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Watch Bob Weir, Trey Anastasio Cover Lady Gaga’s ‘Million Reasons’

April 24th, 2017 · Guitar

The Grateful Dead‘s Bob Weir welcomed Phish‘s Trey Anastasio onstage for a five-song set during Florida festival Wanee. The duo performed material from their respective bands, alongside one surprising cover: Lady Gaga‘s “Million Reasons.”

The guitarists played the song on acoustic guitars, alternating lead and harmony vocals. The arrangement was a bit shaky, as they fumbled repeatedly with the chord progression – even prompting a few chuckles from Anastasio throughout. But when they locked in, the jam band veterans drew out a satisfyingly earthier angle on Gaga’s Joanne ballad.

Weir and Anastasio also performed Grateful Dead’s “Deep Elem Blues,” “Friend of the Devil” and “Bird Song,” along with Phish’s “Miss You.”

The duo previously united, along with the other surviving members of the Grateful Dead (Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart), during the 2015 Fare Thee Well concerts, a series of goodbye shows celebrating the band’s 50th anniversary. As Relix reports, the guitarists also linked up during Phish’s October show in Nashville, where Weir performed for the entire second set.

Last year, Weir released Blue Mountain, his first solo album since 2000′s Evening Moods

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Kings of Leon Tack on Fall Dates to ‘Walls’ Tour

April 24th, 2017 · Guitar

Kings of Leon continue to add tour dates to the trek in support of their 2016 LP Walls, with the rockers plotting a 16-date fall tour.

A month after the group’s long summer jaunt, the Followill gang will once again hit the road starting September 27th in Charlotte, North Carolina and wind around the U.S. and western Canada before concluding the trek with three Florida dates. Along the way, Kings of Leon will perform October 7th at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl.

In addition to the fall dates, the band also tacked on a new summer show in Chicago for August 12th.

A “Verified Fan” pre-sale for the fall Walls tour begins April 26th, with the general on-sale to follow on April 28th at Live Nation.

Kings of Leon Tour Dates

August 12 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino
September 27 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
September 29 – Nashville, TN @ First Tennessee Park
October 2 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
October 4 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
October 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
October 11 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
October 13 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
October 14 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
October 16 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
October 18 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
October 20 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
October 21 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
October 23 – Tuscaloosa, AL @ Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
October 25 – Jacksonville, FL @ Dailey’s Place Amphitheater
October 27 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
October 28 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

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Tori Amos Announces Nature-Inspired New LP ‘Native Invader’

April 24th, 2017 · Guitar

Tori Amos announced that she will release her new LP Native Invader, her 15th studio album, this September. The album is the singer-songwriter’s first since 2014′s Unrepentant Geraldines.

“The songs on Native Invader are being pushed by the Muses to find different ways of facing unforeseen challenges and in some cases dangerous conflicts,” Amos said in a statement of her new album, due out September 8th on Decca Records.

“The record looks to Nature and how, through resilience, she heals herself. The songs also wrestle with the question: what is our part in the destruction of our land, as well as ourselves, and in our relationships with each other?

“In life there can be the shock of unexpected fires, floods, earthquakes, or any cataclysmic ravager – both on the inside and outside of our minds. Sonically and visually, I wanted to look at how Nature creates with her opposing forces, becoming the ultimate regenerator through her cycles of death and re-birth. Time and time again she is able to renew, can we find this renewal for ourselves?”

In 2016, Amos marked the 20th anniversary of her acclaimed 1996 LP Boys for Pele with a deluxe reissue stocked with B-sides and other previously unreleased tracks.

Amos will tour North America in November and December in support of Native Invader.

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Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow and 10 More New Albums You Can Hear Right Now

April 24th, 2017 · Guitar

Brad Paisley, Love and War

In addition to Mick Jagger, with whom Brad Paisley co-wrote and performs the “Tumbling Dice”-redolent sizzler “Drive of Shame,” John Fogerty, Timbaland and Bill Anderson join the country singer on his 11th studio set, his first since 2014′s Moonshine in the Trunk. “This album really was about collaborations,” says Paisley. Even the late Man in Black contributed: Paisley set to music a gorgeous love poem Johnny Cash wrote for future wife June Carter, “Gold All Over the Ground,” after their only son, John Carter Cash, presented Paisley with his father’s hand-written lyrics.
Read Our Feature: Inside Brad Paisley’s Defiant, All-Star New Album ‘Love and War’
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Ray Davies, Americana
Ray Davies became Sir Ray Davies last month after a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, but the Kinks frontman says he’s got far more important matters on his mind. “It’s nice being noticed,” he says. “But that’s not going to make new music for me. I accept it for what it’s worth and it is a great honor, but I want to prove to myself that I can still write and be contented by it. That is what I strive for.”

What’s giving him contentment at the moment is Americana, a collection of new songs he recorded with the Jayhawks. “They’re a good studio band,” he says. “I wanted to use a band rather than [typical] studio players. The interesting thing about bands is they don’t all have to be virtuoso players. We made some amazing tracks together.”
Read Our Feature: The Last Word: Ray Davies on Kinks’ Early Hits, the Perils of Family Bands
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Sheryl Crow, Be Myself
A little over three years ago, Sheryl Crow took her career in a radically different direction with the release of her debut country LP, Feels Like Home. Despite a relentless touring schedule and promotional campaign, the album didn’t make much of an impression with country fans. “It was still a great experience and I learned a lot,” says Crow. “But I gotta say that the country market is commerce at its most fully realized. Right now, I want to have an experience that feels detached from anything in commerce.”

That was her mindset when she recorded her upcoming pop record Be Myself, which was cut with her Nineties collaborators Jeff Trott and Tchad Blake, the team responsible for hits like “My Favorite Mistake” and “Everyday Is a Winding Road.” “I really wanted to get back to how I got started on my second record and third record,” Crow says. “I wanted to revisit that sound and that feeling. It was a complete blast and the most effortless thing I’ve ever done.”
Read Our Feature: Sheryl Crow Talks Return to Nineties Roots on Upcoming LP
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Incubus, 8

Five years ago, the members of Incubus were experiencing one of the darkest phases of their career. Both internal and external forces were making the period around the release of If Not Now, When? An especially brutal one as they saw the end of a 17-year long relationship with their former label and wondered what they could possibly do next. Respective personal issues each member was dealing with made life even more chaotic, leading to an unplanned but much needed hiatus before the band jumped back into a studio space offered to them by friend Hans Zimmer to work on new music. What resulted was a rebuilding of their two-decade-plus creative partnership; Trust Fall (Side A), the 2015 EP that got them back on the road together; and now 8, an energized, pristine rock package featuring some of the band’s finest work in years.
Read Our Feature: Incubus on Creative ‘Recharging,’ Skrillex Team-Up, ‘S.C.I.E.N.C.E.’ at 20
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Various Artists, The Get Down II (Original Soundtrack From The Netflix Original Series)

Baz Luhrmann’s colorful, wildly ambitious hip-hop comic-book/kung-fu/musical/opera/drama The Get Down has returned for another six episodes. This smash-up of circa 1977 sounds and modern artists utilizes the talents of Alessia Cara, 6lack and Lil Yachty, but few tracks will likely compete with “Break the Locks,” a vintage throwdown from the Get Down Brothers themselves, the series cast members boasting and booming in vein of crews like the Cold Crush Brothers, the Furious Five and Treacherous Three.
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Charly Bliss, Guppy

With a smack of bubblegum, New York City’s Charly Bliss revamp the cheeky fuzz rock of the Nineties in their airtight debut – fit for a silver screen prom scene à la Jawbreaker or 10 Things I Hate About You.
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Big Star, Thank You, Friends: Big Star’s Third Live … and More
This concert celebrating the legacy of the Seventies jangle-pop landmark – one of Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Albums of all time – features Big Star drummer Jody Stephens and a slew of famous admirers, including members of R.E.M., Wilco, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Yo La Tengo, the dB’s, the Posies, Let’s Active, Semisonic and more.
Hear: Spotify / Apple Music / Tidal / Amazon Music Unlimited

Barry Manilow, This Is My Town: Songs of New York
The legendary crooner mixes Big Apple-fueled originals with a handful of standards like “On Broadway” and a “virtual duet” with Mel Tormé.
Hear: Spotify / Apple Music / Tidal / Amazon Music Unlimited

The Black Angels, Death Song
Austin psych-rock band the Black Angels make a great, lush version in the drone-centric, hypnotic lineage of bands like the 13th Floor Elevators and Spacemen 3. Vocalist/bassist Alex Maas told Texas Monthly a theme of their fifth album is “open-eyed lack of trust in policy and relationships.”
Hear: Spotify / Apple Music / Tidal / Amazon Music Unlimited

Robyn Hitchcock, Robyn Hitchcock
The 21st solo album from the psych-folk-pop original.
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Procol Harum, Novum
Nearly 50 years after the release of “Whiter Shade of Pale,” Procul Harum founder and vocalist Gary Brooker and his crew is back with album 12.
Hear: Spotify / Apple Music / Tidal / Amazon Music Unlimited

Coin, How Will You Know If You Never Try
“Talk Too Much,” the first single off the second LP from Nashville’s Coin, recently cracked the Top 10 of the Billboard Alternative Songs chart
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Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/playlist-brad-paisley-and-11-more-new-albums-to-hear-now-w477998

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D.R.A.M. Enlists A$AP Rocky, Juicy J for New Song ‘Gilligan’

April 24th, 2017 · Guitar

D.R.A.M. teams with A$AP Rocky and Juicy J for “Gilligan,” a swaggering new single constructed around multiple references to Sixties sitcom Gilligan’s Island. “Gone off the shit again – that’s just how I live,” D.R.A.M. rap-sings over a brash trap beat. “Lost like Gilligan on my own island.”

Rocky also nods to the series in his brief verse, rapping in a stutter-stepping rhythm, “Gilligan lost, turned trill again, need a vitamin, wait a min/ Better yet, a Ritalin for my adrenaline.” Juicy J, who co-produced the track with D.R.A.M., sneaks in a shout-out to a famous Memphis rap quartet: “I got hella pounds from the plug that I’m ’bout to face/ Three 6 Mafia probably fuck yo mama back in ’98.”

Rocky previewed “Gilligan” last weekend during a Coachella afterparty, Genius reports. It’s unclear whether the track is a stand-alone single or part of an eventual follow-up to D.R.A.M.’s debut LP, last year’s Big Baby D.R.A.M. That album, which blended hip-hop with neo-soul, featured the Virginia rapper-singer’s breakout single “Broccoli” (featuring Lil Yachty) and guest spots from Young Thug and Erykah Badu.

D.R.A.M. recently appeared on Gorillaz’ spacey new song “Andromeda,” included on the virtual band’s first album in six years, Humanz

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-dram-team-with-asap-rocky-juicy-j-on-new-song-gilligan-w478184

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On the Charts: Kendrick Lamar Sets 2017′s Best-Selling Week With ‘Damn!’

April 24th, 2017 · Guitar

Kendrick Lamar‘s new LP Damn! set the bar for all 2017 releases as the rapper’s latest LP easily achieved the best-selling week of the year so far.

Damn! sold 603,000 total copies in its first week of availability, nearly 100,000 more than 2017′s previous highest seller, Drake’s More Life. Of Damn!‘s total, 353,000 copies came from traditional album sales, while another 227,000 were generated by streaming equivalent albums, or SEAs, Billboard reports.

Damn! marks Lamar’s third straight Number One album – following 2015′s To Pimp a Butterfly and 2016′s Untitled Unmastered – and established a new career high for the rapper sales-wise, as Damn!‘s 603,000 opening week sales far eclipsed To Pimp a Butterfly‘s 324,000 opening week in May 2015.

Hundreds of thousands of copies behind Damn!, John Mayer landed at Number Two with The Search for Everything, the second time the singer finished in second place in recent months: The Search for Everything: Wave One debuted at Number Two in February. Mayer’s new LP ended the week with 132,000 total copies.

Besides Damn! and The Search for Everything, only one more new release cracked the Top 10: The soundtrack for the box office record-breaking The Fate of the Furious, which bowed at Number 10 and 37,000 copies.

Drake’s More Life was the highest-ranking returnee at Number Three, with Ed Sheeran’s Divide (Number Four) and the Chainsmokers’ Memories… Do Not Open (Number Five, down from Number One last week) and the Moana soundtrack (Number Six) behind it.

Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic at Number Seven, Future’s Future at Number Eight and the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack at Number Nine closed out the Top 10.

Despite new releases from Incubus and Brad Paisley, Damn! will likely remain atop the Billboard 200 next week.

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Record Store Day 2017: The Stories Behind 4 of the Coolest Releases

April 23rd, 2017 · Guitar

Record Store Day is turning 10 tomorrow, and artists and labels are once again using the occasion to release interesting, fun and head-turning packages. Here’s how four of this weekend’s most complicated and unique offerings came to be.

Gil Melle, The Andromeda Strain, Original Electronic Soundtrack (Jackpot Records, edition of 1,500)

What Is It?: Sourced from the original master tapes, the first ever American reissue of the tense, pioneering electronic soundtrack to the 1971 film The Andromeda Strain comes in a reproduction of the original album’s hexagon-shaped vinyl, reflective sleeve and die-cut cover.

Isaac Slusarenko, Jackpot Records: I’ve been working on the project for almost two years. It’s near impossible to find this record and jacket in good shape and I felt this would be perfect release for record stores on RSD 2017. Honestly, every part was a challenge to create, but I’d say the hardest part was to replicate the silver foil jacket [and] die-cut. The foil jackets were all custom made and hand-packaged. Everything is replicated right down to the original warning sticker for those who have automatic turntables: “Warning: Due to the unusual shape of this record, only use manual control on record player, or needle damage will result.” I think this maybe the first documented record with a warning that I can think of. It also has the folding instructions included on how to fold it back up.

Biggest headache was trying to make sure all the parts of the vinyl and packaging were completed on time. Even with planned production time and samples, coordinating all the pieces and the different companies was difficult. But the end result was exactly how I wanted it to be.

‪Czarface need his own TV show or movie, so that got us all thinking. We didn’t need Discogs [to get inspiration]. We have a pretty hefty collection of vinyl OSTs and the Read Along records dating back to the early Sixties.

Esoteric: I grew up on Marvel characters and naturally leaned towards the Seventies Spider-Man and Hulk records as they were the most accessible. I’d listen to the stories and my Dad would record me reading from the accompanying books. They built my vocab and were a source of escapism for me as a kid, so this Czarface story/soundtrack is essentially us escaping from a standard release and giving our fans an escape as well.

Obtaining the dialogue for this was essentially watching somebody else deliver what I write, and making sure they don’t sound like they’re selling you insurance or a Ford F-150 while doing it. There wasn’t a lot of room for typos either, since everything audio-wise is connected visually through the comic.

7L: From there I started making beats specific to the scenes and the action happening in them, then taking them to Jeremy [Page, musician] and he would replay them giving it more of a classic feel than just some “beats.” That, to me, was important to make it sound authentic, like the records myself and other producers would want to sample [if it] came out 30 years ago.

Various Artists, Studio One House of Joy (Studio One, edition of 700)

What Is It?: Packaged in a replica of the wooden speakers that powered Jamaican dancehalls in the Sixties, this collection of 15 seven-inches with replicas of the original labels is a tribute to the production prowess and label savvy of Studio One’s Clement “Coxsone” Dodd. In addition to tracks by the Wailers, the Heptones and Alton Ellis, the box comes with a 45 adapter and a Studio One keychain.

Chris Wilson, Studio One: “It took about 6 months to complete the ideas for the packaging and the elements in the box. The genesis came when I saw the original Sixties speaker box at Studio One in Jamaica, and I started figuring out a way to use the image. Speakers were more important in Jamaica than here since the dances were both a live and a record-playing event. Jamaicans liked it loud with a huge bass.

The box had to be a faithful reproduction, and to also hold seven-inch singles. That made it quite large, larger than I expected. The biggest headache actually was picking the records. There were so many thousands to pick from, and different issues of the same song as well. I wanted to use the original versions of the labels and that became a real hunt through the history of Studio One. My biggest joy was seeing the box for the first time and realizing that all the ideas really did work. I was especially glad to honor Studio One’s Clement Dodd, who I worked with for over 20 years. He was all about music. I think he’d be pleased.

Slick Rick, The Great Adventures of… (Get On Down, edition of 1,400)

What Is It?: For a reissue of Rick the Ruler’s 1988 classic debut, the most iconic “storytelling rap” of all time, “Children’s Story,” gets its lyrics interpreted into a puffy-covered 16-page children’s book. The album comes on CD and a 45 provides the famous morality play with “The Moment I Feared” on the B-side. Herrrre we go…

Gilberto Aguirre Mata, artist: Well, as some people know I’m more into old classic styled comic-book genre, Kirby-ish mostly and some others. So when I was called for making the Slick Rick children’s book I thought it would be a good idea to try on that one too. The main goal was to illustrate the song in a very funny way even though it was a story with a sad ending. I think the hard part to illustrate was the “dope fiend” character, since I had to show a person that is into drugs in a way that kids would understand that [it] is not right what he’s doing. 

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/record-store-day-2017-the-stories-behind-4-releases-w478203

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Hear Frank Ocean’s Mellow New Song ‘Lens’

April 23rd, 2017 · Guitar

Frank Ocean aired an unannounced episode of Blonded Radio late Saturday night on Beats 1, where the singer debuted two versions of another new song titled “Lens.”

Ocean’s voice is the main instrument on the largely unadorned track, with only occasional keyboard flourishes and a light touch of drums accompanying Ocean’s manipulated vocals over the song’s three-minute runtime.

“Fake flowers / No water needed / Real life drowned by the weekend,” Ocean sings, his voice coated in Auto-Tune. “Despite our history / Some way at night, you’re stuck when you think of me.”

In addition to Ocean’s solo version, the singer also dropped a “V2″ six-minute take that, following a long outro, boasts a verse from Travis Scott, whose voice is similarly distorted:

The “Lens V2″ cover art sports a variation of artist Kerry James Marshall’s famed 1980 painting “A Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self.”

“Lens” is the third new song that Ocean has debuted on his Beats 1 show following the release of his two LPs Endless and Blonde. The singer previously premiered “Chanel” and “Biking,” which featured Jay Z and Tyler, the Creator.

Next month, Ocean will return to the stage for the first time in over two years when he performs at Gulf Shores, Alabama’s Hangout Fest, with gigs at festivals like Washington state’s Sasquatch, Los Angeles’ FYF Fest and New York’s Panorama also scheduled.

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See John Mayer, Ryan Adams Perform ‘Come Pick Me Up’ in Los Angeles

April 23rd, 2017 · Guitar

John Mayer brought out Ryan Adams during his concert Friday night in Englewood, California, with the singer-songwriters performing Adams’ “Come Pick Me Up” together at the Forum.

Adams, wearing a Black Flag Slip It In shirt, handled lead vocals on the Heartbreaker track, with Mayer providing background on the rousing chorus and expansive guitar solos straight out of his work with Dead Company. (Mayer will rejoin the Grateful Dead offshoot this summer for a 19-date tour.)

“What a blast! Such a beautiful @JohnMayer show one hell of a way to see @theforum for the first time! XO,” Adams tweeted of the performance, later promising to make Mayer a Voivod mixtape.

Mayer has been on the road to support his new album The Search for Everything, which arrived in full on April 14th after initially trickling out in “waves.”

“It’s beyond a break-up record,” Mayer told Rolling Stone of his new LP. “It’s about my impression of loss. It’s about the ghost in the room. Proudly, it is, as my therapist says, a study into the metaphysics of absent love.”

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Hear Miguel Join Dua Lipa on Seductive New Song ‘Lost in Your Light’

April 23rd, 2017 · Guitar

Dua Lipa recruits a passionate Miguel cameo on her seductive electro-pop single “Lost In Your Light.” The duet track features on Lipa’s upcoming, self-titled debut LP, due out June 2nd.

The two singers harmonize and trade romantic lines over throbbing synths and funky drum kit flourishes. “Now everything’s vivid, vivid/ Touch attempted with pleasure,” Miguel croons. “Reckless, tangled, suspended/ You want it all, nothing’s wasted.” The bridge unexpectedly detours into programmed beats and near-rapped triplet rhythms.

Lipa appeared Thursday on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, performing recent singles “Be the One” and “Thinking ‘Bout You.” Last month, the singer teamed with Dutch DJ-producer Martin Garrix to perform the collaborative track “Scared to Be Lonely” on The Tonight Show.

Lipa, who concluded a North American tour last month, has been issuing singles from Dua Lipa since 2015, including breakout hits “Be the One” and “Hotter Than Hell.” 

Miguel issued his most recent LP, Wildheart, in 2015. Since then, he’s released a handful of new tracks, including “Come Through and Chill,” Black Lives Matter tribute “How Many,” The Get Down contribution “Cadillac” and DJ Premier collaboration “2 Lovin U.” 

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-miguel-join-dua-lipa-on-seductive-new-song-lost-in-your-light-w478204

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