Saturday Night Live is opening its 40th season with the star of summer's biggest blockbuster.
Guardians of the Galaxy's Chris Prattwill take the stage at Studio 8H as host of the Sept. 27 season opener. Pratt also co-stars on NBC's Parks and Recreation and will next be seen on the big screen in Jurassic World.
Ariana Grande, whose latest album, My Everything, debuted at No. 1, makes her SNL debut as the episode's musical guest.
Ryan Adams has released his new self-titled album today, and to get everyone excited about it, he has created two of the weirdest promotional videos known to man. Garry Shandling, Jeff Garlin, Don Was and Bob Mould join in on the bizarre videos with Shandling acting as Adams' manager and Garlin calling in as a distressed fan.
The longest running and arguably most venerable global business conference for electronic music professionals, Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), is branching out. For the second consecutive year, the confab dipped its toes in the proverbial warm waters off Aruba with a smaller sister event, and the water is getting warmer for delegates and fans alike.
“If all the factors work out well, it can grow to an interesting meeting point for the industry,” said ADE General Manager/Director Richard Zijlma from Aruba’s capital, Oranjestad, over the weekend.
David Lynch has had some strange musical bedfellows over the years, but few of his partners seem more unlikely than Duran Duran, whose glamorous synth-rock falls nowhere on the spectrum between the ethereal dreaminess of his Twin Peaks mode or the industrial creepzone he has explored more recently. Paired with the aging-well '80s teen idols for an episode of the Unstaged series, he sees his job as that of an image magician, producing "a kind of live conjuring" of evocative pictures.
Attorney David Rappaport, whose clients include Diplo and Mad Decent, Phantogram, Cold War Kids and Dirty Projectors, among others, has joined law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips as a partner in the New York office. He will also oversee the Manatt’s music transactional practice.
Manatt currently represents such acts as Death Cab for Cutie, Banks and Belle Brigade. The addition of Rappaport will help build the firm's new artist and electronic dance music (EDM) roster.