Rock icon Billy Joel is set to be honored with the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
The Piano Man star has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Library of Congress award, which is named after iconic composer George Gershwin and celebrates the lifetime achievements of a living musical artist.
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington says, "Billy Joel is a storyteller of the highest order. There is an intimacy to his songwriting that bridges the gap between the listener and the worlds he shares through music. When you listen to a Billy Joel song, you know about the people and the place and what happened there. And while there may be pain, despair and loss, there is ultimately a resilience to it that makes you want to go to these places again and again. Importantly, as with any good storyteller, the recognition experienced in a Billy Joel song is not simply because these are songs we have heard so many times, but because we see something of ourselves in them."
Jul 21 (TheWrap.com) - Rapper A$AP Rocky has been hit with a civil lawsuit that alleges he slapped a female fan at Philadelphia's Made in America Festival in 2013.
According to legal documents obtained by TheWrap, Lisamarie Wade of Rockledge, Pennsylvania filed the lawsuit against A$AP Rocky on July 17 in federal court in Pennsylvania. Wade claims the rapper, whose legal name is Rakim Mayers, assaulted her as he made his way through the crowd. Mayers was one of the scheduled performers.
As the rapper moved through the venue, he “stopped in front of Ms. Wade, turned around, drew back his arm, and struck Ms. Wade forcefully with an open hand on the left side of her face. Mr. Mayers struck Ms. Wade with such force that she was knocked to the ground and became momentarily disoriented,” the lawsuit says
Kate Bracaglia, Philly.com Music Blogger
Austin, TX producer/composer Brian Beattie is changing the way we think about children’s music. His latest work, the multimedia rock epic Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase, features a star-studded cast, including quirky pop singer Daniel Johnston, sardonic crooner Bill Callahan, Okkervil River front man Will Sheff, and others—who together weave the creative tale of Ivy, the young girl who falls down a canyon into the Underworld while searching for a wicker suitcase.
But that’s not all. Ivy is also a 62-page, illustrated, hard-bound book, with illustrations by Beattie’s wife, Valerie Fowler. Together, it’s a fully immersive experience that appeals to “kids of all ages”—and that will stop by World Café Live this Sunday, July 20.
“I’ve always loved storytelling,” says Beattie, when I ask about the project’s inspiration. “And I wanted to make something different, that didn’t fall into the same category as everything else.” A veteran composer and producer, Beattie served as vocalist and bassist for Texas art-rock group Glass Eye from the early ‘80s to the early ‘90s, then went on to produce records for The Dead Milkmen, Johnston, Callahan, and Okkervil River, among others.
Gabrielle Bonghi, Philly.com
UPDATE: The Roots released the following statement on the death of their manager Richard Nichols:
"The Roots Family are devastated to announce the passing of Richard Nichols, the band’s longtime manager, after a long battle with leukemia. Nichols, 55, a Philadelphia native, managed the band from its inception in 1992, and was instrumental in every aspect of The Roots’ creative, cultural, and professional life over the past two decades. Nichols is survived by his wife, Mercedes Martinez, his sons Amiri Nichols and Rakim Nichols, his sisters Rochelle Nichols-Solomon, Rebecca Dennis, his brothers Russell Nichols and Reginald Nichols, and the many individuals and artists he mentored in his lifetime."
Longtime manager of The Roots, Richard Nichols, passed away Thursday afternoon.
Gabrielle Bonghi, Philly.com
Budweiser's Made in America Festival may have its roots in Philadelphia, but this year the music event will also be taking place for the first time in Los Angeles during Labor Day weekend.
Organizers just officially announced exciting additions the L.A. lineup that may make us Philly folks a little bit jealous.
Kanye West, who is also performing for the Philadelphia portion, and Iggy Azalea will be joining the west coast lineup that already includes John Mayer, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Weezer, and much more.
Rap superstar Jay Z and rockers No Doubt have been tapped to headline the 2014 Global Citizen Festival.
The free concert will take place on September 27 in New York City's Central Park and will be hosted by officials at the Global Poverty Project (GPP), which aims to end extreme world poverty by 2030.
A statement from Jay Z reads, "Change only takes place when and where there is action. I'm joining the 2014 Global Citizen Festival because I believe through actions, whether it be by raising awareness, getting involved or educating ourselves, the goal to end extreme poverty by 2030 is possible."
Gabrielle Bonghi, Philly.com
It’s strange to think that Death From Above’s incredible, timeless album You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine is a decade old. Shortly after the Canadian punk-dance duo made huge waves in the music world, they suddenly split in 2006.
The band has since reunited and performed at a number of festival dates, but now, with their first new album since 2004 set for release on September 9, the group just announced a nice list of world tour dates that include stops in North America, the U.K., and Europe.
Death From Above 1979 will perform at Union Transfer on Saturday, November 29. Tickets will become available here.
Jam Band 101:
1. Classic Grateful Dead medley (Winterland, San Francisco '78)