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Lauryn Hill Cancels Israel Show Amid Controversy

Lauryn Hill  has canceled her upcoming gig in Tel Aviv after facing a social media campaign demanding that the Fugees singer boycott her Israel concert over the country’s occupation of Palestine. In a statement, Hill said that she hoped to perform two shows in the region — one in Israel and one in the Palestinian Territory — but the latter performance proved to be too difficult logistically. In order to not alienate fans on either side of the West Bank Wall, Hill canceled her Israel show entirely three days before she was scheduled to perform, The Guardian reports . Roger Waters, Alan Parsons Spar Over Israel Concerts “When deciding to play the region, my intention was to perform in both Tel Aviv and Ramallah. Setting up a performance in the Palestinian Territory, at the same time as our show in Israel, proved to be a challenge,” Hill said in a statement

Hear Rolling Stones’ Alternate ‘Bitch’ With Different Lyrics, Sax Breakdown

When the Rolling Stones ‘ classic Sticky Fingers is reissued next month, it will feature a number of previously unreleased studio takes of songs on the LP. The most recent to be unveiled is this ragged, extended version of “Bitch,” which features almost completely different lyrics and a saxophone breakdown toward the end. Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Rolling Stones Deep Cuts Gone are Mick Jagger ‘s references to salivating “like a Pavlov dog” and heating “horse-meat pie,” replaced with ones about feeling lonely and “so stoned” and, “When you kiss me down lowly, can’t you see I’m the only one?” In this version, he also sings that he feels “so satisfied.” The group recorded the track concurrently with the version that made the album at Mick Jagger’s country home, Stargroves, in October 1970, according to Spin . The deluxe edition of Sticky Fingers , which will come out on June 9th, will also contain a version of “Brown Sugar” featuring Eric Clapton, an acoustic version of “Wild Horses” and alternate versions of “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” and “Dead Flowers.” The reissue will also contain five songs the band recorded at London’s Roundhouse venue in 1971: “Live With Me,” “Stray Cat Blues,” “Love in Vain,” “Midnight Rambler” and “Honky Tonk Woman.” The deluxe edition box set also contains a DVD featuring video of the group playing “Midnight Rambler” and “Bitch” at the Marquee in 1971.

Austin City Limits: Foo Fighters, Drake, the Strokes Set to Headline

Foo Fighters will return to Austin’s Zilker Park to headline this year’s Austin City Limits festival alongside the Strokes, Florence + the Machine, Drake, the Weeknd, Disclosure and Deadmau5. The festival will feature more than 140 acts and will take place over two weekends: October 2nd – 4th and 9th – 11th. Watch Foo Fighters’ Explosive ‘Austin City Limits’ Set The lineup, as always, will feature an eclectic roster spanning a wide array of genres, including Bassnectar, Alt-J, Hozier, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men and Modest Mouse, Tame Impala, Sturgill Simpson, The Decemberists, Ben Howard, Gary Clark Jr., Chance the Rapper, Brand New, TV on the Radio, Walk the Moon, A$AP Rocky, Billy Idol, Twenty One Pilots, Nero and Dwight Yoakam. Like Coachella, nearly every act will play both weekends, with the exception of the Strokes and Alabama Shakes, who will only play the first weekend, and Florence + the Machine and Modest Mouse, who will appear the following week. Three-day passes for the festival go on-sale at 11 a.m.

‘Buena Vista Social Club’ Documentary Sequel Begins Filming This Summer

Buena Vista Social Club , the Oscar-nominated 1999 documentary exploring American guitarist Ry Cooder’s efforts to re-assemble a group of renowned Cuban musicians, is getting a sequel.  Buena Vista Social Club – Adios,  directed by Lucy Walker ( Waste Land ), will begin filming in July, focusing on the band ‘s five original members on tour. The film will explore their personal and professional lives over the past 16 years, building to a run of homecoming concerts in Havana, Variety   reports. 100 Best Albums of the Nineties The original, Wim Wenders-directed  Buena Vista Social Club was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2000 Oscars and grossed over $23 million worldwide. The film, named after a Havana club that closed down in the 1940s,   found Cooder collaborating with Cuban bandleader Juan de Marcos Gonzalez. In 1996, they recruited a crew of acclaimed musicians and recorded an album, the following year’s  Buena Vista Social Club , which helped reignite a widespread interest in Latin American music. The band played concerts in Amsterdam and at New York City’s Carnegie Hall

Roger Waters Slams Silicon Valley’s ‘Rogues and Thieves’

Roger Waters  is the latest artist to slam streaming music as the Pink Floyd  great accused Silicon Valley execs of being “rogues and thieves” for the way they have reshaped the music industry. In a new interview, Waters talks about how difficult it is for an artist to thrive in an age where their music is nearly given away. He also clearly states that, for him, a Pink Floyd reunion “is out of the question.” Nick Mason Explains Why He’ll Never Give Up On Pink Floyd “I feel enormously privileged to have been born in 1943 and not 1983,” Waters told the Times UK  ( via NME ).

Paul McCartney: ‘Let It Be’ Inspired Kanye West’s ‘Only One’

Paul McCartney  has revealed in a new interview that he and Kanye West ‘s collaborative single “Only One,”  written from the perspective of the rapper’s late mother Donda West, was inspired by the Beatles ‘ classic “Let It Be.” Speaking to The Sun , McCartney also said that he and Kanye employed a similar process that McCartney and John Lennon used when they wrote Beatles songs together. Paul McCartney on Ringo’s Induction, Working with Kanye “When I wrote with John, he would sit down with a guitar. I would sit down. We’d ping-pong till we had a song,” McCartney said. “[Working with West] was like that.” From there, McCartney and West just chatted – at one point, West asked, “What was pussy like in the Sixties?” – before the topic eventually turned to “Let It Be.” “We sat around and talked an awful lot just to break the ice,” McCartney told The Sun

Paul McCartney: Kanye West’s ‘Only One’ Inspired By ‘Let It Be’

Paul McCartney  has revealed in a new interview that he and Kanye West ‘s collaborative single “Only One,”  written from the perspective of the rapper’s late mother Donda West, was inspired by the Beatles ‘ classic “Let It Be.” Speaking to The Sun , McCartney also said that he and Kanye employed a similar process that McCartney and John Lennon used when they wrote Beatles songs together. Paul McCartney on Ringo’s Induction, Working with Kanye “When I wrote with John, he would sit down with a guitar. I would sit down.

Zac Brown Band Score First Number One on Rock Chart

Zac Brown Band have never colored inside country’s lines, with their musical crayons flailing wildest on the brand-new Jekyll + Hyde , released this week. The album sees the eclectic eight-piece venturing into rock, soul, jazz, gospel, folk, dance and even a little gospel, reggae and metal. Tortuga Fest 2015: Rolling Stone Country’s Best Photos The track that arguably dives deepest into hard-rock territory is “Heavy Is the Head,” featuring Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave fame.

Dave Grohl Recalls Kiss Army ‘Induction’ at ASCAP Pop Awards

Dave Grohl spoke to the power of  Kiss  Wednesday night when he honored Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley with an award recognizing their influence as a songwriting team. His speech was part of the ASCAP Pop Music Awards – put on by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, an organization that collects money and pays songwriters for performances of their songs – where he presented the duo with the ASCAP Founders Award. The Doobie Brothers and St. Vincent were also honored at the Los Angeles ceremony.

Hear Miranda Lambert’s Hollywood-Worthy ‘Two of a Crime’

When Reese Witherspoon texted Miranda Lambert several months ago, asking the Platinum singer to write a Latin-influenced country song for the movie Hot Pursuit , Lambert knew just who to call.  ACM Awards 2015: Our Best Backstage & Onstage Photos Nicolle Galyon  and Natalie Hemby  had been two of the heaviest hitters on last year’s Platinum , co-writing five of the album’s songs — including the ACM award-winning , Number One single ” Automatic. ” Lambert reached out to her songwriting sidekicks once again, looking to pen a girl-powered anthem in the style of Thelma & Louise . What the three women came up with was “Two of a Crime,” which makes its debut this week.  “Two of a Crime” finds Lambert sharing the spotlight with mariachi horns, a nylon-stringed guitar solo and plenty of country-rock firepower, including the squall of distorted feedback that opens the song. There’s no mistaking the Latin influence, particularly during the song’s bridge and extended outro, but “Two of a Crime” also rocks harder than anything she’s done since Revolution

Hear Jamey Johnson and Amanda Watkins’ ‘If I Was Over You’

When Amanda Watkins, former member of the country duo Miss Willie Brown, set out on her solo career, she struck up a friendship with Jamey Johnson, who took her on tour as his opening act. During her nightly performance of her song “If I Was Over You,”  Johnson would often amble onstage to harmonize on the chorus. Recently, the pair captured the heartbreaking song in the studio — as a duet. Stagecoach 2015: Rolling Stone Country’s Best Live Photos The idea was all Johnson’s, according to Watkins, who says the independent Alabama singer tinkered with her finished track after hours in the studio, adding his unmistakable baritone. After receiving a late night text to come to RCA Studio A, where she recorded her upcoming debut album and where Johnson has his Nashville office, Watkins says she was surprised with the finished song

My Morning Jacket Establish Philanthropy Foundation

My Morning Jacket  will release their new album The Waterfall on May 4th, and with Jim James and company’s latest LP comes a new philanthropic effort called The Waterfall Project. “We’re honored to announce The Waterfall Project – a fund that supports & promotes engagement around causes we hold dear,” the band announced on Twitter  Wednesday. Remaking My Morning Jacket: Behind Dark New ‘The Waterfall’ “The Waterfall Project is dedicated to supporting and promoting actions, big and small, for positive change in the world. As part of this effort, we will dedicate funds, established with portions of ticket sales from U.S

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