Have you heard the word? Here's a few items of interest you may want to know about.
It's a big day for Prince fans, as Warner Brothers has (finally) allowed his music from the WB era to be shared via streaming services. Everything should be available by 5 PM Pacific Time today. From Chairman & CEO Cameron Strang:
"Prince recorded his most influential and popular music during his time with Warner Bros. and we are deeply aware of our responsibility to safeguard and nurture his incredible legacy. Warner Bros. is thrilled to be able to bring Prince's music to his millions of fans around the world via streaming services, fittingly on music's biggest night. We'd like to thank Prince's estate, Universal Music Publishing, the Grammy Awards and all of the streaming services for their great collaboration in making this landmark event possible.
"We're also pleased to announce our plan to release the remaster of Prince's most iconic album,
Purple Rain, along with two incredible albums of previously unreleased Prince music and two complete concert films from the Paisley Park vault on June 9.
"When we make any of Prince's music available to fans - from the hits to unreleased gems - we are committed to upholding Prince's high creative standards and we know fans will be thrilled when they hear these albums and see these films."
Vancouver vixens The Courtneys announced they'll be extending their North American tour (with Jay Som), which is pretty good news. These ladies are the first non-New Zealand act signed to Flying Nun, meaning they're pretty special indeed. Full dates listed here.
3/14: Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore
3/16: Calgary, AB @ Broken City
3/17: Edmonton, AB @ Brixx Bar & Grill
3/18: Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos Cantina
3/19: Winnipeg, CA @ The Good Will
3/20: Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
3/21: Madison, WI @ The Frequency ^
3/22: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry ^
3/23: Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club ^
3/24: Chicago, IL @ Schubas ^
3/25: Cleveland, OH @ Mahall's ^
3/27: Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz
3/26: Toronto, ON @ The Garrison ^
3/28: Allston, MA @ The Great Scott ^
3/29: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right ^
3/31: Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle ^
4/1: Washington, DC @ DC9 ^
4/2: Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo
4/4: Omaha, NE @ Milk Run
4/6: Denver, CO @ Lost Lake City ^
4/7: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court ^
4/8: Boise, ID @ Neurolux ^
4/10: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir ^
4/11: Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt ^
4/12: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile ^
4/14: San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar
4/15: Los Angeles, CA @ Resident
^ - w/ Jay Som
And finally, with political vultures circling all over the place pretty much all the time, Boston's Run for Cover Records is pledging to continue their good works with their Rally for Change initiative. Having raised over $30,000 for crucial organizations like Planned Parenthood and the ACLU last year, the label is going to donate 25 cents from each purchase through their RFC webstore to a charity, giving to a different group each month to spread the love. Head on over and peruse the shop to help do good and make your ears happy while you do it.