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Grammys Winner Snubs and Surprises: Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath steal, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar get robbed

Last night, there was a tweet floating around the Internet that noted that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had already amassed four Grammys and legendary artists like Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Jimi Hendrix, the Beach Boys, and the Who have a grand total of zero among them.

The suggestion, of course, is that possessing an  an armload of Academy-issued gold sippy cups doesn’t necessarily have any real correlation to artistic greatness.

Still, that doesn’t mean there weren’t some head-scratching decisions and maddening snubs during last night’s telecast, most of which happened off-camera. As surprised as Taylor Swift was that Daft Punk won the Grammy for Album of the Year last night, the French duo’s victory can’t entirely be called an upset; though there were some mild surprises among the awards handed out live at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, there wasn’t a single on-camera score that could be considered a true surprise of snub.

Luckily, there were dozens more awards given out before the televised show even started, and there lives a parade of outrage.  READ FULL STORY

Led Zeppelin finally join Spotify

It’s a battle nevemore: Led Zeppelin has finally joined Spotify. The rock icons announced today announced that their Swan Song/Atlantic catalog is now available for streaming on Spotify.

Right now, it’s just the band’s first two albums, Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II. More will be released at midnight local time each day through Sunday, December 15, when the full catalog will be live.

Find the release schedule below:

•    Wednesday, December 11 – Led Zeppelin (1969) and Led Zeppelin II (1969)
•    Thursday, December 12 – Led Zeppelin III (1970) and  untitled fourth album (1971)
•    Friday, December 13 – Houses Of The Holy (1973) and Physical Graffiti (1975)
•    Saturday, December 14 – Presence (1976) and In Through The Out Door (1979)
•    Sunday, December 15 – The Song Remains The Same (1976), Coda (1982), BBC Sessions (1997),
How The West Was Won (2003), Mothership (2007), and Celebration Day (2012)

On My iPod: 'Castle' star Stana Katic on collecting folk music and making out to Led Zeppelin

On Castle, Stana Katic plays Kate Beckett, a no-nonsense detective who often has to reign in partner and paramour Rick Castle.

In her life outside of network procedurals, however, Katic is a little more footloose—she regularly travels the world in search of new culture, and spends a great deal of that time on the road listening to and collecting new music.

She also got an education in punk rock history for her upcoming film CBGB, in which she plays producer and club mainstay Genya Ravan. Check out some of Katic’s favorites below, and spin them all on the Spotify playlist at the bottom:

Queen, “I Want to Break Free”
“F— yeah. I never knew about until very recently. There are just these classic rock songs that for some reason weren’t on my radar growing up. It speaks to me on so many levels. Everyone around me was like, ‘How do you not know this song?’ And then I watched the video and was even more in love with it. Freddie Mercury is incredible. He’s an amazing vocalist, and his story was really wonderful as well. It’s that amazing mix of classical ballad vocals with rock, and I see that happening a lot now. The lead singer for fun. or Neon Trees—these guys have voices that could fit elegantly and comfortably on any Broadway stage, but here they are entertaining us with rock music. Their vocals are so complex and capable of inspiring a lot. Freddie Mercury, I think in so many ways led that path. He’s an incredible performer. I like this song because it’s got a great beat, it’s got a lot of fun going for it, but it speaks to my restlessness, my wanderlust right now. I feel like a caged cheetah sometimes.” READ FULL STORY

Robert Plant would be up for a Led Zeppelin reunion in 2014

Back when the surviving members of Led Zeppelin unveiled their concert film Celebration Day a few months ago, they were peppered with so many questions about getting back together that they were pushed to the point of cattiness. But perhaps all those requests to dust those Houses of the Holy tracks off one more time has weakened singer Robert Plant, who intimated that he wouldn’t oppose another run in Led Zeppelin.

“You need to speak to the Capricorns,” Plant told the Australian television show 60 Minutes in reference to his bandmates Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. “I’ve got nothing to do in 2014.” READ FULL STORY

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones to give rare interview on 'Letterman' -- EXCLUSIVE

Here comes another round of Led Zeppelin reunion rumors.

The revered rock band’s three surviving members — Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and current Rolling Stone cover boy Jimmy Page — have been confirmed for a rare TV interview on The Late Show With David Letterman next week, EW can exclusively announce.

The Led Zep vets have been spending a fair amount of time together lately as they promote this month’s Celebration Day, the DVD/CD version of the reunion-ish concert that they staged in London back in 2007. And as we reported last month, the trio’s recent encounters with the press have resulted in “politely terse” to “cheekily hostile” interactions, especially regarding the question of a band reunion. All of this should hopefully make their chat with Dave an interesting one.

And for those wondering, Paloma Faith is booked as Letterman’s musical guest that night. So unless an incredibly bizarre collaboration goes down, it’s unlikely that Led Zep will be rocking out Ed Sullivan Theater.

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On the scene: SiriusXM Town Hall with Soundgarden

Image Credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM

Soundgarden just released King Animal, their first album in 16 years. So what better way to celebrate than with a Q&A session that moderator and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins called “the raddest garage party ever”??

Last night, at an event hosted by SiriusXM at the legendary Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village, the reunited Seattle rockers took part in an informal Q&A session, moderated by Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. The venue is microscopic; there were maybe fifty people there, so needless to say, there wasn’t an un-close seat in the house.

Now, most musicians don’t go into the business for the press circuit. They’re usually roped into these events by their publicists in order to promote an album or a tour, and they tend to answer questions — nearly all of which they have been asked countless times — with marginal, rehearsed enthusiasm. You could tell there was an element of forced publicity in last night’s session, but the discussion was surprisingly lively and informative.  READ FULL STORY

Led Zeppelin continue to shoot down reunion rumors, get justifiably annoyed at New York press conference

Yesterday, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin (plus honorary member Jason Bonham, son of late drummer John) pulled back the curtain on Celebration Day, the concert film that captures the group’s sorta-reunion performance at the O2 Arena in London in 2007.

(The “sorta” is because of Bonham—sure, he’s the son of the original drummer, but nobody would have allowed Sean Lennon to front the other three Beatles and still call it the Beatles.)

The film will be in theaters for one night only next Wednesday, October 17, and will follow with an album/DVD/Blu-ray release on November 19. If there’s one thing the band wants to drive home with this release, it’s that this is most likely the last time you’ll be seeing them together, at least for now.

At the post-screening press conference at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the question of a reunion kept coming up, and the band’s responses ranged from politely terse (John Paul Jones simply said “Sorry”) to cheekily hostile (Robert Plant called one inquirer a “schmuck”).

Later, guitarist Jimmy Page was a little more definitive. “It’s disappointing for people when the answer is no,” he said. “But that’s what it is now.” READ FULL STORY

Them Crooked Vultures: Hear the supergroup's first single now

The Dave Grohl-Josh Homme-John Paul Jones supergroup Them Crooked Vultures has just unleashed the band’s debut single “New Fang,” which you can hear below. And “unleashed” seems the right word for this crunchily rocking number which, Homme’s vocals aside, sounds like something Jones’ former band Led Zeppelin could have recorded for Physical Graffiti, and then misplaced down the back of the studio couch.

Do you agree? And are you excited about the Vultures’ debut album, which arrives November 17?

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Jimmy Page and Jack White talk about 'It Might Get Loud,' their new documentary with the Edge

What do the guitarists from Led Zeppelin, U2, and the White Stripes have in common? That is the question explored by the music documentary It Might Get Loud (now in theaters). Jimmy Page, the Edge, and Jack White allowed cameras into their lives before convening to talk shop and jam. “The thing that the three shared is that they’re all searchers,” opines director Davis Guggenheim. “These are guys who are not just great guitar players, they’re artists who are trying to find themselves.” The Music Mix caught up with Page and White in L.A. to learn more about their six-string summit.

EW: Why did you participate in this documentary? Was there curiosity about what would happen when the three of you got together?

JW: I was really happy that there wasn’t this script to it, and there weren’t  preplanned ideas about what was going to happen when we all got together. ‘What am I going to say to the Edge?’ Or, ‘What is Jimmy going to say to me?’ That’s brilliant because that creates so many great conversations. I mean, we had so many talks that aren’t in the film. We went on and on about Link Wray’s “Rumble” for about an hour. That spawned a lot of interesting conversations.

JP: You never really knew what was going to come next, or what was going to evolve next. And that was the beauty of it, in retrospect. On the second day, I was thinking, ‘Well, what’s going to happen?’

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The Les Paul guitar's greatest hits. Turn it up!

Guitarist and inventor Les Paul, who has died at the age of 94, once said of the birth of rock’n’roll that, “Suddenly it was recognized power was a very important part of music.” Paul himself helped give bands that power with his “Les Paul” guitar, which he originally designed for the Gibson music company in the early ’50s.

For more than half a century now fretmasters of all musical stripes have made good use of Paul’s invention, from jazzer Al Di Meola to reggae icon Bob Marley. But it had the greatest, and loudest, effect on hard rock. Put a Les Paul guitar in the hands of a rock guitarist and it seems he virtually can’t help but grind out a classic riff or memorable solo. As Guns N’ Roses guitarist and Les Paul devotee Slash told EW a couple of years ago, ”It’s a shame so many kids don’t know about Les. He’s this amazing guitar player with a brilliant mind who pioneered a lot of the electronic wizardry and gadgets, like reverb and delay, that guitarists still use.”

While “kids” (of all ages) may not be all that familiar with Paul, they certainly know the music his instruments created. Below you can find just some of the most famous rock standards to benefit from the late guitar (and guitar-making) wizard — one right here, and five more after the jump. Take a couple of minutes to play a song in honor of the great man. And crank it up. That’s what he would have wanted.

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