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Jo Ann Kelly (5, January 1944 — 21, October 1990).

English blues singer and guitarist favouring delta style rather than rocking out with a heavy band behind her, but with a huge voice, and a strong guitar.

Born in Streatham, London. She established a musical partnership with the British blues musician Tony McPhee, and appeared on two McPhee compiled albums for Liberty Records, “Me And The Devil” in 1968 and “I Asked for Water, She Gave Me Gasoline” in 1969.

At the end of the 1960s, with an album on a major record label in the United States, both Johnny Winter and Canned Heat tried to recruit Jo Ann into their ranks. However, she stayed and played the UK’s nightclub scene, and participated in many musical projects with her brother Dave Kelly and performed on the European circuit, with the guitarist Pete Emery or in bands, including the Terry Smith Blues Band.

In 1988, Jo Ann began to suffer from headaches. In 1989 she had an operation to remove a malignant brain tumour, she seemed to have recovered, but the following year she tragically collapsed and died after touring again with her brother.

Gwen Stefani - ‘Baby Don’t Lie’

Gwen Stefani is currently working on her third solo album, her first solo output since 2006′s The Sweet Escape and the first new material from her since No Doubt’s 2012 comeback album Push And Shove. “Baby Don’t Lie” is the first single from the record and it was written by Stefani along with Benny Blanco, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, and Noel Zancanella.

Sleater-Kinney are back! As anticipated, Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker, and Janet Weiss will release new album No Cities to Love on January 20 in the U.S. and January 19 internationally via Sub Pop. Watch the lyric video for new track ‘Bury Our Friends’ HERE. It features director/artist/actress/author Miranda July, a longtime Sleater-Kinney collaborator. Download the song in exchange for an email address here

The band is also heading out on tour in early 2015. Check out the dates below, along with the album tracklist. The deluxe vinyl version comes with an etched, single-sided 12” with two bonus tracks.

No Cities to Love was produced by John Goodmanson, who produced Call the DoctorOne Beat, Dig Me Out, and  All Hands on the Bad One. In a press release, Brownstein said, “We sound possessed on these songs, willing it all - the entire weight of the band and what it means to us - back into existence.”

This week, Sub Pop releases the discography box set Start Together. As previously reported, it contained a mysterious white 7” bearing the inscription “1/20/15.” That turned out to be the album’s release date; the song on the 7” is “Bury Our Friends”.

No Cities to Love:

01 Price Tag
02 Fangless
03 Surface Envy
04 No Cities to Love
05 A New Wave
06 No Anthems
07 Gimme Love
08 Bury Our Friends
09 Hey Darling
10 Fade

Sleater-Kinney:

02-08 Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Spokane
02-09 Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Boise
02-10 Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
02-12 Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
02-13 Omaha, NE - Slowdown
02-14 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue 
02-15 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall 
02-17 Chicago, IL - Riviera 
02-22 Boston, MA - House of Blues 
02-24 Washington, DC 9:30 Club 
02-26 New York, NY - Terminal 5 
02-28 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
03-01 Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
03-18 Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof
03-19 Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Paradiso
03-20 Paris, France - Cigale
03-21 Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
03-23 London, England - Roundhouse
03-24 Manchester, England - Albert Hall
03-25 Glasgow, Scotland - O2 ABC
03-26 Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street

(Source: pitchfork.com)

CHVRCHES - ‘Get Away’

BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe has enlisted Chvrches, Foals, SBTRKT, Jon Hopkins, Laura Mvula, the 1975, Baauer, BANKS, Bastille, Bring Me The Horizon, Eric Prydz, the Neighbourhood, and ZCC (aka Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro) in making a brand new soundtrack for Drive. The project is titled Radio 1 Rescores: Drive - Curated by Zane Lowe. All of the tracks but one are brand new, made specifically for this project.

The film will be broadcast on BBC Three on October 30. Viewers will be able to switch between the new and original soundtracks.

In a press release, Lowe called the project “the most ambitious, awesome thing we’ve ever done.” Nicolas Winding Refn, who directed Drive, also expressed his support.

This is so awesome! I don’t know if the original soundtrack could ever be topped (it’s one of my ultimate favourites) but this is still nonetheless very exciting! So great to hear a new CHVRCHES track! I look forward to hearing Laura Mvula and BANKS’ contributions too :D Zane, you rule!

(Source: pitchfork.com / CHVRCHES)

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