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Published: Thursday, November 02, 2017 @ 3:02 PM
— Weezer is going on a joint tour next summer with the Pixies.
The rock bands are co-headlining the 29-date tour.
“It is our distinct pleasure to welcome the Pixies to the stage for this tour,” according to a news post on Weezer’s official site. “Weezer’s origin was in fact very closely linked to the Pixies – no other band had the impact they did on the band’s early sound. We’ve played with them on a handful of occasions since they reformed in the early 2000’s and it’s always been an honor. Sharing a stage with them for a whole summer is going to be mindblowing. We can’t wait to see them, and you!”
Rolling Stone reported Weezer released its latest studio album, “Pacific Daydream,” Oct. 27. The Pixies released their latest, “Head Carrier,” in September 2016.
Tickets for the tour go on sale Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. local time. The tour dates are below. Rock band The Wombats will be special guests on some tour dates. Another guest will be announced at a later date.
Published: Monday, January 08, 2018 @ 11:33 PM
ATLANTA, Ga. — While the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide battled for college football supremacy under the closed roof of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, rap luminary Kendrick Lamar combated damp, chilly weather at nearby Centennial Olympic Park.
Expectations were high for Lamar’s appearance, which will be footnoted as the first-ever halftime performance at the College Football Playoff National Championship. The musical showcase aired live on ESPN, but not inside the stadium, where the university bands received the spotlight.
The 30-year-old native of Compton, Calif., took to the massive stage and catwalk as the game tilted in Georgia’s favor with a 13-0 lead.
A few thousand fans led a chant of “Ken-drick La-mar” until the cerebral rapper was illuminated in white light, crouched at the back of the stage.
Pops of pyro and a haze of smoke blanketed the background as Lamar, clad in a black coat with fur-ringed hood and gloves, blasted through favorites including “DNA” and “Humble.”
The vivacious audience sang along heartily and pumped their fists to the choruses as Lamar stalked the stage alone.
Lamar nimbly spit his rhymes, leading the crowd in a hand bounce, but kept the focus solely on his music.
With his nine-minute performance completed, he strode to each end of the stage, saluting the audience, which waved its smartphones (despite the pre-performance announcement that phones were not permitted) in a desperate attempt to coax him into one more song.
Lamar’s presence was a notable draw. A few minutes before kickoff, music and football devotees filled about half of half of the park – most of them crowded toward the massive video screen broadcasting the game, with many others hanging back, clearly not interested in anything to do with pigskin.
“Chappie” Chapman was waiting with a beer in her hand and one at her feet for Lamar’s performance. When asked if she had any interest in the game, she smiled.
“Not. At. All,” she said.
Chapman lives near the park and said when she heard at work today that Lamar was playing, she knew how her night would be spent.
“When you have Kendrick Lamar for free…,” she said, her voice implying the “no-brainer”-ness of the opportunity.
Likewise 19-year-old Decatur resident Branden Smith, who came to the park with his football fan brother. Smith, however, was only there for the halftime show.
“I’ve never seen (Lamar) live, and I like his music,” Smith said, citing “Damn” as a favorite.
Lamar, who performed in Atlanta last summer with a sold-out show at Infinite Energy Arena, is poised to have a big night at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 28 in New York.
He is nominated for seven awards, including album of the year and best rap album for “Damn” and record of the year for “Humble.” He’s already received seven Grammy awards in his career.
Lamar’s prestige factor also received a boost last week with the announcement that he and his Top Dawg Entertainment record label chief Anthony Tiffith will curate and produce the soundtrack to Marvel’s “Black Panther.”
The film arrives Feb. 16; the soundtrack will feature the newly released Lamar single with labelmate SZA, “All the Stars.”
Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 1:01 PM
— Jamie Lynn Spears is pregnant with her second child, and she broke the news to her fans via Instagram.
Spears, the younger sister of pop superstar Britney Spears, delivered the news about her growing family on Christmas Eve. After sharing the news that her 9-year-old daughter Maddie would finally be a big sister in 2018, Spears said that 2017 had brought some of the biggest challenges of her life. In February, Maddie was seriously injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident.
Looks like we are starting off 2018 with another big milestone...sooo happy to announce that Maddie is FINALLY going to be a big sister👶🏼2017 was filled with some of the biggest challenges of my life, as well as some of the biggest blessings, so I made a choice to lay low this year to focus on truly becoming my best self as a person and as an artist. During that time, I continued working on my music and telling my story, which has created some of my most honest work and I CANT wait to share that with you all very soon. 2018 is going to be filled with many milestones both personally and professionally. I appreciate each of you for your patience and support through it all. 2018 has a lot coming, so GET READY........ #12DaysofJLS
In the Instagram photo, Spears shows off her baby bump while holding hands with Maddie and husband Jamie Watson. This will be the couple's first child together. Maddie's father is Spears' ex-fiance Casey Aldridge.
Published: Monday, December 25, 2017 @ 9:26 PM
— New Zealand crooner Lorde has canceled a planned show in Tel Aviv amid pressure from activists who oppose the Israeli occupation of Palestine, according to multiple reports.
Lorde planned to perform in Tel Aviv on June 5, 2018, according to news.com.au.
MOSCOW 🕊 ST. PETERSBURG 🕊 TEL AVIV 🕊 LET’S DANCE ——-> https://t.co/xNJ30GPtaQ— Lorde (@lorde) December 18, 2017
She said in a statement obtained Sunday by The Jerusalem Post that she got “an overwhelming number of messages (and) letters and … had a lot of discussions with people holding many views” before making her decision to cancel the performance.
“I think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show,” the statement said. “I'm not too proud to admit I didn't make the right call on this one. Tel Aviv, it's been a dream of mine to visit this beautiful part of the world for many years, and I'm truly sorry to reverse my commitment to come play for you. I hope one day we can all dance.”
The announcement came after a pair of New Zealanders wrote an open letter to Lorde asking her to reconsider her decision to perform in Tel Aviv.
The letter, published last week on TheSpinOff.co.nz, was penned by Justine Sachs, who is Jewish, and Nadia Abu-Shanab, who is Palestinian.
“Today, millions of people stand opposed to the Israeli government’s policies of oppression, ethnic cleansing, human rights violations, occupation and apartheid,” the letter said. “As part of this struggle, we believe that an economic, intellectual and artistic boycott is an effective way of speaking out against these crimes. This worked very effectively against apartheid in South Africa, and we hope it can work again.”
The pair urged Lorde to “act in the spirit of progressive New Zealanders who came before you and continue their legacy,” by canceling her show.
Lorde acknowledged the letter last week in a tweet and said she was "considering all options."
Noted! Been speaking w many people about this and considering all options. Thank u for educating me i am learning all the time too 🌸— Lorde (@lorde) December 21, 2017
Some fans praised Lorde’s decision, while others decried it. Miri Regev, Israel's culture minister, urged Lorde to rethink the cancellation.
“Lorde, I’m hoping you can be a ‘pure heroine’ like the title of your first album,” Miri Regev said in a statement obtained by The Guardian. “To be a heroine of pure culture, free from any foreign – and ridiculous – political considerations.”
Published: Monday, December 18, 2017 @ 7:53 AM
— Their lips are no longer sealed.
The musical “Head Over Heels,” which will feature songs from the 1980s female group The Go-Go’s, will be heading to Broadway for the 2018-19 season after opening next spring in San Francisco, Variety reported.
Gwyneth Paltrow will be one of the producers for the show, described by Variety as “an unlikely pairing of an Elizabethan romance with the pop hits of the all-female band.”
Familiar songs in the production will include Go-Go’s hits like “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation” and “Head Over Heels,” Variety reported. Other songs will include solo hits by Go-Go’s lead singer Belinda Carlisle, including “Mad About You” and “Heaven Is A Place On Earth.”