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Sara Evans Blasts Fox’s ‘Last Man on Earth': ‘I Was Thoroughly Disgusted’

It’s a good thing Will Forte’s last man standing Phil Miller doesn’t have to share an apocalyptic earth with Sara Evans. The “Slow Me Down” singer recently went on a Facebook rant about Forte’s Fox series The Last Man on Earth , which casts the Saturday Night Live alum as the only living dude on terra firma. Apocalypse, Ow! The Genius of ‘Last Man on Earth’ “So. I sat down last night with our teenage children to watch The Last Man on Earth . Thinking it could be a funny new show that we could start, right?” Evans wrote.

Electronica Titans Leftfield Return With First Music in 16 Years

Leftfield are finally ready to release a follow-up to 1999’s Rhythm and Stealth . The British electro project, which notched a couple of minor U.S. dance hits with cinematic “Song of Life” and “Afro-Left” in the mid-Nineties, will put out a new, 10-track record – Alternative Light Source – on June 8th.

One Direction Members Respond to Zayn Malik’s Exit

Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson have broken their silence following Zayn Malik’s exit from the group. One Direction’s remaining members have tweeted separately and have shared some words of comfort for their fans. One Direction’s Zayn Malik: The Lost Q&A “So glad to be in bed after a long and strange 24 hours,” posted Payne. Tomlinson and Horan shared similar reflections on the craziness surrounding the announcement. “This in turn spurs us on to make the best music we possibly can [and] put on great shows/tour for you guys,” wrote Horan.

5 Most Insane Reactions to Zayn Malik Quitting One Direction

Today was a heartbreaking day for One Direction fans, as Zayn Malik announced his departure from the group and stated that he wants “to be a normal 22-year-old.” “I think I’d love to be involved with it still, because obviously, we’ll be working in the industry for an extended amount of time and you get used to it,” Malik said in a lost interview with Rolling Stone  from 2012 about what he would do if he quit the band. “Even if it wasn’t as public or out there as what we do now, if it was just something even in the background, working as a studio songwriter, producing, that would always be a cool thing to do.”  Fans have taken to social media to express their grief and there have been some very intense reactions. Here are five of the most insane: Screaming Crying Screaming and crying Justin Bieber-soundtracked fan edits Candlelight vigils Related One Direction, George Strait Top Scalpers’ List Zayn Malik Leaves One Direction Tour Zayn Malik Quits One Direction

Bonnie Raitt, Indigo Girls Contribute to Anti-Fracking LP

Bonnie Raitt, Indigo Girls, John Butler Trio and Michael Franti are among two dozen musicians who have contributed songs to Buy This Fracking Album , a two-disc compilation LP intended to educate listeners about hydro-fracking, a controversial method of extracting natural gas from the earth’s shale. In a statement, Raitt said, “One of the most critical environmental issues of our time is banning fracking everywhere because it destroys our water, our communities and our planet.”  The 24-track set, produced by Jason Samel, features a mix of original recordings, previously released tracks and live versions of older songs – all of which share the theme of environmental awareness. Standout tracks include a new song from Meshell Ndegeocello (“Never Still Water”), Raitt’s 1994 track “Hell to Pay” and an unreleased live version of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” from the late Pete Seeger. Other featured artists include Marco Benevento and Dave Dreiwitz, Natalie Merchant and the Felice Brothers, Rusted Root, Anti Flag and Steve Earle.

The Doors, Radiohead, Joan Baez Added to National Recording Registry

Radiohead’s OK Computer , the Doors’ self-titled 1967 debut and Joan Baez’ 1960 album Joan Baez are among the 25 recorded works that have been selected for inclusion into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill , Sly and the Family Stone’s Stand! , the Righteous Brothers’ 1964 single “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” and Ben E. King’s classic “Stand By Me” were also picked for the Library of Congress’ Class of 2014, bringing the total number of inducted recordings to 425, Variety reports. Scary Monsters and Super-Creeps: The Best of Radiohead The list’s choices range from comedic (Steve Martin’s 1978 LP A Wild and Crazy Guy ) and historic (radio coverage of President Franklin D.

Watch Ad-Rock Talk Food, Make New Sandwich for Charity

Years after proclaiming, “I’ve got more spice than the Frugal Gourmet,” former Beastie Boy Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz is stepping up his culinary game with a new sandwich he designed with New York bánh mì hotspot, Num Pang. See Beastie Boys and Nas’ Long Lost ‘Too Many Rappers’ Video Horovitz and Num Pang co-founders Ratha Chaupoly and Ben Daitz offered Rolling Stone an exclusive look at the making of the “Ad-Rock Pang,” which boasts pastrami from vaunted eatery Mile End Deli, pickled carrots with toasted caraway, cucumbers, cilantro and a chili Russian dressing. It’s a better alternative to Horovitz’s initial suggestion of a “spaghetti and meatballs sandwich,” which Daitz promptly dismissed. Daitz and Horovitz also discussed their interweaving history, which began in 1986 when Daitz, living with his family in Paris, snuck out of his house to catch Beastie Boys and Run-D.M.C. at a concert that ended with fans flipping a tour bus and trying to snatch Jam Master Jay’s chains.

Lollapalooza 2015: Paul McCartney, Metallica Headline Lineup

Paul McCartney and Metallica will headline this year’s Lollapalooza Festival, which rolls into Chicago’s Grant Park July 31st through August 2nd. The long-running fest unveiled their lineup Wednesday morning, and it features Sam Smith, Florence and the Machine, Bassnectar, Alt-J, TV on the Radio, Tame Impala, Alabama Shakes, Death From Above 1979 and many more. 40 Best Things We Saw at Lollapalooza 2014 McCartney will serve as the Friday night headliner, the Chicago Tribune reports, with the Weeknd, the War on Drugs, Alabama Shakes, Kaskade, Gary Clark Jr, Flying Lotus and Radiohead’s Philip Selway also scheduled to perform July 31st. Saturday night will see the arrival of Metallica along with Smith, Tyler the Creator, Charli XCX, Kid Cudi, Brand New, Django Django, Alesso and more

Hear Jennifer Nettles Duet With Jennifer Hudson for Oprah

When you’re talking about Oprah, two powerful voices are always better than one. On the inaugural anthem for the media mogul’s OWN Network, she didn’t just go big, she went double-diva, with Jennifer Nettles and Jennifer Hudson joining forces on “You Will,” their first duet written by longtime Winfrey friend Diane Warren. In traditional Oprah-style, the booming ballad is all about self-empowerment (and includes plenty of mantras like “go live a life that’s got no limits”) with Nettles and Hudson using every corner of their famous ranges: lots of runs, lots of big notes, lots of hands in the air. Related: Hear Reba and Jennifer Nettles’ Heartbreaking Duet Written by the legendary Warren, known for hits like Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” and LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live,” “You Will” doesn’t fall into either of the singers’ particular genre niches, landing in a nice — and broadly appealing — pop space. (Winfrey is about the every-woman, after all.) Though country has historically treated Hudson well

Spotify Re-Ranks Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Songs List

Spotify has given their own update on Rolling Stone ‘s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. 500 Greatest Songs With the help of Spotify Insights, the streaming service tallied up play counts for every track to see what songs are favored by audiences today, with Beyonce and Jay Z’s “Crazy in Love” displacing Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” for the top spot. Two playlists are now available with the data culled by Spotify Insights.

Hear Brad Paisley ‘Crush It’ on Eric Clapton’s ‘Layla’

During last year’s Country Nation World Tour, Brad Paisley paid tribute to the guitar heroes who came before him, often taking a few minutes during the middle of his set to shred his way through some of rock & roll’s most memorable riffs.  Brad Paisley Gives Guillermo a Cowboy Makeover on ‘Kimmel’ Guitar licks from Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child of Mine,” the Eagles’ “Life in the Fast Lane” and Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” all made the cut, as did an abridged version of Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher,” which focused on Eddie Van Halen’s finger-tapped fretwork rather than David Lee Roth’s campy come-ons. Months later, Paisley is gearing up for a new tour that kicks off in mid-May — but that doesn’t mean he’s quit covering his favorite classic rock tunes.  During a visit to The Bobby Bones Show on March 2nd, Paisley played an acoustic version of his new single, “Crushin’ It,” before shifting gears and tackling Derek and the Dominos’ “Layla.” His own version of “Layla” took its cues the casual, stripped-down performance that appeared on Eric Clapton’s 1992 album, Unplugged , although Paisley abbreviated the song by skipping the second verse and shortening the guitar break. (Listen to Paisley’s acoustic “Layla” below.) The Bobby Bones performance helped kick off “Joy Week,” an annual tradition launched in 2014 to encourage “people to be nicer to each other.” Sure, it’s a bit odd that Paisley contributed to those efforts by crooning a song about loneliness and unrequited love, but the singer/slinger kept things light, even asking the radio staff to remind him of the song’s third verse.  Related Watch Brad Paisley Jam for President Obama Eric Clapton Set for Two Madison Square Garden Gigs Brad Paisley Talks Pot, Rock Riffs and Flying With Obama

A$AP Rocky on A$AP Yams: ‘I Don’t Feel Alone. I Just Miss Him’

Just days after it was revealed that Steven “A$AP Yams” Rodriguez died from “an acute mixed-drug intoxication,” his friend and protégé A$AP Rocky opened up to the New York Times to discuss the death of influential hip-hop figure and the A$AP Mob founder’s continual struggles with drug addiction. A$AP Rocky’s Hard-Knock Life “Yams was like a mystery. He was like the Great Gatsby,” Rocky said of Yams, with whom he had linked up in 2007. In the Times article, Rocky goes in depth on the music manager’s addiction issues, which Yams tried to keep secret from the rapper, as well as his failed attempts at getting clean. “He always had a struggle with drugs,” Rocky said.

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