First Notes

Monday, March 23, 2015

First notes (3/23/2015): Robert Plant hits Argentina stage with Jack White, more

Posted By on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 11:07 AM

Editor's Note: First Notes is a weekly update of recent happenings in the world of music.

* Robert Plant made a surprise appearance during Jack White's set at Lollapalooza Argentina. The Led Zeppelin singer helped White out for a cover of Zep's "The Lemon Song."

* A.J. Pero, drummer for the band Twisted Sister, died at age 55. It appears as though he had a massive heart attack on Friday.

* Tom DeLonge has offered a bit more insight into his split with Blink-182, stating that when he said, "I'm out," he only meant out of the proposed deal, not out of the band. DeLonge wasn't able to focus on Blink-182 because he's got a few other projects in the works.

* Nicki Minaj will peform her only scheduled Carolinas concert at PNC Music Pavilion on Aug. 4.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

First notes (2/23/2015): Lady Gaga, Common and John Legend at the Oscars

Posted By on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 10:23 AM

Editor's Note: First Notes is a weekly update of recent happenings in the world of music.

* The day after the Oscars, not everyone is talking about the awards that were handed out. Catching a lot of buzz this morning is Lady Gaga's tribute to Sound of Music. There are plenty of people saying, "Who knew she could sing?!?" after that. We always knew she could sing, but her over-the-top antics usually overshadowed her voice. Maybe we should thank Tony Bennett for calming her down a bit?

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Monday, February 16, 2015

First notes: SNL's afterparty should have been shown on TV

Posted By on Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 11:50 AM

Editor's Note: First Notes is a weekly update of recent happenings in the world of music.

* Even if you watched the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special last night, you and just about everyone else (myself included) missed the after party which apparently went until 4 a.m. and featured jam sessions involving Paul McCartney, Prince, Jimmy Fallon, Taylor Swift, HAIM and plenty of others.

* Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp are forming a supergroup of sorts called Hollywood Vampires. The band's debut gig will be at Rock in Rio in September.

* Jack White responds to all the attention that his alleged guacamole recipe has received and blames journalists who look for click bait.

* Father John Misty released a new album, I Love You, Honeybear, last week, but it's the bonus single he released online that has everyone talking. Check out his sparse cover of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box":

* Tremont Music Hall announced "The Fest on Tremont" taking place on March 29. The lineup includes: DJ Complete, Deniro Farrar, Flagship, Serfs, Justin Aswell, Well$, It Looks Sad, The Business People, Hectorina and a whole bunch more.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

First notes (2/9/2015): It's all about Beck and Kanye at Grammys

Posted By on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 10:46 AM

Editor's Note: First Notes is a weekly update of recent happenings in the world of music.

* Sam Smith won Grammys for Song of the Year and Record of the Year (among others) while Beck won for Album of the Year last night. For a complete list of winners, click here.

* Beck's win has gained the most attention — first for Kanye running up on stage right before he started his speech. Everyone assumed he would say Beyonce should have won, but he saved that speech for backstage. "Beck needs to respect artistry, he should have given his award to Beyoncé," West said backstage. "At this point, we tired of it. What happens is, when you keep on diminishing art, and not respecting the craft, and smacking people in the face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you’re disrespectful to inspiration."

* And then you have plenty of people who don't even know who Beck is, or why he won. Perhaps his win is evidence those people should do a little research on iTunes or YouTube.

* Here's a rundown of the best and worst moments from the show, according to Billboard. It seems like most people are talking about Hozier with Annie Lennox:

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Monday, February 2, 2015

First notes (2/2/2015): Young internet users ask, Who is Missy Ellliott?

Posted By on Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 2:55 PM

Editor's Note: First Notes is a weekly update of recent happenings in the world of music.

* While many people are saying that Missy Elliott stole the halftime show at last night's Super Bowl, there is apparently an entire generation who has no idea who she is. Just as some people claim Kanye West is going to help Paul McCartney be discovered, so too are people giving future credit to Katy Perry for any of Elliott's success.

* Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was found unresponsive in a bathtub over the weekend. Rumors are swirling that she has very little brain activity at the moment.

* Kanye West doesn't appear to be a big fan of Waffle House.

* Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell had an epic lip sync battle after the Super Bowl:

* The first show of the 2015 concert season at the Uptown Amphitheatre has been announced. Needtobreathe will perform on May 9 with Drew Holcomb, Ben Rector and Colony House. Tickets go on sale on Friday, Feb. 6.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

First notes (1/19/2015): A new owner for the Hopscotch Music Festival?

Posted By on Mon, Jan 19, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Editor's Note: First Notes is a weekly update of recent happenings in the world of music.

* Indy Week is reporting that Etix founder Travis Janovich is trying to buy the Triangle area's Hopscotch Music Festival. If the sale goes through, current festival director Greg Lowenhagen would remain in that position. New owners will bring a bit of insurance at the festival will continue and that promotion can be further reaching.

* A$SAP Mob founder A$AP Yams was found dead at age 26 over the weekend. Details of his death have not been made public. Yams, born Steven Rodriguez, is credited with helping the A$AP Mob secure their record contract along with guiding the careers of A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg.

* The Grateful Dead have announced plans for three 50th anniversary shows to take place in Chicago on July 3-5. The four living original members — Bob Weir, 67; Phil Lesh, 74; Mickey Hart, 71; Bill Kreutzmann, 68 — will be joined by Trey Anastasio of Phish, keyboardist Bruce Hornsby and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.

* Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson has announced at the band has officially broken up. This comes one year after the band played its final show. The band has had two lengthy hiatuses in its history and Robinson said the final straw relates to money.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

First notes (12/29/2014): N.E.R.D.'s first single in four years, more

Posted By on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Editor's Note: First Notes is a weekly update of recent happenings in the world of music.

* N.E.R.D. released its first single in four years — "Squeeze Me," recorded for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. N.E.R.D. is made up of Pharrell and the Neptunes. The band's last album was Nothing, released in 2010.

* Singer Joe Cocker, 70, died of lung cancer on Dec. 22. Known for his gritty voice and energetic style of performing, Cocker turned the Beatles "With a Little Help From My Friends" into a soulful masterpiece.

* Little Jimmy Dickens, 94, a Grand Ole Opry member since 1948, has been hospitalized in critical condition. He was admitted with an undisclosed illness on Christmas. He last performed at the Opry as part of his 94th birthday celebration on Dec. 20.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

First notes (11/24/2014): Two country singers come out as gay

Posted By on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Editor's Note: First Notes is a weekly update of recent happenings in the world of music.

* Country singers Ty Herndon and Billy Gillman both came out as gay last week. Herndon was married, twice, previously to women but says he has been in his current relationship for years and always struggled with his sexuality. Gillman revealed his orientation via Twitter and a YouTube video to his fans.

* There have been rumors for weeks, but it was finally confirmed that Katy Perry will be the halftime performer at Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015.

* One Direction won Artist of the Year honors at the American Music Awards last night. For a complete list of winners, go here.

* Harry Connick Jr. will perform at Belk Theater on Feb. 17, 2015.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

First notes (11/17/2014): The latest 'Gangnam Style?

Posted By on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Editor's Note: First Notes is a weekly update of recent happenings in the world of music.

* There's a new version of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid 30 featuring Bono, Chris Martin, Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, Rita Ora, Elbow, Ed Sheeran, Bastille and more. Money raised goes to fight Ebola. The original charity single was recorded in 1984.

* Chinese singer Rong "Rollin" Wang released a bizarre video for her song "Chick Chick," that looks to be capitalizing on the success of Ylvis' "What Does the Fox Say?" and Psy's "Gangnam Style."

* Sinead O'Connor, in a lengthy interview with the UK's Daily Mail, wasn't a fan of U2 forcing their album on people, referring to it as being something "almost terrorist."

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Monday, November 10, 2014

First notes (11/10/2014): Led Zeppelin still not touring, more

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Editor's Note: First Notes is a weekly update of recent happenings in the world of music.

* Robert Plant reportedly turned down an offer of $300 million to tour with Led Zeppelin. Virgin Atlantic billionaire Richard Branson proposed a 35-show schedule in three cities — London, Berlin and New Jersey — that would have paid each band member that same amount. Plant has repeatedly said that he has no interest in touring with the band.

* Jason Aldean has removed his latest album from Spotify, following the lead of Taylor Swift. Old Boots, New Dirt was streamed by more than 3 million Spotify users between its release on Oct. 7 and its removal.

* One Direction was the big winner at the MTV European Music Awards on Sunday night, taking home five statues. The show, which was hosted by Nicki Minaj, took place in Glasgow, Scotland.

* Kissmas Concert 2014 featuring Jessie J, Nick Jonas and Bebe Rexha on Dec. 9 at the Fillmore.
* Jessica Lea Mayfield and David Mayfield at the Neighborhood Theatre on Dec. 10.
* Glen Hansard at the Knight Theater on Feb. 9.
* Echosmith at the Visulite Theatre on Feb. 25.

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