5.25-26 Bitter's Kiss f/Chloe Baker "Love Won't Make You Cry" (Independent) Chris Stamey "Universe-Sized Arms" (Yep Roc) Footfall Running Toward The Moon (Independent) Mason Porter "A Woman Like You" (Independent) Ocean Street "Dark Side" (Independent) Patrick Watson "Hearts" (Domino) Rachel Garlin "This Winding Road" (Tactile) Trails and Ways "Skeletons" (Barsuk) Wayne O "She's My Girl" (Independent) Wooden Sky Let's Be Ready (Independent)
Boulder: The Polls Are Open! The FMQB Triple A Conference returns to Boulder, CO August 5-8, 2015, and the awards ballot has been released! All Triple A radio, label, management and promo professionals are eligible to vote. If you didnít receive your ballot via email, go to http://fmqbproductions.co/ballots/ballots_email.htmlto vote. Performers already announced include American Authors, Alex Winston, Brynn Elliott, Civil Twilight, Elle King, Galactic, George Ezra, GIVERS, Grace Potter, Holly Miranda, Houndmouth, Jackie Greene, Kristin Diable, Lord Huron, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Marian Hill, Meg Mac, San Fermin, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, The Brothers Landreth, The Freddy Jones Band, The Lone Bellow, The Saint Johns, The War On Drugs and Tor Miller, with more on the horizon. Registration is just $379 until June 15 and you can book your room at the St. Julien, which is almost sold out, with the special FMQB rates starting at only $219 by calling (720) 406-9696 and mentioning FMQB
Communion Records U.S. Signs Broad Agreement With Capitol Music Group Communion Records U.S., the North American branch of the noted independent label Communion Records, has entered into a wide-ranging agreement with Capitol Music Group it was announced by Communion principal Ben Lovett and Capitol's Executive Vice Presidents Michelle Jubelirer and Scott Greer, who will oversee the companies' association. The deal will immediately commence with Capitol's Virgin Records adding development and marketing support to Communion's breakout band Catfish and the Bottlemen, whose debut album, The Balcony, was certified Gold in the United Kingdom and who recently completed an SRO tour of the U.S.
Capitol label affiliations for Communion Records U.S. artists will be jointly decided on a case-by-case basis between the two companies, with releases being handled through Universal Music Distribution or Capitol's Caroline. According to Jubelirer and Greer, "We are so excited to be welcoming Communion and its artists to the Capitol family. Communion has such great taste and maintains a curator's approach to its signings that has been integral to the development of Communion into an important cultural brand. Their passion is infectious and we can't wait to get started."
According to Communion's Lovett, "In a transitional and unpredictable time for the music industry, commitment to a high quality level of artists who are true musicians, full of integrity, has helped us build solid foundations. Capitol is a company made up of rock stars who believe in breaking artists when the signs are telling them otherwise. This is the quality I value highest in them and this will only lead to greater things for the future of the artists we go on to work with."
B.B. King Passes Blues icon B.B. King passed away this week in Las Vegas at the age of 89. The singer/guitarist had been hospitalized in recent weeks after suffering from dehydration.
Born Riley B. King, his career spanned over 60 years and influenced countless other artists. He was born in Mississippi in 1925 and in 1947 moved to Memphis, where he became a part of the local music scene. He eventually became a radio DJ at WIDA-AM/Memphis, where he used the name "the Beale Street Blues Boy" on the air, which was eventually shortened to just "Blues Boy King" and then simply B.B. King.
King started to release his own singles in 1949 and his career picked up steam. In the mid-50s, he named his guitar Lucille after a woman that two men were arguing over at a gig he was playing at. The men knocked over a heater and started a fire, but King ran back into the burning building to get his guitar. He said he named his guitar (and all his Gibson guitars going forward) after Lucille to remind him "never to do anything that foolish."
King won his first Grammy in 1970 and was nominated 30 times over the years, with 15 wins in total. His extensive list of collaborators over the years included Eric Clapton, U2, Dr. John and many more. He toured extensively throughout his entire career, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
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