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Reggae Legend John Holt Dead at 67

John Holt, one of Jamaica’s most well-loved vocalists, died early Sunday morning in London at the age of 67. His death was confirmed by his manager Copeland Forbes via the Jamaica Observer . Holt, who was initially known for his career with the Paragons in the rocksteady era of the 1960s, had 40 albums under his belt alongside his reputation for strong live performances. Diplo’s Dancehall Reggae Primer: 10 Essential Tracks As a pre-teen, Holt was tremendously successful at local talent competitions in his native Kingston, quickly drawing the attention of equally legendary Jamaican singer and songwriter Bob Andy. Andy had begun performing as a duo with Tyrone Evans just after independence in 1962

Mark McGuire Takes a Six-String Plunge Into the Great Unknown

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: Throughout his career, 28-year-old guitarist Mark McGuire has aspired to move his instrument beyond its six strings into uncharted zones – or, as he puts it, “take guitar out of the guitar world.” A native of Cleveland, Ohio, McGuire first gained notice in the mid-2000s as a member of post-rock quartet Emeralds, a group that took influence from minimalist composers like Philip Glass and Steve Reich, kraut-rock, New Age artists and synth gurus Tangerine Dream. “I wanted the guitar to mimic the sounds of the synthesizer,” he explains

Hear Paul McCartney’s Long-Lost Duet With John Bonham

Paul McCartney has shared a different version of the urgent-sounding, piano-driven Wings at the Speed of Sound tune “Beware My Love” that features Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham behind the kit. Paul McCartney: The Long and Winding Q&A The previously unreleased take of the song, which clocks in at a minute less than the studio version, will appear on the bonus disc of the upcoming deluxe edition of the record and finds Bonzo battering out a propulsive rhythm with intricate filigrees when the song moves to the bridge (and the former Beatle shouts, “Intro!”). McCartney shared the tune via Twitter’s new audio card during a Q&A on Twitter in a reply to a fan. .@raisingbiz Yes indeed! And here’s the world premiere of it featuring John Bonham on drums: #Wings #askPaul — Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) October 20, 2014 The former Beatle fielded a variety of wide-ranging questions during the Q&A


Stream the Flaming Lips’ Insanely Trippy ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ Tribute LP

The Flaming Lips will release their all-star  Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band  tribute, With a Little Help From My Fwends,  on October 28th – but chapped Lips fans can stream the fearlessly freaky LP one week early at NPR. The album, a track-by-track reworking of the Beatles’ 1967 masterpiece, finds the psych-rock mainstays collaborating with likeminded artists such as Miley Cyrus, My Morning Jacket, J.

Lorde’s ‘Royals’ Banned in San Francisco Ahead of World Series

San Francisco is World Serious about taking its third MLB title in five years – and if that means upsetting Lorde, well, so be it. Greatest Hits: The Giants Return to the World Series As the hometown Giants get set to take on the Kansas City Royals in the World Series (Game 1 is Tuesday night in KC), a pair of San Fran radio stations have announced they’re removing “Royals” from their playlists until the Series is done, after both were inundated with angry emails from listeners. “No offense, Lorde, but for the duration of the World Series, KFOG Radio will be a ‘Royals’-free zone,” one SF station posted on its Facebook page. “We’re sure you understand.” “Our listeners told us to do it, so we did,” KOIT program director Brian Figula wrote on his station’s website. “As of 4 p.m.

Jason Aldean Reveals First 23 Cities on Burn It Down Tour 2015

Jason Aldean isn’t quite done burnin’ it down just yet.  The country hitmaker is extending his sold-out Burn It Down Tour into 2015, kicking off a 23-city run in Greenville, South Carolina on February 12th, he reveals exclusively to Rolling Stone Country . Jason Aldean Shirks Labels, Breaks in New ‘Boots’ “The tour is doing well, so you want to expand it and hit some cities that you didn’t hit on the first leg of it — that’s the biggest thing,” Aldean tells us. “Every year you try to hit the major markets, for the most part.


Hear Gwen Stefani’s Synth-Driven Single ‘Baby Don’t Lie’

Gwen Stefani has dropped the infectious new single, “Baby Don’t Lie,” her first new solo song in eight years. The track – co-written with producers Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder and Noel Zancanella – finds the No Doubt frontwoman stretching out her voice to an emphatic hiccup over buzzing synths and rattling drums. It’s currently available to purchase on iTunes via Mad Love/Interscope Records. Check out a stream below. Gwen Stefani’s Supersonic Style Evolution Stefani explores romantic subject matter on the rhythmically driven track.


Sleater-Kinney Reform, Share Powerful New Song ‘Bury Our Friends’

Sleater-Kinney’s indefinite hiatus has come to an end. The Olympia, Washington trio has re-formed and recorded a powerful new song about perseverance, “Bury Our Friends,” that lives up to its punk and indie rock pasts with big, slithering riffs and a ringing, anthemic chorus. The song appears on a seven-inch that comes with the group’s lavish, career-spanning vinyl box set Start Together , which also includes a 44-page booklet containing never-before-seen photos. Download “Bury Your Friends” for free here. At Home With Carrie Brownstein The single’s label also mysteriously contained the date “1/20/15.” After a weekend filled with speculation, it was revealed that the reunited trio will release their new LP  No Cities to Love, a 10-track studio album featuring “Bury Your Friends,” on January 20th through Sub Pop.


Little Big Town Join the Grand Ole Opry

Little Big Town’s journey to the Grand Ole Opry came full circle Friday night, October 17th. A sold-out crowd was on hand to watch the platinum-selling group become the Opry’s newest members a full 15 years after the “Day Drinking” singers first appeared together on the esteemed Opry stage. The official induction followed the group’s surprise invitation earlier this month from fellow Opry cast member Reba McEntire. Watch Little Big Town Get an Opry Surprise In 1999, as young hopefuls in country music, the quartet of Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook made their performance debut on the Opry stage.

South Korean Safety Official Commits Suicide Following K-Pop Concert Tragedy

The tragedy that claimed the lives of 16 K-pop fans at a 4Minute concert in Seongman, South Korea has resulted in another death: According to the Telegraph, a 37-year-old government official who was in charge of safety measures for the event was found dead around 7 a.m. local time in an apparent suicide after being questioned by police regarding the incident. A police inspector revealed that the man jumped from a 10-story building after writing a short note, “I am sorry for the dead victims… Please take a good care of my children” The 10 K-Pop Groups Most Likely to Break in America Sixteen K-pop fans were killed when the metal grate they were standing on collapsed, plummeting them down a roughly 60-foot shaft that led to an underground garage.


Primus Hide Lifetime Tickets in Five Golden Records

Primus’ Willy Wonka-inspired Primus and the Chocolate Factory With the Fungi Ensemble is out on October 21st, and mixed in with all the chocolate-colored records are five golden vinyl. Like the golden tickets in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory , stumbling upon the golden vinyl comes with a great reward: Free Primus concert tickets for life. In this video that pays homage to the film’s opening credits, we watch as the records are formed, trimmed and printed while Les Claypool and company’s rendition of “Golden Ticket” bounces along. Classic Primus Lineup Reunites for Wild Willy Wonka LP Primus and the Chocolate Factory With the Fungi Ensemble is the first Primus LP to feature the band’s classic lineup – Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander – since 1995’s Tales From the Punchbowl .


Foo Fighters Rock Chicago in ‘Sonic Highways’ Premiere

The Foo Fighters’ much-anticipated HBO musical travelogue Sonic Highways premiered Friday night with Dave Grohl and company visiting Chicago to pen a musical love letter to the Windy City. Grohl’s journey as he crafts the Foo Fighters’ new album city by city is at the heart of the series, and in the first episode we get to witness how the band goes from unloading their equipment to “Something From Nothing” in just a week.  Sonic Highways  also provides a remarkably comprehensive look at a city’s music history through insightful interviews with native rockers and well-mined archival footage. Watch Dave Grohl’s Surprise Rolling Stones, Dylan Cover Like Sonic Highways , Grohl’s own musical journey begins in Chicago: While on a family vacation to visit cousins in his early-teens, Grohl was taken to Wrigleyville’s the Cubby Bear – a Cubs bar by day, a punk venue by night – to see his first punk rock show: Chicago’s Naked Raygun. “It just turned my world upside,” Grohl says of the experience. “That night changed everything I knew about music.” While the Foos’ Chicago visit touches nearly every aspect of Chicago music history, from Kanye West and Wilco to Gene Krupa and Willie Dixon, the episode focuses mainly on two subjects: Buddy Guy and Steve Albini.

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