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  • Your Record Store Day Shopping List: 20 Essentials, From the Grateful Dead to One Direction

    Chris Willman at Yahoo Music1 day ago

    Since "support your local independent record store" could always use a bigger boost than a 99-cent sale, Record Store Day is back with another flurry of exclusive releases from humble indie-rockers and pop superstars alike. From the hundreds of releases that will be available for the first time (and in some cases, last time) on Saturday, here are 20 covetable items that should give anyone in your household at least one excuse to hit the racks.

    1. Bruce Springsteen, "American Beauty" (vinyl EP). All four songs ("American Beauty," "Mary Mary," "Hey Blue Eyes," and "Hurry Up Sundown") are previously unreleased studio tracks, three of which are outtakes from the "High Hopes" sessions. Are they with or without Tom Morello? Your guess is as good as ours. No plans have yet been announced for these tracks to appear in digital formats, so expect Saturday to be get-out-yer-turntables day for Springsteen fans.

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  • A ‘Beverly Hills 90210′ Flashback With Jimmer from the Rave-Ups

    Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music2 days ago

    Jimmer Podrasky wrapped up his residency Wednesday night at Lucy's 51 in Toluca Lake, Calif. to promote his excellent return effort "The Would-Be Plans" by performing with the Rave-Ups. That's the same band he led back in the '80s when they landed a spot in "Pretty in Pink" and were inexplicably left off the soundtrack. Still, the Rave-Ups prevailed —at least for a while — landing a major-label contract with Epic Records and another high-profile gig, playing on the teen soap "Beverly Hills 90210."

    During the original show's decade-long run, a number of bands, ranging from the Flaming Lips and the Cramps to Color Me Badd and Maroon 5 predecessors Kara's Flowers, also appeared on the show.

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  • Lorde Comes Face to Face With Real-Life Inspiration for 'Royals'

    Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music2 days ago

    With its lyrics about "Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece, jet planes, islands and tigers on a gold leash," it may surprise you to learn that Lorde's monster hit "Royals" wasn't inspired by P. Diddy or some other bling-loving rapper, but legendary baseball player George Brett.

    Now, after months of near-misses, Lorde, 17, and Brett, 60, have connected. The two finally met on Tuesday in Las Vegas, following Lorde's concert at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.

    Brett called the meeting "awesome" and described the Grammy winner as "such a sweet little girl." Speaking to TMZ, the baseball legend said he had a crash course in Lorde music before the meeting: "I actually downloaded her music off iTunes and listened to in on the plane ride to Vegas."

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  • Susanna Hoffs Gearing Up for Stagecoach, Shares Her Favorite Musical Memories

    Craig Rosen at Yahoo Music4 days ago

    We're in the middle of Coachella madness, with weekend one in the books and weekend two coming up. The following weekend, the very same Empire Polo Club in Indio, California will play host to the country-leaning Stagecoach Festival. Some may be surprised to find Bangles frontwoman Susanna Hoffs on the bill as a solo act. She'll be playing the Mustang Stage at 2 p.m. on April 27. In fact, just the other day, Hoffs posted on her Facebook page, "This is my kind of Manic Monday...rehearsal for Stagecoach officially starts today."

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