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George Fest Was a Night to Remember

  Brandon Flowers and Dhani Harrison. Photo by Mark Keraly. The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles was packed with stars on Sunday night, as several high-profile musicians were on hand to honor the legacy of George Harrison. “George Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of George Harrison” featured performances by the likes of Brian Wilson and Al Jardine of the Beach Boys, Norah Jones, Heart’s Ann Wilson, Brandon ...

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George Fest Was a Night to Remember

  Brandon Flowers and Dhani Harrison. Photo by Mark Keraly. The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles was packed with stars on Sunday night, as several high-profile musicians were on hand to honor the legacy of George Harrison. “George Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of George Harrison” featured performances by the likes of Brian Wilson and Al Jardine of the Beach Boys, Norah Jones, Heart’s Ann Wilson, Brandon ...

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Ariana Grande and the Weeknd Kick off SNL

Pop star Ariana Grande was scheduled to open up the 40th season of Saturday Night Live, but she called in some reinforcements to take her performance to another level. The Weeknd joined her on stage to perform the track “Love Me Harder.” The song comes off her sophomore album, My Everything, and you can watch Grande and the Weeknd in action below. ...

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Future Islands Perform Two Singles Tracks for WFUV

Future Islands burst into the mainstream in 2014 with the release of Singles, a gem of an album featuring low-fi synth-pop. With frontman Samuel Herring’s growly vocals and William Cashion’s rumbling bass, Future Islands are truly a can’t miss band when they are in town for a live show. And while they didn’t have as much room to move around as they would when at a concert venue, their recent performance in ...

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Watch New Politics Cover Vampire Weekend for the AV Club

When New Politics recently stopped into the AV Club’s Chicago headquarters, they were asked to pick from a host of other artists’ songs and cover it for the AV Undercover series. The list of potential covers was long, but in the end, New Politics settled on Vampire Weekend’s classic jam “A-Punk,” which gets a stripped-down treatment with only a drum machine and guitar. Watch New Politics in action below. ...

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American Football Covers Elvis Costello’s ‘Alison’

During their spot on the AV Club’s AV Undercover series, Illinois rock band American Football chose to perform their version of Elvis Costello’s classic “Alison.” Fifteen years since the release of their first and only full-length album, American Football has reunited for a few reunion shows to close out 2014. Check out their cover of Costello’s ballad in the clip below and stick around for a little referen ...

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American Football Covers Elvis Costello’s ‘Alison’

During their spot on the AV Club’s AV Undercover series, Illinois rock band American Football chose to perform their version of Elvis Costello’s classic “Alison.” Fifteen years since the release of their first and only full-length album, American Football has reunited for a few reunion shows to close out 2014. Check out their cover of Costello’s ballad in the clip below and stick around for a little referen ...

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Dhani Harrison Leads Moving Tribute to His Father on Conan

As George Harrison Week continues on Conan, Dhani Harrison appeared on the late-night talk show Wednesday to offer a moving tribute to his late father. Accompanied by the Jimmy Vivino-led Basic Cable Band, Harrison chose the tracks “Let It Down” and “Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)” from his dad’s 1970 solo album, All Things Must Pass. And for the last song, Los Angeles-based group Big Black Delta ...

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Chicago Music Exchange Demos a 1966 Fender Precision Bass

Marc Najjar from the Chicago Music Exchange recently got the opportunity to demo a 1966 Fender Precision Bass in a perfectly weathered Sonic Blue. The bass had undergone a slight touch-up in the soldering and a saddle screw was replaced, but as Najjar noted, “This thing plays like butter.” Watch the demo below. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQ0DE3tBvuo&w=560&h=315] ...

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Timothy Showalter of Strand of Oaks Performs ‘Shut In’

Timothy Showalter’s project Strand of Oaks is known for a brand of indie Americana that draws on folk and rock, and the band’s latest album, Heal, is a perfect example of their sound. When Showalter recently stopped into the Fender Artist Showroom, he pulled out his trusty Telecaster, plugged into a ’68 Custom Twin Reverb combo amplifier and played the song “Shut In,” a standout track from Heal. Watch Showa ...

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