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Frank Ocean added to Grammy lineup

- January 31st, 2013

It seems Frank Ocean’s banged up hand will be fully healed in time for the Grammy Awards on Feb. 10.

The Recording Academy announced Thursday that R&B superstar will play at the 55th annual event, along with newly added performers Maroon 5 and 14-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys.

Ocean hurt his hand after an altercation with Chris Brown outside a Los Angeles recording studio parking lot last Sunday.

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Ocean and Brown are both nominated for Grammys, so it will make for an interesting red carpet if Brown decides to show up.

Other performers include Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Jack White, fun., the Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers, Dierks Bentley & Miranda Lambert, and Ed Sheeran & Elton John.

Six acts are tied for the most nominations with six each, including Ocean, The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Kanye West, Jay-Z, fun. and Mumford & Sons.

Shawn Desman discusses his new look for his new album

- January 30th, 2013

A new album demands a new haircut.
So says Toronto R&B-pop star Shawn Desman, whose latest disc, Alive, comes out Feb. 5, and thus he’s currently sporting a new ‘do.
“I feel like everytime I come out and people see me, I have to put out this new crazy hairstyle, it’s my thing,” said Desman, who’s got a mini-Mohawk of sorts this time around, in an interview with QMI Agency.
“So in between the albums, it’s cool, because I just do whatever. I just let it grow. I feel like just putting out an album, it’s not enough. You want people to be interested in what you’re doing and you want to get them involved. Also, it’s for me, it’s almost challenging myself too like, ‘What am I going to think of next?’”
Desman, whose Canadian tour in support of Alive starts Feb. 7, explains the difference between his last striking haircut and his new one.
“The sidewalk that I had before (my last album 2010’s Fresh) was really really short so it went from one side of my head to the other side. So this one’s like long. You know what I call this one? It’s like Astro-boy. This is my ‘Astro-boy’ look.”
Like the Japanese Manga cartoon character?
If you say so, Shawn.

Shawn Desman Canadian tour dates
7-Feb-13 Montreal – The National
8-Feb-13 Ottawa – Centrepointe Theatre
9-Feb-13 Oshawa – Regent Theatre
12-Feb-13 Hamilton – Convention Centre
14-Feb-13 Mississauga – Living Arts Centre
15-Feb-13 North Bay – Capitol Centre
16-Feb-13 Kirkland Lake – Northern College
17-Feb-13 Thunder Bay – The Outpost
18-Feb-13 Dryden – The Centre
20-Feb-13 Saskatoon – The Odeon
21-Feb-13 Medicine Hat – Esplanade Theatre
22-Feb-13 Edmonton – Empire Ballroom
23-Feb-13 Vancouver – The Venue
24-Feb-13 Kelowna – Community Theatre

The Strokes name new album, announce release date

- January 30th, 2013

Initially pointed out by an eagle-eyed Strokes fan who obviously had way too much time on his hands and then confirmed by the band via their official website, their brand new album now has a title.

The New York City rockers’ new studio effort, their fifth, is called “Comedown Machine,” and will be released in North America on March 26.

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The title was originally discovered by Reddit user @andersonenvy, who found a link in the code used on the band’s website which led to a cached image revealing the album title.

Last Friday, the band released the first song from the disc, “One Way Trigger.” The next official single, “All the Time,” will be released on February 19 in conjunction with the album’s iTunes pre-order.

You can download an mp3 of “One Way Trigger” HERE, or listen to it below, then tell me what you think in the comment section.

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Eric Church talks “inspiration” behind Chief album title

- January 29th, 2013

Turns out, American country music star Eric Church, who hails from Granite Falls, N.C., came by the album title for his latest record, 2011′s Chief, honestly.
“Well, it’s a couple of factors,” he told QMI Agency down the line from his home outside Nashville before his first headlining Canadian tour kicks off Jan. 31.
“My grandpa was the Chief of Police in the town that I grew up in. So it was his nickname. Everybody called him Chief.”
The second reason has to do with Church’s “look,” of sunglasses and baseball hat.
“Many years ago we were playing bars and clubs and the hats and sunglasses started making their appearance, and almost as a joke, a lot of people on the road started calling me Chief ‘cause I looked like a police officer,” said Church. “They had no idea that it was also my Grandpa’s nickname and he was the Chief of Police. So I thought it was interesting that we ended up with the same nickname, multi-generationally. And when it came to the title of the album not only did it pay tribute to what’s happening on the road and what was was happening every night, but it also paid tribute to my grandfather. … He was Chief, I think, for 35 years.”
Church will fly in from his Canadian trek to L.A. to attend the Feb. 10 Grammy Awards where his Chief single, Springsteen, is up for two trophies including best country song.

ERIC CHURCH TOUR DATES IN CANADA
January 31 ESC Abbotsford BC
February 1 OEC Penticton BC
February 2 Interior Savings Centre Kamloops BC
February 5 Rexall Place Edmonton AB
February 6 Saddledome Calgary AB
February 7 Credit Union Centre Saskatoon SK
February 13 Copps Coliseum Hamilton ON
February 14 John Labatt Centre London ON
February 15 GM Centre Oshawa ON
February 16 Scotiabank Place Ottawa ON
February 19 Sudbury Arena Sudbury ON
February 21 MTS Centre Winnipeg MB
February 22 Brandt Centre Regina SK
February 23 Enmax Centre Lethbridge AB

Cute alert! Krall-Costello’s 6-year-old twins hail cabs in NYC

- January 28th, 2013

Diana Krall and Elvis Costello’s twin sons, Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan James, are now six year old kindergarteners in New York City where they were born.
So they aren’t currently touring with either parent, Krall recently told QMI Agency.
“I was going to bring them out with me but they should be in school because they just started,” said Krall, whose Canadian tour for her latest album, Glad Rag Doll, starts on Feb. 3 in her native Nanaimo, B.C.
“My sister’s going to come out and hang out with them while I’m gone. Elvis left for New Zealand (to tour and in Australia).”
Otherwise, she or Costello or both are on school duty when either of them are at home.
“It’s a cold splash of water at 6 a.m. I’m not exactly a morning person but neither are my kids. But we somehow get ourselves going as every other person does in the world. They’re at school everyday and I’m up at six but still staying up late. (They’re) going to a very small school in the West Village. Very West Village-y. And they’re very expert in hailing and directing taxis.”
Sounds sophisticated?
“They’re not going to be sophisticated,” insisted Krall. “They just know how to hail a cab. Little road rats.”

DIANA KRALL’S CANADIAN TOUR DATES
3 Feb Port Theatre Nanaimo
5 Feb Orpheum Vancouver
12 Feb Northern AB Jubilee Edmonton
13 Feb Southern AB Jubilee Calgary
14 Feb Conexus Arts Centre Regina
16 Feb RBC Theatre at MTS Centre Winnipeg
17 Feb Thunder Bay Auditorium Thunder Bay
19 Feb Centre In The Square Kitchener
21-22 Feb Massey Hall Toronto
23-24 Feb NAC Ottawa
26 Feb Place Des Arts Montreal
28 Feb K-Rock Centre Kingston
2 Mar Caesar’s Windsor Windsor
3 Mar Hamilton Place Theatre Hamilton
4 Mar RBC Theatre / Labatt Centre London