Yet such is Nelson’s ability, no matter who he’s performing with, it sounds like they were made for each other. What’s always amazed me about Nelson has been his ability to sing even the most sentimental and contrived song yet somehow or other make it emotionally honest. There’s something about his delivery and the genuineness of his voice which can turn the most hackneyed piece of pop or country music into sincere emotional expression. As a result, while there are some singers on this recording who I normally wouldn’t listen to as I find their singing contrived, paired with Nelson I enjoyed their performances. Maybe they absorbed something of his integrity, or perhaps his talent is so vast it can cover up another’s deficiencies. Whatever the reason, no matter who he’s teamed with on this recording the results are just fine. Of course some of the performances are better than others and to my mind there were a couple in particular that stood out. The combination of Nelson and Mavis Staples on the previously mentioned “Grandma’s Hands” is probably the highlight of the disc. These are two of the great voices of popular music and to hear them together is to hear the form elevated to art. Neither of them have an insincere bone in their bodies and it comes through with every note and word they sing. The contrast between his mellow baritone and her throaty growl is amazing.
Astoria group sets music fest in bid to raise $2M to buy historic Steinway Mansion
By Associated Press, Three years after the Kings of Leons last record, the edgy, gravely rock foursome return in top shape with Mechanical Bull. The album takes the bands unique sound the recognizable longing guitars and Caleb Followills growl and adds a hint of melancholy and a stillness that gives the songs an aura of contentment. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Nervy desire and wildness is still present in their music, most prominently in Tonight, with its sexy vibes of earlier hits that hinted at mad tumbling into lust, and in the obsessive strummings of Wait for Me. The playful notes of the first single, Supersoaker, set the tone, adding a sense of giddiness to the proceedings. Dont Matter goes full-on rock in the beginning but is gradually imbued with a hint of Billy Joel. Temple starts out noisily and morphs into the confident stage presence of a rock star. Beautiful War rounds up the sound with a heartfelt ballad that showcases Calebs voice. And Family Tree sounds like an old man trying to give advice to the young, who think they know better than everyone else. Despite tackling the familiar themes of drunken nights and tentative love, the songs weave the story of a man who knows the meaning of being lost and who has finally been found. Mechanical Bull isnt the anguished edgy ride youd expect from Kings of Leon but a fun, stirring experience you dont want to end. ____ Follow Cristina Jaleru on Twitter: http://twitter.com/cristinelle7 Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Melodic rockers Dru Cutler And The Heart & Hand Band will play the opening set. It’s the first stanza in a fast-tempo symphony to save a historic Queens house. A group of local activists and artists will launch an eight-event music festival on Saturday, marking the opening bars of their bid to buy the historic Steinway Mansion on 41st St. Were raising the communitys awareness on the treasure of this building and the incredible past that it represents, said Bob Singleton, founder of the Friends of Steinway Mansion. Noonan, Jeanne Freelance NYDN The Friends of Steinway Mansion has already garnered the support of local elected officials and the piano makers, but still needs to raise $1.9 million to buy the house Singletons group has already garnered the support of local elected officials and the piano makers, but still needs to raise $1.9 million to buy the house. The group shelled out cash to become a registered non-profit but the slate of events represents its first concerted fund-raising push, members said. RELATED: STEINWAY MANSION PRICE LOWERED $1 MILLION BY ESTATE HOLDER Noonan, Jeanne Freelance NYDN The home is a city landmark, which means it cant be torn down, but the future of the sprawling interior will depend on who purchases the property. The performances beginning Saturday at the SingleCut brewery a few blocks from the mansion will be held at venues near the landmark house. Melodic rockers Dru Cutler And The Heart & Hand Band will play the opening set. Subsequent gigs will feature jazz crooner and poet DeeAnne Gorman, wholl play at Rest-au-Rant in October, Singleton said. This is going to be a continuous thing until we purchase the mansion, Singleton said. This place should be saved. Noonan, Jeanne Freelance NYDN The group wants to make the mansion and cultural attraction and education venue for his group the Greater Astoria Historical society and the Artisans Guild of America. The mansion, originally a summer home for the family of piano manufacturers, has been owned by the Halberian family since 1924. Michael Halberian lived in the mansion his whole life until he died at age 83 in 2010.
“People settle for that music because that’s all there is in pop.” Side-stepping the distracting antics of other teen stars, specifically the Disney-preened ones, Lorde (real name: Ella Yelich-O’Connor) is ushering smart, sophisticated pop into a world that desperately needs it. Her single Royals a slow-burning but super-catchy ode to the mundaneness of real life landed atop USA TODAY’s alternative and adult-alternative airplay charts and at No. 8 on USA TODAY’s top 40. She trailed only Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry last week in downloads, with Royals selling 263,000 copies. The song recently hit No. 1 on iTunes and has been steadily climbing Billboard’s Hot 100, sitting currently at No. 3. She’s already gained the admiration of musicians industry-wide, ranging from Cyrus to Elton John. Her single Tennis Court “is one of the most touching, beautiful things on earth,” John recently told USA TODAY . “You just open your mouth in wonder.” Lena Dunham, Olivia Wilde and Carson Daly also count themselves as fans. The Auckland native has two theories about why listeners have connected with her music: “There’s not a lot of reality in pop music sometimes. It can feel quite detached from people’s lives, and so that was something people appreciate about my music maybe. But also, it’s super, super simple, which is kind of refreshing.” Royals was inspired by the lavish, over-the-top lifestyle of hip-hop and pop artists. “I realized that lots of the references (in their lyrics) didn’t really relate to anything in my life,” says Lorde, though she does count herself as a fan of Drake and Nicki Minaj.