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Sturgill Simpson Takes Down Zealots in Blistering Online Post
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:08:00 -0400

After turning in a growling performance of "Living the Dream" on Conan O'Brien's TBS talk show last week, Sturgill Simpson took to his Facebook page today to respond to online critics who were offended by his singing the word "goddamn."

"Living the Dream," an introspective slow-burner from Simpson's acclaimed second solo album Metamodern...

 CMA Awards 2014 Performers Announced
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:44:00 -0400

Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban are the first performers announced for the 48th Annual Country Music Association Awards on November 5th. All four artists are in contention with George Strait for the top prize of the night, Entertainer of the Year, and are among the evening's...

 Watch Macklemore, Fences Deliver Emphatic Version of 'Arrows' for 'GMA'
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:48:00 -0400

Macklemore joined Seattle pop group Fences onstage to kick off Good Morning America’s Fall Concert Series on Monday, performing a stirring version of the Ryan Lewis-produced single "Arrows." The track will appear on Fences’ Elektra Records debut, Lesser Oceans, due out in January.

"It’s pop, but it’s also vulnerable," Fences frontman Christopher Mansfield...

 New York Bands Celebrate 40 Years of the Ramones With a Bowery Tribute
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:10:00 -0400

On August 16th, 1974, the Ramones – the founding lineup of Johnny (guitar), Joey (voice), Tommy (drums) and Dee Dee (bass and song count-off) – performed at CBGB, a year-old club on a war-zone stretch of New York's Bowery, for the first time. By the end of the year, the...

 The Doors' Self-Made 'Feast of Friends' Doc to Finally Come Out This Fall
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:44:00 -0400

Feast of Friends, a Doors documentary that the band members produced themselves on their 1968 summer tour, is finally getting a proper release. The feature, which was never completed, was screened to generally negative reviews at film festivals during frontman Jim Morrison's lifetime, but the reason it has taken nearly half...

 Darius Rucker to Release Christmas Album
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:42:00 -0400

Darius Rucker is releasing a Christmas album — and Sheryl Crow opened the present early. The singer posted a photo of herself with Rucker on her Facebook page last week with the caption "Merry Christmas Baby! (I sang on his upcoming Christmas record)." Rucker followed with a tweet a few days...

 George Harrison Week Planned for 'Conan,' Beck and Norah Jones to Perform
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:30:00 -0400

During the week of September 22nd, Conan will feature daily performances by artists including Beck, Norah Jones and Dhani Harrison to celebrate the music of George Harrison by singing one of his songs. "George Harrison Week" coincides with the release of the box set, The Apple Years: 1968-75 – also...

 Robin Thicke Had Very Little to Do With 'Blurred Lines'
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:15:00 -0400

UPDATE: Thicke has released a statement through his attorney Howard King. "Robin's moment of personal vulnerability is being exploited in the hope of diverting attention from the obvious weakness of their legal claim," King said in a statement.

Robin Thicke claims he was "high on Vicodin and alcohol" when he recorded the...

 Angaleena Presley Checks Out Sad Souls at the 'Grocery Store' вАФ Song Premiere
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:49:00 -0400

It doesn't take more than a few seconds to figure out what inspired "Grocery Store," one of the standout tracks on American Middle Class, the exceptionally personal solo debut of Pistol Annies member Angaleena Presley. Co-written with Lori McKenna, the song's first line describes exactly where the idea was born:...

 Watch Maddie & Tae Perform 'Girl in a Country Song' on 'Letterman'
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:32:00 -0400

Young duo Maddie & Tae raised eyebrows with their debut single "Girl in a Country Song," a good-natured indictment of "bro country" lyrics that relegate women to just a truck-seat accessory. On Friday, Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye took the song to The Late Show With David Letterman to make...

 Jack White: 'Cynical Environment' of Detroit Led to Nashville Move
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:17:00 -0400

Jack White has love for his hometown of Detroit, but the rock icon says the city's "cynical environment" after his early success with the White Stripes was the catalyst that brought him to his current home in Nashville. In an upcoming interview with Dan Rather for the host's Big Interview show, White discusses his...

 Farm Aid 2014's 10 Best Musical Moments
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:02:00 -0400

It's been 29 years since Bob Dylan's offhanded comments about the plight of the American farmer at Live Aid sparked the inaugural Farm Aid concert, and in that time other music-based charity efforts like Self Aid, NetAid, Band Aid, Hear 'n Aid, Hands Across America, Live 8 and Live Earth...

 See Primus Play Tool's 'Aenima' With Danny Carey
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:34:00 -0400

Primus recently recruited Tool's Danny Carey to fill in for their drummer, Tim "Herb" Alexander – who is still recovering from open-heart surgery in July – and they welcomed him into the fold by playing a snippet of his band's late-Nineties single "Ænima."

The trio worked the song's first verse and...

 'Miss America' Wins With Bizarre вАШHappyвАЩ/'Pitch Perfect' Cup Routine
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:57:00 -0400

Clap along if you feel like a cup without a beat: Miss New York Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America on Sunday night, thanks in part to a bizarre talent segment involving a red Solo cup and Pharrell's soulful pop smash "Happy." 

The performance above finds the 23-year-old Manhattan native sitting cross-legged on the...

 Peter Gutteridge, Member of the Clean, the Chills and Snapper, Dead
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:43:00 -0400

One of New Zealand's indie-rock pioneers, Peter Gutteridge – who was a founding member of the Clean, the Chills and Snapper and contributed to the jangly, trebly lo-fi style that became known as the Dunedin sound in the early Eighties – has died, according to the Flying Nun record label....

 Angel Olsen Sets Folk-Rock Aflame
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:02:00 -0400

Welcome to Young Guns, our series exploring the most notable guitarists from the next generation of six-string legends. For more interviews with the guitarists inspiring us right now, click here.

WHO: The Missouri-born singer-songwriter released her debut album Half Way Home in 2012 after having toured with musicians such as Emmett Kelly and Bonnie "Prince"...

 Watch Lorde Perform Gothic Kanye West, Bon Iver Covers
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:46:00 -0400

Lorde is paying tribute to her eclectic musical roots on her ongoing fall tour, performing live covers of Kanye West's Graduation barnburner "Flashing Lights" and Bon Iver's soulful Wish I Was Here track "Heavenly Father." As Pitchfork notes, fans at the recent Philadelphia date have uploaded video footage of both songs. 

The 17-year-old New Zealander makes "Flashing...

 See Beyonce and Jay Z's 'Bonnie and Clyde'-Like 'Bang Bang' Film
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:44:00 -0400

Beyoncé and Jay Z have posted the first of a three-part, Bonnie and Clyde–themed mini–art house film, Bang Bang, that they made while filming scenes for their recent On the Run tour. In stark black and white, the couple meet at a Beyoncé cabaret performance before hitting the road in...

 Taylor Swift's Inner Circle: Sizing Up Her Famous Friends
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:37:00 -0400

Taylor Swift collects cool friends like Pokemon. From a cadre of models to a few alterna-culture icons to a handful of child stars who know what it's like to spend your teenage years in the spotlight — these are the women (and one dude) who litter Taylor's Instagram. We've ranked...

 Hear Robert Ellis Cover Willie Nelson's 'Pretty Paper'
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:32:00 -0400

The south may still be saddled with the endless dew of a soggy summer, but it's never too early to talk Christmas — humidity built the snowman, as John Prine once sang, after all. And Prine — along with Robert Ellis, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, the...

 Hear Yusuf / Cat Stevens Cover Edgar Winter's 'Dying to Live'
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0400

Last December, not long after the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that it would be inducting him in its class of 2014, Yusuf (the singer-songwriter formerly known as Cat Stevens) talked to Rolling Stone about the possibility of a new LP. "It's taken time because for a long time I...

 D'oh Re Mi: 'The Simpsons' Take the Hollywood Bowl
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:00:00 -0400

After 25 seasons on the air, The Simpsons has permeated every corner of pop culture: postage stamps, bootleg T-shirts, video games. Since we're in the middle of a one-month break between the record-breaking 552-episode Simpsons marathon on FXX and the premiere of Season 26 on Fox, a gap obviously needed...

 U2 Back Catalog Sees Massive Sales Bump After 'Songs of Innocence'вАЛ Launch
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:07:00 -0400

After the massive surprise launch of their new album Songs of Innocence on Tuesday, U2 have seen a dramatic chart bump for their back catalog.

An unprecedented number of U2's previous albums have now entered iTunes' album chart since the new record's launch. Earlier this week, 24 of the band's titles had reached...

 Watch Death Cab for Cutie's Poignant Final Performance With Chris Walla
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:09:00 -0400

Death Cab for Cutie co-founder, multi-instrumentalist and producer Chris Walla played his last show with the band on Saturday night at Rifflandia Festival in Victoria, British Columbia. As bandmate Ben Gibbard introduced the closing number on their headlining set, he acknowledged the end of Walla's nearly two-decade tenure. "Thank you so...

 Amy Winehouse Statue Unveiled in London on Late Singer's Birthday
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:46:00 -0400

A life-size bronze statue of Amy Winehouse was unveiled in the North London neighborhood of Camden on Sunday. The Guardian reports that hundreds of fans from all over the world attended the unveiling, which took place on the date that would have been the late singer's 31st birthday.

The statue, created by sculptor...


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