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Aretha Franklin Bans 'Amazing Grace' Doc Screenings
Aretha Franklin was granted a last-minute injunction to prevent the Sydney Pollack-directed documentary Amazing Grace from premiering at the Telluride Film Festival. The film – which features Franklin's 1972 performance at Los Angeles' New Temple Missionary Baptist Church but was never released due to sound problems – was set to screen...

Sat, 05 Sep 2015 09:18:00 -0400


Billy Corgan on Donald Trump: He's 'Running Chaos Theory'
Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan may not agree with Donald Trump's political agenda, but he does credit the Republican frontrunner with bringing a level of entertainment and uncertainty to what's usually a monotonous road to Election Day. During a Q&A with fans before a Cincinnati concert earlier this month, Corgan was asked...

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:19:00 -0400


Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Best Billy Joel Deep Cut?
Billy Joel has been touring pretty heavily ever since he returned to the road in 2013, and since he hasn't released a new pop album in 22 years he's taken the opportunity to break out some super deep cuts like "Running on Ice," "Sleeping With the Television On" and "No Man's...

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:53:00 -0400


See Brad Paisley Crack a Smile After Flubbing 'Country Nation'
A little over three minutes into an otherwise flawless performance of his latest single "Country Nation" last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Brad Paisley added a little comedy himself — albeit unintentionally. The singer-guitarist flubbed a line in the song's chorus, singing what sounded like "we drink all that...

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:18:00 -0400


Chris Young at the Grand Ole Opry: Backstage Photos and Stories
Chris Young made a special appearance on the Grand Ole Opry last month, using the famous radio show to introduce fans to his brand new single, the romantically-charged booty call of "I’m Comin' Over." The Tennessee native has sang on the revered stage many time before, but now that he has...

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:54:00 -0400


Watch Thomas Rhett Bust a Move in 'T-Shirt' Video
Dancing in black and white against a simple, stark background is a time-honored musical tradition — Beyoncé's "Single Ladies," anyone? — and now Thomas Rhett is getting in on the action with the video for his song "T-Shirt." Off his forthcoming second album, Tangled Up, the clip (one of the videos...

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:20:00 -0400


Merle Haggard Laments New Country Music About 'Screwing on a Tailgate'
Merle Haggard is one of the most name-checked singers in modern country music, honored by a string of songs — including Eric Church's "Pledge Allegiance to the Hag" and Mo Pitney's "I Met Merle Haggard Today" — that tip their hats to the pioneering outlaw. As it turns out, the respect...

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:38:00 -0400


Jay Z, Solange Dedicate Songs to Beyonce in Poignant Birthday Post
Jay Z, Solange, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and other loved ones celebrated Beyoncé's 34th birthday Friday with a playlist of songs representing their "most cherished moments" with the singer. The post, which also includes reflections from Beyoncé's parents and daughter, Blue Ivy, was posted Friday at her website.  "This song reminds me...

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:48:00 -0400


The Real 'Dear Prudence' on Meeting Beatles in India
In January of 1968, a then-20-year-old Prudence Farrow finally fulfilled a dream of hers that had been in the making for two years: to study meditation under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Rishikesh, India. Accompanied by her sister, actress Mia, Farrow was later joined at the Maharishi's retreat by none other...

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:31:00 -0400


Watch Tidal's Made in America Festival Livestream
Jay Z's annual Made in America Festival will swoop into Philadelphia this Labor Day weekend, and the rapper has offered up a livestream of the two-day fest featuring sets by Beyoncé, the Weeknd, Modest Mouse, J. Cole, Bassnectar and more. Tidal will host the "pre-paywall" livestream, which means both subscribers and non-members...

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:31:00 -0400


Fall Country Music Preview 2015: 25 Essential Albums and Events
No matter if you listen to country music at dive bars, tailgate parties or spin class, there's a little something for everyone among the new albums being released this fall. For the mainstream lovers who like a little pep in their two-step, there's Carrie Underwood's surefire smash Storyteller album and...

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:25:00 -0400


Polyphonic Spree Plot 'Beginning Stages' 15th Anniversary Tour
Fifteen years after the Polyphonic Spree recorded their breakthrough album The Beginning Stages of…, the robed ensemble will perform that 2000 debut LP in its entirety for the first time during an extensive 15th anniversary trek this fall. Spree singer/leader Tim DeLaughter and his merry band of musicians are currently touring...

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:10:00 -0400


Dr. John Talks New Orleans Music 10 Years After Katrina
"The whole Lower Ninth Ward hasn't really recovered, but I feel a good spirit in my heart that something is going on — music is coming back slowly," Dr. John declares in his trademark growl, reflecting on the state of his hometown, New Orleans, on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina....

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:01:00 -0400


Hear Janet Jackson's Soulful New Song, 'Unbreakable'
Fresh off unveiling the track list and cover for her 11th LP, Unbreakable, Janet Jackson has released the soulful title track online. "Never for a single moment did I ever go without your love," she croons. "You made me feel wanted, and I want to tell you how important you are...

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 10:26:00 -0400


Dam-Funk on Ariel Pink, Snoop Dogg and Retro-Fabulous New Triple LP
Dâm-Funk's Rolodex weighs a ton. The man born Damon G. Riddick is set to release Invite the Light, his triple-LP follow-up to 2009's five-LP Toeachizown, and the key word in the title is "invite." Dâm (pronounced "dame") reached out to a few friends to help him finish the album some six...

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 10:22:00 -0400


'Rocky Horror' at 40: Hear Soundtrack Outtake, Read Producer's Reflections
"Rocky Horror never surprises me," says Lou Adler, who executive-produced The Rocky Horror Picture Show. "I can be sitting in the most conservative meeting about some other subject, and somebody will say, 'I have to admit...,' and then they give me their Rocky Horror story." Later this month, Adler will be...

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 09:48:00 -0400


Dead Weather Drop Raucous 'I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)' Live Video
The Dead Weather have dropped a live performance video for "I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)," the opening track and first single off the band's upcoming LP Dodge and Burn. In the black-and-white video, Alison Mosshart, Jack White and company perform their new track at Third Man Records surrounded by draped...

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 09:32:00 -0400


Summer Concert Boom Marks Industry Turnaround
With the Rolling Stones, U2, Taylor Swift and One Direction on the road during an economic recovery, it's hard to imagine the concert business having anything other than a blockbuster summer. First-half North American ticket sales were up 5.8 percent compared to 2014, according to Pollstar; top promoter Live Nation's sales,...

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 09:04:00 -0400


Yours, Dreamily
"I'm old enough to know the game/But pushing buttons now is all that keeps me sane," Dan Auerbach sings in "Outta My Mind," the opening jolt on this strange, seductive album, through a spooky melange of spaghetti-Western guitars, funk drumming and oily reverb. The first line is plain enough: Auerbach,...

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:56:00 -0400


Anthems for Doomed Youth
In the early 2000s, the Libertines soaked up comparisons to Oasis and the Strokes, while singer-guitarist Pete Doherty hoovered all the drugs in London. With those days behind them, the Libs have returned for their first LP since 2004, full of sharp garage slop, glam anthems, Waterloo sunburn and loads...

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:54:00 -0400


23 Live Sex Acts
Against Me!'s most recent LP, 2014's Transgender Dysphoria Blues, was the punk group's first since frontwoman Laura Jane Grace came out as transgender, and songs like "True Trans Soul Rebel" sounded like cries of freedom. On 23 Live Sex Acts — recorded on various dates of the band's tour last year...

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:52:00 -0400


The Book of Souls
Metal's most fanciful band has gilded its 16th LP with the usual tales of kings, battles and foolhardy missions to the sky — but while those topics might sound like old hat, the veteran Brits indulge their whims without ever getting tiresome. Their three guitarists wield an endless arsenal of galloping...

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:51:00 -0400


Rodeo
Kanye West has called himself the greatest living rock star, and his latest pupil seems to be taking that idea as gospel. On his major-label debut, Travis Scott — a 23-year-old from Houston who's usually shirtless if he isn't wearing all-black – doesn't rap so much as scream, moan and yelp...

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:50:00 -0400


Unknown Mortal Orchestra Unpack Modern Neuroses In New Video
Unknown Mortal Orchestra unpack and explore modern life and its myriad afflictions and phenomena, from restless leg syndrome to rapture, in the peculiar new video for "Can't Keep Checking My Phone." Directed by Dimitri Basil and his co-director, Cooper Roussel, the video opens with a scene reminiscent of Jean-Luc Godard and French...

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:18:00 -0400


The Black Lillies: Knoxville, Tennessee's Roots-Country Crusaders
Their Sound: Country music with a soul-rock infusion, supported by bandleader Cruz Contreras' smart songwriting and tight musicianship that comes from years on the road. Big Break: Contreras spent his teen years in Franklin, Tennessee, soaking up country music heritage, as well as bluegrass, jazz and swing music. In 1995, he...

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:39:00 -0400
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