Music News 5.18.16

Clear the Way for the Prophets of Rage

Two days ago Rage Against the Machine launched a cryptic new website with the web address, the name of a song by rap group Public Enemy, while posters with the website’s image started popping-up all over L.A.. At the same time Public Enemy’s Chuck D seemed to be in on it, posting live videos of Rage Against the Machine. Around midnight last night, it was announced that Prophets of Rage is a supergroup with Chuck D, Cypress Hill’s B-Real, and all members of Rage Against the Machine…except vocalist Zack de la Rocha. The group will perform songs by all three groups, and makes their debut at the Hollywood Paladium on June 3rd.




PRINCE Act Set Aside Until Next Year

Minnesota’s PRINCE Act, introduced to the State’s House of Representatives a couple of weeks ago, has been set aside for the time being. The Act sought to protect a deceased person’s name, image, signature, music, etc. from being used for commercial purposes for 50 years following the person’s death. The Act would also would also work retroactively, covering anyone who’s died in the last half-century. The bill has been set aside after the House found that the bill was pushed forward a bit too quickly and may end-up having a lot of unintended consequences. Rep. Joe Hoppe, who introduced the bill, says he plans to re-work the bill and introduce a new one next year.




Living On Soul Film Features Daptone’s Records, Charles Bradley, and Others

Daptone’s Records three-night residency at the historic Apollo Theater back in December 2014 is being stitched together with interviews and other documentary elements and released as the new movie Living on Soul. The documentary features the history of Daptone’s Records, with performances by Charles Bradley, Antibalas, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and every other act from the label’s three-night residency. The film is being funded on Kickstarter, where rewards range from tickets to the film’s world premiere to signed Daptone LPs to production credits on the film. You can watch the trailer for the film and find a link to the Kickstarter on our website. Just click on Soundcheck in the features menu.




-Taylor Wallace


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