A plethora of new music...
See the new Paul McCartney video filmed partly in Natchez...
Hear a new version of "Born in the USA" and this week's new releases...
Live music and new releases...
The International Gumbo Festival returns to downtown Jackson.
Regional picks and new releases
If you've been itching to see Bruno Mars live, this weekend is your chance. He'll be playing the FedEx Forum in Memphis on 6/6. If that's not good enough, head down to New Orleans and catch his set at the Smoothie King Center on 6/7. Either way, you're sure to have a great time. Why not just go to both shows?
If you need to stay away from the Enormodome and just want some good rock music, check out Better Than Ezra at the Golden Nugget Casino in Biloxi on 6/7.
Tupelo pays tribute to its native son, Elvis at the Tupelo Elvis Festival at the Bancorp South Arena on 6/6.
If you just want to stay home and listen to records, then there's plenty of new stuff to keep you inside all weekend long:
Miranda Lambert - Platinum (Country)
Bob Mould - Beauty & Ruin (Noise Pop)
Fucked Up - Glass Boys (Rock)
Die Antwoord - Donker Mag (Dance)
Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal (Rock)
Meshell Ndegeocello - Comet, Come to Me (Pop/Rock)
Echo & the Bunnymen - Meteorites (Alternative)
Joe Henry - Invisible Hour (Pop/Rock)
50 Cent - Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win (Rap)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Only Run (Rock)
Camper Van Beethoven - El Camino Real (Alternative)
Dave Alvin / Phil Alvin - Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy (Americana)
Devon Williams - Gilding the Lily (Pop)
Morrissey - Vauxhall & I [20th Anniversary Edition Definitive] (Alternative)
Cypress Grove / Lydia Lunch - A Fistful of Desert Blues (Punk)
Big Smo - Kuntry Livin' (Country)
Harry Dean Stanton - Partly Fiction (Americana)
Here's the new releases for this week...
Mariah Carey - Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse (Contemporary R&B)
Sharon Van Etten - Are We There (Alternative Singer/Songwriter)
Robyn / Röyksopp - Do It Again (Downbeat)
Hercules & Love Affair - The Feast of the Broken Heart (Club/Dance)
Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour (Pop)
Cher Lloyd - Sorry I'm Late (Pop)
Bruce Robison / Kelly Willis - Our Year (Americana)
Ben Frost - A U R O R A (Experimental Electronic)
Owen Pallett - In Conflict (Alternative/Indie Rock)
Napolian - Incursio (Left-Field Hip-Hop)
Amy LaVere - Runaway's Diary (Americana)
Various Artists - Sound of Siam, Vol. 2: Molam & Luk Thung 1970-1982 (Thai Pop)
They Might Be Giants - Idlewild: A Compilation (Alternative/Indie Rock)
Kiss - Kiss 40 Years: Decades of Decibels (Arena Rock)
Hundred Waters - The Moon Rang Like a Bell (Indie Pop)
Popstrangers - Fortuna (Alternative/Indie Rock)
Crowbar - Symmetry in Black (Heavy Metal)
Pearl Jam just announced some 2014 tour dates. Looks like Eddie Vedder and company will hit the FedEx Forum in Memphis in October after playing the Austin City Limits Festival. Go here for the full skinny.
There are some heavy hitters on this week's new releases:
Coldplay - Ghost Stories (Adult Alternative Pop/Rock)
The Roots - ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (Alternative Rap)
Conor Oberst - Upside-Down Mountain (Adult Alternative Pop/Rock)
Oasis - Definitely Maybe [Deluxe Edition] (Alternative Pop/Rock)
Miles Davis - Take Off: The Complete Blue Note Albums (Cool Jazz)
Jolie Holland - Wine Dark Sea (Alternative/Indie Rock)
Brantley Gilbert - Just as I Am (Contemporary Country)
Yann Tiersen - ∞ (Infinity) (Film Score)
R.E.M. - Complete Rarities I.R.S. 1982-1987 (Alternative Pop/Rock)
R.E.M. - Unplugged 1991 & 2001: The Complete Sessions (Alternative Pop/Rock)
Archie Bronson - Outfit Wild Crush (Indie Rock)
Billy Joel - A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia (Contemporary Pop/Rock)
Trans Am - Volume X (Alternative/Indie Rock)
Afrojack - Forget the World (EDM)
The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band - Goin' Home (Modern Electric Blues)
Mr. Scruff - Friendly Bacteria (Funky Breaks)
Phillip Phillips - Behind the Light (Adult Alternative Pop/Rock)
Comet Control - Comet Control (Alternative/Indie Rock)
Plaid - Reachy Prints (Techno)
Pujol - Kludge (Indie Rock)
John Doe - The Best of John Doe This Far (Roots Rock)
Smoke Fairies - Smoke Fairies (Alternative/Indie Rock)
Syd Arthur - Sound Mirror (Neo-Psychedelia)
Chatham County Line - Tightrope (Bluegrass)
Bo Ningen - III (Alternative/Indie Rock)
FKA Twigs - EP2 (Indie Electronic)
Les Big Byrd - They Worshipped Cats (Indie Rock)
Hank Thompson - Songs for Rounders/At the Golden Nugget (Bakersfield Sound)
Hank Williams - The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 (Honky Tonk)
Bottin - Punica Fides (Left-Field House)
Hollis Brown - Gets Loaded (American Trad Rock)
Hedley - Wild Life (Punk-Pop)
August Alsina, a 21-year rap sensation from New Orleans, was supposed to perform in Jackson tonight. He won't make it after all, which has apparently infuriated his fans in Jacktown.
Promoters of the concert, planned for Saturday at the Mississippi Coliseum want to set the record straight.
In a statement to Jackson media outlets, promoter Yolanda Singleton explained the situation from their point of view:
"We, as promoters, did everything we were legally obligated to do via contract as well as met all financial obligations. After the initial May 10, 2014 date was rescheduled, we were still committed to bringing the artist to the city for those who had purchased tickets and others. We were more than accommodating to the artist with a new date.
Singleton continued: "Although the venue was scaled down to accommodate an audience of 3500 seats for August Alsina's performance, promoters were contacted by management two days prior to the schedule event date stating the 2000 tickets already sold was not a big enough crowd for August Alsina to perform because he did not want to see empty seats while performing. We were told, 'it would not be a good look for him.'"
It was not immediately clear if promoters could issue refunds to people who bought tickets or pursue legal action against Alsina.
In a "public-service announcement" posted on Instagram late Friday Alsina said only that "there was a mixup with the date and venue" as the reason he wouldn't be doing the show, but that he looks forward to coming to Jackson during his summer tour.
This week's new releases in music...
Two special concerts and new releases...
This Wednesday's show from M Ward and Ardenland will help out the American Red Cross.