Every year, Bruce Springsteen throws his Stand Up For Heroes benefit, a big show that raises money from injured veterans, in New York. And every year, he gets up on that stage and tells dirty jokes. The show is part of the New York Comedy Festival, and it always features comedians performing alongside … More »
Four years ago, I wrote that the Nashville-country superstar Eric Church was our greatest working rock star. That was hyperbole, of course. (And it’s now outdated in an era when our greatest working rock star is Lil Uzi Vert.) But I’d just watched Church play a ridiculously entertaining high-energy arena show, and that … More »
One of the dumbest controversies in recent months came after the country star Eric Church, in a Rolling Stone cover profile, made some extremely mild criticisms of the NRA and said that he might’ve voted for Bernie Sanders over Donald Trump. (Church had played at the Las Vegas country festival where scores of … More »
Eric Church’s new single “Desperate Man,” the title track from his upcoming album, is basically a “Sympathy For The Devil” rewrite. That’s disappointing from a creative perspective, but it does make “Desperate Man” an ideal song for soundtracking a ’70s-style crime movie. So for the song’s official music video, that’s exactly what Church has … More »
Eric Church, the Nashville country star who may or may not be our greatest working rock star, is coming back. Back in 2015, he surprise-released the album Mr. Misunderstood directly to his Church Choir fan club, and yesterday, he announced a follow-up called Desperate Man and shared its title track to … More »
Before this year’s Grammys, news broke that Lorde would not be performing at the ceremony, since the producers wouldn’t let her sing one of her own songs — an invitation extended to all four other Album Of The Year nominees, all of whom were men. So in looking at this year’s performances, of which … More »
The Grammys are this weekend — Sunday at 7:30PM EST on your local CBS affiliate, to be exact — and as always, we’re (almost certainly naïvely) hoping they won’t suck this time. They probably will; they always do. Yet thanks to a somewhat promising slate of nominees in the major categories, a similarly half-decent … More »
Last October’s mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas left 59 people dead, marking it the deadliest mass shooting in modern history.
On Jan. 18, the Recording Academy announced that they will pay tribute to those killed at the festival in a unique way. During this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony Jan. 28 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, three of the performers from the October festival will play during the awards show. Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris, and Eric Church will pay tribute victims of gun violence with performances during the televised event.
Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow noted the uniting power of music in the announcement.
“Live music events have always provided a safe space for fans to gather in a shared celebration of music,” he says. “We believe it’s incredibly important to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in these senseless tragedies and to remind musicians and music lovers alike that live music will continue to be a powerful force that unites us all.”
“New Rules” is a great song. Using the ingredients of the moment — nimbly tapped tropical-house keyboards, complex but airy drum programming indebted to Africa and the Caribbean, a morphing stylistic terrain that veers from booming rock-indebted bridges into surging dance-infused choruses — it serves as a contagious canvas for 22-year-old British pop singer Dua … More »