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Kanye West’s Summer of Samples: How Two Reissue Labels Helped Make Wyoming Funky
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“I gotta say, when it comes down to discovering weird samples, that dude’s kind of all over it,” says Now Again Records founder Eothen “Egon” Alapatt of Kanye West, the superstar producer who’s dropped five sample-soaked releases in...

Wednesday, 27 June 2018
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Vinnie Paul: Public Memorial Announced for Pantera Drummer
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The family and record label of Vinnie Paul has announced a public memorial for the late Pantera drummer. “Vinnie Paul: A Public Celebration of Life” will take place Sunday, July 1st – the day after Paul’s private funeral in his native Texas...

Wednesday, 27 June 2018
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Tove Styrke’s ‘Say My Name’ Is the Song of the Summer
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What makes a summer jam? Is it the sunniest chorus, the hottest beat, the most weeks on the charts? Do the lyrics have to be about beaches and barbecues, or is it a question of vibe? What if it’s a song on your summer playlist and no one else’s? We believe...

Wednesday, 27 June 2018
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Watch Injured Tom Morello Recruit Fan for Rage Against the Machine Song
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Three days after undergoing surgery on his broken hand, Tom Morello was back onstage in Stockholm, Sweden, performing live with Prophets of Rage, the supergroup/“elite task force of revolutionary musicians” featuring members of Rage Against the This article...

Wednesday, 27 June 2018
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Review: Charles Lloyd and Lucinda Williams Fuse Jazz and Roots on ‘Vanished Gardens’
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Charles Lloyd’s engagement with rock is no passing dalliance: In the Sixties and Seventies, the saxist-flutist played the Fillmore, gigged with the Beach Boys and recorded with the post-Morrison Doors. But even that history doesn’t prepare the listener for...

Wednesday, 27 June 2018
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Review: Gorillaz’ ‘The Now Now’ Is a Focused Call for Unity In Hard Times
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During almost two decades in business, the mightiness of Gorillaz has been its mutability – it’s a pop-rock-hip-hop-free-trade- zone where anyone from Lou Reed to Vince Staples could show up and work a groove. But that’s also been its flaw: While last...

Wednesday, 27 June 2018
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Watch Migos Play Drug Traffickers in Lavish ‘Narcos’ Video
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Migos play a group of opulent drug traffickers in their new “Narcos” video. The Georgia rappers open the clip in their heavily guarded villa, where they dine, sip champagne, count massive stacks of cash and relax on speed boats. But the mood turns grim...

Wednesday, 27 June 2018
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Backstage With Billie Eilish at Bonnaroo: ‘Sh-t Is Insane’
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Billie Eilish takes fans backstage at Bonnaroo in a goofy behind-the-scenes video for Rolling Stone. “I didn’t sleep so much yesterday – I think that’s pretty obvious,” the 16-year-old singer-songwriter says. While sleep deprivation...

Wednesday, 27 June 2018
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Jerry Cantrell Remembers Pantera’s Vinnie Paul: ‘He Lived His Life Unapologetically’
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Alice in Chains‘ Jerry Cantrell knew late Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul longer, he says, “than I’ve known the guys in my own band.” It was a relationship that began when This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Jerry Cantrell...

Wednesday, 27 June 2018
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Marc Ribot, Steve Earle Protest Trump on New Song ‘Srinivas’
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Genre-hopping guitarist Marc Ribot recruited singer-songwriter Steve Earle to front his moving tribute song “Srinivas,” the first sample of a new album of anti-Trump material, Goodbye Beautiful/Songs of Resistance 1942-2018, out September 14th via ANTI-...

Wednesday, 27 June 2018
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Alice in Chains Talk Honoring Seattle Comrades With New Album ‘Rainier Fog’
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Jerry Cantrell never stopped playing air guitar. It happens anytime a riff comes along that grabs his attention, sending the Grammy-winning, multi-platinum guitarist for Alice in Chains into spasms of hard-rock ecstasy, as his fingers mime the sounds hammering his...

Wednesday, 27 June 2018
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Joe Jackson, Jackson Family Patriarch, Dead at 89
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Joe Jackson, the strict patriarch who took Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 out of the Gary, Indiana ghettos and made them internationally famous, died early Wednesday morning at the age of 89. Jackson had been battling terminal cancer in a Los Angeles hospital. Brian...

Wednesday, 27 June 2018
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Miley Cyrus Is Raising Money for Migrant Children Via Facebook Page
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Miley Cyrus is soliciting donations via Facebook for migrant children who have been separated from their families through President Trump’s controversial border policy.  The pop singer launched a fundraiser for KIND (Kids in Need of Defense) through the...

Wednesday, 27 June 2018
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Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Slow Burn’ Is the Song of the Summer
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What makes a summer jam? Is it the sunniest chorus, the hottest beat, the most weeks on the charts? Do the lyrics have to be about beaches and barbecues, or is it a question of vibe? What if it’s a song on your summer playlist and no one else’s? We believe...

Wednesday, 27 June 2018
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Review: John Coltrane’s New ‘Lost Album’ Captures a Day in the Life of His Greatest Band
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Any newly discovered music from a legend on the order of John Coltrane is an event. But the reason advance buzz has been particularly feverish for Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album, a previously unissued session from March of 1963, is that it comes from...

Wednesday, 27 June 2018
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Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson: My Life in 10 Songs
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For Ian Anderson – prog rocker extraordinaire and the world’s best one-legged-stance flautist, bar none – a half-century career in music is no remarkable feat. “It’s not any particularly novel or unusual occurrence,” the Jethro Tull...

Wednesday, 27 June 2018
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Hear Ray Davies’ New Autobiographical Song ‘The Big Guy’
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Ray Davies‘ new album Our Country: Americana Act II – a sequel to his 2017 LP Americana – doesn’t arrive until Friday, but here you can preview the song “The Big Guy” and see a video of him telling the story behind the tune. ...

Wednesday, 27 June 2018
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The Median U.S. Musician Is Still Making Under $25,000 a Year
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Record industry revenue is on the rise. Off the still-rising success of streaming, label executives say they’ve got “money swirling around.” Warner reportedly gave 17-year-old Lil Pump a $8 million record deal. There’s finally profit in music...

Wednesday, 27 June 2018
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Prince Estate, Sony Ink Distribution Deal for 35 Previously Released Albums
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The Prince estate has inked a deal that will give Sony Music and Legacy Recordings distribution rights to 35 previously released Prince albums.  Starting this year, Legacy will be allowed to make available 19 Prince albums originally issued between 1995 and 2010....

Wednesday, 27 June 2018
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Courtney Barnett and Abbi Jacobson on the Art of Vulnerability
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Few artists are more sensitive to the pain and absurdity of modern life than Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett and Broad City‘s Abbi Jacobson. These days, both are turning that laser focus on themselves. On previous releases, Barnett has often masked...

Tuesday, 26 June 2018
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