Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis dead at 85

The singer, songwriter, comedian and businessman had genuine warmth and down-home humor that drew countless fans.

A post on daughter and country singer-songwriter Pam Tillis’ Facebook page said she was deeply saddened by her father’s sudden and unexpected death, and asked fans to post their memories on Mel Tillis’ official Facebook page.

Source: Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis dead at 85

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CMA Awards 2017: Complete list of winners, best and worst moments

Carrie Underwood’s hymn brought down the house. Taylor Swift won an award but didn’t show up. Garth Brooks was caught lip-syncing.

The show pushed “unity.” Co-host Brad Paisley wore a T-shirt with the word printed on it. Onstage, artists emphasized the need for Americans to join together, particularly in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, where 58 people were shot and killed and hundreds more were injured at a country music festival last month.

Source: CMA Awards 2017: Complete list of winners, best and worst moments

Members of heavy metal band Decapitated arrested for suspected kidnapping in Spokane | The Spokesman-Review

A woman reported to police just before 2 a.m. on Sept. 1 the alleged kidnapping by the band members, said Spokane Police Department spokeswoman Cpl. Teresa Fuller. The band had performed with Thy Art is Murder at The Pin concert venue downtown as part of their “Double Homicide” tour. Fuller said she believes the woman attended the heavy metal concert.

Source: Members of heavy metal band Decapitated arrested for suspected kidnapping in Spokane | The Spokesman-Review

Pittsburgh rapper “Jimmy Wopo” to be released from jail

Jimmy Wopo aka Travon Smart will be free within 48 hours

Smart’s manager, Taylor Maglin, told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 in July that Jimmy Wopo would be shooting a new video and song on the day of his eventual release.

Wopo’s music videos have garnered more than 12 million views on his YouTube page, along with millions of plays on Spotify and other digital platforms.

Source: Pittsburgh rapper “Jimmy Wopo” to be released from jail

#T6IsComing: Taylor Swift Fans Predict She’ll End Justin Bieber With Release Of New Music – Hollywood Life

Is Justin Bieber’s reign at the top of the music charts coming to an end? Taylor Swift’s about to make a comeback!

We wonder if Justin Bieber is shaking in his boots, as Taylor Swift fans think she’s on the brink of releasing new music and reclaiming her throne at the top of the charts! Right now, Justin has the top two spots on iTunes with his new song, “Friends” (#1), and summertime smash,”Despacito” (#2), but after T-Swizzle deleted a lot of her social media activity on Aug. 18 — the three-year anniversary of the release of “Shake It Off” — fans started freaking out and fantasizing about the fall of The Biebs.

Source: #T6IsComing: Taylor Swift Fans Predict She’ll End Justin Bieber With Release Of New Music – Hollywood Life

Justin Bieber Hits Photographer With Car Driving From Church – Rolling Stone

Justin Bieber’s car struck a photographer in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

The minor accident comes after the singer canceled the remaining dates on his Purpose World Tour. “I’m sorry for anyone who feels, like, disappointed or betrayed, it’s not in my heart,” he said. He was also banned from performing in China, which refused to allow him to enter the country on the grounds that he was a “badly behaved entertainer.”

For several weeks this summer, Bieber was a featured vocalist on the two biggest songs in the United States, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” and DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One.” Those songs remain at Number One and Number Four, respectively, this week.

Source: Justin Bieber Hits Photographer With Car Driving From Church – Rolling Stone

What is America’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Beach Boys? Aerosmith? E Street Band? We throw this elusive question out to the Post-Gazette readers.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

What is America’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band?

Across the Atlantic, the debate is much simpler — Beatles or Stones — with the edge usually going to the Beatles for getting there first, pushing more boundaries and not hanging around well past their prime.

But, as we approach another Fourth of July, the question in the States is still open-ended: What is the Greatest American Rock ‘n’ Roll Band?

After all, it was our music, pioneered in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s by the likes of Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bill Haley and Elvis Presley. They invented it and stepped aside while the form went to a new level with the next generations.

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CMT Awards 2017: All-Stars Unite for Gregg Allman Tribute

Gregg Allman passed away at his home in Savannah, Georgia, in late May

Some of the biggest names in country music joined forces on Wednesday night to pay tribute to legendary Allman Brothers co-founder Gregg Allman at the CMT Music Awards.

Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley kicked off the show by singing the Allman Brothers Band’s 1970 hit “Midnight Rider.”

Source: CMT Awards 2017: All-Stars Unite for Gregg Allman Tribute

Noah Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus Are Father-Daughter Goals at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards | E! News

Teenager brought her dad as her date to the big showNoah Cyrus made a big move in her career Sunday night and her biggest fan was right by her side to support her: Billy Ray Cyrus!

The 17-year-old took the stage to perform her hit “Stay Together” at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards while Billy Ray cheered her on from the audience.

Source: Noah Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus Are Father-Daughter Goals at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards | E! News

American country music legend Loretta Lynn was admitted into a hospital in Nashville Thursday night after she suffered a stroke at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. –

She is currently under medical care and is responsive and expected to make a full recovery.

Loretta, who just celebrated her 85th birthday, has been advised by her doctors to stay off the road while she is recuperating. Regrettably, upcoming scheduled shows will be postponed.

Source: WELCOME 2017 –

Guitarist J. Geils Dead at 71 – Rolling Stone

John Warren Geils Jr., better known as J. Geils, the guitarist for the J. Geils Band, was found dead in his Massachusetts home.

The J. Geils Band released a slew of albums during the Seventies and early Eighties. With vocalist Peter Wolf at the helm, the band became best known for singles like “Centerfold,” “Love Stinks,” “Come Back” and “Freeze-Frame,” which have since become rock radio mainstays.

Source: Guitarist J. Geils Dead at 71 – Rolling Stone

Pearl Jam, Journey, Yes Score Epic Night at Rock Hall of Fame – Rolling Stone

The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony featured Steve Perry’s first onstage appearance with Journey in 26 years (even though he didn’t actually sing), a Yes reunion with Rush’s Geddy Lee on bass, a moving tribute to Tupac Shakur and the first performance of Pearl Jam’s original lineup since early 1991. But it was David Letterman, a last-minute replacement for Neil Young and the only non-musician of the evening to speak, that summed up the feeling of the event best. “When I came here for rehearsals, I was reminded what a gift live music is,” he said while inducting Pearl Jam. “Never take live music for granted.”

Source: Pearl Jam, Journey, Yes Score Epic Night at Rock Hall of Fame – Rolling Stone

(NY Daily News) – Justin Bieber gets upset with ‘Today’ cameraman 

Justin Bieber reveals his new bleached hair on Wednesday’s episode of “Today.”TODAY

Justin Bieber reveals his new bleached hair on Wednesday’s episode of “Today.”

Justin Bieber rocked the “Today” show with a brand new look — and some major attitude.

The pop star, who showed off his newly bleached hair on the morning show Thursday, was caught complaining about a cameraman who was filming his performance.

As the segment was cutting away to commercial, Bieber grumbled about how the crew member was too close for comfort.

“Next time I won’t dance because the camera’s here the whole time,” he raged. “Might as well not dance.”

“What do I do this for if they’re just going to…” he added, before the show went to commercial.

While displeased with the cameraman, the singer was happy with his fans’ reaction to his new hairdo.

“You guys like the hair?” he asked, leading the crowd to scream their approval.

This isn’t the first time the singer has gone platinum blond, having also bleached his hair in late 2014. But it still made for a striking change when combined with his new sideswept hairstyle.

Bieber’s fans waited overnight to catch his performance on the morning show, which included his No. 1 single “What Do You Mean?”

The 21-year-old also received a plaque from Guinness World Records honoring him for being the youngest male artist to have a song debut at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

As for how Bieber feels about returning to the spotlight with a new album, he said he doesn’t really consider it a comeback.

“I didn’t really leave, but I took a little time to do some soul searching for sure,” he said.

He also said that he’s been emotional during his recent stage performances, such as crying at the MTV VMAs, because “it just feels so great to feel the acceptance.”

Source: Justin Bieber gets upset with ‘Today’ cameraman – NY Daily News

(paste) – 10 Metal Albums For People Who Don’t Like Metal 

A lot of people don’t like metal. And that’s ok. Metal isn’t supposed to be easy. In fact, its roots come as a reaction against that very thing. But talking to people who think they despise heavy metal is often just as difficult. Most people know about Metallica and Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, but they’re what’s considered mainstream.

Introducing your easy listening friends to metal doesn’t have to be an exercise inGreen Eggs & Ham-level obsession with you chasing them around while clutching your collection of Deicide or Pig Destroyer records. Just as in the case of Sam I Am, sometimes trying something new can and often results in what’s a literally life-changing experience. We picked out 10 gateway records that could convert even the non-metal listeners.

1. Deafheaven, Sunbather
Although Deafhaven’s full-length debut Roads to Judah dropped in 2011, the San Francisco group has since become one of the most engaging metal bands since that time when Alcest actually sounded like black metal. With 2013’s Sunbather, Deafheaven took that very influence, framing it within compositional nods to “totally unmetal” artists/bands such as Johnny Marr, The Edge, and My Bloody Valentine. The vocals are most definitely harsh and the black metal foundation is ever present, but Sunbather primarily works so well due to the fact that that otherwise abrasive ferocity is carried by way of an unrelenting beauty and atmosphere. While the word “beauty” often results in the unfortunate gag reflex of many a metalhead concerning Deafheaven, it’s the selling point of one of today’s most captivating bands, metal or not.

2. ISIS, Panopticon
All stupid terrorist jokes aside, ISIS remains one of the most influential groups not only for their metal cohorts but for a litany of non-metal artists who take their strides from the band’s ornate-meets abrasive stylizations. Despite being disbanded since 2010, Boston’s post-metal giants have continued to make waves, even leaving on the high note that was their best album with 2009’s Wavering Radiant. But it was 2004’s Panopticon that marked the biggest shift in ISIS’ history, as the band employed a wider range of possibilities with what their music could accomplish rather than sticking to one particular (in this case very sludgy) brand of heavy. Just under an hour long, Panopticon is, much like its namesake, a complex and beautiful sonic journey, rendering scenes as psychologically rooted as they are physiologically concerned. It’s that combination of the abstract and the palpable that came to be the definitive characteristic of ISIS, and it began here.

3. Mastodon, Crack the Skye
One of the reasons that the hugely successful and (mostly) bearded Mastodon have become the new whipping boy for metal’s most cross-armed crybabies is likely the very thing that gives the Atlanta-based foursome an appeal to non-metal minded audiences. After three concept albums so multifarious that even Peter Gabriel would tear up, the group upped the ante and released Crack the Skye in 2009. The plotline is about as logical as your entire 70s prog collection. But it’s that same prog rock influence, which had continually growing throughout each previous Mastodon release, that came to a brilliant head on Crack the Skye. Both clean vocals (no yelling, softies) and also harsh vocals (avert your ears, softies) come packaged with some of the genre’s most astounding guitar and rhythm work since the mid-‘80s.

4. Opeth, Blackwater Park
Aside from chocolate, ABBA, and that cool movie about the vampire kid, the Scandinavian middle finger known as Sweden has given the world one of the most important metal bands of the last 20 years in Opeth. The group started in 1990 in Stockholm, but the band’s debut album Orchid served a necessary precursor to what would come with 2001’s Blackwater Park. The quintessential metal album of the 21st century so far, Blackwater Park not only raised the standard for the band who created it but for the genre and culture that would come in its wake. Even with Opeth’s much more cuddly recent efforts, the band’s most timeless and groundbreaking effort is largely so because of the band’s perfectly achieved balance between some of the most devastatingly harsh death metal vocals and the jarringly beautiful melody lines sung throughout by near-mythically versatile vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt.

5. Pallbearer, Sorrow and Extinction
A more recent example of metal’s less aurally difficult acts, Little Rock’s Pallbearer arrived on the radar of many non-metallers almost right out of the gate. Their songs are long but not overly so; they’re are ornate without falling under the weight of their own compositional structure. It’s pop slowed down to a crawl with a healthy dose of atmospheric, Pink Floyd-inspired psychedelia. For any metal band to have pop appeal is like some fiction out of the early ‘90s (cough), but alas, 2012 not only saw that very thing but from a doom metal band no less. It’s a testament not only to Pallbearer’s individual members’ abilities as songwriters but also to the evolving fanbase of a genre that’s far less the oddball in the crowd than it used to be.

6. Pinkish Black, Pinkish Black
Sure to gain the ire of metal purists for not being metal enough (or whatever the hell it is this week), Fort Worth’s Pinkish Black released its full-length debut in 2012 to immediate acclaim. In addition to the well-deserved praise, the duo’s music managed to be just as unsettling as nearly anything else considered extreme. Trading blast beats, shredding riffs, and indecipherable vocals for keyboards and a set of drums, Pinkish Black invokes a devastatingly heavy atmosphere that speaks as much to Joy Division as it does Popol Vuh. Born from some genuinely gruesome circumstances that directly influenced their moniker, Pinkish Black’s most powerful asset is their deliberately subdued presentation of all that makes heavy metal the force it is, and also proof that the paths to dark music are many, all with their own singular definition of what the word “heavy” can mean.

7. Royal Thunder, Crooked Doors
Released just this year, Crooked Doors is positively infectious for a straight up hard rock record. The band’s transition from its first to second records was a natural one with vocalist Mlny Parsonz (Mel Parsons) belting out her lines with a range that would make Grace Slick proud. Crooked Doors doesn’t require much patience on the part of the listener. From start to finish, the album kicks into a ‘70s hard rock edge with a punk rock ethos courtesy of Parsons’ singing which varies from graveled sneering to stratospheric melodic lines in the refrains. Not just one of the year’s best metal releases but one of its finest examples of no frills, no gimmicks, and no bullshit rock ‘n’ roll.

8. SubRosa, More Constant Than the Gods
One of 2013’s best metal releases came by way of Salt Lake City’s SubRosa. A five-member multi-instrumental force, the band’s sheer depth of sound is something to behold. While the use of orchestral instruments, specifically in this case the violin, is nothing new to heavy metal or “extreme music”, SubRosa’s implementation is not simply an exercise in arbitrary timbre. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find any other heavy metal band whose use of otherwise delicate instrumentation is even remotely as commanding as SubRosa’s. Active since 2005, More Constant Than the Gods is the group’s third album and handily their best. Similar to Pallbearer, SubRosa is quintessentially a gateway band, giving listeners a glimpse into the too often overlooked versatility in heavy metal.

9. Torche, Meanderthal
Released in 2008 on the now (sort of) defunct Hydra Head Records—one of the most highly respected experimental music labels of the last decade—Meanderthalwas an immediate anomaly in the metal world. The music is some of the heaviest on this entire list but the vocals are clean and actually quite pleasant. Singer/guitarist Steve Brooks pairs his baritone against a backdrop of doom metal on speed. Often referred to as “sludge” or “stoner” metal, Torche is modern metal’s answer to Van Halen or Cheap Trick in many ways. The music is fun. Metal is fun. You may actually find yourself smiling while headbanging. Stranger things have happened. For many previously uninitiated metalheads, Meanderthal still remains the standard gateway to what would become a gloriously loud journey into heavy metal.

10. YOB, Clearing the Path to Ascend
Eugene, Ore.’s YOB formed in 1996. It was the same year that Tool, one of the most well-known crossover metal bands released the masterpiece known as Ænima. The connection doesn’t stop there, though. Years later, the two bands would tour together with YOB opening for the mighty Tool and their cult-like legions of fans. Having YOB open was no flippant choice on the part of Tool who, like many other globally recognized names, could have just as easily gone with a run-of-the-mill act or some slightly less well known act. Even that moment of pride doesn’t come close to YOB’s greatest triumph to date. That moment came just last year with Clearing the Path to Ascend, a four-track journey into some of modern metal’s most emotionally charged and unwaveringly gorgeous moments of the last several years. Mike Scheidt may very well be the most versatile vocalist in the metal game today, easily switching from bottomed-out growls to stratospheric vocalizations as tenderly vulnerable as they are definitively unassailable. Of its four tracks, no song perfectly captures the band’s unshakeable distinction among its peers as does the album’s closer “Marrow”. It’s just one of the many reasons you’re likely to hear this band’s name much more often in the near future.

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