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SXSW: Dave Grohl leads rousing Sound City performance

Coming off his must-read SXSW keynote address earlier that day (he didn’t even change his shirt!), Dave Grohl took to the stage at Stubb’s in Austin to lead his Sound City Players supergroup in an impassioned and largely hard-rocking showcase Thursday night.

The ever-charismatic Foo Fighters frontman declared that this was the group’s final performance together and pledged an “extra long and extra special” night. Sound City is less a band than a showcase for artists who were part of Grohl’s recent documentary (now streaming online) on the famed Sound City recording studio in Van Nuys, where famed artists recorded some of their best-known albums (Nirvana’s Nevermind, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush among them).

The Players were never meant to be a permanent thing, of course; they were put together to play a handful of show to support the venture and its soundtrack (Sound City: Reel to Reel), with Grohl serving as ringleader for the shows and heaping praise upon each of his rock idols (who then gamely return the favor — Masters of Reality’s Chris Goss called him a “national treasure”).

The Citi-sponsored three-hour-plus set featured Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield and others from the project taking turns at the lead microphone for roughly five songs each (no Paul McCartney, drat). Grohl repeatedly noted how fortunate the crowd to see all these artists together on one stage, and it was tough to argue. READ FULL STORY

Ryan Adams, Donald Glover, and Michael McDonald audition for the Super Bowl in '30 Rock' webisode: Watch it here

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Quick, what’s your favorite NBC theme song, and who do you want to see perform it?

Don’t spend too much time thinking of the answer, because only 30 Rock‘s Jack Donaghy has the power to actually make such pipe dreams happen.

In a new webisode of The Donaghy Files, the Alec Baldwin-voiced character gets the motley trio of Ryan Adams, Michael McDonald, and Childish Gambino (a.k.a. Donald Glover a.k.a. Troy from Community) to cover the beloved theme songs from Saved by the BellKnight Rider, and Passions (just go with it).

But why? He’s making them audition for the Super Bowl halftime show, owing to a fire-related injury that caused Madonna to drop out. So, who will sing which song, and who will win their way to the Super Bowl?  Watch the video below to find out:

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Metallica and Lou Reed's 'Lulu': Listen to the preview here!

Throughout their respective careers, both Lou Reed and Metallica have spent a healthy amount of their creative energy challenging their audiences.

Enthusiasts of both have sometimes had to embrace extreme sounds and ideas that are both deeply noncommercial and passionately counterintuitive. But people keep tuning in because the personalities behind the music are so strong and compelling that they dare you to look away.

So it’s no surprise that a chance collaboration during a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame anniversary concert has now resulted in a full-length album featuring both entities. Lulu hits store shelves on November 1, but there are previews of each one of the songs below.

They’re a strange marriage of Metallica’s turned-to-11 thump, Reed’s catty delivery, and lyrics that tell the story of a dancer who rises through society only to end up a poor prostitute (a tale originally told in a pair of plays written by German playwright Frank Wedekind). Give the tracks a spin below. READ FULL STORY

Mos Def and Talib Kweli premiere new Black Star song on 'The Colbert Report': Watch here!

Back in 1998, a pair of then relatively unknown rappers released Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star, one of the most beloved hip-hop albums of that decade. Though both Mos and Kweli have had a great deal of individual success since then, neither has been able to capture the post-Native Tongues majesty of their collaboration.

Luckily, they’ve decided to dust off Black Star, and spent the summer re-creating their stellar debut as part of the Rock the Bells Tour. The pair returned to television on last night’s episode of The Colbert Report. Kweli and Def (who is now known as Yasiin Bey, which is something we’re just going to have to get used to) chatted with the host, admitting they don’t really understand the term “underground rap.” (“Does it mean we never rise above sea level?” joked Bey.) They also debuted a brand new song called “Fix Up,” which captures much of the same intense ’round-the-way energy the duo put forth on their debut.

But the big highlight came in a web-exclusive performance of “Astronomy (8th Light),” one of the cornerstone tracks from Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star. Check it out below. READ FULL STORY

Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Damian Marley team up for SuperHeavy: Hear their single here

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Supergroups, unite and take over! Next week sees the release of Kanye and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne, and now there’s the first single from SuperHeavy, the band that features Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, and Indian film composer A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire).

A breezy reggae groove that features an Bollywood-inspired string section (!), “Miracle Worker” begins with Marley “reachin’ out to all the lovers who might be thinkin’ about breakin’ up… or maybe makin’ up.” (Listen to it here.) From there, Stone and Jagger trade verses for the strangest dream team since members of Hanson, Smashing Pumpkins, and Cheap Trick got together for Tinted Windows.

So how did this group come together? During a press conference at Henson Studios in Los Angeles on June 30, Jagger and Stewart explained that the concept behind the group’s forthcoming self-titled album was to see what would happen if musicians from different cultures composed and recorded together, and indeed, the songs reportedly borrow from each band member’s specialty: reggae (Marley), blues-rock (Jagger), soul (Stone) and even Indian film music (Rachman). “I love musicians from all over the world, but never liked the term ‘world music,’” Stewart said. “That sounds like people knitting with yogurt.”

Stewart told reporters that the group recorded 29 songs in 10 days, which meant it all happened so quickly that Marley didn’t have time to school himself on his bandmates’ back catalog. “I wasn’t really familiar with everyone else’s music before,” he said, “but you observe how they work. It was a great experience.”

Stone has said that SuperHeavy will wait to see the reaction to the album, which is due to be released September 20, before they decide whether they’ll tour together. But we can’t wait til then: tell us in the comments what you think of the song.

Read more on EW.com:
Mick Jagger to take the stage at the Grammys
Suspects in Joss Stone plot have day in court

Independent record stores protest Jay-Z and Kanye's album-release shutout

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The roll-out of Jay-Z and Kanye West’s collab album Watch the Throne is threefold: On Aug. 8, both standard and deluxe versions hit iTunes digitally. Next comes the standard physical version (CD and albums), which gets to formal stores Aug. 12. Best Buy, however, will have the deluxe version exclusively. Then on Aug. 22 it’s out everywhere else.

It’s the second and third part that has indie record store owners up in arms. Peeved that Best Buy will be the only place to buy the Throne CD, the Record Store Day folks sent an email out to their indie store brothers and sisters addressed to the rhymers. In it they call Jay and Kanye’s decision to give Best Buy a deluxe head start a “short-sighted strategy, and that your decisions will be doing great damage to over 1,700 independent record stores —stores that have supported you and your music for years.”

(Though they do ask nicely: the letter also says “We know that you are busy, and that you put most of your energies into creating great music, but we are writing to you in the hope that you will hear us and take the time to rectify this matter.”)

The deluxe version of Throne features an additional four tracks—ones that the kind of music fanatics who frequent indie joints for music will want. They’ll likely have to take their dollars to the mainstream giant to get all 16 songs.

It’s definitely not fair. But as they say, business is business. Allowing the indies to sell the deluxe on Aug. 12 is probably the “right” thing to do. Really though, it’s the artists’ album. And if they want to keep it away from the little guys (as bad as that sounds), it’s their prerogative.

Sound off and check out the full letter (and the growing number of signatures supporting it) after the jump.

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Stephen Colbert debuts 'Charlene II (I'm Over You),' drops single on iTunes

All this week, Stephen Colbert has been presenting music-themed editions of The Colbert Report in a series he dubbed “StePhest ColbChella,” featuring a number of great performances and a multi-part package about his visit to Jack White’s Third Man Studios in Nashville.

On Thursday night, the series concluded with Colbert’s performance of “Charlene II (I’m Over You),” the sequel to the stalkeriffic song the host first delivered in 2006. He was backed by the Black Belles, a mysteriously well-dressed goth garage group also signed to White’s record label.

In fact, Colbert is now an official member of the Third Man roster—”Charlene II (I’m Over You)” is currently available on iTunes and can also be purchased on vinyl. Check out Colbert’s live run through “Charlene II (I’m Over You)” after the jump.

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Metallica and Lou Reed reveal secret collaboration on full-length album

You read that right: Modern metal’s founding fathers Metallica (left) have recorded an album with alt-rock godfather Lou Reed (not pictured due to shyness).

Although it seems like a curious combination at first—Stephanie Says Kill ‘Em All? Master of Taking a Walk on the Wild Side? Romeo Had Juliette After Entering Sandman?—Reed was the first major rocker to release an album of uncompromising (and almost unlistenable) noise rock with 1975′s Metal Machine Music. So maybe this combination was inevitable. Plus, the Velvet Underground had an album called Loaded: Was it a spiritual precursor to Metallica’s ’90s albums Load and ReLoad? (Answer: no.)

According to a statement on Metallica’s website, Lou and the boys have been “kicking around the idea of making a record together” since they shared the stage for the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a couple years ago. Here’s the full statement: READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry and Robyn dish about Coachella, dancing, PJ Harvey: A Best of Summer Preview!

For Entertainment Weekly‘s big Best of Summer issue (which hits newsstands this Friday, May 27), we got together the two key players from the season’s hottest tour. Katy Perry will be continuing her non-stop road trip in support of last year’s Teenage Dream, and she’s bringing along Swedish pop sensation Robyn (who had her own big year behind the release of her far-reaching Body Talk project). It promises to be an energetic night full of wild dancing and sugary-sweet pop hooks, and should provide the definitive soundtrack to the hot summer months.

In order to properly preview the tour, we listened in on an intercontinental phone call between Perry (who was traveling from New Zealand to Japan as part of her tour of the Pacific) and Robyn (who was chilling with friends in Los Angeles). Their full conversation will be in the issue, but check out this brief exchange they had about when Perry caught Robyn’s live show.

Katy Perry I saw you at Coachella. It was hands down the best show that I saw all weekend. Everybody was dancing for their life, like they didn’t have a choice.

Robyn Yes they did! I’m so happy you were there to see it.

Perry And you were dancing for your life too! Your dance moves are on another level.

Robyn I don’t know. It’s on another level of frenzy! But I’m happy people got inspired.

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Britney Spears invites Nicki Minaj and Ke$ha to a 'Till The World Ends' remix party

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Britney Spears is suddenly a player in the remix game, first dropping in on Rihanna’s “S&M” (which instantly sent that song back to the top of the Billboard Hot 100) and now hosting both Ke$ha and Nicki Minaj on a reworked version of “Till The World Ends.”

Spears premiered the song at her own site and tweeted the single’s cover art. You can listen to their three-way take here.

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