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Elton John premieres Cameron Crowe-directed music doc starring himself and Leon Russell, plays the hits at Tribeca Film Festival

Surrounded by the after-hours glow of Lower Manhattan skyscrapers and buffeted by winds rolling in off of New York Harbor, Elton John wrapped up the opening night of the tenth annual Tribeca Film Festival with performances of such evergreen Elton classics as “Tiny Dancer,” “Rocket Man” and “Your Song.”

His solo piano performance followed the world premiere of Cameron Crowe’s The Union, a music documentary that followed Sir John and legendary rock pianist Leon Russell as the two Rock Hall of Famers recorded an album together last year.

The Union turned out to be a pleasantly affecting surprise. What could have merely been a music doc about two aging rockers recording a late-career album was instead a heartfelt, decades-belated love letter from Elton John to his early career idol and one of his greatest influences, Leon Russell. Plus, it was fun to watch the flick sitting behind a group that included the uncommonly talented actors Anna Kendrick (Twilight, Up in the Air), Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood), and Zoe Kazan (It’s Complicated). Kendrick’s eyes were glued to the screen while Dano and Kazan were smoochily glued to each other—that’s what the PortaPotties are there for, you crazy kids!) READ FULL STORY

Dave Grohl Q&A: The Foo Fighters frontman talks about the new Foos album, saying no to 'Glee,' and playing 'Smells LIke Teen Spirit' for the first time in 18 years

On Tuesday, the Foo Fighters released their seventh CD, Wasting Light, and recently debuted a new documentary, Back and Forth, tracking the band’s tumultuous 17-year-long history.

And let’s not forget that this August will mark 20 years since the release of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” the song that signaled a seismic shift in modern music—and made megastars of Grohl’s previous band, Nirvana.

All of which seems to have left Grohl, 42, feeling a tad, well, old. “It’s weird when there’s a kid on the bill who comes up and says, ‘Your band was my first concert,'” he muses. “You just think, ‘Oh no. I’m that guy, now? What am I, f—ing Gandalf?’”

In truth, few people would confuse the Foos overlord for the Lord of the Rings wizard. Apart from anything else, Gandalf doesn’t drop the F-bomb nearly as much as Grohl who, after the jump, foul-mouthedly talks about Wasting Light, Back and Forth, and what it was like to play “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for the first time in 18 years.


Beastie Boys drop star-studded trailer for 'Fight For Your Right Revisited': Watch Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Seth Rogen and more here

Apparently, it’s National Beastie Boys Day on the Internet.

Not only did the online universe get to hear a brand new track from the trio’s forthcoming album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, but they also unleashed the cameo-riffic trailer for their new short film Fight For Your Right Revisited. Check it out here (though you might want to wear headphones, as there are a few bad words):


Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig covers Paul Simon's 'Papa Hobo': Hear it here

Vampire Weekend have heard the Paul Simon comparisons one or two thousand times before, so it makes sense that frontman Ezra Koenig would record a version “Papa Hobo,” from Simon’s self-titled 1972 solo album. Give it a listen here:


Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins on new Foos documentary : 'I wish we wouldn't put that f--ing movie out'


Foo Fighters recently unveiled the documentary Back and Forth at South By Southwest, and though it met with general acclaim, one person isn’t a fan: Foos drummer Taylor Hawkins.

“I wish we wouldn’t put that f—ing movie out,” said Hawkins to NME of the film, which openly chronicles his battles with drug addiction and the band’s brushes with near-dissolution. “I’m not really comfortable with the public sort of openness.”

Take a look at the trailer:


Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg to star in stoner flick High School

The pairing of new school rhymer Wiz Khalifa and rap icon Snoop Dogg is a match made in chronic heaven.

The two avid weed puffers are taking their friendship further than just music and creating a movie called, fittingly, High School. The stoner comedy will likely be released sooner than later, Khalifa confirmed to Rolling Stone.

“It should be coming out pretty soon. It’s about pot, of course,” he said. “But it’s about me [sic] and his relationship. A spin-off of us being cool in the industry, smoking a lot of weed, and being around a lot of weed. We’re going to try to have fun with it and also try to enlighten people at the same time, not just get everybody high.”


Today in Lady Gaga: Two videos for 'Born This Way,' chart dominance, plus a stop at 'The Gayle King Show'

Lady-gaga-Gayle-KingImage Credit: Andrea PuckettAnother day, another dozen headlines dominated by music and media’s favorite person: Lady Gaga. Today’s news from Gaga centers around three things: When we’ll see her forthcoming music video(s!) for “Born This Way”; the continued chart dominance of “Born This Way”; and her appearance on The Gayle King Show this morning. To make it easy, let’s take in the news in digest form:

Gerry Rafferty dies at age 63

Gerry-RaffertyImage Credit: Estate Of Keith Morris/Redferns/Getty ImagesSinger-songwriter Gerry Rafferty has died at the age of 63 after a long illness, according to the London Guardian. The Scottish-born Rafferty first achieved U.K. success in the ’60s with the Humblebums, a folk act which also featured the talents of Billy Connolly. In the early ’70s, he formed the band Stealers Wheel, whose single “Stuck in the Middle With You” was famously used by director Quentin Tarantino in his debut movie Reservoir Dogs. But Rafferty will be best remembered for his solo single “Baker Street,” a saxophone-driven, soft-rock classic that has been a radio staple around the world since its release in 1978.  READ FULL STORY

'Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune,' a great documentary about an underappreciated folk singer

Phil-Ochs-folkThe story told by the new documentary Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune is a very sad one, no question about it. Ochs was one of the 1960s’ greatest folk singers and activists to those in the know, but he never got as much fame as he desired or deserved. He died by his own hand in 1976, and as the film proceeds through his life’s work, you know all along where it’s heading.

Before reaching that inevitably tragic conclusion, filmmaker Kenneth Bowser (Easy Riders, Raging Bulls) does an admirable job of conveying why Ochs’ music continues to mean so much to his fans. Friends and fellow radicals like Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, and Tom Hayden give illuminating interviews, as do latter-day admirers like Sean Penn, Billy Bragg, and Christopher Hitchens. They help explain exactly what made Ochs great — his unresting commitment to social justice, his genuine belief that songs could change the world, and of course his songs themselves. But you don’t have to take their word for it. Bowser has unearthed who knows how many hours of unseen footage, including clips in which Ochs sings “I Ain’t Marching Anymore,” “There But for Fortune,” “Changes,” “Crucifixion,” “I’m Going To Say It Now,” and more. These alone make the film a must-see for fans like me.

Bowser doesn’t shy away from Ochs’ battles with mental illness and alcoholism. The film’s honest depiction of Ochs’ final years can be hard to watch; by the end of a press screening last night, I was tearing up. But I’m absolutely glad I saw this movie, and I think any fan would feel the same. It’s an essential portrait of an artist who ought to be far better known.

Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune opens Jan. 5 in New York City. Any Ochs fans out there looking forward to seeing the film? Let us know in the comments.

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Director David Lynch turns music man, releases two singles to iTunes

David-LynchImage Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic.comThe film auteur with perhaps one of the most singular visions in the history of movie-making (splendor in the grass!) has now turned his attentions from cinema, dharma, and daily weather reports to music. Specifically, “modern blues,” according to an L.A. Times report.

“We’re working on a lot of things, and we hope to have an album soon,” Lynch says. “All of this to me is an experiment. We were calling it kind of a modern blues — music based on the blues. It’s led to all sorts of different things, but I really want to do a modern blues album.”

“There’s nothing I can say in terms of what the rules are, but there is a feel,” Lynch added. “It has to be anchored in something strong and pure, and it’s modern in that it’s joining with all the things you can do these days in ProTools.”

“The advancement in digital things means there’s a whole slew of possibilities,” he continued. “I love organic phenomena. I love the real, rough sound of blues. I love a heavy guitar and great, strong drums. Then there’s so many things that can be done to it that will modernize it.”

Lynch, who also collaborated on the Dark Night of the Soul project with Dangermouse and the late Sparklehorse, has signed to England’s Sunday Best label; he plans to release a full album, recorded with his longtime film engineer Dean Hurley. As of today, the tracks “Good Day Today” and “I Know” are available on iTunes. Sample the woozy electro ditty “Good Day” after the jump:


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