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NEW RELEASES: LE RETOUR DE CELINE (UPDATE)
Best read while dramatically thumping one's breastbone. (11/17a)
ICYMI: HARRY ON SNL (UPDATE)
He's so dreamy. (11/17a)
ARIZONA GOES TO COLUMBIA
Bring on the remixes! (11/15a)
ROSAL√ćA WINS BIG AT LATIN GRAMMYS
A harbinger of things to come? (11/15a)
IS REI AMI THE NEXT ACT TO POP?
Pass the popcorn. (11/15a)
THE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
They'll soon be here, and then we can start obsessing about who'll win.
U.K. SPECIAL
Forget Brexit--it's our yearly survey of doings in Blighty. And if you still can't forget Brexit, try drinking.
WHAT'S GOING ON BENEATH OUR WINDOWS?
The latest in Hollyweird.
WEED!
That's what Hollywood smells like. Seriously. 24/7.
Critics' Choice
INHALER ROCKS THE ROXY
11/15/19

By Jon Pikus

Polydor U.K. rockers Inhaler arrived at The Roxy 11/14, and delivered an inspired set of guitar-driven jams. The young band is fronted by singer/guitarist Elijah Hewson, who happens to be the son of Bono, singer of U2.

The Dublin-based band is on Interscope here in the States, and their team was out in force to support the new addition to their roster. Spotted in attendance were Interscope chairman and CEO John Janick, Interscope SVP Head of Pop/Rock Marketing Matt LaMotte, a very-pregnant Spotify Head of Rock Allison Hagendorf, ubiquitous Sirius XM DJ/VJ Matt PinfieldWME agents Marc Geiger and Kirk SommerWe Are Hear's Nanci Walker, Bright Antenna RecordsBraden Merrick, and Elijah's sister actress Eve Hewson along with a gaggle of her supermodel friends. 

The show started with ace barn-burner "It Won't Always Be Like This," progressed mid-set to current single "Ice Cream Sundae," and crescendoed with standout sing-along "My Honest Face." There was a sense at times that the young lads were still feeling their way through the audience and media attention that comes with being the offspring of a superstar, in this case one who definitely lives up to the hype. But the potential for arena-sized greatness was palpable and very evident. Hewson was an affable frontman, engaging in good-natured banter between songs and, most importantly, he can sing and play his arse off. There were even shades of U2's Boy-October era in some of the introspective jams and breakdowns, reminiscent of stripped-down instrumental interludes off those early U2 albums.

We also thought we noticed Billy Corgan and Steve Jones in the crowd grooving to the beat, but we might have been hallucinating due to inhaling fumes from the historic velvet stage curtains, which have seen their share of face-melting guitar rock over the years. 

CAA SIGNS THE BLACK CROWES
11/13/19

In all the hubbub regarding The Black Crowes reunion, one fact got buried in the news: CAA has signed The Black Crowes for representation worldwide.

Managed by Mark DiDia at Red Light, the Crowes will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of Shake Your Money Maker, playing the record from start to finish between the 6/17 tour opener in Austin and the finale at The Forum on 9/19. The album was released 2/13/90.

Photo credit: Josh Cheuse

JEFF AUSTIN'S LIFE CELEBRATED
11/12/19

Yonder Mountain String Band, Billy Strings, The Infamous Stringdusters and others celebrated the life of Jeff Austin at AEG Presents & Sweet Relief Musicians Fund’s What the Night Brings at 1STBANK Center in Denver on Monday.

Austin, mandolinist/singer/songwriter in his own band and Yonder Mountain String Band, died 6/24. His widow, Devlyn, wrote: “The outpouring of support and love has been tremendous. I want to thank everyone who has supported the fund.”

Contributions to help his family can be made here.