Fuse, Madison Square Garden’s national music television network, is dedicating a very special three-day artist takeover to today’s top pop divas during Memorial Day weekend. Starting Saturday at 11am ET, viewers can catch exclusive programming documenting the careers of Mariah Carey, Beyonce Knowles and Lady Gaga, taking viewers through a musical journey of what brought these ladies to where they are today.
Get down with Mariah all day Saturday with her Adventures of Mimi tour and a take a look back at her most sizzling moments in a variety of music videos, spanning her career. On Sunday, ring the alarm with a wall-to-wall Beyonce bonanza of videos, performances and a special documentary, all leading up to a scorching Monday packed with more videos, interviews and commentary from the one and only Lady Gaga. Three days and three iconic women all packed into one amazing weekend!
Log on to for more “Pop Goddess Weekend” fun commemorating these three fabulous superstars. The site will feature a photo gallery highlighting the ladies in jaw-dropping, red carpet outfits, a poll to vote on the best female artist collaborations including Telephone and Lady Marmalade, as well as a pop goddess Who Said It quote quiz.

SATURDAY, May 29 beginning 11am ET

Mariah Carey: The Adventures of Mimi
Prepare for a true Fantasy ride as the sultry songstress performs top hits on her summer concert tour.

Loaded: Mariah Carey
Take a trip down Mariah Carey memory lane in this half-hour music video franchise solely dedicated to Mimi.

SUNDAY, May 30 beginning at 11am ET

Above & Beyonce
Fuse is going above and beyond to bring fans an all-out, hour-long compilation of Beyonce’s hottest videos. If I Were a Boy and Single Ladies are only the latest in a long line of bodacious, brilliant Beyonce hits.

Loaded: Beyonce
This hour-long music video franchise is solely dedicated to Beyonce Knowles. Her journey from Destiny’s Child to Sasha Fierce is sure to keep you dancing throughout the day.

The Beyonce Chronicles
This half-hour original series traces Beyonce’s rise to the top with some of her hottest music videos, full of tidbits and facts.

Beyonce: Shine
Beyonce’s music is known around the world, her look emulated by millions of women, but still her personal life and marriage to rap star JAY-Z is a mystery. Get a glimpse into the life of Beyonce and find out what’s next for this dynamic performer in this exclusive documentary.

MONDAY, May 31 beginning at 11am ET

Loaded: Lady Gaga
Hold on to your seats as Fuse delivers an hour full of Gaga. Just Dance and her latest single Telephone are just some of the hits that will keep you glued to your television and wanting more.

Lady Gaga: On the Record with Fuse
You’ve seen her mind blowing performances and music videos, now get to know the chart topping pop icon in this exclusive one-on-one interview with Fuse host Toure’.

Lady Gaga: On the Record with Fuse: The Lost Tapes
In this extended interview, watch Lady Gaga as she opens up and chats candidly about her parents, her work, dance music in America and more.

The Lady Gaga Chronicles
Experience the Haus of Gaga in this half hour chronology as we provide you with the international superstar’s latest videos.

They Might Be Giants Continue US Tour, Making Stops At Sasquatch! Music Festival & Bonnaroo!

They Might Be Giants Continue US Tour, Making Stops At Sasquatch! Music Festival & Bonnaroo!

“They make defiantly uncool look and sound unbelievably cool…”
– Village Voice, September 2008

“… better than great. Perfect.”
– Boing Boing, September 2009

“Not sure whether to give these guys another Grammy, a Nobel Prize in one of the sciences, or both.”
– Urban Baby, September 2009

With the arrival of Summer, They Might Be Giants have many reasons to celebrate. The band will play Washington state’s Sasquatch! Music Festival this Memorial Day weekend and Bonnaroo on June 13. The band recently played two sold out benefit kids’ shows in the Boston area as well, with proceeds going to Boston By Foot ( The band has played a series of successful kids’ shows in support of Here Comes Science, their 2009 release.

In addition, They Might Be Giants’ album No! is up for a Nickelodean “ParentsConnect” Award for Best Kids’ Music CD. Visit here to vote for the band and show your support!

Released in September 2009, Here Comes Science has received praise across the board for its unique and exciting fusion of rock, education and humor. They Might Be Giants is continuing their 2010 tour through this fall, including a number of family shows.

They Might Be Giants Spring/Summer 2010 Tour Dates

05/30: George, WA @ Sasquatch Festival
06/11: Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony
06/12: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live*
06/13: Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
06/26: London, UK @ Royal Festival Hall*
06/26: London, UK @ Royal Festival Hall
08/21: Napa, CA @ Uptown Theatre
08/22: San Francisco, CA @ Stern Grove Festival (free show)*
09/24: Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
09/25: Uncasville, CT @ Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun (4th Annual Fan Appreciation Show)
09/26: New York, NY @ Town Hall*

* – family show

SMC Recordings Lands Major Act Signing The Pack Former Jive Records Group added to label roster

SMC Recordings Lands Major Act Signing The Pack Former Jive Records Group added to label roster

San Francisco, CA – SMC Recordings continues to attract some of the hottest artist’s out-adding to its already stellar roster. Their most recent signee is former Jive Records act, The Pack. The young group first made headlines in 2006, when their trendsetting hit single “Vans”, took over the airwaves. It was named #5 in the Rolling Stone’s Top 50 songs list for that year, and has sold 300,000 to date.

The Berkeley, CA based group, comprised of members; Lil Uno, Young L, Lil B and Stunnaman were discovered by Hip Hop legend Too $hort, who signed them to Jive Records. They released an album and an EP with the label, quickly achieving a large following for their unique and edgy sound created by in-house producer and group member Young L. They appeal to everyone from hip hop heads to skate boarders. Their music’s influence has had great reach; even making its way into famed comedian; Dave Chappell Skits, who brought up their popular song “Vans” to the delight of the audience at a recent show.

“I tried signing The Pack when “Vans” broke but how could I compete with Too $hort?” remembers SMC Recording’s Chief Operating Officer, Will Bronson.
“The Pack has always been ahead of the curve and with this new album, the songs are stellar and they’ve truly evolved into stars. We’ve got so much in store for these guys its incredible,”

The Pack’s first album on SMC Recordings, Wolfpack Party, (scheduled for an August 2010 release date) features production by Young L with additional help from hit making new comers The Cataracs keeping them musically as leaders of “the pack”.

“The Pack is a great fit for our label, as we have proven success with these niche groups of Hip Hop artists. With their crossover appeal and a sound that stays one step ahead of the trends, they add incredible depth and prestige to our roster” said SMC CEO Ralph Tashjian.

The group has is currently putting the finishing touches to their SMC debut and preparing for their Summer tour

DL Link to “Wolfpack Party 2010” single

Go Behind The Scenes Of The Pack’s Controversial Photo Shoot

Meet SMC Recordings’ newest hit makers, The Pack, in this newly released video clip. The bay area hip-hop group takes fans behind the scenes of their photo shoot for their upcoming album, Wolfpack Party. The trendsetters appeared on campus at The University of the Pacific and made news headlines for using some beautiful sorority girls to “twerk” for the camera. Click here to get the controversial story in full and then go behind the scenes with The Pack at the bands official YouTube page.

The Pack’s highly anticipated SMC Recordings debut, Wolfpack Party, is set for release this July, but in the meantime you can check out their single, “Wolfpack Party,” and a full list of upcoming tour dates with Chiddy Bang on their MySpace. The groups catchy upcoming single, “Sex On The Beach,” deluxe single will hit airwaves soon and is scheduled for a June 17th release.

Dead Confederate Announce Sophomore Album “Sugar”


Athens, Georgia-based quintet Dead Confederate is excited to announce the release of their sophomore record Sugar, due on August 24th on TAO Recordings/Old Flame. The anticipated follow up to their debut Wrecking Ball, this album explores new styles beyond the aching, bleak psychedelia with which the band originally made their mark.

Recorded by John Agnello (Hold Steady, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.) during a record-setting blizzard in New Jersey, the sessions focused on the malleability of the freshly written songs. The start to this progression was shaped by tours with legends Dinosaur Jr. and Meat Puppets, and gave Dead Confederate an increased appreciation for the early underground bands of the 80s and 90s that laid the foundation on which their sound is built. The album also features a special guest appearance by J. Mascis on the single “Giving It All Away.”

Splitting songwriting duties between bassist Brantly Senn and singer/guitarist Hardy Morris, each songwriter picked their favorite of the other’s contributions, creating a complimentary collection of songs. Instead of touring the newly penned tracks, the band (Jason Scarboro, Walker Howle, John Watkins) spent two days learning 20 songs and a week reworking them, then laid half of them down.

Dead Confederate is currently touring Europe, with a return to the US in June for Kentucky’s Forecastle Festival. Be on the lookout for more tour dates as the release of Sugar nears.

“Dead Confederate’s alt-country/grunge hybrid doesn’t just feel like a compelling debut, it feels like a compelling new genre.” – The Onion

“Artist To Watch…a raw howling take on Southern rock…” – Rolling Stone

“Although southern Civil War soldiers may remain six feet under, Dead Confederate’s sincere versatility drives home rock’n’roll that is damn well alive and kicking.” –

“Known for its notoriously insane live show, this dramatic band forges a distinctive style…” – Paste

“Dead Confederate’s wall of sound feels cinematic and atmospheric, loud and beautiful.” – NPR

Steve Cropper and Felix Cavaliere release their new album Midnight Flyer on June 15

Steve Cropper, guitarist for Booker T. and the MGs and one of the primary architects of the unmistakable Stax sound of the 1960s, and vocalist/keyboardist Felix Cavaliere, the voice of the Rascals and the pivotal figure in the blue-eyed soul movement of that same era, have reconvened for their second collaborative recording. Sparks fly at the crossroads of Memphis soul and East Coast R&B when Stax Records releases Midnight Flyer on June 15, 2010.
Midnight Flyer, recorded in Nashville and mixed by the legendary David Z, is the followup to Nudge It Up a Notch, the 2008 maiden voyage by Cropper and Cavaliere that scored critical acclaim from the music and mainstream press. The San Francisco Chronicle called Nudge It Up a Notch “an unexpected delight,” while Blues Wax heralded the project as “one of the great surprises of 2008, and further evidence of Concord’s genuine commitment to the revamped Stax imprint.”
The Stax legacy — and Concord’s commitment to it — are very much alive in Midnight Flyer, an album that once again showcases the songwriting prowess of two towering figures from one of the most seminal periods in the history of American pop music. Assisting with the songwriting throughout most of the album’s 12 tracks is drummer/percussionist/vocalist Tom Hambridge, who also lent a hand with the crafting of the previous album.
“Felix and I come from pretty much the same musical school — but from different geographical locations,” says Cropper. “He’s a Jersey boy at heart, and I grew up in Memphis, but when soul meets soul, what can you say? There are no borders. There are no boundaries.”
But geography does play a role in the making of great songs, says Cavaliere. “Steve has that Southern vernacular, which is something I really like,” he says. “It’s almost like another language to those of us from the East Coast. It has a certain folky quality to it. Some of those idioms are part of the hit songs that Steve has written and recorded over the years, and they’re part of this record as well.”
The impact of both of these musicians and songwriters on pop music is nearly impossible to quantify. As part of Booker T. & the MGs — the house band for the Stax label in its original incarnation during the 1960s — Cropper co-wrote and produced classics by artists like Eddie Floyd (“Knock On Wood”), Wilson Pickett (“In the Midnight Hour”) and Otis Redding (“Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”). In subsequent decades, he lent his instrumental and production skills to a range of artists including Jeff Beck, the Blues Brothers, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and many others.
Cavaliere came to prominence in the mid-’60s as vocalist/keyboardist/songwriter for the Rascals (initially known as the Young Rascals). Cavaliere wrote and/or sang several of the band’s biggest hits, including “Good Lovin’” (1966), “Groovin’” (1967), “It’s a Beautiful Morning” (1968) and “People Got To Be Free” (1968). The phrase “blue-eyed soul” was coined during the Rascals’ heyday, due in large part to the group’s highly successful forays into R&B and soul — styles that had been developed and previously dominated by African-American artists.
Co-produced by Cropper, Cavaliere and Hambridge, Midnight Flyer captures the synergy and brilliance that can only emerge when two powerful forces of nature come together. The result is a range of styles and shades, from heartfelt ballads like “When You’re With Me” to the soul-charged “I Can’t Stand It,” a churning vocal duet featuring Cavaliere and his daughter Aria. “Sexy Lady” harkens back to the soul stylings of the ’70s, while the funky instrumental “Do It Like This” digs into a tight groove and makes plenty of room for Cropper’s tasty riff work to close out the set.
“The main thing we both take away from this record is how much fun we had making it,” says Cavaliere. “We may have used a lot of new technology that didn’t even exist when Steve and I were recording back in the day, but the songs themselves are still the most important part of the process, and we just had a blast writing and recording them. I think that spirit comes through on the record.”
Cropper notes a timelessness about Cavaliere that serves as a metaphor for the music itself. “Felix is ageless,” he says. “Sure, you can look at him and see that he’s gotten older since those early days, just like we all have. But if you close your eyes, he sounds as young and energetic as he did when he was making records back in the ’60s . . . Working together on records like this reminds us of the kinds of things that go into the making of a good song. We’re still doing that, and we’re still having fun doing it.”

Track Listing:
1. You Give Me All I Need (3:35)
2. Midnight Flyer (2:47)
3. Now (3:23)
4. When You’re With Me (3:07)
5. I Can’t Stand It (2:30)
6. Chance With Me (3:23)
7. Move The House (3:28)
8. Sexy Lady (3:45)
9. Early Morning Riser (3:29)
10. All Night Long (2:56)
11. I Can’t Stand The Rain (2:37)
12. Do It Like This (2:59)