There is something about Little Willies (….Featuring Norah Jones)

Check out what Norah Jones had to say about collaborating with the Little Willies. On a side note, why would you name your band Little Willies?


Norah Jones Talks Talib Kweli In Teaser Video for New Album

One of the tracks on Norah Jones’ upcoming album … Featuring is a collaboration with rapper and lyricist Talib Kweli, called “Soon the New Day.” “I never really thought that I’d be singing with rappers, necessarily,” says Norah in a new video clip. “…We share a common love of certain music that even though we do very different things with it… that’s kind of our common stepping stone.”

…Featuring will hit stores November 16th and will showcase her collaborations with Kweli and 17 other artists, everyone from OutKast and Q-Tip to Herbie Hancock and the Foo Fighters.


Adele Annouces the Release of 21, Available February 22nd 2011!

COLUMBIA RECORDS ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF 21,
THE NEW STUDIO ALBUM FROM TWO TIME GRAMMY® AWARD WINNER ADELE
ADELE’S 21 AVAILABLE IN THE U.S. AND CANADA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22

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(New York, NY; Columbia Records; November 2, 2010) – Columbia Records/XL is proud to announce the North American release of 21, the eagerly awaited sophomore album from British singer-songwriter Adele, on Tuesday February 22. 21, is the follow up to Adele’s critically acclaimed, award winning debut album 19 (both named after her age at the time the songs were written). Renowned for her incredibly unique vocal ability and songwriting, Adele’s debut received two Grammy Awards in 2009 (Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance) as well as a BRIT Award in 2008 (Critics Choice). [Read more…]

Norah Jones Talks About Collaboration With Grammy Winner Herbie Hancock


On November 16, Norah Jones will release …Featuring, an album filled with her musical collaborations from the past decade. The 18-songs album includes duets ranging from musical legends such as Ray Charles and Dolly Parton, to modern-day icons the Foo Fighters and OutKast.

Check out a brand new video of Norah Jones talking about her collaboration with Grammy Award winner Herbie Hancock on the song “Court & Spark.”

Stewart Swings with Soul

Rod Stewart
“Fly Me to the Moon:
The Great American Songbook:
Volume Five”
Arista Recrods
www.rodstewart.com

With great love for the music traditionally considered the American Songbook I waited with baited breath for this release. This is the swinging cocktail party of some of the greatest songs of the 20th Century as performed by one of pop music’s most unique chameleons, Rod Stewart. [Read more…]

Elton John and Leon Russell’s ‘The Union available now! Signed vinyl edition being sold for charity

>Elton John and Leon Russell’s high anticipated collaboration album ‘The Union’ is now available in stores and from digital retailers. Produced by Oscar and multiple-Grammy winning producer T Bone Burnett, ‘The Union’ was recorded live in the studio with Elton and Leon on dueling pianos. The 14-track disc includes selections written by Elton and his lifelong lyricist Bernie Taupin, as well as the combined incomparable songwriting team consisting of Leon, Elton, Bernie and T Bone covering a variety of musical genres-from R&B, soul, gospel, country, pop and rock. [Read more…]

LAURA IZIBOR TO GUEST STAR ON THE CW’S HIT SERIES, ONE TREE HILL

LAURA IZIBOR TO GUEST STAR ON THE CW’S HIT SERIES, ONE TREE HILL; ACCLAIMED SOUL SINGER TO PERFORM SPECIALLY RECORDED VERSION OF “CAN’T BE LOVE” FOR ACTING DEBUT ON OCTOBER 19TH; “CAN’T BE LOVE” ARRIVES AT ALL DSPs SAME DAY;

ADDITIONAL NEW MATERIAL INCLUDED ON ATLANTIC’S

STAR-STUDDED SOUNDTRACK, “FOR COLORED GIRLS: MUSIC FROM & INSPIRED BY THE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE,” DUE IN STORES AND ONLINE ON NOVEMBER 2ND


Atlantic recording artist Laura Izibor is set to unveil a new track recorded especially for her debut appearance on The CW’s hit series, One Tree Hill. The song, entitled “Can’t Be Love,” arrives at all DSPs on October 19th.

That same day will see the Dublin-based singer performing “Can’t Be Love” as part of her television acting debut on the long-running drama. Izibor will join the One Tree Hill cast as “Erin,” a recurring role slated to appear throughout the series’ current season. [Read more…]

ROD STEWART PERFORMING LIVE ON HSN, OCTOBER 9TH FOR WORLD LAUNCH OF FLY ME TO THE MOON..

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAMER, AND GRAMMY™ AWARD WINNING INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR, ROD STEWART PERFORMING LIVE

ON HSN SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9

FOR WORLD LAUNCH OF LATEST ALBUM

“FLY ME TO THE MOON…THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK: VOLUME V”


– HSN Customers Will Be Able to Pre-Order Latest Volume from Chart-Topping, Multi-Platinum, Grammy Award-Winning The Great American Songbook Series Before the Album’s Official Debut In Stores October 19th

(St. Petersburg, FL – October 7) — International superstar, rock icon and J Records recording artist Rod Stewart will debut his latest album, Fly Me to The Moon…The Great American Songbook: Volume V, exclusively with interactive, multichannel retailer HSN when he performs live during a one-hour primetime special titled “Rod Stewart Live in Concert Presented by Sprint and HTC” this Saturday, October 9 at 8 p.m. (ET). During the live special, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy™ Living Legend recipient will croon iconic songs from the Great American Songbook.

Rod Stewart adds, “I am absolutely in love with these incredible songs on my new album and cannot wait to get out there and perform them live. Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday.” [Read more…]

JAZMINE SULLIVAN JOINS MARY J. BLIGE TOUR, NEW ALBUM AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE NOVEMBER 30TH

SEVEN-TIME GRAMMY NOMINEE JAZMINE SULLIVAN HITS THE ROAD
ON THE MARY J. BLIGE “MUSIC SAVED MY LIFE” TOUR
SOPHOMORE ALBUM LOVE ME BACK AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE
NOVEMBER 30TH ON J RECORDS
“HOLDING YOU DOWN (GOIN’ IN CIRCLES)” HITS THE TOP FIVE ON URBAN MAINSTREAM CHART
NEXT SINGLE “10 SECONDS” TO IMPACT RADIO ON OCTOBER 4TH

[October 1, 2010 – New York, NY]  Jazmine Sullivan, the seven-time Grammy nominated singer/songwriter, will be joining her longtime idol Mary J. Blige on tour this fall.  Beginning October 2nd in Atlanta, the 11-city “Music Saved My Life” jaunt will also feature opening act Miguel and special guest El DeBarge (on select dates).   Eager to hit the road, Jazmine states:  “I am so excited about this tour because not only is it a great opportunity to showcase my new music but, I have always been in awe of Mary J. Blige.  She could have asked anyone to be on this tour with her but she asked me. I’m beyond honored.”  Commenting on the addition of Jazmine to the tour, Blige cites: “Jazmine is an amazing singer and great songwriter. Her voice is so needed, so gospel and soul, and so perfect. I’m a fan. I love her.” [Read more…]

JOSH GROBAN TO RELEASE LONG-AWAITED FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM, ILLUMINATIONS, ON NOVEMBER 15TH ON REPRISE RECORDS

ILLUMINATIONS PRODUCED BY ACCLAIMED STUDIO LEGEND RICK RUBIN

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Burbank, CA – Already one of the most acclaimed and beloved singers and songwriters around the world, Josh Groban breaks new ground of artistic and personal growth with his long-awaited fifth studio album, Illuminations, to be released on November 15th, 2010, from Reprise Records. The album is the rewardingly surprise-filled result of the unexpected but stimulating teaming with veteran producer Rick Rubin, known for his iconic work with Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash and Dixie Chicks among many others. [Read more…]

Is M.I.A. Missing In Action?, or, How 2 Make A Gun W/ UR Hand

M.I.A.
The Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
9/29 & 9/30 – /\/\/\Y/\, out now!

Whether she wants to admit it or not, M.I.A. is a celebrity. Since the (commercial) success of “Paper Planes,” the performance artist turned electro-banger sailed on to create an album which spawns controversy wherever it lands. One of Maya Arulpragasm’s recent music videos (directed by Romain Gavras) caused quite the anger-gasm as the majority of the viewing public failed to understand just exactly what the artist was trying to say. [Read more…]

WHO’S THAT BOY? Is it Justin Bieber? Is he James Dean? Clint Eastwood? Or Michael Bublé?

MICHAEL BUBLÉ DEBUTS NEW VIDEO FOR CURRENT SINGLE “HOLLYWOOD”
GRAMMY AWARD WINNER PORTRAYS CAST OF CHARACTERS

“Crazy Love Tour” US Continues Beginning November 23rd in Hershey, PA New Deluxe Version of Current CD – “Crazy Love Hollywood Edition” Out October 25th

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Burbank, CA – Canadian superstar Michael Bublé’s new video “Hollywood,” released today (the single is available at all digital music retailers) is causing a huge sensation all over the internet with fans viewing Bublé having a blast portraying different characters while strolling through various movie sets on a “Hollywood” back lot. The video for the Bublé penned, “Hollywood” was directed by award winning Rich Lee (Eminem’s “Not Afraid,” Fergie’s “Clumsy,” Black Eyed Peas’ “Rock That Body”). [Read more…]

Sonar Chicago 2010; The Multi-Media Post

Sonar Chicago
Millenium Park & Chicago Cultural Center – Chicago, Il
9/09/10 – 9/11/10

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From SonarChicago.com, “Sónar is the festival of advanced music and multimedia art that takes place at various venues in Barcelona (Spain) in the third week of June since 1994.

Sónar is a pioneering festival that is unique in terms of its format and content: a leading international benchmark thanks to a carefully assembled range of culture that combines entertainment with artistry, the avant garde and experimentation, featuring the most consolidated artists and trends in electronic music and their interactions and hybridisations with other genres…

To date, Sónar has travelled to London (an annual event since 2002), New York, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Frankfurt and Tokyo, among many other destinations, and in late 2010 a special format festival will be held for the first time in the North American city of Chicago, on 9, 10 and 11 September.

Sónar Chicago is the result of an initiative by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs -the public office planning and promoting musical, performance, and visual arts events in Chicago-, the Institut Ramon Llull, -the consortium made up of the Government of Catalonia and the Government of the Balearic Islands-, Advanced Music -the creators of Sónar festival – and AC Entertainment -the promoter of the Bonnaroo festival.”

With that said, here are the artists I was able to experience…
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MICHAEL BUBLÉ GOES HOLLYWOOD AND SOLD-OUT TOUR CONTINUES NEW SINGLE, NEW VIDEO, NEW TOUR DATES & NEW DELUXE CDMICHAEL BUBLÉ GOES HOLLYWOOD AND SOLD-OUT TOUR CONTINUES NEW SINGLE, NEW VIDEO, NEW TOUR DATES & NEW DELUXE CD

MICHAEL BUBLÉ GOES HOLLYWOOD AND SOLD-OUT TOUR CONTINUES
NEW SINGLE, NEW VIDEO, NEW TOUR DATES & NEW DELUXE CD

“Hollywood” (the single) – Out September 7th
“Hollywood” (the video) – Out Late September
“Crazy Love Hollywood Edition” – Out October 25th
“Crazy Love Tour” Continues November 23rd in Hershey, Pennsylvania

Burbank, CA –The year 2010 continues to be Michael Bublé’s golden hour as Reprise Records confirmed the release today (September 7th) of “Hollywood,” the Canadian superstar’s highly anticipated new single which follows up his previous No. 1 single, “Haven’t Met You Yet.” “Hollywood” was co-written by Bublé and will have an accompanying video that will be released later this month with Bublé portraying a number of different celebrities. The label will also be releasing the deluxe “Crazy Love Hollywood Edition” on October 25th. [Read more…]

In Photos: New Mastersounds at North Coast Music Festival 2010

New Mastersounds
North Coast Music Festival 2010
Chicago, IL
9/4/2010

New Mastersounds is:
Eddie Roberts – guitar
Simon Allen – drums
Pete Shand – bass guitar
Joe Tatton – organ and pianoNew Mastersounds North Coast Music Festival 2010

Check out more photos from the New Mastersounds set after the jump…

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All photos by Matt Ginger

This “Lemonade” not too tart – not too sweet

Lily Schaffer
Lemonade
Self-released
www.lilyschaffer.com

Lily Schaffer LemondaHer voice is salty – sweet – easy on ears as honey on the tongue. Her name is Lilly Schaffer and her disc “Lemonade” is just what it sounds like – a little complex – a little delicious – and completely refreshing.

Schaffer comes out of the gate like a sepia chanteuse spinning her ancient musical yarns through her own neo-modern filter. By the end of “Lemonade” we are slowly seduced into the singer/songwriter world of the 21st century.

“Lemonade” is a collection of smart – well-crafted songs by this veteran of Chicago’s open mic scene. She explores the standard questions of love and identity – but does so with wit and warmth meted out carefully so as to not distract from the music.

Stand Out Tracks

Rubber Match
Everything You Read
The Sweetest Thing

The Right Now is perfect for right now

The Right Now
Carry Me Home
Self-released
www.therightnow.com

Photo by Seth Thompson www.epiglotic.com

The toughest part about writing this review is the knowledge that “Carry Me Home” will be put into the recreational rotation which means less listens. (A music writer’s work is never done.) [Read more…]

Re-Introducing: Janelle Monae!

Janelle Monae
Atlantic Records
The ArchAndroid – Out now!

Have you heard? I promise it’s not “the bird” — this time.

It’s Janelle Monae.

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The stars are aligned for Jones

The Constellations reap accolades
“Southen Gothic” released
Summer tours heating up


 

Atlanta’s latest export – The Constellations – are bringing their southern style – and their “Southern Gothic” to a town near you this summer. Their touring plans have them criss- crossing the country spreading joy and music with reckless abandon.

I caught up with lead singer Elijah Jones recently between stops to get a handle on the band that has evolved and solidified into a tight touring unit – a group so tight they can recreate much the intricately nuanced “Southern Gothic” live on stage.

“We are touring with eight members which allows us to recreate a lot of the album,” Jones said.“Still some of the songs have to be reinterpreted.” [Read more…]

Donn T talks Music Business, Kalediscopic, and rapper Common

Donn T
Kaleidoscopic
Release: 7/12/2010
Label: MoreAboutMusic

Donn T is her own woman. She describes herself as “authentic”. She grew up in a very musical family on the East Coast. Her father and mother are both recording artists and her brother is GuestLove from the hip hop band The Roots.

Her debut album, Kaleidoscopic, drops July 12th.  The album is a fusion of multiple genres from house music, dance, pop, and soul.  The Dead Hub recently caught up with Ms. Donn T to talk business, Kalediscopic, and tells her tale of writing for rapper Common.

The Dead Hub: Where in the world is Donn T at today? MySpace lists several locations.

Donn T: Yeah I just depends on the week. (laughs) I am bicoastal, as in the United States. LA and Philadelphia. I spend 1/3 of my time in LA, 1/3 UK, and 1/3 Philadelphia.

I’ve written for TV and film, which is why I am in Los Angeles. My label and management are in the UK. I have a very interesting life. I have meetings that I have to take at 10am UK time and I have to be alert. 10 AM UK time is 4 am Philly time. My publicist is in New York and at the moment I am in Philadelphia. [Read more…]

In Photos: The Heavy

The Heavy
Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
5/21/10

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Taylor Hicks’ Soul Patrol Hits the Belly Up Tavern

Taylor Hicks
The Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA
03/05/2009

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The house is packed for this former American Idol. He’s in town for his starring role in the Grease musical which is currently in San Diego and will continue to hit the West Coast until the end of May.  Not only is Taylor making his way around the country with Grease but he’s also out promoting his newest release that will drop March 10th title The Distance. you may be hearing his newest single of The Distance called “What’s Right is Right.”

The audience is on the older side compared to most concerts that I attend. I would say it was also an even split of males and females. I was sitting next to a group of very vocal older women. I am talking these ladies were in their 60’s or 70’s. It appeared that there were generations of women there too. For example, mom, daughter, and grandma would be in packs in the audience. I would say Taylor Hicks would make a great family outing, but too bad this show was 21+. FYI: Taylor Hicks drink Budweiser.

I have a confession to make, I didn’t watch American Idol when Taylor was on it. I almost wish I did, but on the other hand, I have this clean perspective on him. He is a very talented performer, and he also has that natural ability to woo women in the audience. I know this because I was very taken with him. He also has an abundance of energy. He didn’t really stop moving which is probably due to the Grease musical training.

More of this review, photos, and tour dates after the jump…

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Announcement: Taylor Hicks

TAYLOR HICKS GOES “THE DISTANCE”

Highly Anticipated New Studio Album to be Released March 10
Following First Single, “What’s Right Is Right,” digitally on January 27

Los Angeles, CA (January 21, 2009) – Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Taylor Hicks will thrill longtime fans, and inspire new audiences, with the release of his anticipated new studio album, The Distance, on March 10. The album will be released on Hicks’ Modern Whomp Records label and distributed through a partnership with independent artist services company Artist To Market (A2M). Debuting January 27 digitally is the first single “What’s Right Is Right,” a mid-tempo song about love and commitment, driven by funky keyboards and sax work.

Produced by Simon Climie (Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Faith Hill), and tapping the talents of guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, bassist Nathan East and drummer Abe Laboriel Jr., The Distance includes eleven tracks, some co-written by Hicks: “Wedding Day Blues,” “Seven Mile Breakdown,” “What’s Right is Right,” “Woman’s Gotta Have It,” “New Found Freedom,” “The Distance,” “Nineteen,” “I Live on a Battlefield,” “Maybe You Should,” “Once Upon a Lover of Mine,” and “Keepin’ It Real.”

Since becoming Season 5 winner of “American Idol,” Taylor Hicks has seen his self-titled debut album certified platinum, performed with Willie Nelson, Widespread Panic, The Allman Brothers and Jackson Browne, toured through Asia, penned the Random House memoir Heart Full of Soul, and made his Broadway debut as Teen Angel in Grease. At the beginning of 2009 Taylor has embarked on a national US tour with Grease with stops in Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle.

For more information on Taylor Hicks please visit www.taylorhicks.com.

Robert Randolph: The Man with Soul

Robert Randolph on Music Builds Tour 2008
Cricket Wireless – Chula Vista, CA
9/27/2008

Robert Randolph – pedal steel
Danyel Morgan – bass
Marcus Randolph – drums
Jason Crosby – organ, piano, violin

Robert Randolph on Music Builds Tour 2008 Cricket Wireless - Chula Vista, CA 9/27/2008

We went to the Music Builds Tour to cover Jars of Clay, but we came out a fan of Robert Randolph. Before we walked through the gates of the Crickets Wireless in Chula Vista, people were a buzz with Robert Randolph, saying he was the one to watch tonight. I hadn’t heard of him until that day at Cricket.

Robert Randolph on Music Builds Tour 2008 Cricket Wireless - Chula Vista, CA 9/27/2008Robert Randolph is dubbed as the American Funk band. He plays the pedal steel guitar, and I must say the man plays it like it was a part of him. He also is joined by family memebers such as his cousin Marcus on drums and he brought his sister out for some backing vocal support.

His music is insanely contagious and had everybody on their feet dancing. Robert was even kind enough to teach us how to do a little dance that he’s been doing for ages. The songs are epically long and I would usually have a problem with that, except his songs are good and catchy. My favorite is “Ain’t Nothing Wrong with That.” If you go to his MySpace and hear the song, it’s super energtic. Now imagine that song having 10 times more soul in it….that’s Robert and the Family live. The music comes out and grabs you.

Robert Randolph on Music Builds Tour 2008 Cricket Wireless - Chula Vista, CA 9/27/2008Robert has toured with the likes of Eric Clapton and collaborated on a song with O.A.R. and Dave Matthews. He and the Family are out on tour right now and this is a must see show! Really, I mean it!

They are touring in support of the current release: Colorblind. Check Robert’s MySpace for more music or his official site for more information.

Tour Dates for Robert Randolph and the Family Band:

Oct 17 2008 The Paradise Boston, Massachusetts
Oct 24 2008 Varsity Theater Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Oct 25 2008 Sweetwater Festival Milledgeville, Georgia
Oct 31 2008 Charlottesville Pavilion Charlottesville, Virginia
Nov 3 2008 Highline Ballroom Head Count “Get Out and Vote Party” – Robert Only New York, New York
Nov 7 2008 The Moon Tallahassee, Florida
Nov 14 2008 Granada Lawrence, Kansas
Nov 21 2008 Cubby Bear Chicago, Illinois
Nov 28 2008 McDonald Theater Eugene, Oregon
Dec 5 2008 Harrah’s Casino Kansas City, Missouri

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