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Barack Obama Pens Tribute to 'Iconic' Grateful Dead
Sun, 05 Jul 2015 14:33:00 -0400

As the Grateful Dead prepare to bid you goodnight with one final Fare Thee Well show at Chicago's Soldier Field Sunday night, President Barack Obama, a longtime Chicagoan, has paid tribute to the long-running jam legends with a message congratulating the group on their 50th anniversary and enduring legacy.

"Here's to...

 Dr. Dre Praises J Dilla, Talks N.W.A Biopic on 'Pharmacy'
Sun, 05 Jul 2015 12:00:00 -0400

Dr. Dre opened up The Pharmacy Saturday night on Apple Music's Beats 1, and the G-Funk extraordinaire used his debut hour-long radio program to praise the late J Dilla as well as discuss the upcoming N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton. "There's actually a lot of producers that I...

 The Grateful Dead Say Farewell: The View From the Balcony
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:51:00 -0400

In 1968, only three years into their long, strange trip, the Grateful Dead came up with a radical idea for sharing their already singular, performing alchemy. Instead of taking their live experience to America city by city, they would bring the multitudes to the mountain. "We used to fantasize about...

 Dr. Dre Reveals His 'Pharmacy' Beats 1 Premiere Date
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:09:00 -0400

One of the biggest exclusives on the newly launched Apple Music was the opening of The Pharmacy, a Beats 1 radio show hosted by Dr. Dre. At last, the Doctor has announced his office hours: The Pharmacy will debut July 4th at 6 p.m. EST. The hour-long program will broadcast new...

 The Dead Live Again: What's Changed (and What Hasn't) at Soldier Field
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:06:00 -0400

Last night, the surviving "core four" members of the Grateful Dead began their three-night stand at Chicago's Soldier Field after two earlier, quasi-warmup shows in Santa Clara, California, the weekend before. With it came the return not only of a certain sound — in last night's case, the loose-and-nimble jamming...

 Lil Wayne Drops 'Free Weezy Album' on Tidal
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 09:14:00 -0400

While Lil Wayne still waits to declare independence from Cash Money Records, the rapper has dropped a Fourth of July gift for fans: His long-awaited Free Weezy Album, now dubbed simply FWA. The mixtape comes a month after the rapper first announced that he was joining Jay Z's streaming venture...

 Hear David Bowie's Rare, Original 'Holy Holy' From 1971
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 09:30:00 -0400

David Bowie will kick off a series of box sets later this year with the 10-album Five Years: 1969 – 1973, which includes a two-disc compilation of non-album singles, rare versions of songs and B sides called Re:Call 1. One of the most notable outtakes is the rare,...

 Martina McBride's July 4th Performance to Stream Live
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:10:00 -0400

Twenty-one years after releasing "Independence Day" — a song about a mother's escape from an abusive relationship on the Fourth of July — Martina McBride is gearing up to headline Nashville's biggest July 4th celebration to date. 

McBride, whose Everlasting Tour stretches until late October, tops off a two-day bill that...

 Aphex Twin Alter Ego AFX Preps New EP, Releases New Song
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:55:00 -0400

Aphex Twin returned last year after a nearly 13-year absence with the lauded LP Syro, and now mastermind Richard D. James has revived his other alter ego, AFX, who will drop a new EP, Orphaned Deejay Selek (2006-2008) on August 21st via Warp.

Album cut "Serge Fenix Rendered 2" is currently...

 We Saw Rihanna Hold Nearly 100 Fans Hostage in Los Angeles
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:49:00 -0400

Last night in Los Angeles, Rihanna celebrated the debut of her tough, NSFW video for "Bitch Better Have My Money" by taking hostages. Nearly 100 fans were invited to a Tidal-sponsored event, blindfolded and then put onto luxury buses with the windows covered by black curtains — destination unknown.


 Watch Cassadee Pope Sing 'Invincible' From Sassier Second Album
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:49:00 -0400

Cassadee Pope's first solo single, "Wasting All These Tears" follows a long tradition of devastating, pop-country power-ballads. The track opens with the singer prostrate "on the bathroom floor," so distraught that her "loneliness was rattling the windows." This tune remains the Florida native's biggest success to date, but you won't...

 5SOS's Ashton Irwin Reveals His Favorite Instagram Accounts
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:48:00 -0400

Ashton Irwin of 5 Seconds of Summer sees himself as a visual person, so it's no wonder he's become the band's King of Instagram. "I like visual things, so I think Instagram is more appealing to me than things like Twitter or Facebook," the drummer tells Rolling Stone. Here are three...

 Beastie Boys Refute New Live Show Rumors
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:22:00 -0400

The Beastie Boys have denied rumors of a live reunion that began after surviving members Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz filed a trademark application for the Beastie Boys name in conjunction with "live performances by a musical group."

A representative for the band, however, reiterated the group's stance on...

 Joe Nichols on Bentley, the Band and Why There's No Justice in Music
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:12:00 -0400

Joe Nichols almost nailed it: When the country hitmaker took the stage for a Friday afternoon set at New York's Farmborough Festival, the sky was partly cloudy and the temperature was 76 degrees — not far from the conditions celebrated in 2013's chart-topping "Sunny and 75." Nevertheless, the song...

 Striking Matches Talk Duo Power, 'Nashville' Connection
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:43:00 -0400

Striking Matches have a knack for constructing lovely songs. Just as importantly, they excel at building and maintaining close relationships. Talking before an acoustic but raucous performance at New York City's FarmBorough Festival last weekend, the duo of Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis returned again and again to their key...

 Rare Test Pressing of Bob Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks' Found
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:09:00 -0400

A test pressing of Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks – one of rock's rarest records with only five known existing copies – is now available thanks to Amoeba Music. The West Coast record chain recently acquired the test pressing of the classic LP, dubbed the "New York"...

 Genius' Top-Ranked Kanye Expert: Kim Kardashian Is Changing His Music
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:21:00 -0400

Kanye West has never resisted the opportunity to communicate his pride, adoration and love for spouse Kim Kardashian in interviews, on social media and through his lyrics. With a new album on the horizon, it's more important now than ever to understand the effect their relationship has had on his...

 Hear Zac Brown Band and Avicii's Sparkling 'Broken Arrows'
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:17:00 -0400

Zac Brown Band has joined EDM DJ Avicii for "Broken Arrows," a danceable banger from the Swedish producer's upcoming album Stories. Check it out below.

Previewing the track on his Le7els podcast, Avicii had kind words to say about Brown, an artist with his own history of blurring genre boundaries. "He's an amazing...

 Signed Beatles Postcard, Vulgar Jim Morrison Comic Up for Auction
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:50:00 -0400

Several pieces of autographed Beatles memorabilia, including a postcard signed by all four members during their stay in Miami Beach while filming an appearance for the Ed Sullivan Show, are up for auction via Lelands.

The postcard from 1964 is currently priced at over $12,500 and was signed during the...

 Robin Thicke: 'I Know the Difference Between Inspiration and Theft'
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:43:00 -0400

Robin Thicke maintained that he did not plagiarize Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" when he co-wrote "Blurred Lines" in his first interview since a jury decided otherwise. "I know the difference between inspiration and theft," he recently told The New York Times. "I’m constantly...

 Amy Winehouse Demos for Unfinished Third LP Destroyed
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:47:00 -0400

Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at age 27, with only two studio albums to her name. The troubled singer recorded demos for a third LP, but those tracks will never be heard – since they were destroyed by David Joseph, chairman/CEO of Winehouse's label, Universal Music...

 Luke Bryan on 'Kill the Lights,' Country's Sexiest Men
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:45:00 -0400

Luke Bryan is in the middle of one of his biggest years. In March, he wrapped up his wildly popular Spring Break EP collection and is pregaming for the August release of his fifth studio album Kill the Lights with his Kick the Dust Up tour.

"With Kill the Lights, my...

 Hear Prince's Psychedelic New Song, 'HARDROCKLOVER'
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:05:00 -0400

Prince's new song, "HARDROCKLOVER," opens not with the expected thunderous riff, but a minimalist synth pulse. The singer-guitarist surveys the hazy scene at a party, "in between this waking life and R.E.M." – but when the title lover walks in the room, the track erupts with psychedelic wah-wah, funky...

 Brandy Clark Hints New Album Will Have More Edge
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:00:00 -0400

Brandy Clark's Grammy-nominated debut, 12 Stories is fairly even-toned, never jarring – at least not musically. The songs serve mainly as vehicles for Clark's angelic vocals and devilish lyrics ("Crazy women are made by crazy men," "What'll keep me out of heaven will take me there tonight"). But the...

 Luke Bryan Sets Dates for Annual Farm Tour
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:41:00 -0400

Luke Bryan, the son of a Georgia peanut farmer, revisits his family's farming roots again as the country superstar has announced his seventh annual Luke Bryan Farm Tour, kicking off in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on September 30th.

Like last year's trek, this year's itinerary includes eight stops, four of...


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