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Pop, Smith jam for Tibet South By Southwest overstuffed with music goodies

NEW YORK, March 12, (Agencies): Fans jumped high in their seats. Others raced to the front of the stage. The rest of the audience yelled excitedly. Carnegie Hall is a seated venue, but music lovers watching Iggy Pop and members of New Order on Tuesday night were eager and lost in the music at the 24th Annual Benefit Concert for Tibet House US, a nonprofit organization charged with preserving Tibetan culture. Pop joined Bernard Sumner, Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman onstage in New York City during “Transmission” and “Love Will Tear Us Apart” when fans — mostly older, but some teenagers — enthusiastically rushed out of their seats to get closer to the stage.

Pop was energetic as usual, enticing the crowd with his wild dancing. He earned a rousing applause when he entered the stage in a black suit, and the cheers grew louder when he performed “Sister Midnight” and “Nightclubbing.” “Good to see you! I needed this,” he told the crowd at the 2,800-seat Stern Auditorium. Patti Smith and her band closed the two-hour-plus concert with Pop, New Order, members of the National and others on “People Have the Power.” She opened her set paying tribute to the late Lou Reed with “Perfect Day.”

“We would like to dedicate this song to Lou’s most wonderful wife, Laurie,” Smith said. She ended with her hand in the air, saying: “Thank you, Lou.” As Smith was joined onstage by the night’s performers, she yelled to the crowd: “Don’t forget it — use your voice.” Smith and Pop are regular performers at the annual benefit concert for Tibet, which is ruled by China. The National’s Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner performed three songs in a chilling set, and Robert Rudolph kicked off the night in a jamming mood. Tibet House US founder and composer Philip Glass also impressed, performing on piano with several artists. He, along with violinist Tim Fain, earned some of the night’s loudest applause.
Ticket prices for the benefit ranged from $35 to $200. Sufjan Stevens, composer Nico Muhly and Tibetan folk singer Techung also performed.
 
“Brave” singer Sara Bareilles and VH1 Save the Music Foundation are partnering for Keys + Kids, a $100,000 pilot grant program that will provide pianos to public school music programs which greatly need them.
“We are delighted to have Sara Bareilles — someone who truly understands the value of a piano — to help us launch the Keys + Kids Piano Program,” said VH1 Save The Music Foundation’s executive director, Paul Cothran, in a statement.
Under Keys + Kids, the VH1 Save the Music Foundation will provide a piano to 10 K-12 public schools as part of the new competitive grant program.
“Music changed my life,” Bareilles said. “I was one of the lucky kids who had access to wonderful music programming in my school, and it has profoundly and positively affected me in more ways than I can mention.”
“A piano symbolizes the centerpiece of all of that for me, and I’m so happy to join with VH1 Save the Music to launch the Keys + Kids Program to bring 10 piano packages into deserving classrooms,” she continued. “I believe arts education to be vital to the health and balance of our students and it is my privilege and my honor to lend my voice in support of this mission.”
Beginning Monday and continuing through April 30, interested K — 12 public schools can get more information on the grant program and submit their application at VH1SaveTheMusic.org.
Applications will be judged by a committee made up of members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, Bareilles, VH1 senior staff and patrons of the Keys + Kids Leadership Circle. Grant winners will be announced on the Foundation’s website on May 30.
The grant was made possible by the generosity of the Keys + Kids Leadership Circle, which includes Avnet Inc, The Durst Organization, Houlihan’s Restaurants, The LEGO Children’s Fund, NAMM, Raymond Weil, William Hill Estate Winery, Shure Incorporated, Yamaha and other individuals.
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South By Southwest and the surrounding unaffiliated hoopla have slipped into hyperdrive as the music portion of the annual conference and festival opens this week.
South By Southwest and the surrounding unaffiliated hoopla have slipped into hyperdrive as the music portion of the annual conference and festival opens this week.
 
Kanye West and Jay Z have announced they’re headed to Austin, Texas, the cherry on top of a gloriously all-over-the-place gathering that also will feature Lady Gaga as a keynote speaker, Lil Wayne as an interview subject and 2,000 other acts vying for attention in the midst of the frenzy. And there are still more surprises to come. Trust us. Here are five things to look for in Austin — besides a great enchilada:
Goo-Goo for Gaga: No one creates a spectacle like Lady Gaga and she’s got her monster claws all over two days of the conference. She’ll perform at the relatively intimate Stubb’s on Thursday night before giving a keynote speech Friday morning. It’s been a tough year for the pop provocateur, and SXSW offers her a chance to restart the conversation.
 
Hip to The Hop: Hip-hop will again be a dominant force at SXSW as it has been for the last few years. There are so many rappers worth seeing it’s impossible to list them all. A few: Kanye and Jay Z together, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Nas, 50 Cent, Tyler, the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, 2 Chainz, Future, Action Bronson, Childish Gambino ... and don’t forget ScHoolboy Q, who takes a victory lap in Austin after his new album opened at No. 1. Grrrunge: Break out those hole-y jeans and fly that flannel, Soundgarden’s going to party like it’s 1994 on nostalgia night at the iTunes Festival. The grunge rockers celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Superunknown” by playing the landmark album live front to back for the first time. Dude.
 
Time For ‘Recess’: Grammy Award-winning DJ and producer Skrillex, one of the most identifiable faces in the electronic dance music world, will be previewing new music as he kick-starts his album launch for “Recess” in Austin. Go Find It: There are more than 2,000 chances to hear something cool in Austin. Wade through all the pop stars and publicity stunts and at its heart SXSW is still about discovery and falling in love with emerging bands and sounds. Here are four promising acts to get your quest started: Scotland’s We Were Promised Jetpack, Nashville’s Clear Plastic Masks, Los Angeles duo Johnnyswim and Chicago’s Chance the Rapper.

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