Johnny Marr plays “This Charming Man” live solo for the first time: Watch

Johnny Marr routinely performs a number of songs from his former band, The Smiths, during his solo shows. The guitarist’s page even lists the band’s “How Soon Is Now?”, “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”, and “Bigmouth Strikes Again” as the most played selections in his live repertoire. However, there’s one Smiths classic Marr has avoided on stage since the band broke up in 1987: the classic “This Charming Man”.

That all changed last night when Marr treated fans at London’s EartH to his first ever solo performance of the 1983 track. Marr teased the song by first busting out a few lines of Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like an Eagle”, before cutting himself off to remark, “OK, you’re right. It’s really funny shit to me that I know a Steve Miller song and I don’t know how to play ‘This Charming Man’.” When the crowd erupted, Marr hollered back, “I’m just fuckin’ with ya!” He then proceeded to dust off an impressive-as-ever rendition of the beloved tune.

Watch the moment from a video of his entire performance below, with “Fly Like an Eagle” and “This Charming Man” coming in around the 1:17:00 mark.

In other Smiths’ news, the new Transformers spin-off Bumblebee apparently revolves heavily around the main character’s love of the iconic ’80s band. Actor/singer Hailee Steinfeld plays Charlie Watson, a teenager who befriends the titular robot car and then apparently spends a good amount of the film trying to get him into The Smiths. She does so while wearing a Smiths shirt, recalling Shia LaBeouf’s notorious Strokes tee in the first live-action Transformers movie. She reportedly succeeds, but you can see for yourself when the latest iteration of the franchise is officially released on December 21st.

You can watch the film’s official trailer, in which Charlie apparently Rick Rolls Bumblebee before getting to the good stuff, below.


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Sampling the Ableton Loop: To Live and Learn in L.A.

Ableton Loop is the only offline extension of a sprawling digital audio workstation (DAW) that has permanently cemented its place in modern music. While the ubiquitous software serves as a digital brain for musicians of all styles, “Loop” thrusts Ableton into the physical world as a self-proclaimed “summit for music makers” —three days of talks, interactive workshops, studio sessions, performances, creator meetups, and everything in between.

Loop came Stateside for the first time this year, migrating from the storied walls of Berlin’s Funkhaus to settle into a three-venue sprawl in downtown Los Angeles. Each venue was much more of a tech studio than an epileptic rave space, drawing from a collection of intimate small group studios, interactive tech rooms, and the cozy low-lit auditorium of Hollywood’s historic Montalbán Theater, which served as the event’s home base.

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A day at Loop is a lot like one of those “Choose Your Own Adventure” storybooks, brimming with vastly different possibilities. At first, you might find yourself building and jamming for hours alongside fellow attendees with “paper based musical interfaces,” which are essentially MIDI controllers with small touch sensors fixed between hand-designed pieces of poster board and routed to a Bluetooth sensor.

Afterwards, you might mosey on over to the Montalbán rooftop for a drink and relax to the ongoing dublab livestream, refreshing your mind for another interactive session, where one can explore the ways one might route percussive instruments through effects pedals. And, if you’re mind’s still on fire, you could dart across the hall just in time to catch Kelela dissect the build of her Live set to an audience of less than 50.

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The permutations, much like the software, are limited only by taste, which is why, to distill such an expansive event, we picked quotes from a handful of folks of various affiliations on how they would describe Loop.

Olivia, 27 – London, UK

“To be honest, courage. That’s how I’d describe it, or rather, what I got from it. I’ve only been producing in Ableton a year or so and I came here quite a bit nervous about that. After a few days you sort of understand its not about the technical applications of [Ableton], its about creativity and learning how people use it”

Luis, 37 – Bogota, Columbia

“It’s an experiment. Putting a lot of people with similar interests in the same place and letting them interact. You can learn more about the things you like or go see something you never have before. It’s really up to you.”

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Dr. Kate Stone – Founder of Novalia and Ableton Workshop Leader

“I came to Loop to run a workshop that shared the magical interactive paper and ‘songwriter’s notebook’ my team and I make that can be used to create music.  What I do is a little off the mainstream and I often feel like an outsider, at Loop I met more people that I [connect with] already in one place than I have in a long time, I felt very much amongst my people.  Loop is place full of wonderful artists of all ilks, many of which are also doing things a little off the mainstream, and together we created something that was really quite magical, musical and wholly inspiring!”

Craig Schuftan – Ableton Loop Program Lead

“I recently learned about this idea of Christopher Small’s. He said that he thought music ought to be a verb rather than a noun, and that ‘musicking’ should include not only playing or producing music, but also listening to music, watching people play music, and thinking and talking about music.

So I’d say Loop is a place for musicking, in that we have discussions, presentations, performances, workshops, improv sessions, and interactive installations, and all these are considered as important as one another.

And in a sense, the most important thing we produce at Loop is something that happens in between all these, which is conversation; music-makers meeting and talking to one another, exchanging ideas and contributing to the discourse of music; which in turn transforms and expands our collective sense of what is possible within music, and what music can do in the wider world.”


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Godsmack and Volbeat announce 2019 North American tour

Veteran hard-rock act Godsmack look to stay busy in 2019. After previously announcing six-week tour of Europe, the Massachusetts band revealed today that they will be hitting the road with Danish rockers Volbeat in North America in the spring.

The trek kicks off with a trio of Godsmack festival dates in early April, but then jumps into a regular schedule of shows with Volbeat on April 16h at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The run finishes up May 11th at Videotron Centre in Quebec City, Quebec. While Godsmack will headline several of the dates, a number of the Canadian shows will be co-headlining gigs with Volbeat.

You can grab tickets to the the upcoming jaunt here.

Godsmack released their most recent album, When Legends Rise, this past April. The disc hit the top 10 of the Billboard 200 upon release and was No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums, Top Hard Music Albums, Top Alternative Albums, and Top Independent Albums charts.

As for Volbeat, this Friday (December 14th), the group will release Let’s Boogie! Live From Telia Parken, a CD and concert film that commemorates their show at the titular soccer stadium in Copenhagen. The quartet were the first hometown band to headline and sell out that venue, drawing in over 48,000 fans.

Meanwhile, Godsmack’s 2019 European tour makes up for a fall 2018 trek the band had to postpone following the death of guitarist Tony Rombola’s adult son.

Godsmack 2019 European Tour with Like A Storm
02/27 – London, UK @ O2 Forum
02/28 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz Manchester
03/01 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Institute Birmingham
03/04 — Milan, Italy @ Magazzini Generali
03/06 — Zurich, Switzerland @ Komplex
03/07 — Cologne, Germany @ Live Music Hall
03/08 — Munich, Germany @ TonHalle Münche
03/10 — Cologne, Germany @ Live Music Hall
03/11 — Amsterdam, Holland @ The Melkweg
03/13 — Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
03/17 — Oslo, Norway @ Rockefeller Music Hall
03/19 — Stockholm, Sweden @ Fryshuset
03/21 — Copenhagen, Denmark @ The Grey Hall
03/22 — Hamburg, Germany @ Docks
03/24 — Berlin, Germany @ Huxleys Neue Welt
03/26 — Warsaw, Poland @ Progresja
03/27 — Vienna, Austria @ Arena
03/28 — Budapest, Hungary @ Barba Negra Music Club
03/30 — Sofia, Bulgaria @ Arena Armeec
03/31 — Bucharest, Romania @ Arenele Romane

Godsmack and Volbeat 2019 North American Tour:
04/06 — Scottsdale, AZ @ Westworld *
04/13 — Orlando, FL @ Central Florida Fairgrounds *
04/14 — Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena *
04/16 — Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
04/18 — Evansville, IN @ Ford Center – Evansville
04/19 — Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
04/20 — Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum
04/22 — Minneapolis, MN @ Armory
04/23 — Omaha, NE @ Baxter Arena
04/26 — Abbotsford, BC @ Abbotsford Centre
04/27 — Penticton, BC @ South Okanagan Event Centre
04/29 — Medicine Hat, AB @ Canalta Centre
04/30 — Calgary, AB @ Grey Eagle Resort & Casino – Grey Eagle Event Centre
05/02 — Dawson Creek, BC @ EnCana Events Centre
05/03 — Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
05/05 — Saskatoon, SK @ SaskTel Centre
05/06 — Winnipeg, MB @ Bell MTS Place
05/09 — London, ON @ Budweiser Gardens
05/10 — Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
05/11 — Quebec, QC @ Videotron Centre

* = Festival date: Godsmack only


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Nicki Minaj is dating a registered sex offender and convicted murderer

Nicki Minaj hasn’t exactly kept the best company the last few months. The Queen rapper recently appeared on Dummy Boy, the new album from Tekashi 6ix9ine, who’s currently facing 32 years in prison for armed robbery, conspiracy to commit murder, and drug distribution. Now, it appears Minaj is dating Kenneth “Zoo” Petty”, a 40-year-old convicted sex offender and murderer.

The two were first spotted cozying up shortly after Thanksgiving. Minaj posted a pair of Instagram photos of them hanging out, one of which features what fans speculate is an engagement ring. Yesterday, Minaj all but confirmed the dating rumors by posting two more intimate pictures.

According to public records, Petty was convicted in 1995 of first-degree attempted rape of a 16-year-old; TMZ notes he used “a sharp object” during said incident. Petty, who was also 16 at the time, ended up serving four years in prison. In the mid-2000s, Petty was again convicted, this time of first-degree manslaughter. He served a seven-year sentence and was released in 2013.

It’s believed the 36-year-old Minaj and father-of-five Petty know each other from Queens, where the “Chun-Li” rapper was raised. In the most recent photo of the couple, Minaj included a caption quoting Adele’s “Hello”, and which seems to reference their shared hometown: “Did you ever make it out of that town where nothing ever happens?”

BET reports that just a week prior to linking up with Minaj, Petty was seen dating another woman. Back in September, Minaj was rumored to be involved with Lewis Hamilton, a 33-year-old Brit and Formula One driver.

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Netflix to air Fyre Fest documentary in January, shares teaser trailer: Watch

Last year, the Fyre Festival became one of those rare things that united all people in a time when cultural divisions have never been more prevalent. After all, if we can’t come together as a global community to laugh at the plight of excessively rich people being roped into an elaborate shell game, what can we savor together?

The failed, influencer-driven “boutique music festival” makes for the kind of story that the average documentarian dreams about, so it’s no surprise there are multiple takes on a behind-the-scenes tale in the works. First up will be Netflix’s FYRE, which is premiering on the streaming service on January 18th. Directed by Chris Smith (Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond), the film is a chronicle of what happened to the doomed festival, whose insane ideas led to its existence in the first place, and the substantial legal aftermath of the whole absurd charade.

Watch a brief teaser trailer for the film below.

Nearly two years after the whole fiasco, it’s amazing how much is still unclear about Fyre Festival. Co-founder Billy McFarland has been sentenced to six years in prison for fraud relating to the failed event. Some who purchased tickets are still waiting on some form of reimbursement, with ticket vendor Tablelist currently suing festival organizers for $3.5 million to refund ticket holders. There are also a number of class action lawsuits currently active, while two attendees recently were awarded $5 million in a civil lawsuit; one even claimed to use some of the money to purchase the Fyre Festival trademark.

If you’re worried all the lurid details of this captivating disaster won’t be properly captured in just one documentary film, take heart: Hulu’s multi-part docu-series is also scheduled to premiere next year. Produced by The Cinemart (JAY-Z’s Spike miniseries TIME: The Kalief Browder Story and his Paramount Networks series Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story), the series will be directed by Jenner Furst (TIME). The yet-untitled series promises exclusive interviews with locals, festival-goers, vendors, and investors, as well as never-before-seen footage, documents, emails, and audio recordings.


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Dave Grohl debuts all-star performance of Play, covers Nirvana, Tom Petty, and more: Watch

This past Saturday, Dave Grohl performed as part of Warren Haynes’ annual Christmas Jam at the US Cellular Center in Asheville, North Carolina. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the event was highlighted by the star-studded, debut performance of Grohl’s 23-minute prog-rock instrumental, Play. The Foo Fighters frontman was assisted on stage by Them Crooked Vultures bandmate Alain Johannes, Jane’s Addiction guitarist Chris Chaney, Foo Fighters collaborator Drew Hester, producer Greg Kurstin, and session musicians Jason Falkner and Barrett Jones.

The festivities didn’t end there, however, as Haynes threw an equally guest-heavy, last-minute “pop-up” show at the nearby Orange Peel venue the following evening, as JamBase reports. “This is going to be one for the record books, with surprises in store,” an announcement for the concert read. Haynes & co. made good on their word — not only did Grohl again perform Play, but he, Haynes, and an ensemble of musicians convened for two different sets featuring original songs and countless covers of Nirvana, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin, Temple of the Dog, The Who, and more.

Haynes, Grohl, and a handful of the same Christmas Jam guest musicians ran through Nirvana’s “All Apologies”, Tom Petty’s “You Don’t Know How It Feels”, and The Who’s “Eminence Front”. They also combined forces to dole out Led Zeppelin’s “Since I’ve Been Loving You” and “No Quarter”, The Beatles classic “Helter Skelter”, and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man”, which Haynes’ Gov’t Mule have covered in the past. At one point, the ensemble took on Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike”; according to JamBase, Haynes has previously dedicated his rendition to the late Chris Cornell.

Below, check out footage of Grohl’s Play debut at Christmas Jam, followed by photos, video, and a setlist from throughout the weekend.

Christmas Jam and Snow Jam “Pop-Up” Photos and Video: 

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Snow Jam “Pop-Up” Set I: 

Play (Dave Grohl with Alain Johannes, Chris Chaney, Drew Hester, Greg Kurstin, Jason Falkner & Barrett Jones),
Since I’ve Been Loving You (Warren Haynes with Dave Grohl, Danny Louis, Jorgen Carlsson & Drew Hester),
You Don’t Know How It Feels (Warren Haynes with Dave Grohl, Danny Louis, Jorgen Carlsson, Drew Hester, Audley Freed & Greg Kurstin),
All Apologies (Warren Haynes with Dave Grohl, Danny Louis, Jorgen Carlsson, Barrett Jones, Drew Hester, Greg Kurstin & T-Bone Anderson),
Breakdown (Warren Haynes with Dave Grohl, Alain Johannes, Chris Chaney, Drew Hester, Greg Kurstin, Barrett Jones, Matt Abts, Danny Louis),
Helter Skelter (Warren Haynes with Dave Grohl, Matt Abts, Danny Louis, Chris Chaney, Jimmy Vivino & Greg Kurstin),
Bitch (Warren Haynes with Dave Grohl, Matt Abts, Danny Louis, Jorgen Carlsson, Jimmy Vivino, Greg Kurstin, Drew Hester & Ron Holloway)

Snow Jam “Pop-Up” Set II:

Warren Haynes with Dave Grohl, Danny Louis, Jorgen Carlsson, Drew Hester, Mike Barnes & Greg Kurstin

Hunger Strike > Dear Mr. Fantasy > Hunger Strike, Eminence Front, No Quarter

Simple Man (Warren Haynes with Dave Grohl, Danny Louis, Robert Kearns, Marshall Pyle, Audley Freed, Greg Kurstin, Ron Holloway & Artimus Pyle)


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