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Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo Sells Autobiographical TV Show to Fox

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Bespectacled alt rock icon Rivers Cuomo has been busy working on Everything Will Be Alright in the End, the next LP from his long-running band Weezer, but he’s also been keeping busy in other ways. The singer has reportedly sold a semi-autobiographical television show to Fox. Deadline reports that Cuomo teamed up with Psych creator Steve Franks to create the show DeTour. The series will be a single-cam comedy inspired by Cuomo’s own real-life experiences. The show focuses on a rock star in his thirties who, when faced with the pressures of fame and the…Read More

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Jack White Succumbs to Mysterious Disease at Theatrical London Show

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Jack White Succumbs to Mysterious Disease at Theatrical London Show

Jack White’s album Lazaretto takes its name from a quarantine station used for maritime travellers, and the Third Man Records boss took the theme of infectious disease to the next level last night (July 2) with an elaborately theatrical performance in London. The secret show took place in the basement of a disused office building, and was a collaboration with the Punchdrunk theatre group. They had transformed the facility into the fictional Vescovo & Co clinic for contagious disease, which was staffed with actors playing doctors, nurses and orderlies. Following an online…Read More

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How You Promote A Show In LA (And Not Be A Dick About It)

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The first thing you hear as a musician when you move out to LA is “prepare to pay to play.” Virtually every Sunset Strip club hires “promoters” to book bands. And nearly every deal is some form of pay to play. These shows rarely contain bands in the same genre and, because the nature of the situation, rarely are these bands any good. The bands who know better don’t take these shitty deals. And the venues’ reputation suffers because of the poor talent, poor sound quality, and poor overall experience.

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But last night I experienced something completely different. I had received an unassuming email from a guy named Andrew who seemed to be promoting an evening of music in Hollywood. It wasn’t delivered in all caps. It didn’t scream this was going to be the GREATEST SHOW OF ALL TIME. It didn’t say this was the BEST NEW TALENT. The email was a simple invitation to a private, invite only  “speakeasy-style dinner music show.” He kept the lineup secret, but mentioned “I know you’ll love the rnb/soul talent we hand picked.”

And he was right.

In the email there was a link to a PDF doc that described the event in a bit more detail. It was welcoming and enticing. It listed “Attendees In The Crowd.” All well known (and powerful) players: record labels, managers, booking agents, music supervisors and publishers. This was a true showcase. Not a promoter blowing smoke up naive bands’ asses to get them to buy 50 tickets.

After RSVPing by entering the password from the email, I received a notification of the venue location in Hollywood, dress code and the title of the event: Champagne Room.

I got another email the day of reminding me about the showcase and something stood out. One little sentence that has never been uttered by another promoter I’ve met in my life: ” Once an artist is on stage, we politely ask guests to show respect as the talent pours their heart & soul into their performance just for you.”

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I didn’t really know what to expect, but as we walked up to the venue I heard the deep groove of the first band. Even steps away from front the door I could feel the soul. Andrew was right.

The place was packed. Every table was taken (with bottle service of course – this is Hollywood). Standing room only. And the bartenders were working their butts off to keep up with the demand. But even they had to take frequent breaks to go check out the incredible talent. Which was undeniable.

People were engulfed with the performances. Each act more impressive than the last. 30 minute sets. Short and sweet. Three performers.

Andrew Cardenas has been producing these tri-monthly (that’s 3 times a month) Next2Shine Presents events in NYC and LA for the past year. He doesn’t like calling himself a “promoter” because he feels these events are so much more.

Next2Shine.com has been his digital discovery platform since 2008. For all intents and purposes it’s a music blog. But Cardenas doesn’t see it that way. He profiles emerging artists he loves.

It was the first US based website to break Sam Smith, Havana Brown, UsTheDuo and Elli Ingram. Kirby Lauryn, known for her song a day YouTube channel was also first featured on Next2Shine and recently signed a publishing deal.  He featured Allen Stone and Karmin very early on in their careers and caught Gotye months before he blew up.

He curated his first live event in NYC at Oz Studios, February 2013, and brought the show to LA this past December. Every event features different emerging talent all curated by Cardenas.

“Currently, the ultimate goal is respecting the talent, giving them a platform and honing in on authentic and true talent that speaks for itself.” – Andrew Cardenas, Next2Shine

His co-host of these events, a musician himself, Anthony Hall, was the emcee of the night. He introduced the talent and kept the night moving along while the acts set up.

Cardenas wants to expand his Next2Shine Presents: The Champagne Room operation to the UK and Nashville. He’s currently looking for partners in those cities to team up with. Something tells me he won’t stop at just 4 cities. I see a Champagne Room tour down the line.

The place was packed from start to finish. There wasn’t a mass exodus after an act finished (like every other show in LA). No band paid to play. There were ‘important’ industry people in the crowd. And above all, everyone had a great time.

I got a thank you email with all the acts information today with all the acts information:

“Anthony and I are thankful to have you as a part of the special musically-driven community that we are growing. Each month we pour our time, energy, & passion into producing this event both in LA & NY. We hope last night you had an unforgettable experience and left the venue as a new fan of the artists below!”

Why can’t other promoters curate evenings like this? Most promoters are passionate about music. That’s why they started in the field, but somewhere through the process their passion for music faded and their greed grew.

Live music can be magical. Euphoric. Spiritual. But it takes the right environment. The right talent. And the right audience. Cardenas realizes this and others have taken notice.

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Photo is by Next2Shine and used with permission

Ari Herstand is a Los Angeles based singer/songwriter and the creator of the music business advice blog, Ari’s Take. Listen to his new album, Brave Enough, on Spotify or download it on BandCamp. Follow him on Twitter: @aristake

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Ozzy Osbourne to Voice “Rock and Roll Fish” on ‘Bubble Guppies’ Kid Show

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Ozzy Osbourne will soon be making an animated appearance on underwater kids cartoon Bubble Guppies, trading in his duties as the Prince of Darkness to voice the role of a “rock and roll fish” named Sid Fishy. An upcoming episode of the Nick Jr. program will have Osbourne voicing the character, which as you can see up above is a total trouble maker. Sporting a bright red mohawk and an eyebrow ring, spokespeople for the program have confirmed the punnily monikered punk sea creature will be heading to the show’s home base of Bubbletucky to slather its residents with a “stink sauce.” …Read More

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Constantines to Perform Surprise Show in Guelph on Friday

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Constantines to Perform Surprise Show in Guelph on Friday

Over the next two nights (June 5 and 6), Guelph’s Kazoo! concert series (and annual festival) will be celebrating its eighth anniversary with a pair of shows. The Friday night bill promised that a “surprise guest” would be announced, and now this secret performer been revealed: reunited Canuck rockers Constantines. The news was confirmed on the June 5 episode of Vish Khanna’s Kreative Kontrol postcast (episode number 106, featuring Kazoo!’s Brad McInerney and Mike Deane). In the final moments of the podcast, we hear a conversation involving Khanna and the Constantines. In the…Read More

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Protesters Call for Metallica to Be Banned from Glastonbury over Bear Hunting TV Show

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Protesters Call for Metallica to Be Banned from Glastonbury over Bear Hunting TV Show

Metallica frontman James Hetfield is a National Rifle Association member and a hunter, so it didn’t come as too much of a surprise when the History channel named his as the narrator of The Hunt, an eight-episode TV series about bear hunting in Alaska. Some folks, however, are so upset about this development that they’ve called for Metallica to be banned from this year’s Glastonbury Festival. A Facebook page called “Remove Metallica from Glastonbury Festival for their support of Bear Hunting” has earned over 11,000 “likes” (as of press time) since being launched on May 25. The…Read More

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Vic Mensa’s Toronto Show Postponed Until September

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Vic Mensa was all set to support his Exclaim!-favourited Innanetape release at Toronto’s Tattoo Queen West next Thursday (May 1), but the rising Chiacgo rapper has been forced to postpone the set until this fall. A press release form the venue confirms that the gig, which is being presented as part of the Scion Series Mixtape Sessions, is now set to take place September 6. An exact reason for the delay was not given, though organizers notes that it was “due to circumstances beyond our control.” The concert will be the first instalment of the Scion Series Mixtape Sessions, a…Read More

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Freddie Gibbs Teams Up with DJ Fresh for ‘The Tonite Show’

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Having already killed it with his Madlib collaboration Piñata, no one would blame Freddie Gibbs for spending the remainder of 2014 firmly resting on his laurels. Instead, the rapper has a solo album on the way and now another collaboration too. Gibbs has teamed up with DJ Fresh (also known as the World’s Freshest) for the latest instalment of the latter’s ongoing series The Tonite Show. The project sees Fresh team up with artists for a full release, and previous editions have seen him work with Trae the Truth, Mistah F.A.B. and Keak Da Sneak. The Freddie Gibbs…Read More

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