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Bruce Springsteen announces new album and single 'High Hopes' for January

While most artists of his age enter a fallow period brought on by the comforts of success or a lack of meaningful inspiration (or both), Bruce Springsteen just keeps getting up and going to work every day.

He just announced that his new album High Hopes will be out on January 14, and that the album’s first single of the same name is out right now. It will be Springsteen’s 18th studio album and his fifth in seven years—a remarkable accomplishment, especially considering he once went seven years without releasing much of anything.

The new album consists of a series of new tracks recorded with Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who sat in with Springsteen and the E Street Band on a bunch of shows during the band’s tour for 2012’s Wrecking Ball. It also contains a bunch of tracks previously recorded for other projects but never before released, which is how late E Streeters Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons came to be on High Hopes. READ FULL STORY

Campaign 2012 music news update: U.S. Presidential candidates joined by Kid Rock, Journey, the National, and more

Today’s announcement that erudite Brooklyn indie rockers The National (left) are opening for President Obama at a campaign event Iowa on September 1 marks the most recent development in the 2012 race’s musical circus — and one of the few examples of a music/candidate pairing that hasn’t resulted in somebody totally freaking out.

The band, who previously opened for Obama in 2008 alongside Ben Harper, bring a much-needed boost to the Democrats’ so-far-disappointing musical retinue.

The party generally known for its Hollywood connections and A-list support has had trouble attracting major entertainment names this year — significantly fewer celebrities are slated to attend its National Convention in Charlotte next week; the event’s relatively low-wattage lineup so far consists only of James Taylor, America’s Got Talent stars Inspire the Fire, and Duke University alums Delta Rae. (Compare that to 2008, when Kanye, Fall Out Boy, Black Eyed Peas, Rage Against the Machine, and Death Cab for Cutie all performed in Denver.) READ FULL STORY

Paul Ryan gets Raged against, care of Tom Morello

One of the hazards of becoming a public figure is that you sometimes learn that the artists you idolized are not necessarily the people you thought (or hoped) they were. Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan just got an extra-intense dose of that yesterday when Rolling Stone published an op-ed written by Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello that described Ryan as “the the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades.”

Ryan, who has cited Rage as one of his favorite bands, took it on the chin. “Ryan claims that he likes Rage’s sound, but not the lyrics. Well, I don’t care for Paul Ryan’s sound or his lyrics,” Morello wrote. “He can like whatever bands he wants, but his guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent is antithetical to the message of Rage.” READ FULL STORY

Adele, Maroon 5, and (yes) Miley Cyrus pay tribute to Bob Dylan on new album

Adele, Miley Cyrus, Darren Criss, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, Elvis Costello, Pete Seeger, Tom Morello, and Ke$ha are among the acts who have contributed new or previously unreleased tracks to the album Chimes of Freedom which pays tribute to both Bob Dylan and Amnesty International.

Adele has gifted Chimes of Freedom a live version of “Make You Feel My Love” and Cyrus sings “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go,” while folk legend Seeger performs “Forever Young.”

But they’re hardly the only ones on this massive four-disc outing. Find the just-released full tracklisting after the jump:


Tom Morello launches 'Axis of Justice' show on Sirius XM

Just how many pots does Tom Morello have cooking at this point? In the past year or so, the guitarist has played reunion gigs with Rage Against the Machine; released a sweet sophomore album under his nom de folk, The Nightwatchman; repeatedly joined Bruce Springsteen on stage; recorded an album with the Coup’s Boots Riley under the name Street Sweeper Social Club; made a cameo in Iron Man; and I’m probably leaving a few things out. His schedule got a little more crowded a few days ago, when Sirius XM aired the first episode of Morello’s Axis of Justice radio show. Three Sundays a month, Morello will be taking over the satellite airwaves, with occasional assistance from his pal Serj Tankian of System of a Down. That’s right, this guy is using music to fight global oppression full-time — even on the weekends.

"We will spin rebel jams and we will reveal dangerous truths." Morello promises in a press release. "If you’re not listening we are not responsible for the consequences." Nice! Lemme tell ya, if there’s one thing I love more than rebel jams, it is dangerous truths. Check out a clip of Morello performing his Nightwatchman tune "Midnight in the City of Destruction" last year below to give you a taste of the kind of music he’ll be bringing to Sirius XM, then chime in: Are you looking forward to tuning in to Axis of Justice?

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