Music Review: Kings Of Leon Tame Themselves In 6th Studio Album, ‘mechanical Bull’

By Associated Press, Three years after the Kings of Leons last record, the edgy, gravely rock foursome return in top shape with Mechanical Bull. The album takes the bands unique sound the recognizable longing guitars and Caleb Followills growl and adds a hint of melancholy and a stillness that gives the songs an aura of contentment. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Nervy desire and wildness is still present in their music, most prominently in Tonight, with its sexy vibes of earlier hits that hinted at mad tumbling into lust, and in the obsessive strummings of Wait for Me. The playful notes of the first single, Supersoaker, set the tone, adding a sense of giddiness to the proceedings. Dont Matter goes full-on rock in the beginning but is gradually imbued with a hint of Billy Joel. Temple starts out noisily and morphs into the confident stage presence of a rock star. Beautiful War rounds up the sound with a heartfelt ballad that showcases Calebs voice. And Family Tree sounds like an old man trying to give advice to the young, who think they know better than everyone else. Despite tackling the familiar themes of drunken nights and tentative love, the songs weave the story of a man who knows the meaning of being lost and who has finally been found. Mechanical Bull isnt the anguished edgy ride youd expect from Kings of Leon but a fun, stirring experience you dont want to end. ____ Follow Cristina Jaleru on Twitter: Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Quincy Jones Helps Dubai’s Music Scene Find a Groove

Well, not really, but she is rapping in Mike WiLL Made It’s new video ” 23 ,” which debuted Tuesday on Vevo. “Drinking out the bottle/ I got no respect/ Looking like a model/ Who just got a check/ I back it up ’cause I don’t give a f–k/ If you a lame that’s a shame you can’t hang with us,” she rhymes. Vevo Mike WiLL Made It, Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, and Juicy J appear in the 23 music video together. The 20-year-old singer is undoubtedly the star of the video, which also features Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J, and is a tribute to basketball great Michael Jordan and his timeless Jordans sneaker line. Vevo Miley Cyrus dances seductively in front of Mike WiLL Made It in the music video for 23. The two have reportedly become romantic although neither is confirming its true. Continuing her “bad girl” persona, Cyrus can been seen smoking in the girls bathroom and writing on the mirror with red lip stick while adorned in high heels, Jordan’s Chicago Bulls jersey turned bikini and a high school varsity jacket that reads “Miley” on the sleeve. Vevo Miley Cyrus raps and sings the hook for Mike WiLL Made Its new track 23. “I’m in the club high on purp with some shades on/ Tearing it up in my skirt with my J’s on,” she adds. It looked like Mike WiLL made it a point to have Cyrus dancing in front of him while he casually played the background for most of the video. Vevo It was the return of Miley Cyrus foam finger that made headlines after her MTV Video Music Awards performance on Aug. 25. PHOTOS: BROKEN CELEBRITY ENGAGEMENTS Fresh off the heels of her final split with Liam Hemsworth, reports indicate the “We Can’t Stop” singer and Mike WiLL are romantically involved although neither is fessing up to it. Rumors swirled after Cyrus was spotted in the arms of Mike WiLL when she completed her iHeartRadio Music Festival performance in Las Vegas on Saturday. Vevo Although the music video also features Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa, Cyrus was the real star. They also looked extremely cozy in the video together until both appear with Khalifa and Juicy J in what looks to be a high school gymnasium. There is where the ultimate cameo takes place when Cyrus brings back the infamous foam finger she waved and gyrated against during her MTV Video Music Awards performance on Aug.

Miley Cyrus raps, wears Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls jersey as a bikini in Mike WiLL Made It’s music video ’23’

Mike WiLL Made It, Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, and Juicy J appear in the ‘23’ music video together.

The theme is “The Book of Wisdom,” and since it follows Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld marks “Chapter Two.” The festival will host an estimated 150,000 attendees from all over the world. The 3-day line-up consists of 300 DJs on seven beautifully designed stages. With luxury camping options, cocktail bars, and gourmet food, TomorrowWorld is the first European festival of its scale to take place in the U.S. They say it’s a small world, but it doesn’t get much smaller than to have an epic festival like TomorrowWorld land right in our own backyard. I assumed it had something to do with Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL), but according to Michiel Beers, co-owner of Tomorrowland, it was all about the 500-acre landscape in Chattahoochee Hills: “Over the past two years weve been getting countless requests from sites all over the world to work with us. During our search for a suitable expansion spot, we looked at more than 100 locations all over the world. It’s a very long list of minimum requirements before a venue is suitable for hosting an edition of Tomorrowland. What we found in Chattahoochee Hills was more than perfect, thats why we also call it our second home. We always said that if we ever expanded the festival, the venue needed to have at least the same uniqueness as in Belgium. Every festival should always start with finding the perfect location. If this [Chattahoochee Hills] would have been located in Brazil, we would probably be having the first TomorrowWorld in Brazil.” After Tomorrowland, which took place from July 26-28, it took 80 shipping containers to carry the enormous “Book of Wisdom” structures across the Atlantic Ocean to Chattahoochee Hills. Then over the course of four weeks, an international team of more than 1500 workers reconstructed the site. One look at the structures on any of the videos on YouTube , and your mind will be blown. Another aspect unique to TomorrowWorld is that it is the only 21 and up music festival of its size in the U.S. After IDs are checked the first time, they are not needed again, which is highly convenient.

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Jafar, who booked, Timbaland and Selena Gomez for the main concerts this year, but plans to book more niche, lesser well-known acts for Dubai Rocks and Dubai Classics. The move to offer bands or acts that have not necessarily shot to global stardom yet is a fairly new trend in Dubai, as expats and citizens have generally been viewed as having less sophisticated musical palates than other markets. Yes, many acts with blockbuster appeal have been booked in the past year Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Katy Perry and Alicia Keys but promoters are also signing smaller bands that have a more niche appeal, such as The Lumineers and Of Monsters and Men, who are supporting The Killers at the Sandance festival. When it comes to acts that are less commercial in their pull, then festivals work better, explains Thomas Ovesen, chief operating officer at Done Events, the promoter that booked The Lumineers for a new festival it is organising in February called RedFest DXB, in conjunction with Virgin Radio Dubai. Mr. Ovesen hopes to sign up more smaller acts and sell 20,000 tickets at 250 U.A.E. dirhams ($68) to AED300 over two days to break even. He says Dubai is still paying a premium for artists due to its global glitzy image. Its not like 10 years ago, when we had to explain to artists, particularly from the U.S., that Dubai is far from Baghdad, says Mr. Ovesen. Industry insiders estimate that premium is usually at about 40%, compared to the cost of booking acts in Europe, and sometimes even as high as double.