RÜFÜS DU SOL at L.A. film premiere
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Must Watch: RÜFÜS DU SOL's Epic Joshua Tree Concert For No One
Both the 44-minute film and new album, which share the name of "RÜFÜS DU SOL: Live from Joshua Tree," will be released globally on March 6
The camera pans across a deep red earth covered with towering rock formations and a seemingly endless vastness. Fittingly trippy instrumental electronic music fills this otherworldly, lonely space. Soon, the light begins to fade and the earth-tone colors shift as Tyrone Lindqvist's haunting voice—singing emotive SOLACE cut "Eyes"—orients us.
We are here on earth, in the hazy, dreamy desert landscape of Joshua Tree, Calif., where RÜFÜS DU SOL recorded their latest project, their debut feature film and accompanying live album. The trippy opening cut is a brand-new, unreleased song aptly entitled "Valley of the Yuccas." Both the 44-minute film and live album, which share the name of "RÜFÜS DU SOL: Live from Joshua Tree," will be released globally on March 6. [Update: You can now enjoy the full film via YouTube, shared below.]
At the film's world premiere at the intimate Vista Theatre in Los Angeles, 400 friends and fans of the band got the first look. Lindqvist and bandmates Jon George and James Hunt were also there themselves to help kick things off and offer some extra cheering in the back of the movie theater. More fun screenings, in select major cities globally, will be announced soon. The album is also available for pre-order here.
The project includes music from 2016's Bloom, 2014's Atlas and of course, 2018's GRAMMY-nominated SOLACE. The second song, "Eyes," was written by the Aussie trio in Joshua Tree and somehow feels brand new sung out to the open desert sunset landscape where it was born. In another too-perfect moment, after "New Sky" set to the fading pink and orange sky, the guys bring us Atlas' "Desert Night" as the darkness settles in. The eight-song show ends, in gradual darkness, with "No Place."
The visuals of the live set are stunning; in addition to the gorgeous natural landscape and RÜFÜS' rich sounds, the stage design and lighting are epic in their own right. Dozens of flashing light poles surround the trio as they each play on individual little stages nestled together amongst the rocks, with their respective music equipment resting on sleek, clear stands. The entrancing lights pulsate and flash to the music and somehow expand the space even more.
"There were about 80 light poles and the light installation idea came from our creative director, Katzki, drawing lines on a photograph of the site," the band told us. "The design was translated from our live show with Matt Smith from Colourblind designing and Dave Fairless operating day of. Danny, our manager and Derek, from our management team, physically installed and straightened them one by one in the searing heat risking death by rattlesnakes."
The stunning film is presented by Mixmag and Rose Avenue Records, the band's label. Alexander George, a.k.a. Katzki, Jon's brother and RÜFÜS creative director/longtime visual collaborator, directed and produced it. He also directed the videos for "No Place" and "Like An Animal," to name a few.
"We went on a writing trip in Joshua Tree back when we were finishing SOLACE. While we were out there we stayed up one night until the sun rose and this creeping light came over the valley into our room. There were these wild rock formations about 100 feet above where we were writing so we climbed up to take in the sunrise. We brought a speaker with us and 'Time' by the Pachanga Boys came on," the group added.
"Watching dawn break with this epic 15-minute journey playing out, we started joking about putting together a sunrise set in the desert where we would play to no one. Everything kind of took off after that. For almost two years we workshopped ideas and locations and finally, we put time aside to shoot in September last year."
You can catch the boys live as they embark on another world tour, including shows at CRSSD in San Diego, Corona Capital in Guadalajara and two nights at Red Rocks in Colorado. You can still participate in their fundraiser to support Australian brushfire relief, which could win you tickets to the sold-out CRSSD fest.
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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."
Find Out Who's Nominated For Best Rap Album | 2020 GRAMMY Awards
Dreamville, Meek Mill, 21 Savage, Tyler, The Creator, and YBN Cordae all earn nominations in the category
The 2020 GRAMMYs are just around the corner, and now the nominations are in for the coveted honor of Best Rap Album. While we'll have to wait until the 62nd GRAMMY Awards air on CBS on Jan. 26 to find out who will win, let's take a look at which albums have been nominated for Best Rap Album.
Revenge of the Dreamers III – Dreamville
Dreamers III, the third installment in the label’s Revenge of the Dreamers compilation series, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and achieved gold status this past July. In addition to a Best Rap Album nod, Dreamers III is also nominated for Best Rap Performance next year for album track “Down Bad,” featuring J.I.D, Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG, and Young Nudy.
Championships – Meek Mill
In many ways, Championships represents a literal and metaphorical homecoming for Meek Mill. Released in November 2018, Championships is the Philadelphia rapper’s first artist album following a two-year prison sentence he served after violating his parole in 2017. Championships, naturally, sees Meek tackling social justice issues stemming from his prison experience, including criminal justice reform. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, his second chart-topper following 2015’s Dreams Worth More Than Money, and reached platinum status in June 2019. Meek Mill's 2020 Best Rap Album nod marks his first-ever GRAMMY nomination.
i am > i was – 21 Savage
Breakout rapper and four-time GRAMMY nominee 21 Savage dropped i am > i was, his second solo artist album, at the end of 2018. The guest-heavy album, which features contributions from Post Malone, Childish Gambino, J. Cole, and many others, has since charted around the world, topped the Billboard 200 – a first for the artist – in the beginning of 2019, and achieved gold status in the U.S. As well, nine songs out of the album’s 15 original tracks landed on the Hot 100 chart, including multi-platinum lead single “A Lot,” which is also nominated for Best Rap Song next year. 21 Savage’s 2020 Best Rap Album nomination, which follows Record of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance nods for his 2017 Post Malone collaboration, "Rockstar,” marks his first solo recognition in the top rap category.
IGOR – Tyler, The Creator
The eccentric Tyler, The Creator kicked off a massive 2019 with his mid-year album, IGOR. Released this past May, IGOR, Tyler’s fifth solo artist album, is his most commercially successful project to date. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking his first time topping the coveted chart, while its lead single, "Earfquake,” peaked at No. 13, his highest entry on the Hot 100. Produced in full by Tyler and featuring guest spots from fellow rap and R&B stars Kanye West, Lil Uzi Vert, Solange, and Playboi Carti, among many others, IGOR follows the rapper’s 2017 album, Flower Boy, which received the Best Rap Album nod that same year.
The Lost Boy – YBN Cordae
Emerging rapper YBN Cordae, a member of the breakout YBN rap collective, released his debut album, The Lost Boy, to widespread critical acclaim this past July. The 15-track release is stacked with major collaborations with hip-hop heavyweights, including Anderson .Paak, Pusha T, Meek Mill, and others, plus production work from J. Cole and vocals from Quincy Jones. After peaking at No. 13 on the Billboard 200, The Lost Boy now notches two 2020 GRAMMY nominations: Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song for album track “Bad Idea,” featuring Chance the Rapper.