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Grabbitz Signs With Managers Adam LaRue and Shawn Dailey. Veteran music managers Shawn Dailey and Adam LaRue have signed shape-shifting alt-rock and indie dance producer, singer and songwriter Grabbitz, born of this earth as American artist Nick Chiari and the vocalist behind the refreshingly dangerous Rezz collaboration "Someone Else." With cutting lyrics soaked in double entendre, the 2020 single has an insanely infectious sound signature that weaves in and out of its verse, chorus, bridge structure with no-frills guitar chords and grinding industrial electronica. The crank-the-volume nod to Nails peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard Alternative songs chart on July 4 and hit No. 23 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart in May. Grabbitz has collaborated with One Republic, deadmau5, Pendulum, NGHTMRE and said he made a management shift this year because "Shawn and Adam understand my vision, short- term and long. They're all around good energy, and as a team we will take this to the next level. I hope they're not vampires." Dailey and LaRue currently manage Jerry Harrison from Talking Heads and The Modern Lovers and songwriter/producer Mark Evans. Dailey manages Grammy-winning producer Boo Mitchell and New York Times best-selling writer Anthony Bozza. LaRue manages Australia hardcore outfit DREGG which signed with Epitaph Records last year, and The Homeless Gospel Choir. "Grabbitz is the most diverse talent I've come across in years. I'm excited to explore all aspects of his vision," says Dailey, while LaRue continues: "It's very rare that you come across a talent such as Nick's. It's going to be a fun and fruitful partnership." (Billboard)

Eddie Gale, Jazz Trumpeting Great, Dies at 78. Eddie Gale, a pioneering jazz trumpeter who work on numerous classics with Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor and many more, died Friday (July 10) after a battle with cancer. He was 78. Born in Brooklyn in 1941, Gale got a frontrow seat with the finest jazz musicians of the era, including Bud Powell, the bebop pianist who lived nearby, and trumpeter Kenny Dorham. A fast learner, he soon found himself in jam sessions with the likes of drummers Art Blakey and Max Roach and saxophonists Illinois Jacquet, Sonny Stitt, and Jackie McLean. In the early '60s, a 20-something Gale connected with Sun Ra. A long-standing professional relationship was formed and Gale toured and recorded with Ra's Arkestra throughout the '60s and '70s. His output with the intergalactic jazz icon included the 1965 set Secrets of the Sun and late '70s recordings Lanquidity, The Other Side of the Sun, and On Jupiter. Gale left an "incredible legacy" at Blue Note, reads a statement from the venerated label, including Larry Young's Of Love And Peace, and Cecil Taylor's Unit Structures, on which he played alongside free jazz standouts Jimmy Lyons (alto saxophone), Henry Grimes (bass), and Andrew Cyrille (drums). As a bandleader, he cut the "visionary" late '60s albums Ghetto Music and Black Rhythm Happening for Blue Note. Away from the stage and studio, Gale was an advocate for musicians. He launched Jazz Musicians' Self-Help Healthcare fundraisers, donating proceeds to the Jazz Foundation of America, a not-for-profit which helps jazz and blues musicians in need of emergency funds. And for two decades, Gale produced the annual Concerts for World Peace and Peace Poetry Contest and annual Concerts for Inner Peace in America and the World. In 2017, Gale released a 50th anniversary edition of Eddie Gale's Ghetto Music. (Billboard)

Hayley Williams Can't Get Enough of This Drumming Grandma Covering Paramore's 'Ain't It Fun'. A viral drumming grandma who's been rocking for the last 56 years won over Hayley Williams with her superb cover of Paramore's 2013 hit "Ain't It Fun." According to her Instagram with 198,000 followers, Dorothea Taylor is a private drum instructor, drumline instructor and church organist by day and a rockstar in her own right by night. One fan brought Taylor's Paramore cover to the lead singer's attention on Twitter over the weekend, and Williams sure appreciated it. "love her, she's a bada--," the singer-songwriter wrote while sharing the video to her five million followers. Taylor has also drummed up her own takes of Slipknot's "Psychosocial" and Disturbed's "Down With The Sickness." (Billboard)

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