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Gucci Mane Gets 39 Months in Prison

August 21, 2014 - 08:24

Gucci Mane has been sentenced to 39 months in a federal prison after serving a sentence on the firearms charge for which he was indicted late last year. The federal judge who delivered the sentence said that the 34-year-old rapper might have to limit his time on the road after completing his prison time, while also saying, "according to my nieces and nephews, you are quite cool." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Mane has served 11 months of the sentence already. If he chose to go to trial, rather than reach the plea agreement, he faced......

Man Dies After Alleged Altercation at Hank Williams Jr. Show

August 20, 2014 - 18:30

A concertgoer at a Sunday night Hank Williams Jr. concert in Michigan died after a tragic fall in the concourse of the DTE Energy Music Theatre about an hour northwest of Detroit. The fall occurred after the victim, 55-year-old Robert Kobe, was apparently pushed by a 15-year-old family friend, according to the Detroit Free Press. Kobe struck his head on the pavement and was rushed to a local hospital, where he died on Tuesday.

According to comments from the victim's son, the incident appears to have been a tragic accident. The police investigation, however, is still ongoing. The performance......

12 Great Coldplay Songs You Probably Don't Know

August 20, 2014 - 17:30

Given their ubiquity on modern-rock radio and relentless stream of hits, it's easy to forget that Coldplay make more than just arena-sized singles. Digging deeper into the dark corners of their discography reveals a different side to the band, showing off bizarre detours, tributes to their influences and glimpses of Coldplays that could have been. Listen along via Beats Music here.

"Such a Rush"
Found on: Safety EP / The Blue Room EP
In 1998, every band in the U.K. with more than one guitar was automatically entered into the "Next Radiohead" sweepstakes. Coldplay's debut EP/glorified demo Safety put them......

T.I. on Ferguson Aftermath: 'America Has Created a Monster'

August 20, 2014 - 16:48

As protests rage on in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a local police officer, debates about racial profiling and law enforcement ethics continue to dominate national headlines. On Tuesday, rapper T.I. added his thoughts to the conversation with a pair of powerful Instagram posts, writing that "America has created a monster."

In the first post, T.I. says the Ferguson tragedy and the country's current racial tensions are "the result of ignoring and mishandling an already fragile-spirited, recently enslaved, presently oppressed race/generation of people." He adds that African-Americans "created their own" culture, religion and traditions after being "brought to this......

Songwriter Spotlight: Natalie Hemby

August 20, 2014 - 16:20

The fact that Natalie Hemby scored her first pro credit — singing backup on Songs From the Loft, an early Nineties praise & worship collection from Amy Grant — when she was merely in her mid-teens ought to be a clue that she came up around the music industry.

Her dad, Tom Hemby, made his name in Nashville as a touring and studio guitarist for Grant, who also hired her mom, Deanna Hemby, as a personal assistant. And her uncle, Ron Hemby, sang in the gospel group the Imperials, before launching forgotten Nineties country trio the Buffalo Club.

But having family in......

Billy Bragg Channels Social Justice Pioneers for Impromptu Ferguson Concert

August 20, 2014 - 15:55

While the eyes of the world remain focused on Ferguson, Missouri, the St. Louis suburb where protests and nightly clashes with authorities have held sway, folk singer Billy Bragg found an opportune moment Tuesday night to make a small, positive gesture.

Bragg and touring partner Joe Purdy were in the Midwest, tracing the route of the Rock Island Railroad as part of a photo-and-film documentary for Aperture magazine’s forthcoming 90th birthday celebration of Robert Frank (The Americans, Cocksucker Blues). Realizing they were only a few hours’ drive from St. Louis, they hatched the idea for an impromptu benefit.

"A number......

Inside Gerard Way's Crusade to Change American Music

August 20, 2014 - 15:24

When he was fronting My Chemical Romance, Gerard Way was the driving force behind high-minded (and color-coordinated) concept albums like The Black Parade and Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. But in the four years since the group's last proper record, Way lost his band, his patience with the industry and his desire to do rock & roll on a grand scale.

Still, he never lost sight of a simple goal he set while making his solo debut, Hesitant Alien (due September 30th): "I have all these amazing Britpop records, and I have shoegaze records, but I......

Garth Brooks Makes Concert History, Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 20, 2014 - 14:35

Garth Brooks is at it again. The country superstar, who will be returning to the road in September, has added one last show to his Chicago run, bringing the total to 11 concerts there. Tickets for the 10:30 p.m. show on Friday, September 5th, at Allstate Arena go on sale Saturday, August 23rd, 10:00 a.m. CST via Ticketmaster.

With the first stop on his world tour, which kicks off September 4th in Chicago, Brooks has already shattered his previous record for ticket sales in a single city in North America. Previously, the record was 162,822 tickets sold for the Target Center......

Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift Set for Chart Battle

August 20, 2014 - 14:23

Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj didn't even hit the charts this week, but both established a blueprint (or, you know, a pinkprint) for the fall record-buying schedule. If they sell as well as gigantic pop stars ought to sell, maybe they can reverse the persistently sad trend of 2014—album sales have been down 15 percent and track sales 13 percent for weeks.

HAPPY HITS-FROM-YESTERYEAR WEEK!: Can we pretend this week, chart-wise, doesn't exist and skip to next week, when Swift's "Shake It Off" and Minaj's "Anaconda" kick in? Look at the Top 5 albums—Number One is week two of......

31 Most Outrageous MTV VMAs Moments of All Time

August 20, 2014 - 13:33

Since their 1984 debut, the Video Music Awards have thrived on being the unpredictable younger sibling of America's awards-show family — and the fact that they're 31 years old this year hasn't slowed down their penchant for causing headlines and shaking up the pop music world. Here are 31 moments from VMAs past that have caused tongues to wag and eyebrows to raise. 

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Jimi Hendrix's 'The Cry of Love' and 'Rainbow Bridge' to Be Reissued

August 20, 2014 - 13:19

Jimi Hendrix's first two posthumous studio albums, The Cry of Love and Rainbow Bridge – which both originally came out in 1971 – will be available as newly remastered CD, LP and digital reissues next month. Audio engineer Bernie Grundman, whose mastering credits include Prince's Purple Rain and Michael Jackson's Thriller, went back to the original analog masters for each album to get the best sound possible, and each reissue will feature the original album art and track orders. It will also be the first time that Rainbow Bridge has been available as......

Thurston Moore Details 'Thrashing, Blissful' New Solo LP 'The Best Day'

August 20, 2014 - 12:30

Thurston Moore has shared the release date and tracklist of The Best Day, his first solo album since 2010's Demolished ThoughtsThe Best Day – which finds the frontman backed by guitarist James Sedwards (Nought), Deb Googe (My Bloody Valentine) and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) – will be out October 21st on Matador Records.

In a statement, Moore described the album as being balanced between his "signature thrashing electric guitars" and "blissful 12-string acoustic ballads." The singer-guitarist-songwriter's most recent project was a collaborative 2013 album, Chelsea Light Moving, which followed his 2011 separation from wife/Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon and Sonic Youth's subsequent indefinite hiatus.

Moore also shared the first taste of......

Carrie Underwood Tackles 11 Players for 'Sunday Night Football' Video

August 20, 2014 - 12:14

When Sunday Night Football returns to NBC next month, country superstar Carrie Underwood will be joined by 11 NFL players for "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night," the opening theme to the highly rated primetime program. (See the complete list of participating players below.)

Underwood, who made her SNF debut last season, returns September 7th as the 2014 NFL season gets underway with the Denver Broncos hosting the Indianapolis Colts. Coverage begins with Football Night in America at 7:00 p.m. ET, and the opening theme continues each week of the season to kick off Sunday Night Football. A special opening theme,......

Arcade Fire Pay Tribute to Pixies at Massachusetts Show

August 20, 2014 - 10:59

Every date of Arcade Fire's North American Reflektor tour has featured a cover song tailored specifically to that city (or, in a pinch, that state), and the Canadian collective continued to deliver the geographic goods Monday night in Mansfield, Massachusetts. The band delivered an expansive cover of "Alec Eiffel," a snarling gem from Boston alt-rock kings Pixies. Check out the fan footage above (via Consequence of Sound).

Multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry replicated the original's explosive riffs, while singer Régine Chassagne waved two colorful pom-poms like an indie-rock cheerleader. Other band members added eerie layers of violin and synth, and, as usual, the stage was......

Trisha Yearwood Readies New Album, Tour With Garth Brooks

August 20, 2014 - 10:05

If Garth Brooks stands to reign as the King of Country Comebacks in 2014 and 2015, his better half, Trisha Yearwood, stands to reign as the queen. A little more than a month after Brooks announced he's coming out of retirement this fall with a tour and album, Yearwood announced she'll release PrizeFighter, her 12th studio album, and her first since 2007's Grammy-nominated Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love. Like her husband, Yearwood also cut a deal with Sony Music Nashville/RCA Records.

"No one delivers a song with not only emotion, but a truly amazing voice — an angelic voice......

Tame Impala Plagiarism Accuser: 'It Was a Joke'

August 20, 2014 - 09:51

The authors of an article accusing Tame Impala of plagiarizing Argentinian pop star Pablo Ruiz that went viral earlier this week now say the story was written as a joke and should not be taken seriously.

Chilean music site Rata published the article earlier this month, claiming that the Australian psych rock group's biggest hit "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" was lifted from Ruiz's 1989 song "Océano." While a side-by-side video in the post shows only a dubious, tangential connection between the two songs, the post began to receive pickup and spread to multiple, international music and pop culture sites.

"It was a joke,"......

Nicki Minaj Gives Drake a Lap Dance in 'Anaconda' Video

August 20, 2014 - 09:29

Nicki Minaj's new video "Anaconda" is like something from one of Sir Mix-a-Lot's dreams, as a chorus line of women endowed with large posteriors – led by Minaj, of course – flex their butts to her new single. Set in a steamy jungle setting, the song samples "Baby Got Back," the elder rapper's 1992 ode to titanic tush, and features some conspicuously suggestive bananas and even more conspicuous product placement.

The only time a man makes an appearance is when Minaj gives Drake a twerky, jerky lap dance after laughing like a woman possessed. Strangely, amongst all of......

Hear Josh Homme's Electro Remix of Mark Lanegan's 'Sad Lover'

August 20, 2014 - 09:23

When it arrived last month on the Mark Lanegan Band's No Bells on Sunday EP, "Sad Lover" had a strong beat and some chest-grabbing distortion. Thanks to a remix by Queens of the Stone Age leader Josh Homme, however, it now has more of both, building up into a synth-driven industrial dance workout: "Josh Homme channeled the ghost of Eighties New Wave for this mix," Lanegan tells Rolling Stone

No Bells on Sunday was released on July 29th through Flooded Soil/Vagrant Records, with 1,500 copies pressed vinyl and available online. Lanegan's last full-length, Imitations, was released in 2013, and in 2012, Rolling......

Hear Jerry Lee Lewis' Wild Take on 'Bad, Bad Leroy Brown'

August 20, 2014 - 09:17

In 1956, Jerry Lee Lewis made his first ever recordings at Memphis' Sun Studio, the home of the legendary label founded by Sam Phillips. Some three decades later, across town, he began recording with Sam's son Knox, playing songs like Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode," gospel standard "Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior" and pop classic Harbor Lights" in sessions that would usually begin some time after midnight.

Now, after nearly 40 years locked away, those songs are finally being released, compiled on the new The Knox Phillips Sessions LP and out September 23rd on Saguaro Road (available for pre-order......

Hunter Hayes to Serve Hits for Tennis Event

August 20, 2014 - 09:00

When it comes to tennis, Hunter Hayes confesses he's much more of a spectator than an active participant in the game. But for the young multi-instrumentalist, performing at the 19th annual Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, which kicks off the 2014 US Open this Saturday, August 23rd, is a perfect match.

Named for the late tennis legend and humanitarian, Arthur Ashe Kids' Day is the largest single-day, grassroots tennis and entertainment event in the world and helps to promote youth tennis, inspiring children of all ages to develop healthy habits through fun activities.

"I love anything that encourages young people to find what......