This morning, via a private video conference from London, The Who announced a major North American arena tour where they’ll perform their iconic 1973 double album Quadrophenia in its entirety, along with a selection of Who classics. The critically acclaimed Quadrophenia marked the British band’s second rock opera (after Tommy), raised the bar for rock albums as an art form and hit #2 on the U.S. Billboard album chart. Founding members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will be joined by Zak Starkey (drums), Pino Palladino (bass), Simon Townshend (guitar/backing vocals), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Loren Gold (keyboards/backing vocals) and Frank Simes (musical director, keyboards/backing vocals).
A new mini documentary highlighting songwriter/guitarist/producer Blake Mills has just been released. This is the 4th episode in a series that celebrates the individual stories of emerging artists. The video introduces the 25-year old artist, and features commentary from Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers), James Valentine (Maroon 5), Tony Berg (producer), Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Jackson Browne, Kid Rock, Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), and more.
Hi everybody! Another week in the bag and another Free Music Friday to help you ease into your weekend with positive harmonious, melodic and rhythmic energy, otherwise known as music. This week we have just one track for you, but it’s a fantastic song from a very dynamic artist from Belgium via NYC, named Trixie Whitley.
Electronic music producers/DJ’s The Crystal Method (Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland) will appear with legendary singer Martha Reeves of The Vandellas tonight, Wednesday, March 14 on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” They’ll perform “I’m Not Leaving,” one of the five songs created in Re:Generation Music Project, the music documentary feature produced by Hyundai in association with The Grammys®. The film and project examines the history of different music through the eyes of five of the most influential electronic producer/DJ’s in music today.
Los Angeles, California’s own Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton, collectively known as Electric Guest, are pleased to announce the release of “This Head I Hold” on March 26th through Because Music. Produced by Danger Mouse, the track is taken from their debut album Mondo which is set to drop on April 23rd.
During a recent conversation with Bobbie Gale from Big Hassle, I became aware of a non-profit from Canada called Yellow Bird Project. Since we share a common interest in social entrepreneurship, I thought it would be fitting to introduce you to them as well. On September 18, 2009 I sat down with them via Skype to get more information on this unique new enterprise.
Re-Post from Examiner.com San Diego – Celebrity Charity Examiner
Written by: Linda St.Cyr
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Originally posted July 4th, 2009
Music celebrities have often used their status to gain attention for the charities they support. Stars such as Annie Lennox, Bono of U2, Michael Jackson, Sheryl Crow and many more have all participated in using their music to reach out to their fans to promote awareness, action and advocacy for causes that are worthwhile.