Monthly Archives July 2015

Watch Bruce Springsteen’s Surprise Performance With U2

July 31, 2015 Music

The first clue came during the end of "Beautiful Day" when Bono sang a few lines of "Hungry Heart." It lasted no more than six seconds, but it seemed to confirm rumors that had been flying around for weeks that Bruce Springsteen was going to come out for the final night of U2's eight-show stand at Madison Square Garden. But nobody knew for sure Friday night until the end of "Where The Streets Have No Name" when an extra mic stand appeared and Bono began speaking about Springsteen's profound influence on the band.



Watch the Edge, Adam Clayton Perform With U2 Cover Band


Needless to say, the capacity crowd erupted when Springsteen walked out with an acoustic guitar. "Earlier, when I busted myself up here in the city, we had a gig in Times Square for

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Country Legend Lynn Anderson Dead at 67

July 31, 2015 Music


Lynn Anderson, one of the biggest success stories of Seventies country music, died Thursday of a heart attack in her adopted hometown of Nashville. She was 67.



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The 1971 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Anderson charted a dozen Number One country hits, including "You're My Man," "Top of the World," "How Can I Unlove You" and "Rose Garden." Also commonly referred to as "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden," the Joe South-penned song was Anderson's first tune to cross over to the pop charts. It was a multi-week Number One in the U.S., along with several European countries, and its namesake album held the title of the best-selling country LP by a solo female artist from 1971 until Shania Twain broke its record in 1997.

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Watch Jason Aldean Bring Sultry ‘Tonight’ to ‘Today’

July 31, 2015 Music

Earlier this morning, Jason Aldean treated NBC's Today audience at New York City's Rockefeller Plaza to a four-song set, including his latest single "Tonight Looks Good on You." The song, which recently reached Number 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay Chart, is Aldean's third single from his 2014 platinum-selling album Old Boots, New Dirt.



Jason Aldean Talks Touring, Tidal and 10 Years of Hits


Co-written by Music Row vets Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley and Dallas Davidson, "Tonight Looks Good on You" marks the first time Aldean has recorded a song by "That's My Kind of Night" co-writer Davidson, who first played the song for Aldean before the singer went into the studio to cut his sixth album.


"It's one of the coolest songs

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5 Things We Learned From Sturgill Simpson’s Interview With Foos Guitarist

July 31, 2015 Music

With the Foo Fighters winding their summer-long tour to a close, lead guitarist Chris Shiflett is shifting some of his focus back to his Walking the Floor podcast. Now at its 28th episode, the series finds Shiflett talking shop with songwriters, sidemen and storytellers. It's a conversation between artists, essentially, with Shiflett — who joined the Foo Fighters in 1999, adding another bullet point to a resume that also includes a country-influenced solo project, Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants, as well as a 20-year run with the punk-rock cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes — asking questions that go beyond the standard Q&A fare. 



Hear Foo Fighters' Chris Shiflett Interview Brad Paisley

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Meek Mill’s Drake Diss ‘Is Trash’: Sports World Reacts to ‘Wanna Know’

July 31, 2015 Music

If you're reading this, Meek Mill, it's too late.



Meek Mill Fires Back at Drake With 'Wanna Know'


Since Mill accused Drake of employing a ghostwriter, the Canadian rapper has spent the past week straight ethering him with a duo of diss tracks that set the Internet on fire. Likely tired of being the butt of all jokes, Mill finally got off Twitter and into the booth, firing back with "Wanna Know" on Thursday night.


And despite prominently featuring the Undertaker's awesome entrance theme, the response to Mill's track hasn't been great. And that's putting it mildly. Drake posted an image of himself LOLing on Instagram, Whataburger chimed in with some sass and a number of athletes took to Twitter to make their feelings known – fitting,

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Gary Clark Jr. Releases Two Songs, Details ‘Bangin’ New Album

July 31, 2015 Music

Gary Clark, Jr. will release his much-anticipated second major label LP The Story of Sonny Boy Slim this September, the Austin guitar virtuoso revealed. Fans who pre-order the album, due out September 11th, will receive a free download of Sonny Boy Slim's first two tracks, "The Healing" and "Grinder," which Clark also posted on his YouTube page.



Gary Clark Jr. on New LP, Pressure of 'Sophomore Slump'


"Sonny Boy Slim is me," Clark, who Rolling Stone once dubbed as "the Chosen One," says in the album trailer above. "My mom called me 'Sonny Boy,' and all the cats on the scene when I was coming up called me 'Slim.' The underlying tone of this album is faith and hope. 'Cause that's what we need." The teaser also shows footage

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Meek Mill Fires Back at Drake With ‘Wanna Know’

July 31, 2015 Music

Following a pair of diss tracks aimed in Meek Mill's direction, the Philadelphia rapper finally fired back at Drake Thursday night with his hard-hitting "Wanna Know," where he continues to hammer Drake for allegedly relying on ghostwriters. On the Jhalil Beats and Swizz Beats production, which features a sample from WWE wrestler the Undertaker's intro gong, Meek Mill dishes more ghostwriting jokes, a reference track for a rhyme Drake supposedly used as his own and even unearths a five-year-old rumor about Drake getting urinated on at a movie premiere.



The song was posted on SoundCloud accompanied by a photo of Drake Photoshopped onto a Milli Vanilli member's body; that's more ghost-singing than ghostwriting but the intention is clear: Meek Mill is saying

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Tim Robbins Launching Monthly Music Series

July 31, 2015 Music

Tim Robbins will launch a new music series at his longtime studio, the Actors' Gang, in Los Angeles, starting August 1st with a performance by traditional New Orleans jazz outfit, Tuba Skinny.



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The group will make their L.A. debut at the Actors' Gang's longtime home, the Ivy Substation. The show begins at 8 p.m. PT and tickets are currently available for $25. Box office information is available on the Actors' Gang website.


The group's most recent record, Owl Call Blues, was released in 2014, and the band has performed all over the world. Fittingly, however, Robbins first encountered Tuba Skinny while they were busking in the French Quarter in New Orleans, where he was on location directing

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Watch David Gilmour’s New Animated Video for ‘Rattle That Lock’

July 31, 2015 Music

David Gilmour has released an ambitious animated music video for the title track to his new album, Rattle That Lock, out September 18th. It was created by Alasdair & Jock from Trunk Animation, under the creative directorship of Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis, the design group that created iconic images for Dark Side of the Moon, Meddle, Atom Heart Mother, Obscured by Clouds, Wish You Were Here, Animals and other classic Pink Floyd records.



"I love animation when it does something that can’t be achieved any other way,” said Gilmour in a statement. "The film Alasdair & Jock have made for 'Rattle That Lock' highlights a darkness in the song that couldn’t have been shown any other way."


The song's lyrics were written by

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Kurt Cobain Demo to Feature in ‘Montage of Heck’ Theatrical Re-Release

July 30, 2015 Music

Nirvana fans will be able to hear a previously unreleased song that Kurt Cobain wrote when the documentary, Montage of Heck, gets a widespread theatrical re-release on August 7th. Filmmaker Brett Morgen mixed in the tune – without re-editing what people saw in the film's HBO broadcast – though he would not say where in the movie it would play in an interview with Billboard. "I don't want to get people out there bootlegging it on their cell phones," he said.



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The untitled song comes off a demo cassette, one of over a hundred that Morgen sifted through while making the film, and finds Cobain singing in falsetto. Billboard reports that the feel of the song will be familiar to Nirvana fans with "dense

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