Some people understand the concept of ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ Like the producers of the annual CMA Awards, who have announced that Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the Awards for the sixth straight year on ABC Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 8/7C.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Sawn, Pt. 2 may have have led this year’s Teen choice Awards with seven wins, but the night belonged to the Glee kids and Cory Monteith – Lea Michele dedicated her award for Choice TV Actress: Comedy to her late boyfriend and co-star.
“I just wanted to be here today to personally thank all of you and tell everyone out there how much all of your love and support has meant to me over these past very difficult few weeks,” Michele said.
“I wanted to dedicate this award to Cory for all of you out there who loved and admired Cory as much as I did. I promise that we’re going to get through this together.”
“He was very special to me and also to the world and we were very lucky to witness his incredible talent, his handsome smile and his beautiful, beautiful heart. So whether you knew him personally or just as Finn Hudson, Cory reached out and he became a part of all of our hearts and that is where he will stay forever.”
J.J. Cale has died at the age 74. His unique brand of bluesy country rock was cool and laid back and his songwriting skills were top notch.
Considering that he made enough money from Clapton’s covers of After Midnight and Cocaine that he never had to work a lick again, but kept on anyway, he really was in it for the music.
Naturally was one of the few perfect albums I’ve ever heard and while he never quite matched it again, he got scary close enough times to more than live up to the genius sobriquet that was tossed in his general direction more than a few times.
I had the pleasure to see him live a few times and, like his music, he was as cool and laid back as you’d expect. The first time, he was opening for the Ragin’ Cajun, Doug Kershaw – and two more different stage presences would be hard to find.
I expect that, wherever he is, he’s ‘sit on the porch without no shoes; picking his bass and singin’ the blues.’
The 5th Annual J-Pop Summit Festival will celebrate Japanese, pop culture with Sake tasting, a J-Pop Idol contest, and performances by such artists as: fashion icon/singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (pictured); four-piece girl rock bandLoVendoR; and legendary artist Katsuya Terada, who will create a freehand drawing on a blank wall at San Francisco’s Kinokuniya Bookstore.
The festival, which runs July 27th and 28th, will include other special attractions including anime film premieres of Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, and Naruto The Movie: The Lost Tower – and much, much more. Follow the jump to learn more.
Blake Shelton has organized Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert – a benefit concert to raise funds to fund relief efforts in Oklahoma following the destruction wrought by tornadoes in Monroe earlier this week. Miranda Lambert, Vince Gill and Reba will also perform.
The concert take place at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City on May 29th and will be televised live at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. It will also air on cable networks Style, G4, Bravo, E! and CMT on either a live or delayed basis. Tickets will go on sale on May 25th at 10am CT.
What do you get when you combine nostalgia with great rock & roll and blues? Rock ‘N’ Blues Fest returns for its sophomore tour with a line-up that includes rock and blues greats Ten Years After, Edgar Winter Band, Canned Heat, Rick Derringer and Pat Travers.
The your, which kicks off on July 27th, has booked twenty stops so far. For more details and a list of the twenty stops already booked, follow the jump.
It’s been several decades since Katey Sagal sang back-up for Bob Dylan, Bette Milder and Etta James, but the Sons of Anarchy star says that in spite of her success as an actress, music is still her true passion. So it’s with that in mind that a touring show was put together— KATEY SAGAL: An Evening of Music and the Cast of Sons of Anarchy. The first tour dates will consist of a Midwest run April 18 through 21 (dates and information below).
One of the most intriguing and entertaining albums of the last few years was 2009’s N.A.S.A.’s The Spirit of Apollo, music by the most unlikely (and yet perfect) collection of collaborators – like Tom Waits and Cool Keith (as one remarkable example). Check out the trailer of documentary of the making of the album, which will become available on March 26th through most digital retailers.
iAlbums is a free music streaming site that gives you a new way to explore music. Not only is it the largest free music streaming site around – with over 11 million tracks by 2.6 million artists (I’m listening to No More Shall We Part by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds as I write this), it also does things no other site does, like giving you the music that influenced your favorite artists – while also giving your the latest news, reviews and related information about those artists. The folks behind the site say you can think of iAlbums as a kind of ‘Pinterest for music.’
For more details, follow the jump to the official press release.