Music News 9.28.16

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Posted by on Sep 28, 2016

Kenny Rogers Announces Retirement

Kenny Rogers has announced his retirement. insert joke about gambling and final hands. The 78-year old country legend says that his decision does not come from being in poor health or feeling burnt out from being on the road, but from the feeling that he’s done everything he’s set out to do, saying “I’ve had my turn. Let someone else have it. It’s not that I dislike music; it’s just that I can’t keep doing this and so what I want to do, which is spend time with my family.” Rogers says his career kept him from being a part of a lot of special memories and moments with his older, now grown children, and isn’t looking to spend the last leg of his life repeating the pattern (Rogers has 12-year old twin boys and grandchildren he wants to dedicate his time to). Rogers has sold 120 million albums worldwide, won 3 Grammy Awards, and has charted records in each of the last seven decades totaling 24 No. 1 hit singles and 12 no. 1 albums. In November, Kenny Rogers will embark on the final leg of his final annual Christmas & Hits Tour. He’ll spend the first part of 2017 finishing out his career retrospective The Gambler’s Last Deal Tour, playing his final show on April 8th in Danville, Kentucky. (CoS)

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Dash Radio Allows Listeners to Toggle Between Explicit and Censored in Real Time

Sometimes you just want to enjoy your music as it is, in tact in its explicit format. Other times, you’re in mixed company, at work without headphones, or driving people around on your Fasten shift, and committing to fully explicit or full censored music and playlists is a pain and it’s killing your jive. Dash Radio is releasing new technology today aimed at rectifying your dilemma. Allegedly starting today, certain stations on the app will allow listeners to toggle stations between explicit and clean in real time. When you’re scrolling through station options, if a song paying is explicit, you’ll can long press the icon and the station will switch to clean versions until you toggle it back to explicit. The option isn’t available on all stations quite yet, but Dash’s biggest achievement in releasing this technology is that they beat Apple Music to the finish line. (Pitchfork)

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Music News 9.27.16

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Posted by on Sep 27, 2016

White House Prepares for Inaugural South By South Lawn Festival

It seems SXSW left quite the impression on President Obama when he spoke at this year’s festival, so much so that he’s collaborated with SXSW producers to create his own festival. The White House’s inaugural South by South Lawn happens on October 3rd of this year, and Obama and others working with the festival have booked quite the line-up for its first year: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Leonardo DiCaprio, the Lumineers, and the cast of Stranger Things. President Obama says the festival aims to celebrate “that spirit of innovation at South by South Lawn, a White House festival of ideas, art, action.” Along with musical performances, Leo will be screening his new documentary on climate change featuring a score by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor. Admission to the festival is based on nominations, with the White House seeking to bring in and celebrate those who have a positive impact on their communities.” (The Guardian)

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David Bowie’s Long Lost The Gouster out in Original Form for First Time

All the world is a joy knowing that there is still new David Bowie music to be heard! Last Friday, a 12-album compilation box set was released that included Bowie’s previously unheard 1974 album The Gouster. Many of the tracks from the album were later rerecorded, but now fans can listen to the album’s seven tracks including “John, I’m Only Dancing” and “It’s Gonna Be Me” in their original funk-and-soul form. The box set Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976) is on Spotify and Apple Music. The Gouster begins on disc four. (Billboard)

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Music News 9.26.16

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Posted by on Sep 26, 2016

Rolling Stone Allows 1st Ever Outside Investor

After nearly 5 decades, Rolling Stone has allowed its first ever outside investor. After 15 months of negotiations, Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner is selling 49% of the magazine to BandLab Technologies, a digital music startup based in Singapore. Wenner’s vision for the partnership is to expand Rolling Stone’s brand and presence into areas they haven’t quite been able to develop yet. Areas like live events, merchandising, and hospitality. All of this comes just ahead of Jann Wenner’s plan to pass the Rolling Stone torch to his son, current Head of Digital Operations Gus Wenner in conjunction with Rolling Stone’s 50th anniversary next year. (Stereogum)

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Buckwheat Zydeco Dies at 68 After Battle With Lung Cancer

World-famous Louisiana accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco passed away Saturday night in his hometown of Layfayette after battling lung cancer at the age of 68. Buckwheat Zydeco, real name Stanley Dural Jr., started his musical career as an organ player, but eventually took after his father by picking up an accordion and returning to his zydeco roots. Buckwheat was one of the few zydeco artists to ever see mainstream crossover success, opening for Eric Clapton on his 1988 North American tour, being the first zydeco act to be signed to a major label, and building a impressive and exhaustive list of prestigious shows including President Clinton’s inaugurations and the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics. In 2009, Buckwheat Zydeco even picked up a Grammy for his album Lay Your Burden Down (at which point, he’d already won an Emmy too!). According to his manager, Buckwheat died at 1:32 AM Louisiana time, keeping musician’s hours right to the bitter end.” (Stereogum)

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Music News 9.22.16

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Posted by on Sep 22, 2016

Ray LaMontagne Cancels Austin Show to Protest Campus Carry 

American singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne cancelled his long-anticipated Austin show yesterday, stating his protest of Texas’s new campus carry law, which allows licensed permit holders to bring concealed handguns into many performance venues on public university campuses, and that includes the Texas Performing Arts Center. Ray LaMontange said his he thinks of himself as a “very open minded human being,” but said, “on behalf of myself and the band…I want to express our collective disappointment in the decision to allow guns on campus, and within a campus venue.” The show was scheduled to take place at the Bass Concert Hall on the UT campus, and had been sold out for month. Anticipation surrounding the event had heightened in the last several months, as Ray LaMontange was forced to cancel his slot at Auditorium Shores during this year’s SXSW festival. The campus carry law has stirred up a lot of controversy on campus, in Austin, and around the state and country, has compelled multiple professors to seek job at other universities, and now, inevitably, cancelled shows from protesting musicians. (KUT)

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Release of 2016 All ATX CD Installment All ATX: Low Down Violet Crown

Tomorrow is the release of the newest installment of the All ATX CD All ATX: Low Down Violet Crown. This year’s album features blues-rock covers and includes Walker Lukens covering Dr. John, Grupo Fantasma taking on ZZ Top, and Black Pistol Fire recreating a tune from Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green days. The CD is accompanied, as always, with a benefit concert, with proceeds from both the CD sales and the concert going to support local organizations Black Fret, HAAM, Austin Music Foundation, and SIMS Foundation, whose mission is to provide a tight network of support for Austin musicians. This year’s concert is on September 29th with the Doobie Brothers headlining a bill otherwise outfitted with local artists appearing on this year’s CD. The show is sold out, but KUTX will be giving away tickets all weekend, and you can snag a free download of a couple of tunes from Low Down Violet Crown today and tomorrow through our Song of the Day feature. If you’re looking to grab your own copy of All ATX: Low Down Violet Crown exclusively at Waterloo Records. Find out more here.

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Music News 9. 21.16

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Posted by on Sep 21, 2016

Ray LaMontagne Cancels Austin Show to Protest Campus Carry 

American singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne cancelled his long-anticipated Austin show yesterday, stating his protesting of Texas’s new campus carry law. The new campus carry law allows licensed permit holders to bring concealed handguns into many performance venues on public university campuses, and that includes the Texas Performing Arts Center. Ray LaMontange said he thinks of himself as a “very open minded human being,” but said, “on behalf of myself and the band…I want to express our collective disappointment in the decision to allow guns on campus, and within a campus venue.” The show was scheduled to take place at the Bass Concert Hall on the UT campus, and had been sold out for months. Anticipation surrounding the event had heightened in the last several months, as Ray LaMontange was forced to cancel his slot at Auditorium Shores during this year’s SXSW festival. The campus carry law has stirred up a lot of controversy on campus, in Austin, and around the state and country; it’s compelled multiple professors to seek job at other universities, and now, inevitably, cancelled shows from protesting musicians. (KUT)

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Weezer’s Pinkerton Turns Platinum…20 Years Later

Cheech Marin once said “better late than never.” Last week, Weezer realized that mantra is a surprising way. Just 8 days before its 20th anniversary, the group’s Sophomore album Pinkerton turned platinum. The album was initially released in 1996 to pitiful reviews and reception by fans and critics who expected frontman Rivers Cuomo to follow-up Weezer’s debut hit The Blue Album with something similar, and, of course, Pinkerton is closer to an antithesis of The Blue Album than a sonically close follow-up. Over time the album has grown to be a classic, and the long overdue platinum status vindicates its favorable place in the minds and hearts of fans and critics alike. (Consequence of Sound)

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