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  • Jimi Hendrix's previously unreleased cover of Muddy Waters' "Mannish Boy" was released via BBC Radio 6. The late guitarist recorded the famous blues cut at the Record Plant in New York on April 22, 1969. He was accompanied by bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles, who soon adopted the name the Band of Gypsys.

    Around the 1:20 mark in "Mannish Boy," Hendrix lightens the mood by mimicking his own guitar line with high-pitched, wordless singing. This playful approach was common during Hendrix's recording sessions during this period, according to engineer Eddie Kramer. "He'd do something really silly and stupid and everybody would be cracking up," Kramer told Rolling Stone. "He wanted to keep it light. He'd also do it to change it up a bit and inevitably those lines would work themselves into songs, and that's Jimi's sly humor."

    Hendrix's "Mannish Boy" appears on the upcoming album Both Sides of the Sky, out March 9th. The album collects previously unreleased or unavailable recordings Hendrix laid down between January 1968 and February 1970, including collaborations with Stephen Stills, Johnny Winter and Lonnie Youngblood. It's the third compilation in a series that started with Valleys of Neptune in 2010 and continued with 2013's People, Hell and Angels.

    John McDermott, who co-produced Both Sides of the Sky, suggested that this album might be the final dispatch from the Hendrix vaults. But, he added, "With Jimi, there is always hope that there is a cache of tapes somewhere out there that would really be great." 

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  • Diddy announced plans to donate $200,000 to the Unforgettable healthcare campaign, which is expanding and improving the Suubi "Hope" Health Center in Uganda. The initiative was started by French Montana in partnership with the non-profit Mama Hope and Global Citizen after he filmed the video for his hit "Unforgettable" in Kampala.

    "I've always said my purpose is to inspire and empower the next generation to become great leaders – and to honor their hustle along the way," Diddy tells Rolling Stone. "In addition to passing the torch to French, I'm showing my support for the work he is doing in Uganda. Not only will Ciroc be donating $100,000 to support the organization Mama Hope, I am matching the donation so that our stories and successes can benefit as many people as possible."

    Diddy's donation follows contributions from both French Montana and the Weeknd. Both artists donated $100,000 apiece to Mama Hope's efforts. That $400,000 will go towards building out the maternal healthcare facilities – a prenatal care clinic, a birth house, a new ambulance and more – at the Suubi Health Center, which serves a rural population in Budondo, Uganda.

    "It's important to give back, it's important to be an agent of change," Diddy says in a video PSA announcing his donation. "That's a core part of being down with the Bad Boy family." To that end, French Montana aims to continue his philanthropic efforts in Morocco next. That initiative will be linked to the release of his upcoming video for "Famous."

    Both "Famous" and "Unforgettable" appeared on French Montana's 2017 album Jungle Rules. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA, signifying the equivalent of 500,000 copies sold. 

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  • David Byrne has extended his North American tour in support of his upcoming new album, American Utopia

    The new set of dates begins with a performance at the first week of Coachella, followed by an April 15th show in Tuscon, Arizona. Byrne will play a string of southwest dates before returning to Coachella for week two, after which he'll trek across North America with stops in Dallas, San Antonio, Nashville, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Portland and Chicago before wrapping June 9th in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Byrne will tour Europe throughout June and July, but has another North American run scheduled to start August 1st in Shelburne, Vermont and end August 28th in Morrison, Colorado. Complete ticket information for both legs of Byrne's North American tour is available on the musician's website.

    Byrne is already scheduled to play a string of sold-out U.S. shows this March alongside several South American dates. When he announced this first run, Byrne said the set list would feature new songs and Talking Heads classics. "This is the most ambitious show I've done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense, so fingers crossed," the musician said.

    American Utopia arrives March 9th and marks Byrne's first solo album since 2004's Grown Backwards. The musician previously shared the LP's first single, "Everybody's Coming to My House," which was co-written with Brian Eno and features contributions from Sampha, TTY and Onyx Collective's Isaiah Barr. 

    David Byrne Tour Dates

    April 14 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
    April 15 – Tucson, AZ @ Centennial Hall
    April 17 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Civic Theater
    April 18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Smith Center for the Arts
    April 19 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater
    April 21 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
    April 24 – Dallas, TX @ Winspear Opera House
    April 25 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion
    April 27 – San Antonio, TX @ Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
    April 28 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall Outside Lawn
    May 4 - May 6 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees
    May 6 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
    May 8 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Civic Auditorium
    May 9 – Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium
    May 10 – Durham PAC @ Durham, NC
    May 12 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
    May 13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Benedum Center for the Arts
    May 15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
    May 16 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater
    May 17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theater
    May 19 – Saskatoon, SASK @ TCU Place
    May 20 – Edmonton, ALB @ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
    May 21 – Calgary, ALB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
    May 23 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theater
    May 24 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater
    May 27 – Portland, OR @ Keller Audiorium
    May 28 – Eugene, OR @ Hult Center
    May 30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Capitol Theatre
    June 2 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theater
    June 5 – Des Moines, IA @ Des Moines Civic Center
    June 7 – Kansas City, MO @ Kauffman Center for the Arts
    June 8 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
    June 9 – Indianapolis, IN @ Farmers Bureau Lawn Amphitheater
    August 1 – Shelburne, VT @ Shelburne Museum - The Green
    August 3 – Toronto, ONT @ Sony Center for the Performing Arts
    August 5 – Canandaigua, NY @ Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
    August 8 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Devos Performance Hall
    August 10 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theater
    August 11 – Huber Heightes, OH @ Rose Music Center
    August 12 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
    August 16 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
    August 18 – San Jose, CA @ City National Civic Auditorium
    August 21 – Sacramento CA @ Community Theater
    August 24 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
    August 28 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater

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  • The second annual Love Rocks NYC benefit concert will feature performances by Norah Jones, Mavis Staples and Gary Clark, Jr., among many others. The Whoopi Goldberg-hosted concert, which will take place at New York's Beacon Theater on March 15th, will benefit God's Love We Deliver, an organization that provides meals and nutrition counseling for people with sever illnesses.

    Other performers include Donald Fagen, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Emmylou Harris, Robert Cray and Hi Rhythm with Steve Jordan, Heart's Ann Wilson, Cheap Trick and Warren Haynes. Trombone Shorty, Marc Cohn, Lucinda Williams, Patty Smyth, the Bacon Brothers, Valerie Simpson, John McEnroe and Jimmie Vaughan will also make appearances. The benefit's organizers, which include clothing designer John Varvatos, will announce more musical guests in the future.

    The musicians will perform with a house band that includes the CBS Orchestra's Paul Shaffer, as well as musicians who have played with Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and Jackson Browne and on Saturday Night Live.

    “My family and I wanted to do something different for an organization we love and hold near and dear to our hearts," Greg Williamson, the show's co-producer, said in a statement. "Music brings people together and is a powerful and joyous way to raise awareness and dollars. God’s Love We Deliver, with its mission to feed New Yorkers who are too sick to cook or shop for themselves, is the perfect beneficiary. With the help of our incredible team, our Musical Director Will Lee and my partner John Varvatos, this annual concert has taken on a life of its own and we feel it’s just the beginning of our effort to help feed thousands of sick New Yorkers."

    Tickets for the event will be available at noon on January 20th through Ticketmaster. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the charity.

    The organization reports that last year's inaugural event helped raise $1.5 million for God's Love We Deliver. Performers at that show included Staples and Cyndi Lauper. 

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  • The Dave Matthews Band will release their first new studio album since 2012's Away From the World, this summer.

    In 2017, Matthews debuted several new songs live, including "Samurai Cop." "I think we have some great music and some stuff that [drummer] Carter [Beauford] and I worked on that’s added to the pile," Matthews told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "There's a lot to choose from. I just hope I choose wisely."

    In 2015, Matthews told Rolling Stone that the band was in the studio. "I go on a lot of tangents, so I've been doing some writing, and I certainly could fill the space of several albums with music that I've made," he added. "But I haven't yet fallen in love with the whole thing. I'm in love with parts of it."

    In addition to prepping a new record, the Dave Matthews Band are planning to tour heavily. They start the 2018 run on May 18th in the Woodlands, Texas and play through June, July, August and September, with multiple dates scheduled in eight different cities. The Dave Matthews Band finish the tour with a show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on September 10th.

    Tickets are available now for members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association via the organization's website. Tickets purchased before May 17th will come with a voucher for a CD or digital download of Matthews' album once it is released. There will be another pre-sale for Citi card members from Tuesday, January 30, at 10 a.m. local time until Thursday, February 1, at 10 p.m. Finally, the general public can buy tickets starting Friday, February 2, at 10 a.m.

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  • Jack White will embark on a North American tour this spring in support of his new solo album, Boarding House Reach.

    The headlining trek kicks off April 19th at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan and includes stops in Milwaukee, Omaha, Austin, Dallas, Houston, St. Louis, Washington D.C. and Cleveland before wrapping June 9th in Toronto, Ontario. White will also headline several festivals including Shaky Knees in Atlanta, Boston Calling in Boston and Governors Ball in New York City.

    Following a few European dates in late June and early July, White will return for another North American leg starting August 6th at the Armory in Minneapolis and wrapping August 23rd at the Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

    Tickets for White's tour go on sale January 26th at 10 a.m. local time, and all online ticket purchases will come with a physical copy of Boarding House Reach. A pre-sale will be available to Third Man vault members starting January 22nd at 10 a.m. local time. Sign-ups for Vault Package #35 – which includes the only limited edition of Boarding House Reach – are open through January 31st. Fans can also register for Ticketmaster's Verified Fan pre-sale through January 19th. Complete information is available on White's website.

    Boarding House Reach arrives March 23rd and marks White's first album since 2014's Lazaretto. The musician has shared two album tracks so far, "Connected By Love" and "Respect Commander."

    Jack White Tour Dates

    April 19: Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
    April 20: Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
    April 21: Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe
    April 23: Omahe, NE @ Baxter Arena
    April 24: Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
    April 25: St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
    April 27: Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory 
    April 29: Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory
    April 30: Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
    May 1: Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
    May 2: Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
    May 4 - 6: Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Music Festival 
    May 25 - 27: Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Music Festival
    May 27: Cooperstown, NY @ Brewery Ommegang
    May 29: Washington, DC @ The Anthem
    June 1 - 3: New York, NY @ Governors Ball Music Festival
    June 4: Columbus, OH @ Express Live! Outdoor Amphitheater
    June 6: Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
    June 7: Rochester, NY @ Dome Arena
    June 8: Lewiston, NY @ Artpark Mainstage Theater
    June 9: Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
    June 27: London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
    June 28: London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
    July 2: Amsterdam, NL  @ AFAS Live 
    July 3: Paris. FR @ L'Olympia 
    July 4: Paris. FR @ L'Olympia
    August 6: Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory
    August 8: Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center
    August 9: Salt Lake City, UT @ SaltAir
    August 11: Portland, OR @ Veterans Memorial Coliseum
    August 12: Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
    August 13: Seattle, WA @ WAMU Theatre
    August 15: San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
    August 19: Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
    August 21: San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
    August 22: Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre 
    August 23: Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea @ The Cosmopolitan

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  • Ahead of the Grammys' return to New York City, Eminem, 30 Seconds to Mars, the National, Childish Gambino and Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds will all stage intimate concerts at the city's Irving Plaza the week before the annual award show.

    The Live Nation-supported Citi Sound Vault concerts take place from January 24th to 28th at the Manhattan venue, with tickets exclusively available to Citi cardmembers.

    30 Seconds to Mars, who kick off the performances January 24th, said of playing a smaller-than-usual venue in a statement, "We've always loved performing in New York. The energy is incredible and we look forward to bringing a special show to Irving Plaza."

    With Eminem set to headline summer music festivals everywhere from Coachella to Bonnaroo to New York's Governors Ball, the 1,000-person capacity of Irving Plaza offers a much more intimate setting for the rapper to deliver Revival tracks. The rapper will perform January 26th at the venue, with the National (January 25th), Childish Gambino (January 27th) and Matthews & Reynolds (January 28th) booked for the remainder of the week.

    Citi cardmembers can register for tickets to the five shows starting now at the Citi Sound Vault site.

    Additionally, Citi are hosting a star-studded the Roots Jam Sessions at New York's Gramercy Theater for four nights over the pre-Grammys week from January 24th to 27th. The Grammys air live from Madison Square Garden on January 28th.

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  • The Black Eyed Peas brought new single "Street Livin,'" a clear-eyed denunciation of American racism, to The Late Show on Monday. 

    The track is sample-based hip-hop, but the Black Eyed Peas used live musicians to recreate the original loop on The Late Show. The bassist played stubby riffs, while a drummer smacked a cymbal-heavy rhythm. A saxophonist and trumpeter added a lingering, melancholy brass riff.

    Members of the Black Eyed Peas delivered their lines with little theatricality, looking directly into the camera. "If you're ebony, they assume your temperament/ Will be vigilant and they call you militant," Apl.de.ap rapped. "And you'll get shot and they'll say the incident/ Is 'cause you're belligerent, what a coincidence."

    Though many young fans know the Black Eyed Peas primarily as a Top 40 juggernaut, they started as a politically conscious hip-hop group before reaching pop ubiquity. "It's not like 'Oh, the Black Eyed Peas are back and now they're militant,'" Will.i.am. recently told the Los Angeles Times. "Our first big hit was 'Where Is the Love?' where we were talking about real stuff. From the brutality of the education system to prison reform, we've been out in the community. This is the work we've been doing."

    "Street Livin'" accompanies a new graphic novel from the Black Eyed Peas titled Masters of the Sun: The Zombie Chronicles. The Black Eyed Peas plant to unveil a Masters of the Sun virtual reality experience at the Sundance Film Festival. They have no plans to release an album at the moment. "A record is so limited to the kind of things we want to do – 15 songs and a video or two videos on a project doesn't really feel like much creativity," Will.i.am told Variety.

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  • Jimmy Fallon rejiggered James Taylor's 1970 classic "Fire and Rain" into a tune about White House dysfunction on The Tonight Show Monday. The host fittingly titled the parody "Fire and Fury," after Michael Wolff's controversial new book about President Donald Trump and his administration.

    The bit found Fallon doing his best Taylor impression, donning a shaggy wig and mustache/soul patch combo, while conjuring a reedy croon. "I've seen fire and I've seen fury/ I've seen White House staff that will have to face a jury," Fallon sang. 

    The parody also covered Steve Bannon's downfall, the campaign's shock that Trump actually won and the President's erratic Twitter, television and dietary habits. 

    "He's had a light snack of six Big Macs while he's watching three TVs," Fallon sang. "He's turned the White House into a total shithole." Fallon closed "Fire and Fury" with a plea for Robert Mueller to "friggin hurry" and his predictions for 2020: "And this time I'll be the one who calls Putin/ Because in 2020, Oprah – Oprah's gonna win." 

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  • Prince's video likeness will appear onstage April 21st with a live band at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The event, Prince: Live on the Big Screen will include video and audio of "remastered and never-before-released" material. Prince's longtime collaborators and "very special guests" will contribute to the concert, according to Prince's estate.

    Prince: Live on the Big Screen takes place during a four-day event honoring the memory of Prince, who died on April 21st, 2016 at age 57. Tickets to the Target Center event go on sale starting January 20th at 10 a.m. through the arena's box office. The estate has released select footage of the superstar above.

    Interest in Prince's remarkable career has increased since his untimely death. Paisley Park sent an exhibit of Prince memorabilia to London last October, and a photo book titled Prince: A Private View, featuring a forward from Beyoncé, came out the same month. Showtime aired the rare, long out-of-print Sign o' the Times concert film in the U.S. in September. The Paisley Park estate also hosted a battle of the bands in September, awarding the winning group a "mentorship session" with members of Prince's former backing band New Power Generation.

    Despite all the activity, Prince's business affairs are mired in legal issues. Last July, a Minnesota judge rescinded much of Universal Music Group's $31 million deal with the Prince estate after determining that it did not include distribution rights to the singer's music recorded before 1996. Those rights are still owned by Prince's former label, Warner Bros., until 2021. 

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