Music News: Umphrey's McGee pay elaborate tribute to Prince in St. Paul

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A still from a video of Umphrey's McGee covering 'Let's Go Crazy.'
A still from a video of Umphrey's McGee covering 'Let's Go Crazy.' (via Umphrey's McGee on Facebook)

We're a few days late on this one, but check out the elaborate Prince tribute that jam band Umphrey's McGee pulled off on Saturday night, at the second of two weekend shows at St. Paul's Palace Theatre. Each band member dressed as Prince in a different era, and their set included covers of "Let's Go Crazy," "Raspberry Beret," "I Wanna Be Your Lover," "Little Red Corvette," and "1999." (JamBase)

Beyoncé joins Lion King movie remake cast

One of the biggest stars in music has joined the cast of Disney's live-action remake of The Lion King. Beyoncé will play Nala, the companion to Simba (Donald Glover). James Earl Jones will reprise his role as Mufasa in the new film, which is set for release in July 2019. (New York Times)

Noel Gallagher plays with scissors

Confusing everybody, Noel Gallagher had a member of his band playing scissors — yes, that's right, scissors — during his performance of "She Taught Me How to Fly" on Later...with Jools Holland. (NME)

Portugal. The Man achieve rare chart feat

Portugal. The Man have achieved a rare chart feat: their song "Feel It Still" has topped six different Billboard radio charts. It's now been number one in Radio Songs, Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs, Alternative Songs, Adult Alternative Songs, and Dance/Mix Show Airplay. Only one song has ever topped all six of those charts before: "Somebody That I Used to Know," the Gotye/Kimbra hit from 2012. That song also topped the Hot 100, which "Feel It Still" may eventually do as well. (Billboard)

Dylan concert film headed to theaters (for one night)

Trouble No More, a concert documentary about Bob Dylan’'s gospel period, will play in theaters for one night only — this Thursday, Nov. 2. Unfortunately, none of the theaters included in the very limited release are in Dylan's native state of Minnesota...but local Dylan fans can still see the film by picking up the deluxe edition of Dylan's latest Bootleg Series box. The set, also titled Trouble No More, comes out on Friday with the documentary included as a DVD in the deluxe sets. (Rolling Stone)

Remembering Keith Wilder

Funk singer Keith Wilder has died of unspecified health problems at age 65. Wilder is best-known as a member of the band Heatwave, which had '70s hits including "Boogie Nights," "The Groove Line," and "Always and Forever." He shared lead vocals in that band with his brother Johnnie Wilder Jr., and his death prompted Questlove to pay tribute with the observation that "practically EVERY monster soul group gave you more than one vocalist to focus on." (Rolling Stone)

The Holy #Heatwave trinity comes to a sad close. In 1980 the (sun?) #JohnnieWilder the bright falsetto light (and harmony monster) was in a horrific motorcycle accident which rendered him paralyzed & down for the count from being in the group full time. He fought the good fight but passed away back in 2006. The Spirit of the band was mastermind #RodTemperton whose work with Heateave prompted Quincy Jones to hire him to in hopes of passing MJ some of that magic: enter #OffTheWall #RockWithYou #Thriller #BabyBeMine #BurnThisDiscoOut & #TheLadyInMyLife... not to mention #YahMoBeThere #SweetFreedom #GiveMeTheNight #BabyComeToMe @Oprah’s Theme (that clip of Carlton jamming to it on #FPOBA still cracks me up) & Anita Baker’s killer #Mystery on her Rapture album (let’s not forget his own band’s #TheGrooveLine #BoogieNights #StarOfTheStory #AintNoHalfSteppin & of course #AlwaysAndForever the best love song ever that allowed Johnnie the space to flex and show off his adlibs that remain w us to this day) Sadly til now the father #KeithWilder was holding down the fort. Actively holding the legacy torch of the band he founded w his late brother. Johnnie was a MONSTER singer whose harmony game is unmatched. No REAL singer worth their grain of salt NEVER denied his mastery. Temperton was the god not just writing “hits” (hits doesn’t always equal “quality”) he created beautiful art (even as cheesy as Thriller was supposed to be, he navigated it carefully and truly landed it as a historical landmark of a song. Damn near making MJ the Halloween king (peep Off The Wall’s intro which also attempted that challenge 3 yrs earlier). Keith sang on ALOT of my fav Heatwave joints (Boogie Nights, Groove Line, One Night Tan, & the dramatic epic Therm Warfare) he was the gruff voiced counterpart to his younger brother’s velvet smoothness. Edwards to Kendricks, Jermaine to Michael, Gorrie to Stuart, White to Bailey, Levert to Williams practically EVERY monster soul group gave you more than one vocalist to focus on. Shame that all 6 of their albums aren’t available to listen to (aye @Sony where the hell js #HotProperty!?) let’s keep his light alive & celebrate his art. rip Keith Wilder!

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See a trailer for Chance's werewolf movie

On Halloween, film production company released a short new trailer for Slice, an upcoming werewolf movie starring Chance the Rapper. The movie, which comes out next year, "takes place in mysterious city, and centers around an enigmatic outlaw framed for a killing spree that targets unsuspecting pizza delivery boys," reports Variety. (Billboard)


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