Music Review: Billy Currington Goes Country And Beyond At The Fillmore

The Georgia-born singer likes to start off country but emphatically refuses to stay there. ( Josh Sisk / For The Washington Post ) – Billy Currington ranged as far afield as The Jeffersons theme song and Robin Thickes Blurred Lines. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas By the close of his 80-minute set at the Fillmore on Friday night, Currington and his versatile, energetic quintet had unearthed the Jeffersons TV theme song Movin On Up and, with stabs at Robin Thickes Blurred Lines and Daft Punks Get Lucky , turned the Silver Spring rock hall into a beat-heavy nightclub. Which is hardly to say that he held back the hard stuff. After opening with the happy-go-lucky I Got a Feelin , Currington dug into the honky-tonk rockers I Wanna Be a Hillbilly and Thats How Country Boys Roll . The traditional-sounding country-western ballad Pretty Good at Drinkin Beer and the mid-tempo Love Done Gone , with its charming Neil Diamondesque ba-bada singalong hook, lifted spirits even higher. It was at this point that Currington introduced the audience to his real-live chocolate labrador retriever, Paco the honorary subject of the mock-misogynistic Like My Dog (He dont get mad at me and throw a major fit / When I say his sister is a bitch / I want you to love me like my dog does, baby / When I come home, want you to just go crazy). Currington escaped the doghouse with a pair of heartfelt ballads: Let Me Down Easy and Dont. Indeed its easy to picture Currington having attempted to rise up the ranks of modern R&B singers. Occasionally, though, Curringtons expansive range led him too far afield. The slick pulsating pop of Hey Girl and We Are Tonight (the title track of his recently dropped new album) sounded forced and flat on Friday. Yet no matter how strenuously he stretches his repertoire, Currington remains centered in songs like Good Directions and People Are Crazy , the latter a worthy contribution to county musics corpus of wisdom literature: God is great, beer is good and people are crazy. Galupo is a freelance writer.

Warner Music UK Designates Max Lousada as New CEO

In the last five years, Molly has made its way into popular culture, helped by references to it made by entertainers such as Madonna, Miley Cyrus and Kanye West. The drug’s dangers became more clear after a rash of overdoses and four deaths this summer, including two at a huge annual electronic music festival in New York City. The parties of the late 1980s and early ’90s saw the heyday of ecstasy, but its popularity began to wane a decade ago after a number of deaths and hospitalizations. RELATED: ELECTRIC ZOO DEATHS: CREATOR RAN REPUTED DRUG-FUELED CLUB TWILO IN CHELSEA That’s when Molly made her way onto the scene. Over the last few years, drugs sold under that name have “flooded” the market, said Rusty Payne, a spokesman with the Drug Enforcement Administration. In some states, there has been a 100-fold increase – the combined number of arrests, seizures, emergency room mentions and overdoses – between 2009 and 2012, according to DEA figures. The drug is accessible and marketed to recreational drug users who believe it to be less dangerous than its predecessor, which was often cut with other substances, from Ritalin to LSD. Like ecstasy, Molly is said to give a lengthy, euphoric high with slight hallucinogenic properties. In reality, however, the promised pure MDMA experience “doesn’t exist,” said Payne. RELATED: UVA SCHOLAR DIES FROM ‘MOLLY’ OVERDOSE Most of the Molly is one of several synthetic designer drugs that have been flooding the U.S. and European marketplace from chemical labs primarily based in China, Payne said. “A lot of people are missing the boat here,” he said. Molly could be anything … 80 to 90 percent of the time we are given a chemical or substance believed to be Molly, we’re finding most of the time it is something completely different.” Four recent deaths attributed to Molly have thrust the club drug into the national spotlight. On August 31, a 23-year-old Syracuse University graduate and a 20-year-old University of New Hampshire student died after taking what they believed to be Molly during an electronic music concert in New York City.

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LONDON — Warner Music Group said Sunday that Christian Tattersfield would step down as CEO of Warner Music UK and co-chairman, Warner Bros. Records UK in February. our editor recommends The Oddest Thing About Will.i.am’s Trademark Claim Against Pharrell Williams It named Max Lousada co-CEO of Warner Music UK with immediate effect and said he would assume the position of sole CEO after Tattersfield’s departure. Both report to Warner Music CEO Steve Cooper.Lousada will also continue in his role as chairman, Atlantic Records UK. STORY: Warner Music, Clear Channel Enter Strategic Alliance Miles Leonard, chairman ofParlophoneRecords and co-chairman of Warner Bros. Records UK, will take on full responsibility for Warner Bros. Records UK followingTattersfieldsdeparture, the firm also said. He will report toLousada. “Christian’s tenure as leader of Warner Music UK has been an extremely impressive one,” said Cooper. “As well as guiding the company through on-going commercial success, he has fostered a culture of excellence in artist development that will continue to shape our future.” He added: “Max is a natural successor to Christian and, in Miles and the rest of the senior U.K. team, he will have extremely strong support when he takes the role. His appointment ensures stability and continuity during the handover period and leaves us well positioned for growth in this important and influential market.” Said Tattersfield: “With the company in such great shape and its future in such good hands, the time is right for me to focus on the kind of entrepreneurial projects that I have pursued since I started out in the industry.” He didn’t detail specific future plans. “Im delighted to have the opportunity to lead Warner Music UK and am indebted to Christian for his tremendous encouragement over the last four years, during which time he steadfastly supported our boundless ambition and artistic vision for Atlantic UK,” Lousada said.