Rockers finish North American leg with first Seattle show in more than four years
By Corbin Reiff
Seattle rockers Pearl Jam closed out the North American leg of their Lightning Bolt tour last night with a performance for the ages. It had been over four years since the band last staged a concert in their hometown, and the city’s patience was more than rewarded with a three hour and fifteen minute marathon of hits, deep cuts and covers.
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By Daniel Kreps
Every year, the Grammy voters manage to stun us with their surprise nominees and snubs. And we're not even talking about Sara Bareilles beating out Kanye West for an Album of the Year nom. A deeper look into the Grammy nominations — specifically in the categories that won't be televised on Music's Biggest Night — always reveals an unlikely mix of nominees that has us either rejoicing or scratching our heads, and the 56th annual Grammy Awards are no exception. From Nirvana getting a nod in the Best Rap Song category to recognition for Bob Marley and Led Zeppelin to tips of the caps to Primus and Brian Eno, these are our biggest surprises from Grammy nomination night.
Hear the stellar vintage concert recording from 1970
Photo credit: Gary Burden
Neil Young's "Live at the Cellar Door" was released Dec. 10. You can purchase the album here.
The country star shotguns beers, makes surprise phone calls to fans
Jake Owen's new album, "Days of Gold," was released Dec. 3.
Our predictions for who'll be up for the 7 biggest honors, from Best Album to Best New Artist
By Patrick Doyle and Any Greene
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will go down January 26th in L.A., and the countdown to Music's Biggest Night begins this evening when the nominees are announced via a live special airing on CBS at 10 p.m. ET. Who's eligible for this year's honors? Albums and songs released between Ocrtober 1st, 2012 and September 30th, 2013. Who'll actually get nominated? Here's our best hunches:
Dave Van Ronk's memoir 'Mayor of MacDougal Street' inspired the Coen Brothers' latest film
Armed with guitar, mike and enthusiasm, folk singer Dave Van Ronk performs at the Gaslight coffee house in New York's Greenwich Village on Nov. 8, 1963. (AP file photo)
By David Browne
People who were close to Dave Van Ronk, the Greenwich Village folk-blues-jazz institution, had a feeling someone might be making a movie inspired by his life. A few years ago, Elijah Wald, who co-wrote Van Ronk's posthumous memoir, The Mayor of MacDougal Street, heard that an unnamed filmmaker had optioned the rights to the book -- but wasn't told who. Van Ronk's widow, Andrea Vuocolo Van Ronk, heard of the interest too, and finally had it confirmed when she came home from work one day: "There was a message on my machine from Joel Coen saying, 'We're going to start shooting and want to talk to you.'"
Grohl produced and played drums on country group's iTunes album
By Kory Grow
Country-rockers the Zac Brown Band announced today that they will release "The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1" on iTunes on December 10th. The release, which Dave Grohl produced and played the drums on, will feature the recorded debut of the song "Day for the Dead," which the band and the Foo Fighters frontman recently performed at the CMAs. Other tracks on the release include "All Alright," "Let It Rain" and "The Muse," the latter of which was written by the Wood Brothers, an ensemble signed to Brown's label Southern Ground Artists.
'Safe and Sound' emerged from a jingle-writing partnership that went big
By Andy Greene
A few years ago, Sebu Simonian placed an ad on Craigslist looking for production work. L.A. songwriter Ryan Merchant replied right away. "I remember checking out Sebu's work and feeling like he was a kindred spirit," says Merchant. In fact, he was the only person who answered the ad. Says Simonian, "As fate would have it, we had chemistry."
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