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Stagecoach 2017 gets underway with the Blasters, Justin Townes Earle, Bailey Bryan and Cactus Blossoms

7 hours ago
L.A. Times - EntertainmentA key question surfaces with the dawn of each new edition of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio: Just what is country music these days? As this year’s installment got underway Friday at the Empire Polo Field just a week after its bigger, older sibling Coachella, a variety of potential... more info

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Sufjan Stevens Announces The Greatest Gift Mixtape – Outtakes, Remixes & Demos From Carrie & Lowell

13 hours ago
StereogumSufjan Stevens: the gift that keeps on giving! Today, he released the Carrie & Lowell Live album, and Asthmatic Kitty has just announced that they'll be putting out a mixtape featuring outtakes, remixes, and demos from Carrie & Lowell called The Greatest Gift Mixtape in October. Check out the tracklist below. … more info

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Damon Albarn, Noel Gallagher end Blur-Oasis rift

7 hours ago
MSN MusicNEW YORK — After decades of feuding, Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher have reached a musical entente. The Blur and Oasis members were arch nemeses in the Britpop music scene in the mid-90s, due in part to Blur besting Oasis' single sales in 1995, and Gallagher later telling the Observer that he hoped Gallagher would "catch AIDS and die." They continued to bad-mouth each other in interviews for years after, but appeared to have settled their differences at the 2012 Brit Awards, where they embraced at a post-ceremony party. Now, the hatchet has been buried once and for all, with Gallagher's guest appearance playing guitar on We Got the Power, a new song from Albarn's virtual band Gorillaz. Talking to USA TODAY, Albarn says he blames the British media for pitting Blur — an artier London band — and Oasis — a working-class group from Manchester, England — against each other. At the height of the rift in 1996, "I couldn’t walk down the road without someone shouting abuse at me or that they were on my side and not Oasis'," Albarn says. "Both sides exploited it and the myth developed from that." But four or five years ago, "we found ourselves in a club one night and a mutual friend just bought us a drink, and we realized that as individuals, we were pretty much the only ones who’d experienced what we experienced. It was nice to finally just be able to talk about it, and I really like him as a person." Still, "Noel Gallagher on a Gorillaz record is pretty (expletive) weird," Albarn says. "We’re doing a TV show in London next week, so we’ll have Jehnny Beth from Savages, Noel Gallagher, D.R.A.M. and myself singing together. You're not going to see that anywhere else but in Gorillaz. It’s a very odd sort of generational, cultural mix." We Got the Power is taken off Gorillaz's new album, Humanz, out Friday. Initially, the uplifting anthem included Albarn's Blur bandmate, Graham Coxon, in addition to Gallagher. "It had loads of guitars and sounded like back to the glory days of Britpop," Albarn says. "Obviously, that wasn't going to work on my post-Millennial, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it party record." Another artist who didn't make the final cut was rap titan Rick Ross, who was meant to be featured on anti-Trump song Hallelujah Money with British musician/poet Benjamin Clementine. "But Benjamin wasn’t really happy with the idea of being on a tune with Rick Ross," Albarn says. "It was supposed to be that he’s singing about the dread of this moment and then Rick comes in and he’s going, 'Hallelujah money.' " Ross never recorded his verse, although he spoke to Albarn on the phone. "He never got around to it, and you get to a point where it's like, 'That's the cutoff for what we're doing' and you move on." more info

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Fyre Festival, a Luxury Music Weekend, Crumbles in the Bahamas

13 hours ago
New York TimesA high-end event founded by Ja Rule and the entrepreneur Billy McFarland was supposed to feature shows and yachts. Attendees found chaos instead. more info

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Chvrches – “Down Side Of Me” Live Video (Dir. Kristen Stewart)

16 hours ago
StereogumThe first advance release from the all-star 7" series benefitting Planned Parenthood comes from Chvrches, who've contributed a live version of Every Open Eye track "Down Side Of Me." It's an awesome performance that brings out new layers of beauty in the song, and it's accompanied by a visual directed by Kristen Stewart. Lauren Mayberry… more info

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Video: In This Moment Perform a New Song, “River of Fire”

10 hours ago
MetalsucksMaria Brink and the boys continue to be not terrible. The post Video: In This Moment Perform a New Song, “River of Fire” appeared first on MetalSucks. more info

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Ozzy Osbourne Announces Solo Live Dates with Zakk Wylde on Guitar

11 hours ago
MetalsucksPoor Gus G. The post Ozzy Osbourne Announces Solo Live Dates with Zakk Wylde on Guitar appeared first on MetalSucks. more info

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John Mellencamp maintains a rebellious spirit with 'Sad Clowns & Hillbillies'

12 hours ago
L.A. Times - EntertainmentAt 65, John Mellencamp no longer chases drama. “I have found that life is a big enough adventure,” he says calling from his 86-acre property in Bloomington, Ind. “Young kids go to the movies to be scared. If we were together, I’d say to you, ‘Have you seen this mole on my arm?’ That’s scary enough;... more info

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