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Lollapalooza 2013 Day 0: Queens of the Stone Age start the weekend early

The official start of Lollapalooza 2013 was set for 11:30 AM on Friday, when the School of Rock tykes unleash the weekend’s first notes on the Kidzapalooza stage. And though his band wasn’t set to kick off their Lolla performance until Friday evening, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme had already started the party.

“I’m way high right now,” Homme told the sweaty crowd at the Metro on Thursday night during a raucous pre-Lollapalooza show. “Way higher than I look.”

He had clearly figured out the correct chemical cocktail for himself, as Homme and his gang of desert-rock ruffians plowed through nearly two hours of blistering riffs and druggy singalongs. READ FULL STORY

Jay-Z reveals 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' track list via Brooklyn scavenger hunt

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Remember the days when an artist recorded an album, and then released that album in a store so that people could buy and hear that album?

Those days are long gone. In 2013, Jay-Z is rewriting the book on releases, dropping his new Magna Carta Holy Grail with only a few weeks notice and putting it out through a deal with Samsung that will allow Samsung phone owners to download an app and hear it all for free a full three days before it actually goes on sale.

And rather than simply announce, “Here are the various song titles, guests, and collaborators who may be appearing on my new, ridiculously-named album,” Jigga decided to send his fans on a scavenger hunt through Brooklyn on Saturday in order to unlock his 12th solo album’s tracklist.

The clues led to a series of binders that revealed all of the songs on Magna Carta Holy Grail, though none of the guests or production notes were included. The fan who found the binder was kind enough to record a quick video of the binder, which you can watch below:

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Tom Petty is the latest to get a dedicated SiriusXM station. Who else should get their own?

Beginning this Friday, May 17, Tom Petty will be getting not one but two new stations dedicated to his music on SiriusXM satellite radio.

One will feature an overview of Petty’s entire career, from his work with the Heartbreakers to his solo material and his stints with Mudcrutch and the Traveling Wilburys, available to SiriusXM subscribers on channel 111. It will be available until June 14.

The other will be dedicated to episodes of Petty’s show Tom Petty’s Buried Treasure, which airs every Thursday night on SiriusXM channel 27 and features Petty opening up his vaults and discussing deeper cuts from his huge catalog. Both stations will feature studio tracks and rarely heard live material, and Buried Treasure will air around the clock on SiriusXM Internet Radio.

Petty joins a select group of artists who have received their own station. The current lineup includes channels devoted solely to Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Presley, and Jimmy Buffet, while past special channels have been dedicated to Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, R.E.M., the Rolling Stones, Coldplay, ABBA, and Metallica. READ FULL STORY

Darren Criss announces 'Listen up...' summer tour (and a solo album!)

Glee star and semi-professional dreamboat Darren Criss has some “very, very exciting news” to announce: “I’m happy to officially announce my very first solo tour throughout North America. It’s Canada, the United States — 16 dates, all over the place. Hopefully we’re coming by to a city near you,” he said in a video today.

More deets: Criss will be playing both old and new material (like a set-list!), be having a lot of fun, and — yes — he has been working on a solo album whilst also acting in TV shows and online musicals. “But I still have these songs, and I really want to share them with people before we put them out into the world,” Criss said. So the tour will be called “Listen up…,” kicking off on May 29 in Criss’ hometown, San Francisco before moving on to dates in L.A., Houston, Chicago, Nashville, and New York, among others.

Tickets and all other info at darrencriss.com. Watch the tour announcement for yourself below.

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Bob Dylan announces summer tour with Wilco and My Morning Jacket

Bob Dylan is literally always on tour — his “Never Ending” trek technically started way back in 1988, if you buy into the Dylan mythology.

But this summer, he’s putting together his own package tour, AmericanaramA. Wilco and My Morning Jacket are slated to round out the top of the bill, which will hit 26 different dates. Several acts will rotate in on the undercard, including Ryan Bingham and the Richard Thompson Electric Trio.

The tour kicks off on June 26 in West Palm Beach, Florida and wraps up August 4 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, April 24. Check out the complete list of dates and venues below.  READ FULL STORY

The Postal Service's 'Give Up': An oral history of the indie side project that became an aughties touchstone -- and a platinum seller

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Last week, the Postal Service released Give Up: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition, a two-disc version of their platinum-selling (it only took nine years!) sole album, and they celebrated by kicking off a new tour that includes a prominent slot at Coachella.

EW caught up with all the principals involved in the creation of Give Up for an oral history that appeared in issue 1255/56, but we couldn’t get it all in in print, so enjoy this expanded version here.

2001 Jimmy Tamborello releases his first full-length album as Dntel, Life Is Full of Possibilities. The acclaimed indie electronic collection features a song called “(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan” with vocals by Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard.

JIMMY TAMBORELLO One of my roommates was in a band that went on tour with Death Cab for Cutie, so Ben and my roommate had become friends. Ben was going to come stay at our house for a couple of days for fun, and it was right when I was working on this album with different guest vocalists. So I asked him if he’d be up for it, and I sent him the instrumental and when he came to visit he recorded it. We hung out and had fun, and that’s where it started.

BEN GIBBARD It wasn’t as if we really connected personally all that strongly when we first met. It was just an interesting arrangement that he would send me this music and he would let me put whatever I wanted to put on it. “Evan and Chan” came together really quickly, and the only thing I had on it was vocals.

TAMBORELLO Ben brought up the idea of doing more together—like an EP or something.

GIBBARD Initially the idea I pitched to him was an EP, and it was only when Sub Pop started sniffing around that it turned into an album.

TONY KIEWEL, Sub Pop A&R Jimmy and I went to college together. He told me they were thinking about doing an EP based on the experience of “Evan and Chan.” I had just started doing A&R, and I had recently learned how the world treats an EP as opposed to an LP. Why would you waste time making an EP? If you’re going to do it, do a full album. People will review it, and you can sell it for three times as much. I told them for sure Sub Pop would want to do it if that was something they wanted to do.

GIBBARD The music has always been the more difficult thing for me to write, so the idea of somebody basically turning in what were mostly finished beds of music and then I could sprinkle other things on top of it and write melodies and lyrics was really appealing to me. He was nice and easy-going and a kind of shy quiet guy, and I’m a little more gregarious, so I think that worked too.

2002 Operating out of Los Angeles, Tamborello begins the process of sending Seattle-dwelling Gibbard music, which Gibbard would then send back with his additions—which included guitars, keyboards, and additional vocals by friends Jen Wood and Jenny Lewis. READ FULL STORY

Daft Punk's new single 'Get Lucky' lands on Earth: Hear it here!

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At long last, everyone’s favorite French robo-dudes are back.

Just after midnight, Daft Punk finally unveiled “Get Lucky,” the first single from their new and long-awaited (unless you’re one of the guys this guy is looking for) album Random Access Memories. Though there have been some brief snippets that have shown up during television commercials and some pretty convincing fakes circulating around the Internet over the past week or so, this is the real deal.

The track features vocals by Pharrell Williams and some blistering guitar work care of Nile Rodgers. It’s now available for sale on iTunes, but you can go ahead and give it a spin below.  READ FULL STORY

Beyonce's big reveal: Drinking sugar water, wearing clothes -- VIDEO UPDATE

After teasing us with a series of tour dates and a pair of strange preview tracks, Beyoncé finally made the big reveal.

Was it the official announcement of her new album? A proper first single? A killer new video? Or was yesterday’s teaser video with the hashtag #BeyHereNow merely a suggestion that there’s a lot of Oasis being played at the Carter household?

It was none of those things. Shortly after 9 a.m. ET on her official Tumblr, Beyoncé pulled back the curtain on… a photo of her drinking a Pepsi. Does that mean the check cleared on her $50 million deal with the soft drink manufacturer? There are two other new pics up, one of which suggests she’s doing something in video form, though whether it’s her own music video or some sort of Van Halen-esque hybrid is unclear.

So even though this big curtain-pulling moment is a bit of a letdown, rest assured you’ll have more Beyoncé than you’ll know what to do with in the coming months: She’ll be headed out on the Mrs. Carter World Tour, lending her face to H&M, covering an Amy Winehouse song for the soundtrack to The Great Gatsby, and doing even more shilling for Pepsi.

UPDATED: Shortly after we published, Bey unveiled a one minute Pepsi commercial, which includes her confronting famous former incarnations of herself, plus elements of a new song called “Mirrors,” a concept we’re totally not sick of in 2013 yet. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson touring this summer

The summer tour schedule is already stuffed with superstar team-ups like Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé & a dancing can of Pepsi (we assume). Now you can add one more pairing to that list.

This morning, Maroon 5 announced they will be headlining the 2013 Honda Civic Tour, and the bill will also feature Kelly Clarkson. PJ Morton, Rozzi Crane, and Tony Lucca round out the lineup for the mini-festival, which kicks off August 1 in St. Louis.

In a press release, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine said, “We are very excited to team up with the Honda Civic Tour. Kelly, PJ, Rozzi and Tony are all such unique and amazing artists. I’m really looking forward to hitting the road with them. Each night will be a great night of music.”

Maroon 5 continue to score with singles from last year’s Overexposed — the latest track “Daylight” currently sits at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been dominating radio as well. Meanwhile, Clarkson is touring in support of her compilation Greatest Hits: Chapter One, which spawned the new singles “Catch My Breath” and “People Like Us” (which, sadly, is not a Talking Heads cover).

Tickets for the Honda Civic Tour go on sale this Friday, April 6. Check out the full list of tour dates below.  READ FULL STORY

John Mayer announces first post throat surgery tour

Remember when John Mayer released Born and Raised last year? If you don’t, that’s probably because Mayer was sidelined by vocal problems that led to multiple throat surgeries, months of vocal rest, and the cancelation of most all of his promotional efforts.

He wasn’t completely invisible—he did show up to play guitar with Frank Ocean on SNL last year—but he laid pretty low most of the time.

He’s apparently back in good health; during a Google+ Hangout last night, Mayer revealed a 40-date tour—his first in three years. The trek kicks off April 25 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and will keep him intermittently on the road into October.

In an interview with Billboard, Mayer talked about his extended hiatus and the frustration that set in when he couldn’t speak for weeks on end. “I was forced to type on my iPad to communicate anything,” Mayer told the magazine. “It wasn’t liberating. Is breaking your leg liberating? No. All complexity is gone when you don’t have a choice.”

Check out all of Mayer’s upcoming tour dates below. And while you’re at it, watch the video for “Shadow Days,” one of the more underrated rock singles from 2012.  READ FULL STORY

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