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Ray Davies: Americana

It’s been almost a decade since Ray Davies introduced a new set of songs to the world, but he’s hardly been slacking. After 2007’s Working Man’s Café, he assembled the fun (if unnecessary) Kinks Choral Collection; dropped the collaborative retrospective See My Friends with Bruce Springsteen, Metallica and more; published his memoir, Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story;... ...

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Song Premiere: Mike Dillon “Put Your Head Out”

Photo by  Bill DouthartRoyal Potato Family will issue a new record from the Mike Dillon Band tomorrow. This is the third release from Dillon in the past 12 months, after his prior solo effort, Functioning Broke, and Dogs, the debut from Nolatet (the group that also features Brian Haas, James Singleton and Johnny Vidacovich). Today we premiere "Put Your Head Out" from the record, which is now... ...

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Bruce Springsteen’s Prince Tribute Still Tugs at the Heartstrings

One year ago today, the cruel fickle thing that was the year of 2016 dealt us another fatal blow, taking Prince from this Earth. The tributes poured in seconds after the news of his passing and didn't stop for weeks after, the most poignant and emotional arriving in the form of Bruce Springsteen's opening number at his April 23rd show in Brooklyn. Never played before, Springsteen started an... ...

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Watch Oteil Burbridge and Stuart Bogie Help Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Have an Absolute Blast at Brooklyn Bowl

Last month, Joe Russo's Almost Dead switched it up a bit by welcoming Oteil Burbridge into their ranks for three nights at Brooklyn bowl, part of a six-show residency over two weeks, and the bassist showcased some of his Dead & Company lessons with the band, helping them reach new levels with their electric Grateful Dead tribute.Almost Dead released a taste of that collaboration with... ...

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Roger Waters Releases First Single From Upcoming Solo Record “Smell the Roses”

One day after Roger Waters unveiled more information on his upcoming solo record Is This the Life We Really Want?, the bassist has released the first audio from the record in the form of new single "Smell the Roses," available to stream below. The song touches on more political themes, with Waters singing: "This is the room where they make the explosions, where they put your name on the bomb.... ...

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First Look: Stevie Van Zandt Reflects on The Upstage in New Doc that Premieres Friday

Here's a first look at the documentary Just Before the Dawn, making its world-premiere this Friday, April 21 at the 2017 Asbury Park Music and Film Festival. The film is about the history of The Upstage, the music venue that launched the careers of Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Van Zandt, Southside Johnny and many others. In this clip Van Zandt steps foot into The Upstage for the first time in 47... ...

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Conor McGregor is Thankful for the (String) Cheese

Well, not quite. But sort of. MMA superstar Conor McGregor marked the one-year anniversary of his fake retirement with a similar tweet to the one that stirred up the social media world. In 2016, McGregor randomly tweeted: "I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya later." This understandably made everyone lose their collective shit. McGregor was only kidding and yesterday... ...

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Happy Thursday

Today is Thursday. It is the fourth day of the week and the 20th day of April in this the year 2017. Here is a song to help you through this Thursday. Happy Thursday.  ...

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Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” Played on Harps? Sure.

Camille and Kennerly are known as the Harp Twins and they're out to prove that heavy metal can be played on one of the most delicate instruments in the world. The Twins offer up Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" complete with an entirely too spooky intro if you've been celebrating 4/20 along with numerous effects that bring Ozzy and Co's biggest hit to life. This is utterly fascinating to watch.... ...

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The Octopus Project: Memory Mirror

Austin’s Octopus Project continues to demolish our expectations of what a rock band can be. Fractured dance rhythms, post-rock clatter, mysterious theremin stabs, jazzy cocktail-lounge ambience and experimental electro textures continue to swirl through the mix in unexpected combinations and permutations. There are even a few songs, although they play havoc with traditional verse/chorus... ...

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