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Monday, August 15, 2016

Streets of Laredo Releases Single Video for "99.9%"
by Kyle Kenyon - 0

Photo Credit: Jessie Sara English

New Zealand native and Brooklyn residing band, Streets of Laredo, creates in their own way the tried and true indie sound that only comes from boroughs of New York and Brooklyn. Their newest single, "99.9%", is upbeat, happy, and helps the listener pause the busy world around them and create an optimistic vantage point that only Indie Rock can deliver. In a sound similar to Neutral Milk Hotel; with light, happy overtones of horns, peppy guitar and percussion, and the folk tones to boot, Streets of Laredo, to this listener, is a refreshing take on the cliché sound that is currently Indie Rock. Staying true to the indie artist's process David Gibson describes the creation of the single in an interview with Noisey magazine: "Most of these lyrics were written on a napkin at a bar in the East Village, in possibly the most stereotypical & clichéd way one could imagine -- a depressed songwriter finishes his shit day job, goes to Black & White by himself, gets drunk, and writes lyrics on a napkin. There was also a poet, and he was yelling." Streets of Laredo's sophomore album entitled Wild is expected for release on October 6th, you can watch their new video for "99.9%" here or scroll down, you can read the rest of the Noisey interview here.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Celebrate: 20 Years of Spice Girls' "Wannabe"
by Brooklyn Brown-Sater - 0

On this day 20 years ago, the Spice Girls released their debut single "Wannabe" and changed the future of pop music and women in music. Face it - without five loud British girls stammering about in platform shoes screaming out "Girl Power" there would be no Girls Aloud, Destiny's Child, Britney, or Taylor Swift.

Spice Girls (l-r: MelanieC, Geri Haliwell, Victoria Beckahm, Emma Bunton, Mel B), (RAY BURMISTON/PHOTOSHOT/GETTY IMAGES)

The Spice Girls came along at a time when girl singers were not seen as marketable as their male counterparts. The 90's music scene was dominated by male groups Boys II Men, Take That, New Kids On The Block, Boyzone, and the newly minted Backstreet Boys, yet until the Spice Girls there were no comparable girl groups apart from possibly TLC. Groups like Eternal and Expose were popular but not nearly successful as their male counters.

"Wannabe" was written by all five Spice members; Geri Halliwell, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, and Victoria Beckham (nee Adams at the time), along with Richard Standard and Matt Rowe. Beckham was out of town during the writing process and communicated by phone, being the reason that solos were divided upon the other four girls.

"I think the only pre-planned thing with 'Wannabe' was wanting to represent them as a band as well as the essence of what they were," Standard has commented on writing the track. "That fearless, headstrong, fantastically intimidating essence. They were outspoken right from the start."

The song took about thirty minutes to write as some parts had been previously thought up by the girls. For her part on writing the global hit, Halliwell would later state in her autobiography If Only, "We started off simply mucking about with chords and raps. Right from that moment, I think we all realized that this was something special. It happened so naturally that the song seemed to symbolize what we were about."

After the girls recruited Simon Fuller, known for managing Annie Lennox, and signed to Virgin Records, the song was sent to america to be mixed with an R'n'B flavor - a decision thats result Halliwell has described as "bloody awful." The record company also thought the R'n'B track "Love Thing" should be the group's lead single instead of "Wannabe." This decision was also strongly rebuffed by the group.

Halliwell recalled leaving Fuller's office when the idea of releasing "Love Thing" was mentioned and phoning the others to tell them. "Emma was the most clear-cut. She had a childlike certainty that couldn't be shaken. Mel C automatically said, 'Wannabe is the one.'" Halliwell went back to Fuller's office with an ultimatum. The girls prevailed and "Wannabe" was chosen as their first single.

Spice Girls performing "Wannabe" at the 2012 Olympics in London. (PA/ABACA)
The song was initially met with mixed reviews from critics. Paul Gorman of Music Week called the group "smart, witty, abrasive, and downright fun." Kate Thorton, editor of Top of the Pops magazine found the song too threatening and commented that the idea of an all-girl group was "not going to happen." Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune called it "insidiously snappy."

The song went on to chart at the number one spot in 37 countries and created a way of Spice Girls mania worldwide.  A study in 2014 conducted by the University of Amsterdam with the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester found that "Wannabe" as the most recognizable and catchiest pop song of the last 60 years. 

In 2016 The Global Goals Campaign used "Wannabe" in a viral video featuring women and girls in the UK, India, and South Africa to promote gender equality. This lead to members of the group sharing the video on social media with Beckham tweeting, "20 year on- Girl over being used to empower a new generation." Melanie C tweeted, "Flattered and honored that our crazy song is being used so beautifully." 

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Dolly Parton, Sony Music Nashville Announce New Album 'Pure & Simple' & Tour
by Brooklyn Brown-Sater - 0

Dolly parton has announced that she will be releasing a new album titled Pure & Simple on August 19th. The album, released jointly by Dolly Records and RCA Nashville (part of Sony Music Group), is available to preorder as of today. 
“I may not be pure, but I’m as simple as they come! This new Pure & Simple project is really special to me because I’m taking my fans back to my roots. I feel like these songs have a pure, tender side and we didn’t go overboard with arrangements. I’m so glad we’ve teamed up with our friends at Sony to get this album out to the fans,” said Dolly Parton.

This is the first time since the late 1980s that Parton will release music on the RCA label, which served as her record label from 1968 to 1985.

“This is a special reunion for Dolly, RCA Nashville and for me personally,” commented Randy Goodman, Chairman and CEO, Sony Music Nashville. “Our entire Sony Music Nashville team is elated.” Continues Goodman, “We have a firm foundation of Dolly’s incredible catalog of hits on RCA Nashville as well as Columbia Nashville.”Dolly Parton, co-producer and songwriter on Pure & Simple, also revealed the album’s cover art and track listing.

Dolly PartonAlbum title: Pure & SimpleProduced by Dolly Parton
  1. Pure and Simple
  2. Say Forever You'll Be Mine
  3. Never Not Love You
  4. Kiss It (And Make It All Better)
  5. Can't Be That Wrong
  6. Outside Your Door
  7. Tomorrow Is Forever
  8. I'm Sixteen
  9. Head Over High Heels
  10. Forever Love
The following is Dolly’s upcoming concert schedule. DOLLY PARTON PURE & SIMPLE TOUR:

July 19 US Cellular Center - Cedar Rapids, IowaJuly 20 Grand Casino Hinckley - Hinckley, Minn.July 22 Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - Sioux Falls S.D.July 23 Deadwood Mountain - Deadwood, S.D.July 26 UCCU Center - Orem, UtahJuly 27 Red Rocks Amphitheater - Denver, Colo.July 29 Sprint Center - Kansas City, Mo.July 30 Scottrade Center - St. Louis, Mo.Aug. 02 Celeste Center- Columbus, OhioAug. 03 Allen County War Memorial Coliseum - Fort Wayne, Ind.Aug. 04 The Colosseum at Caesar Windsor - Windsor, ON, CanadaAug. 06 Van Andel Arena - Grand Rapids, Mich.Aug. 07 Ravinia Festival - Highland Park, Ill.Aug. 09 Norton Center for the Arts - Danville, Ky.Aug. 10 Ford Center - Evansville, Ind.Aug. 12 BOK Center - Tulsa, Okla.Aug. 13 Verizon Arena - Little Rock, Ark.Sept. 09 Molson Canadian Amphitheatre - Toronto, ON, CanadaSept. 10 Foley Fair Grounds - Seguin, ON, CanadaSept. 12 MTS Centre - Winnipeg, MB, CanadaSept. 13 Mosaic Place - Moose Jaw, SK, CanadaSept. 16 Scotiabank Saddledome - Calgary, AB, CanadaSept. 17 Rogers Place - Edmonton, AB, CanadaSept. 19 Rogers Arena - Vancouver, BC, CanadaSept. 21 ShoWare Center - Kent, Wash. SOLD OUTSept. 22 Northern Quest Casino - Airway Heights, Wash.Sept. 24 Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, Calif.Sept. 25 Santa Barbara Bowl - Santa Barbara, Calif.Sept. 27 Valley View Casino - San Diego, Calif.Sept. 28 Vina Robles Amphitheatre - Paso Robles, Calif.Sept. 30 Laughlin Amphitheatre - Laughlin, Nev.Oct. 01 Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, Calif.Oct. 02 Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, Calif.Nov. 15 Pigeon Forge Convention Center - Pigeon Forge, Tenn.Nov. 18 North Charleston Coliseum - North Charleston S.C.Dec. 06 Frank Erwin Center - Austin, TXDec. 09 Global Event Center at WinStar World Casino and Resort - Thackerville, Okla.Dec. 10 Global Event Center at WinStar World Casino and Resort - Thackerville, Okla.
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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Watch: Yoko Ono releases "Catman" video directed by Rose McGowan
by Brooklyn Brown-Sater - 0

Avant garde artist/musician Yoko Ono has released a video for the Miike Snow remix of her 1973 song "Catman." The song originally appeared on Ono's 1973 album Approximately Infinite Universe whilst the remix is taken from Ono's 2016 remix album Yes, I'm A Witch Too. Yes, I'm A Witch Too continues the formula of Ono's successful 2005 release Yes, I'm A Witch, which saw previously released Ono material being remixed and reworked by popular underground artists of today.

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The retro inspired video does not feature Ono, rather a cat faced young woman dancing around a school room with mature women splashed in colored mood lighting. The video was directed by Hollywood actress Rose McGowan, most prominently known for her roles in the movie Jawbreaker and television show Charmed.

Discussing the inspiration for the video, McGowan stated,"Yoko Ono has been an ardent supporter of women and modern dance for years. Casting women dancers over 60, including one with cancer, was my way of showing that vitality doesn't die with age. I used color overlays to create my own visual beat." Ono's world and vision is "an important one," she said.

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