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Old 11-21-2017, 08:32 AM
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Ballet Idaho's presents New Fleetwood Mac Collection

Ballet Idaho announced their February repertory will include a new ballet to the music of Fleetwood Mac and choreography by company dancer Daniel Ojeda. The new work will have its world premiere as part of the three-ballet program, Fleetwood Mac Collection, at the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10, 2018.

The currently untitled Fleetwood Mac ballet joins two other ballets on the program. Agon, a collaboration between the composer Igor Stravinsky and the choreographer George Balanchine was new 60 years ago on December 1 of this year. The New York Times has said of this ballet, "The combination of formality and intimacy has a charge both erotic and strenuous."

Also on the Fleetwood Mac Collection program is Raymonda's Wedding, with choreography by Ballet Idaho artistic director Peter Anastos, after Petipa and Nureyev.

Individual performance tickets for Fleetwood Mac Collection are on sale November 29, 2017 through or at the Morrison Center Box Office for $38.00 - $58.00 plus ticketing fees.

Since 1972, Ballet Idaho has enriched lives through classical ballet and served as a dynamic reflection of the Boise community. Led by Artistic Director Peter Anastos, Ballet Idaho is the only professional ballet company and academy in the state of Idaho, bringing together the highest level of dance excellence with a commitment to education and training. For more information, visit
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Rewind to the future: cassettes could be the new vinyl

Any music fan will be aware of how vinyl records have become strangely fashionable again, with the retro format enjoying a resurgence as an alternative mp3 downloads and streaming. But now it seems that its counterpart, the cassette, may been enjoying a similar resurgence. According to Official Charts Company data, the humble tape is the fastest-growing format in the UK at the moment. Sales of cassette albums have doubled in the space of a year - up 112% compared to 2016, thanks in part to big name acts like Jay Z , Royal Blood and Lana Del Rey releasing limited runs as a collector’s item for fans. The biggest seller so far has been the soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy - ‘Awesone Mix vol. 1’ - the retro collection featuring tracks such as ELO’s ‘Mr. Blue Sky’ and Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’. It has also sold more than 70,000 copies on vinyl. More than 80 albums have been released on cassette already this year, leading to over 20,000 sales to date. That's the highest annual total since 2006, bucking a trend which saw an all-time low (of less than 4,000 units sold) in 2012. The best-selling non-compilation cassette so far this year is Kasabian’s album For Crying Out Loud, with 1,026 sales to date. It’s a small but not insignificant figure, given its limited run and exclusive availability on the band’s official website. "That's the best thing I've ever heard," Serge Pizzorno told, adding: "It's about fan loyalty, I think. It's about having a physical object. One of your favourite bands has put out an album and you want it on a different format that you can hold in your hands. It's nice to see the sleeve and the artwork in a different way as well." Other releases whose cassette versions re selling well include albums by Enter Shikari, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Arcade Fire, Gary Numan and Blondie. However, cassettes will have some way to go before they get back to their status as top-selling format, 27 years ago - long before CDs, and the internet, had taken hold. Still, with vinyl's rebirth, and with Christmas coming up, who knows?

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All Killer, No Filler: CBC listeners let us know which albums are solid all the way through
Hundreds of requests were made — here's what made the cut

In an age of iPods, Spotify and hit singles, CBC's On the Coast spent the last three weeks celebrating full albums.

Due to hundreds of album requests from listeners, the On the Coast music feature All Killer, No Filler was extended beyond the normal one-week stint and became one of the longest running music features in the radio show's history.

The request was put out by host Stephen Quinn for listeners to recommend albums that didn't contain a single track worth skipping. In other words, the album had to be made of all killer songs, and no filler songs.

Hundreds of suggested albums had to be boiled down. Records chosen were selected because they had received multiple recommendations.

Here are the albums that had songs played on the show:

R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People.
George Michael's Faith.
Neil Young's After the Goldrush.
The Flaming Lips' Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.
Alanis Morrissette's Jagged Little Pill.
Radiohead's The Bends.
Paul Simon's Graceland.
Carole King's Tapestry.
Fleetwood Mac's Rumours.
Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman's Bat out of Hell.
AC/DC's Back in Black.
Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
David Bowie's Hunky Dory.
The Tragically Hip's Day for Night.
Amy Winehouse's Back to Black.
"It was so great to celebrate these groups' musicianship," said CBC music reporter and former Polaris Music Prize judge Lisa Christiansen. "I loved the opportunity to revisit these albums."

Stay tuned for On the Coast's music feature next week.

The show is aired in B.C.'s Lower Mainland on 88.1 FM, 690 AM Radio One every weekday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. PT.

With files from On the Coast
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'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2' Soundtrack Nominated For A Grammy

The soundtrack for James Gunn's Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 has been nominated for a Grammy Award.

The album, which includes classic tunes from Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, George Harrison, and more, also includes a sole original recording, "Guardians Inferno," featuring David Hasselhoff.

While the soundtrack album as a whole earned a nomination, "Guardians Inferno" missed out on a best original song nod.

Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix vol. 2 is in competition with the soundtracks for Baby Driver, Hidden Figures, La La Land, and Moana for the trophy.

The first Awesome Mix soundtrack, for the original Guardians of the Galaxy, was nominated for the same Grammy but lost out to the soundtrack for Frozen.

The 60th Grammy Awards will air live from New York’s Madison Square Garden Jan. 28 on CBS.

You can see Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 on Blu-ray, DVD, or digital now. The movie comes to Netflix in December.
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Fantasy Firefly '18: Fans choose Eminem, Fleetwood Mac

Can we do it again?

After readers wrote to The News Journal last year with their most-wanted acts for Firefly Music Festival -- with Muse topping the list -- fans got a surprise when the English rockers were named a headliner two months later.

This time around for our annual Fantasy Firefly poll, nearly 130 fans responded to our call for the top three acts they'd want to see this summer in The Woodlands near Dover International Speedway.

And for the first time, we have a tie. (See the breakdown below.)

While the lineup is not expected to be released until later this winter, that doesn't mean that Firefly die-hards can't have a little fun in the meantime, fantasizing about which of their musical heroes will come to little ol' Delaware June 15-18.

The pressure is on for Firefly to deliver this year, perhaps more than others.

Last year's sixth annual fest boasted five headliners for the first time --The Weeknd, Muse, Twenty One Pilots, Chance the Rapper and Bob Dylan -- but attendance was noticeably down. (Festival officials dutifully reported that the festival had one again drawn 90,000 fans, but multiple on-site vendors put the number closer to 60,000.)

It was the first year that Firefly re-launched itself as a "fan-curated festival," allowing fans to vote online for everything from acts and food.

In the past, the festival's biggest moments have come from its biggest names, such as Paul McCartney's dazzling headlining set in 2015 and the Foo Fighters' thunderous romp on the main stage the year prior.

While we await official word on this year's roster, let's dig into who fans want to see and speculate on whether it will happen.

Fleetwood Mac (25 votes): Wait. What? It's 2017, not 1977. Why is Fleetwood Mac tied atop the list this year? Because Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood and John and Christine McVie are preparing to re-emerge in 2018, already announcing that they will tour. Nostalgia will be running high, especially since the act is re-issuing its self-titled 1975 album next month, which boasts hits such as "Landslide" and “Rhiannon.” Plus, Nicks is having a renaissance of her own, especially with the younger set thanks to appearances on FX's "American Horror Story" and NBC's "The Voice" in recent years. Could the act be eyeing big money festival dates for the summer? Absolutely. Would young and old alike stream to the festival to see them? No doubt.

Eminem (25 votes): Speaking of a renaissance, Eminem has also re-emerged, planning to release "Revival" on Dec. 15 -- his first new album in four years. Even though the album isn't out yet, Marshall Mathers has already put his mark on 2017, most notably with his ferocious freestyle attacking President Trump on the BET Hip Hop Awards in October. "And any fan of mine who's a supporter of his/I'm drawing in the sand a line, you're either for or against," he seethed. It's also been four years since Eminem launched a full-scale tour, so odds are he'll be on the road this summer.

Pearl Jam (18 votes): Each year, Pearl Jam either wins (2015) or places in our Fantasy Firefly poll. After watching the Foo Fighters bring '90s rock (and Grotto Pizza shout-outs) to Dover, it's easy to visualize Eddie Vedder & Co. delivering as epic a sweat-filled set as the Foos. But not this year. PJ is in Europe that weekend playing the Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands and London's 02 Arena.

Coldplay (11 votes): Will Chris Martin come to Delaware to perform for the second time in recent years? Probably not. Martin, who performed at Beau Biden's funeral service at Wilmington's St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in 2015, wrapped up a massive 122-show world tour last month -- a tour that started back in March 2016. With no new album and much-needed rest time ahead, don't expect to feel a rush of blood to the head in Dover this summer. Plus, they don't need the money. Their tour just grossed $523 million according to promoter Live Nation, making it the third-highest grossing tour of all time behind U2’s $736 million 360 tour (2009-2011) and The Rolling Stones' $558 million A Bigger Bang tour (2005-2007).

Arcade Fire (9 votes): Another perennial Firefly fan favorite, the rollicking Canadian six-piece are known for their exciting leave-it-all-on-the-stage live shows -- something they have never brought to Firefly. Win Butler's band has been touring since June behind the band's (critically panned) album "Everything Now," which was released in July. The indie rockers have a European tour on the books through the end of April and no other dates listed, so it's a possibility.

U2 (8 votes): When U2 announced its tour behind the just-released "Songs of Experience," the Irish rock band's 14th studio album, the rumors started to spread immediately. Even though Bono and the boys have shows booked for Firefly weekend (Philadelphia on Thursday and Washington, D.C,. on Sunday), fans were buzzing that they might squeeze a Delaware drop-in. Don't count on it. The band would have to perform shows on back-to-back nights, which they are only doing on this tour a few times and only when they are in the same venue for multiple shows.

Arctic Monkeys (8 votes): It's been more than three years since baby-faced frontman Alex Turner strode on stage with his slicked back hair and delivered one of the weekend's best sets, kicking it off with the swagger-filled single "Do I Wanna Know." It obviously left a mark with fans who want the English rockers back. With no new album since that sunny summer day in 2014 and no tour dates listed, it doesn't look promising for a redux in 2018.

The Rolling Stones (7 votes): If you think Baby Boomers would storm the Firefly gates to see Fleetwood Mac, just imagine if the Stones brought their seemingly ageless stage show to Delaware for the first time ever? Fresh from this fall's quick 13-show European tour, they have no other tour dates on the docket. And since 2016's "Blue & Lonesome" was their first studio album in 11 years, we're not betting on them having a new batch of songs to push by this summer.

Lady Gaga (7 votes): As the #MeToo movement grows, Lady Gaga would be an especially timely booking. After all, she was the one who sang "Til It Happens to You" at the 2016 Academy Awards accompanied on-stage by 50 sexual assault victims. (Vice President Joe Biden introduced her.) With Florence + the Machine as the festival's *only* female-fronted headliner out of the 22 that have rocked Firefly since 2012, Firefly is in desperate need of some one-stage girl power. After her halftime Super Bowl performance earlier this year, Gaga waited until the summer to launch her North American tour, which wraps up in Utah next week. With Lady Gaga starring in Bradley Coopers' directorial debut ("A Star is Born") in May, she'll most likely be busily doing press for the film instead of wiggling in Dover.

Contact Ryan Cormier of The News Journal at or (302) 324-2863. Follow him on Facebook (@ryancormier), Twitter (@ryancormier) and Instagram (@ryancormier).

25 -- Fleetwood Mac, Eminem

18 -- Pearl Jam

11 -- Coldplay

9 -- Arcade Fire

8 -- U2, Arctic Monkeys

7 -- Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga

6 -- Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Lana Del Rey, Panic at the Disco!

The festival's discounted $199 pre-sale tickets sold out months ago. There are currently no festival passes for sale. However, passes usually go on sale around the same time as the festival announces its line-up, which is expected later this winter.
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