Rock Hall Aficionado John Mulaney Breaks Down This Year’s Class Of John Varvatos Pirates

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John MulaneyJohn Mulaney loves the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Early this year, during an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers, Mulaney called the Rock Hall induction ceremony “the only truly fun awards show” and went on a very entertaining rant about everything wrong with it — starting with how all of … More »

Radiohead, The Cure, Janet Jackson Among Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 2019 Inductees

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RadioheadIt could’ve been a whole lot worse! The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has just announced its 2019 class of inductees, and if you’re willing to accept the idea that the Hall Of Fame is a legitimate enterprise, the newest acts in the Hall might represent some progress from the baby-boomer ’60s-rock template. A … More »

Kraftwerk announced as Bluedot Festival’s 2019 headliner

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Kraftwerk announced as Bluedot Festival’s 2019 headlinerKraftwerk

Organizers of UK’s Bluedot Festival will leave the headlining duties to Kraftwerk for the event’s 2019 installment, slated for July 18-21 at Chesire’s Jodrell Bank Observatory. Now in its fourth year of production, the multifaceted music, science, and culture festival has plans to unveil the very first wave of its 2019 lineup come January, but for now confirms the electronic group as the first headliner. The 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees will perform at the festival’s main Lovell Stage on July 20.

Kraftwerk can be expected to present a highly stylized viewing experience, differentiated by its 3D visuals. The Bluedot booking represents Kraftwerk’s first headlining UK appearance. Kraftwerk, however, have been far from idle — the electronic fixtures recently played a short series of UK theater shows at the Bilbao Guggenheim, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and London’s Tate Modern Turbine Hall. Bluedot will release tickets to its 2019 affair in both weekend and single-day options, which will go on sale at 10 a.m. on November 23, here.

H/T: DJ Mag

Trent Reznor Is Doing What Feels Right

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When Trent Reznor says he is excited about something he doesn’t actually sound excited at all. He speaks in a measured mutter, choosing his words carefully whenever he’s asked a question that could potentially lead to a headline-grabbing response. The press cycle for his most recent Nine Inch Nails release, Bad Witch, generated … More »

Kraftwerk among this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees

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Kraftwerk among this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomineesKraftwerk

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their nominees for the 2019 Rock Hall class. Among the list for the fifth time is a pioneer of popular electronic music, Kraftwerk. Starting in 1970, the band became a leader in progressive rock by using synthesizers, drum machines, vocoders, and self-made instruments.

Their first three albums  Autobahn (1974), Trans-Europe Express (1977), and The Man-Machine (1978) were characterized as “robot pop.” They used electronic elements with pop melodies, simple arrangements, and repetitive rhythms. Wearing matching suits had them checking off the branding portion of being a popular band.

These projects lead to the influence of many genres of modern music, including synthpop, ambient, hip hop, post-punk, techno, and club music. The Observer once editorialized, “no other band since The Beatles has given so much to pop culture.”

Kraftwerk was awarded Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014, their Autobahn album made it to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015, and they won the 2018 Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album for their 3-D The Catalogue live album.

First-time nominated acts include Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Devo, Roxy Music, John Prine and Todd Rundgren. Other nominations went to the returning Janet Jackson, LL Cool J, MC5, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, the Cure, Rufus & Chaka Kahn, Kraftwerk, and the Zombies. Previous nominees Kate Bush, Nine Inch Nails and Bad Brains were taken off the list.

The final list of inductees will be confirmed in December 2019  and the induction ceremony will take place March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. In the meantime, fans can vote at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website.

H/T: Billboard

Rage Against The Machine, Radiohead, Devo, The Cure Lead 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominations

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Rage-Against-The-MachineIt’s time to start arguing again! The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has announced this year’s wave of nominations: 15 artists who will have the chance to join the class of 2019 inductees. We have a whole lot of repeat nominees this year, including notable 2018 snubs Radiohead and Rage Against The Machine. And … More »

Howard Stern Fumes About Edits To Bon Jovi Rock Hall Speech: “They Completely Gutted Me”

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Howard Stern Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame SpeechIf there’s one thing Howard Stern has made crystal clear during his 40 year career in radio, it’s this: he does not like to be edited. Not by the FCC, not by his program directors and certainly not by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The SiriusXM radio host opened Monday morning’s (May 7) … More »

Dire Straits Awkwardly Enter Rock Hall Of Fame Without An Induction Speaker Or A Performance

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Dire Straits were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame last night, and it was really awkward. All of the other artists inducted — Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, the Cars, the Moody Blues, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe — either performed or had a tribute performance dedicated to them. All of the other … More »

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Now Inducts Songs, And These 6 Are First

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The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame began honoring songs in addition to artists at the 33rd annual induction ceremony on Saturday night (4/14) in Cleveland’s Public Auditorium, immortalizing six singles. More »

Rock Hall 2018: Howard Stern Inducts Bon Jovi, Lauryn Hill Sings Nina Simone, The Killers Cover Tom Petty, & More

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Earlier this year, during an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers, the great stand-up comic John Mulaney had a great bit about how ridiculous and bad the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony is every year. And last night, funnily enough, the same night that Mulaney was hosting Saturday NightMore »