Third Man Records Previews Second Paramount Records Box at AmericanaFest

September 19, 2014 Music

In November, Jack White's Third Man Records and John Fahey’s Revenant Records will drop the second and final volume of its limited edition, high-end The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records box set. Focusing on the legendary, incalculably influential label’s final period (1928-1932), and spanning six LPs, a thumb drive, 250-page hardcover book and 400-page field guide, Volume 2 will feature 800 tracks by Mississippi Delta blues legends like Charlie Patton, Ma Rainey, Skip James and Son House, accompanied by biographical sessionography logs on up to 175 artists.



Jack White Reveals Poignant Bob Dylan Convo


On Thursday, Revenant and Third Man showcased the sprawling trove — which, in contrast to Volume

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Garth Brooks Reveals New Album Release Date

September 19, 2014 Music

During a press conference today in Atlanta, Garth Brooks confirmed that his highly-anticipated new album will be available on November 11th, though the album title is still a well-kept secret. The album includes his current hit, "People Loving People" and will be released via his own Pearl Records in a new partnership with RCA Nashville.



Garth Brooks Sells Entire Catalog Online for 'Stupid' Price


Recently, the country icon announced his music will be released via GhostTunes, a new online sharing service he co-created. Brooks, one of only a handful of artists who does not sell his music via iTunes, started the new venture as a means of letting artists and labels decide whether to sell music as singles or, as he prefers, as albums. In addition to music by

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Charlie Daniels Announces ‘Volunteer Jam’

September 19, 2014 Music

It may not happen until next summer, but Charlie Daniels' legendary Volunteer Jam show is returning to downtown Nashville. Daniels launched the all-star concerts in 1974 at the War Memorial Auditorium, and through the years featured guests as varied as Garth Brooks, Don Henley and a reunited Lynyrd Skynyrd.



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Set for August 12, 2015, this new installment of the Volunteer Jam will be held in Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, a far cry from the more intimate War Memorial. While guests have yet to be announced for the show, the size of the venue indicates it should be artists of the A-list variety. Which should be good news for the Journey Home Project, a not-for-profit charity benefitting U.S. servicemen and women.

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Stevie Nicks’ Intimate Self-Portraits to Get New York Gallery Showing

September 19, 2014 Music

A collection of Polaroid self-portraits that Stevie Nicks took during the mid-Seventies will be shown in an exhibition, "24 Karat Gold," at New York's Morrison Hotel Gallery. The photo set accompanies her upcoming album, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault – tunes she wrote and demoed mostly between 1969 and 1987 and recently re-recorded – due out October 7th. The deluxe edition of the album contains a 48-page book with many of the pictures in the gallery showing, which opens on October 10th and ends on Halloween.



Stevie Nicks' Life in Photos


"Some people don't sleep at night - I am one of those people," Nicks commented in a statement about the photos. "These pictures were taken long after everyone had gone to bed - I would begin after

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Flashback: Gram Parsons Dies in the Desert

September 19, 2014 Music

The mythology of Gram Parsons' short life runs deep, but perhaps nothing is as enigmatic as the death of the 26-year-old king of Cosmic American Music, onetime Rolling Stones cohort and founding father of alt-country.



Gram Parsons: The Mysterious Death - and Aftermath


On this day in 1973, Parsons headed to room Number Eight at the Joshua Tree Inn with a heavy stash of morphine and alcohol — he liked getting high in the desert, and was looking for a place to unwind after recording his second album, the now classic Grievous Angel. What followed is certainly filed under the best of rock & roll lore: He suffered a deadly overdose of, by most reports, a combination of booze and opiates, after which his body was lost at the airport en route to Louisiana.

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Why Death From Above 1979 Reunited After a Decade Apart

September 19, 2014 Music

In 2004, Toronto duo Death From Above embodied the DIY dance-punk aesthetic that lived in home recordings and grimy basement clubs. Eventually, they added the "1979" after a dispute with DFA Records (the rulers of the glossier, hipper, New York-driven end of the market) and combined noisy hardcore, gritty synths and earnest screams on cult classics Romantic Rights and You're a Woman, I'm a Machine. These releases led to a tour with Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age, but then the band suddenly broke up, right as they were primed to break to larger, mainstream audiences.



45 Best Albums of 2014 So Far


Now, a decade later singer and drummer Sebastian Grainger and bassist Jesse Keeler have reunited for the surprising new The Physical World. Shortly after

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Hear Prince’s Giddy New Floor-Stomping Track ‘Funknroll’

September 19, 2014 Music

In anticipation of the two new albums he's putting out at the end of the month, Prince has shared the giddy, guitar- and synth-powered version of "Funknroll" that will appear on his solo record, Art Official Age. The song, which the artist premiered with his backing band ThirdEyeGirl on Arsenio earlier this year, will also appear as a different version on his album with ThirdEyeGirl, Plectrumelectrum. Both albums are due out September 30th.



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Over the past year, Prince has been slowly sharing songs from both LPs, though Art Official Age was not announced until June. Last October, he made a video for Art Official Age's "Breakfast Can Wait" – a song he released as a demo via Twitter – and, this past

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Leonard Cohen on Longevity, Money, Poetry and Sandwiches

September 19, 2014 Music

Leonard Cohen is our leading poet of love, wisdom, and sorrow – and according to the lyrics of Nirvana's "Pennyroyal Tea," the guiding spirit in Kurt Cobain's afterworld. We sat down with the singer-songwriter on the occasion of his 13th studio album, Popular Problems, in a formal dining room at the Canadian consulate in Los Angeles (he primarily lives in L.A. and mostly recorded the album in his home studio, but he hails from Montreal). He discussed producer Patrick Leonard ("It was an unusually fraternal collaboration"), his fedora ("I've got about 20 of these") and the aging process ("My high jump is definitely degraded"). Cohen turns 80 on Sunday, and Popular Problems will be released two days after that.



Leonard Cohen Offers Rare Peek Into His Writing

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Is High-Fidelity Sound the Future of Streaming Music?

September 19, 2014 Music

As music shifted from CDs to downloads, and fans downsized from huge speakers to earbuds, sound quality devolved, as Neil Young said, into "a little above a Fisher-Price level — it's a toy stove." That's even more true with streaming — Spotify, YouTube and the rest mostly provide super-compressed audio files with tinny sound. But some streaming companies are taking up Young's cause. "High-fidelity sound quality is truly a natural evolution of the market," says Andy Chen, chief executive of Tidal, a Norwegian service set to expand to the U.S. "Music is probably the only entertainment-content format in which people have accepted lower quality than 10 years ago — we're saying that maybe that's not OK. Shouldn't it be the same level it used to be? Why

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Watch Lady Antebellum Go Back to High School in ‘I Did With You’ Video

September 19, 2014 Music

Lady Antebellum teamed with Monty Powell to write their new song, "I Did With You" specifically for The Best of Me, an upcoming Nicholas Sparks film. But for the song's brand-new video, the lyrics are played out not on the big screen but on the stage of a high school play. (Watch above.)



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The Best of Me, starring Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden, hits theaters October 17th; its soundtrack will be out October 7th. Watch the movie trailer (also starring Lady Antebellum) here. Other artists on the compilation include Eli Young Band, Hunter Hayes, David Nail, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves and Thompson Square. September has already been a month of a lot of Lady A celebrations, including the birth of guitarist/pianist Dave

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