Trombone sugar: Harry Styles at Coachella, April 15, 2022.
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Trombone sugar: Harry Styles at Coachella, April 15, 2022.
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Styles in the USA

It wasn't that long ago that pop music skeptics were wondering what would become of arena and stadium tours, and maybe touring in general, after the last generation of classic rockers died out or retired. I'm here to report that HARRY STYLES is about to put tickets on sale for a tour that includes 10 shows at the MEADOWLANDS in New Jersey and 10 more at the FORUM in Los Angeles, which is a BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN BORN IN THE USA achievement unlocked. Literally. Springsteen did 10 shows at the Meadowlands and (a mere) seven in LA on that legendary tour's initial run. He was 11 years and seven albums into his career as COLUMBIA RECORDS' official rock and roll future. Harry Styles is 11 years and eight albums (including his ONE DIRECTION oeuvre) into his Columbia Records career. Springsteen, of course, also did multiple dates in Philadelphia, Landover, Hartford, Worcester, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, etc. etc. etc., I'm not saying they're identical blockbuster artists, but still, put on a white t-shirt and doff your trucker hat to Styles and his team, who probably have years, if not decades, of this to come. And then doff that hat again in the direction of KENDRICK LAMAR, who's 11 years and six albums into his TOP DAWG ENTERTAINMENT career and who just announced a 65-date arena tour to support an album that's going to be blasting, "NO SURRENDER" style, out of a lot of cars in a lot of cities around the world this summer. A pandemic still lurks, but a lack of artists able to fill arenas and stadiums isn't a thing anyone's going to have to worry about for a long time, if ever. The kids, as always, have got this.


Styles will be touring behind HARRY'S HOUSE, which is out this Friday and which I'm mentioning now because we're finally getting to our last leg of spring cleaning and MusicREDEF will be off for the rest of the week. We'll be back in your in box and back on our regular schedule Monday morning (as always, we'll continue to update our Twitter).


(Also lookout Friday for new music from MAVIS STAPLES & LEVON HELM, DREEZY & HIT-BOY, BOLDY JAMES & REAL BAD MAN, SHABAKA HUTCHINGS, MARY LATTIMORE & PAUL SUKEENA, DAVID MURRAY BRAVE NEW WORLD TRIO (with BRAD JONES and HAMID DRAKE), DANIEL VILLAREAL, MELODY GARDOT & PHILIPPE POWELL, FLUME, JEFF MILLS, SUBJECTIVE, RAVYN LENAE, ZOLA JESUS, WEIRD NIGHTMARE, PORRIDGE RADIO, CAVE IN, CRAIG FINN and the NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND.)


Styles' one-off New York album-release show on Friday will be livestreamed on APPLE MUSIC.

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The COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME, which is a little more selective and slower to open its doors than its rock counterpart, will welcome the late KEITH WHITLEY, the ageless JERRY LEE LEWIS and longtime Music Row executive JOE GALANTE this year. A solid class, though this remains a valid open question... JESSE HUGHES, who was onstage with EAGLES OF DEATH METAL when Paris' LE BATACLAN was stormed by terrorists seven years ago, says he has forgiven the men who killed 90 people that night, "and I hope that they find the peace of God themselves." Hughes was speaking to reporters before testifying briefly in the trial of SALAH ABDESLAM, the one gunman who survived, and several others charged as accomplices... Popular Russian DJ NINA KRAVIZ and her label, TRIP RECORDINGS, have been dropped by CLONE DISTRIBUTION, which has accused her of being "pro-Putin" and "flirting with CCCP/USSR-sentiments." In a long response on Instagram, Kraviz said she's opposed to "all forms of violence" and "I am a musician and was never involved in supporting the politicians or political parties, and I am not planning to do it in the future"... Boston singer/songwriter ALISA AMADOR is the 2022 winner of NPR Music's TINY DESK CONTEST. Her entry, "MILONGA ACCIDENTAL," is a Spanish-language song named for an Argentinian and Uruguayan folk rhythm.

Rest in Peace


Singer/songwriter/guitarist FRANKIE REX of New York's the FMs.

Matty Karas (@troubledoll), curator

May 18, 2022