coexisting with this dark, weird, experimental side." First single "Pressure Off" is set to pop later this week.
In other news, Nile Rodgers is throwing another festival in Riverhead, NY this summer and Duran Duran will be there. Now named FOLD ("Freak Out, Let's Dance), it will happen August 4 & 5 at Martha Clara Vineyard. In addition to Duran Duran and Rodgers' group Chic, the two day festival will feature a variety of performers:
AUGUST 4: Beck, Pharrell Williams, Keith Urban, Chuck D, Eric B, GTA, Paloma Faith, The Martinez Brothers, Thomas Gold, CHIC ft. Nile Rodgers
AUGUST 5: Duran Duran, Chaka Khan, Janelle Monae, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Q-Tip (DJ Set), Slander, Snoh Aalegra, CHIC ft. Nile Rodgers
Says the press release, "Over two nights, Rodgers will create the ultimate mash-up between each artist's distinctive sound and his own groundbreaking style." Rodgers will also take advantage of the occasion to do some collaborative recording sessions at his studio. Tickets ($137.00 - $999) are on sale now. FOLD Fest poster is below.
Duran Duran are touring as well, though not much in North America for the time being. All dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Since Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" put his name back in the pop lexicon, Nile Rodgers has resurrected the Chic for a new album, It's About Time, due out later this year. Nile just dropped Chic's comeback single, "I'll Be There," released today (3/20) to coincide with a very cosmic day: it's the Vernal Equinox (aka first day of spring, though you'd never know it in the North East), as well a partial solar eclipse and there's a Supermoon tonight. No doubt about it, "I'll Be There" (which features The Martinez Brothers) sounds like classic Chic and is pretty infectious. You can listen to it and its b-side "Back in the Old School" below.
Nile also says the riff was originally for a Sister Sledge song in the '70s that didn't get used, and the song is a tribute to Chic bassist Bernard Edwards who died in 1996:
Nard always looked out for me. I was the reckless one. We had lots of fun and good times. So on the song's surface it's really happy. It's about the origin of CHIC, and how dance music changed our lives foreverThe music video for "I'll Be There" was shot during Fashion Week in NYC by famed photographers Inez and Vinoodh and stars supermodel Karlie Kloss. Watch it below.
The new lineup of Chic will perform live at London's Roundhouse today (3/20) at 5 PM Eastern and that concert will be streamed live.
Nine Inch Nails at Jones Beach in August (more by Greg Cristman)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 nominees have been announced including The Smiths, Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bill WIthers and Sting (who's also in the Rock Hall with The Police), all being nominated for the first time. Additionally, there's Lou Reed (who's also in the Rock Hall with the Velvet Underground), NWA, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, The Marvellettes and The Spinners.
To be eligible, your first release has to be at least 25 years old, and this year both Green Day and Nine Inch Nails are on their first year of eligibility, for the 1,000 Hours EP and Pretty Hate Machine, respectively.
Last year, Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt were all inducted.
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
Lincoln Center's ever popular A Midsummer Night Swing series happens this year from June 24 - July 12 at Damrosch Park (right before LC's Out of Doors series begins). There's a range of events (and styles, not just swing), all of which include dance lessons. Highlights this year include salsa legend Willie Rosario, and an all-star band featuring Wayne Toups, Steve Riley & Wilson Savoy. For those in a '70s mood, there's The First Ladies of Disco featuring Martha Wash (The Weather Girls), Linda Clifford, and fomer Chic singers Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin, and Norma Jean Wright, as well as a Loser's Lounge Tribute to ABBA which should be fun.
Kraftwerk @ MoMA, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
As mentioned, Moogest 2014 happens April 23 - 27 in Ashville, NC. The festival has just announced its initial line-up which includes: Kraftwerk 3D (playing three concerts), Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Laurie Anderson, Dan Deacon, Darkstar, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Adult, Le1f, Shigeto, Wolf Eyes, Les Sins (Chaz Bundick of Toro y Moi), and more. The full list of initial artists is below, with more than 70 more to be announced. There are showcases being put on by the likes of DFA, Fool's Gold, Ghostly Intl, Warp and more.
Laurie Anderson and Giorgio Moroder are also part of Moogfest's previously announced daytime talks and seminars program, that also includes such artists as film composer Cliff Martinez (Drive), Emerson Lake & Palmer keyboardist Keith Emerson, Claire Evans from YACHT, and synthesizer innovators like Roger Linn and Tom Oberheim.
Tickets are on sale now. 2014 Moogfest initial performer list and poster below...
The Replacements at Riot Fest Chicago in September (more by Cory Dewald)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2014 nominees (via Rolling Stone), and the list includes Nirvana who are finally eligible (your first single or album had to come out 25 years ago, and their "Love Buzz" cover came out as a single in '88), plus The Replacements (!), Peter Gabriel, The Zombies, Link Wray, Hall and Oates, Yes, Linda Ronstadt, and Cat Stevens, in addition to artists who have been previously nominated, N.W.A, LL Cool J, Chic, The Meters, Kiss, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Deep Purple.
From now until December 10, you can vote for nominees on Rolling Stone, and the winners will be inducted at the ceremony in NYC this April.
photos by Paige K. Parsons
Chromatics / Chic / The National w/ Bob Weir @ Outside Lands 8/9/2013
Frontman Matt Berninger strolled into the spotlight in a three-piece suit, sipping what appeared to be a glass of Sauvignon Blanc from any one of the festival's Wine Lands vendors. The band then launched into one of the best sets of the day, breaking into "Fake Empire" within the first three songs and interspersing their typically melancholy lyrical matter with a fun, humorous stage presence (Berninger made sure to note that his daughter's pre-school teacher was in the crowd, putting himself in strong position for the "Best Dad on Stage" award this weekend). And to cap it all off, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead popped up on stage, grabbing a guitar and singing along to the bands' last number.The 2013 Outside Lands Festival happened last weekend across seven stages at San Francisco's sprawling Golden Gate Park. The fest kicked off Friday (8/9) and included headliner Paul McCartney, plus sets from Chromatics, The National, Chic (subbing for an ailing D'Angelo), Jessie Ware, Rhye, The Men, Smith Westerns and more. Pictures from their sets are in this post.
[Santa Barbara Independent]
Like at Lollapalooza and Firefly, and like we'll be doing again at Bumbershoot, BrooklynVegan was set up each day of Outside Lands in the Soundwave tent where our hosts Christen Thomas and Dave Hill DJ'd, told jokes and interviewed and hosted bands that were playing the fest.
Pics from Outside Lands Day 2 are HERE. More pictures from day one below...
Outside Lands 2012 (more by Amoreena Lucero)
Lollapalooza and Osheaga are behind us, but the summer festivals keep rolling on with San Francisco's Outside Lands this weekend (8/9-8/11). The festival is sold out, but if you've already got tickets and are going, you might like to know how to get there, and once you're there, the festival map will help you find your way around inside.
Meanwhile, if you're not going to Outside Lands, but still want to watch the fun go down, you can stream it live on Purevolume. Artists whose sets will stream live include Jessie Ware, The National, Band of Horses, Yeasayer, and more on Friday; Nine Inch Nails, Grizzly Bear, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baauer, Gary Clark Jr and more on Saturday; and Vampire Weekend, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dawes, Kurt Vile, Foals, Rudimental, Camper Van Beethoven and more on Sunday.
The full Outside Lands schedule can be found at their site. Full streaming schedule below...
Disco mastermind/Chic member/Daft Punk collaborator Nile Rodgers is throwing his first 'Nile Rodgers Dance Party' this summer in the Hamptons. The one-day festival happens on August 19 at the Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, NY and according to Nile:
There's going to be me, my band CHIC, and some of the hottest acts and surprises on the planet that day... which happens to be around the time the next Daft Punk single drops (I'm just saying).Hmmm...
by Andrew Sacher
Disclosure at MHOW in March (more by Jason Bergman)
Fresh off of working on the killer new Daft Punk album, disco legend/Chic founder Nile Rodgers revealed at the International Music Summit that they aren't the only modern electronic musicians that he's working with. FACT reports that he'll be working with hot new UK garage duo Disclosure, in addition to... big EDM names Avicii (who's also working with another RAM collaborator/disco legend Giorgio Moroder) and David Guetta. Nile also mentioned collaborations with Chase & Status and Etienne Daho.
As mentioned, Disclosure are set to release their much-anticipated debut album, Settle, on June 3 via PMR. Its most recently released single, "You & Me" (which features vocals from Eliza Doolittle), was just given remix treatment by Baauer, who is no stranger to Disclosure's material. You can stream that remix below along with the video for the original track. Settle is now available for pre-order on iTunes for the reduced price of $6.99.
As mentioned, Disclosure will be bringing their tour to NYC for a co-headlining Summerstage show in August with another exciting new dance duo TNGHT and support from Julio Bashmore. Tickets for that show are still available.
UPDATE: Disclosure just put out a new track from their album, "When A Fire Starts To Burn," which you can stream below.
Remix stream and music video below...
Nick Cave @ SXSW 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
One of the Grand Dammes of the music festival world Glastonbury 2013 will happen June 28 - 30 in the UK town of the same name. (They skipped last year.) Announced acts include The Rolling Stones, Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, Primal Scream, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Vampire Weekend, Elvis Costello, Kenny Rogers (!), Portishead, Foals, Tame Impala, Alt-J, Billy Bragg, PiL, Smashing Pumpkins, Chic, Cat Power, The Horrors, Rodriguez, Palma Violets, Savages, Crystal Castles and a whole lot more.
No word on tickets yet. You can check out the full line-up on the flyer below.
Kraftwerk at MoMA in April (more by Greg Cristman)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2013 nominees: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Albert King, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, The Meters, Randy Newman, NWA, Procol Harum, Public Enemy, Rush, and Donna Summer.
For the first time in its history, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. Beginning on Thursday, October 4 and continuing through December 5, the public can vote for the five nominees they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a "fans' ballot" that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2013 inductees.The Induction Ceremony will take place at Nokia Theatre in LA on April 18, 2013 and will air on HBO.
Iggy Pop & the Stooges @ Virgin Fest (more by Bao Nguyen)
The nominations for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum were announced today. The nine nominees are: Jeff Beck, Chic, Wanda Jackson, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Metallica, Run-D.M.C., the Stooges, War, and Bobby Womack. Ballots will be sent to more than 500 voters, who will select artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 24th Annual Induction Ceremony on April 4 at historic Public Hall in Cleveland. For the first time, tickets to the ceremony will be made available to the public.
To be eligible for nomination into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an act must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. This year's nominees had to release their first single no later than 1983.