Queen, Tina Turner to Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
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Queen, Tina Turner, Neil Diamond and Emmylou Harris are among the artists who will receive the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. The organization behind the Grammys will also hand out its Special Merit Awards to Louis Jordan, the Meters and Wrecking Crew drummer Hal Blaine. This year’s honorees will be celebrated at a ceremony and concert set to take place this summer. Additional details will be announced in the coming weeks. “This year’s Special Merit Awards recipients are a...

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The Feathers of Planet Earth’s Bird of Paradise Literally Eat Light
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The mating dance of the male superb bird of paradise is like nothing else on Earth. To win the affection of a female, he forms a sort of satellite dish with his body, revealing an entrancing band of blue. He jumps about like this, clicking in the face of the rather drab female, who appears simultaneously intrigued and horrified. Other species of birds of paradise may vary in their plumage and tactics, but they share something remarkable: their...

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Flashback: Crosby, Stills and Nash Perform ‘Just a Song Before I Go’ in 1977
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Crosby, Stills and Nash first played together in 1968, but it was nearly a decade before they toured as a trio. That’s because a certain shaggy Canadian fellow joined their ranks right before they hit the road to support their debut LP. They sold millions of records without the guy, his contributions to their second record would be a scant two-and-a-half songs (only one of which is truly great) and, as Stephen Stills certainly learned during his time in Buffalo...

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Bruce Springsteen Offers Tickets to Broadway Show in Charity Contest
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Bruce Springsteen is offering one fan the chance to meet him and see one of his sold-out shows on Broadway as part of a charity contest to benefit the Bob Woodruff Family Foundation. The contest is run through Omaze and participants can enter with a minimum $10 donation. Donations guarantee fans a certain number of chances to win, with $10 equaling 100 entries, $25 equaling 250 entries and $50 equaling 1,000 entries. One particularly generous fan still has the opportunity to...

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Radiohead Publisher Issues Statement Refuting Lana Del Rey Lawsuit
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A spokesperson for Radiohead‘s publisher, Warner/Chappell, disputed Lana Del Rey‘s claim that the band has filed a lawsuit against the singer over alleged similarities between her Lust for Life song, “Get Free,” and the band’s hit, “Creep.” On Sunday, several British tabloids reported on a pending legal fight between Del Rey and Radiohead. While sources said the two parties were trying to figure out the issue “behind the scenes,” Del Rey wrote on Twitter, “It’s...

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See Cassie Lounge With a Tiger in ‘Don’t Play It Safe’ Video
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Cassie relaxes poolside with a tiger in the new video for “Don’t Play It Safe,” a downtempo funk single that commands a lover to “take the reins.” “Don’t Play It Safe” is produced by Kaytranada, who crafts a beat full of juicy, rumbling low-end and skipping hi-hats. Cassie heaps instructions on top of this foundation: “Don’t wait,” “change the pace up,” “show me some things.” The video is full of lush greenery, an expensive-looking mansion and a pristine...

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Chris Robinson on Why He’s Ready to Sing Black Crowes Songs Again
Music News

It’s been more than four years since the Black Crowes split following an epic show at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. In that time, Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson has kept their music alive in his spinoff group the Magpie Salute, but his brother Chris has focused on the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, a jam band that plays almost nothing from the Crowes catalog. He hasn’t even sung many of their songs in any capacity since the group folded, but...

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Willie Nelson Cancels Shows Due to Breathing Issues
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Willie Nelson called off a concert after just one song and was forced to cancel several upcoming dates due to breathing issues, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. During a Saturday show at the Harrah’s Resort SoCal in San Diego, the 84-year-old musician was performing his opener, “Whiskey River,” when he suddenly ended the performance. Fans said Nelson was coughing and apparently having trouble breathing as he left the stage. Nelson’s publicist told the Union-Tribune that the musician had either “a...

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Justin Timberlake Producer Danja Talks Making the Wild, Futuristic ‘Filthy’
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Last Friday, pop superstar Justin Timberlake returned with “Filthy,” a strutting single that’s a surprising pivot from the carefree, innocuous Trolls tune “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” In contrast, “Filthy” is full of grating synths and shrill screams. There’s a pair of stadium-funk breakdowns, all walloping drum fills and histrionic guitars. Although Timberlake has relied heavily on falsetto vocal displays in the past, this time he keeps his voice in the middle of mix, so the singer and the...

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Lester Bangs Play ‘How to Be a Rock Critic’ Captures Writer’s Wild Spirit
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Critics aren’t the most obvious subjects for drama. But if anyone qualified for a theatrical presentation, it would be the late Lester Bangs, whose caffeinated, take-few-prisoners prose and rock & roll–animal image (accurate or not) made him nearly as iconic as the musicians he loved, dissected or trashed. Bangs, who died of a drug-related overdose in 1982 at 33, has been immortalized in two anthologies, a biography (Jim DeRogatis’ well-researched Let It Blurt), and a movie (Philip Seymour Hoffman played...

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Hear Superchunk Preview New LP With Fierce, Melodic ‘Erasure’
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Superchunk released a compact new power-pop song titled “Erasure” on Tuesday. The track will appear next month on What a Time to Be Alive, out February 16th. “Erasure” is squarely within Superchunk tradition, centering around Laura Ballance’s chugging basslines and the rattling, hyperactive drumming of Jon Wurster. Mac McCaughan adds his nasal, keening vocals and Jim Wilbur contributes scraping guitar. Superchunk also enlisted Katie Crutchfield from Waxahatchee and Stephin Merritt from the Magnetic Fields to...

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Hear Breeders Preview First Album in 10 Years With Title Track ‘All Nerve’
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The Breeders unveiled a deceptively punishing new song, “All Nerve,” the title track from the group’s first album in 10 years, out March 2nd via 4AD. “All Nerve” opens with Kim Deal crooning wistful lyrics over a sparse tangle of shuffling drums and crackling guitars. But the song takes a delightfully heavy turn with a barrage of down beats as ragged riffs as Deal’s voice leaps to a wail. All Nerve follows the Breeders’ 2008 album Mountain Battles, but notably...

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Car Seat Headrest Prep Re-Recorded Version of 2011 LP ‘Twin Fantasy’
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Car Seat Headrest will release a re-recorded, reimagined version of his 2011 Bandcamp LP, Twin Fantasy, on February 16th via Matador. In a statement about the project, singer-songwriter Will Toledo described the original, lo-fi album as “never a finished work,” adding, “It wasn’t until last year that I figured out how to finish it.” That process involved utilizing his current live band, a bigger budget and more scheduling flexibility. Toledo previewed the updated Twin Fantasy with a self-directed video for...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018
Greta Van Fleet’s Misty Mountain Revival
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The four members of the Michigan band Greta Van Fleet look, act and sound like they were grown in the lab of some classic-rock-loving mad scientist. How else to explain a group of kids who go around dropping references to Vanilla Fudge’s Carmine Appice and Free’s Paul Kossoff, who cover Fairport Convention and Howlin’ Wolf – and who, by the way, make huge, throwback, blues-riff-riding rock that often sounds preposterously, uncannily close to newly unearthed Led Zeppelin tracks? “We are...

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James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt Plot 2018 U.S. Tour
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James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt will unite this summer for a joint tour. Each artist will perform full sets throughout the U.S. trek, which launches May 8th in Jacksonville, Florida; the jaunt spans May and June, including a pair of back-to-back shows at L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl, and concludes July 1st in Buffalo, New York. All tickets for all dates go on sale January 19th at 10 a.m. local time – except the St. Paul, Minnesota show, which will be available...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018
Hear Black Eyed Peas Slam Racist Policy on ‘Street Livin”
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Black Eyed Peas take aim at police brutality, the criminal justice system and immigration policy on “Street Livin,'” a sobering new boom bap song the group shared on Monday.  The Black Eyed Peas became global superstars during the second half of the 2000s with a stream of turbocharged dance pop singles, but they abandon that sound on their latest track. Instead, the group returns to the sample-heavy, socially-conscious hip-hop they favored early in their career. The beat to “Street Livin'”...

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Bonnaroo: Eminem, the Killers, Muse Headline 2018 Festival
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Eminem, the Killers and Muse will headline this year’s Bonnaroo, scheduled to return to “the Farm” in Manchester, Tennessee from June 7th – 10th. Future, Bassnectar, Sturgill Simpson, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Sheryl Crow, Paramore and Khalid are also on this year’s lineup, which also features Bon Iver performing “two unique sets.” In addition, the 17th annual festival will feature Mavis Staples, Alt-J, Broken Social Scene, Kaskade, Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, Trombone Shorty & Orleans...

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Watch Kendrick Lamar Perform ‘Damn.’ Medley at College Football Championship
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Kendrick Lamar staged the first halftime performance in College Football Playoffs history, performing a four-song set featuring three songs from the rapper’s acclaimed Damn. as well as new single “All the Stars.” 50 Best Albums of 2017 Taylor Swift clapped back, Kendrick Lamar got personal, Lorde threw a high-concept party and more The mini-concert took place outside near Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium; inside the stadium, Donald Trump watched as Alabama took on Georgia in the championship game. Despite the...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018
Watch Lana Del Rey Talk Potential Radiohead Lawsuit at Denver Concert
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Lana Del Rey warned fans that her potential lawsuit with Radiohead could result in the singer removing “Get Free” – the song accused of resembling the band’s “Creep” – from future editions of her latest LP Lust for Life. On Sunday night, hours after Del Rey confirmed that she might end up in court after failing to reach a compromise with Radiohead over the song’s publishing, the singer talked about the legal situation during her Denver concert (via Pitchfork). Prior...

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