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Throat Singer Tanya Tagaq Beats Arcade Fire, Drake to Take Polaris Prize

Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq beat out Arcade Fire, Drake, Mac DeMarco and others to win the Polaris Prize, Canada’s annual award for the country’s best full-length album of the year. Polaris Prize Lands on Godspeed You! Black Emperor Animism ,   Tagaq’s third album, beat out Arcade Fire’s Reflektor,  Drake’s Nothing Was the Same,  Mac DeMarco’s Salad Days , Owen Pallett’s In Conflict , Basia Bulat’s Tall Tall Shadow , Jessy Lanza’s Pull My Hair Back , Shad’s Flying Colours , Timber Timbre’s Hot Dreams and YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN’s UZU to take the award and $30,000 prize. The outspoken singer, who has spoken about her indigenous peoples’ reliance on seal for food, clothing and other uses, was blunt in her acceptance speech, saying, in part, “People should wear and eat seal as much as possible.

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See Beck’s Rousing George Harrison Cover, ‘Wah-Wah,’ From ‘Conan’

Beck kicked off George Harrison Week on Conan with a rousing rendition of the jangly All Things Must Pass track “Wah-Wah.” Somehow Beck, who’s known for his relatively lo-fi production, managed to strip away some of the gauzy layers of atmospheric sound that shroud Harrison’s original recording, in favor of a surprisingly direct take on the song. He also managed to trim two minutes off the original’s run time, as he gyrated around the stage to the tambourine beat. Hear an Unreleased Take of George Harrison’s ‘Dark Horse’ Beck is one of four musicians paying tribute to the Beatle this week on Conan  to mark the arrival of a new, comprehensive, eight-disc box set, The Apple Years 1968-75 , which compiles Harrison’s first six solo records and comes out Tuesday.

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Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard is Engaged!

It looks like both guys in Florida Georgia Line are officially off the market, sorry ladies. Yesterday, Tyler Hubbard posted the above photo on instagram. It appears he’ll be joining band mate Brian in the land of wedded bliss. This is what a lucky man looks like right here. Not sure why but I sure […]

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Bonamassa in studio play

Joe Bonamassa has posted the fourth in a series of videos shot during the making of 16th album Different Shades Of Blue.

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Kendrick Lamar Promises ‘Aggression and Emotion’ on ‘good kid’ Follow-Up

“If I can say anything about this record,” says Kendrick Lamar, “it’s that it will connect  again.” Lamar, 27, is in the middle of sessions for his next LP, and the stakes are high: It’s the follow-up to 2012’s  good kid, m.A.A.d. city , a platinum-selling breakthrough that established Lamar as the most exciting young rapper alive. His debut tracked the experiences of a thoughtful kid growing up in gang-scarred Compton; now, Lamar has to decide how much he wants to extend that story.”There was a lot I left out of good kid  – it could have been a 30-track album,” Lamar says. “There are a few new [songs] that can tie in with what I was talking about.” Review: ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’ Lamar has yet to announce a title or release date for the new album.

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Di’Anno drops Running Free clip

Paul Di’Anno has released another clip from his upcoming DVD The Beast Arises.

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Di’Anno drops Running Free clip

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All-American Amusement Parks Premieres on Great American Country

Roller coaster enthusiasts get ready to ride The Phantom’s Revenge at Kennywood in West Mifflin, Penn. J.D. Scott is on the hunt for adventure, thrills and extreme amusement park rides across America. Oh, and some traditional amusement park food would be good too, like funnel cake

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Von Hertzen Brothers Post ‘In The Studio’ Footage

The Von Hertzen Brothers have begun recording their sixth album at The Farm Studios in Vancouver.

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Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga’s Cheek To Cheek Deserves All The Jazz-Hand GIFs

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s ‘Cheek To Cheek’ album is kinda like… Here, it’s best explained in jazz hand-heavy GIFs.

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Hear Marianne Faithfull’s Moody New Single, Written by Nick Cave

“Late Victorian Holocaust,” the Nick Cave–composed first single from Marianne Faithfull’s upcoming 20th album, Give My Love to London , is now streaming. The moody track features the fittingly gothic refrain, “Sweet little sleep/ My dreams are yours to keep,” and a shimmery backdrop of atmospheric sounds, sullen piano and a beautiful violin solo. It escalates until the vocalist sings in her stentorian voice, “And nobody will ever wake again,” just before the music falls apart and she sings the refrain again. All-Star Roster Honors the Rolling Stones at Carnegie Hall Charity Show The singer worked with an impressive cast of musicians to make Give My Love to London . In addition to Cave, her songwriting partners included Roger Waters, Steve Earle, Tom McRae and Anna Calvi, with her backing band consisting of singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt, Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley and two members of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds, violinist Warren Ellis and drummer Jim Sclavunos

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Trujillo hails ‘wonderful’ bandmates

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo has described his bandmates as a wonderful but different group of people.

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Hear Kendrick Lamar’s Funky, Uplifting Self-Reliance Song ‘i’

Kendrick Lamar has released “i,” the first single from his as-yet-untitled upcoming record. The track begins with a rousing voice calling Lamar “a brother who stands  for something” before the guitar line from the Isley Brothers’ 1973 soul hit “That Lady,” kicks in. Lamar’s raspy voice raps about perseverance in the face of chaos until he lets loose the tune’s uplifting chorus, “I love myself,” while the song interpolates funky jazz bass before topping out at the 4:20 mark. It’s the first single that the rapper has put out as a lead artist since his 2012 breakthrough record, Good Kid, m.A.A.d City .

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