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Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” + Judas Priest’s “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'” x Steely Dan’s “Do it Again” = The Greatest Mashup You’ll Hear All Year

Prepare to have your musical senses ignited with the ultimate fusion of classics! In a groundbreaking mashup by Bill McClintock, the iconic beats of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” intertwine seamlessly with the gritty guitar riffs of Judas Priest’s “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'” while being elevated by the smooth sophistication of Steely Dan’s “Do it Again.”

Stone Temple Pilots Rock the Stage with ‘Vasoline’ Performance on Letterman In 1994

In 1994, “The Late Show with David Letterman” secured an electrifying performance from Stone Temple Pilots, capturing the essence of the era’s music scene. With their dynamic sound and undeniable stage presence, the band brought the studio audience to their feet and viewers at home to the edge of their seats. Their performance on Letterman’s iconic stage became an unforgettable moment in late-night television history, showcasing the raw energy and talent that made them a cultural phenomenon, and “Vasoline” a continued classic on radio.

Maynard James Keenan Shares Songwriting Insights and Improv Tips in Exclusive Clip

In this clip, Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) breaks down his songwriting process and gives advice on becoming a better improviser.

From Folk-Rock Icons to Cultural Trailblazers: Inside the Journey of Indigo Girls with Sundance-Winning Director Alexandria Bombach

With forty years of making music as the iconic folk-rock band Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have made their mark as musicians, songwriters, and dedicated activists. They have represented radical self-acceptance to many, leading multiple generations of fans to say, “the Indigo Girls saved my life.” Still, Amy and Emily battled misogyny, homophobia, and a harsh cultural climate chastising them for not fitting into a female pop star mold. With joy, humor, and heart-warming earnestness, Sundance award-winning director Alexandria Bombach brings us into a contemporary conversation with Amy and Emily—alongside decades of the band’s home movies and intimate present-day verité.

The Beatles Influence On Karl Wallinger and Eric Carmen

Karl Wallinger, best known as the leader of the band World Party, passed away over the weekend, was undoubtedly influenced by The Beatles in several ways, particularly in his songwriting, musical arrangements, and production techniques. The Beatles’ impact on Wallinger is evident in his ability to craft timeless melodies, experiment with diverse musical styles, and create richly layered compositions.

One significant influence of The Beatles on Karl Wallinger is evident in his penchant for crafting intricate melodies and harmonies. Much like The Beatles, Wallinger demonstrated a talent for writing catchy, memorable tunes that resonated with audiences. His ability to weave together melodic hooks and lush vocal harmonies reflects the influence of The Beatles’ songwriting craftsmanship.

In addition to melody and harmony, Karl Wallinger’s approach to blending different musical genres and styles mirrors The Beatles’ own eclectic tendencies. The Beatles were known for seamlessly incorporating elements of rock, pop, folk, and psychedelic music into their songs, creating a unique and diverse sound palette. Similarly, Wallinger explored a wide range of musical influences in his work with World Party, fusing elements of rock, folk, blues, and world music to create a distinctive and innovative sound.

One of World Party’s most well-known hits, “Ship of Fools,” showcases Wallinger’s ability to craft a melodic pop song with thought-provoking lyrics, a characteristic shared with many of The Beatles’ classic tracks. The song’s infectious melody and catchy chorus capture the spirit of The Beatles’ best-known hits, demonstrating Wallinger’s skill at creating memorable pop music with substance.

Another hit song associated with Karl Wallinger and World Party is “Is It Like Today?,” which features lush instrumentation, intricate arrangements, and introspective lyrics. While the song may not directly emulate The Beatles’ sound, its melodic sophistication and emotional depth bear the influence of The Beatles’ approach to songwriting and production.

 

Eric Carmen, who passed away over the weekend, was greatly influenced by The Beatles, particularly their melodic sensibilities and songwriting craftsmanship. The Beatles were known for their innovative approach to songwriting, blending various musical styles and experimenting with new sounds. Eric Carmen, like many other musicians of his generation, was inspired by their work.

One significant way The Beatles influenced Eric Carmen was in his approach to crafting melodies and harmonies. The Beatles were masters of creating catchy, memorable melodies, often incorporating intricate harmonies and lush vocal arrangements. Eric Carmen adopted similar techniques in his own songwriting, crafting melodic hooks that were instantly recognizable and emotionally resonant.

Additionally, The Beatles’ ability to blend rock and pop elements in their music had a profound impact on Eric Carmen’s sound. His music often featured a mix of rock guitar riffs, pop hooks, and lush orchestration, reflecting the eclectic approach that The Beatles popularized.

One of Eric Carmen’s most well-known hits, “All by Myself,” draws on elements of classical music while still maintaining a pop sensibility, a fusion of styles reminiscent of The Beatles’ experimental tendencies. The song’s powerful melody and emotive lyrics showcase Carmen’s ability to create timeless pop music, a skill he honed in part by studying The Beatles’ catalog.

Another hit song, “Hungry Eyes,” which Carmen wrote for the film “Dirty Dancing,” exhibits his knack for crafting infectious pop melodies and hooks, much like The Beatles did throughout their career. While “Hungry Eyes” may not directly emulate The Beatles’ sound, its catchy chorus and memorable guitar riff bear the influence of the melodic craftsmanship for which The Beatles were renowned.

Overall, while both Karl Wallinger and Eric Carmen have undoubtedly drawn inspiration from a wide range of musical influences, including The Beatles, their individual styles and contributions to the music industry reflect their unique talents and creative visions.

10 Songs That Celebrate Our Love of Gambling

By Mitch Rice

Society has always had various thoughts about the world of gambling, but music has always embraced it. You may not realize it, but some of the all-time great songs mention betting or gambling of some kind. That inspired us to come up with a list of 10 memorable songs that celebrate gambling.

Kenny Rogers – “The Gambler”

Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler” stands as one of the most renowned tracks centered around gambling. Released in 1978, this pop-country crossover hit propelled the silver-maned singer into the spotlight. Narrating an encounter with a seasoned gambler on a train, the song imparts valuable words of advice and reflection.

Elvis Presley – “Viva Las Vegas”

Any music compilation would be incomplete without The King. “Viva Las Vegas,” the theme song for the 1964 film of the same name, featured none other than Elvis Presley as ‘Lucky Jackson.’ This vibrant tune serves as a love letter to the gambling paradise, embracing its luminous atmosphere and the excitement of wagering.

Abba – “The Winner Takes All”

Whether you’re willing to confess it or not, there’s an undeniable charm to the Swedish pop phenomenon Abba. This particular track is bound to have you humming along in no time. Legend has it that Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus wrote this song amidst his divorce from fellow bandmate Agnetha Fältskog – talk about awkward! The song cleverly employs the familiar betting phrase “winner takes all” as a metaphor for divorce, where one partner emerges victorious, leaving the other with nothing.

Lady Gaga – “Poker Face”

Connecting relationships to the well-known card game, “Poker Face” marked one of Lady Gaga’s initial breakthroughs, propelling her into the realm of international pop stardom. In poker, as well as in the “game of love,” maintaining a poker face is crucial for masking genuine emotions. To excel in either pursuit, mastering this skill is essential. Lady Gaga herself revealed on a popular British TV program that the song delves into the concept of maintaining a stoic expression during intimate moments with a partner. Ironically, using a poker face is somewhat outdated in today’s world. Instead, you can learn more about online casinos, where you don’t need a poker face.

The Eagles – “Desperado”

Here’s a timeless masterpiece that never fails to captivate. Crafted by Glen Frey and Don Henley, “Desperado” emerged as one of The Eagles’ monumental hits from their eponymous 1973 album. This poignant ballad narrates the tale of a solitary figure ensnared by his own isolation, brimming with poignant card references throughout its lyrics.

Rolling Stones  – “Tumbling Dice”

Originally titled “Good Time Woman,” the song “Tumbling Dice” underwent a transformation due to Mick Jagger’s struggle with writer’s block. However, a chat with the band’s housekeeper, who shared insights into the game of Craps, proved to be the breakthrough moment. Consequently, the song shed its former title and emerged as “Tumbling Dice.”

Jerry Reed – “When  You’re Hot, You’re Hot”

Jerry Reed, a titan in the realm of country music, clinched a Grammy Award for his track “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot.” Released in 1971, the song transcended genres, commanding the country charts for five consecutive weeks while ascending to the prestigious position of number 9 in the Pop Top 40. The narrative of the song revolves around the protagonist’s winning streak in an illicit game of Craps, abruptly interrupted by the arrival of law enforcement. To the singer’s dismay, the presiding judge turns out to be an old acquaintance from fishing trips, to whom he owes a debt. As a consequence, the singer finds himself sentenced to 90 days behind bars. This catchy novelty tune whimsically portrays the highs and lows inherent in the world of gambling.

2 Chainz – “Countin”

To all the hip-hop aficionados tuning in, 2 Chainz drops some notable nods to sports betting in his rhymes, delving into the agony of wagering – and coming up short. In his track “Countin,” a keen ear will catch 2 Chainz grappling with a harsh reality.

Motorhead – “Ace of Spades”

“Ace of Spades” stands as the quintessential anthem for the British heavy rock outfit Motorhead. Crafted in 1980, this hit draws its inspiration from the slot machines frequented by Lemmy, the band’s bassist and frontman, in the pubs of London. In his autobiography, the iconic rocker candidly revealed his approach. Unable to lyrically explore the spinning fruits and wheels of traditional slot machines, Lemmy opted instead to inundate the song with a plethora of betting metaphors.

Sting – “Shape of My Heart”

If you’re not an avid follower of Sting, you might have overlooked the profound message tucked within the lyrics of this particular track. “Shape of My Heart” delves into the psyche of a poker player who isn’t driven by the desire to triumph but rather seeks to unravel the enigmatic forces of luck and destiny.

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Two Door Cinema Club Announce Biggest U.S. Tour Of Their Career

Today, Two Door Cinema Club have announced their biggest string of U.S. tour dates yet, kicking off in Atlanta on July 13th and finishing up on October 3rd in Nashville. Meanwhile, the band continue to take the U.S. by storm, playing across Chicago, Portland, Houston and more from now until May 30th.

Two Door Cinema Club mix guitar-driven post-punk hooks with dancey, electronic polish. They first gained attention with their 2010 debut album Tourist History and singles ‘Something Good Can Work’ and ‘Undercover Martyn’. The band have continued to evolve, peaking at #2 in the UK’s official Albums Chart with 2012’s Beacon, and experimenting with Giorgio Moroder-esque disco and synth pop on 2016’s Gameshow. The album also hit the UK Top 10 and paved the way for 2019’s new wave-inspired False Alarm and 2022’s Keep On Smiling.

Hailing from Bangor and Donaghadee, Northern Ireland, Two Door Cinema Club comprises lead vocalist, guitarist and programmer Alex Trimble, guitarist and vocalist Sam Halliday, and bassist and vocalist Kevin Baird. The trio began playing as Two Door Cinema Club in 2007 and continue to stand the test of time in 2024 and beyond.

With a back catalogue of five hugely successful records, sold out shows and headline festival slots across the globe, the band returned last year in 2023 with new single ‘Sure Enough’, alongside brand new U.S tour dates and additional UK arena dates in Hull, Doncaster and Liverpool. This year sees the band return to the Main Stage at Reading and Leeds Festival for a seventh time since their debut set on the NME/Radio 1 tent back in 2010.

Two Door Cinema Club | 2024 Tour Dates:
2024 US tour dates (already announced)
With support from *Joywave and **Day Wave
March 4 – Majestic Theatre – Detroit, MI*
March 5 – KEMBA Live! – Columbus, OH*
March 7 – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL*
March 8 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN*
May 17 – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre – San Diego, CA**
May 18 – Just Like Heaven Festival – Pasadena, CA
May 19 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA**
May 21 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR**
May 22 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA**
May 24 – The Union – Salt Lake City, UT**
May 25 – The Mission Ballroom – Denver, CO**
May 27 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK**
May 28 – Southside Ballroom – Dallas, TX**
May 29 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX**
May 30 – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater – Austin, TX**

2024 US tour dates (NEW)
With support from *flipturn and **Petey and ***Quarters of Change
July 13 – Coca-Cola Roxy – Atlanta, GA*
July 16 – FPL Solar Amphitheater at Bayfront Park – Miami, FL*
July 17 – Daily’s Place – Jacksonville, FL*
July 19 – Rabbit Rabbit – Asheville, NC*
July 20 – Red Hat Amphitheater – Raleigh, NC*
July 23 – The Rooftop at Pier 17 – New York, NY*
July 26 – Stone Pony Summer Stage – Asbury Park, NJ*
July 27 – Pier Six Pavilion – Baltimore, MD*
July 28 – Leader Bank Pavilion – Boston, MA*
July 29 – Artpark Amphitheater – Lewiston, NY*
July 31 – Coca-Cola Coliseum – Toronto, ON*
September 13 – The Orpheum – Vancouver, BC**
September 14 – WAMU Theater – Seattle, WA**
September 15 – Hayden Homes Amphitheater – Bend, OR**
September 17 – The Masonic – San Francisco, CA**
September 21 – Gallagher Square at Petco Park – San Diego, CA**
September 24 – Arizona Financial Theatre – Phoenix, AZ**
September 25 – The Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center – El Paso, TX**
September 26 – Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park – Austin, TX**
September 28 – Starlight Theatre – Kansas City, MO**
September 29 – The Fillmore Minneapolis presented by Affinity Plus – Minneapolis, MN**
October 1 – The Sylvee – Madison, WI**
October 2 – Everwise Amphitheater at White River State Park – Indianapolis, IN***
October 3 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN***

2024 UK tour dates & festivals
June 22 – Fairview Park – Dublin, Ireland
August 15 – CHSQ – Belfast, Ireland
August 16 – Galway Summer Sessions – Carnmore East, Ireland
August 22-25 – Reading Festival – Reading, United Kingdom
August 22-25 – Leeds Festival – Leeds, United Kingdom

Donny Osmond To Bring His Award Winning Las Vegas Show To Select U.S. Cities This Summer

Legendary entertainer and music icon Donny Osmond has announced that he will bring his award-winning Las Vegas production to select US cities beginning June 7, 2024, in Milwaukee, WI and ending August 17, 2024 in San Jose, CA with stops in cities such as New York, Chicago, Nashville, Boston and Atlanta. Tickets go on sale in most markets Friday, March 8, via www.donny.com. Osmond has partnered with City of Hope so that $1 from each ticket sale will go directly to City of Hope to support their fight against cancer, diabetes, and other serious illnesses.

Throughout an illustrious six decades long career, Donny Osmond has earned 33 gold records: selling over 100 million albums becoming a worldwide music legend. He has made history by celebrating 6 decades in show business with the release of his latest album “Start Again” a milestone 65th album for the performer. The album was directly inspired by Donny’s own unique career journey of constant reinvention over the course of his six decades as a globally recognized performer.

Chosen by the public as winner of Best Show, Best Performer, Best Resident Headliner and Best Production in the Best of Las Vegas honors from The Las Vegas Review Journal, Donny’s show is an exciting, energy-filled musical journey of his unparalleled life as one of the most recognized entertainers in the world. The audience experiences a 90-minute spectacle as he performs his timeless hits, shares stories of his greatest show-stopping memories and introduces brand new music in a new and completely reimagined song and dance celebration. Fans are treated to a full Broadway style production of his classic Disney hit from Mulan, “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You.” The show also includes an interactive segment where anyone in the audience can request any song he’s ever recorded.

Fans can gain first access to the artist presales in most markets beginning Wednesday, March 6th at 9 am local time until Thursday, March 7th at 10 pm local time. Additional pre-sales will run throughout the week ahead of the general on sale in most markets beginning Friday, March 8th at 10 am local time. VIP packages are also available giving fans the chance to purchase premium tickets, including pre-show parties and meet and greet opportunities.

For up-to-date information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.Donny.com

Friday, June 7, 2024 Milwaukee, WI The Riverside Theater
Saturday, June 8, 2024 Appleton, WI Fox Cities PAC
Sunday, June 9, 2024 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theatre
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 Kansas City, MO Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
Friday, June 14, 2024 Chicago, IL The Chicago Theatre
Saturday, June 15, 2024 Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
Sunday, June 16, 2024 Grand Rapids, MI DeVos Performance Hall
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 Wheeling, WV The Capitol Theatre
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 Shipshewana, IN Blue Gate Performing Arts Center
Friday, June 21, 2024 Toledo, OH Stranahan Theater and Great Hall
Saturday, June 22, 2024 Columbus, OH Mershon Auditorium
Sunday, June 23, 2024 Louisville, KY Louisville Palace Theatre
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 Cincinnati, OH The Andrew J Brady Music Center
Friday, June 28, 2024 Baltimore, MD The Lyric
Saturday, June 29, 2024 Mashantucket, CT Premier Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino
Sunday, June 30, 2024 Boston, MA Boch Center Wang Theatre
Tuesday, July 2, 2024 Hershey, PA Hershey Theatre
Wednesday, July 3, 2024 Albany, NY The Palace Theatre Albany
Friday, July 5, 2024 Rama, ON Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
Saturday, July 6, 2024 Akron, OH Akron Civic Theatre
Sunday, July 7, 2024 Atlantic City, NJ Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
Tuesday, July 9, 2024 Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium
Thursday, July 11, 2024 Bethlehem, PA The Wind Creek Event Center
Friday, July 12, 2024 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
Saturday, July 13, 2024 Niagara Falls, NY Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino Event Center
Wednesday, July 24, 2024 Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
Thursday, July 25, 2024 Tampa, FL Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Event Center
Friday, July 26, 2024 Melbourne, FL Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, July 27, 2024 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
Monday, July 29, 2024 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
Tuesday, July 30, 2024 Little Rock, AR Robinson Center
Thursday, August 1, 2024 San Antonio, TX Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, August 2, 2024 Dallas, TX Music Hall at Fair Park
Saturday, August 3, 2024 Tulsa, OK Tulsa Theater
Monday, August 5, 2024 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
Tuesday, August 6, 2024 Colorado Springs, CO Pikes Peak Center
Thursday, August 8, 2024 Boise, ID Idaho Central Arena
Friday, August 9, 2024 Ridgefield, WA Ilani Casino
Saturday, August 10, 2024 Seattle, WA The Paramount
Sunday, August 11, 2024 Airway Heights, WA BECU Live
Tuesday, August 13, 2024 Idaho Falls, ID Hero Arena at the Mountain America Center
Thursday, August 15, 2024 Wheatland, CA Hard Rock Live Sacramento
Friday, August 16, 2024 Modesto, CA Gallo Center for the Arts
Saturday, August 17, 2024 San Jose, CA San Jose Civic

Watch Ann-Margret Blow The Audience Away On ‘The Tonight Show’ In 1975

Ann-Margret’s rendition of “I’ve Got the Music In Me” on The Tonight Show in 1975 stands as a mesmerizing testament to her immense talent and captivating stage presence. Taking the stage at the 8:30 mark, Ann-Margret effortlessly commands attention with her dynamic vocals and electrifying performance style. With each note, she infuses the song with a contagious energy that radiates throughout the audience, leaving a lasting impression. Ann-Margret’s interpretation of the song, popularized by Kiki Dee in 1974, showcases her ability to make a familiar tune entirely her own, solidifying her status as a true icon of music and entertainment.

SiriusXM Launches Multi-Platform National Brand Campaign “Closer”

Today, SiriusXM unveiled a new, national multi-platform brand campaign, showcasing how SiriusXM brings listeners closer to what moves them. Developed in collaboration with agency of record, Uncommon Creative Studio, the national campaign follows the unveiling of SiriusXM’s brand refresh in late 2023, and is a continuation of SiriusXM’s work to welcome in new audiences while super-serving its listeners.

“At SiriusXM we are passionate about audio. Our ‘Closer’ campaign features powerful, emotive and iconic creative showcasing the role that SiriusXM plays in people’s lives and is a celebration of the power of audio,” said Suzi Watford, Chief Growth Officer at SiriusXM. “As we look to connect with the next generation of SiriusXM listeners, we’re focused on telling stories of how we bring listeners and fans closer to what moves them. We’re extremely proud of how that message comes through in this campaign, and how we are able to reflect the stories we hear from listeners and their passion for what we do.”

To kick off the campaign, SiriusXM unveiled “A Life in Sound,” a new short film directed by Emmy award-winning director Kim Gehrig, on SiriusXM social channels, a cut of which will air on national television in the US during the 2024 Oscars. The piece follows a woman dancing as she moves through different phases and milestones of her life while listening to a wide variety of songs and interviews that each have a unique place on SiriusXM, emphasizing the breadth and depth of audio experiences available on the audio entertainment service. By showcasing a life in sound, the creative highlights how SiriusXM brings listeners closer to what they love and what moves them throughout their lives.

“‘A Life in Sound’ celebrates the real, universal, and uniquely human experience of being moved by the audio you love. One film. One woman. Dancing through the different chapters of her life. It is the truth of the SiriusXM experience captured in film,” said Nils Leonard, Co-founder at Uncommon Creative Studio. “And as a creative studio, we were honored to have the opportunity to capture and share that magic.”

The Company’s vibrant out-of-home (OOH) campaign spotlights three growing genres across the SiriusXM portfolio—hip-hop, country, and sports. The scenes capture the passion and power of these fandoms and how SiriusXM invites listeners into these communities. Crowds surround a listener in each genre, who is unphased by the madness unfolding around them, as they tune in to their favorite channel on SiriusXM. Shot by renowned photographer and filmmaker Gabriel Moses, the campaign also features SiriusXM subscribers and super-fans of these genres across static and motion OOH on digital and in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, Boston, and Atlanta, as well as in digital-first behind-the-scenes content and interviews with SiriusXM hosts.

“Closer” follows the success of several early works by SiriusXM – including the Guest DJs and showstopping “Metal Sweater” campaigns as well as the rollout of SiriusXM’s refreshed brand identity and new logo – all following the audio entertainment company’s launch of its next generation streaming app in December 2023. Each piece brings to life the Company’s brand platform and key differentiators, highlighting SiriusXM’s ability to take fans deeper into their passions and connect with audio’s top talent and rising stars. This is expected to continue throughout 2024 and beyond, with a new, audio-focused iteration of the “Closer” campaign launching in the coming weeks, highlighting the diverse slate of voices that fill SiriusXM’s airwaves each and every day.