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A humbled John Mayer sands the rough edges at Forum show, losing the rapscallion he wants to be

There was no mistaking that John Mayer had returned to pop music. The singer and guitarist, who spent much of the last few years pursuing rootsier, lower-key concerns, took the stage Friday night at the Forum leading his slick seven-piece band through “Belief,” from 2006’s double-platinum “Continuum”...

Coachella rundown: Lady Gaga introduces her parents, DJ Snake gets stupid and other Saturday snapshots

News flash: Lady Gaga didn't descend from the cosmos as a fully formed entertainer. She was, like everyone else at Coachella on Saturday night, born on Earth to humans who no doubt doted on their little daughter as Gaga's tribe, known as Little Monsters, do now. "Most people don't come with their...

Lady Gaga delivers a more polished, but imperfect, second Coachella show

She didn't switch up her set list, but Gaga gave a higher-energy performance this time.        

Watch Phoenix Debut New Music at First Show of 2017

Last night, Phoenix performed their first show in three years—a set at the Muziekcentrum Trix in Antwerp, Belgium. During the show, they reportedly debuted a few new songs, SPIN points out. According to a setlist, they rolled out new...Show More Summary

Coachella 2017: 5 People Arrested for Stealing Phones

Five people were arrested Saturday at Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival for the theft of more than 40 cell phones, cash, and credit cards, the Associated Press reports. Indio police said that multiple Coachella attendees reported thefts, and two different groups of suspects were identified as having multiple phones on them. Show More Summary

Watch Ryan Adams and John Mayer Perform “Come Pick Me Up”

On Friday, Ryan Adams joined John Mayer on stage at his concert at the Forum in Los Angeles. Together, they played Adams’ “Come Pick Me Up” from his 2000 debut solo album Heartbreaker. Adams helmed the performance with vocals and harmonica, while Mayer contributed backing vocals and a guitar solo. Show More Summary

Coachella 2017: Watch Bon Iver Bring Out Bruce Hornsby, Jenny Lewis, Nao, More

Bon Iver took the stage again last night at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Like their set last week, he played songs from last year’s 22, A Million. Vernon also brought out a slew of guests this time, including Bruce Hornsby and Jenny Lewis to perform Don Henley’s “The End of the Innocence,” which Hornsby co-wrote. Show More Summary

Listen to Frank Ocean and Travis Scott’s New Song “Lens”

Last night on his “blonded RADIO” show, Frank Ocean shared his second new song of the month, “Lens.” It arrived in two forms: One solo, another featuring none other than Travis Scott. Take a listen to the latter in the full episode at the 1:18:55 mark. Show More Summary

Frank Ocean Shares New Song “Lens” in Surprise Episode of Beats 1 Show: Listen

Early Sunday morning, Frank Ocean aired episode 004 of his “blonded RADIO” Beats 1 show. Listen to the episode here and find the tracklist for the surprise episode below. The new episode featured a new song from Frank Ocean called “Lens,” which you can hear here. Show More Summary

Met musicians take it out to suffering vets

Musicians of the Metropolitan Opera, 42 of them, are playing today for injured servicemen at the 23rd Street Veterans Affairs NY Harbor Healthcare System Facility. It’s an initiative of several members of the orchestra, a way of reaching out to a wider community. Something the instutition they work for fails signally to do. Details here.

US musicians raise alarm about their union pension fund

We have been sent a link to ‘a newly formed pension awareness group’ of US-based musicians who are worried about the management of the AFM pension pot. Here’s how it begins: As you may have heard, our hard-earned pension benefits could be slashed to a negligible monthly payout once we retire. Our Fund Trustees say this […]

Berlin Philharmonic cancels concert ‘due to several illnesses’

Tweet just in from the superorch: Leider kann das heutige Konzert der Blechbläser der Philharmoniker nicht stattfinden, wir bitten um Verständnis. The longform version (in English): ‘Unfortunately, today’s concert of the brass players of the Berlin Philharmonic cannot take place due to several illnesses in the ensemble and must be postponed to a later date.’ The […]

American soprano wins Vienna contest

The winner of the 10th Hilde Zadek competition is Monica Dewey, 27, a soprano from Atlanta, now based in Bloomington, Indiana. The competition is a major gateway to European opera stages. Its founder, soprano Hilde Zadek, will turn 100 later this year.

Merkel orders huge cash boost for arts in Berlin

It is reported that the Merkel government is on the verge of pumping an  extra 25.7 million Euros of federal funds into Berlin’s cultural institutions. Seven million have been earmarked for the Berlin Philharmonic, lesser amounts for the opera houses. Read here. Counterpoint: The case for shifting arts money to the regions.  

The case for shifting subsidy from capital to regional orchestras

There has been much concern in recent weeks about the future of the Copenhagen Philharmonic and Denmark’s radio orchestras, which are facing a severe subsidy cut and structural overhaul. It is now clear that the money saved will go directly to four orchestras in Odense, Aarhus, Jutland and Aalborg. This is a coherent policy, and one […]

Nicola Lefanu - BBC Radio 3 Composer of the Week

16 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Nicola LeFanu - © MichaelLynch This year, the composer Nicola Lefanu is 70 and there are a range of celebrations (see my interview with her to find out more). From Monday 24 April 2017 she is Composer of the Week on BBC Radio 3 when over five programmes Lefanu talks to Donald Macleod about her music and her inspirations. Show More Summary

Love Music Too

16 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Last year, pianist William Howard's CD Sixteen Love Songs, on Orchid Classics, inspired the launch of an international Love Song Composing Competition in collaboration with Judith Weir, in which entrants wrote their own contemporary response to the love song genre. Show More Summary

Watch Chairlift Perform “Bruises,” “Ch-Ching,” “Amanaemonesia” at Final Show

At the end of last year, Chairlift announced that they were breaking up after a series of farewell shows. The last of those shows took place tonight at Brooklyn Steel. During the concert, the duo performed “Ch-Ching” (off last year’s Moth), “Amanaemonesia” (from 2011’s Something), their breakout hit “Bruises,” and more. Show More Summary

Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. Hits No. 1 With Biggest Sales Week of 2017

Kendrick Lamar’s excellent new album DAMN. has landed at No. 1 in the U.S. charts, amassing higher single-week sales than any other album this year, Billboard reports. The record, released April 14, unseats Drake’s More Life as the year’s...Show More Summary

New Smiths 7? Etched With “Trump Will Kill America”

21 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

The Smiths just released a new 7" featuring alternate versions of "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" and "Rubber Ring" for Record Store Day. And, as Pitchfork points out, the run-out groove of the vinyl's a-side is inscribed with a powerfully succinct political message: "Trump Will Kill America." See below. …

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