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Rising Brazilian Psych Outfit Returns To San Francisco

By Dave Pehling SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — With as many modern psychedelic rock bands as there are trying to recreate the classic sounds of Hendrix, Blue Cheer and Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, it’s no great surprise that some young Brazilian musicians are taking a stab at capturing the heady experimentation of the late ’60s Tropicalia movement in their native country. Echoing the fractured, eclectic aesthetic of pioneering Sao Paulo band Os Mutantes and iconic artists Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, rising Brazilian group Boogarins was formed in the city of Goiânia around childhood friends Dinho Almeida (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Benke Ferraz (guitar) in 2013. Crafting a dreamy, hook-filled style of psychedelic pop, the duo produced their first recording — the self-released EP As Plantas Que Curam — when the players were still teens living at home. The EP led to a record deal with Other Music, the label affiliated with the now defunct independent NYC record store of the same name, who would issue an expanded version of the recording. The pair would recruit a rhythm section in drummer Hans Castro (later replaced by Ynaiã Benthroldo) and bassist Raphael Vaz, who joined the band as it built on its international fan base with extensive touring across the globe including appearances at several music festivals on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2015, the band released it’s second effort, the more polished and focused Manuel that reflected the quartet’s growth after so many months on the road together (the bulk of the album was tracked during a two-week break in Spain amidst one of several European tours).  More road work would hone the band’s onstage performance as they toured with like-minded Swedish neo-psych outfit Dungen and, more recently, with noted indie-rock band Surfer Blood. While the band put out the concert recording Desvio Onirico last year that put the band live prowess and ability to stretch out expansively on full display, this week Boogarins issued another new recording. Lá Vem a Morte finds the band edging closer to the melancholy modern psych sound of early Tame Impala. Fresh from a set at Sonoma’s Huichica Festival this weekend, the band returns to San Francisco to headline the Chapel in the Mission Sunday night. Liam Hayes and his indie-pop group Plush open the show. Boogarins
Sunday, June 11, 8 p.m. $17-$20
The Chapel  

Outside Lands Headliner ‘Gorillaz’ Share Trippy New ‘Sleeping Powder’ Video

By Abby Hassler

(RADIO.COM) – Gorillaz might have released their latest studio album, Humanz, in April, but they are already churning out new music. The band shared a new track and music video “Sleeping Powder” Thursday.

Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn already mentioned the band has 40 to 45 songs that didn’t make it onto the latest record, though did not confirm that this latest track was one of them, according to NME.

“I’m just sort of slowly going through all tunes that sort of didn’t work out and finishing them,” Albarn said in an interview. “I can stay in the game for at least another 18 months, I reckon.”

The video is described as a “2-D solo track” and begins with an old-school anti-drugs video involving an egg and a frying pan. This is your brain on “Sleeping Powder.”

The Gorillaz headline the 10th annual Outside Lands Music & Art Festival on Friday, August 11th in Golden Gate Park – San Francisco.

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SFJAZZ Celebrates Return Of Venerable Festival

By Dave Pehling SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — SFJAZZ celebrated the return of one of the nation’s longest-running jazz festivals this week as the 35th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival kicked off Tuesday night. The eclectic, 13-day party hosts a wide variety of musicians for it’s first weekend. Founded in 1983 as a two-day event that was originally called the Jazz in the City Festival, the San Francisco Jazz Festival has established itself as a globally renowned institution presenting some of the world’s greatest jazz artists including such legends as pianist McCoy Tyner, singer Tony Bennett, and saxophone greats like Sonny Rollins and the late Ornette Coleman. Early highlights of the festival have included the free outdoor street party Tuesday with performances by the John Brothers Piano Company and North Beach Brass Band, one-man band phenom and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier and a 75th birthday concert by drumming legend Jack DeJohnette and his new super group Hudson featuring guitarist John Scofield, bass player Larry Grenadier and keyboardist John Medeski. This weekend, SFJAZZ will host concerts at multiple venues at the Center on Franklin Street (in the main Miner Auditorium and the more intimate Joe Henderson Lab) as well as nearby Herbst Theatre and Davies Symphony Hall. On Friday night and Saturday afternoon, soulful jazz vocalist Lizz Wright brings her current band to the Miner Auditorium stage, singing songs from her most recent album and first for Bay Area jazz imprint the Concord Music Group Freedom & Surrender that includes original songs alongside covers of tunes by Nick Drake and the Bee Gees. Also on Friday, noted pianist Fred Hersch will offer a program duets at Herbst, sharing the stage with young local guitar protege Julian Lage and rising vocalist Kate McGarry. On Saturday, the festival gets a solid dose of soul with a performance by SF R&B maestro Martin Luther (famed for his collaborations with the Roots and Cody Chestnutt) who will perform a tribute to Otis Redding with his Black Sugar Ensemble in the Joe Henderson Lab while celebrated Houston group the Suffers delivers it’s kinetic take on vintage funk and soul grooves fronted by charismatic lead singer Kam Franklin in Miner Auditorium. The Herbst Theatre hosts some more traditional big-band sounds that night with an appearance by Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. On Sunday, the festival offers up some of the biggest names scheduled for this year’s edition. Longtime SFJAZZ favorite and ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro will perform at Davies Symphony Hall, demonstrating why he has been referred to as the Jimi Hendrix of his instrument. He will be joined by his touring bassist Nolan Verner, who played on his adventurous 2016 album Nashville Sessions. At Miner Auditorium, trumpet player and pioneering Latin music figure Herb Alpert — who made his name leading his mariachi-style pop outfit the Tijuana Brass in the ’60s in addition to co-founding A&M Records — will play some of his hits along with jazz, ’60s pop and Brazilian standards with his wife, former lead singer with Sergio Mendes and Brazil ’66 Lani Hall for a sold-out show. Ahmad Jamal protege and gifted young piano player Shahin Novrasli will play with his fiery trio in the Joe Henderson Lab Sunday night. The festival will continue through next weekend with daily concerts through next weekend. Upcoming highlights include shows by Snarky Puppy keyboardist Cory Henry and his band the Funk Apostles, rising trumpet star Ambrose Akinmusire, bass master and jazz-fusion great Stanley Clarke and a potent double bill of young modern jazz stars featuring saxophonist Donny McCaslin and his group that backed the late great David Bowie on his final album Blackstar and drummer/Birdman soundtrack composer Antonio Sánchez and his forward-thinking ensemble Migration. For a complete list of details and ticket information, please visit the SFJAZZ website.

Ghost Ship Warehouse Fire Suspect In Court

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The man blamed for the nation’s deadliest structure fire in more than 14 years is the first to appear in court Thursday in Northern California on 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter. Derick Almena was scheduled to enter a plea in Alameda County Superior Court. The 47-year-old was arrested in nearby Lake County on Monday and charged with creating a deadly firetrap at the warehouse he rented and converted into a party space and housing for financially struggling artists.
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(L-R) Derick Almena, Max Harris (Lake County Sheriff’s Office/CBS)

The warehouse was not licensed for housing or entertainment. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley charged Almena with cluttering the space with highly flammable material and failing to provide adequate fire safety systems to tenants and visitors. Read The Charges Against Almena And Harris A Dec. 2 fire at the warehouse killed 36 people attending an electronic music concert on the second floor. Investigators say the maze-like interior had only one exit that night that was difficult to find when the lights went out. Almena’s attorneys have said he plans to fight the charges and called him a “scapegoat.” Before his arrest, Almena said he was trying to create a collective where artists could live and work affordably. RELATED: Complete Coverage – Deadly Ghostship Warehouse Fire Almena’s assistant Max Harris was arrested in Los Angeles on the same charges. He is being held in Los Angeles County jail until Alameda County sheriff’s deputies can arrange his transfer to Northern California. Harris has no attorney on record. Both men remain jailed on bail of nearly $1.1 million.

Oakland Rapper G-Eazy Is ‘Bringing a Broom’ To Game 4 Of The NBA Finals

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By Abby Hassler

(RADIO.COM) – Oakland rapper G-Eazy told TMZ that he plans to “bring a broom” to the Quicken Loans Arena Friday night to help the Golden State Warriors finish their sweep of Cleveland Cavaliers.

Related: G-Eazy & Kehlani’s ‘Good Life’ Scores Key ‘Fate of the Furious’ Scene

The Warriors are currently leading the series 3-0 and the series will be over at Game 4 if the Warriors pull yet another victory.

Despite the Cavs facing tough odds, Eazy said that that “you’ve got to respect LeBron” even though he thinks Kevin Durant will snag the coveted MVP title.

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Katy Perry Reopens Taylor Swift Feud In New Interview

Listen to Katy Perry’s ‘Swish Swish’ said to be about their rivalry…
By Hayden Wright

(RADIO.COM) – Katy Perry’s public statements about her feud with Taylor Swift are beginning to cause whiplash. In the early rollout for her new album Witness (out Friday) Perry appeared on James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke and confirmed all the rumors about their “Bad Blood.” The remarks came on the heels of “Swish Swish,” her single widely presumed to be a Taylor Swift diss track.

Shortly after those events, Katy adopted a more positive message: In a radio interview, the singer announced that she was ready to make up, “because I think when women unite, the world is going to heal.”

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Katy Perry & Taylor Swift (credit: Christopher Polk / Neilson Barnard / Getty Images)

Those comments marked a diplomatic conclusion to a surprisingly direct public call-out—but not for long. In a new interview with NME, Perry appears to be back on the offensive, accusing Swift of trying to destroy her reputation.

“I mean, I’m not Buddha — things irritate me,” Perry said. “I wish that I could turn the other cheek every single time, but I’m also not a pushover, you know? Especially when someone tries to assassinate my character with little girls [her fans]. That’s so messed up!”

Did Katy go too far with her original Carpool Karaoke comments? Maybe—but James Corden is a very persuasive guy.

“Well, James Corden makes me and the whole world feel very safe,” Perry said. “No one has asked me about my side of the story, and there are three sides of every story: one, two, and the truth.”

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Phil Collins Cancels Shows After Suffering ‘Severe Gash On His Head’

By Robyn Collins

(RADIO.COM) – Phil Collins canceled his last two shows scheduled at the Royal Albert Hall in London, after injuring himself in a hotel room fall.

The artist was taken to the hospital with a “severe gash on his head close to his eye” that required stitches, reports The Guardian.

“Phil sends his sincere apologies and thanks to fans,” a statement reads. “He has had a fantastic week at his first [full] shows in 10 years, and cannot thank people enough for their warm reaction and is excited to return.”

The London concerts have been rescheduled for November 26 and 27, 2017.

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Harry Styles Brings World Tour To San Jose In 2018

(RADIO.COM) – Harry Styles has extended his world tour adding an additional 58 shows in 2018, including a show on July 11, 2018 at the SAP Center in San Jose.

The new dates will be supported by Kacey Musgraves (U.S. and Canada), Warpaint (Asia) and Leon Bridges (South America and Mexico), with special guests for Europe and Australia to be announced soon.

Check out all of Harry’s new dates below: 3/16 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Sportpaleis
3/18 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Ericsson Globe
3/19 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Royal Arena
3/21 – Oslo, Norway @ Spektrum
3/24 – Oberhausen, Germany @ König-Pilsener-Arena
3/25 – Hamburg, Germany @ Barclaycard Arena
3/27 – Munich, Germany @ Olympiahalle
3/30 – Barcelona, Spain @ Palau Sant Jordi
3/31 – Madrid, Spain @ WiZink Center
4/2 – Milan, Italy @ Mediolanum Forum
4/4 – Bologna, Italy Unipol @ Arena
4/5 – Mannheim, Germany @ SAP Arena
4/7 – Birmingham, UK @ Genting Arena
4/9 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
4/11 – London, UK @ The O2
4/12 – London, UK @ The O2
4/14 – Glasgow, UK @ The SSE Hydro
4/16 – Dublin, Ireland @ 3Arena
4/21 – Perth, Australia @ Perth Arena
4/24 – Melbourne, Australia @ Hisense Arena
4/27 – Sydney, Australia @ Qudos Bank Arena
4/28 – Brisbane, Australia @ Entertainment Centre
5/1 – Manila, The Philippines @ MOA Arena †
5/3 – Singapore @ Indoor Stadium †
5/5 – Hong Kong @ Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre †
5/7 – Bangkok, Thailand @ IMPACT Arena †
5/10 – Osaka, Japan @ Kobe World †
5/12 – Tokyo, Japan @ Makuhari Messe †
5/23 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ DirecTV Arena ♢
5/25 – Santiago, Chile @ Movistar Arena ♢
5/27 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Jeunesse Arena ♢
5/29 – São Paulo, Brazil @ Espaço das Américas ♢
6/1 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Palacio de los Deportes ♢
6/5 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center *
6/7 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center *
6/9 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center *
6/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Center *
6/12 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena *
6/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center *
6/16 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre *
6/18 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden *
6/21 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden *
6/24 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center *
6/26 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena *
6/27 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse *
6/30 – Chicago, IL @ United Center *
7/1 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center *
7/3 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center *
7/6 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena *
7/7 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena *
7/9 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center *
7/11 – San Jose, CA SAP @ Center at San Jose *
7/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum *
  • – notes support from Kacey Musgraves
    † – notes support from Warpaint
    ♢ – notes support from Leon Bridges

    Tickets go on sale next Friday, June 16th.
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James Corden Performs As ‘Mary Poppins’ On The Streets of London

LONDON, ENGLAND (CBS SF) – All week long, Late Late Show host James Corden is bringing his show to his hometown of London. With it, he brings another ‘Crosswalk Musical’ production to the streets of Great Britain. This time, Corden and crew performed, naturally, Mary Poppins.

After surprising his crew of which musical they were going to perform, the talk show host had another surprise for them. “It gives me great pride and honor to welcome a true heavyweight,” Corden said. “Playing the role of Burt in this production…Sir Ben Kingsly, everybody!” The role of Burt was originally performed in the 1964 movie by Dick Van Dyke.

Kinglsy commented about performing with Corden. “I’ve always liked James and when he told me about the idea, of course, I jumped at the chance,” Kingsly said. “Theater should be at the people—especially, in this case, for the people in their cars driving home from work.”

Watch Crosswalk the Musical: Mary Poppins –

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Cyndi Lauper To Write ‘Working Girl’ Broadway Musical

By Hayden Wright

(RADIO.COM) – In her 40-year career, Cyndi Lauper has worn many hats: pop music oddity, Goonies songstress, four-octave belter, Celebrity Apprentice contestant. Perhaps her biggest triumph to date came in 2012 when she wrote the songs to the Broadway musical Kinky Boots. Its commercial and critical success earned Lauper a Tony Award for Best Score and established her as serious musical composer—and the first woman to earn the honor on her own.

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 12: Cyndi Lauper performs at the "America Salutes You" Concert Honoring Military, Veterans, And Their Families at Rosemont Theatre on November 12, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Civic Entertainment)

Cyndi Lauper (credit: Daniel Boczarski / Getty Images)

Now Lauper is set to repeat her success: She’s been tapped to write the music for a Broadway adaptation of the 1988 film Working Girl. The 1988 romantic comedy starred Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver, and featured music by Carly Simon. Simon won the Oscar for Best Original Song for “Let the River Run” and the film has since become a bona fide classic.

Working Girl follows secretary Tess McGill as she breaks the rules to climb the corporate ladder at the end of the Reagan administration. For Lauper, it seems like a perfect fit—80s nostalgia, screwball energy, a hardscrabble Staten Island Cinderella story.

“I love the film, and its story about a woman’s very unconventional road to success in the ’80s is something I know a lot about,” Ms. Lauper told The New York Times. “Women are still fighting for fundamental rights and equal pay!”

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