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."
The 17-year-old winner of 'The Voice' shares the stories behind the songs on her debut album
Danielle Bradbery's self-titled debut album hit stores this week.
'High Hopes' is a mixture of covers, studio outtakes and re-recorded originals featuring Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello
By Andy Greene
Bruce Springsteen will release "High Hopes," an eclectic album that combines covers, re-recordings of old songs and studio outtakes from the past decade, on January 14th. "This is music I always felt needed to be released," Springsteen said in a statement. A video for the debut single "High Hopes" was posted this morning.
The idiosyncratic singer talks 'The Simpsons,' Kierkegaard, her adolescence and the hardboard... er, harbor
By Mim Udovich
Bjork Gudmundsdottir, 28, formerly of the Sugarcubes, is nothing if not sui generis, not only artistically but aesthetically. On the day we met she was wearing a vintage black skirt ("I have full respect for the classical"), Reeboks ("my futuristic pump shoes") and a Moomins T-shirt ("sort of like Norwegian Winnie-the-Pooh only more anarchist").
Her 1993 solo album, "Debut," which has sold a half million copies, has secured her a position in the music industry that could best be described as the World's Only Cheerful Techno Icelandic Surrealist. I think it's fair to say that she is prepared for the future.
'It's a more polarizing record for us,' says Mark Foster
By Steve Baltin
After breaking out in 2011 with "Pumped Up Kicks," Foster the People slowed down considerably this year. They played just one show, and Mark Foster became a self-described "studio rat," where he started working on the band's follow-up to "Torches," as well as scoring his first feature film. But 2014 should see a resurgence of Foster the People, starting this January, if all goes well. Rolling Stone recently spoke backstage with Foster at the HARD Day of the Dead Festival in L.A., where he teased some details about the new album, his film score and more.
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