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Recent weeks have seen Michael McDonald premiere powerful live renditions of songs from his iconic career, and this week’s latest entry to the series features one of the smooth singer’s signature songs, “Takin’ it to the Streets,” which McDonald wrote and performed with the Doobie Brothers. This performance features a guest appearance from singer Drea Rhenee, and can be heard below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJxfs2NjjTE Another recent upload was a live version of “What the World Needs Now”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as7XuK3p7YQ And a 2019 cover of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=907tx2KqM2Y Speaking with Billboard a few weeks back, McDonald said he has a new…

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Aug. 6 marks the 75th birthday of Bob Marley, and though the influential reggae singer/cultural icon passed away in 1981, his legend lives on today. Today, July 1 happens to be International Reggae Day, and in full commemoration of that, as well as the upcoming anniversary of Marley’s birthday, the Bob Marley estate premiered a powerful and poignant new music video for “No Woman, No Cry.” First recorded in 1974, “No Woman, No Cry” became one of Marley’s signature songs when a live version was released in 1975. That is the version featured in this new video, which a press…

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The Go-Go’s will release a new song on July 31. This is big news, considering the iconic all-female Los Angeles punk/new wave band hasn’t released a new recording in 20 years. “Club Zero” was announced on Wednesday, and its release is tied to the new documentary film The Go-Go’s, which will premiere on Showtime on Aug. 1. Footage of the band (Belinda Carlisle (vocals), Jane Wiedlin (guitar), Charlotte Caffey (guitar), Kathy Valentine (bass) and Gina Schock (drums) working on an early version of “Club Zero” is featured in the new doc. Watch a trailer for the film below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsiRfL11I08 More…

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Sir Elton John has unveiled plans for an official weekly archival concert series, which will premiere on his YouTube channel this Friday, July 3 with the first installment of the six-part series. The Classic Concert Series will find the legendary singer/cultural icon diving into the vaults for vintage performances from throughout his career. The first show on the schedule is Live At The Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre, 1976, which will go “live” on Elton’s YouTube channel at 12 p.m. EDT/9 a.m. PDT on Friday, July 3. Per a statement, it’s also a fundraising opportunity supporting the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s COVID-19…

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Franke Previte is an acclaimed singer/songwriter whose work with Franke and the Knockouts achieved success in the 1980s before he co-wrote the Dirty Dancing anthems “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” “Hungry Eyes,” which was a major hit for Eric Carmen. Previte also penned “One World” in 1989 with Pamela Phillips Oland and Estonian songwriters Sergei Manoukyan and Mikk Targo — and now, three decades later, the song has been revamped in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and civil rights activity affecting the entire planet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mao1XgoDaxE 100 percent of proceeds from “One World” will benefit four major charity…

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Carl Reiner, larger-than-life comedy and Hollywood icon (and father of Rob Reiner, Annie Reiner and Lucas Reiner), whose career and influence spanned generations, passed away Monday night at the age of 98, his assistant confirming to Variety that he passed due to natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. https://twitter.com/robreiner/status/1277970251209031682?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1277970251209031682%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fvariety.com%2F2020%2Ffilm%2Fnews%2Fcarl-reiner-dead-died-dick-van-dyke-1234694208%2F Among the innumerable accolades and noteworthy moments in Reiner’s career was his creation of The Dick Van Dyke Show, which premiered in 1961 and went on to be a legendary sitcom. From his early days in the Bronx to working alongside fellow comedy legend Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner…

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In May, Hayley Williams of Paramore stepped out on her own with Petals for Armor, her first solo album and a resilient and cathartic exploration varying in styles and genres that coalesced into a poignant statement from one of music’s most popular singer/songwriters. Like so many other acts, Williams had to scrap proper tour plans for the album due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but she has kept busy in the meantime with some video uploads and an active social media presence geared around using her platform to discuss social activism and civil rights. https://www.instagram.com/p/CCEK4Rypm6y/ On Tuesday, Williams…

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On July 7, Ringo Starr will hit a milestone when he turns 80 years old. In normal, non-pandemic circumstances, the Beatles legend celebrates with a huge party in Los Angeles at the Capitol Records building, but that won’t be happening in 2020. Instead, he’ll take part in Ringo’s Big Birthday Show, a star-studded online broadcast event/fundraiser featuring Ringo’s pals Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper, Gary Clark Jr. and Sheila E., benefiting four charities: Black Lives Matter Global Network, the David Lynch Foundation, Musicares and WaterAid. https://www.instagram.com/p/CCEkRJDpiRv/ The show will stream on Ringo’s YouTube channel beginning at 8…

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Johnny Mandel, acclaimed composer/arranger known for a variety of timeless works, has died at the age of 94, it was announced late Monday. Mandel’s daughter, Marissa, confirmed the news to the New York Times. Musician/signer Michael Feinstein, longtime friend and collaborator of Johnny Mandel, sent a heartfelt remembrance to Mandel on social media on Monday: A dear friend and extraordinary composer arranger and all-around brilliant talent Johnny Mandel just passed away. The world will never be quite the same without his humor, wit and wry view of life and the human condition. He was truly beyond compare, and nobody could…

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Dogs Eating Dogs marked the end of an era for Blink-182. The five-song EP released in 2012 was the final studio recording involving guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge before he split from the band in 2015. Slightly experimental in tone and self-produced by the band — DeLonge, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker — as well as Chris Holmes — Dogs Eating Dogs came after the band’s 2011 album Neighborhoods and the group’s departure from Interscope Records in 2012. Today, June 30, is the 182nd day of the year — and Blink-182 commemorated the occasion with a limited-run vinyl pressing of the Dogs…

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