Today, May 16, 2016, isn’t just a Monday. It’s something far greater than that: The 50th (!) anniversary of The Beach Boys’ incredible album Pet Sounds. You can join in celebrating with none other than Brian Wilson. Before you start cheering, read on to learn why Laura Jane Grace lit her birth certificate on fire, Justin Timberlake played a weird European televised show, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ frontman is in the hospital, and Sia’s world tour is worth buying tickets to ASAP.
There’s a reason so many people joke about the brilliance of Pet Sounds. It’s because it really is that phenomenal. Giving it a listen, it’s easy to hear all of the creative uses of sound and perfected harmonies. What’s hard to come to terms with is that it’s a whopping five decades old today. The Beach Boys changed music forever with the release, so it’s only natural that frontman Brian Wilson would celebrate with a heartfelt statement. “I just can’t believe it,” he wrote. “I recorded it to bring love to the world and I’m honored to be performing it in so many countries and cities in 2016. My current band is just amazing. They are great singers and the very best musicians who replicate live every single show what I did in the studio 50 years ago! I’m just blown away by what I hear!” [Consequence of Sound]
— Kathryn Wymer (@kwymer6) May 16, 2016
North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law prevents transgender people from using certain bathrooms without proof of their gender. Most every musician scheduled to perform in the state has either cancelled their show (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Ringo Starr) or decided to donate their show’s profits to an LGBTQ charity (Against Me!, Father John Mistry, etc.). Against Me! took things one step further. Frontwoman Laura Jane Grace stepped onto the stage ready to rally against the restrictions the law places on her, as a transgender woman, as well as countless others in the state. So it makes sense why she held her birth certificate up in the air, took a lighter to its edge, and set the whole sheet on fire. “Goodbye, gender!” has never sounded so punk. [Consequence of Sound]
Our international friends are likely very familiar with the annual Eurovision Song Contest, but most Americans aren’t. To help bridge that gap, the live music show invited Justin Timberlake on to make his live debut of “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” The Trolls song sounded incredible when performed live, reminding us just how talented JT really is beneath that suit and tie. [Rolling Stone]
This past Saturday, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were scheduled to perform at the annual KROQ Weenie Roast in California, but things turned for the worst before the show even began. Frontman Anthony Kiedis was hospitalized. Kiedis suffered complications from the intestinal flu, sending him straight to the emergency room to make sure he was okay. Don’t worry, though. He’s expected to make a full recovery soon. [Rolling Stone]
Feel old yet? Forget about the memes because Sia wants you to reminisce over what hasn’t happened yet. The pop star announced a world tour for this year that sees her trekking the globe this fall. Dubbed Sia’s Nostalgic For the Present Tour, it begins September 29 in Seattle and sees Miguel and AlunaGeorge tagging along as openers. Check out the full schedule here. [Consequence of Sound]
That’s it for today, but we’ll see you back here on Wednesday for another Music Dispatch!
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