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26Aug
2015
2

It Happened! Sly Stone Surprise Performance On Stage With The Family Stone

Sly Stone Photo: Count Basie Theatre

Although Family Stone band members have been in touch recently with Sly Stone, the band was taken by surprise when the funk legend joined the band to perform "If You Want Me To Stay" playing keyboards.

The performance happened this past Sunday August 23rd at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank.

"It was quite a surprise, a pleasant surprise and it was cool," said Family Stone member Greg Errico. "I couldn't see people's faces in the audience but everybody told me there was a lot of crying going on -- it was emotional."

The band members were told moments before that Sly would be joining them on stage it is being reported.-DocFB

Diagnosis: The Family Stone features original members Errico, Jerry Martini, and Cynthia Robinson with Sly Stone's daughter, Phunne Stone. A Sly and the Family Stone box set, "Live at the Fillmore East October 4th & 5th, 1968," was released last month.

26Aug
2015
1

Gary Clark Jr. Confirms NYC Show, New Release, Fallon TV Performance

Gary Clark Jr. Photo: Latisha Alsys For DrFunkenberry.com

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and virtuoso guitarist Gary Clark Jr. has just confirmed a concert appearance in New York City set for Oct. 28, at Terminal 5. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, Aug. 28th.

Clark's highly anticipated second album for Warner Bros. Records, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, is set for release on Sep 11th, and is available for pre-order now.  All pre-orders will receive an instant download of two new album tracks: "The Healing" and "Grinder."  Click here to pre-order.

In celebration of the album's release Clark & company will perform "The Healing" (from the new album) on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Aug 31st. Tune into NBC stations at 11:35PM EST/ PST and 10:35PM CT. Check local listings for details.-DocFB

Diagnosis: The Story of Sonny Boy Slim is the uncanny evolution of an artist embracing his roots with a rarified grace, style, and an inextinguishable passion which reflects his vision as a songwriter, groove master, and the vocal force of nature he has become, while his guitar virtuosity already speaks (quite voluminously) for itself. Click here for a view into the world of Gary Clark Jr.

The Story of Sonny Boy Slim was written, produced, arranged by Clark, who also plays most of the instruments, with assistance from his long-time live soundman, Bharath "Cheex" Ramanat and Jason Sciba. Backing vocals are provided by his sisters Shawn and Savannah Clark. The album was recorded by Ramanath and Sciba.

For album tracklist & tour dates, click here!
7Aug
2015
27

New PRINCE Album “HITNRUN” To Be Released Via TIDAL On September 7th!

PRINCE HITNRUN Phase 1 Photo Tidal

PRINCE's new album HITNRUN will be released exclusively via Tidal on September 7th. The new album will feature HARDROCKLOVER which was released on July 1st.

3RDEYEGIRL recently went on BBC 6 radio and announced Prince had a new album entitled "HITNRUN" ready to go.

Prince had this to say about the Tidal deal:

"After one meeting, it was obvious that Jay Z and the team he has assembled at TIDAL recognize and applaud the effort that real musicians put in2 their craft 2 achieve the very best they can at this pivotal time in the music industry. Secondly, TIDAL have honored Us with a non-restrictive arrangement that once again allows Us to continue making art in the fashion We've grown accustomed 2 and We're Extremely grateful 4 their generous support. And lastly, in the tech-savvy, real-time world We all live in 2day, everything is faster. From its conception and that one & only meeting, HITNRUN took about 90 days 2 prepare its release. If that's what freedom feels like, HITNRUN is what it sounds like."

Jay Z chimed in as well on the deal with Prince:

"Prince has always been a visionary, a free-thinker. We're honored to offer his breadth of work, "1999," "Purple Rain," etc., music that has inspired so many, on TIDAL. We're also excited to be the home for his new upcoming album, HITNRUN. Both Prince and TIDAL share the belief that all creatives should have the opportunity to speak directly to those that love and support them. This partnership with Prince represents TIDAL's philosophy in its truest form, a 1 to 1 connection and direct delivery of artistry to the world."

Other songs to be included on "HITNRUN" will be a different version of "This Could Be Us" which was released on "Art Official Age" last year, as well as vault song "1000 Hugs & Kisses". No word if "STARE" which was released through Spotify last week will be on the album.

Earlier this year, Prince released songs via Live Nation such as "X's Face" and "What if", a Christian cover song. No word if those songs will appear on "HITNRUN" or another project down the road.

We will keep U updated if we hear anything more.-DocFB

Diagnosis: September 7th is gonna be a FUNKY Monday for sure! Phase 1....

30Jul
2015
14

1st Things 1st! PRINCE Releases New Song “STARE” Exclusively On Spotify! Listen Now!

PRINCE NPG RECORDS 2015

Earlier this month, PRINCE had all his music pulled from Spotify leaving TIDAL as the only streaming service carrying his music. This morning, Spotify released the new song "STARE" exclusively on Spotify.

LISTEN HERE!!!!!!!

As of right now, "STARE" is the only song by the music icon Spotify has. The streaming service is hoping that changes soon but for now they are happy to debut Prince's latest serving of funk.

"STARE" starts off with a funky base line and a sultry "Oh baby" then talking about liking you to stare talking about used to going on stage in underwear, an ode to the classic "Dirty Mind" album. He even throws in a sample of his #1 song "Kiss" as well. Can you say "Sexy Dancer" as well?

"STARE" was promoted earlier this year as being from an upcoming project entitled "FREEYOURSELF" which Prince teased from his official Twitter account. No word if this project is still in the mix or it will appear on "HITNRUN" which his band 3RDEYEGIRL told BBC Radio last week is a new album that Prince has finished and has ready to go. It is pure SPECULATION by us but it is perfectly feasible for most talented man in music to release two new albums which he did last year with "Art Official Age" and "PLECTRUMELECTRUM".-DocFB

Diagnosis: During that interview with BBC Radio, 3RDEYEGIRL said they were looking for ways to release the "HITNRUN" project. Perhaps Spotify might be one of their ways of distribution and are testing the waters. Interesting times to be a music fan right now, especially of the FUNK variety. Keep on Staring!

24Jul
2015
18

New PRINCE Album Entitled “HITNRUN” Coming Soon!

Prince Promo Photo

It appears a new PRINCE album entitled "HITNRUN" is about to come out. 3RDEYEGIRL band members appeared on BBC6 radio this morning with details.

In a recorded phone interview, 3RDEYEGIRL drummer Hannah Welton talks about "This Could Be Us" (a new version from his previous Art Official Age album) produced by Joshua Welton. Hannah also describes "A "1,000 Hugs & Kisses" which will be on "The Hit & Run" album as "a super, slow jam, dope feel good love song."

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"Super hardcore Prince fans that know every song he's ever recorded - we refer to them as 'The Purple Collective' or 'The Purple Army' - this album is absolutely for them, because it's super funky.

"It's weird, there's a lot of experimental sound. It's just hit after hit and definitely caters to those fans who just love to hear what Prince has to say, rather than wanting to always hear that classic Purple Rain Prince sound."-3RDEYEGIRL

"Everything happens really fast here," the band said. "When an idea comes... it's translated to the musicians or whoever's working on it and then recorded and laid down relatively quick and then it's put out."

"It's definitely something we're thinking is going to be released right away, it's just not been nailed down yet.
"I can't wait for everybody to get this album, it's going to be amazing.
"It's definitely in discussion, so as soon as we get those details I'm sure we'll announce it and get it out to everybody immediately."

It appears Hannah's interview is just a snippet that BBC Radio has obtained and we can expect a longer version along with 3RDEYEGIRL members Donna Grantis and Ida Neilsen soon.

Also the album was played in it's entirety at a private party recently for the POTUS, President Barack Obama.

"HARDROCKLOVER" will also be featured on the new album and is the leadoff single.-DocFB

Diagnosis: When we have more info, we will keep U updated. STAY TUNED...If U are ready for the HITNRUN!!

21Jul
2015
10

VIDEO PREMIERE: PRINCE “BALTIMORE” FEATURING ERYN ALLEN KANE! WATCH NOW!

Prince Baltimore

PRINCE has released his video for "BALTIMORE" featuring ERYN ALLEN KANE via her youtube page today.

The video is directed by Ralston Smith.

You can purchase "Baltimore" on iTunes.

The video keeps things focused on what has been going on in Baltimore along with photos of PRINCE, 3RDEYEGIRL, LiV Warfield and others who participated in the Baltimore Rally for Peace.

Eryn Allen Kane Promo Photo

Thanks to ERYN ALLEN KANE for sharing.-DocFB

Diagnosis: The video is more reminiscent of his video for "Money Don't Matter 2night" where there were 2 versions, one that featured him and one that did not with Spike Lee directing both. Also "Sign O The Times" which did not feature Prince in it at all with the focus being on the lyrics and the message.

14Jul
2015
0

“Coffee”: An Evening With Miguel

Miguel Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Pandora)

Singer-Songwriter Miguel performs onstage during the SONOS Studio + PANDORA:
An Evening With Miguel on July 13, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

The Sonos Studio is an acoustically designed music gallery and the best place in Los Angeles to experience the Sonos Wireless HiFi system. The space explores the intersection between music, art, and technology through creative collaborations, exhibitions, film screenings, listening parties, and workshops. Miguel just released a critically acclaimed new album entitled WILDHEART and has been spun over 1.09 Billion times on Pandora!-DocFB

Miguel Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Pandora)

Diagnosis: Coffee before The Weeknd...?