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I had to post this because I used to LOVE Dispatch back in the day…
Beloved indie pop-punkers Dispatch will reunite this summer for a short national tour. As part of the band’s socially conscious bent, a portion of all ticket sales will go towards education programs in local communities. Also, as a thank you to their fans (and future fans), Dispatch is giving away all four of their studio albums to those who are willing to spread the word about Dispatch 2011. Simply connect with the band on Twitter and Facebook, and tell five friends about Dispatch 2011 to unlock Silent Steeples, Bang Bang, Four Day Trials and Who Are We Living For?
Tickets go on sale January 28, with an exclusive Fan Presale that begins January 21. Join Dispatch’s mailing list to be eligible to receive the presale password.
Dispatch Summer 2011 Tour Dates
June 4 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
June 8 – Millennium Park – Chicago, IL
June 11 – Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA
June 18 – Red Bull Arena – Harrison, NJ
June 21 – Chastain Park – Atlanta, GA
June 25 – TD Banknorth Garden – Boston, MA
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Chuck Berry was at his home near St. Louis and in good health Sunday after falling ill from exhaustion during a concert the previous night in Chicago, his rep said in a statement.
About an hour into a rapidly-deteriorating concert at the Congress Theater Saturday night, Chuck Berry slumped over an accompanist’s keyboard before being helped offstage.
The 84-year-old rock and roll legend and a backing band of three Chicago musicians attempted to resume the show for a packed house about 15 minutes later, but Berry almost immediately was taken off again to be checked by paramedics who had been called to the scene.
read more here
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After a long bout battling liver disease and many years of suffering, the great jazz bassist Charles Fambrough passed away on Saturday, January 1, 2011. Fambrough had apparently been awaiting a transplant match. Several musical tributes were held in Philadelphia over the last several years to help Fambrough and his family pay the bassist’s outrageous medical expenses.
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'We Can Do It!' Geraldine Doyle, WWII Poster Inspiration Dies
She was the fresh-faced 17-year-old who helped inspire the American home-front during World War II. Geraldine Hoff Doyle died Sunday at 84.
You probably don’t know her name, but you’ve seen her face. Doyle was 17 and working in a Michigan steelworks when her picture was taken by the United Press. That image - well, the face at least - became part of the ‘We Can Do It’ poster commissioned from artist J. Howard Miller during World War II, used to motivated a nation of female workers called into manufacturing jobs to support the war effort overseas.
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Yeasayer Lets Fans Name Price For New Live Album
To celebrate the close of 2010, Yeasayer are offering fans a recording of a live show from Oct. 28, 2010 at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels. The band is letting fans decide the price they pay for the download. As the band explained on their Facebook page, “We didn’t want to put a value on the live album, so it’s up to you to decide what works best for you.”
Click here to download the album at whatever price you want to pay.
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Billy Taylor, a pianist who became one of the country’s foremost ambassadors for jazz music — including many years as an NPR host — died Tuesday night. The cause was a heart attack, according to his daughter, Kim Taylor Thompson. He was 89.
Born in 1921, Taylor had been a professional musician for more than six decades. After graduating from Virginia State College, he moved to New York in 1944; there, his first big gig was in the band of saxophonist Ben Webster. He would end up playing with essentially all the greats of that era, and many of them since. As a recording artist, he’s best known as the leader of a trio, a format he maintained since the 1950s, and also as the composer of the song “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free.”
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Pollstar is reporting that concert promoters are planning to make shows more affordable in 2011, after high ticket prices caused low attendance throughout the past year. Promoters say they will push the sale of t-shirts and other merchandise to make up for the lost revenue.
Acts such as ZZ Top plan on selling tickets for as little as $10. “It’s time to give the value back,” said band manager Carl Stubner, “We’ll find other ways to make money.”
Meanwhile, not everybody will bring down their prices. Neil Diamond, for example, says that his large scale production prevents him from doing so. “As the shows get bigger, the expenses get bigger, so it’s got to be translated somehow to the ticket price. If I just used the guitar it’d be a lot simpler, but then I’d have to put 50 people out of work.”
According to Pollstar, ticket prices in North America rose from an average of $26 in 1996 to $67 in 2008. That number does not include order processing and convenience charges. When promoters raised prices again, concert attendance dropped by 12% in the first half of 2010, in comparison to the same period of time a year ago.
Promoters have promised that cheaper options will be available in 2011. “We know that if you lower the price, they’ll come,” Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino told investors in November.
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Surviving Members of Nirvana Reunite on Stage
The 500 fans lucky enough to attend the Foo Fighters secret show on Dec. 21 at Paladino’s in Tarzana, California were treated to an extremely rare reunion of the surviving members of Nirvana.
Drummer Dave Grohl, bassist Krist Novoselic, and guitarist Pat Smear reunited for a performance of “Marigold,” Grohl’s sole composition while a member of Nirvana. The song originally appeared as a b- side on the 1993 single for “Heart Shaped Box.” Video of the reunion has not yet surfaced, but NME reports that Grohl sang and played drums during the reunion with his former bandmates.
The new Foo Fighters album was produced by Nevermind producer Butch Vig and features Novoselic on accordion and bass on one track.
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Airplane! Honored in 2010 National Film Registry
Every year since 1988, when the Library of Congress passed the National Film Preservation Act, which established the National Film Preservation Board, films have been selected for the honor.
To qualify, titles must be at least 10 years old and must have had some form of theatrical release. “When you look at these really old films from the 1890s or documentaries, that is a pretty broad definition of what constitutes a theatrical release,” Loughney said.
Over the next year, the Library of Congress will ascertain the condition of these films. “Many of the films have been preserved by other archives or the studios who own the films,” Loughney said. “We will make an effort to contact the rights’ owners or the archives and make inquiries and encourage the films to be preserved.”
With the addition of this year’s selections, the registry now boasts a total of 550 films.
Click here for the complete list of this year’s selections
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In a private ceremony on February 12, 2011, The Ramones will receive a Lifetime Achievement Grammy alongside Julie Andrews, Dolly Parton, Roy Haynes, The Juilliard String Quartet, The Kingston Trio, and George Beverly Shea.
Originally formed in New York in 1974, The Ramones’ career spanned 22 years, 14 studio albums, and 2,263 shows, influencing generations of musicians in their wake. Sadly, only drummer Tommy Ramone remains of the original quartet, with Joey, Dee Dee, and Johnny having passed away in 2001, 2002, and 2004, respectively.
The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
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Teena Marie’s last album, “Congo Square,” was titled after a historical meeting place for slaves in New Orleans, featured a tribute to Martin Luther King’s widow and also song “Black Cool,” written for President Barack Obama.
No matter that Marie, 54, was white. The R&B legend revered and fully immersed herself in black culture—and in turn was respected and adored by black audiences, not only for her immense soulful talents, but for her inner soul as well.
“Overall my race hasn’t been a problem. I’m a Black artist with White skin. At the end of the day you have to sing what’s in your own soul,” she told Essence.com in an interview last year while promoting “Congo Square.” That album would turn out to be her last.
The self-proclaimed “Ivory Queen of Soul,” whose many classic hits included “Lovergirl,” Square Biz” and the scorching duet “Fire and Desire” with mentor Rick James, was found dead in her Pasadena home on Sunday at the age of 54. Authorities said her death appeared to be of natural causes.
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i’ve probably posted this before, but i don’t care
Looking back, this might’ve been the coolest thing to happen this year…apart from that Iron Chic album, and getting married I mean…
nope. this storm was the best. i remember riding the blue line home during the madness, it was great.