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New Releases Roundup: Read EW's reviews of Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Gavin DeGraw, and more

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Every Tuesday morning in New Releases Roundup, we’ll publish our reviews of the week’s releases as found in the pages of Entertainment Weekly. This week: Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Gavin DeGraw, the Avett Brothers, and Scotty McCreery. 

Paul McCartney, New  “McCartney earns points just for seeking out new ideas, but New hangs on the strength of the songs. He’s got formidable storytelling chops (which especially inform the dreamy ‘On My Way to Work’), but he is also smart enough to get out of the way of a bombastic hook, as on the punchy ‘I Can Bet.”’ (Click here for Kyle Anderson’s full review.)

Pearl Jam, Lightning Bolt  “Eddie Vedder, now 48, hurls down a new, if unsurprising, preoccupation: mortality. Vedder wonders whether the bell tolls for him on the otherwise easygoing ‘Sirens,’ a piano-plunking ballad to rank with their classics, and human life itself seems to be ”tempting fate” on the album’s knotty, lovely centerpiece, ‘Infallible.”’ (Click here for Nick Catucci’s full review.)

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On the scene at Gavin DeGraw and Colbie Caillat's Central Park lovefest

“Is anybody here in love?” Gavin DeGraw asked a packed crowd at New York’s Rumsey Playfield in Central Park (otherwise known as That Place With All The Good Morning America Concerts). Love was the ostensible theme of the warm-breezed show on Saturday night–looking for love, finding love, keeping love. If Adele or Taylor Swift concerts are totems to messy relationships, consider this summer’s DeGraw-Colbie Caillat tour a jubilant celebration of happily-ever-after.

Caillat opened her set with a slow-burn “Falling For You” that kicked into high gear during the first chorus, prompting a brief singalong that didn’t last through her next songs — which seemed to act more as mellow soundtrack for audience conversation. “Begin Again” and “Realize” were preempted by cutesy anecdotes from Cailat that seemed to blend together with later intros to “Shadow” and “I Never Told You,” selected at random from a menu of hopeful reminiscences like “I wrote this when I was in love” or “I wrote this when I was thinking about love one day.”

Caillat scored with the more uptempo “I Do” and “Lucky” (replacing Jason Mraz with DeGraw protegé/show opener Andy Grammer, who garnered one of the biggest crowd reactions of the night), but lost some momentum when she delivered a lackluster snippet of “Empire State of Mind,” a thematically obvious (why yes, we are in Manhattan!) though somewhat bizarre addition to her set list. She rounded out her dusk performance with “Brighter Than The Sun” (impeccably timed to the sun breaking through the trees in Central Park) and ended with her fizzy breakout hit, “Bubbly.”

DeGraw took the stage with unexpected swagger, strutting across the boards like Freddie Mercury by way of Raffi and launching immediately into gospel highlight “Sweeter.” He followed with repertoire favorite “In Love With A Girl” before asking the crowd about their aforementioned relationship status, as an segue into “Soldier” and “Candy,” both of which were accompanied by LED visuals spinning with bubblegum colors. The crowd roared through “I Don’t Want To Be” and “Follow Through,” but halted as DeGraw covered Aloe Blacc’s folk-soul plea “I Need A Dollar” (though it brought one of the night’s funkiest moments, most of the audience seemed unfamiliar with the song). The crowd’s energy picked up again, with the throwback “Chemical Party,” “Run Every Time” and set-ender “Chariot” each drawing enthusiastic responses. The encore brought solid performances of “Radiation” and his most recent hit, “Not Over You” (which he joked had nothing to do with his ex-girlfriend). READ FULL STORY

Singles Swap: EW's picks for new music you'll love

Welcome to the second online edition of Singles Swap (see the first one here), which until recently has only appeared in the print edition of Entertainment Weekly.

Read on below as we recommend songs similar to the ones you already love.

Jessie J ft. B.O.B.: “Price Tag”
It’s not about the money, money, money, says this sunny (sunny, sunny) pop manifesto. READ FULL STORY

'CMT Artists of the Year' special set list: No Hank Williams Jr., but here's what you will see

By now, country fans have heard that earlier this week, Hank Williams Jr. left the stage while taping a duet with Jason Aldean for the CMT Artists of the Year special because, as Williams said in a statement to Country Weekly, “I’ve heard people mess up my songs and screw up Daddy’s songs. I was here to honor Jason, a kid I really like. When I walked out there, it didn’t feel right, it didn’t sound right. I didn’t want to disrespect him.” CMT confirms Aldean then performed a version of his hit “Tattoos on This Town” solo, which is what viewers will see when the special honoring Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, and Taylor Swift premieres Dec. 13. The final set list:

Jason Aldean: “Tattoos on This Town”
The All-American Rejects (honoring Taylor Swift): “Mean”/”Gives You Hell” medley
Lady Antebellum: “Dancin’ Away With My Heart”
Gavin DeGraw (honoring Kenny Chesney): “Somewhere With You”
Brad Paisley with Joe Walsh: “Life’s Been Good To Me”/”Camouflage” medley
The Avett Brothers: “Laundry Room”

Read more:
ESPN yanks Hank Williams Jr. song permanently from ‘Monday Night Football’
Hank Williams Jr. pulled from ESPN after comparing Obama to Hitler
Obama is Hitler, according to Hank Williams Jr.

Gavin DeGraw released from hospital, but events that led to singer's assault still a mystery

According to his publicist, Gavin DeGraw has been officially discharged, and though he seems to have escaped an attack by multiple assailants with only minor injuries, police are still trying to piece together exactly what happened that led up to DeGraw’s trip to New York’s Bellvue Hospital in the wee hours of Monday morning.

According to police sources, DeGraw’s account of the evening is pretty hazy, but it appears as though he got into some kind of verbal argument with a group of people around four a.m., and the argument escalated into violence.

Dazed, DeGraw somehow walked nearly a mile (from 6th Street to 19th Street) and was lightly clipped by a cab before somebody saw him and dialed 911. The person who called DeGraw an ambulance said that his shirt was bloody and that he appeared to be intoxicated (DeGraw was spotted earlier in the evening at an East Village bar called the National Underground, which he co-owns with his brother).

There have been steady updates from the DeGraw camp about his condition, and the singer did tweet about the incident: “Hi my friends. Honestly, I don’t remember much,” he wrote. “I only know I can recover from here. Thank u all for your genuine concern. I love u guys.” READ FULL STORY

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