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Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran Perform “Lego House”

Taylor Swift American Music AwardsThis isn’t the first time Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran have teamed up for a surprise duet, nor is it the first time that the audience has responded with a deafening roar of applause. But on February 1st, as Swift played the 02 Arena in London, she teased fans with a new performance, and before long Sheeran had taken over the stage. Check out the performance below, and catch Swift on the last leg of her Red tour in London and Berlin this February.

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Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Paul McCartney Join Grammy Performance Lineup

Grammy AwardsThis year’s Grammy Awards lineup is nothing if not diverse. Recently announced Paul McCartney and Ringo Star will perform alongside Taylor Swift, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, John Legend, Keith Urban, Kacey Musgraves, Carole King, and Sara Bareilles. The crew joins several previously announced artists, such as Katy Perry, LordeRobin Thicke, and fun.‘s Nate Ruess. We’ll also see what one can only imagine will be a strange, yet intriguing collaboration between Daft Punk and Stevie Wonder.

Check out the full performance list here, and catch the 56th annual Grammy Awards Jan. 26th on CBS.

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Beats Music Streaming Service To Launch January 21

Beats MusicWatch out Spotify, there’s a new streaming service in town. Created by Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre, Luke Wood, Ian Rogers, and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch NailsBeats Music will finally see its long awaited launch next Tuesday, Jan. 21, with AT&T as their exclusive carrying partner.

According to the Beats website, users will “[g]et playlists, curated by the best music experts. Recommendations, served up based on your interests. And you can even tell Beats Music where you are, what you’re feeling, and who you’re with, and we’ll deliver the perfect stream of music.”

Plans will start at $10, and AT&T will offer a family plan that allows five accounts to use the service for just $15/month.

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Grammy Nominees Album To Include Lorde, Robin Thicke, Taylor Swift

Grammy AwardsIf you love artists like Lorde, Robin Thicke, Bruno Mars, and Taylor Swift, and would like to check out the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in person, you might do well to pre-order the new Grammy Nominees album. Fans who pre-order before Jan. 20 not only get the solace of knowing that a portion of proceeds go towards benefiting the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares, but they’ll also be entered to win a trip to the awards ceremony on Jan. 26.

“For more than 20 years we have been creating some incredible editions of the Grammy Nominees album,”  Recording Academy president Neil Portnow says, “which again represents some of the great songs and talented artists that make up this year’s remarkable nominees.”

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SXSW Announces Next Batch Of Artists

sxsw_2012-300x118Now that we’ve officially broken into the new year, SXSW is just around the corner. With the recent announcement of a whole new batch of bands that includes emerging acts like The Front Bottoms and OurStage artists Larry g(EE) and Bronze Radio Return, we can safely say this yet another stellar lineup worth seeing – or at least trying to see, amidst the SXSW chaos. Check out all the new additions below, and find your new favorite artist at SXSW from March 7-16 in Austin, TX. Continue reading ‘SXSW Announces Next Batch Of Artists’

Country Legend Ray Price Dead At 87

Ray_PriceRay Price, star of the 1950s honky tonk music boom, has passed away from pancreatic cancer, a family spokesperson has confirmed.

As one of country music’s early stars, Price helped transition the genre from hillbilly and cowboy music to the more danceable honky tonk variety, and set the stage for the rockabilly and outlaw country waves to come in the ’60s and ’70s. His band, the Cherokee Cowboys, included (at one time or another) future stars Roger Miller, Willie Nelson, Buddy Emmons, and Johnny Paycheck. Price had a number of hit singles in the ’50s and through the ’60s (when he transitioned to the more commercial “Nashville sound”), and was the first artist to have a hit with “Release Me” (later a worldwide smash for Engelbert Humperdinck).

Price continued to tour and perform until his illness in 2012, releasing Last of the Breed, with Nelson and Merle Haggard, in 2007.

Enjoy some classic honky tonk and bid farewell to Ray Price.

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Lost Johnny Cash Album To Be Released This March

Johnny CashThere’s something to be said about long-lost music finally seeing the light of day. A certain mystery, nostalgia, and, of course, curiosity. Well Johnny Cash fans, prepare yourself, because we have a regular Eddie and the Cruisers situation on our hands. An album Cash recorded in the early 1980s with Billy Sherrill is about to be released. Titled Out Among the Stars, the album was previously shelved by Columbia Records and later reported to have disappeared. As it turns out, Cash and his wife June Carter Cash had hidden the tapes and they were just discovered last year by their son John Carter Cash, who worked with Legacy Recordings to make the new release happen. Out Among the Stars will be released on March 25, 2014.

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Grammy Awards Nominations 2014

This past Friday, the 56th Annual Grammy Awards nominations were announced during the Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night which featured performances by Taylor Swift, Lorde, Katy PerryMacklemore and Ryan Lewis.

Among the nominees were the above mentioned performers, along with a slew of others that you’d expect including Daft Punk, Zedd, Michael Bublé, The National, and Vampire Weekend. Check out the full list of nominations below. Continue reading ‘Grammy Awards Nominations 2014′

Spotify Offering Free Mobile Music Streaming

I can’t count the number of times I’ve reached for my phone in the hopes that I could make use of my free Spotify subscription, only to be reminded that without paying the $10/month fee, it just isn’t going to happen. But thanks to a new rollout by Spotify, it looks like all that is about to change this Wednesday, December 11th. Sort of.

The new platform, which will offer a free, ad supported service for mobile users with a working WiFi connection, will allow you to select 15 tracks to play in random rotation. Think of it as the streaming version of the iPod Shuffle. Except that Spotify will also give your playlist an expiration date, eventually requiring you to switch it up with a new list of songs.

More details will be announced during a press conference this Wednesday.

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Bloodshot Reissues Bottle Rockets’ First Two LPs; Exclusive Q and A

The long out-of-print first two albums from beloved rootsy rock underdogs The Bottle Rockets have finally been reissued, and with the deluxe treatment, no less.

On November 19th, Bloodshot Records released Bottle Rockets/The Brooklyn Side as a two-disc package, including a detailed 40-page booklet. Released in 1993 and 1995 respectively, these two records are crucial early planks in the bridge from The Replacements through Ryan AdamsWhiskeytown and to the now-established alt-country scene.

Not only do the records hold up to their countless progeny, they sound even more vital than many of today’s roots rock releases. The albums’ straight-ahead, raw and roomy production (enhanced by a fine remastering job) has nothing in common with the budget indie sound that dates so many of their contemporaries and, along with the top-notch songwriting and fearless performances, makes for an exciting listen.

We had a quick Q&A with Bottle Rockets drummer Mark Ortmann to see what he thought accounted for the great sound on these records, as well as his thoughts on touring, playing with Marshall Crenshaw, and bands on other planets.

SJ: I had never heard these two early records, and being a fan of lots of independent releases from the early ’90s, I can’t believe how vibrant these sound in contrast, with a really high production value. That can’t just be the remaster, right? To what or whom do you attribute the sound of the recordings?

Mark: John Keane produced, recorded and engineered the debut album Bottle Rockets, whereas The Brooklyn Side was produced by Eric Ambel and recorded by Albert Caiati. Although the remastering did put a new polish on those albums, it’s John, Eric and Albert who are responsible for the vibrant quality of the original recordings. The common approach they took was to record a faithful representation of the band while avoiding the audio fads/trends of the times (gated drums, digital effects, etc.) There is more production on The Brooklyn Side because there was more studio time to work with by the second album, but neither album sounds dated due to the recording methods used.
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