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Coldplay Unleash the Haunting New ‘Oceans’ on BBC Radio 1

Coldplay’s upcoming album Ghost Stories is due out next month, and we have already heard a few new songs, like “Magic” and “Another’s Arms.” But the band isn’t stopping there, as they recently stopped by the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge for a performance of the chilled-out “Oceans.”  With drummer Will Champion tapping out a spacey beat on drum pads, guitarist Jonny Buckland adds ethereal guitar wahs in the backg ...

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Stream the Pixies New Album Indie Cindy

The last time the Pixies released an album, it was 1991. But on April 29, more than two decades since Trompe Le Monde blew out stereo speakers, the alternative rock pioneers will drop Indie Cindy on the masses. The new album is comprised of EP-1, EP-2 and EP-3, all of which were released in the past year.  In addition, the recent track “Bagboy” is included in the collection.  For Indie Cindy, the trio of Bl ...

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See the Trailer for ‘Jersey Boys’

“Every Legend Has A Beginning.” Tony-award winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys is getting the big-screen treatment this summer, and the first trailer of the Clint Eastwood directed movie is now available. The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group the Four Seasons. The story of their trials and triumphs ar ...

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Hear Courtney Love’s Ferocious New Single ‘You Know My Name’

Courtney Love has been in the news lately for her appearance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, where her former husband Kirk Cobain was honored along with his band Nirvana. But with a U.K. tour kicking off May 11 at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Love also has some new music to grab headlines.  ”You Know My Name” will arrive on May 4 as a double A-side single paired with an unheard ...

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Watch Daughter Bring Chilled-Out Groove to Coachella

English rock band Daughter chilled things out a bit in the desert during their set at Coachella last weekend, performing several beautiful tracks off their 2013 debut album If You Leave. Watch Daughter play the single “Youth” to a sea of mesmerized fans in the clip below. ...

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60th Strat Trivia

As we celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster in 2014, we’ll be posting trivia questions to see how well you know your Strats. Post your answers in the comments below or on social media with the hashtag #Strat60, and keep checking back for the latest trivia. When it was introduced in 1954, the Stratocaster® guitar had an especially elegant feature not seen on any previous Fender instrument ...

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Andrew Leahey & the Homestead Perform on the Fender Airstream

“Andrew Leahey & the Homestead: If Ryan Adams and Tom Petty had a baby.” — The Venn Review When Nashville- and Richmond-based band Andrew Leahey & the Homestead dropped by the Fender Airstream, they performed a pair of heartfelt breezy numbers in “Shot” and ”Little in Love.” “I wrote ‘Little in Love’ on the way back from SXSW,” Leahey told American Songwriter. “Two bands were riding home in the same ...

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Jack White Releases ‘World’s Fastest Record’

Jack White played his new single “Lazaretto” for few hundred fans Saturday morning at his Third Man Records label in Nashville, Tenn., in honor of Record Store Day. Three hours, 55 minutes and 21 seconds later, a copy of the performance was available on a limited run of vinyl, a feat the former White Stripes guitarist is calling the “world’s fastest-released record.” While he was playing, fans could watch t ...

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The Stratocaster in the 1960s

  The Ventures’ eponymous 1961 second album, with guitarist Don Wilson second from left. The Stratocaster was just as important to late-’50s and early ’60s instrumental and surf rock music as Fender’s Jazzmaster and Jaguar guitars. Toward the end of 1959, with the 1960s fast approaching, a bright future for both rock ‘n’ roll and the Stratocaster seemed far from assured. Both had arrived in the middle of th ...

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Birds That Play Guitar

An interesting exhibit recently came to an end inside the Barton Gallery at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. The four-month long display featured an orchestra of 70 zebra finches, the latest installment of the From Here to Ear series designed by French composer and artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot. The exhibit contains 14 chromatically tuned Gibson guitars plugged into Fender Mustang Amps that are s ...

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