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Celebrate Earth Day With These Livestreams & Merch For Good!
Soul Clap, Jauz and HAILENE, Maluma, the Black Pumas, and more are here to help you enjoy good tunes and support mother nature today
Happy Earth Day, fellow earthlings! Since we inhabit this planet every day, every day is a great day to take care of it. There are many ways to do this, including being mindful of the environmental impact your purchases and actions have on the earth. You can also donate to environmental justice organizations and join a cleanup near you.
To help you celebrate our blue planet, GRAMMY.com has a list of livestream concerts and, music and merch releases that will get you in the mood to support the environment.
Soul Clap's World Transformation Force Release Party | April 22, 1 p.m. PST - Late
Funky house duo Soul Clap are celebrating their new album, WTF (World Transformation Force), with a full day of livestreaming on Twitch. They kick things off at 1 p.m. PST on LostResortTV with a special edition of "Schmoozing With Soul Clap" where they'll dive deep into issues of climate change and social justice as these are "central themes of the album." Guests Tadia K. Taylor and Anton Siemon will join the conversation.
The release and Earth Day fun continue with two epic DJ set streams: A-Track, Rich Medina, Greg Paulus and XL Middleton at 3 p.m. PST on SoulClapMusic, and Soul Clap at 7 p.m. PST for a B2B set filled with tunes from their new album.
Jauz & HAILENE Music, Art & Ocean Conservation livestream | April 22, 12 p.m. PST
In celebration of their new single on Monstercat, "Oceans & Galaxies," Jauz and HAILENE will host a special livestream on Monstercat's Twitch channel. The virtual event will raise money for the ocean conservation organization Beneath the Waves. During the stream, the pair will perform an acoustic rendition of the uplifting dance track. They'll also sit down with Beneath the Waves' Chief Executive and Lead Scientist Dr. Austin Gallagher for a chat on how to protect the ocean. Monstercat visual artist Gameshrimp will also share a live art session.
HALIENE shared her intentions around the collaboration: "I hope people watching will be inspired to donate to support the health of our precious oceans through Beneath the Waves, and learn how we can love and care for our Earth a little better each day." She also said she's excited to share exclusive content during the event: "This song, event, and cause means a lot to us, and I hope we can use this special song and platform to bring awareness and more support for a clean and healthy planet!"
They've also released limited-edition Earth Day merch—t-shirts, a hoodie and a water bottle— where 25% of the proceeds will go to Beneath the Waves. In addition to be limited run, the goods will only be available to purchase until 11:59pm PST on April 22.
eTown's 30th b'Earthday Celebration Livestream | April 22, 5:30 p.m. PST
Boulder, Colorado radio show and multimedia nonprofit eTown is celebrating its 30th birthday with a free livestream show featuring Black Pumas, Lyle Lovett, Bob Weir, Nathaniel Rateliff, Los Lobos, Sam Bush, Sarah Jarosz, City and Colour, The War and Treaty, and Raquel Garcia. For more info and to register, click here.
BLOND:ISH's ABRACADABRA Earth Day Weekender | April 22 - 25
Earth warrior and DJ/producer BLOND:ISH will be going big for Earth Day. With over 60 hours of livestreaming on her lively ABRACADABRA Twitch channel, she will raise money for the Bye Bye Plastic Foundation. The four-day event will feature DJ sets from BLOND:ISH and her talented friends: Lauren Lane, Joeski, Soul Clap, Anden, Laurence Matte, LP Giobbi, Mary Droppinz, and many more. There will also be engaging conversations on climate activism, as well as "self love" moments with yoga, mindful breathing and more.
RSVP for the Earth Day Weekender here to get notified when they go live.
Earthday.org & Bill Nye's "Earth Day! The Musical" | Debuts April 22
Bill Nye the Science Guy has tapped major musicians, actors and superstar personalities for "Earth Day! The Musical," which debuted on Facebook Watch today. Maluma, Steve Aoki, Jack Harlow, Tori Kelly, Justin Bieber, Karamo Brown, and more star in the 12-minute play, kicked off by none other than the Bronx's finest Bodega Boys, Desus Nice and The Kid Mero.
Soul Clap & Finback Brewery's Back 2 Love Sustainable/Charitable Beer
For those lucky enough to be living in the Big Apple, you can go try the new environmentally conscious Back 2 Love sour ale (named after one of the tracks on the new Soul Clap album) at Finback Brewery's Brooklyn tasting room starting April 22. A portion of proceeds from the beer, created in partnership with the Queens-based brewery and Soul Clap, will go to the Climate Justice Alliance.
Today, the Brooklyn location will be celebrating with a release party—for the beer and the album! They will also be hosting a neighborhood cleanup in Crown Heights, Brooklyn on Sunday, April 25 at 10 a.m. EST. Back 2 Love is available at Finback's Brooklyn and Queens taprooms and One Stop Brew Shop in Rochester, New York.
Universal language: Why humans need music
Learn why music is truly a common language that is key to human development and evolution
There's no doubt music finds a way into nearly every moment of our daily lives, whether it's marking milestones such as a first dance at a wedding, the soundtrack to our favorite movie or singing in the shower for fun. In fact, it's hard to imagine times when we are more than an ear-length away from hearing another song.
But why does music mean so much to us? A powerful form of communication that transcends all barriers — music is our common language, but why?
A composer and educator with a lifelong fascination for music, Adam Ockelford has traced our connection with music back to infants and caregivers. Infants are unable to follow words, but they are developmentally primed to trace patterns in sound, such as through the songs a caretaker sings to them. Therefore, understanding music is intuitive for humans, even at a very young age, and it encourages healthy development.
In addition, there may be another evolutionary purpose for music. Music provides a sense of sameness between humans — if you can copy the sounds someone else makes, you must be an ally. This synergy plays a role in human survival because it evokes empathy and understanding, a lesson we still learn from music in today's culture.
"Music is central to the notion of what it is to be human, and spans cultures, continents and centuries," writes Ockelford. "My music, your music, our music can bind us together as families, as tribes and as societies in a way that nothing else can."
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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors
Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it
Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.
McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award.
The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.
"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."
With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.
Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.
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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show
Dark punk legends to play first show with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only since last year's Riot Fest reunion
There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.
The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.
This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.
"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."
Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.
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Lady Gaga Steps In To Support Youth Impacted By Hurricanes
GRAMMY winner pledges support for those impacted by hurricanes this year through Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program
On Oct. 10 Lady Gaga announced she is devoting her $1 million donation in support of those impacted by the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and the earthquakes in Mexico, to a specific cause — the mental and emotional well being of children and youth.
Gaga announced on her Born This Way Foundation website she will support Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program, which uses a variety of tools to help young people deal with trauma in the wake of natural disasters.
"Through a curriculum that includes cooperative play, discussion, art, meditation, and mindfulness practices, young people learn to recognize and understand their emotions and develop healthy coping skills," Gaga wrote. "Tens of thousands of youth have benefited from the program since it’s development in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Save the Children is working to bring it to hundreds of thousands more in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico."
The announcement came on World Mental Health Day, and the Fame Monster has invited all of us to step up and consider making a contribution to the Journey of Hope program to support to mental and emotional needs of children.
"Mental health is just as vital to our wellbeing as physical health. That’s true for each of us, everyday, but it’s especially important for those coping with disaster and recovering from trauma," wrote Lady Gaga. "We must do everything within our power to support the full, vibrant recovery of these communities, from meeting their immediate needs to helping them to rebuild sustainably."