PopMuse: Shows http://popmu.se Musings of stuff en-us Copyright 2007-2019 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Robert Randolph And The Family Band: Raucous Rock Meets The Gospel Tradition https://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/2019/11/11/778250874/robert-randolph-and-the-family-band-raucous-rock-meets-the-gospel-tradition?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=concerts https://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/2019/11/11/778250874/robert-randolph-and-the-family-band-raucous-rock-meets-the-gospel-tradition?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=concerts Mon, 11 Nov 2019 18:25:07 UTC Carina Giamerese at Concerts : NPR Hear a joyous and uplifting set, recorded live at the 20th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference in Nashville. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Pete Doherty arrested in Paris for second time while celebrating release from custody https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/nov/11/pete-doherty-arrested-paris-libertines https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/nov/11/pete-doherty-arrested-paris-libertines Mon, 11 Nov 2019 14:17:01 UTC Laura Snapes at Music | The Guardian The Libertines singer was initially arrested for allegedly attempting to buy cocainePete Doherty has reportedly been arrested in Paris for the second time in 48 hours.The Libertines and Babyshambles frontman was initially arrested in the Pigalle district in the early hours of Friday for allegedly attempting to buy cocaine. He spent two days in police custody and was provisionally fined the equivalent of �4,300, a sentence yet to be approved by a judge, the Mail reports. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Shakira: 'I needed surgery –�or divine intervention' https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/nov/11/shakira-interview-singing-el-dorado-tour-film-super-bowl https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/nov/11/shakira-interview-singing-el-dorado-tour-film-super-bowl Mon, 11 Nov 2019 12:58:11 UTC Emine Saner at Music | The Guardian When Shakira lost her voice she was so desperate she went to Lourdes. Now it’s back – and after re-evaluating her life she’s got her sights set on a J Lo-assisted Super Bowl showThere was a time, in late 2017, when Shakira thought she might never sing again. After suffering a haemorrhage in her vocal cords, she could barely speak. “I always thought there were going to be things in my life that would go away, like beauty, youth, all of that stuff,” she says. “But I never thought that my voice would leave me, because it’s so inherent to my nature. It was my identity. So when I couldn’t sing, that was unbearable. There were times I couldn’t even get out of bed – I was so depressed.”There’s something almost fairytale-like about this: a cautionary fable about the danger of taking happiness for granted, starring the Colombian singer who sold a reported 75m records and became one of the richest women in pop. To give her voice the best chance to recover, there were periods when Shakira wouldn’t speak at all. “I had to communicate through signs and nobody could understand me.” Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Neil Young faces US citizenship delay over marijuana use https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/nov/11/neil-young-us-citizenship-marijuana-donald-trump https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/nov/11/neil-young-us-citizenship-marijuana-donald-trump Mon, 11 Nov 2019 09:51:23 UTC Laura Snapes at Music | The Guardian The Canadian songwriter is pursuing dual citizenship in order to ‘vote my conscience on Donald J Trump’ in the 2020 electionNeil Young is facing a delay in his application for US citizenship after honestly answering a question about his marijuana use.In a letter to fans posted on his website, the Canadian songwriter said that he passed the test for citizenship, but that he has been called to take another test “due to my use of marijuana and how some people who smoke it have a problem”. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ 'We had the same brain' – how Pennie Smith turned the Clash into icons https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/11/the-clash-london-calling-pennie-smith-photography https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/11/the-clash-london-calling-pennie-smith-photography Mon, 11 Nov 2019 06:01:19 UTC Rob Walker at Music | The Guardian She photographed the biggest stars. But it was the Clash she clicked with. Pennie Smith relives their first explosive US tour – and reveals how she took ‘rock’s greatest photo’Pennie Smith was standing less than six feet away when Paul Simonon, bass-player with the Clash, smashed his guitar to pieces on stage at the Palladium in New York. She’d been on the road with the band for two weeks, photographing their first US tour, but she’d always stayed on the other side of the stage, next to lead guitarist Mick Jones.That night, to mix it up, she switched sides and remembers Simonon suddenly spinning toward her. “He was in a really bad mood,” she says, “and that wasn’t like him.” She took a step back to get a better focus with her 35mm Pentax – and then all hell broke loose. Simonon, seething, raised his Fender Precision like an axe, turned his back to singer Joe Strummer, and brought it crashing down. “It wasn’t a choice to take the shot,” Smith says. “My finger just went off.” Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Grime4Corbyn artists step back from new campaign for Labour https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/nov/10/grime4corbyn-artists-step-back-from-new-campaign-for-labour https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/nov/10/grime4corbyn-artists-step-back-from-new-campaign-for-labour Sun, 10 Nov 2019 16:20:05 UTC Lanre Bakare at Music | The Guardian Several of genre’s big names feel ‘youthquake’ unleashed in 2017 has petered outTwo years after the Grime4Corbyn movement launched with the aim of connecting energised fans with the Labour leader’s politics, several of the genre’s big names have called into question its effectiveness.The movement, which was part of the so-called “youthquake” during the 2017 general election when Labour motivated under-45s to vote, was a missed opportunity, according to several acts who feel let down by the way they have been treated since. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ AJ Tracey review – swagger and tongue-twisting rhymes https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/nov/10/aj-tracey-review-alexandra-palace-london https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/nov/10/aj-tracey-review-alexandra-palace-london Sun, 10 Nov 2019 13:12:42 UTC Caroline Sullivan at Music | The Guardian Alexandra Palace, LondonAlready a force in grime, the rapper who went mainstream this year with single Ladbroke Grove, is full of self-belief in a sell out show featuring Dave and Skepta‘Can I come to someones house for dinner tonight I spent all my money on ally pally production,” AJ Tracey tweeted on 11 October, four weeks before his biggest headlining shows to date. Fans duly fell over themselves to invite him to their evening meal, just as the west London MC, who has not been undersupplied with confidence, knew they would. More telling proof of his stature, though, comes at the first of two officially sold out (unofficially, there’s room at the back) Alexandra Palace sets.Already a force in grime, Tracey – born Ch� Wolton Grant – has spent 2019 diversifying and going mainstream with garage track Ladbroke Grove, an irresistibly hooky Top 3 single that has just marked its 36th week in the charts. Three more songs recently reached the Top 40 and his self-titled debut album hit No 3. Accordingly, tonight’s crowd is comprised not just of old hands who were there in 2015, when his quickfire, Skepta-inspired flow began attracting attention, but of suburban teenagers who came onboard this year. It’s for both groups that Tracey has “spent all my money”, turning a rap set into a sensory binge. There are acid trip graphics, a spoof 1950s BBC information film, pole dancers and even some minor pyrotechnics. A visitor identified as “my jeweller” comes on stage to present a bulky pendant to Tracey, with “Ladbroke Grove” spelled out in diamonds. He hands it over with a reverence that the rapper does nothing to discourage. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ On my radar: Ezra Koenig’s cultural highlights https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/nov/10/on-my-radar-ezra-koenig-cultural-highlights https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/nov/10/on-my-radar-ezra-koenig-cultural-highlights Sun, 10 Nov 2019 13:00:36 UTC Kathryn Bromwich at Music | The Guardian The frontman of Vampire Weekend on a hilarious movie review show spoof, the Obamas’ new film and African country musicBorn in New York City in 1984, Ezra Koenig studied English at Columbia University before becoming a teacher in Brooklyn. In 2005/6 he formed indie rock band Vampire Weekend, of which he is lead vocalist and guitarist. Since their 2008 eponymous debut album, the band have released three more, including 2013’s Grammy-winning Modern Vampires of the City and this year’s Father of the Bride. Since 2015 Koenig has presented a fortnightly radio show, Time Crisis With Ezra Koenig. Vampire Weekend play London’s Alexandra Palace on 13 and 14 November. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Anna Meredith: FIBS review – boldly idiosyncratic https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/nov/10/anna-meredith-fibs-review https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/nov/10/anna-meredith-fibs-review Sun, 10 Nov 2019 05:30:32 UTC Damien Morris at Music | The Guardian (Moshi Moshi)Classical composer turned pop producer Anna Meredith, whose career still ranges from symphonic performance to body percussion, debuted in 2016 with Varmints. That album gamely mixed electronic and acoustic, instrumental and vocal, to uneven but intriguing effect. FIBS plays in the same sandpit, but too many songs feel inconsequential, disappearing as you listen to them. Moonmoons is briefly promising, before it loses interest in itself. More typically, Inhale Exhale begins like a headache and gets steadily more annoying.You could maybe salvage Bump, a brassy, over-caffeinated number that might be remixed into a more brutally effective piece. Similarly, Calion’s tasteful techno threatens to uncoil into something Jon Hopkins would be proud of, but Meredith lacks his feel for the floor, his call to the hips. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Girl Ray: Girl review – a north London version of Haim https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/nov/10/girl-ray-girl-review https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/nov/10/girl-ray-girl-review Sun, 10 Nov 2019 05:30:32 UTC Kitty Empire at Music | The Guardian (Moshi Moshi)Indie bands have done R&B before – you will have heard of the xx. Now, with genre boundaries more porous than ever, swapping lo-fi pop for R&B shouldn’t feel like an audacious act. This album does. One record ago, Girl Ray were a fresh-faced, lo-fi pop three-piece whose videos featured games of rounders. Now, their second outing suggests a burgeoning north London version of Haim or, perhaps, Broadcast playing the songs of Everything But the Girl.Show Me More, released last summer, may have found Poppy Hankin, Iris McConnell and Sophie Moss still riding bicycles in the video, but their disco tune offered vastly increased quotients of slinkiness and soul. The hazy title track, meanwhile, nods to Tom Tom Club, with a swirling keyboard motif underlining how much has changed in this trio’s outlook. House piano, a rapper – PSwuave – and, on Beautiful, a reggae lilt, all have their place on Girl. These moves are still tentative, and talk of artistic progression is often the kiss of death, but Girl Ray have moved out of a place of limitations into more kaleidoscopic musicality. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/