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Pearl Jam Perform ‘Ten’ in Its Entirety at Philadelphia Concert

Pearl Jam  performed their second of two Philadelphia shows Friday night at the city’s Wells Fargo Center, a concert that marked the band’s 10th consecutive sell-out at the venue. To celebrate, not only did the Wells Fargo Center put up a banner  commemorating Pearl Jam’s achievement, the band also played their classic 1991 debut Ten  in its entirety and in order for the first time. Hear Eddie Vedder’s Moving Speech on North Carolina Boycott Like Thursday night’s Philadelphia concert, Pearl Jam opened up with Ten ‘s first track “Once,” but this time the band followed that up with “Evenflow,” and then “Alive” and then the full album performance of Ten was officially on. The surprise Ten run-through was the second time this tour Pearl Jam has explored one of their album’s in its entirety – they previously played Vs. at a Greenville, South Carolina concert on April 16th – and their fourth time overall, following a No Code performance in Moline, Illinois and a full Yield in Milwaukee in October 2014. In March, bassist Jeff Ament admitted to Rolling Stone that he’s “never been a fan” of full album performances. “I saw Cheap Trick do three albums and that was amazing

Hear Jerrod Niemann and Lee Brice’s Sunny ‘A Little More Love’

Jerrod Niemann and Lee Brice have teamed up on a new single called “A Little More Love,” and the track was released to iTunes on April 29th. Jerrod Niemann Previews New Album, Recalls Garth Advice Written by Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman, Natalie Hemby and Kristi Neumann, the laid back tune is built for grooving and good times, with a theme that extols the virtues of working less and enjoying life more. “Make a little more love / Make a little less money / Catch a little more buzz / Off a little less honey,” goes the chorus. This is the first time Niemann and Brice — long-time friends who recently wrapped Brice’s Life Off My Years tour — have recorded a song together, and the track will serve as the lead single from Niemann’s forthcoming first album under the Curb Records banner. SiriusXM’s The Highway originally premiered the song in February and it has since become a part of their live performances. “Lee and I have always talked about recording some music together,” Niemann says on his website. “We hope this tune will have our fans smiling and singing along with their windows down and the radio up all summer long!” Check out a two-minute teaser of the sunny, easy living anthem below. Related See Jerrod Niemann’s Gypsy Road Trip in ‘Blue Bandana’ Video Lee Brice and Tyler Farr Announce Joint Tour Tyler Farr Placed on Vocal Rest, Cancels Shows

Hear Florida Georgia Line Blend Spirituality, Carnality on ‘H.O.L.Y.’

In an alternate timeline scenario, Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley exited the Bridgestone Arena after last November’s CMA Awards — battered and bruised, shoulders slumped in defeat after helplessly watching  Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake lay waste to the room in the performance spot before theirs. Their career effectively ended with critics and fans heralding the arrival a new day in Nashville, they quietly devoted themselves to matters outside music and occasionally looked fondly back on their time in the spotlight secure in the knowledge that they managed to touch the country music zeitgeist for a brief moment. Florida Georgia Line Drop Hints on New Album But in the actual timeline, FGL are their own industry and have to date sold considerably more records (between Here’s to the Good Times and  Anything Goes ) than Stapleton despite their frequent status as blogosphere punching bags. Even “Confession,” the single they performed on the CMAs, was still a higher charting country radio hit than Stapleton’s Top 10 “Nobody to Blame” — no matter what the media narrative has indicated. And anyone who was present to see them perform at the recent annual All 4 the Hall concert with Keith Urban and Vince Gill can attest that ” Cruise” is still a crowd-pleasing monster jam . That said, the stakes are likely as high as the anticipation for new music from their third full-length album, titled Dig Your Roots and due this summer. How do they stay in the game as hitmakers while country makes one of its cyclical and slow aesthetic shifts? Would they go serious the way they did with “Dirt” (the first single from their second album) or double down on their well-established day drinking party themes?

Rihanna, Calvin Harris Reunite for Addictive ‘This Is What You Came For’

Rihanna  and Calvin Harris  unveiled their latest collaboration, the new song, “This Is What You Came For.” Harris’ girlfriend Taylor Swift hinted at the single by debuting the single art  on her jacket at Coachella.  Watch Rihanna, Drake Recreate ‘Work’ Video During Concert “This Is What You Came For” taps into the pair’s tradition of arena-worthy EDM songs. The song’s delicate beat builds into a cinematic, house sound with Rihanna’s voice in a softer register than the belt she produced over Harris’ beats (like on “We Found Love”). Harris announced the new track on Twitter  and Instagram Thursday with a 30-second preview. “This Is What You Came Here For” is Rihanna and Harris’ first song together since scoring a massive hit in 2011 with “We Found Love,” which appeared on the former’s Talk That Talk  and the latter’s 2012 LP, 18 Months (Harris also co-produced the Talk That Talk single, “Where Have You Been”). Rihanna’s Anti World Tour is scheduled to continue in North America through May 18th. A European trek is plotted for this summer. Related Watch Father John Misty Cover Rihanna’s ‘Kiss It Beter’ Rihanna Set to Star in New Peter Berg Documentary See Rihanna at Met Costume Gala in Exclusive Clip

How the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Became String-Music Statesmen

When the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band ambled onto the stage of Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium last September, it was a full circle moment for the group of pickers who helped revitalize string music with 1972’s seminal Will the Circle Be Unbroken . Taped for the PBS special Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: 50 Years and Circlin’ Back , the performance reunited Dirt Band members Jeff Hanna, John McEuen, Jimmie Fadden and Bob Carpenter with the artists they admired in their formative years: John Prine, Jerry Jeff Walker and former Dirt Band member Jackson Browne. It also paired them up with some of the country and bluegrass names they’ve influenced, from Vince Gill to Alison Krauss. 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time McEuen, the Dirt Band’s master of the mandolin, among other stringed instruments, says it was the ideal venue for the group — and particularly satisfying for him. “Fifty-two years ago I went to see the Grand Ole Opry and I couldn’t get in, and I had to look in the back window when Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs came out with Maybelle Carter,” he says. “I never thought I’d be on that stage


Drake Enlists Kanye West, Rihanna, Future for New Album ‘Views’

Drake has released his highly anticipated fourth album, Views (formerly known as Views From the 6 ) on Apple Music .  The Canadian rapper has teased the album’s release since wrapping up his 2013/2014 tour in support of his third album,  Nothing Was the Same . 2015: The Year in Drake Rihanna (“Too Good”), Future (“Grammys”), Pimp C (“Faithful”), WizKid (“One Dance”), Popcaan (“Controlla”) and Partynextdoor appear on the album, with Kanye West and Boi-1da among the producers alongside Drake’s longtime collaborator Noah “40” Shebib. Drake hinted at the imminent release of Views on New Year’s Eve at a Miami party he hosted. ” Views From the 6 coming very soon,” he said to the crowd (via Vibe ). He then released a pair of tracks in early April as a preview of the LP, including “Pop Style” featuring Jay Z and Kanye West (who are billed together as “The Throne”). Later, on his OVO Sound radio show, he confirmed the album’s release date of April 29th and its exclusivity with Apple Music. Apple later revealed a special OVO Sound show on April 28th would serve as a listening party for  Views .

N.W.A’s Coachella Reunion ‘Felt Like Old Times,’ MC Ren Says

This past weekend, N.W.A ‘s four surviving members made music together for the first time since 1989 at Coachella. “It was dope, man,” MC Ren tells Rolling Stone . “We had fun. It felt like old times. It’s been a long, long stretch.” Read N.W.A’s Heartfelt Rock Hall Acceptance Speeches Although Ice Cube, Ren and Dr. Dre had toured together in 2000 on the Up in Smoke tour, and Cube had done some shows with Ren and DJ Yella last year around the release of the movie Straight Outta Compton , Coachella marked the first time they were all performing together.


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Deftones, Bad Brains Members Form New Supergroup

Deftones ‘ Chino Moreno has formed a new supergroup called Saudade with members of Bad Brains , Cro-Mags and more. The band released a single bundle via BitTorrent for their self-titled, instrumental debut track. Deftones Talk Band Tension: ‘We Like Unnerving Feelings’ Along with Moreno, Saudade includes Dr. Know (Bad Brains), John Medeski (Medeski, Martin & Wood), Chuck Doom (Crosses) and Mackie Jayson (Cro-Mags, Bad Brains). In Portuguese, the band’s name means “a feeling of longing, melancholy or nostalgia,” a fitting description of their cinematic but somber debut song, which also comes with a video in the BitTorrent bundle.

Whitney Houston Estate Signs Off on New Documentary

Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald will helm a documentary about Whitney Houston that has been authorized by the singer’s estate since her death in 2012. Whitney Houston Hologram to Tour World in 2016 Per a statement, the as-yet-untitled film will offer the “unvarnished and authentic” story of Houston’s life, from her early days singing in her church’s gospel choir to her astounding success as a global pop star, which included a string of seven straight Billboard Hot 100 Number Ones. The film will include interviews with Houston’s friends, family and collaborators, including famed record executive Clive Davis, who helped launch the singer’s career. It will also feature never-before-seen footage of Houston, as well as demo recordings and rare performances from her archives. “The story that is never told about Whitney is just how brilliant she was as an artist; by many measures, she had the greatest voice of the last 50 years,” Macdonald said. “She changed the way pop music was sung — bringing it back full circle to its blues and gospel roots. She was also completely unique in being a black pop star who sold in countries where black artists don’t traditionally sell.” But Macdonald added the film would not “shy away from the darker parts of Whitney’s life,” including her tumultuous marriage to Bobby Brown and struggles with drug abuse and addiction. Houston died in 2012  with an autopsy report naming  accidental drowning as the cause of death, though cocaine use and a heart condition were listed as contributing factors. While Macdonald’s film has the blessing of Houston’s estate, it’s not the only documentary in the works about the singer

Watch Josh Abbott Band’s Romantic ‘Wasn’t That Drunk’ Video

The Josh Abbott Band is most often described as Texas country, but lately they’ve been building a nationwide fan base with the release of their concept album Front Row Seat and progressive singles like “Wasn’t That Drunk,” featuring guest Carly Pearce. Josh Abbott Band Ready Raw Breakup Album ‘Front Row Seat’ The band has now released a music video to go along with that dramatic track, bringing to life a story about two friends who seem to think their fling will just be a one-night stand, but wake up feeling like they’ve stumbled into something deeper. With direction by Evan Kaufmann, the clip takes place at a glitzy (and glittery) New Year’s Eve party, but it’s the interplay between Abbott and Pearce — a Kentucky-born Grand Ole Opry favorite — that steals the show. Speaking with Rolling Stone Country   last summer , Abbott said Pearce was the missing piece in a song that he thinks moves his band into new territory. “The minute I got it, I listened to it like six times in a row and I thought ‘This is it, this is a smash. We just gotta get the right girl on it,'” he explained. “It sounds like our band, but it’s got just enough pop elements to make radio happy, and it’s got just enough touch — fiddle and all that — to make our fans happy.” The Josh Abbott Band and Carly Pearce will perform “Wasn’t That Drunk” on Jimmy Kimmel Live May 31. Related 35 Most Anticipated Country Albums of 2016 10 Signs Bro Country May Be on the Decline Hear Josh Abbott Band’s Hard-Partying New EP

Tracy Morgan: ‘Prince Was the Soundtrack to My Life’

Tracy Morgan  remembered Prince  in a candid and heartfelt interview with The Hollywood Reporter.  “Was he an influence? Absolutely!” said Morgan. “He was free. He came from the heart. He was talking about making love, he was a sexy man!” Watch D’Angelo’s Tender Prince Cover on ‘Tonight Show’ The comedian said Prince and Michael Jackson “were the soundtrack to my life,” and added that after his father died, he listened to Prince’s “Condition of the Heart” on repeat for 24 hours. “That was the last song I said, ‘Dad, listen to this!’ And my father said, ‘That’s a good record,'” Morgan said. Morgan also shared some lighter memories, including one Prince house party he attended several years ago where the musician performed in his own living room

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