Bono, Edge Break Down Tumultuous Origins of U2′s ‘Cedarwood Road’

June 30, 2015 Music

Bono and the Edge broke down U2's songwriting process and recalled the rough North Dublin roots that inspired the Songs of Innocence cut, "Cedarwood Road," in a revealing interview for Song Exploder.



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The song gets its name and story from the street Bono grew up on, but it began — like many U2 tracks — with a guitar riff the Edge came up with at home. In speaking about these initial steps, the Edge noted he sketches songs on GarageBand and works with drum loops Larry Mullen Jr. recorded for the demo process.


"My job is to find a way to inspire Adam and Larry and Bono, so I don't often care to finish out a piece fully," the Edge said. "I just want to get something down that I

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Flashback: Yes Play ‘Starship Trooper’ on Last Tour With Classic Lineup

June 30, 2015 Music

The death of Yes bassist Chris Squire is a tragedy on many levels, only one of which is the fact that a complete reunion of the classic lineup of the band is now impossible. Discounting the short-lived late 1980s Yes splinter group Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, Squire played in every single incarnation of the band. They're carrying on without him with former Yes guitarist Billy Sherwood taking his place, but without Squire's thundering bass they'll never be the same again.



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Sadly, Yes have been touring with a suboptimal lineup for quite some time. The last time they played with original singer Jon Anderson and classic-era keyboardist Rick Wakeman was on their 35th anniversary tour in 2004. They did 66

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Kip Moore Admits Scrapping Entire Album for New Songs

June 30, 2015 Music

Last June, Kip Moore was promoting a new single and expecting a fall release date for his second album. The song, "Dirt Road," had more to it than the title suggests, telling the story of a Southern kid who begins to reject the message his preacher sends down from the pulpit. Moore had been proud of the tune's loud guitars and slyly subversive message, but when radio barely played it, the subsequent LP was pushed back into 2015. Rather than cross off days on his calendar, the Georgia singer wrote and recorded an entirely new collection of tracks.



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"Because of 'Dirt Road' stalling and me having more time than I thought, I scrapped the record and started over," Moore told Rolling Stone Country backstage at New York's

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Watch Carrie Underwood Rap in Wiz Khalifa Mash-Up

June 30, 2015 Music

It's been more than two years since Carrie Underwood released "See You Again," the faith-fueled power ballad that doubled as her final single from 2012's Blown Away. While headlining the Big Barrel Country Music Festival last Sunday evening, though, she gave the song a 2015 makeover, throwing a snippet of Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's own "See You Again" into the tune's second half. 



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The mash-up arrived during the middle of her 21-song set, following a string of deep cuts like "I Know You Won't" and "Flat on the Floor." Then, with her pianist leading the charge, Underwood launched into an intimate version of "See You Again," a song she co-wrote with Hillary Lindsey and Evanescence's David Hodges.

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Watch U2 Debut ‘Innocence’ Bonus Track ‘The Crystal Ballroom’ Live

June 30, 2015 Music

U2 were about halfway through their fourth consecutive concert at Chicago's United Center when Bono announced they were going to perform a song they'd never done before. "There's a bunch of people that have been on the road since we started this tour," he said. "I have no idea how they're paying for it. I have no idea how they've skipped school and work, husbands and wives. But they've been on the road and they've been asking for one song, so we kinda nearly figured it out. We'll tell you about it before we play it. It's called 'The Crystal Ballroom.'"



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The track is on the deluxe edition of Songs of Innocence. Like nearly every other song on the album, it was inspired by the group's early days in Dublin.

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Meet Brian Wilson’s Secret Weapon: Darian Sahanaja

June 30, 2015 Music


Darian Sahanaja has been Brian Wilson's keyboardist and musical director ever since the Beach Boy returned to the road as a solo artist in 1999, but some nights he still looks around the stage and can barely believe what he's a part of. "It can be mind-blowing," he says. "If we're playing 'God Only Knows' and I look around and see Brian and my buddies Probyn and Nick I can just lose it thinking about how we're all here because of this music."



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Sahanaja has been a huge Beach Boys and Brian Wilson fan ever since he first heard "I Get Around" on Los Angeles radio as an adolescent in the mid-1970s. "It blew my mind," he says. "I thought it was a current song, so I was surprised to hear it was 10 years old. The first

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Dierks Bentley on New York City’s Surprising Reaction to Country Music

June 30, 2015 Music


Last Friday, Dierks Bentley headlined the opening night of FarmBorough, New York City's first large-scale country music festival. His only regret was that this left him little time to hang out in Manhattan or Brooklyn. "I wish today that I could have cruised around," he told reporters backstage before his set. "I just love walking around. I got little places that I like to go — I've been coming up here enough times."



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The Arizona native first visited the city in 2003, when he opened for Cross Canadian Ragweed and Pat Green at B.B. King's in Times Square. He recalled some initial fear — both for his reception and his livelihood — but all he received was an enthusiastic embrace: "It was kind of

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Apple Music: Everything You Need to Know

June 30, 2015 Music

Nearly 15 years ago, Apple positioned itself on the digital-music vanguard with iTunes and the iPod, sending the music industry into a tizzy to quickly adapt. Now, with today's launch of the company's new streaming service, Apple Music — amid stiff competition from established streaming leaders Spotify, Pandora, Tidal and Rhapsody — it feels late to the game. While the service offers many great features, its true test lies in the months ahead, when music fans get the opportunity to sample it for three months and decide whether or not to ditch the services it's grown accustomed to as Apple slowly dipped its toes in the water.



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Apple Music, which arrives as part of iOS 8.4 and will be available either as

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Hear Puff Daddy, Pharrell’s Hypnotic ‘Finna Get Loose’

June 29, 2015 Music

After premiering "Finna Get Loose" onstage during Sunday's BET Awards, Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs has released an official version of the hypnotic single. "Loose" finds the Bad Boy Entertainment mogul trading rhymes with Pharrell over throbbing synth-bass, skittering programmed drums and chanted backing vocals layered into a choir.  



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Combs also tweeted an in-studio clip of the duo working on "Loose," promising that the track will "debut" Tuesday via Apple Music. "I wanna snatch them out they fuckin' sleep with some shit, with some tones they ain't never hear!" an impassioned Combs says in the clip. 


The BET performance was special for the performer, who reunited with a dozen

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Thomas Rhett Readies New Album ‘Tangled Up’

June 29, 2015 Music

Earlier this year, Thomas Rhett talked to Rolling Stone Country about how his affection for soul music was shaping his new album. On September 25th, fans will hear just how funky Rhett has become when he releases Tangled Up. The follow-up to 2013's It Goes Like This, his second LP features the current hit single "Crash and Burn."



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During an impromptu March listening session with reporters, Rhett played a number of tracks in contention for Tangled Up, including the song he's been using to open his shows, "South Side."


"I've definitely been delving into that kind of music," he said then of R&B and, especially, Bruno Mars. "Bruno has always been one of my idols, if you will. I've caught myself watching a bunch

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