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Cream detail 6LP box set

Cream have confirmed details of a career-spanning 6-LP vinyl box set due out next month.

Volbeat heap praise on Metallica

Volbeat frontman Michael Poulsen has praised Metallica for the way they treat other artists.

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Afroman Releases ‘Because I Got High’ Remake to Support Pot Legalization

Thirteen years after Afroman released his weed-themed novelty song “Because I Got High,” the rapper-singer has returned to remake his breakthrough single to support nationwide marijuana legalization efforts. Western States’ Weed Explosion Where the original song found the rapper making a series of increasingly poor personal decisions because of weed, the “Because I Got High” Positive Remix above takes a more pragmatic approach, detailing the advantages of legalizing weed. “I had problems with glaucoma/But then I got high/Smelled the cannibis aroma/And I got high/Glaucoma getting better and I know why,” sings Afroman. The Grammy-nominated artist goes on to extol the added revenue states like Colorado and Washington have realized since relaxing their respective marijuana laws. “They built a school or two/Because I got high,” sings Afroman

John Lennon Catalog Arrives on Spotify

All of the studio albums that John Lennon released between 1970 and 1984, including Plastic Ono Band , Imagine and Mind Games , are now available for streaming on Spotify alongside three Lennon comps that came out in 2010. Power to the People collects Lennon’s singles, including non-album cuts like “Give Peace a Chance” and “Cold Turkey.” Gimme Some Truth breaks up the Lennon catalog into four themes, including protest songs, love songs, life ruminations and covers of tunes that inspired him. And the John Lennon Signature Box , which contains the albums, singles and a disc of “home tapes” demo recordings, including versions of “Mother,” “God” and “Isolation.” ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ Reborn: Behind the Film’s Restoration Although Lennon’s late Sixties experimental collaborations with Yoko Ono – including Unfinished Music No.

50 Cent on G-Unit’s Unexpected Reunion and Unpredictable Future

Even the most ardent hip-hop fans may have trouble keeping up with the drama and accusations between 50 Cent and fellow G-Unit rappers Young Buck, Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks. For years, the on-again, off-again crew has cycled between amiability and vitriol, with 50 himself saying in April that they were officially “dismantled.” 50 Cent Talks New Educational Reality Show But in June, the group reunited (alongside newest member Kidd Kidd) at the annual New York hip-hop concert Summer Jam and began releasing new music, most notably their  The Beauty of Independence  EP in August. “My interest wasn’t there for a while,” 50 tells Rolling Stone . “It took for Yayo to say things publicly to me that I didn’t understand [at the time] for me to reevaluate everything. I did so much for them that he didn’t have reasoning for it. It’s not that I have a problem with them, but I know, when I assess everything that’s happened overall in my life, some people have developed unbelievable senses of entitlement

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Hear Two Unreleased Bangers From Diplo’s ‘Florida’ Sessions

A decade before writing songs for Justin Bieber and co-headlining Madison Square Garden as Jack U, Diplo made his name with Florida , an eclectic, trip-hop-indebted album that featured Vybz Kartel and led to a gig opening for RJD2. Looking back, the DJ says that the record “represents my first 23 years of my life.” Diplo’s Dancehall Reggae Primer: 10 Essential Tracks “I made Florida between a small apartment in Philadelphia and my mother’s house in Florida,” he said in a statement. “I was working late nights and taking a bus through the city every night, smoking weed, putting on headphones and just making things I never heard before and could just imagine. Making this record created an entirely new world for me.” Now, 10 years after its release, Florida is being reissued, packed with the Epistemology Suite EP and five unreleased tracks

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Kronos Quartet to Turn Big Ears Festival 2015 into ‘Major Celebration of Our Work’

Kronos Quartet, the adventurous string troupe who’s been breaking barriers between popular music and the avant-classical world for more than 40 years, will be the “artists in residence” at the 2015 edition of Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival, promoter Ashley Capps tells Rolling Stone . Kronos Backs Paul McCartney on ‘Yesterday’ The group has amassed a wealth of material over the last four decades, collaborating with minimalist icons like Terry Riley, Philip Glass and Steve Reich; non-European musicians like Café Tacuba and Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle; and rock bands like Dave Matthews Band and Nine Inch Nails.  “That omnivore spirit is really at the core of Big Ears,” says Capps. “It’s very exciting for me to have the opportunity not only to present them but actually collaborate with them. They’re very much helping to shape much of what the festival is going to be this year. They’ve embraced the festival in a really powerful way.

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Watch Tune-Yards’ ‘Charlie Chaplin–Like’ ‘Real Thing’ Video

The line between what’s real and what’s surreal is blurred by Easter-y colors in Tune-Yards’ pastel-painted video for “Real Thing.” Throughout the clip, mannequins assemble body parts from other dummies, frontwoman Merill Garbus breaks through walls and body suits and faces off with weird human-mannequin hybrids while singing the track from Tune-Yards’ latest record, Nikki Nack . Tune-Yards Make a Splash on ‘Tonight Show’ Interestingly, Garbus said in a statement that “Real Thing” was the one Nikki Nack song she didn’t want to make into a music video. “It has too many images of its own in the lyrics, and could mean so many different things for different listeners,” she said. “I love leaving room for audiences to paint their own mental pictures

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Steve Gunn Unfurls His Acoustic Roots

Welcome to  Young Guns,  our series exploring the most notable guitarists from the next generation of six-string legends. For more interviews with the guitarists inspiring us right now, click here. WHO: Steve Gunn got loudfastrules out of his system early, hitting the road as teenage bassist in a “pretty terrible hardcore band” for a long-forgotten summer tour. The virtuoso guitarist now burns in an entirely different way, with gently smoldering layers of folk, blues, raga, jazz and more plucked on his 1970 Guild acoustic

Stagecoach 2015 Lineup Led by Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton

The California desert will be saturated with all kinds of country and rock music at Stagecoach 2015. The annual music festival’s massive lineup for its April 24-26 shows is arguably its most eclectic yet, with headliners Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton joined by everyone from Merle Haggard to Nikki Lane to ZZ Top. Blake Shelton Reveals ‘Voice’ and ACM Awards Secrets On Friday, April 24th, McGraw’s set will be preceded by Haggard, Jake Owen, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, the Time Jumpers, Sturgill Simpson, Brothers Osborne and Parmalee, among several other acts.

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Prince’s Drummer Details Kendrick Lamar Surprise Appearance

One of the most surprising parts about Prince’s Yahoo! livestream special last week from famed recording studio complex Paisley Park was Kendrick Lamar’s surprise appearance on “What’s My Name,” a track that appeared on Prince’s 1998 Crystal Ball box set.  Fall Music Preview 2014: 25 Must-Hear Albums According to 3rdEyeGirl drummer Hannah Ford, Prince’s band was almost as surprised to see the rapper as the audience. “This was Kendrick’s first visit to Paisley,” Ford tells  Rolling Stone . “And we didn’t really get a rehearsal in. The girls [in 3rdEyeGirl] and I had sound-checked and were getting ready, and we got called back down to the stage so that Kendrick could sound-check. We get down there and Kendrick asks us what we’re going to play, and we all just look around at each other like, ‘I don’t know. Do you know?'” During the rehearsal, Ford explained, the band played a run-through of “PretzelBodyLogic,” a Plectrumelectrum track debuted earlier this year

Foo Fighters Plot Weeklong ‘Letterman’ Residency

Foo Fighters will spend a week in New York next week as the musical guests of Late Show With David Letterman , playing covers of songs inspired by their forthcoming record Sonic Highways each night. Additionally, Dave Grohl will sit for an interview with the talk-show host on October 13th, according to The Hollywood Reporter . Fall Music Preview 2014: 25 Must-Hear Albums The residency coincides with the premiere of Grohl’s documentary series, also titled Sonic Highways , which premieres on HBO on October 17th. The film chronicles the making of the album – which the band recorded in eight different U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Nashville and Austin, among others, since each has its own unique musical history – as well as the musical history of each locale.

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