Music News for January 25, 2013-January 27, 2013

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Rock and Alternative

Vampire Weekend have debuted a brand new track titled “Arms”, live. The new song was performed during their show at the Metro Theatre in Sydney. This event took place on January 23rd. The song is taken from their forthcoming third album. The new album is set to be released on May 6th in the UK and on May 7th in the US. To listen to the new song, be sure to visit: http://consequenceofsound.net/2013/01/watch-vampire-weekend-perform-a-new-song-arms/.

 

The Strokes have released a new song, titled “One Way Trigger”. To listen to the new song, visit: http://www.thestrokes.com/thankyou. The song is also being offered as a free download on their website (http://www.thestrokes.com/). The Strokes are set to release a new album later this year.

 

A recording of Paul McCartney singing “A World without Love” has been unearthed by Peter Asher. The song was written by McCartney and given to Asher for his duo, Peter and Gordon, in order for them to record it. Until now, there was no confirmation if there was a recording of McCartney performing the song. This song had gone to No. 1 in the UK and the US, after it was released in 1964. The version that was discovered includes Paul McCartney singing and playing the acoustic guitar for the song. Some of these same tapes include a recording of McCartney singing an early version of The Beatles’ “I’ll follow the Sun”.

 

Paramore have recently revealed details of the tracks that will be featured in their upcoming self-titled album. They have already released a trailer for their new album, which can be viewed here:  http://www.nme.com/news/paramore/68178. Paramore’s Hayley Williams has mentioned that electronic music and Alt-J have been an influence for this new album. Paramore will be released on April 8th and their new single “Now” will be out on February 24th in the UK. The track listing for the new album is “Fast in My Car”, “Now”, “Grow Up”, “Daydreaming”, “Interlude: Moving On”, “Ain’t It Fun”, “Part II”, “Last Hope”, “Still Into You”, “Anklebiters”, “Interlude: Holiday”, “Proof”, “Hate to See Your Heart Break”, “(One of Those) Crazy Girls”, “Interlude: I’m Not Angry Anymore”, “Be Alone”, and “Future”.

 

The Vaccines had headlined The Joiners in Southampton on January 22nd, where they played a one-off not-for-profit show in order to raise money and awareness of the venue. The Vaccines played an hour-long set with a selection of songs from their debut album What Did You Expect from the Vaccines? And from their second album Come of Age. The Joiners has played host to bands such as Oasis, Kings of Leon, The Liberteens, etc., in the past. The set was made because the venue has been facing an uncertain future after a dramatic recent drop in ticket sales. The Vaccines had played songs such as “No Hope”, “Wreckin Bar (Ra Ra Ra)”, “Teenage Icon”, and more at this set. They are now set to embark on a UK arena tour this May, which will include the biggest show they have done so far at London’s O2 Arena on May 2nd.

 

Electronic and Dance

Gold Panda has been working on some new material and it has now been released as the Trust EP. This new EP features microhouse sounds and shows Gold Panda’s progression since his release of Lucky Sinner.  To stream the latest EP from electronic music producer, Gold Panda, visit: http://theneedledrop.com/2013/01/gold-panda-trust-ep/.

 

Swedish House Mafia have announced the full lineup for the highly-anticipated North American part of One Last Tour. The tour includes over a dozen acts that have been booked to open for them. New York will be treated with Pete Tong, AN21, Otto Knows and Armand Van Helden in Madison Square Garden. AN21 and Max Vangeli will be in San Francisco as well. Nero, Alesso, Zedd, Monsta, and more will be at LA’s Masquerade Motel. Swediah House Mafia’s last United States performance will take place at this year’s Ultra Music Festival.

 

Pop and R&B

Adele has confirmed that she will be performing “Skyfall” live at this year’s Academy Awards, which will be held in Los Angeles. She had posted on her label’s website (XL Recordings) that it was an honor to be nominated and chosen to sing in front of so many people. Adele is also nominated for the Best Original Song category at the awards. Adele had also picked up a Golden Globe award for “Skyfall”. The Academy Awards will take place on February 24th at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

 

Justin Timberlake is set to take the stage during the Super Bowl weekend in New Orleans. Timberlake will perform at the DIRECTV Super Saturday Night event. This event takes place one day before the big game, on February 2nd. This charity event will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. Timberlake has yet to confirm any tour plans to support the release of his next album, The 20/20 Experience.

 

Country

Carrie Underwood has done a duet with Steven Tyler for Aerosmith’s latest album. The song is titled “Can’t Stop Lovin’ You” and is now a radio single. Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood have sung together in a mash-up of “Undo It” and “Walk This Way” at the ACM Awards, back in 2011. It was said that the decision to add Underwood’s vocals to the song was last minute, yet they worked well for the song.

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Music News for January 11, 2013-January 13, 2013

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Rock and Alternative

Bob Dylan has just released a limited-edition box set in order to prevent some of his rare, early recordings from falling out of copyright. This “50th Anniversary Collection” includes 86 rarities that Dylan had recorded in 1962. Bob Dylan’s debut album has fallen out of copyright in Europe. To prevent the same thing from happening to his 86 recordings, Sony Music had distributed around 100 copies of The 50th Anniversary Collection to some stores in France, Germany, Sweden, and the UK.

Arctic Monkeys have been confirmed to headline this year’s Benicàssim festival. Arctic Monkeys will be joining The Killers and Queens of the Stone Age on the line-up. Other acts that were confirmed to perform at the festival on July 18th-21st include Jake Bugg, Palma Violets, Azealia Banks, Echo Lake, Splashh and Swim Deep. To check for any available tickets and the latest listings, visit: NME.com/tickets.

Fun. have released a new track titled “Sight of the Sun”. This new song is going to be featured on the upcoming soundtrack for HBO’s original series Girls, which was due out January 8th. To listen to the new track, be sure to check out: http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/fun._release_new_song_sight_of_the_sun.

David Bowie has just announced his first new album in 10 years. The album is titled, The Next Day and it is to be released on March 11th in the UK and most countries, March 8th in Australia, and March 12th in the USA. The standard edition of the album includes 14 songs and the “Deluxe Version” has another three songs, both of which are available to pre-order on iTunes now. Bowie has already released the first single off of the album called “What Are We Now?”, which is available on iTunes. To watch the video of the song, visit: http://www.nme.com/news/david-bowie/68051. The complete track listing for The Next Day can also be seen there.

Morrissey had played an unreleased song on the US television program Late Show with David Letterman this week. To watch this performance, be sure to check out: http://www.nme.com/news/morrissey/68099#9. The unreleased track is titled “Action is My Middle Name”. This track is one of three solo tracks that were released on BBC Radio in 2011. The two other songs are titled “The Kid’s a Looker” and “People are the Same Everywhere”. He had also performed a song called “Scandanavia” in his live sets. Morrissey has already confirmed that he has new material ready for an upcoming album.

Jake Bugg, Frank Turner, and Vampire Weekend are some of the many artists that are to be announced to perform at this year’s South by Southwest music festival. This event will take place in Austin, Texas. The music arm of South by Southwest will take place from March 12th-17th and will also see announced sets from Black Lips, Jesca Hoop, Toy, and more. To see a list of all of the performers at this year’s South by Southwest, be sure to visit: sxsw.com/music.

 

Electronic and Dance

The Knife had just announced their first tour dates since 2006. It was said that these dates will take place in Copenhagen in May. On The Knife’s official website, a message mentions that they will be playing two shows at Copenhagen’s Vega in May 12th and 13th. These are the first tour dates to be announced for their upcoming ‘Shaking the Habitual’ tour, which will have more European dates announced soon. The Knife also announced that they will release their new album on April 8th, titled Shaking the Habitual.

 

Pop and R&B

Justin Timberlake has confirmed that he will return to the music industry. Timberlake had last released an album in 2006 and he has spent the last few years focusing on his acting career. Timberlake had confirmed that he is ready to release new material. It has been rumored that he might release new music with Jay-Z. There are also other rumors that state that Beyonce will be featured on his new songs. On his return to the music industry, Timberlake had released a video to state that he is “ready”. To view the video, be sure to visit:  http://www.nme.com/news/justin-timberlake/68097.

Beyonce is set to perform at United States President, Barack Obama’s inauguration. The event will be on January 21st outside of the Capitol building in Washington, DC and   Beyonce will sing the National Anthem of the United States. Barack Obama had spoken at a fundraiser hosted by Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z, for his re-election campaign that was in New York. This fundraiser had raised about $4 million.

 

Country

Jerrod Niemann had taken the idea of getting in touch with the fans to a whole new level. Back in September, Niemann had launched a sweepstakes called “Rock Your Room” which was set to give one lucky winner a bundle of Sony Electronics and an exclusive live performance from him in their residence. The lucky winner was chosen to be Catherine, a student at Arizona State University. Niemann has gone to Arizona to treat Catherine and her friends to a private concert at her house on December 10th. With the private concert, Catherine received new electronics from Sony, including a PlayStation Vita. Jerrod Niemann’s “Jägermeister Presents” tour will be ending on January 11th, with only a few tour dates left.