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Dan Hicks RIP

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Dan Hicks, whose eccentric style earned him a cult following and laid roots for the Americana sound, died on Saturday (2/6), after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 74. From the New York Times:

At a time when rock was getting louder and more aggressive, Mr. Hicks's instrumentation -- two guitars (Mr. Hicks played rhythm), violin and stand-up bass, with two women providing harmony and backup vocals -- offered a laid-back, all-acoustic alternative that was a throwback to a simpler time, while his lyrics gave the music a modern, slightly askew edge.

He came to call his music "folk swing," but that only hinted at the range of influences he synthesized. He drew from the American folk tradition but also from the Gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt, the Western swing of Bob Wills, the harmony vocals of the Andrews Sisters, the raucous humor of Fats Waller and numerous other sources.

The 1972 album "Striking It Rich" by Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks.
"It starts out with kind of a folk music sound," Mr. Hicks explained in a 2007 interview, "and we add a jazz beat and solos and singing. We have the two girls that sing, and jazz violin, and all that, so it's kind of light in nature, it's not loud. And it's sort of, in a way, kind of carefree."

Dan, you will be missed but your music and influence live on. Rest in peace.

Check out a few videos and song streams of Dan, below.

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Maurice White

Earth, Wind & Fire founding member Maurice White has died at age 74. The group formed in 1969 and became one of the biggest bands of the '70s with hits such as "Shining Star," "September", "Boogie Wonderland," "After the Love Has Gone" and "Let's Groove." White had been battling Parkinson disease for more than 20 years and bowed out of touring in 1994. (The band remain active and are touring with Chicago later this year.) His brother, Verdine, posted on EW&F's Facebook:

My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep. While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.

Yours Truly,
Verdine White

Maurice, you will be missed. Revisit some of Earth Wind & Fire's biggest hits, below.

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Big Kap

Keith Carter aka Legendary DJ Big Kap passed away today [February 3, 2016] in NYC at the age of 45. As one of the premier DJs from New York's Flip Squad DJ crew, Kap's impact on NYC Hip Hop is unparalleled.

His most memorable project was The Tunnel album with Funkmaster Flex, featuring some of Hip Hop's royalty including Jay-Z, Eminem, Nas, Dr. Dre and more. The album debuted at 35 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, shifting nearly 100,000 copies in its first week. [The Source]

As The Source reports, veteran New York hip hop DJ Big Kap has sadly passed away at 45. Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg wrote on Instagram, "Woke up to terrible news today ... We lost Big Kap .... Not only a great DJ, key part of the flip squad and big dog pit bulls , and incredible talker with a unique and awesome voice but more than anything -- great guy ...always good for a warm smile and a sincere conversation... Was always very fond of this guy ever since I met him .. RIP brother." His collaborator Funkmaster Flex also wished that he rest in peace.

RIP Big Kap. Stream a few tracks off The Tunnel below...

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Sense Field (photo by David Goldman)
Sense Field

Jon Bunch, frontman of Sense Field, has sadly passed away. He was 45. Substream reports that his publicist confirms his passing, and a post on his Facebook reads:

With broken hearts and so much difficulty, we write these words to all of you who love Jon. He is no longer with us now. We think his life here ended early morning, Feb. 1, 2016, but it is uncertain at this time. Our love, his family.
A cause of death has not been reported yet.

Sense Field were one of the key bands to come out of emo/post-hardcore's influential '90s/early '00s period, and put out five full lengths and a handful of EPs and splits in that era (including a split with Jimmy Eat World and Mineral, and one with Onelinedrawing). The first three records came out on the revered Revelation Records, and following a brief signing to and then departure from Warner Bros, they put their last two out on Nettwerk. They were on the more driving, punk-rooted side of the spectrum, and the mark they left can absolutely still be felt today.

After that band's breakup, Jon became the third lead vocalist of Further Seems Forever (following Chris Carrabba and Jason Gleason), singing with the band on 2004's Hide Nothing. In more recent years, Sense Field reunited for Revelation Records' 25th anniversary shows.

Rest in peace, Jon. You'll be missed.

Stream 1996's classic Building and read tributes from Revelation Records, Jimmy Eat World and Norman Brannon of Texas is the Reason, below...

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Jefferson Airplane

This past Thursday (1/28), the rock wold suffered the sad loss of Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kantner, and now Psychedelic Sight is reporting that original Airplane singer Signe Anderson passed away that same day. She, like Paul, was 74.

She was only with them for 1966 debut album, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, before quitting the band and being replaced by Grace Slick. She sang lead on their version of the blues song "Chauffeur Blues," co-lead on their cover of "Let's Get Together" (recorded by a few bands, and written by Chet Powers aka Dino Valenti), and backup on other songs. Watch a live video of JA playing Takes Off highlight "It's No Secret" with Signe below, along with streams of those other two songs.

Her ex-bandmate Marty Balin wrote on Facebook:

One sweet Lady has passed on. I imagine that she and Paul woke up in heaven and said "Hey what are you doing here? Let's start a band" and no sooner then said Spencer was there joining in!" Heartfelt thoughts to all their family and loved ones.
Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen weighed in:
Signe was one of the strongest people I have ever met. She was our den mother in the early days of the Airplane... a voice of reason on more occasions than one... an important member of our dysfunctional little family. I always looked forward to seeing her when we played the Aladdin in Portland. She never complained and was always a joy.
And bassist Jack Casady did too:
I was just informed of the passing of Signe Anderson, the same day as we lost Paul. Signe was our, Jefferson Airplane's first female singer. I had been in touch with Signe this past week as she had moved from her home to hospice care. She was a real sweetheart with a terrific contralto voice coming from a solid folk background. Listen to how she made the three part harmonies of JA Takes Off (first album) sound so thick...her wonderful tone between Paul's and Marty's.
A sad day .....for those of us still here.
RIP Signe.
Rest in peace Signe. You'll be missed.

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by Andrew Sacher

Paul Kantner at The Paramount in 2014 (photo by Greg Cristman)
Paul Kantner

Paul Kantner, one of the giants of the San Francisco music scene, died Thursday, Jan. 28, of multiple organ failure. Mr. Kantner, founding member of the Jefferson Airplane, was 74 and had suffered a heart attack earlier this week. His death was confirmed by longtime publicist and friend, Cynthia Bowman, who said he died of multiple organ failure and septic shock. Mr. Kantner suffered from a string of health problems in recent years, including a heart attack in March 2015. [SF Gate]
Jefferson Airplane guitarist/singer and San Francisco scene legend Paul Kantner has sadly passed away today at age 74. He was a founding member of the Airplane and was with the band until the end (including their 1989 reunion) and wrote or co-wrote some of their best songs, including "Today," "The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil," "Martha," "Won't You Try/Saturday Afternoon," "Crown of Creation," "We Can Be Together," "Volunteers" and plenty more. He was a pioneer of American psychedelic rock as we know it, and gave legendary performances at both the Monterey Festival and the original Woodstock.

He also led spinoff band Jefferson Starship from 1974 to 1984, and then from 1992 up until his death, and put out various offshoot records, including the great sci-fi concept album Blows Against the Empire, Sunfighter, and Baron von Tollbooth and the Chrome Nun (all three with Grace Slick and several other musicians from their scene like Jerry Garcia and David Crosby). He also appeared on various other records from that era, like Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart's Rolling Thunder, David Crosby's If I Could Only Remember My Name, Papa John Creach's self-titled solo album, and more.

Just last year, Paul Kantner and his latest version of Jefferson Starship were celebrating Jefferson Airplane's 50th anniversary by playing full Airplane sets on tour (including a few in NYC). They were scheduled to keep touring this year, including a return to NYC on March 20 at BB King's, though we can assume that tour is off. Jefferson Airplane are also set to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys this year.

Rest in peace, Paul. You'll be missed but not forgotten.

Check out our list of 15 essential Paul Kantner songs. Listen to even more of his material, and read tributes by Jefferson Airplane's Marty Balin and Jorma Kaukonen, and David Crosby, below...

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Abe Vigoda

Great character actor Abe Vigoda died of natural causes at his home in New Jersey. He was 94. Born in Brooklyn in 1921, Vigoda was a popular Broadway actor in the '60s, but gained national notoriety with his role as mobster Tessio in the first two Godfather films, and then as Sgt. Fish on sitcom Barney Miller. He remained active in acting up until his death. Some of you may remember the band who named themselves after Vigoda.

That many people over the last 30 years thought he was already dead was a running gag -- he lampooned himself on Letterman, and with a reoccurring spot on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and website Isabevigodadead.com has been going since 2001. That the website had to finally change its status is very sad news indeed. Abe, you will really be missed. Rest in peace.

Watch a few Vigoda clips below

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Jimmy Bain in 1983 (photo by Dana Wullenwaber)
Jimmy Bain

More sad news in the music world. Bassist Jimmy Bain, who played with Ronnie James Dio and Ritchie Blackmore in Rainbow during the Rising era and was later a longtime member of the band Dio, has passed away. He was 68. His Dio bandmate Vivian Campbell posted the following on Facebook:

It's with the heaviest of hearts that I must confirm the news of the passing of our dear friend and Last In Line band-mate, Jimmy Bain. It was Jimmy who gave me my first big break in the music industry and for that I am forever indebted.

Jimmy's struggles with his demons were well documented through the years, but over the last 18 months he had finally won that battle and he was bright and lucid and motivated throughout the writing and recording of the new record. He leaves behind him a rich legacy of work from Rainbow, through Wild Horses, Dio, and finally, Last In Line. Jimmy was immensely proud of our new album and his input to it was immeasurable.

He was a very kind and gentle and generous soul and our lives were greatly enriched for having known him. We will continue to celebrate his life through his music.

On behalf of Vinny and Andrew, our thoughts and condolences are with his family at this most difficult of times.

Rest in peace, dear friend.

Rest in peace Jimmy. Say hi to Dio for us.

Stream Rising and check out a couple tweets by Dave Mustaine about Jimmy, below...

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Mic Gillette

Mic Gillette, renowned trumpet and trombone player and founding member of the legendary Oakland funky soul band Tower of Power, died suddenly of a heart attack over the weekend. He was 64.

Gillette started playing with members of seminal funk outfit back in 1966 and as first trumpet, he was a powerful sonic force behind Tower of Power's rise to prominence in the 1970s.

"The Tower of Power family was stunned today by the news that Mic Gillette, our dear friend and bandmate going back to 1966, passed away," bandleader Emilio Castillo announced on the group's website Sunday night.

"Mic was without a doubt the greatest brass player I've ever known," he said. "Our sincere condolences go out to his wife Julia and his daughter Megan and their entire family." [SF Gate]

Rest in peace to Mic Gillette of the great horn band Tower of Power, and fellow Bay Area bands Cold Blood and The Sons of Champlin. (He also has played with The Doobie Brothers, Blood Sweat & Tears, Santana, and more.)

Listen to Tower of Power's 1970 debut, East Bay Grease, below...

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Griffin, center, with Mott the Hoople
dale griffin rip buffin

The BBC reports that Dale "Buffin" Griffin, Mott the Hoople drummer and one of the group's founding members, died in his sleep on Sunday (1/17). He was 67.

Mott the Hoople's best-known album is 1972's classic All the Young Dudes which was produced by the late David Bowie (who also wrote the title track). Singer Ian Hunter reformed Mott the Hoople in 2009, the same year that Griffin was diagnosed with Alzheimers. Griffin was too ill to perform the reunion tour but did join them for encores at their five-night run at Hammersmith-Apollo.

Griffin was also a producer, having formed a company with fellow Mott member Overend Watts, making records with The Cult and Hanoi Rocks, and then became an engineer/producer at the BBC, where he was behind the desks for many John Peel Sessions between 1981 - 1994, including ones by Pulp, The Fall, Nirvana, and many more.

Dale, you'll be missed. Watch a video of Mott the Hoople performing "All the Young Dudes" in Los Angeles in 1973.

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El-P, Aesop Rock, Flying Lotus & more honor the late artist


Clarence Reid, aka Blowfly, was recently diagnosed with cancer and now he has sadly passed away. A post on his Facebook by frequent collaborator Tom Bowker reads:

Clarence Reid, the genius known both by his given name and as Blowfly, the Master of Class, passed peacefully today, January 17th, in his hospice room.

His sister Virginia and I thank you for all the love you have shown this week. We also thank you for supporting Clarence's 50 + year music career - especially these last few years. We love you and will keep you informed on services and tribute performances in Clarence's honor.
Nothing But Love,
Tom Bowker

Clarence wrote and produced records for various artists, including Sam & Dave, KC & the Sunshine Band and Betty Wright, and as Blowfly he was "the first dirty rapper." He's also dabbled in disco, punk, and more. Rest in peace, Clarence. You'll be missed.

Another recent Facebook post from Tom Bowker mentions that Blowfly will follow Back in the Sack with one final album, 77 Rusty Trombones, due in February. Tom calls it "easily his best album since the early 80s, and a fitting epitaph for one of the great performers of all time."

A few artists, including El-P, Flying Lotus and Aesop Rock, have posted tributes to Blowfly on Twitter. See those, and listen to "Rapp Dirty" and watch his interview with Nardwuar, below...

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David Bowie

Three days ago we were celebrating his 69th birthday and a new album. Today we woke up to this devastating news. From his official Facebook:

January 10 2016 - David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief.
Rest in Peace, Ziggy Stardust.

Longtime producer Tony Visconti wrote:

He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life - a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn't, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.
And Iggy Pop says:

Ziggy Stardust

Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Sonic Youth, Pixies, Jarvis Cocker, New Order, Devo & more pay tribute to David Bowie too.

Watch Bowie's new video for "Lazarus", released four days ago, below...

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photo: Robert w/ Iron Chic at Skate & Surf 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
Iron Chic

Robert Mcallister, the recently-departed guitarist of Long Island punk band Iron Chic, has sadly passed away. The band posted on Facebook:

It is with the heaviest of hearts and deepest regrets that we must say goodbye to a dear friend. Although we had recently parted ways it makes the reality no easier to bear. Every wild ride must come to an end so rest in peace Robert Mcallister and give our regards to Lemmy. We'll miss you always.
Rest in peace, Robert. You'll be missed.

Iron Chic have upcoming shows, including Brooklyn with Worriers in February, and Asbury Park's Punk Rock Bowling in June (which just went on sale).

Watch a video of the band at Saint Vitus in 2014, below...

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John Berry, co-founder of long-running indie rock/slowcore band Idaho, has sadly passed away. A post on the band's Facebook reads:

John Berry passed away peacefully in his sleep a few hours ago.
He had a uniquely bright spirit that I know is still shining brilliantly in some other plane. So much love headed towards you right now..... We had quite a wild ride...thanks for showing me how to make music from the core.
No cause of death has been revealed. Rest in peace, John.

The band released albums consistently from their 1993 debut Year After Year through their ninth (and most recent) album, 2011's You Were A Dick. Last year, they put out their archival compilation The Broadcast of Disease, which you can stream below.

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photo: Otis Clay at the Bell House in 2009 (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Otis Clay

Soul veteran Otis Clay, who performed in NYC as recently as February 2015, has passed away at age 73 after suffering a heart attack. Via Rolling Stone:

he Mississippi-born Clay ventured into the music world with gospel vocal groups before branching out to secular music in the mid-Sixties. After signing with Chicago label One-derful! Records, Clay nabbed R&B hits with 1967's "That's How It Is (When You're In Love)" and "A Lasting Love." Following a move to Atlantic Records' Cauldron subsidiary, Clay recorded a version of the Sir Douglas Quintet's "She's About a Mover" at Muscle Shoals, Alabama's FAME Studios.

Clay next teamed with Al Green producer Willie Mitchell at Memphis-based Hi Records in 1971, resulting in Clay's biggest hit, "Trying to Live My Life Without You"; nearly a decade later, Bob Seger would climb the Hot 100 with his own version of the single. Similarly, Clay's 1980 single "The Only Way Is Up" would be the inspiration for Yazz's U.K. chart-topping cover in 1988.

Rest in peace, Otis. You'll be missed.

Watch him play "Trying To Live My Life Without You" in 1972, below...

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Jason Mackenroth

Jason Mackenroth, who was a drummer for Rollins Band from 1998 to 2004, as well as a member of Mother Superior and Blue Man Group's Las Vegas production, has passed away. Marcus Blake, his bandmate in both Rollins Band and Mother Superior, posted the following:

Today, I lost a great friend, Jason Mackenroth to prostate cancer. He was an incredible drummer and had the most incredible sense of humor you could ever know. I am in shock. I find it hard right now to put into words my love for him and his friendship. We traveled the world together making music, talking about his favorite band, Kiss, and laughing until our guts hurt.

He was not only an amazing drummer but he was an excellent father and husband. Life is too short. Be like Jason. Make someone you know smile like he made me smile. A simple thing like that means so much. I miss you, Jason.

Please donate to Jason's wife, Jaye Mackenroth and her kids on the surviving family's Gofundme page. Jason's family needs financial assistance with living expenses so they can remain in Las Vegas until the youngest son, Joren, graduates from high school in June 2016. With the loss of Jason's income, this is a real challenge.

If you'd like to donate, you can do so here. Rest in peace Jason. You'll be missed.

You can watch a video of Jason playing with Rollins Band at Irving Plaza in 2001, below...

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photo: John Bradbury w/ The Specials @ Pier 26 in 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
John Bradbury Specials RIP

More sad music news. John Bradbury, drummer for The Specials and The Special AKA, has died. He was 62. The Specials released an official statement:

It is with deepest regret that we have to announce the very sad news that our much loved husband and father John "Brad" Bradbury passed away on Monday the 28th of December. Brad's drumming was the powerhouse behind The Specials and it was seen as a key part to the Two Tone sound.

He was much respected in the world of drumming and his style of reggae and ska was seen as genuinely ground breaking when The Specials first hit the charts in 1979. He was an integral part of The Specials reforming in 2008 and toured with them extensively up to the present day.

His contribution to the world of music can not be understated and he will much missed by family, friends and fans alike. It is the families sincerest wish that they are allowed the time to remember him privately.

The Specials trombonist Rico died earlier this year. John Bradbury, you were an integral part of The Specials' sound and you will be missed.

Listen to Bradbury in action as part of of a Specials live concert from 1979, below...

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Beyond saddened to read the above tweets by Eddie Truck and Ozzy Osbourne about Motorhead frontman and metal god Lemmy Kilmister.

Though he refused to slow down, Lemmy has been battling some medical issues lately that have caused some shows to be cancelled or cut short. Motorhead drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor passed away in November. The top photo in this post, by BV photographer Rudy Rubio, was of Lemmy playing with Motorhead at Riot Fest Chicago in September.

Lemmy celebrated his 70th birthday at Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood earlier this month. Videos from the celebration were posted to the official Motorhead YouTube channel just four days ago. You can watch those below.

UPDATE: Motorhead posted this official statement:

There is no easy way to say this...our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made it's way down the street, with his family.
We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren't words.
We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please...play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy's music LOUD.
Have a drink or few.
Share stories.
Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.
Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister
1945 -2015
Born to lose, lived to win.

Rest in Peace, Lemmy!

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by Bill Pearis

Mick Lynch (center) with Stump

Sad to learn that Mick Lynch, the Tin Tin-haired frontman of quirky '80s band Stump, has passed away. The band announced the sad news today via their Facebook page and no other details have been shared.

The British band (Lynch was Irish) were unlike just about any other band at the time, drawing influence from Zappa and Beefhart and were generally kind of strange. (John Peel loved them.) That didn't stop them from having a minor hit with 1988 single "Charlton Heston" that was about the making of The 10 Commandments and featured a nagging central hook made up of frog samples. That was from their album A Fierce Pancake which also featured the single "Buffalo" (also found on the classic C-86 compilation) with its memorable shouted chorus of "How much is the fish? How much is the chips?" You can watch videos for both below.

Rest in peace, Mick. You were an original and will be missed.

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Holly Woodlawn
(photo by Jack Mitchell)

Holly came from Miami F-L-A,
Hitchhiked her way across the U.S.A.,
Plucked her eyebrows on the way,
Shaved her legs and then he was a she. - Lou Reed, "Walk on the Wild Side"
Holly Woodlawn, the transgender actress who became one of Andy Warhols' "superstars" and was memorialized in Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side," died on Sunday (12/6) in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer. She was 69. More from the NY Times:
With great aplomb, Ms. Woodlawn took her place in the Warhol pantheon alongside two other freshly minted stars, the transgender actresses Jackie Curtis and Candy Darling. Together, they brought a daffy, deadpan style to Mr. Morrissey's next film, "Women in Revolt," also produced by Warhol, a satire on the women's liberation movement, with Ms. Woodlawn playing a nymphomaniac fashion model who detests men and joins the militant organization P.I.G. (Politically Involved Girls).

"I didn't know what the movement was when I made it," Ms. Woodlawn told The Village Voice in 1970, before the film was released. "They told me you play a leader in women's lib, and in my first scene I said, 'O.K. girls, let's get out and vote.'"...

...She had some success as a cabaret artist in the late 1970s, appearing at Reno Sweeney in Manhattan, but by the end of the decade she was back in Miami, bussing tables at a Benihana restaurant and working for her father's tax business. She relocated to West Hollywood in the 1990s and had occasional cameo roles in films like "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss" in 1998 and, in 2014, the Amazon television series "Transparent."

"I felt like Elizabeth Taylor," Ms. Woodlawn told The Guardian in 2007, recalling her heyday. "Little did I realize that not only would there be no money, but that your star would flicker for two seconds and that was it. But it was worth it, the drugs, the parties; it was fabulous."

Holly, you'll be missed. Rest in peace.

scott Weiland

Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland has passed away according to a tweet from Dave Navarro. "Just learned our friend Scott Weiland has died. So gutted, I am thinking of his family tonight."

TMZ confirms that Scott was found dead on his tour bus

Weiland was on tour with his band Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts ... they were supposed to play the Medina Ballroom tonight, but the show was cancelled.
A source connected to the band tells us Scott was found Thursday night on the bus around 9 PM -- presumably, shortly before the band was to go on.
The former lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver famously battled substance abuse for years. It's unclear right now what caused his death.
Scott was 48.
Rest in Peace, Scott.

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Sly and the Family Stone

She was the voice that commanded us to "get up and dance to the music," and the woman who Sly Stone put "on the throne" in the Family Stone hit "Dance to the Music."

But that voice has been quieted with the death of Sly and the Family Stone trumpeter, vocalist and co-founder Cynthia Robinson on Monday (Nov. 23) at the age of 69, according to her Facebook page.

...Robinson joined Stone -- who dubbed her "one of the best trumpeters in the world" -- in his Sly and the Stoners band in 1966 and stayed on board as he crafted the pop/rock/R&B synthesis that became the Family Stone. After the group's dissolution in 1975 she went on to play with bassist Larry Graham's Graham Central Station and also worked with George Clinton, Prince and as part of Sinbad's Aruba Summer Soul Festival. Since 2006 she's been part of the Family Stone with Martini and drummer Gregg Errico. The group also features her daughter with Sly Stone, Sylvette Phunne Stone, a singer and multi-instrumentalist in her own right. (Robinson had one other daughter, Laura Marie). [Billboard]

Sad news today: Cynthia Robinson of legendary soul/funk band Sly & the Family Stone has passed away. She was 69, and the cause was cancer.

Rest in peace Cynthia. You'll be missed.

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Caveman / Juan Maclean / the stage (via @daniellesteger / @robnyc75 / @boy_version)
Cameo Gallery
Cameo Gallery
Cameo Gallery

Williamsburg said goodbye to another long-running music venue over the weekend, with N. 6th St. club Cameo Gallery closing its doors for good at some point late Saturday night / Sunday morning. They packed in a lot of music over the last two days with early rock shows and late night dance parties on both Friday (11/20) and Saturday (11/21). Friday had Eternal Summers and more for the early show and Juan Maclean live for the late show. For their last night, Caveman headlined the early show, and they closed down the place with Plastic Plates and DJs St. Lucia. To underline things a little, this came, basically, one year (minus a day) to Death by Audio's farewell. Did you stop by this weekend to say goodbye to Cameo?

Other shows from the final week, included Chairlift who played twice -- first as the secret guests at Wednesday's Mr. Twin Sister show (11/18) and then their own show at Cameo on Thursday (11/19) with Wet.

Williamsburg is less fun without you here, Cameo. You will be missed. More Instagrams below...

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photo: Peasant @ BV-CMJ 2008 @ Pianos (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)

It breaks my heart to hear this news today. Damien DeRose, aka Peasant, has passed away. Schnitzel Records posted the following message around 3am Wednesday night:

It is with a very heavy heart to announce that we have lost a member of the Schnitzel family. Damien DeRose, aka Peasant, passed away last night. He touched us all with his beautiful music and we will miss him tremendously. R.I.P
Philly station WXPN has a longer obituary for the 30 year old Pennsylvania artist:
DeRose addressed difficult topics in his music very vividly, but it was not an act - he wrestled with drugs and drinking in his own life, and spent time in a Maryland prison following a 2013 arrest for burglary and possession of heroin. He kept in occasional touch with his fans, occasionally sharing tidbits about music he would eventually release - the new album he recorded with Joe Ugg in Point Pleasant.

After his release, DeRose refocused on his music and his recovery. He also dabbled in photography through colorful nature scenes on his Instagram page, which often incorporated light and shadow to stunning effect. In September, he shared new song lyrics touching on the experience of the last two years - "someday I know I'll be free / all the bad will be worth it to me" - and excitedly talked of proceeding through "three years of new and unreleased material."

He was even scheduled to play MilkBoy this Saturday, November 21st with Illinois, circulating flyers that read "Onstage for the 1st time in a very Long time." But he was reportedly admitted to Temple hospital on November 6th where he spent two weeks in a coma.

Damien's beautiful songs first came to my attention in 2008, the same year he then played a BrooklynVegan ROFL show downstairs at Pianos (with Bear in Heaven, The Forms, Dave Hill, Pete Holmes, Kristen Schaal & more) and a BrooklynVegan CMJ show upstairs at Pianos (with Phosphorescent, Wye Oak, Sharon Van Etten & more). It's been a few years since I've seen or heard Peasant, but listening again now reminds me why I loved him in the first place. Rest in Peace, Damien...

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PF SLoan

P.F Sloan, who wrote hits for Barry McGuire ("Eve of Destruction"), Johnny Rivers ("Secret Agent Man") and others, died Sunday (11/15), after having been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer only a few weeks ago. From Rolling Stone

"Phil was a key element on the music that became the sound of the Sunset Strip. Phil was a true prodigy, signing his first record deal with Aladdin Records when he was thirteen," Sloan's reps said in a statement. "P.F. Sloan's 'Eve Of Destruction' was an anthem for a generation. It is as relevant now as it ever has been."

After recording his debut single "All I Want Is Loving" / "Little Girl in the Cabin" for the Aladdin Records label, the still-teenaged Sloan got a job with music publisher Screen Gems, who hired Sloan to work with surf rock duo Jan & Dean; Sloan is heard on that group's 1964 hit, "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena." Sloan then moved to Dunhill Records, where he penned hits for artists like Herman's Hermits, the Turtles, the Searchers, the Grass Roots and Barry McGuire.

Rest in peace, Phil. Your songs live on. Listen to some of P.F. Sloan's best-known songs, below...

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