Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong lets it be known that “this is definitely the only interview I’m gonna do” about his battles with substance abuse in a new Rolling Stone cover story, and he certainly made it count.
“I’m sure that crossed her mind, that if I didn’t get sober I could potentially lose all of that stuff,” he said. “I could have lost the band too. I didn’t realize how destructive I was. I thought everybody was in on the joke. But I was the joke.”
And with Green Day poised to return to the road, Armstrong said he’s still nervous about how he’ll handle his newfound sobriety — “I’m not sure I’m ready,” he said. “There is still the obsession with alcohol” — but he’s determined to push on, and excited to begin the next phase of his career … on his terms. Read more
Buzz Track: Battle Scars
Casey Montana Rogers, is an 18 year old singer-songwriter from North Georgia and just finished tracking two new songs in Nashville. No stranger venues, you can find her playing in taverns and festivals in Georgia. Singing since she was 14, Casey is influenced by Stevie Nicks and Taylor Swift. Her song “Highway 20” has been featured on 94.9 The Bull. Casey Rogers is an artist to watch in 2013.
Brooklyn buzz band Dynasty Electric’s who we profiled last year recently launched label NewSonic has signed with the Frenchkiss Label Group for distribution. NewSonic will be releasing new material and remixes from Dynasty Electric, as well as new tracks from the members of Shy Child, experimental free-jazz duo Brian Chase (YeahYeah Yeahs) and Seth Misterka, and other artists from Brooklyn and around the world.
Kings favorite The Gallery is back with new tracks. The band’s live performance/music video for “Ballroom of Broken Hearts” is in rotation in 8500 retail channels this month. Check out the new track Young & Restless. They have upcoming performances in three major cities.
Wednesday, February 27 – Los Angeles, CA
Hotel Cafe – 10pm (set time)
Saturday, March 2 – West Palm Beach, FL
Respectable Street – 8pm (doors)
Friday, March 8 – Northampton, MA
Iron Horse Music Hall – 10pm (doors)
Country singer Tim McGraw wants you to buy his album — on Facebook. Tuesday, the recording artist became one of the first people to try out a new system for selling through status updates on the social network.
McGraw’s team used e-commerce platform Chirpify to encourage Facebook fans to type “buy” in the comments section of a post to instantly purchase a special edition of the star’s “Two Lanes Of Freedom” album.
The effort marks the start of Chirpify’s foray over to Facebook. Chirpify was founded in 2011 and began by turning tweets into instant transactions. The Portland-based company has since expanded to include support for selling on Instagram and is now working on perfecting buying through Facebook comments.