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Manchester Orchestra Debuts Video for ‘The Ocean’

Manchester Orchestra reached down to the depths of the sea for their new video for “The Ocean.” Directed by kitty + frido, the clip features breathtaking footage of deep sea diver William Trubridge, who floats endlessly in the water as the beautiful song unfolds. “The Ocean” comes from latest album HOPE, which is a stripped-down version of the band’s other 2014 release, COPE. Check out the video below. ...

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Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson Funk Up SNL

Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson brought the funk to Saturday Night Live over the weekend. Backed by a booming horn section and a few backup singers, Mars and Ronson channeled Chic for the disco-tastic “Uptown Funk” with a funky guitar riff and choreographed dancing. Watch the action unfold below. ...

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Watch Charli XCX Perform ‘Boom Clap’ and ‘Break the Rules’ at the AMAs

It seemed like prom night when Charli XCX took the stage at the American Music Awards over the weekend, but things didn’t stay as originally believed. The English singer and her band wore ruffly dresses while performing her hit “Boom Clap,”  but she soon tore off her frock to reveal a risqué black leather outfit as she segued in to ”Break the Rules.” Both tracks come off the 2014′s Sucker, and “Boom Clap” i ...

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Wyclef Jean Teams with Magic! at the AMAs

If you were in the crowd at the 2014 American Music Awards, there was a pretty good chance that you’d get to shake hands with Wyclef Jean. The former Fugee began his performance with the track “Divine Sorrow,” playing solo with a 12-string acoustic guitar. But soon, he was joined by Canadian reggae band Magic! to perform their hit “Rude.” Midway through the song, both Jean and Magic! frontman Nasri strolled ...

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Courtney Barnett Performs Live on KEXP

Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett recently stopped into KEXP’s studios in Seattle to perform a few tracks off her 2014 album, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas. And since her appearance coincided with Halloween, her entire band dressed up in costumes, with Barnett adopting a Freddy Krueger look. Watch Barnett play “Lance Jr.,” “Canned Tomatoes (Whole),” “Avant Gardener” and “History Eraser” in ...

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Watch the Wytches Live on WFUV

English psych band the Wytches put out full-length album Annabel Dream Reader in August, and then didn’t wait long to release yet another brand new track. “Darker,” which dropped in September, has a surf-doom vibe that really embodies the dark and menacing side of the Wytches, and the three-piece recently stopped by WFUV’s studios to play it live. In addition, the Wytches performed the Annabel track “Graved ...

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A Conversation with Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien

There is an entire website dedicated to Radiohead’s gear, which is no small task given the U.K. band’s ambitious pursuits over the last 20 years. Because as they chase new sonic territory and push genre boundaries—from indie to alt rock to experimental rock to ambient—there tends to be shifts in their gear, too. The folks over at thekingofgear.com take the pursuit rather seriously, and when Fender launched ...

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Foo Fighters Perform ‘In the Clear’ on Ellen

The Foo Fighters stopped by Ellen today to perform “In the Clear,” which appears on latest album Sonic Highways. The band recorded the song in New Orleans, and had an assist on its album version from the famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Check out the performance below. ...

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10 FAQ About Learning Guitar

  Written by Hilary Brown Interested in picking up your first guitar? If you’re reading this article, you’ve already taken the first step in beginning a fruitful musical journey. Learning guitar can be intimidating to the wary newcomer. It’s normal as a beginner to have many questions and concerns as you start your journey, but we’re here to help you get started off on the right foot. Below are some commonl ...

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Royal Teeth Perform ‘Rich’ for World Cafe

As part of a recent session filmed in Lafayette, La., for the World Cafe: Sense of Place series, Royal Teeth performed a few songs from debut album Glow. In addition, the group pulled out brand new song “Rich,” which has been making its way into their live set in recent months. Watch Royal Teeth play “Rich” in the clip below and click here for the full set. ...

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