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18 Things You Learn Hanging Out With U2

What’s left to learn about U2 in 2014? Plenty, as it turns out – especially if you get a few days worth of intimate access to the band in three different countries. Here’s the best of what didn’t fit into the cover story, from the making of the new album to the secrets of Adam Clayton’s jewelry. U2’s 12 Greatest Soundtrack Songs It’s not unimaginable that U2 could still be around when the band members are in their 70s. “I don’t know – if we’re writing songs as good as these ones,” says Bono.

Hear Two Frenetic, Echo-Filled Dead Weather Tracks

The two Dead Weather songs that came as part of Third Man Records’ “Vault Package Number 21″ on a gold-colored seven-inch are now streaming online. The songs, “Buzzkill(er)” and “It’s Just Too Bad,” find the band exploring echoey, bluesy garage rock on the former and clattering, shambolic riffage on the latter as frontwoman Alison Mosshart bellows. Jack White Unveils New Song, Album The group recorded the songs in the band members’ downtime from commitments to Queens of the Stone Age, the Kills and Jack White’s solo work. The versions of the songs streaming online play at different speeds, since turntables (and the people who use them) can be fickle things, but the “Buzzkill(er)” stream is official, so listeners will have to imagine “It’s Just Too Bad” playing slower and lower. The seven-inches were available only to members of the label’s Third Man Vault subscription service. The Dead Weather, who have not played a concert since 2010 (save an impromptu reunion this past August), began work on their upcoming third album last year


‘Hall-oween and Oates': Daryl Hall Opens New Venue With Spooky Show

Tomorrow night, Daryl’s House, the new bar and venue owned by Hall and Oates songwriter Daryl Hall, opens in Pawling, New York. To celebrate, Hall is joining his bandmate John for a show cheekily billed “Hall-oween and Oates.” “I’ve played many Halloween shows over the years,” he says over the phone. “But never anything like this.” 20 Biggest Songs of the Summer: The 1980s The idea for the bar started with Hall’s “Live From Daryl’s House” web series, a show that recruits acts like Chromeo, Cee Lo Green and Fitz and the Tantrums to join him for sessions at his actual home. “Over the years so many people have said, ‘Wow man, I love the show.

Lady Antebellum Promise ‘More Meat’ on Next Single

“We’re the most rock & roll band in the universe right now,” proclaimed Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley sarcastically as he, dressed as a human beer barrel complete with beer stein headpiece, performed an acoustic version of the band’s chart-topping single “Bartender” at the song’s Halloween-themed Number One party Wednesday. At the City Winery in Nashville alongside bandmates Hillary Scott (in a glitter tophat) and Dave Haywood (sporting a shirtless version of Kelley’s outfit, with an additional mullet wig and glasses) as well as Scott’s young daughter, Eisele, in a pig costume, it certainly wasn’t the most rebellious, guitar-smashing moment in history. But the trio has been pushing boundaries of late — if not this very moment. Watch Lady Antebellum Get Steamy on ‘Fallon’ “We wanted the first two singles to be complete left turns,” a pre-costumed Kelley told Rolling Stone Country in an exclusive chat about “Bartender,” which topped the Country Airplay chart, and its wild follow-up single, “Freestyle.” “We had songs like those before, like ‘Love Don’t Live Here,’ but we’d kind of gotten away from it, and thought it was time to reel it back and inject more fun.” “In the live show environment,” added Scott, “everything is outdoor, festival culture


Flashback: Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers Take ‘Islands in the Stream’ to New Heights

On this day (October 29th) in 1983, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers reached the top of the Billboard 100 chart with their now-iconic duet, “Islands in the Stream.” Written by the Bee Gees (and later performed on their 1998 live album), the tune was inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s novel of the same name and was meant to have a very different, more R&B sound. Co-writer Robin Gibb once told ABC News that he and his brothers originally wrote the song with Marvin Gaye in mind. Flashback: Dolly Parton Busts a Rhyme When Rogers got a shot at “Islands,” he went in to record it solo — with the Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb producing — and just didn’t click with it, he has admitted in several interviews over the years.


Slipknot Hit Number One as Industry Awaits Taylor Swift Sales Results

Bear with me: I’m trying to mention Taylor Swift in every paragraph. Here goes: Album sales are still  down 14 percent and track sales are down 13 percent, but next week, the record industry will see if 1989 can make a dent in these depressing numbers. More Swifty details below! Slipknot Open Up About Their Most Devastating Record Ever 1989 WATCH: Billboard  has upgraded its first-week Swift sales prediction from 750,000 to 1 million. If true, Taylor’s new 1989 would be the only 2014 release to go platinum


Inside Luna’s Surprise Reunion With Dean Wareham

After a decade apart, indie rockers Luna insouciantly announced their reunion on Tuesday with a string of dates in Spain and vague hints at U.S. dates, all of which would happen next year. According to frontman Dean Wareham, the reason the reunion seemed somewhat casual was because it was.

Watch Conan O’Brien and Max Weinberg Reunite on ‘Conan’

For almost 18 years, from the 1993 debut of Late Night With Conan O’Brien until the bitter end of O’Brien’s The Tonight Show run in 2010, drummer Max Weinberg was a constant presence alongside the late night host – at least when Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band weren’t on tour. Conan O’Brien Comes Clean However, Weinberg chose not to join Conan as it jumped to TBS, and the Max Weinberg 7 became Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band. That is, until Tuesday night, as the late-night host and his former band leader reunited for the first time in nearly five years. During his monologue, O’Brien noted that Basic Cable Band drummer James Wormworth was missing from his kit

Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament on the NBA and Breaking Noses With Win Butler

There’s always been something of a divide between the worlds of sports and music. NBA D&D: The Dungeon Master’s Guide to the 2014-15 Season Musicians are supposed to be too precocious, slight and cardigan-prone to concern themselves with the pig-headed machismo of professional athletics. And athletes are supposed to be too dumb and aggressive to cultivate interests in such fey cultural nodes as, you know, expressions of feeling through song. But Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament is the bridge between this seemingly inexorable gap. He’s a hoops fanatic with considerable skills on the basketball court, two traits that make him a bit of an outlier amongst his rock & roll brethren – though, strangely, not his own band – and the perfect person for Rolling Stone to speak with as a brand-new NBA season begins


Grand Ole Opry Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Benefit Show

A tear streamed down Angie Gentry’s face as her husband, Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry, and T. Graham Brown serenaded her on the Grand Ole Opry stage with “Hell and High Water,” Brown’s 1986 chart-topper that was a particularly poignant song given the occasion. Angie was honored at the Opry’s Tuesday night show for her battle with breast cancer, with which she was diagnosed in September. She was one of many in the audience personally touched by the disease, as the long-running radio show celebrated its annual Opry Goes Pink event. Grand Ole Opry Goes to New York Opry members Rascal Flatts did the honors of flipping the switch on the Opry’s barn backdrop, flooding the stage with pink lights

Watch Kristian Bush Bust Sweet Dance Moves in ‘Trailer Hitch’

Clearly, Kristian Bush survived the zombie apocalypse. After being menaced by the walking dead in the hillbilly “Thriller” video for his new single “Trailer Hitch” last week, the singer, songwriter and Sugarland member made his solo Today Show debut yesterday in New York, where he performed the song with his full band — and also showed off some slick dance moves. Watch the video above. 9 Things We Learned Playing a Zombie in Kristian Bush’s Clip During the shuffling song’s breakdown, Bush and three members of his group displayed choreography that would make the Temptations or — with all the dipping, ducking and dodging going on in front of Kathie Lee and Hoda — at least Patches O’Houlihan proud. The morning-show dancing is indicative of Bush’s fun-first, life-is-short personality, as well as the message of “Trailer Hitch.” “One of the cool things about me as a solo artist right now is people see me and they don’t have any idea what I sound like

Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Drake Set Sexual Record Straight on ‘Only’

Nicki Minaj fronts a cadre of heavy hitters including Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown on “Only,” the latest track to surface from her upcoming third LP, The Pinkprint , which is now streaming courtesy of iHeartRadio. Produced by pop heavyweight Dr. Luke, as well as Cirkut and J Mike, “Only” opens with Minaj dispelling rumors about the extent of her relationships with Wayne and Drake, and closes with a kiss-off to the haters by way of a left-field but on-point reference to the bizarre incident where Lance Stephenson blew in LeBron James’ ear during the NBA Playoffs. Fall Music Preview 2014: 25 Must-Hear Albums While Brown handles the track’s glasses-in-the-air hook, Drake offers poetic lines about his preference for big women who look like Claire Huxtable and enjoy a post-coital lunch. Lil Wayne closes out the track with a verse that starts sleepy but grows into a torrent of wacked-out Weezy-isms like, “My story is how I went from poor me/To police pour me a drink and celebrate with me.” The Pinkprint is now scheduled to hit shelves on December 15th, via Young Money/Cash Money, after being pushed back from November 24th.

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