Basilica Block Party returns with strong vaccine rules but a much-needed party

Arriving two months later than usual — with extra COVID precautions and one of its headlining acts missing — the Basilica Block Party at least still felt like a much-needed party on opening night Friday.

In its 25th year — not counting last year’s canceled installment — the two-day festival outside the Basilica of St. Mary in downtown Minneapolis was bumped from its usual July slot to September, when the concert industry thought everyone would feel safer from COVID-19. So much for that plan.

Led by sibling pop trio AJR and hometown rockers Motion City Soundtrack, Friday’s lineup was the

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2021 Day 1: photo highlights

Pitchfork Music Festival 2021 got under way Friday afternoon in Union Park, marking the return of the West Loop staple after COVID forced its cancelation in 2020.

The eclectic lineup promises a mix of hip-hop, R&B, indie rock and more.

And hot on the heels of Lollapalooza last month, the music festival has strict COVID-19 safety protocols in place, requiring proof of full vaccination or a negative test within 24 hours for each day of the fest in order to gain entry. Masks are encouraged at all times, per the festival’s website and signs posted at entry.

In addition to

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Rockford native Emily Bear hits #1 on iTunes Music chart

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — World renowned musician and Rockford native Emily Bear and fellow musician Abigail Barlow have landed at #1 on iTunes’ Top 40 US Pop albums for a musical version of the popular Netflix show, Bridgerton.

Barlow & Bear’s “The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical” features 15 songs inspired by the show. The project began as a series of TikTok videos created during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Bear is a pianist, composer, singer-songwriter from the Rockford area who made her first appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show when she was six years old.

Her music has appeared in

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Meet UNIIQU3, the global ambassador of music’s most influential genre | Music

Jersey club – born in Newark, shaped by Baltimore club and Chicago house – has streamed into the zeitgeist via TikTok and Fortnite dance crazes. Its influential sound – uptempo beats, emphatic vocal chops and a meme-like compulsion to remix pop culture soundbites – can be heard worldwide. For producer, DJ, dancer and party-thrower UNIIQU3, it’s the sound of home.

As a high-schooler, UNIIQU3 – AKA Cherise Gary – took dance classes in downtown Newark. “I would hear this dance music coming from one of the CD booths on the corner. That happened to be DJ Tameil, the originator

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Dozens of Denver concerts canceled just as Colorado’s music scene was ready to rebound

The concert industry’s efforts to keep audiences and performers safe just aren’t enough for some musicians.

Over the past few weeks, dozens of tours, festivals and one-offs have canceled or postponed their fall and early-winter dates due to COVID-19 concerns — in some cases, from band members testing positive for the delta variant. That includes shows that had just been announced as well as shows that had been postponed for up to two years.

This week was no better. Colorado concerts from Gary Numan, Saint Motel, Purity Ring and Yola were canceled or pushed back due to COVID complications, following

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‘M Means Music’ Podcast Series Kicks Off With Amy Winehouse Episode

Amy Winehouse – Photo: Gary Miller/FilmMagic

Last October, Spotify launched a listening experience called Music + Talk that brought together music and spoken-word content. The unique format weaves full songs and spoken commentary together​ into one show. One of the latest projects to emerge on this new platform is M Means Music, a new series hosted by veteran UK music writer, DJ, and music consultant Daryl Easlea who has over 40 years of experience writing and talking about popular music.

Easlea is a former staff writer for Record Collector Magazine, served as the Head of Motown UK Catalogue,

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Michael Chapman: British folk musician dies aged 80 | Music

The British guitarist Michael Chapman has died at the age of 80. In a post to Instagram announcing the news, no cause of death was given, but it was stated that Chapman died at home.

“Please raise a glass or two to a gentleman, a musician, a husband, a force of nature, a legend and the most fully qualified survivor,” his family wrote.

Yo La Tengo, BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Marc Riley, guitarists Chris Forsyth and Ryley Walker and broadcaster Danny Baker were among those to pay tribute to Chapman, who moved between folk, roots music, acoustic and noise,

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The Top 11 Albums Out On Sept. 10 : All Songs Considered : NPR

J Balvin’s JOSE is on our shortlist for the best albums out on Sept. 10.

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It’s an embarrassment of riches as far as new music goes this week. Colombian reggaeton luminary J Balvin has an epic collection of two-dozen new tracks called JOSE. The rapper, actor and activist Common is back with a follow-up to last year’s incredible A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 1; A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2 picks up where the first installment left off, with stirring poetry on love, hope and encouragement for anyone struggling

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Look into the secret world of numerology and puzzles in Bach

Some 14 billion miles from here floats a 12-inch gold-plated record. This artefact was placed onboard the Voyager 1 space probe in 1977 (and another on the Voyager 2 sister vessel) and now, having long completed its scheduled planetary flybys, it hurtles at nearly 500 times the speed of sound into deep space. Created to communicate the story of human civilisation to any extraterrestrial who happens to encounter it, the Golden Record includes images, mathematical equations, astronomical coordinates and sounds. Its aim is to convey – in the absence of a common language – not just the facts of human

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How producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry changed the sound of music

Asked about the revolutionary rhythms and songs created at his Black Ark studios in Kingston, Jamaica, reggae producer, dub innovator and studio icon Lee “Scratch” Perry described a cosmic process occurring deep within his early four-track studio tape recorder.

Although the machine afforded only use of four tracks during production, “I was picking up 20 from the extraterrestrial squad,” he said, adding matter-of-factly, “I am the dub shepherd.”

With his colorfully dyed hair, jangly jewelry, bedazzled hats and neon outfits, Perry, who died Sunday in Lucea, Jamaica, at age 85, presented himself as an eccentric island mystic. The sounds he

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