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Paul McCartney bounces back after hospitalization

Rock icon Paul McCartney picked up his Out There tour Saturday night in Albany, New York after putting it on hold due to a viral infection. The former Beatle was briefly hospitalized in Tokyo, and much of his planned route through the U.S. and Japan had to be canceled or rescheduled.

Now, though, the 72-year-old has recovered, according to Peoplebouncing back with the same kind of lengthy excursion through his catalog that, in recent years, has made McCartney one of the biggest and most dependable live performers from the classic rock era. McCartney opened his set with the Beatles’ “Eight Days a Week,” closing 38 songs and just under three hours later with the album-ending medley from Abbey Road. READ FULL STORY

Kanye performs in weird mask, gets booed for 20-minute 'rant'

Kanye West really, really likes to interrupt his live performances to deliver impromptu lectures—usually on the nature of his own genius and the world’s attempts to hold him back. His audiences, on the other hand, don’t seem so hot on them.

Just three weeks after getting booed at Bonnaroo, the same thing happened again at London’s Wireless fest. While the Bonnaroo incident was largely due to residual animosity over his disastrous appearance at the festival six years ago, the crowd at Wireless turned against West during an on-stage tirade about the difficulties he’s had establishing himself as a serious player in the world of high fashion, among other things. It lasted a reported 20 minutes. READ FULL STORY

Heroic metal fan headbangs himself into the hospital

Metalheads have known for ages that headbanging is hard on the body. They even have a name for the pain that comes after an evening engaged in their favorite activity: a bangover. Usually it’s nothing that a few ibuprofen and some downtime won’t fix—but a German Motorhead fan has gone far, far beyond that point by headbanging his way to actual brain damage.

The unnamed 50-year-old metalhead’s condition was discovered after he sought treatment at the Hannover Medical School for “constant, worsening headaches,” according to an AP report. Although he had no history of head injuries or substance abuse problems, a scan revealed brain bleeding that required doctors to drill a hole in his head to drain it—which actually sounds extremely metal. They discovered a benign cyst that,  in conjunction with his frequent headbanging (most recently at a Motorhead concert), may have caused the bleeding.

Dr. Ariyan Pirayesh Islamian, a member of the team that treated the man, says that normally with headbanging, “the risk of injury is very, very low. But I think if [our patient] had [gone] to a classical concert, this would not have happened.” That doesn’t mean he’s anti-metal, though. “Rock ‘n’ roll will never die,” the doctor said. “Heavy metal fans should rock on.”

Hit the jump for a classic Motorhead cut, and make sure you rock out. Doctor’s orders.

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Paramore's Hayley Williams on tour workouts, her new hair color, and the joys of not wearing latex

It’s a pretty great time to be in Paramore; their current single “Ain’t It Fun” represents their most successful hit yet, and they’re currently on the road with Fall Out Boy, co-headlining a summer run called the Monumentour. Singer Hayley Williams checked in recently to discuss her Warped Tour history, the value of kickboxing shorts, and the madness of playing Good Morning America.

Entertainment Weekly: You’re a few dates into the Monumentour. What do you know about the guys in Fall Out Boy that you didn’t know two weeks ago?
Hayley Williams: All those guys work out every day and we’re just getting in our dressing room eating chips. I told Patrick [Stump], “Thanks for making us all feel like the laziest buttholes.” He was like, “If I wasn’t doing this, I wouldn’t be able to move onstage. It’s so crucial.” I was like, “OK cool, maybe I’ll start up Ballet Beautiful in a minute.”

We’re all just so getting into tour mode that we really haven’t had a lot of time to hang out yet. We really have to find an off day to get a tour-wide dinner, with the bands and crews and everybody. Those guys are rad. It’s already so cool being on the same tour and sharing a bill and sharing a massive crowd of people who love both of our bands. It’s about time this tour happened. READ FULL STORY

The Breakdown: Robin Thicke's 'Paula' influences, by the numbers

Earlier this week, Robin Thicke released his seventh LP, Paula, just shy of a year after his last album, Blurred Lines. It’s been an eventful year for Thicke: “Blurred Lines” finally broke him with the mainstream American audience he had been courting relentlessly for a decade, his image has grown more salacious (helped out by his breakout single’s nudity-filled video and his on-stage freaking of Miley Cyrus at last year’s VMAs), and his wife of nearly nine years, Paula Patton, left him, apparently for reasons stemming from these developments.

As its title suggests, Paula is an album-length examination of their estrangement, as well as a pitch to convince Patton to reconcile. It’s the kind of flop-sweaty grand gesture that men have long been making when their partners finally get fed up with their nonsense, on an epic scale. A forgiving critic might call it “deeply personal,” but so far it’s mostly been called creepy and invasive, not to mention fundamentally flawed and misguided.

After the jump we’ll dig through this mess and figure out what it’s made from. READ FULL STORY

'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Stories Behind The Songs

For 35 years, “Weird Al” Yankovic has been music’s most reliable satirist, sending up the biggest pop hits and the most iconic artists for the sake of belly laughs. He’s about to release a brand new album called Mandatory Fun on July 15, so to prepare for a fresh batch of tunes we caught up with Yankovic to get the stories behind hits both big and small.  READ FULL STORY

Ariana Grande to perform at the 2014 MTV VMAs

Ariana Grande announced Wednesday during her TRL throwback special Total Ariana Live that she’ll perform her new single “Break Free” at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 24.

“Break Free” will be the second single from her upcoming sophomore album, My Everything, which arrives the day after the VMAs, on Aug. 25. The project has already gotten a huge boost from Grande’s biggest hit to date, the Iggy Azalea-featuring track “Problem.”

During the special, Grande performed “Break Free” for the first time; head over to MTV to hear a snippet, and watch her VMA announcement below: READ FULL STORY

Video: Get hooked on Tunde Olaniran's 'Critical'

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While many of his contemporaries work to cultivate an air of mystery through secret identities and un-Google-able stage names, Tunde Olaniran is generating a more intriguingly ambiguous vibe with a fraction of the effort. A native of Flint, Michigan, better known as Detroit’s less quaint sibling, Olaniran works in the gaps between hip-hop, R&B, dance music, and punk, weaving together aggressive beats, noisy electronics, and an intuitive knack for melody into a seamless, surprisingly pop-friendly whole. His recent five-song EP Yung Archetype sounds like Yeezus as a soul record, or if The-Dream made a record with TV on the Radio.

Last week Olaniran released a video for the brooding, spacious Yung Archetype track “Critical,” which he wrote for a family member who was diagnosed with cancer. It’s an emotionally intense four-and-a-half-minute ride, but I’ve had it on heavy rotation nonetheless. Hit the jump to get hooked. READ FULL STORY

Pre-order the new Spoon LP, get instant Vinyl Gratification

One of the cleverer tactics that digital retailers like the iTunes Store have used to corner the global music retail market is offering “instant gratification” tracks with its pre-orders, giving consumers the option of downloading one or more songs from an album when they pre-order it. Not only does it keep the buyer from shopping around for a better price once the record’s out, it’s also not something that brick-and-mortar retailers—from big boxes on down to local indie shops—can replicate, constrained as they are by the realities of physical media.

Indie-rock heroes Spoon have finally figured out a real-life equivalent to the online instant-gratification track: Starting July 15, fans can pre-order the band’s upcoming LP They Want My Soul (out August 5 on Loma Vista) from a participating independent retailer and take home a 10-inch vinyl record that includes the album’s lead single (“Do You”) and two other songs. In a statement, Spoon frontman Britt Daniel writes, “If like me, you’ve ever rushed home with a brand new record that you couldn’t wait to play—and couldn’t actually play until you slapped it onto your turntable—I hope the Vinyl Gratification program will bring back some magic for you. And I hope you’ll join us in supporting the independent record shops that have supported us for so long.”

Spoon isn’t completely ignoring digital retailers, though. Pre-order through iTunes or Amazon and you can download “Do You” as an instant-gratification track.

More info and a store locator are available at Spoon’s website.

Video: Meet Jimmy Van Heusen, the composer more swingin' than Sinatra

For Sinatra fans, the upcoming PBS documentary Jimmy Van Heusen: Swingin’ with Frank and Bing premiering in August (check local listings) will sound like a must-see. It goes inside composer Jimmy Van Heusen’s professional collaboration with Ol’ Blue Eyes—Frank recorded more than 80 of Van Heusen’s songs, including the Oscar-winning “All the Way,” “High Hopes,” and “Call Me Irresponsible,” as well as the Emmy-winning “Love & Marriage”—as well as their friendship, which started in Tin Pan Alley and ended with Van Heusen being buried in the Sinatra family plot.

As our sneak peek below testifies, Sinatra modeled his swingin’ bachelor lifestyle after Van Heusen, a WWII test pilot who was known to take Sinatra on flights in his own planes (like to see Van Heusen’s home in Palm Springs, where Sinatra then built one, too). Watch it below for choice anecdotes from Shirley MacLaine and Angie Dickinson and a great appreciation of the Van Heusen hit “Come Fly With Me.” READ FULL STORY

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