Entries tagged with: Ed Sheeran
by Andrew Sacher
Chicago rapper Rockie Fresh returned with a new mixtape today called The Night I Went To.... It's only really a "mixtape" because it's free; the 13-song collection (one bonus track included) is highly cohesive and certainly better than what another artist might call an "album." His MMG boss Rick Ross raps a verse on "Your Life," and the more shrug-worthy guests Ed Sheeran and Chris Brown show up on "Are You With Me" and "Call Me (When It's Over)," respectively. The former of those samples Jai Paul's "Jasmine," with Ed singing the hook. A Jai Paul sample fits right in on this album too -- most songs have slower tempos, atmospheric electronics, and pitched-up soulful vocal samples. Rockie sounds real smooth over the whole thing.
Stream The Night I Went To... and watch the video for "Tell Me" below...
2015 was one of the greatest years for new music in a while. Even if you're obsessive, you probably still have some catching up to do. We can try to help. Within the first two episodes of BrooklynVegan's new Spotify show (here and here), you'll hear some of our favorite music of the year. You'll find even more in our Favorite Albums of 2015 list, and browse our Best of 2015 tag for even more lists.
Probably not too surprisingly, BrooklynVegan lists didn't include any Ed Sheeran or Maroon 5, but also probably not surprising that those were two of the five most listened-to artists on Spotify in 2015. The other three were Kanye West, The Weeknd and Drake (the latter of which made our favorite albums list). That data and much more like it is what you'll find at Spotify Year in Music.
The Spotify Year In Music recap also pointed out that the year had some big comebacks. Missy Elliott was popular after guest starring at Katy Perry's Superbowl halftime show and finally releasing a new single. Streams of Amy Winehouse's music spiked 70% after the release of Amy. And people were glad to finally have D'Angelo back too.
Rap was extremely popular on Spotify this year, with all five of the top five albums and seven of the top ten coming from rappers. That's consistent with our recent suggestion that major label rap hit a massive peak in 2015. The most loyal fans of the year though, according to Spotify's data, were metal fans.
To see all of the Spotify Year In Music, or to get your own Year in Music based on your profile, visit the site here. Interested in finding out how popular a specific artist was? They have a page for that too.
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The 58th Annual Grammy Awards nominees have been announced. Album of the Year nominees include Alabama Shakes for Sound & Color, Kendrick Lamar for To Pimp A Butterfly, Chris Stapleton for Traveller, Taylor Swift for 1989 and The Weeknd for Beauty Behind The Madness. Record of the Year also includes Taylor ("Blank Space") and The Weeknd ("Can't Feel My Face"), plus D'Angelo ("Really Love"), Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars ("Uptown Funk") and Ed Sheeran ("Thinking Out Loud"). Song of the Year has those same Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran songs against Kendrick's "Alright," Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," and Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth's "See You Again."
Alabama Shakes' album is also up for Best Alternative Music Album, along with Bjork, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala and Wilco. Kendrick's album is also up for Best Rap Album, along with J. Cole, Dr. Dre, Drake and Nicki Minaj.
Other nominees include Courtney Barnett (up for Best New Artist), Florence + the Machine, Bob Dylan, The Chemical Brothers, Flying Lotus, Skrillex & Diplo, Caribou, Disclosure, Jamie xx, Bill Frisell, Ghost, Death Cab For Cutie (Best Rock Album), Jeremih, Jazmine Sullivan, Miguel, The Internet, Kehlani, Leon Bridges, Fetty Wap, Kanye West, Big Sean, Common, Jidenna, Kacey Musgraves, Robert Glasper, Punch Brothers, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Jason Isbell, Buddy Guy, Bettye LaVette, Glen Hansard, Patti Smith, Amy Poehler, Wyatt Cenac, Louis C.K., the Hamilton soundtrack, David Bowie, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Presley, Father John Misty, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, The Decemberists, Joni Mitchell, The Bird and The Bee, Blake Mills (Producer of The Year for Alabama Shakes' Sound & Color), A$AP Rocky, The Dead Weather, Pharrell Williams, Amy Winehouse doc Amy, and many more.
Kendrick Lamar picked up 11 total nominations, and The Weeknd picked up seven. The ceremony will happen February 15 at the Staples Center in LA, and air live on CBS.
Check out a fuller list of nominees below and the whole thing here.
photos by Greg Cristman
The legendary Stevie Wonder, aka DJ Tick Tick Boom, brought his Songs in the Key of Life tour to the Prudential Center last night (10/14) for his first of two NYC-area shows on this run. He had about 30 members up on stage, including horns, backing vocalists, percussionists, drummers, keyboard players, guitars, bass, strings and more. Ed Sheeran, who was first given a tour of the NJ Devils locker room and some or their swag, provided guest vocals on three songs (Chris Rock was apparently in the audience, possibly in his own custom Devils jersey). They didn't play Songs in the Key of Life front to back but they did play all or most of it, and unlike other recent shows, there was no encore (though the show did start about a half hour late). Pictures are in this post.
Last week Stevie stopped by The Late Late Show with James Corden where he and James did some "carpool karaoke", talked and sang about veganism, and more. Watch the video of that with more pictures from the Prudential Center below...
Soul legend Bill Withers was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, will continued to be honored when a host of big names pay tribute to him at a concert at NYC's Carnegie Hall on October 1. This is one of the Michael Dorf Presents "Music Of" tribute shows and participating artists include D'Angelo, Dr. John, Michael McDonald, Aloe Blacc, Sheryl Crow, Amos Lee, Keb' Mo', Gregory Porter, Ed Sheeran, Kathy Mattea, Ledisi and more to be announced. They'll be performing Withers' 1973 Live At Carnegie Hall album in full. (Stream the original via Spotify below.) Tickets are on sale now and proceeds will go to Stuttering Association for the Young (Withers has stuttered since childhood). There are also VIP packages available as well.
Withers himself will make an appearance at the concert, though whether he'll sing remains to be seen. Now 77, he did not sing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony earlier this year -- Stevie Wonder, who introduced him, did however perform Withers' classic "Ain't No Sunshine." You can watch video of that below as well.
Those sneaky boys in Pearl Jam tweeted the above picture and wrote "Stay tuned." We have no idea what this means, but a little detective work shows that the picture has a striking similarity to NYC subway entrances. Will they give up the road for platform busking? Perhaps they'll be doing something bigger in NYC? Gothamist points out that there's a crowdfunding campaign to get them to play Forest Hills Stadium, but Daniel Sheffer, one of the organizers behind that campaign, thinks it's more likely they're playing the Global Citizens Festival happening September 26 in Central Park. The only confirmed performer at the moment is... Ed Sheeran.
In other news, Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament helped bring Browning, Montana a new skatepark. It opened this past Friday (6/26), and Jeff was in attendance. Flathead Beacon reports:
For a remote reservation town not accustomed to receiving much recognition, the Browning community hosted a monumental party at the park's official opening, with none other than Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament in attendance - not to play bass guitar with his legendary, Seattle-based rock band, but to skateboard with some new friends.Maybe this is Jeff's way of dealing with a midlife crisis?
Thunder Park was funded in large part through a $250,000 donation from Ament, who has been doling out cash for skateparks on and near reservation land all over Montana in an effort to inject active, creative outlets for young people in depressed economies.
"This all started when I was skating in St. Ignatius and I met two kids from Browning and they were just ripping," Ament said. "I asked them if they had a skatepark, and they told me about these two ramps at the bingo hall."
photo: Fleetwood Mac at MSG, 1/22/2015 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Sunday night (2/8) many thousands of people gave up watching the Grammys live to catch the reunited Fleetwood Mac play the Prudential Center. Like at MSG, they played two dozen songs to a packed house. Unlike at MSG, Stevie did not return to the stage after the last song, but Mick Fleetwood did supply the closing remarks again. Prudential Center setlist and videos below.
Stevie Wonder was not in the audience. We know this for sure because he was seen on TV all the way on the other coast, helping out Usher with some harmonica for Songs in the Key of Life classic "If It's Magic." Then Stevie and Jamie Foxx (who offered up a bit of his Oscar-winning Ray Charles impersonation next to Stevie) presented the final award of the night, Record of the Year to Sam Smith who won four total. Stevie will be visiting the Prudential Center soon though, on April 14, two days after the "Songs in the Key of Life" tour hits Brooklyn's Barclays Center (4/12). Tickets are on Citi/VIP package pre-sales now (as of 10am). A Facebook pre-sale starts Wednesday (2/11), and then a Live Nation/Mobile App pre-sale starts Thursday. Who has the password?
On Monday (2/16), CBS airs Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life -- An All-Star GRAMMY Salute, a two-hour special with performances by Janelle Monáe, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Willie Nelson, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Usher, and more. You can watch the commercial, along with Fleetwood Mac Prudential Center videos, below.
New Orleans Jazz Fest, which has much more than just jazz, returns this year for two weeks, April 24-26 and April 30-May 3. The lineup includes Elton John, The Who, Jimmy Buffett, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Pitbull (??), T.I., Chicago, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ryan Adams, Wilco, The Meters, Jimmy Cliff, Buddy Guy, Allen Toussaint, The O'Jays, Dr. John (interpreting Louis Armstrong), Third World, Taj Mahal Trio, Juvenile & Mannie Fresh, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Big Freedia, Galactic ft. Macy Gray, Anders Osborne, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sturgill Simpson, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, and more. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM on Tuesday (1/13).
Full lineup below...
This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.
UPDATE: Full list of nominations (
except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.
UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.
The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.
Rough Trade were the first out of the gate with year-end lists but now long-running UK monthly music mag Q has just published their end-of-the-year issue (with cover star Ed Sheeran) which includes their Top 50 LPs of 2014. The War on Drugs' Lost in the Dream comes in at #1. Have you made your list yet? Check out the rest of Q's favorite albums of 2014 below...
by Bill Pearis
It's Christmas time and there's no need to be afraid...unless you're scared of charity singles. Then maybe it is. Bob Geldof's Band Aid is 30 years old this year and to celebrate they've re-recorded "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (co-written by Midge Ure) with a whole load of new pop stars, including Sam Smith, Elbow's Guy Garvey, Chris Martin, Jessie Ware, One Direction, Disclosure, Ellie Goulding, Seal and more. A few of the original's performers have returned for this one, including the recently-injured Bono, who finds himself in the exact same place in the song. With a bit of a lyrical rewrite. His line was easily the original's most infamous, horrible lyric, "tonight, thank god it's them instead of you" but he now sings "tonight we're reaching out and turn to you." Oh, that's better.
The song is available to buy on iTunes and proceeds go to help fight Ebola. Will we get Live Aid 30 in 2015? Stay tuned. The video for "Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014)" debuted on The X Factor and you can watch it, and check out the full list of performers, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Sam Smith at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by Amber North)
While soccer fans watched the World Cup play out on a jumbotron at the Kalliope stage, [Sam Smith] attracted Bonnaroo's youngest, hippest, style-conscious attendees at The Other Tent.Bonnaroo went down over the weekend and among other things featured one of the biggest US crowds British pop singer Sam Smith had yet to play to. The Disclosure collaborator played the stripped version of their collaboration "Latch" (which appears in that form on his new album), his own hits ("Stay With Me," "Leave Your Lover"), and covered the Arctic Monkeys' "Do I Wanna Know?," a song that band opened their set at the same festival with two days later. (MS MR also covered it during their Bonnaroo set.) Sam also joined Disclosure during their 'Roo set just hours later and performed "Latch" once again. You can watch a video of Sam's Arctic Monkeys cover, with his setlist from the festival, below.
Smith's debut album, "In the Lonely Hour," entered the U.K. charts at No. 1 last month, and it looks to make a big splash when it hits U.S. stores on Tuesday. Like few other acts on this year's bill, he's very much a star of the moment. A suave, British soul singer, laying smooth falsetto melodies over '80s-tinged funk and R&B - just a few short years ago, it would have been considered the opposite of hip. The tide has obviously turned. [The Tennessean]
Sam will be sticking around NYC this week, doing a record signing at Rough Trade on Thursday (6/19). You just need to buy his record that day to get a wristband for the 6 PM event.
Another Disclosure collaborator Jessie Ware announced that her new album would be out at some point this year via PMR/Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope and told Pitchfork it features collaborations with Miguel, Ed Sheeran, Julio Bashmore, Dave Okumu, Kid Harpoon, James Ford and Nineteen85. Its first single "Tough Love" is out now, and it's a more laid back single as far as Jessie Ware songs go with an almost James Blake-like quality to the chorus. This one was produced by BenZel, aka Two Inch Punch (who produced Sam Smith's "Money On My Mind") and Benny Blanco (who's written/produced huge songs like Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" and Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger").
Listen to that, with the Sam Smith stuff, below...
England's Glastonbury Festival is pretty much the forefather to all crazy worldwide "20,000 people standing in a field" festivals we have today. The 2014 edition goes down June 27 - 29 in Pilton, UK and the lineup was just announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Jack White, Dolly Parton (!), Elbow, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Massive Attack, Pixies, M.I.A., Dexys Midnight Runners, Kasabian, Lily Allen and loads more. The festival's already sold-out. A few more acts -- including one more headliner -- is still to be announced but lineup as it stands is below...
Sam Smith, Louis CK, and SNL's Nassim Pedrad
UK singer Sam Smith is no longer "the dude who sang on that Disclosure song," having already sold out Webster Hall this year and has a debut album, In the Lonely Hour, poised for release in May. You can check out the video for his gospel-inflected new single "Stay with Me" below. He may fully blow up after this weekend when he'll be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live (3/29) with host Louis CK. You can watch some promos for this week's SNL below.
SNL has also announced their next two hosts and musical guests: the April 5 episode will be hosted by Ana Kendrick with musical guest Pharrell, and then on April 12 it's host Seth Rogen and musical guest Ed Sheeran.
Happy Halloween! As you might imagine, there's many Halloween-related shows tonight, including a number of cover shows, and of course the Village Halloween Parade! Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's spooky shows (and the regular ones too). Here are some highlights...
Holy Ghost!, Joakim, Midnight Magic, Eli Escobar, Lloydsky @ Terminal 5
They've certainly got the right name for a Halloween show. HG! should have T5 movin' with their '80s style New-Order-at-Danceteria jams. Tickets are still available.
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Jenny Hval, Tanz Praxis ft. C.Lavender @ Basilica Hudson
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan come in costume no matter what show they're playing, so they'll feel right at home tonight at this slightly-upstate venue. Also of note on this bill is Norwegian art pop musician Jenny Hval (who has a couple shows in NYC next week too).
Peelander Z, Ken South Rock, AEON RINGS (formerly Night Vision) @ Glasslands
Another band who always come costumed, Peelander-Z are sure to bring the party tonight. And they've gone hair metal on their new album, so if you're looking for a rowdy, super-fun, hair metal Halloween, Glasslands is the place to be.
Liturgy, Alan Howarth @ 285 Kent Avenue
"Transcendental black metal" band Liturgy are teaming up with composer Alan Howarth to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Howarth's work on John Carpenter's horror classic, Halloween.
Crystal Stilts, Excepter, Zachary Cale @ Bowery Ballroom
They are leaning more '60s psych these days, but Crystal Stilts have strong gothic streak, due in no small part to Brad Hargett's deep bellow. Look for a spooky set tonight.
Gatekeeper, Mirror Mirror, DJ Bruno (Light Asylum) @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
For a dark, gothy Halloween dance party, head to the ominous Brooklyn Masonic Temple for these electronic musicians and DJs.
The Juan Maclean (DJ Set), Justin Strauss, Evan Michael @ Cameo Gallery
If you're just looking to dance tonight, it's hard to argue with the four-on-the-floor proclivities of the Juan Maclean. Justin Strauss, meanwhile, is a legend with more than three decades of dancefloor experience having worked with everyone from Luther Vandross to Skinny Puppy. It's a late show -- doors at 10 PM -- so you can make it if you want to keep the DFA vibes rolling after Holy Ghost!
The Dickies, Chronic Sick @ Knitting Factory
The Dickies have been making new wavey punk for over three decades, and they're still kicking.
Avan Lava, Light Asylum, Zebra Katz @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This show's got three very different artists who should all provide very fun sets in their own way. There's the upbeat synth pop of Avan Lava, the dark Light Asylum, and eccentric rapper Zebra Katz, whose "Ima Read" is always a good sing-along at his shows.
Raime, Vatican Shadow, Silent Servant, Kiss & Tell, Further Reductions, Bethany and Alyssa @ Output
Another bill leaning towards the dark and electronic: Raime will be debuting an audio/visual set, and Dominick Fernow's (Prurient) "militant religious industrial" project Vatican Shadow is not to miss either.
Murray Hill, Andy Rourke (The Smiths) (DJ Set), Steve Lewis (DJ Set), Chicks Who Love Guns @ Passenger Bar
Williamsburg's Passenger Bar is hosts this free party with MC duties from none other than legend Murray Hill and a DJ set from The Smiths' Andy Rourke and others. There's also a costume contest for anyone dressed the the "Blood, Burlesque & B-Movie" themes.
The Body, Pissgrave @ Saint Vitus Bar
Crushing duo The Body hold court with Pissgrave tonight at what for some is the only place to be on Hallowwen
DJ Dog Dick, Lakutis, Cities Aviv, DJ Uniique, Rlly Tho & Wodge Daddy, DJ John J Rambo, DJ Kristina Tequila @ Secret Location
This show's got three artists who have no problem crossing the boundaries of hip hop, DJ Dog Dick, Lakutis, and Cities Aviv. Location TBA soon.
Buster Poindexter @ Cafe Carlyle
Maybe to get in the spirit of dressing up, New York Dolls frontman David Johansen is reviving his loungey Buster Poindexter guise tonight.
Biz Markie (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
Questlove usually does his weekly Bowl Train party at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursdays, but for Halloween, Biz Markie is taking over the boards. And he's, he's got what you need.
Jonathan Toubin's Haunted Hop @ Secret Project Robot
This is Jonathan Toubin's annual Halloween Party, and will feature a bunch of bands performing sets as other bands like The Damned, Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Seeds, Roky Erickson and more. They aren't saying who's actually performing, but Jonathan knows a few people. Plus, JT will be spinning classic spooky 45s all night. $5 in costume, $20 without.
Gabba Ghouls, Happy Jawbone Family Band, Lust Cats, Mannequin Pussy @ Lit Lounge
Vermont psych pop band Happy Jawbone Family Band and NYC punks Mannequin Pussy are always worth catching, though for the occasion you might wanna see The Gabba Ghouls too.
World/Inferno Friendship Society @ Warsaw
World/Inferno Friendship Society do their annual "Hallowmas" show on Halloween at Warsaw.
Murphys Law, Caught In A Trap, Chesty Malone And The Slice Em Ups, Skum City @ The Trash Bar
The Trash Bar is celebrating Halloween with this show which, among other things, includes long-running NYC punk band Murphy's Law.
Ed Sheeran @ Mercury Lounge
For many of us, there are few things scarier than UK singer Ed Sheeran, who has two shows at Madison Square Garden coming up. We're not sure why he's playing Mercury Lounge tonight, but maybe he's going to show us his dark side. Tickets go on sale today at noon.
Carnivores (as B-52s), Ava Luna (as Tom Tom Club), Caged Animals (as Velvet Underground), Bueno (as Wu-Tang Clan) @ Shea Stadium
This is one of the many Halloween cover shows, but it's especially notable because it's also the only NYC stop on Atlanta garage rockers and Black Lips/Deerhunter associates Carnivores' tour. They'll be playing songs by the B-52s, but also many of their own.
And here's more of those cover shows...
Vulture Shit as Dookie Shit, Big Ups as Breaking Brad, Flagland as Weezer, All Nines as Buckingham Buckingham Buckingham, Low Fat Getting High as Nirvana, Butter the Children as Pixies, Palehound as Pavement @ Cake Shop
Eugene Chadbourne as Jimmy Carl Black, Evan Gallagher as Thelonious Monk, Thomas Heberer as Muggsy Spanier, Tatsuya Nakatani as Johnny Cash, Louie Pearlman as Cab Calloway, Barry Mitterhof as Jethro Burns @ The Stone
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.
Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are
on sale now sold out.
The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.