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Rock legend Chrissy Amphlett the firery lead singer of the ARIA Hall of Fame inducted Australian Rock band Divinyals has died at the age of 53.
Amphlett, who was suffering from breast cancer and multiple sclerosis passed at her home in New York surrounded by her family and long time friends.
Known for her signature school girl outfits, fishnet stockings, and highly energy performances. Amphlett formed the Divinyls in the early 1980s with bassist Jeremy Paul and guitarist Mark McEntee. The band webnt on to release singles such as Boys in Town, Pleasure and Pain and Science Fiction.
However, the band wouldn't catch on with the US until 1991 when they released the sexually driven and provocative I Touch Myself. The song became a popular with many 90s soundtracks and playlists. It also became the bands biggest hit to date.
A recent online poll had Chrissy ranked No. 9 as one of the greatest Australian singers of all time.
In a statement released to ARIA by her husband Charley Drayton; “Chrissy’s light burns so very brightly. Hers was a life of passion and creativity; she always lived it to the fullest. With her force of character and vocal strength she paved the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women.”
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This week's "Emerging Talent/Buzzband" is Roots Rock/Americana group Cody Beebe and The Crooks. I have had the opportunity to work with these guys for little over 3 years and these guys are on their way to making it big. It's hard to describe their sound as sometimes it sounds like Bruce Springsteen meets Stevie Ray Vaughn, and other times it sounds like one of those Indie bands you want to listen to around a campfire.
CBC has shared the stage with many artist's such as Augustana, Tonic, Stevie Nicks, Allen Stone and Rooney. The band recently started the Chinook Music Fest, which is a yearly music festival based out of Washington State and features the likes of many indie bands like that of the Sasquatch Music Festival.
(Psst. i'm on stage shooting if you can find me lol)
So being this month is "Emerging Talent Month" and being I haven't featured my "Buzz Bands," it's time to shake things up a bit and fix that. Anyways this weeks band is Seattle Garage Rock band Ben Union. If you could mix The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys and add some funk, you would get Ben Union.
Ben Union has been rocking the Seattle scene for a few years, and are now on the rise throughout the west coast. The band recently released their follow up album The Blessed Union Vol. 2. Speaking of The Black Keys, check out their studio cover of The Black Keys classic "I Got Mine."
To hear more; go to: Benunion.com
Last night the Sasquatch Music Festival lineup was announced and boy was it a big announcement. The festival which takes place on Memorial Day weekend at The Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA has a lineup that many will love.
This year the lineup will feature bands such as; Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Cake, Primus, Red Fang, Solange, Azalea Banks and The return of The Postal Service.
The Postal Service had confirmed a couple weeks ago that they would be playing Coachella, which speculated rumors that the duo would play Sasquatch with Ben Gibbards connections to the pacific northwest.
This will be the third year in a row that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have played Sasquatch. In 2011 they played the Bigfoot stage and last year, they played a surprise late performance on the Friday date.
Here is the poster with the full lineup.
Earlier today Indie super duo The Postal Service posted the following graphic on their new website. The duo which is made up of Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and DNTEL mastermind Jimmy Tamberello released the melodic cult favorite "Give Up" in 2003. THe band also recorded a cover of the Phil Collins classic "Against All Odds" which was featured on the soundtrack to the 2004 suspense film Wicker Park.
I can now confirm through Billboard that the band is indeed getting back togther for a re-issue deluxe edition of Give Up and a few concert dates which rumors are speculating that the duo may be playing this year's Coachella Festival. However don't expect a new album any time soon, as both Gibbard and Tamberello have stated that there will not be one in the near future.
This makes me wonder if the duo will play Sasquatch this year as well?
Breaking News: Green Day Cancels 2012 Dates, Postpones 2013 Dates And Ups The Release Of Third Album
Green Day has announced that it will cancel all dates of it's upcoming 2012 tour, and postpone 2013's dates as frontman, Billy Joe Armstrong, still remains in rehab for substance abuse.
According to Loudwire.com; Bassist, Mike Dernt explained; “Obviously the time for this isn’t ideal, but Billie Joe’s well-being is our main concern. We are happy to say the Billie Joe is doing well, and we want to thank you for all the outpouring of support and well wishes that we have received, and we can’t wait to see you all again soon.”
Drummer, Tre Cool explained the reason for the album date push; “We feel bad we have to delay our tour, so to make up for it we want to give our fans the music earlier than we had planned. If we couldn’t be there to play it for you live, the least we could do was give you the next best thing.”
New dates for the 2013 tour will be announced at a later date. Tickets from the cancelled 2012 dates will be refunded. No word on when or if those dates will be rescheduled.
If most of you buy your albums on iTunes, you would have seen at #1 on the charts this week was an album entitled The Heist by Seattle based Hip-Hop/Rap duo, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. In case most of you are not familiar with these two, maybe you should be.
I got familiar with the duo not only after I heard many of my colleagues blasting about them on the interwebs, but after I heard the duo's swan song about the Seattle Mariners entitled "My Oh My" which was a catch phrase used by the late Dave Niehaus the longtime voice for the Seattle Mariners, which the song was a tribute to.
However, it was a song that the duo released with Mary Lambert entitled Same Love. A song to advocate for marriage equality for gay men and women. A song so powerful that when it was played, people including myself got pretty choked up. If you don't believe me, listen for yourself.
107.7 The End's annual holiday concert, Deck The Hall Ball has announced their 2012 lineup. This year the lineup is stacked with The Killers headlining this year's festivities. Also joining The Killers is, Alt pop outfit M83 and Alt Rock group Metric (who also played 2009's DTHB and this year's Sasquatch Festival).
The show will take place December 4th, 2012 at Key Arena in Seattle. To see the schedule and buy tickets; go to DeckTheHallBall.com
2012 Deck The Hall Ball Lineup
The Joy Formidable
Of Monsters and Men
The Foo Fighters have decided to take a long break. However, this does not mean they are breaking up.
In a letter posted on their official Facebook page, frontman Dave Grohl stated: "There were times when I didn't think the band would survive. There were times when I wanted to give up," he wrote. "But…I can't give up on this band. And I never will. Because it's not just a band to me. It's my life. It's my family. It's my world."
"I'm not sure when the Foo Fighters are going to play again," Dave admits. "It feels strange to say that but it's a good thing for all of us to go away for a while. It's one of the reasons we're still here.
"I never want to NOT be in this band. So, sometimes it's good to just…put it back in the garage for a while.
"But, no gold watches of vacations just yet," Grohl clarifies. "I'll be focusing all of my energy on finishing up my Sound City documentary film and album for worldwide release in the very near future."
The letter concludes: "Me, Taylor, Nate, Pat, Chris, and Rami…I'm sure we'll all see you out there...somewhere…"
No word on how long the hiatus will last. The Foo's have had been very busy the past year with a Grammy winning album and a year long tour.
Seth McFarlane, creator of the hit Fox Animated series Family Guy, has been announced as the host of this year's Academy Awards.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that McFarlane will host the Oscars on February 24.
Academy Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said: “We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars. His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh. He will be the consummate host, and we are so happy to be working with him.”
McFarlane who also recently directed his first feature film Ted about a vulgar teddy bear, recently hosted SNL for the first time; has also hosted the SAG Awards, and the Roast of Charlie Sheen. McFarlane who got his start out as an animator for Hanna-Barbera and also has two other hit animated sitcoms on Fox (American Dad and The Cleveland Show) was quoted saying, “It’s truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars … My thoughts upon hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and two, I hope they don’t find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen Roast.”
Although he isn't Billy Crystal, could Seth McFarlane be able to put an end to the Oscar host curse?
Here's the video of his big announcement: