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The will-they-or-won’t-they regarding Ray Davies and his brother, Dave Davies, reconnecting after all these years for new music as the Kinks has been going on for a while — but a revelation from Ray this week has fans very excited about what might be to come from the legendary band. In our 2015 feature, Ray said the following to Rock Cellar’s Jeff Slate: “I’m hopeful,” he says. “Again, with Dave, I don’t know how to read him. Mick (Avory) and I talk about music, and we play it until we get it right. And it takes a long time. With…

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Jeff Tweedy and Wilco are getting back after it, so to speak, as the indie band will release a new studio album on October 4. Ode to Joy will be the band’s 11th studio album to date, and was previewed with a song called “Love is Everywhere (Beware)” on Tuesday. Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VamTQr4kcKA Here’s a bit more about Ode to Joy from Tweedy, via NPR: Tweedy says the album overall is defiantly joyful in the face of global political and cultural upheaval. “The record is, in a weird way, an ode,” he says in a statement announcing the album. “This terrible…

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You might not be very familiar with the name Austin Butler, but you ought to be now that he’s landed the coveted starring role in director Baz Luhrmann’s planned Elvis Presley biopic (in addition to a key role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is being released this month). The Hollywood Reporter noted that Butler was settled on after a feverish hunt for the “perfect” actor to embody the King, a search that included potential fits in Harry Styles and Ansel Elgort … but with Butler winning the role in the end. Butler, known for his…

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What was it about this past weekend that prompted living legends to get on stage together for some musical magic? In Los Angeles, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney staged another Beatles reunion of sorts, while in Ireland Bob Dylan and Neil Young teamed up for the first time since 1994. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz6ewLEnWiK/ On Sunday night, Young and Dylan — who had been booked for two co-headlining concert events this weekend, Sunday’s at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny, Ireland — performed “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” a song they performed together four decades ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7CPWyR0cw4 According to Rolling Stone, “Will the Circle Be…

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You never know what you’re going to get at a Paul McCartney gig — wait, scratch that. You know you’re going to get an amazing, career-spanning set of Beatles classics, Sir Paul originals, obscure cuts and a marathon show from McCartney and his amazing live band that you’ll remember forever. If you’re extra lucky, like fans at Dodger Stadium were this past weekend for Macca’s Freshen Up tour finale, you’ll get special guests — and perhaps more than one Beatle — in this case, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr together on stage playing some legendary songs from their catalog together.…

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When you put on a 311 album, you expect to hear a certain sound: The dual vocals of Nick Hexum and Doug “S.A.” Martinez, Slick, Grateful Dead-inspired guitar riffs from Tim Mahoney, inventive bass lines from Aaron “P-Nut” Wills and the steady and at times complex drums from Chad Sexton. For three decades, the alt/rock/reggae band has remained true to its sound and musical vision, rarely venturing in what some might call more “contemporary” directions (at least as it pertains to the mid-1990s flavor that has accentuated 311’s music for years) — but on the band’s new album, Voyager, there…

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Today, July 12, Sir Paul McCartney released four reissued live albums from his heralded solo career, spanning decades and a number of projects he’s been associated with, whether the Beatles, Wings or his own singer/songwriter material. One is Amoeba Gig, a reissued set of his 2007 performance at Amoeba Records in Hollywood (pick up a CD copy at this link). Via Macca’s official website’s description: Amoeba Gig is the first full length commercial release of Paul’s surprise free concert at Hollywood’s Amoeba Music on June 27, 2007. To date only four songs have seen wide release as the Amoeba’s Secret…

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The 50th anniversary of David Bowie’s 1969 single “Space Oddity,” which would put the innovative musician/pop culture icon on the map for good, is here — and so, coincidentally, is a brand new David Bowie Barbie doll from Mattel that does the Thin White Duke justice. https://twitter.com/Barbie/status/1149347799856607232 The new doll, featuring Bowie’s trademark Ziggy Stardust jumpsuit and aesthetic, is a special release from Mattel and will cost $50 (click here for more details on that) for those lucky enough to get one. More details from the company’s blog: As a Gold Label™ doll, this will only be produced in limited…

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Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters went out on a huge world tour in 2017 and 2018, and now the Us + Them tour will be commemorated with an immersive film project that will hit theaters for two nights this fall. https://twitter.com/rogerwaters/status/1148947913269227520 Via the film’s official site: Roger Waters, co-founder, creative force and songwriter behind Pink Floyd, presents his highly anticipated film, Us + Them, featuring state-of- the-art visual production and breath-taking sound in this unmissable cinema event. Filmed in Amsterdam on the European leg of his 2017 – 2018 Us + Them tour which saw Waters perform to over two…

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On August 30, Justin Vernon and Bon Iver will release a new record titled i,i — the follow-up to 2016’s 22, A Million. https://twitter.com/boniver/status/1149272276166221825 The revered indie/pop band announced the news on Thursday along with the premiere of two new tracks. Here’s “Faith”; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wU-s_Zxv_MQ And “Jelmore” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnDDghFYEGU Two other songs were already premiered from the album as well. Here’s “Hey, Ma” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDAKS18Gv1U And “U (Man Like)”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hs5rXRPC0rc Here’s some more details on the album, via Bon Iver’s official site: Recording over a long time at April Base in Wisconsin but finishing at Sonic Ranch in Texas allowed us to feel…

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