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AWOPBAMBOOM – Vol. 18
Music 4 Music People

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From Echosmith to Nile Rodgers to George Clinton, here’s what’s orbiting our musical universe this week.

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What We’re Listening To:

Echosmith, “Bright”

Drummer, Graham Sierota is only 16 years old while lead vocalist Sydney Sierota is 18!

Breaking Benjamin, “Angels Fall”

Stay tuned for their fifth album, “Dark Before Dawn,” set to drop in June 2015.

Twenty One Pilots

Two-man band, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun wear masks when they perform so listeners can embrace their music.

 

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Good Causes

A Fine Night For Music 

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Musical legend Nile Rodgers last week hosted an annual gala in New York for his We Are Family Foundation (WAFF), which is “dedicated to the vision of a global family.”

During the event, the non-profit honored Caryl M. Stern (President & CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF), Bill McDermott (President & CEO of SAP), and singer-songwriter Chaka Khan.

The event — which raised money for Three Dot Dash and TedxTeen — featured a special concert with Nile Rodgers & CHIC.

Songs ranged from Nile’s own catalogue of writing and producing hits, including Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” David Bowie’s “Modern Love,” Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family,” and CHIC’s “Le Freak.”

Joining the band onstage at various points: Chaka Kahn (pictured in lead-in photo with Nile Rodgers) and hip-hop star Grandmaster Melle Mel.

Those also attending the event: Nancy Hunt (President, We Are Family Foundation), Rosanna Scotto (Host; Anchor, Fox Good Day New York), Greg Kelly (Host; Anchor, Fox Good Day New York), Jess Teutonico (Executive Director, We Are Family Foundation), Nicholas Lowinger (Founder, Gotta Have Sole), Ryan Orbuch (Founder, Finish App), Susan Rockefeller (Board of Directors, We Are Family Foundation; Documentary Filmmaker), Nicole and Matthew Mellon (Board of Governors, We Are Family Foundation), Daniel and Ellen Crown (Board of Directors, We Are family Foundation), Tom Silverman (Director Emeritus, We Are Family Foundation; Founder & CEO of Tommy Boy Entertainment), Susan Mufson (Board of Governors, We Are Family Foundation; Activist & Philanthropist), Benjamin Quinto (Board of Governors, We Are Family Foundation; GM Natural-Immunogenics Corp; Founder, Global Youth Action Network), Maria Bartiromo (Fox News Anchor), Donna D’Cruz (Founder of Rasa Living, Meditation Guru & DJ/Performer), Phil Donahue (Media Personality, Host of the Phil Donahue Show), Roger Goodell (NFL Commissioner), Inez + Vinoodh (Fashion Photographers), Anthony Mason (Senior Correspondent for Business and Economics for CBS), Q-Tip (Rapper and Music Producer), RZA (Rapper and Music Producer), Denise Rich (Philanthropist), David and Susan Rockefeller (Philanthropist and Past Honorees), and Marlo Thomas (Actress & Philanthropist).

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What We’re Listening To, Part 2:

Adebisi Shank

The band broke up last year, but their songs carry on.

Eric Paslay, “She Don’t Love You”

Sorry ladies, Paslay married Natalie Harker this past weekend.

NeedToBreathe, “Wasteland”

Bred in South Carolina, fixed on Christian rock, Bear Rinehart, Bo Rinehart, Seth Bolt, and Josh Lovelace are the men behind NeedToBreathe.

Beach House

Beach House’s music is categorized as dream pop. Dream pop, as defined by The Allmusic Guide to Electronica is, “an atmospheric subgenre of alternative rock that relies on sonic textures as much as melody.” It’ll make more sense after you listen to their music.

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Feature of the Week

George Clinton with Rolling Stone.

Don’t trust him with your hair, trust him with your soul.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/george-clinton-doctor-atomic-20150427

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Review of The Week:

Chad Werner – NewsWhistle’s own rock n roll Sphinx – reviews Sick of Sarah’s 2011 album “2205.”

http://newswhistle.com/archives/13164

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Lead-In Image Courtesy of Shahar Azran

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Joey Fernandez is a music writer from New York’s strongest island. Drop him a line at joey@newswhistle.com