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Dave Matthews hitchhikes to his own concert

Dave Matthews may jet to performances around the world, but that doesn’t mean his bicycle never breaks down.

That’s what happened before the singer’s show in Hershey, Pa., on Saturday when one of his fans pulled over to give a stranded cyclist a ride and realized the hitchhiker was none other than Matthews, who didn’t have a cellphone on him.

Emily Kraus told WHP-TV in Harrisburg, Pa., that that she and her boyfriend helped Matthews stow his bicycle on their bike rack and he got in their car for the rest of the ride.

“We didn’t know how to make conversation with him, in fact, so we were talking about his tour and where he had come from,” Kraus said. “He had just been in Cincinnati and he said, ‘I’m taking a short break after this one because I have to drop my daughters off at camp.’ … He was just a very humble guy.”
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Album Sales: Pink scores her first No. 1, Kanye rides in second -- but Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Kiss' is a miss

A dozen years into her multiplatinum career, Pink has scored her first ever(!) number one album this week with her new disc The Truth About Love, which topped the Billboard 200 with sales of 280,000.

Driven by the success of her Top 5 single “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” — and it’s lippy VMA performanceTruth became Pink’s sixth straight Top 10 debut. Still, until today, her previous chart high came with the 2008 set Funhouse, which debuted at No. 2.

Pink is that rare breed of pop star — the kind that can sell both singles and albums. Not so for everyone on this week’s list though: READ FULL STORY

On the Charts: Dave Matthews Band, Little Big Town, and The Avett Brothers start strong

The Dave Matthews Band’s new album Away from the World easily debuted atop the Billboard 200 this week, shifting 266,000 copies.

By debuting at No. 1, DMB became the first group in history to launch six straight albums in the top spot, though it should be noted that Away started substantially smaller than their 2009 set Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, which moved 424,000 units in its first week.

Still, the alt-rock jam band makes the bulk its money on the road — and they’ve clearly got loyal fans.

Time will tell how resilient the DMB record ends up being, but for now, let’s check out the week’s other chart winners and losers: READ FULL STORY

Dave Matthews Band showcases new album ‘Away From the World’ at Hollywood Bowl

Dave Matthews Band wrapped up their summer tour at the Hollywood Bowl Wednesday night with a show spotlighting tracks from their latest album, Away From the World.

It’s the band’s eighth studio album, and boy, how things have changed in the music world since they first hit the scene in the early ’90s. Matthews said to the crowd after the second song of the night, “We had a lot of fun making this record even though making a record is kind of a weird thing to do these days.”

But make a new record they did. The band clearly was eager to put a spotlight on their new music; nearly half of the concert’s set list drew from the Away From the World, but the new tunes weren’t met with significant enthusiasm from the crowd. There was an audible buzz of the chattering crowd during “Mercy” and “Sweet,” and it was during the first few chords of new songs that a stream of audience members filed down the aisles to grab another beer.

The first song that brought the whole audience to its feet and had everyone singing along was 2002 hit “Grey Street.” The band also brought down the house with an explosive rendition of “All Along The Watchtower” (prefaced by another nod to Jimi Hendrix as Stefan Lessard cranked out “The Star Spangled Banner” on the bass) and with “Jimi Thing,” which put on the night’s strongest display of the band’s beloved jam sessions. READ FULL STORY

Dave Matthews, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and more to play Farm Aid 2012

The details for this year’s Farm Aid concert have been announced, and as always, it involves Dave Matthews.

Matthews, who’s also one of the charity’s board members, will be performing at the benefit, slated to take place Sept. 22 in Hershey, Pa. He’ll be joined this year by John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Jack Johnson, ALO, Pegi Young and the Survivors, and Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real. READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Fallon's 'Blow Your Pants Off': He tells EW about the stories -- and the stars -- behind the songs

Jimmy Fallon’s new album Blow Your Pants Off — a collection of weirdo experiments and famous-people duets from Fallon’s late-night talk show — drops today, and all the big hits are there, including “A History of Rap,” “Slow Jam the News,” and “Friday feat. Stephen Colbert.” (Sadly, his cover of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” came too late to land on this album — thanks for filling in the blanks, Internet!)

EW got Fallon on the phone to talk about conjuring Tebowie, the debt he owes to Dr. Demento, and what it took to convince a Beatle to sing “Scrambled Eggs.”

Entertainment Weekly: First thing’s first: At what point did you realize you had a pretty good Neil Young impression?
Jimmy Fallon: I think I’ve done Neil Young since high school. My parents were into Neil Young, and I’d imitate him because he had such a distinct voice. But I never thought I could do anything funny with it. That’s where the writers come in. A writer said, “I know you do Neil Young, so what if you did Neil Young singing Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?” And I was like, “I don’t know.” So we just started goofing around with a guitar, and it just makes every song sound so beautiful. It’s kind of sad but poignant, and also kind of rock and roll at the same time. We did it to Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, we did it to Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair.” We even made “Pants on the Ground” sound like a beautiful dirge — a mournful ballad. READ FULL STORY

Dave Matthews Band announce 2012 summer tour

Daveheads, lend me your ears! (And your car, because I’m gonna need a ride.) The boys will, once again, rightfully be back in town.

After the Dave Matthews Band‘s unprecedented touring hiatus in 2011 (which resulted in a four-stop Caravan mini-tour, instead of the road-happy group’s typically packed summer schedule) the Grammy-winning jammers announced they will be embarking on a 39-stop tour across North America. DMB bassist Stefan Lessard tweeted to fans early Wednesday morning, “Start getting excited!”
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Adele, Maroon 5, and (yes) Miley Cyrus pay tribute to Bob Dylan on new album

Adele, Miley Cyrus, Darren Criss, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, Elvis Costello, Pete Seeger, Tom Morello, and Ke$ha are among the acts who have contributed new or previously unreleased tracks to the album Chimes of Freedom which pays tribute to both Bob Dylan and Amnesty International.

Adele has gifted Chimes of Freedom a live version of “Make You Feel My Love” and Cyrus sings “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go,” while folk legend Seeger performs “Forever Young.”

But they’re hardly the only ones on this massive four-disc outing. Find the just-released full tracklisting after the jump:

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Dave Matthews Band bring their Caravan Tour to NYC's Governors Island before Hurricane Irene hits

The looming threat of Hurricane Irene caused unprecedented evacuations and mass transit shutdowns in New York City, but it wasn’t enough to scare off Dave Matthews Band’s most devoted fans from hopping on boats and heading to Governors Island to take in part their leg of the band’s Caravan Tour. NYC precautions and a summer of weather-related stage collapses be damned, the show was going on.

While DMB, along with a bevy of supporting acts scheduled for the NYC Caravan stop, were slated to play for three days at the island, the impending storm put a halt to Saturday and Sunday’s shows. That meant ticket holders who were hoping to see DMB and other bands like The Roots, Gogol Bordello, Dispatch, The Head and the Heart, and Robert Randolph & the Family Band would have to hope for it to be rescheduled or use their weekend tickets to attend Friday’s show. Which, from the looks of jam-packed boats and a crowd as far as the eye, they most certainly did.

In a festival-like setting (complete with patches of mud, prime for sliding and hippie dancing in), opening bands such as Soulive, Citizen Cope, and O.A.R. split sets between two massive stages. But, by 8:20 p.m., when Dave Matthews Band hit the main stage (named “The Hudson”), the thousands of fans who opted to face-off against Mother Nature on an island that sits 800 yards from downtown Manhattan, gathered together to watch them. READ FULL STORY

Dave Matthews Band, B.B. King and more cancel New York shows due to Hurricane Irene

Kenny Chesney, who bumped his Sunday show in Foxboro, Mass., up to Friday in advance of Hurricane Irene, isn’t the only one having to change a date because of the storm.

The Dave Matthews Band Caravan was to set up shop on NYC’s Governors Island Friday through Sunday, but the Saturday and Sunday events have been postponed. Ticket holders are “invited” to attend tonight’s concert, or wait until new Caravan Governors Island dates are announced. B.B. King’s Rib Rock Festival was to hit the Jones Beach Theater on Long Island Saturday night, but that show, also featuring The J. Geils Band, Buddy Guy, and Gary Clark Jr., has been canceled.

Ditto the Rib Rock Festival’s Saturday night stop at Holmdel, NJ’s PNC Bank Arts Center, this weekend’s Afro-Punk Festival in Commodore Barry Park and Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Tompkins Square Park, and Sunday’s Melanie Fiona, Jagged Edge, and Avant concert at Central Park Summerstage. Saturday’s Crosby, Stills & Nash Hamptons Rocks for Charity concert in Wainscott, NY has also been postponed.

With casinos in Atlantic City, NJ, already starting to close their doors, The Borgata has had to cancel three Frank Valli shows, postpone Donny Osmond’s Saturday gig to Oct. 9, and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Sunday concert to Oct. 1.

Read more:
Kenny Chesney changes Boston concert date after hurricane warning, provokes storm of fan protest
UPDATE: Some Broadway shows to go dark for Irene

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