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Grammys mean nothing to Anthrax

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian says the Grammy Awards “mean nothing” to him.

Rihanna Looks ‘Towards the Sun’ in New Song for Animated Film

Prior to the release of DreamWorks’ Home , the animated film’s star Rihanna has released the first song off the soundtrack. Titled “Towards the Sun,” the track showcases the singer’s falsetto on the epic, empowering pop tune. Listen below.  Kanye West, Rihanna Set First Joint Show Home, due in theaters March 27th,   is a 3D animated comedy featuring vocal talents from Rihanna alongside Jim Parsons, Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez. The film is adapted from Adam Rex’s children’s book The True Meaning of Smekday .

Lady Gaga Climbs Ev’ry High Note in ‘Sound of Music’ Tribute

For the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music , Lady Gaga belted out a gorgeous medley of songs from the film at the 2015 Oscars. Clad in white and accompanied by a string section, Gaga sang four tracks from the film and musical’s soundtrack — “The Sound of Music,” “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.” Oscars 2015: The Complete Winners List Scarlett Johansson introduced the tribute, which followed John Legend and Common’s moving performance of “Glory” and win for Best Song. Johansson’s transition into discussing the legacy of The Sound of Music was an awkward one, including a comparison of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Selma-to-Montgomery voting-rights march — the inspiration for “Glory” and the film Selma  — to the impact of the musical film. (The march also celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year.) The tribute was immediately followed by Julie Andrews presenting the award for Best Original Score to Alexandre Desplat for The Grand Budapest Hotel.

‘Weird Al’ Debuts ‘Authentic Folk’ Project on ‘Late Late Show’

“Weird Al” Yankovic has made a career out of satirizing pop music, but after 32 years and 14 albums, he’s finally ready to pursue his true calling: Authentic American folk music. The (former) king of pop parody stopped by The Late Late Show on Monday, where he chatted with guest host Thomas Lennon and debuted his new act with a bold, chilling performance (the full episode is available to watch above; “Weird Al” goes folk at 33:10). My Grammys: Hilarious Tales From Weird Al, David Sedaris “What I’ll say is, going forward, I just want to write songs about things that matter — people living free, people riding the rails,” Yankovic declared as Lennon picked out a folk melody on the guitar. “I want to pay tribute to the greats of American folk music: Johnny Cash, Pete Seeger, the guy that played Potsie…” So with Anson Williams in mind, “Weird Al” embarked on a stirring rendition of a Woody Guthrie classic — not one of the hits, but a deep cut with curiously anachronistic lyrics detailing Yankovic’s upcoming world tour. While “Weird Al” assured Lennon several times the song was authentic, he finally fessed up after the line: “Spread the word across this land of freedom, tell your brothers in a voice that’s strong and sure, you can buy your tickets on the ‘Weird Al’ website for ‘Weird Al’ Mandatory Tour!” With the jig finally up, Lennon said he was not interested in partaking in the singer’s plug, not for reasons of artistic integrity (he was in Boat Trip , the musician pointed out), but because, “You’re doing like a hundred dates and my hand is cramping up.” As a compromise, “Weird Al” busted out his trusty accordion and the duo jammed as every date of the Mandatory World Tour scrolled by quickly on screen. “Weird Al” kicks off his Mandatory World Tour with a five-night stint May 12th through the 16th at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas before crisscrossing North America throughout the summer and into autumn.

Passion Pit Detail New Album ‘Kindred,’ Share First Single ‘Lifted Up (1985)’

Passion Pit have announced the details for the new album Kindred , the synthpop band’s first LP since 2012’s Gossamer . In addition to revealing that the 1o-track  Kindred would arrive on April 21st and that pre-orders will kick off February 17th, the Michael Angelakos-fronted outfit also shared the album’s first single, the joyous “Lifted Up (1985).” On the blistering dance track, Angelakos sings triumphantly on the chorus, “1985 was a good year / The sky broke apart then you appeared / Lifted off the ground / I took your hands and pulled down.” “Lifted Up (1985)” arrives almost two months after the singer posted a batch of new music on his personal SoundCloud, although none of those tracks appear to have landed on Kindred . However, a song titled “Five Foot Ten” that was scrawled on a dry-erase board that hinted at the band’s new album did make the final Kindred cut.

Stevie Wonder on Message Behind New Album: ‘We Want to See Equality’

The Grammys’ Songs in the Key of Life – An All-Star Salute to Stevie Wonder will air on CBS February 16th, and before the tribute concert is broadcast, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer chatted with AP about the star-studded celebration, music streaming and the nation-changing events that are fueling Wonder’s next album, tentatively titled Through the Eyes of Wonder , which he plans on releasing this September. The singer’s last LP was 2005’s A Time to Love .  Stevie Wonder’s Grammy Tribute: Our 5 Favorite Performances “Since the last album I did was about 10 years ago, a lot has happened. I’m hoping to show what I’ve seen and I’m hoping it will encourage people to move to the next level that will give us a place of positivity,” Wonder told the AP (via Billboard). “How long have we been talking about the planet and what we’ve got to do? The fact that we’ve had the tragedy [the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut], that’s a wake-up call…

Underworld Pay Tribute to Frankie Knuckles With New Cover

Nearly a year after the death of “the Godfather of House Music” Frankie Knuckles, a trio of electronic music artists the late DJ inspired – Underworld, Heller & Farley and the Misterons – have teamed up to re-record Knuckles’ 1987 classic “Baby Wants to Ride.” Proceeds from the single will benefit the Frankie Knuckles Fund for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the charity that debuted the updated single. Frankie Knuckles: 5 Defining Tracks While the charity download is available now at, on March 31st, the one-year anniversary of Knuckles’ death, Terry Farley’s dance label Junior Boy’s Own will release a 12″ vinyl version of “Baby Wants to Ride.” Underworld will appear on both sides, teaming up with Heller & Farley on the A-side and the Misterons on the flip side. “My relationship with Frankie goes back a long way,” Farley said in a statement. “Twenty-five years ago, Frankie championed the early music Pete Heller and I made and many of the first releases on Junior Boys Own.

Talib Kweli Helps Raise $100,000 for Ferguson Organizers and Protesters

Last October, rapper-activist Talib Kweli helped launch the crowdfunding campaign Ferguson Defense Fund to support activists protesting in Ferguson, Missouri following the deadly shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown and subsequent non-indictment of police officer Darren Wilson. The Action Support Committee raised $112,052 – eclipsing their initial goal of $25,000 – and on Friday, the committee announced plans to allocate the funds via grants to community programs from grassroots organizations in the city. The first round of funding will begin February 13th, with more spanning throughout the fall.  Watch Ferguson Activists Share Stories From Frontlines “These are young men and women who have put their lives on hold to stand up for all of our freedoms,” Kweli said in a statement. “The overly militarized police force in Ferguson has attempted to criminalize them by harassing and throwing them in jail for exercising their right to peaceful protest

Jeff Beck Planning Two Books, First Official Documentary

Jeff Beck is writing an autobiography and preparing a separate “signed, limited-edition” book as part of a new publishing deal struck with London-based Genesis Publishing group. According to a press release, the legendary guitarist is also at work on a new documentary, the first officially sanctioned film about his storied career. Flashback: Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck Unite While it’s unclear when the film will see release, it’s likely Beck’s autobiography will hit bookshelves by the end of the year. As for the other book, Beck is still discussing its potential contents with Genesis. Amidst this flurry of writing, Beck will continue to tour

Steely Dan, Elvis Costello Plot Joint Tour

Steely Dan’s surprise Coachella performance this spring will not be a one-off. The long-running jazz-rock group, led by original members vocalist-keyboardist Donald Fagan and guitarist Walter Becker, has booked a number of concerts around the festival appearance and a full U.S. summer run dubbed the Rockabye Gollie Angel Tour. The group is promising set lists drawing from its entire, four-decade career

Megadeth album ‘pretty much written’

Dave Ellefson says the next Megadeth album is pretty much written – but remains tight-lipped on the rumoured return to the band of Nick Menza and Marty Friedman.

Wendy Dio ‘excited’ by Tenacious D Grammy win

Ronnie James Dio’s widow Wendy says she was thrilled to see Tenacious D’s cover of The Last In Line win a Grammy.

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