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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


Misha Mansoor’s Tech-Metal Makes a Big Djent

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: Twenty-nine-year old guitarist and producer Misha Mansoor leads Periphery, a techy prog-metal outfit whose elastic, instrumentally vigorous, heavily syncopated sound is cut with elements of electronic and ambient music. The band’s 2010 self-titled debut, which Mansoor wrote, programmed, produced and mixed in the living room of his Washington, D.C., apartment (tracking all the instruments on a PC he built from spare parts), is the most visible example of a metal sub-strain known as djent. The word itself, coined by a member of Swedish rhythmic metal pioneers Meshuggah years ago but popularized more recently by Mansoor, is an onomatopoeia for the sound produced by playing a low-tuned and distorted guitar chord in a clipped, muted style

The Band Perry to Honor Glen Campbell

Nashville’s downtown Music City Center will be the site of a special benefit screening and acoustic concert on October 19th for the documentary film  Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me . The Band Perry, Delta Rae and Ashley Campbell, daughter of the iconic singer-guitarist, are among performers announced for the event. Tickets, available at a base price of $95, will go on sale to the public Friday, September 26th, at 10:00 a.m CT, with proceeds benefiting Alzheimer’s disease awareness.  Glen Campbell Film Features Shelton, Urban, Springsteen Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me opens in theaters in New York and Nashville on October 24th, followed by a national release to more than 50 cities.


Arcade Games: Courtside at Win Butler’s Charity Basketball Game

In a hot gymnasium at Montreal’s McGill University Sports Centre, a seven-foot tall, retired American basketball player named Luke Bonner is singing a passionate rendition of Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know.” Arcade Fire’s 25 Best ‘Reflektor’ Tour Covers The crowd goes wild, fueled by cans of Molson Canadian, and Arcade Fire’s Win Butler surveys the scene with glee. Bonner’s energetic live karaoke performance – complete with fist-pumps and the occasional salsa footwork – is punishment for losing a three-point shooting competition a few moments ago. His opponent?

Crystal Gayle Reflects on ‘Slick Country’ and Coal Miner’s Family

Brenda Gail Webb was, as the famous song says, born a coal miner’s daughter. But unlike her oldest sister, country music’s honky-tonk girl Loretta Lynn, who penned that tune about herself, Brenda’s music career would take much different trajectory. 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time The woman who would professionally become known as Crystal Gayle, famed for her floor-length tresses and warm, velvety vocal style, was one of the most successful country-pop crossover acts of the Seventies and Eighties. She scaled both charts with hits such as “Half the Way,” “Talking in Your Sleep” and the Number Two pop smash, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” none of which could be mistaken for Loretta Lynn records. Initially signed in 1970 to the same label as her sister, Decca Records (which was already home to Brenda Lee, hence her name change), she would record more straight-ahead country material there, yet never managed any chart position higher than 23.


Pink Floyd Roll Out Plans For ‘The Endless River,’ Their First LP in 20 Years

After months of rumors, Pink Floyd have finally announced the details of their new album The Endless River , which hits shelves on November 10th. It’s the group’s first new release since 1994’s The Division Bell . According to a press release, The Endless River is a “four-sided instrumental album,” though one track, “Louder Than Words,” has lyrics by David Gilmour’s wife Polly Samson. It was produced by Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson and is available for pre-order right now

Dave Davies on a Kinks Reunion: ‘Ray and I Both Want to Do Something Next Year’

In an interview with Mojo last month, Ray Davies said he plans on reforming the Kinks next year – with or without his brother Dave. “He’s invited to the party, but if he doesn’t want to do it, [the reunion] will happen anyway,” he reportedly said. “He’s very welcome to turn up if he wants. I’d much rather work with him than without him…If somebody can’t or won’t play, there are other players out there. [drummer] Mick [Avery] and I want to do it.” Dave Davies Delves Deep Into Past On New Solo Album The news sent shockwaves across the Kinks fan community, and within hours the group posted a retraction on their official Facebook page

Watch the Replacements Cover the Jackson 5’s ‘I Want You Back’

Over the course of their recent reunion tour, the Replacements have been working up a cover of the Jackson 5’s 1969 hit “I Want You Back.” As the band played their first New York show in 23 years on Friday night, they showed the progress they’ve made on it. Although their version of the song lasts just over a minute and isn’t exactly polished, frontman Paul Westerberg declared to the audience that the band members were proud of themselves for having learned the riff, according to Brooklyn Vegan. Magnificent Bastards: The Best of the Replacements Along with the Jacksons and a whirlwind cover of Chick Berry’s “Maybellene,” there were, of course, plenty of Replacements classics in the 29-song set at Queens’ Forest Hills Stadium, including “Take Me Down to the Hospital,” “Bastards of Young,” “Can’t Hardly Wait” (see below) and “Alex Chilton.” The Replacements reunion tour, featuring original members Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson accompanied by guitarist Dave Minehan and drummer Josh Freese, launched in August 2013 after a 22-year hiatus. In an interview with Rolling Stone nearly a year before the reunion took shape, Westerberg spoke about the potential motivations. “It was never about making money,” he said.

Ed Sheeran Takes on "Same Love" With Macklemore at iHeartRadio Festival

Just a few days after wrapping up the North American leg of his solo arena tour, Ed Sheeran hit Las Vegas on Saturday night for the iHeartRadio Music Festival with a short set featuring a special guest. Ed Sheeran’s Heartache and Wildest Nights Inspire New LP As Billboard reports, halfway through Sheeran’s five-song set, Macklemore joined the British singer-songwriter onstage for a performance of Macklemore’s own hit, “Same Love.” Sheeran backed up Macklemore on guitar and took on the vocal hook originally recorded by Mary Lambert on the gay-rights anthem, while the rapper delivered a passionate rendition of his verses from the  Heist track. Elsewhere in the set, Sheeran mashed up his bitter break-up single “Don’t,” from his recent album X , with Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” and Chris Brown’s “Loyal” (from the latter’s similarly-titled new album). He’d previously worked the Blackstreet addition into the song during his show at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, which he closed out with a different surprise guest in the form of Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody, who had joined him on “Chasing Cars.” Sheeran’s X tour takes him back to the U.K

Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and Strokes Members Form Supergroup for Pop Vs. Jock Game

Members of Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and the Strokes formed a one-shot indie supergroup called Pop All Star Band to perform at the third annual Pop Vs. Jock charity basketball game held on Saturday during the Pop Montréal festival. Arcade Fire’s 25 Best ‘Reflektor’ Tour Covers The band, which features Arcade Fire’s Win and Will Butler (who organized the charity event) and Régine Chassagne, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and the Strokes’ Nikolai Fraiture, took over the court during the game’s half-time to deliver covers of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” and the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.” The afternoon’s entertainment also featured courtside performances by Chassagne playing sporty organ tunes, as well as DJing by Kid Koala and A-Trak.  The game itself, held at McGill Sports Center, featured the aforementioned musicians playing for Team Pop alongside former NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion Brent Barry and led by Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs as captain, competing against a Team Jock made up of past and present college players from the McGill and Concordia basketball teams. As The Montreal Gazette reports, Team Pop ended up the victors, winning the game 101-92.  All proceeds from the Pop Vs. Jock event go toward DJ Sports Club, a Montreal nonprofit that offers programs in sports and education to local youth.

Trent Reznor Previews Ominous ‘Gone Girl’ Soundtrack

David Fincher’s film adaptation of the novel Gone Girl doesn’t hit theaters for another two weeks, but Trent Reznor has offered fans an early chance to immerse themselves in its disturbing sonic landscape. The Nine Inch Nails frontman, who composed the soundtrack with Atticus Ross, kicked the weekend off by posting a preview of the soundtrack on the NIN website. Rockers Who Score Films The selection opens with an ominous chiming tone before a clicking beat kicks in and layers of electronic sounds begin to pile up. Somewhere in the middle, the static retreats, leaving an eerie synth-generated woodwind melody to take over before it’s overwhelmed again by the other sounds. Reznor, who previously collaborated with Ross and Fincher on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the Oscar-winning original score for The Social Network, recently spoke about the direction that Fincher gave the two composers for the Gone Girl soundtrack

Hear Prince’s Giddy New Floor-Stomping Track ‘Funknroll’

In anticipation of the two new albums he’s putting out at the end of the month, Prince has shared the giddy, guitar- and synth-powered version of “Funknroll” that will appear on his solo record, Art Official Age . The song, which the artist premiered with his backing band ThirdEyeGirl on Arsenio earlier this year, will also appear as a different version on his album with ThirdEyeGirl, Plectrumelectrum . Both albums are due out September 30th. 100 Best Singles of 1984: Pop’s Greatest Year Over the past year, Prince has been slowly sharing songs from both LPs, though Art Official Age was not announced until June. Last October, he made a video for Art Official Age’s “Breakfast Can Wait” – a song he released as a demo via Twitter – and, this past February, he allowed a late-night listening session of Plectrumelectrum in New York, where that album’s version of “Funknroll” got its premiere along with a few songs that didn’t make it on either album, like the Zooey Deschanel–featuring “Fallinlove2nite” and a tune called “Skrewdriver.” When Prince announced the release date for both records, he also offered up the instant-gratification tracks “Breakdown” and “Clouds” (a clip of which is streaming here) for people who pre-order the albums through his web store.

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