Flashback: Guns N’ Roses Play Final Show Before Mysterious Hiatus

August 27, 2015 Music

Slash called a huge stir this past weekend when he didn't challenge a Swedish reporter's assertion that he was back on speaking terms with Axl Rose. "It was probably way overdue, you know," he said. "But it's very cool at this point to dispel some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long." He never actually said, "Axl and I are talking again," and it's quite possible he was merely saying that his own negative feelings have dissipated in recent years, but the remark was more than enough to generate headlines all over the world.



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One reason the comments got the Guns N' Roses fan community so excited is that they came not long after word arrived that guitarists DJ

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Hear Alabama, Alison Krauss Duet on Romantic ‘Come Find Me’

August 27, 2015 Music

Alabama's repertoire has always been a solid blend of foot-stomping anthems and tender ballads, and the tradition continues on Southern Drawl, the first album of original songs from the trio of Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook since 2001. One of the many highlights on the collection is "Come Find Me," a road weary musician's message to the object of his affection.



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Owen's lead vocal conveys the ache of separation, but there's also a playful edge. "There's a line that says, 'Every now and then, I get to rolling and the wheels come loose. I'm rocking like a rock star dude out here in the crazy.' We've lived that one. Are you kidding?" Owen says with a laugh.


"Come Find Me" was one of the last two songs

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Van Morrison Preps Expanded Reissues of ‘Astral Weeks,’ ‘His Band’

August 27, 2015 Music

Van Morrison's seminal 1968 LP Astral Weeks and 1970's His Band and the Street Choir, will be expanded, remastered and reissued on October 30th via Warner Bros.



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Both LPs will be made available digitally and on CD, each featuring a handful of previously unreleased, alternate versions of album cuts.


The expanded Astral Weeks will include the first take of "Beside You," a stripped down, vibraphone-heavy "Madame George" and longer versions of "Ballerina" and "Slim Slow Slider." All offer a deeper examination of Morrison's working relationship with the quartet that helped him record the LP: bassist Richard Davis, guitarist Jay Berliner, percussionist Warren Smith, Jr. and drummer Connie Kay.


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Jennifer Nettles Announces Tour, Readies New Album for 2016

August 27, 2015 Music

After parting ways with her longtime label Universal Nashville earlier this month, Jennifer Nettles has found a new home: the singer-songwriter, Broadway actress and one-half of Grammy-winning duo Sugarland has signed with Big Machine Records. The label, overseen by Music Row impresario (and American Idol mentor) Scott Borchetta, will release Nettles' new album in 2016. A single is expected next month.



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Nettles, who is currently filming the NBC TV-movie Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors in Atlanta, will launch a headlining tour in the Georgia capital on October 23rd. Dubbed the Playing With Fire Tour, the trek will stretch into December, with special guests Brandy Clark and Ryan Kinder.


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Clint Black Details Maniacal Work on First New Album in 10 Years

August 27, 2015 Music

Clint Black had time to kill when making On Purpose, his first new album in a decade. The multi-platinum-selling country legend was having too much fun — and wearing too many hats — making the LP to be in any sort of rush.



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"I've been a maniac," he told Rolling Stone Country earlier this summer while still putting the finishing touches on the new music. "I'll spend two days getting a guitar part just right, when I could be hiring guys like Brent Mason to come over and do it in an hour. It may take two days for me to get to a point where I'm satisfied, but I like doing that because I'm getting better as I do it. I'd never played slide guitar on a record, and the more I learned it, the more I wanted to do it myself.

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Watch Taylor Swift Sing ‘Smelly Cat’ With Lisa Kudrow at L.A. Show

August 27, 2015 Music

Taylor Swift's 1989 world tour has featured an epic roster of special guests, with names getting bigger and weirder as it's progressed. For her final show at Los Angeles' Staples Center, Swift brought out actress Lisa Kudrow, who reprised her famous Friends character Phoebe Buffay.



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With acoustic guitar in hand, Swift introduced Kudrow as her fictional character, who appeared onstage to perform Buffay's song "Smelly Cat" with the singer. Suddenly, Kudrow interrupted Swift to offer some Buffay-esque critiques. "That was good, but you have to really feel the lyrics," she said to screams and laughs from the audience before showing Swift how it's best sung.


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Watch Taylor Swift Sing ‘Smelly Cat’ With Lisa Kudrow at L.A. Show

August 27, 2015 Music

Taylor Swift's 1989 world tour has featured an epic roster of special guests, with names getting bigger and weirder as it's progressed. For her final show at Los Angeles' Staples Center, Swift brought out actress Lisa Kudrow, who reprised her famous Friends character Phoebe Buffay.



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With acoustic guitar in hand, Swift introduced Kudrow as her fictional character, who appeared onstage to perform Buffay's song "Smelly Cat" with the singer. Suddenly, Kudrow interrupted Swift to offer some Buffay-esque critiques. "That was good, but you have to really feel the lyrics," she said to screams and laughs from the audience before showing Swift how it's best sung.


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Tyler, the Creator Banned From United Kingdom Over Lyrics

August 27, 2015 Music

Odd Future member Tyler, the Creator announced he has been banned from the United Kingdom after canceling a string of shows in the U.K. and Ireland, including sets at the Reading and Leeds Festivals.



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"Based on lyrics from 2009 I am not allowed in the U.K. for 3-5 years (although I was there 8 weeks ago). That is why the shows were canceled," the rapper wrote, in all caps, on Twitter.


Tyler's manager, Christian Clancy, echoed the sentiment in a post on Tumblr, alleging that a letter from the U.K. Home Office specifically cited lyrics from 2009's Bastard and 2011's Goblin.


"he type of lyrics he hasn’t written since," Clancy added. "ighlights from the letter

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Tyler, the Creator Banned From United Kingdom Over Lyrics

August 27, 2015 Music

Odd Future member Tyler, the Creator announced he has been banned from the United Kingdom after canceling a string of shows in the U.K. and Ireland, including sets at the Reading and Leeds Festivals.



Tyler, the Creator's Lawyer Strikes Back at 'Riot' Tag


"Based on lyrics from 2009 I am not allowed in the U.K. for 3-5 years (although I was there 8 weeks ago). That is why the shows were canceled," the rapper wrote, in all caps, on Twitter.


Tyler's manager, Christian Clancy, echoed the sentiment in a post on Tumblr, alleging that a letter from the U.K. Home Office specifically cited lyrics from 2009's Bastard and 2011's Goblin.


"he type of lyrics he hasn’t written since," Clancy added. "ighlights from the letter

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Patti Smith Leads Powerful ‘Horses’ Set in Jimi Hendrix’s Studio

August 27, 2015 Music

As part of a performance of her debut album Horses in the studio where she recorded it, Patti Smith sang her beatific cover of Them's "Gloria" twice. The first time was as the set opener, in which she transitioned from reading the poem off an LP copy of the record into the full-on punk explosion that was the album's only single. The small audience was rapt. But it was the second time – deep into the record's three-movement penultimate track "Land" – when it became transcendent: Smith stepped off the small stage, onto a couch and shoved the mic into the face of a fan to sing "Gloooriaaa" euphorically before hugging him. The fan was Michael Stipe.



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