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Bruce Springsteen Reveals Books and Authors That Inspire Him

Bruce Springsteen’s first children’s book Outlaw Pete , based on a character introduced in the Working on a Dream song of the same name, is due out November 4th, and the songwriter-turned-author spoke to the New York Times  about his own favorite books and writers. The 10 Best Bruce Springsteen Deep Cuts Springsteen’s literary tastes are varied, as we learn the E Street rocker’s bookshelves are filled with everything from cosmology and philosophy books to hard-boiled crime novels, Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera and former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera’s autobiography. “I like the Russians, the Chekhov short stories, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky.

Inside Sting’s Big Broadway Adventure

“Broadway is a really long way from Wallsend,” says Sting, laughing about his hometown, a renowned English shipbuilding stronghold that has undergone a painful economic decline. Wallsend provides the evocative setting for The Last Ship, the musical Sting began working on more than four years ago. The show opened on Broadway on October 26th.

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Watch Jerrod Niemann Get the ‘Buzz Back Girl’ in New Video

Jerrod Niemann gets a groove-filled buzz on with his latest single and video. The third release from Niemann’s High Noon album, “Buzz Back Girl” has the singer getting intoxicated on a brand-new love that finds him on a steady rolling, non-alcoholic high. Jerrod Niemann Addresses Critics The follow-up to the Number One smash “Drink to That All Night” — and the underperforming novelty “Donkey” — the accompanying clip for the new single casts a number of buzz-worthy women in the role of Niemann’s backing band as he sings,”Feels like I’ve been drinkin’ since early in the mornin’/I ain’t had a drop, but somethin’s got me goin’.” “Buzz” finds Niemann sounding more soulful and the track is certainly less polarizing than either of the previous two from High Noon — “Drink” because of its Pitbull remix and “Donkey” because, well, rhyming “donkey” with “honky-tonky” was bound to ruffle a few feathers.

Katy Perry Booked for Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show

Cue the “Firework”s: Katy Perry has officially signed on to perform during the halftime show for Super Bowl XLIX on February 1st,   Billboard  reports. The multi-platinum pop star had been in the running alongside Rihanna and Coldplay, according to  The Wall Street Journal . 18 Things You Learn Following Katy Perry Around WSJ  also reported that some artists were asked if they would agree to a “pay to play” deal by making a financial contribution to the NFL in exchange for the major national exposure granted from such a high-profile gig. But sources indicated that the proposition “got a chilly reception from the candidates’ representatives.”  Perry joked about the Super Bowl negotiations this past Saturday during a recent appearance on ESPN’s College GameDay . “We have had some conversations, and I would be honored, of course,” she said. “But I have let them know that I’m not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl

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Watch the Eerie David Bowie Cover From ‘American Horror Story’

It’s a show that features conjoined twins, a boy with lobster hands and a terrifying, murderous clown, yet the strangest part of Wednesday night’s American Horror Story: Freak Show  premiere came when Jessica Lange’s Elsa performed a rendition of David Bowie’s Hunky Dory classic “Life on Mars?” The cover was jarring for two reasons: First, that German accent, and secondly, Bowie’s track was released in 1971, but the show is based in 1952 in Jupiter, Florida. So, is time travel a subplot? The 15 Coolest (and Weirdest) Musician Cameos on TV Shows As creator Ryan Murphy tells the Wall Street Journal , the use of Bowie was inspired by the anachronistic utilization of music by director Baz Luhrmann, who notably filled his films  Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby with contemporary songs. As Sarah Paulson, who plays conjoined twins Dot and Bette told Vanity Fair , “[Luhrmann] creates these worlds that are so hyper-real and hyper-fantasy-based all smushed into one thing. It lends itself nicely to the tone of the show.” “We’re only doing songs by artists who have self-identified as freaks,” Murphy tells Speakeasy

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David Gilmour on Pink Floyd: ‘It’s a Shame, but This Is the End’

Pink Floyd’s The Endless River , the legendary band’s first album since 1994’s The Division Bell , will also be the group’s last, David Gilmour confirms in an interview tied to the new LP. “I think we have successfully commandeered the best of what there is. I suspect this is it,” Gilmour says of Pink Floyd’s future in the above video interview.

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Kim Gordon’s Memoir to Explore Life in Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore Split

Kim Gordon will offer a holistic view of her life and art in the upcoming memoir  Girl in a Band , which hits shelves on February 24th, 2015 via Dey Street Books, an imprint of publisher Harper Collins. As Pitchfork reports, the memoir will also focus on “the examination of what partnership means – and what happens when it dissolves,” a reference to Sonic Youth’s 2011 split and her separation from the band’s frontman, Thurston Moore. Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon Explains Split From Thurston Moore Girl in a Band  will chronicle Gordon’s “childhood, her life in art, her move to New York City, her love affairs, her marriage, her relationship with her daughter and her band.” The title is likely a reference to Sonic Youth’s “Sacred Trickster,” a track from the band’s 2009 LP,  The Eternal .  Gordon has remained prolific since the break-up of that legendary alt-rock outfit. In 2011, she started a noise-rock project, Body/Head, with guitarist Bill Nace; their debut LP, Coming Apart , was released in 2013. Last year, she contributed vocals on an extended, 15-minute version of Beck’s “I Won’t Be Long,” and this past April, she joined the living members of Nirvana for a rousing cover of “Aneurysm” at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. She even found time to make a guest acting appearance on the third season of Lena Dunham’s acclaimed HBO series,  Girls .  Body/Head will release a new single, “The Show Is Over,” next month via Matador Records.

Jason Aldean Launches New Album With ‘Fallon’ Performance

Jason Aldean’s current single “Burnin’ It Down” may still be making waves on the charts, but he chose a different song to help introduce his new album, Old Boots, New Dirt , to fans last night during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon . Jason Aldean Shirks Labels, Breaks in New ‘Boots’ The Georgia country-rocker performed “Just Gettin’ Started,” the lead-off track from his sixth studio LP. A more rock-oriented song than the R&B-influenced “Burnin’ It Down,” “Just Gettin’ Started” nonetheless features some of the hip-hop sounds that Aldean has come to incorporate into his music. At times, the tempo of the song, written by Chris DeStefano, Rhett Akins and Ashley Gorley, echoes Aldean’s mega-hit “Dirt Road Anthem.” While the artist, who recently headlined the inaugural Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, is still deciding what song from Old Boots will follow “Burnin’ It Down” as a single, he says anything on the new album is fair game

Depeche Mode to Issue Concert Film Shot Partially in Former German Brothel

Toward the end of Depeche Mode’s extensive world tour last year in support of their most recent album, 2013’s Delta Machine , director Anton Corbijn filmed two dates in Berlin for release as a two-hour concert film, Depeche Mode Live in Berlin , due out this fall. The group played career-spanning sets on the tour and the two-hour film features performances of hits like “Enjoy the Silence,” “Personal Jesus,” “Just Can’t Get Enough” and “Walking in My Shoes.” Keyed Up: The Best of Eighties Synth Pop A deluxe version of the concert film also includes CDs of the audio and a second DVD containing Alive in Berlin , a different version of the film that includes the full set, interpolated with band and fan interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and a two-song acoustic set. The group recorded the bonus tracks at the Bel Ami, a long-running Berlin brothel. The deluxe edition also contains Delta Machine , mixed in 5.1 surround sound on Blu-ray audio.

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Watch Sondre Lerche Trace His Unusual Path to Pop

These days, Sondre Lerche lives in Brooklyn, sells out gigs and fills his songs with uniquely touching lyrics and chord progressions. But when he was a boy growing up in Bergen, Norway, this sort of success seemed completely unlikely – literally a world away. And when he got a taste of his future, he held on tight: “The first time I felt a response from the crowd it was intoxicating,” he tells us. “It still is. It’s probably something I should see a shrink about.” Fall Music Preview 2014: 25 Must-Hear Albums Here, in the first episode of Rolling Stone ‘s “Journeys” series, the singer-songwriter explains how it all came together, going back to his first classical guitar lessons and his mother’s suggestion that he should learn to sing.

Willie Nelson’s Braids Sell for $37,000 at Auction

In one of the more unusual music-related items to hit the auction block since John Lennon’s tooth, Willie Nelson’s trademark braids were sold to the highest bidder for $37,000. Nelson’s braids were just one of over 2,000 items up for sale at an auction of the late outlaw country icon Waylon Jennings’ estate. The sale was staged by Guernsey’s auction house and conducted at the Museum of Musical Instruments in Jennings’ native Phoenix, Arizona.  Willie Nelson: The Definitive Profile According to Reuters, the braids – snipped when Nelson still had red hair – were gifted to Jennings at a party thrown by June and Johnny Cash in 1983 to celebrate Jennings’ sobriety. The buyer of Nelson’s braids was not revealed. Other items at the Jennings estate auction included handwritten lyrics, Muhammad Ali boxing gloves and robe, a pair of Hank Williams’ Nudie cowboy boots and a letter written by John Lennon that was sent to Jennings.

Crystal Castles Break Up

Singer Alice Glass is departing Toronto electronic duo Crystal Castles, a collaboration with producer-instrumentalist Ethan Kath. Glass revealed the news on her solo Facebook page, adding that her exit marks “the end of the band.”  Breaking Artist: Crystal Castles “I am leaving Crystal Castles,” she wrote, noting plans to continue on her own. “My art and my self-expression in any form has always been an attempt towards sincerity, honesty and empathy for others. For a multitude of reasons both professional and personal, I no longer feel that this is possible within CC. Although this is the end of the band, I hope my fans will embrace me as a solo artist in the same way they have embraced Crystal Castles.” The band began as a Kath solo project in 2003, but the producer recruited a 15-year-old Glass – then a singer in all-female Toronto punk outfit Fetus Fatale – to add vocals. Glass recorded rough soundcheck vocals for five tracks, which were secretly recorded by an engineer, and Kath uploaded the material online under the name Crystal Castles, a reference to the cartoon  He-Man and the Masters of the Universe .

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