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  • Weekend Rock: What is the Best Elton John Deep Cut?

    Forty-five years ago this week, Elton John played his first U.S. concert at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California. "Tuesday night at the Troubadour was just the beginning," Los Angeles Times pop critic Robert Hilburn wrote. "He's going to be one of rock's biggest and most important…

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  • Hear Keith Richards' Brash, Funky New Song 'Substantial Damage'

    Keith Richards has unleashed "Substantial Damage," a funk-inspired track from his upcoming solo LP, Crosseyed Heart.   Related: Keith Richards: 'I Want to See How Far the Stones Can Go' "Substantial Damage" is a groove monster, defined by Richards' brash guitar riffs and the propulsive drumming of…

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  • Maddie & Tae on 'Start Here' Album: 'It's Not Just Love, Boys and Rainbows'

    When Rolling Stone Country first encountered Maddie & Tae, they were a teenaged duo, so new to the spotlight that they hadn't quite worked out the elegant dance of taking turns responding to interviewers' questions. They'd only just released their clever, catchy inversion of a certain bro-country…

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  • See William Clark Green Bring Circus to Life in 'Ringling Road' Video

    "Ringling Road" — a twisted tale of circus freaks and vice from sharp-tongued country-rocker William Clark Green — comes to life word-for-word in its eerie, coulrophobic new video. "We wanted to hit a couple of levels," Green says. "We wanted it creepy, but also just dark. The whole idea...

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  • Darius Rucker on Charles Kelley, Charleston Love and 'Homegrown' Hit

    Before performing a surprise show for CMT Instant Jam in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, this week and then traveling to New York City to headline Today's summer concert series, Darius Rucker celebrated the Number One success of his single "Homegrown Honey" on Monday during an industry…

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  • Miley Cyrus Slams Nicki Minaj Over VMAs Snub Reaction

    MTV Video Music Awards host Miley Cyrus has revived one of the event's more interesting subplots by criticizing Nicki Minaj for the way the rapper handled being snubbed in the Video of the Year category. "If you want to make it about race, there's a way you could do that. But...

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  • Flashback: Guns N' Roses Play Final Show Before Mysterious Hiatus

    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...

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  • Hear Alabama, Alison Krauss Duet on Romantic 'Come Find Me'

    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...

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  • Van Morrison Preps Expanded Reissues of 'Astral Weeks,' 'His Band'

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

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  • Jennifer Nettles Announces Tour, Readies New Album for 2016

    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…

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

    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. "I've been a maniac," he told Rolling Stone...

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  • Watch Taylor Swift Sing 'Smelly Cat' With Lisa Kudrow at L.A. Show

    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. With acoustic…

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  • Tyler, the Creator Banned From United Kingdom Over Lyrics

    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. "Based on lyrics from 2009 I am not allowed in the U.K. for 3-5 years (although I was...

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  • Patti Smith Leads Powerful 'Horses' Set in Jimi Hendrix's Studio

    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...

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  • Hear Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock Reunite on Fiery 'Easy Bake'

    Jay Rock, a member of Kendrick Lamar's Black Hippy collective, will release his new LP 90059 in the coming weeks, and on Thursday, the rapper shared the album cut "Easy Bake" featuring Top Dawg labelmate Lamar. The song, which premiered on Sirius XM's Shade 45 (via Pitchfork), finds...

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  • Kenna Plots Crowdfunded New LP 'Songs for Flight,' Charity Initiative

    Ethiopian-American singer Kenna has announced he'll release his new album Songs for Flight as part of a crowdfunding campaign that will also raise money for deserving causes around the world. With the project, which set a goal of $350,000 in the next six weeks, Kenna becomes the first One-for-One…

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  • Lil B Accepts Tryout Offer From Philadelphia 76ers' D-League Team

    Lil B – Bay Area rapper, Based God and Bernie Sanders supporter – made plenty of waves during the NBA Playoffs when he cursed LeBron James and J.R. Smith for their hubris, and though he'd subsequently lift the bad juju on LBJ, apparently the rest of the league...

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  • Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard Team for 'Django and Jimmie' Tour

    Two months after the release of Django and Jimmie, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are hitting the highway for a joint tour.  The shows run from October 15th through November 28th, mostly centered around multipurpose arenas whose seating capacities range as high as 10,000. That's significantly…

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  • Superstars Take On Risk, Reward of Stadium Show Resurgence

    If the Zac Brown Band hadn't sold out all three of its shows at Fenway Park earlier this month, selling 105,000 tickets and setting an attendance record at the hallowed Boston baseball stadium, the shows might have been a disaster. Everything costs more in a stadium — video screens, pyrotechnics,…

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  • Bruce Dickinson Outlines Massive Iron Maiden 2016 Tour

    Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson will take the helm onstage and in the air next year when the metal outfit embarks on a six-continent world tour, flying in a Boeing 747-400 Jumbo Jet piloted by the singer himself. Dates and venues are still being finalized for the 2016 trek, which will be...

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