4.23-24
Allie Chipkin “Reckless” (Independent)
Bruno Major A Song For Every Moon (Independent)
Dana Fuchs “Backstreet Baby” (Independent)
Family and Friends “Peaches” (Independent)
G Flip “About You” (Caroline)
Hot Club Sandwich No Pressure (Independent)
Jeff Plankenhorn “I Don’t Know Anything” (Independent)
Jessie Baylin “It’s The Summertime” (Blonde Rat)
Jonathan Wilson “There’s A Light” (PIAS)
Kat Edmonson “How’s About It Baby” (Spinnerette)
Layto “The Way” (Independent)
Miss Emily “Land Of Greed” (Independent)
Neko Case “Bad Luck” (Anti-)
Phoebe Bridgers “Scott Street” (Dead Oceans)
Red Wanting Blue
“High And Dry” (Independent)
Reed Turchi & His Kudzu Choir
Just A Little More Faith (Independent)
Rex Orange County
“Loving Is Easy” (Independent)
Ruen Brothers
“All My Shades Of Blue” (Ramseur/Thirty Tigers)
St. Vincent
“Masseduction” (Loma Vista/CMG) Click Hear for audio sample of STVINCENT-Masseduction
Tracyanne & Danny
“Alabama” (Merge)
War On Drugs
“In Chains” (Canvasback/Atlantic)
Will Dailey
Bad Behavior (Independent)
Yuno
“No Going Back” (Sub Pop)

KEXP Receives $10 Million Bequest
KEXP
/Seattle has received its largest-ever philanthropic gift, in the form of a bequest from a generous donor. The gift, totaling just under $10 million, is among the largest bequests to a single public radio station in history. It will be used to implement a range of music and media education programs, accelerate KEXP’s digital content strategy, and allow for more room for experimentation with radio and online music programming. The bequest has also inspired the creation of a new planned giving initiative at KEXP, the Reverb Society. The donor directing the bequest had requested to remain anonymous in her giving during her lifetime, and KEXP will continue to honor that request, identifying her only by her first name, Suzanne.

“KEXP is a community-centered nonprofit, and it’s always been powered by individuals who support it in any way they can. Making this gift was Suzanne’s way of helping to secure a bright future for KEXP’s mission to make lives better through music,” said KEXP Chief Content Officer Kevin Cole. “We intend to honor her legacy in every step we take in stewarding these funds. Suzanne’s love of music, her support for artists, her sense of philanthropy and service to the community, and the joy she found in exploration and discovery will live on in the programs and services that are made possible through this amazing and generous gift.”  Cole will celebrate Suzanne’s life, generosity, and love of music with a special set of programming dedicated to her memory on The Afternoon Show, airing on 4/16 at 3 PM Pacific at 90.3 FM in Seattle and online at kexp.org.

The bulk of the funds received by KEXP through this bequest will be placed in a long-term reserve and a board-directed strategic initiatives endowment, intended to provide seed money for emerging priorities. Initial investments include education programs aimed at inspiring younger audiences to engage their curiosity around music, services, and programming for emerging artists, media creation experiences for aspiring DJs and music journalists, and outreach activities aimed at deepening KEXP’s connections to local communities. Additional investments will be made in accelerating KEXP’s digital content strategy, and in improvements to radio programming. The organization will share more about those plans in the coming months

“The efforts we’re launching as a result of Suzanne’s generosity will impact thousands of lives,” said Executive Director Tom Mara. “We’ll be reaching into new communities that have historically been under-served by KEXP programs, working more with schools and youth-focused nonprofits, and providing more opportunity for hands-on experience with music and media skills for artists and young people. It’s our fundamental belief at KEXP that music makes our lives better. And this gift means we’ll be getting more music into more people’s lives than ever before, and in profoundly impactful ways.”

“Suzanne was the rare and wonderful person that any of us would feel lucky to have in our lives, even if only briefly,” said Betsy Troutman, KEXP’s Director of Development. “Suzanne was a lover of music who understood her blessings, and a generous supporter of everything she found beautiful in life. I’ll never forget what she told me about her decision to make a significant gift to the KEXP New Home campaign — ‘I’m not sure the wattage can bring the sound up to Heaven so we may as well do what we can to enjoy the music today!’”

“KEXP’s commitment to our donors is to responsibly invest their generous contributions into our work and to carefully manage the organization for long-term financial sustainability,” said KEXP Board Development Committee Co-Chair Scott Redman. “We have historically set aside a portion of donations to our annual fund into a reserve or rainy-day fund. Suzanne’s amazing gift has ensured that our reserves are now sufficient, which means that the generous gifts from all of our other 18,000 annual donors will be invested directly into our mission.”

More Boulder Artists Announced
As the lineup for the 2018 FMQB Triple A Conference, August 8-11 at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa and the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO grows, Rainbow Kitten Surprise is the latest additions to a Fox lineup that already boasts Brandi Carlile, Greta Van Fleet, Dr. Dog, Moon Taxi, Lissie, Thad Cockrell and Lewis Capaldi. In addition, the outdoor Hill Stage lineup has been revealed, featuring performances by Rayland Baxter, Naked Giants, The Mother Hips, Matt Costa, Parker Millsap and Allen Stone, with only a couple of weeks before the hotel lineup starts to be unveiled. Early Registration is only $329 through April 30 at registration.fmqb.com, and you can still take advantage of special FMQB rates at the St. Julien, starting at only $239/night, by going to stjulien.com and using group code GRPFMQ or calling (720) 406-9696 and mentioning FMQB.

 

Capitol Launches Innovation Center
Capitol Music Group (CMG) has launched the Capitol Innovation Center (CIC) to bring together leading thinkers from the music and technology industries, as well as the student community, to help drive the future of innovation in music. Based in the iconic Capitol Tower and the company’s state-of-the-art Studios in Hollywood, the CIC will provide space and conduct event programming designed to foster innovative ideas, bridge the gap between content creators and the tech community, and foster the next generation of leaders in music.

The CIC opens its doors on April 15 with a collaborative workspace and songwriting studio where students, technologists, and content creators will work together under one roof. At the recent SXSW Music Hackathon in Austin, TX, winning teams were chosen to spend a week in June at Capitol Tower, gaining access to the CIC’s workspace, studio, and team of mentors. Other initial participants in the CIC include UMG Accelerator Engagement Network and Abbey Road Red Incubator.

The CIC will host a series of events, including Speaker Workshops and Hackathons. CIC’s first Speaker Workshop: The Future She Built, a conversation on inclusion and change, will be held on April 18 in partnership with Select Management Group. Confirmed speakers include COO of CMG Michelle Jubelirer, Founder/Director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative Stacy Smith, President of SAG-AFTRA Gabrielle Carteris, and President/COO of the L.A. Sparks Christine Simmons.

The first CIC Hackathon, set for June 2 and 3, will bring together software developers, acclaimed producers, songwriters, and influencers in a challenge to incubate new waves of music-related products, services, and content. For the duration of the Hackathon, participants will have access to the state-of-the-art Capitol Recording Studios, as well as a catalog of UMG audio streaming tracks delivered by partners 7digital (B2B digital music and radio services company) and Cloudinary (cloud-based media management for developers and brand managers). Winning developer teams will be eligible for an 8-month innovation license to draw from this catalog, while winning content teams will have their finished pieces heard by representatives of Capitol’s A&R team. The Hackathon will be held in collaboration with Travis Laurendine, the producer behind North America’s top music festival and conference hackathons including SXSW, Outside Lands, and Canadian Music Festival.

On June 9, CIC will host A Women’s Immersive Recording Arts Summit, an all-day series of keynote speakers and production workshops held in partnership with Women’s Audio Mission (WAM). Confirmed speakers for the event include COO of CMG Michelle Jubelirer, recording and mixing engineer Marcella Araica, VP/Studio Manager of Capitol Studios Paula Salvatore, Founder/ Executive Director of WAM Terri Winston, and music producer, songwriter and entrepreneur TRAKGIRL.

Of the upcoming CIC launch, CMG Chairman/CEO Steve Barnett said, “With its diverse offerings of original programming and communal workspace, we believe that the Capitol Innovation Center has the potential to further transform our Tower into a destination where brilliant minds can come together to share ideas, knowledge, and creativity across social and generational barriers, as well as pioneer breakthroughs that will drive the music industry into the future.”

Fleetwood Mac: Buckingham Out
In a surprising story that unfolded late Monday, rock legend Fleetwood Mac has reportedly fired singer/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. In a statement, the band announced that Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House will replace him in the lineup on any upcoming tour dates.

The statement reads, “We are thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the caliber of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family. With Mike and Neil, we’ll be performing all the hits that the fans love, plus we’ll be surprising our audiences with some tracks from our historic catalogue of songs. Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honoring that spirit on this upcoming tour.”

Mick Fleetwood added, “Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents… We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realize that this is the right combination to go forward with in Fleetwood Mac style. We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound.”

In his own statement, Finn said, “Two weeks ago I received a wonderful invitation to be a part of a truly great band. A few days later I was standing in a room playing music with Fleetwood Mac. It felt fresh and exciting, so many great songs, a spectacular rhythm section and two of the greatest voices ever. Best of all, we sounded good together. It was a natural fit. I can’t wait to play.”

Buckingham famously joined Fleetwood Mac in 1974 alongside Stevie Nicks and co-wrote, sang and produced many of their most iconic songs. He left the band in 1987 but returned 9 years later for The Dance reunion tour. Of course, the band’s volatility, internal drama and lineup changes have always been part of the Fleetwood Mac story, so it’s entirely possible Buckingham could return to the fold.

Fleetwood Mac last performed together in January when they were honored at the MusiCares concert event over Grammy weekend.

 

Updated: 3.21.18

1)

Leon Bridges
Good Thing (Leon Bridges)
Columbia
35

2)

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Tearing At The Seams
Stax/CMG
17

3)

Pearl Jam
Single Only-Pearl Jam
Columbia
16

4t)

David Byrne
American Utopia
Nonesuch
8

4t)

Lake Street Dive
Free Yourself Up
Nonesuch
8

Updated: 3.21.18

1)

Nathaniel Rateliff &…
Tearing At The Seams
Stax/CMG

2)

David Byrne
American Utopia
Nonesuch

3)

Decemberists
I'll Be Your Girl
Capitol

4)

Calexico
The Thread That Keeps Us
Anti-

5)

Brandi Carlile
By The Way, I Forgive You
Elektra/Atlantic

6)

Glen Hansard
Between Two Shores
Anti-

7)

Courtney Barnett
Tell Me How You Really Feel
Mom + Pop

8)

Brett Dennen
Let's
Downtown

9)

Father John Misty
Single Only-Father John Misty
Sub Pop

10)

Anderson East
Encore
Elektra/Atlantic