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We already posted Tony Visconti, Iggy Pop, Florence + the Machine, The Mountain Goats, Questlove and Cyndi Lauper's tributes to the late, great David Bowie, and other artists have written tributes as well. Paul McCartney (pictured with Bowie above) writes:

Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning. David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together. His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I'm proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world.

"I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever.

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The Rolling Stones posted tweets reading: "The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie. As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original." Mick Jagger added, "David was always an inspiration to me and a true original. He was wonderfully shameless in his work. We had so many good times together. He was my friend, I will never forget him," and posted the above pic.

Brian May of Queen wrote:

I woke up late, after a long night, to shocking news. David Bowie gone.

I don't know if I can react immediately.

He was a fearsome talent, and the loss to Music and Culture from his passing is inestimable.

In and out of our lives, always challenging and innovative, and ... shocking.

But this news is hard to take in.

I had no idea he was close to death. Would like to have said something ...

Very sad. Sincere condolences to his family.

But what a life.

All hail, David Bowie, Star Man, Hero. RIP

Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, who were clearly heavily influenced by Bowie, talked to BBC 6Music:
He was like an umbrella for people who felt a bit different. Bowie was like a like a lighthouse that guided those people and made them feel it was alright to be different, to try things out and dye your hair and wear strange clothes. I think people feel it very personally because he was very important in how people grew up.

I do think it's quite amazing that he put this record out and managed to keep it secret that he was ill. People should watch that 'Blackstar' video and listen to that song. It's like he's saying goodbye to everybody, he's controlling it.

We can all talk about David Bowie. I think the best thing to do on this day would be to listen to him, and to watch films of him and just see what a fantastic artist he was and how many different guises he had, and the incredible amount of work that he did.

Obviously it's a sad day that he's died, but the fact that he managed to stay in control of that image and make another artistic statement when he was obviously ill and knew that he was dying, I think that's incredible and it makes me feel quite happy that he stayed creative right to the end of his life. I think that can only be inspirational."

Brian Eno

Brian Eno (pictured with Bowie above) said in a statement via BBC:

David's death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now.

We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud. Over the last few years - with him living in New York and me in London - our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were mr showbiz, milton keynes, rhoda borrocks and the duke of ear.

About a year ago we started talking about Outside - the last album we worked on together. We both liked that album a lot and felt that it had fallen through the cracks. We talked about revisiting it, taking it somewhere new. I was looking forward to that.

I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'.

I realise now he was saying goodbye.

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Gerard Casale of Devo (pictured with Bowie at NYC's Max's Kansas City, from a 1970s issue of Rock Scene Magazine, above) wrote: "David Bowie was one of the greatest artists of all time. I feel privileged that I ever got to know him. He gave Devo his blessing. He remained true to his art until the end like I wanted so badly for us to do."

Nile Rodgers, who produced Bowie's hit 1983 album Let's Dance, paid tribute in The Guardian:

One day David said: "Nile, this is what I want my album to sound like," and he showed me a picture of Little Richard in a red suit getting into a red Cadillac convertible. How do you translate that?! But in actual fact I knew exactly what he meant, and that was the point I realised that David Bowie was the Picasso of rock'n'roll. He got uncomfortable with me calling him that but I did it anyway. Because I realised he saw the world in an abstract way, as well as in the way we all see it. And what that picture meant was not that he wanted a retro record, or something based on Little Richard's music, but that he wanted something that would always look modern. He showed me the future and the past and it was evergreen. The highly designed Cadillac and the red monochromatic suit - that picture was taken in the 1960s but it would still look modern to someone in the year 3000!
Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, writing for The Talkhouse, said:
When I went to see the David Bowie retrospective traveling the globe, which was then in Chicago, I discovered that he wanted to be a writer when he was a young, with no desire to be a performer. It made sense to me that he would approach performing and his persona from a conceptual practice, understanding the idea of projection, the back 'n' forth unspoken dialogue between performer and audience. There is no one who did it better than Bowie, breaking thru the glass ceiling of gender roles and expectations for what is sexy and charismatic as a rock 'n' roll icon, post John Wayne, bringing the idea of the "dandy" of eighteenth century France into contemporary life, bringing a focus on this new male identity set adrift with no apparent purpose since the demise of the silent cowboy type (who's going to protect and take care of us womenfolk?), except free to be whatever he could imagine he could be, and taking us, his audience, along with him. The world has lost its most glittery son but the music and the imprint of Bowie on the world is forever.
Sonic Youth also posted a video of them performing with Bowie (below)

J Mascis wrote: "I'll miss David Bowie so much. He was the only 60's rocker who seemed to know and care what was going on out of his generation, and made younger bands feel understood and relevant." He posted it along with a stream of Dinosaur Jr's cover of Bowie's "Quicksand," which you can hear below.

Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin said, "Bowie was an innovator, a unique artist with a vision that changed the face of popular music. He is greatly missed."

The Who tweeted, "Rest in peace @DavidBowieReal 1947-2016. With love, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey."

Peter Gabriel writes:

I was shocked to learn of David Bowie's death this morning. He meant so much to me and to so many.

He was a one-off, a brilliant outlier, always exploring, challenging and inspiring anyone who wanted to push the boundaries of music, art, fashion and society.

There are so few artists who can touch a generation as he did, we will miss him badly.

Long Live Lazarus.

Bernard Sumner of New Order writes: "Very shocked and saddened to watch the news this morning and hear about the death of David Bowie. I always looked up at him and thought yeah - he's the real deal, indisputably good, a figurehead for a whole host of musicians I'm sure. We've lost someone unique who can't be replaced."

Soft Cell's Marc Almond says, "It's not often I truly cry at the loss of an artist but I'm devastated. He meant so much. Goodbye David Bowie and our youth. We loved you. X"

Brian Wilson says, "I was shocked to hear today about David Bowie and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I was honored when David recorded "God Only Knows" - he was a great artist and will be missed.
- Love & Mercy, Brian"

Gary Numan tweeted, "A True Legend. David Bowie. RIP"

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Yoko Ono posted the above photo and this message:

John and David respected each other. They were well matched in intellect and talent. As John and I had very few friends we felt David was as close as family.

After John died, David was always there for Sean and me. When Sean was at boarding school in Switzerland, David would pick him up and take him on trips to museums and let Sean hang out at his recording studio in Geneva.

For Sean this is losing another father figure. It will be hard for him, I know. But we have some sweet memories which will stay with us forever.

Sean adds, "Absolutely devastating news. I feel so lucky to have considered you a friend. R.I.P. Thank you for everything."

Rough Trade shops have announced that they're donating all January profits from Bowie recordings to cancer research.

Lou Reed is unfortunately not around to tell us what he thinks today, but we're sure he's greeting the "master" in the sky.

Also head HERE to read tributes by Arcade Fire, Deerhunter, Debbie Harry, Madonna, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo and more.

See more from Talking Heads, Pixies, Sonic Youth, Courtney Love, Kanye West, El-P, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, St. VIncent, Arcade Fire's Win Butler, Billy Corgan and more, below...

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Pitchfork

Pitchfork have published their 100 Best Tracks of 2015 list. The criteria was "any track that was released in 2015 or had its greatest impact in the U.S. during this year was eligible," which allows for stuff like 2014 releases from Fetty Wap and D'Angelo to count. Including guest appearances, Kendrick Lamar shows up four times, two of which are in the top five. Drake, Grimes, Jamie xx and Future all show up three times each. It includes a few singles off 2016 albums, like David Bowie's "Blackstar," ANOHNI's "4 Degrees" and Savages' "The Answer," one-off collaborations like WOKE (aka Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces), last-minute 2015 releases like Jeremih's "Oui," and surprise comeback singles like Missy Elliott's "WTF (Where They From)." If you were wondering, Adele's "Hello" is here (ranked very high), and yes, so is Justin Bieber. There's also some representation from less commercial stuff like the hardcore band G.L.O.S.S..

Check out the whole list below...

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FADER

Like last year, The FADER have listed their favorite tracks of the year. They picked 107, "because 100 just wasn't enough." It's got two Drake songs in the top 10, and a Skepta song cracks it too (grime in general is pretty well-represented). A certain former bubblegum pop singer who's becoming a popular choice for #1 is #1 here too. Mixed into the mostly rap/R&B/electronic pop list is Adele, some country representation from Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves, lo-fi DIY from Sheer Mag and Girlpool, and a few other outliers. Check out the whole list, and a Spotify playlist of it, below.

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Rolling Stone

We already saw Rolling Stone's top 50 albums of 2015, and now they unveiled their top 50 songs too. It's got a lot of the songs you couldn't avoid this year even if you wanted to: "Hello," "Hotline Bling," "Trap Queen," plenty of The Weeknd, one appearance by Justin Bieber. There's also indie rock anthems like Titus Andronicus' "Dimed Out," "Kurt Vile's "Pretty Pimpin," Courtney Barnett's "Pedestrian at Best"and Tame Impala's "Let It Happen," a nod towards raw DIY with Sheer Mag's "Fan the Flames," and a lot more. Check the whole thing out below.

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That huge John Lennon tribute is coming up on December 5 at the Theater at MSG, and there are some new guests that have been announced. John Fogerty and Spoon will join previously-announced performers Aloe Blacc, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Brandon Flowers, Peter Frampton, Juanes, Kris Kristofferson, Pat Monahan, Tom Morello, Willie Nelson, The Root, Chris Stapleton and Steven Tyler. The show will also feature video appearances from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr and will be hosted by the one and only Kevin Bacon (no word yet on if The Bacon Brothers will make an appearance). In any case, tickets are still on sale.

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Melvins at The Echo - 10/24/15 (photo via The Echo Instagram)
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The Melvins are the consummate road warriors. Look at your local concert listings chances are you'll see Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover and company coming up somewhere in the not-too-distant future. It is this relentless attitude towards being a working band that presumably led the The Melvins to complete a tour that took them through all 50 states and Washington DC in a mere 51 days back in 2012. Now there is a documentary about the trek coming out on DVD. It's called Across the US in 51 Days: The Movie, it's out on November 13, and it is not to be confused with either of the other two upcoming documentaries about The Melvins.

Meanwhile, The Melvins are in the midst of playing two shows in one week at LA's The Echo (clearly they're slacking), and I caught the first, which took place on Saturday (10/24). The opener was Field, who played a set of basically nondescript acoustic guitar songs that served the main purpose of getting the crowd really anxious to see the Melvins (to his credit, he did cover Iron Maiden though).

Once the Melvins took the stage, it was time to get serious at the sold-out Echo. Buzz, wearing his signature glittery robe, was joined by the "Melvins Lite" lineup, which is the trio of Buzz, Dale and Mr. Bungle bassist Trevor Dunn, who plays standup bass. It was that lineup's first show back since 2012 when they played the aforementioned 51 shows in 51 days. It is certainly a bizarre sight to see Buzz shredding away alongside a standup bass being played with a bow, but of course the band ripped just as much as you would have hoped, and Dunn's ability to play those songs on that thing just adds a further element of impressiveness to the whole thing. "This guy is one fun motherfucker to play with," opined Buzz during an interlude in which he spoke for a solid 5 minutes while the band played a funny blues progression behind him. "Be honest, how many of you actually recognized that Iron Maiden cover?" he asked the crowd, before eventually concluding "that's why I never talk at these shows."

As for the set, they ripped through a ton of material from throughout their history, although there was probably more stuff from the past 10 years than from any other period. They hit "Hooch," which was a definite highlight, and they covered Paul McCartney's "Let Me Roll It," which is actually sort of a perfect Melvins song. And Buzz and Dale are just inhumanly tight, displaying the kind of musical synergy that can't be faked and only comes from playing together for as long as they have (Dale's may have also been the loudest drums I've ever heard at a show). Buzz is such a good frontman; his guitar carries the songs and he's never standing still, bobbing and weaving and generally commanding your complete attention, even as your head is banging uncontrollably. This was a professional show by a professional band, and I for one could use more of those.

Tickets for the Melvins Halloween show at the Echo are on sale now (that one will feature Jeff Pinkus on bass). Oddly enough, that and a November show in Tokyo are the only currently scheduled dates for The Melvins.

Check out audio of Melvins covering "Let Me Roll It" back in 2013 below...

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photo: Paul McCartney in Philly (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

We recently caught Sir Paul at Firefly Fest, in Philly and then at Lollapalooza. Today five more Paul Mcartney shows were announced. To quote the press release:

The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity: in just three hours some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music are relived, music which for many has shaped the very soundtrack of their lives. Paul and his band have performed in a staggeringly impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow's Red Square, Buckingham Palace, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to over 400,000 people, played the last ever show at San Francisco's Candlestick Park where The Beatles played their final concert, and even broadcast live into space! Featuring Paul's band of the last 10+ years - Paul "Wix" Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums) - the show never disappoints.

The tour also uses state of the art technology and production to ensure the entire audience has the best possible experience. With massive screens, lasers, fireworks, unique video content and, of course, the best songs in the world, a Paul McCartney show is so much more than just an ordinary concert. Paul's shows attract a multi generational audience from different backgrounds all brought together by his music.

You can read about the Delaware show (with pics fron PA) HERE. Check out the new dates and ticket info below...

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Lollapalooza 2015

Lollapalooza 2015 just got underway in Chicago's Grant Park and will be there all weekend with headliners Metallica, Paul McCartney Sam Smith, The Weeknd, and Florence + the Machine. (BrooklynVegan will be there too, in the Toyota Tent.) If you can't make it, Lollapalooza will be broadcasting live each day starting at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern) across three different channels and you can watch it right here.

Sunday's streaming schedule includes Florence + the Machine, Of Monsters and Men, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Lord Huron and more. The whole weekend's stream schedule is listed, along with the Lollapalooza video player, below...

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photos by James Richards IV

The Weeknd / The War on Drugs / First Aid Kit @ Lollapalooza 7/31/2015
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Nobody saw this coming. Backed by a drummer and a multi-instrumentalist, First Aid Kit pulls off a true surprise and lays into Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" with the heaviness in tact. Well before it's over, any illusion of the charming duo using the cover as a novelty-minded attention grab fades away. Indeed, while First Aid Kit could easily rely on the adorability factor, the Swedish sisters don't need it. They're a rare example of an artist that played the opening time slot at a prior Lollapalooza, seized the moment with a breakout set and graduated to a bigger platform. And compared to their 2012 performance here, Johanna and Klara Soderberg display more poise, confidence and maturity. Not to mention a more diversified palette. Each sister possesses a snow-pure voice capable of whipporwill deliveries. But when they connect on harmonies, they hit gorgeous emotional peaks. - [Chicago Tribune]
The 2015 edition of Lollapalooza got underway Friday (7/31) in Chicago's Grant Park with sets from Paul McCartney (who brought out Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard to sing and play guitar on "Get Back"), The Weeknd, The War on Drugs, First Aid Kit, Hot Chip, alt-J, Father John Misty, SZA, Sylvan Esso and more. Pictures from Lollapalooza Day 1 are in this post.

Saturday's Lollapalooza lineup includes Metallica, Death from Above, and Django Django -- all of which you can watch live via Lollapalooza's streaming player which is in this post. Live streaming begins at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern), but they're rebroadcasting Friday's sets as well. Watch below.

If you're going to Lollapalooza, be sure to stop by the Toyota Tent today (8/1) where BrooklynVegan will be hosting performances by Chicago's own Twin Peaks (5 PM Central) and Pell (5:30). We'll have pics from the rest of the weekend too. Meanwhile, check out lots more pics from Lollapalooza Day 1 below.

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher

Paul McCartney @ Philly's Wells Fargo Arena - 6/21/2015
Paul McCartney

I've said it before, but even at over 70 years old, Paul McCartney remains an unparalleled live act. From his endless energy, to his ace backing band, and to the fact that you're seeing Beatles songs performed flawlessly by the guy who wrote them, there really isn't anything else on this level. He turned 73 this past Thursday (6/18), and the next day he headlined the Friday of Dover, Delaware's Firefly Music Festival, opening his set with a little celebration for himself: Beatles song "Birthday." When you're Paul McCartney, you can get away with that kind of thing.

As he usually does, he loaded his set with Beatles favorites from all over their career, and sprinkled in highlights from Wings and his solo career too. He roared through "Got to Get You Into My Life," inspired cheery singalongs for "I've Just Seen a Face" and "We Can Work It Out," grabbed the acoustic guitar to strip things down for a solo performance of "Blackbird," and got serious for a moment when he dedicated "The Long and Winding Road" to the victims of the Charleston shooting. Beyond that moment though, Paul was in great spirits. He cracked jokes to the crowd between songs, and seemed like he was genuinely grateful for the massive festival crowd that came out for him.

There wasn't a dull moment in the set, but of course it was the show's lengthy finale that was jam-packed with the especially epic moments. After rocking out to "Back in the USSR" and telling his story of meeting the members of the Russian government after playing a show in Moscow (his imitation of their accents is A+), Paul went into one of the all-time great piano ballads, "Let It Be." A less legendary figure could walk off the stage right after that, but not Paul. He still has to set off fireworks during "Live and Let Die" and then lead Firefly in what had to be the biggest crowd singalong of the weekend: the second half of "Hey Jude." Only then could he leave, but not without returning for an encore that gave us (among other things) the "Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End" medley from side 2 of Abbey Road.

They weren't allowing photos of Paul at Firefly, but we did get pics of him at the Philly show he played two days later. That one was at Wells Fargo Arena on Sunday (6/21). More pics from that, with his Firefly setlist, below...

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Kanye West collaborator Paul McCartney has added a few more summer tour dates to his itinerary. After he helps close out the Friday of Firefly in Delaware, he'll play a few shows in Philadelphia, Charlottesville, and Columbia, SC. His only other date at the moment is Lollapalooza in July.

Tickets for the newly announced dates will be on sale Monday, May 4 at 10am local time, but go on AmEx presale beginning Thursday, April 30 at 10 a.m. Dates are listed below...

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Lolla

Lollapalooza returns to Chicago's Grant Park from July 31 - August 2, and this year's lineup includes Paul McCartney, Metallica, A$AP Rocky, TV on the Radio, The War on Drugs, Father John Misty, Brand New, Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, The Tallest Man on Earth, Death From Above 1979, Django Django and more. Tickets are on sale now, and single day passes go on sale at 10 AM CT.

Full lineup below...

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony happens April 18 in Cleveland this year, and performers have now been announced. Beck, Dave Grohl, Tom Morello, John Legend and more are set to perform, and presenters include Stevie Wonder (inducting Bill Withers), Patti Smith (inducting Lou Reed), and Paul McCartney (presenting Ringo Starr with the award for musical excellence). HBO airs the ceremony on May 30.

Other performers include Joe Walsh, Jimmie Vaughan, John Mayer, and Fall Out Boy, plus still more TBA.

Patti Smith's tour also includes a NYC show on 3/27 at LPR (tickets).

photo: David Crosby at City Winery in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Croz

David Crosby was once the radical musician who pushed The Byrds in a more psychedelic direction until it resulted in his departure, and then formed one of the greatest folk rock supergroups of all time. And as Stereogum points out, yesterday the 73-year-old legend himself took to Twitter to answer questions from fans, including a lot about his opinions on other people's music.

Here's what Croz had to say about Kanye West:

As for someone who does have talent, Billy Joel...

If you didn't already know, Croz has kept up to date too. He digs Fleet Foxes, the band you may have heard compared to CSNY:

And Wilco:

And Jessica Pratt:

He likes Kanye collaborator Paul McCartney:

But thinks he'd only work with 'Ye to widen his audience:

He loves Brian Wilson:

But definitely not Mike Love:

There's at least a chance you could see him jam with Phil Lesh during all this Grateful Dead excitement:

But not at the actual Dead shows in Chicago or the Jerry tribute in Maryland:

He does not dig The Doors though:

And last but not least (for now), Ryley Walker asked him about bongs:

You can read way more of the very entertaining Q&A at his Twitter.

Listen to some of Crosby's finest (and one of his weirdest) moments below...

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Kanye

Kanye West already released "Wolves" and "Only One" from his upcoming album, which he recently said will be called So Help Me God. That's the artwork (which looks like this Christian Mistress artwork) above. He recently played a third song from it, "All Day," at the BRIT Awards and he now premiered the studio version on Power 106 and Hot 97 today. The song features Theophilus London and Allan Kingdom.

UPDATE: The official video is out now, and it's also been revealed that the song features whistling from Paul McCartney. Watch/listen below,

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photo: Paul McCartney in Austin, 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
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You may remember that when Firefly Music Fest announced its 2015 lineup, the first headliner was blurred out on the poster. Well, as rumored, it's Paul McCartney, the fest revealed today. Macca will join Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Run The Jewels, How To Dress Well, Snoop Dogg, Tycho, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Zola Jesus, Rustie, Le1f and many more at the fest which happens June 18-21 at the Woodlands in Dover, DE. Updated lineup below.

General admission passes to Firefly go on sale Monday (3/2) at noon, EST.

McCartney was just in NYC for a surprise Valentine's Day show and an appearance on the SNL 40th Anniversary special. He since spent some time skiing in Vermont, much to the delight of the J.J. Hapgood General Store & Eatery in Peru.

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SNL

The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary was a spectacle, bringing together most of the show's famous cast, guest hosts, and favorite musical guests for a three-and-a-half hour extravaganza (with commercials, and not counting the extra hour of red carpet interviews that started an hour earlier on NBC). On the musical front, Kanye West got a lot of air time, performing "Jesus Walks" (while on his back), then getting up for "Only One" and new song "Wolves" (complete with ice-blue contact lenses) with Sia in a white wig, and Vic Mensa. Class skits were revisited, and Kanye was the target of some jokes in the new "Wayne's World" segment where "Kanye, Sit Down" came in at #5 on their Top 10 List.


Happy 40th SNL. #snl40 #siaswig #Galifikanyekis

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Sia's wig would later appear on Zach Galifianakis when he introduced new Digital Short, "That's When You Break," that starred Andy Samberg and Adam Sandler (and clips of SNL actors cracking up ["breaking"] on camera). There was also Paul McCartney, who played Irving Plaza the night before, performing "I've Just Seen a Face" with Paul Simon and then "Maybe I'm Amazed." (He was very memorably, hilariously introduced by Keith Richards.) Later in the show Simon, introduced by Jack White, would come back out for "Still Crazy After All These Years" Related: Miley Cyrus covered Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" (with Fred Armisen on invaluable tambourine, and Paul McCartney's drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr. playing as part of her band too). Miley was introduced by Win Butler and frequent guest-host Candice Bergen.

Best buds Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon opened the show with a pretty impressive Beasties-style rap that chronicled the history of SNL. Later in the show Martin Short and Maya Rudolph (as Beyoncé) did a tribute to the many comedy musical sketches over the years many of whom made their return: Bill Murray's lounge singer (still great), Joe Piscopo as Frank Sinatra, Marty & Bobbi Culp (Will Ferrell & Ana Gasteyer), and The Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd was wearing his Crystal Skull vodka knit hat on the red carpet).

The SNL band got a big shout-out too, which saw the return of longtime guitarist G.E. Smith. Late bassist Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, who Smith played with on SNL and in Hall & Oates' band and died in 2010, was acknowledged in the "In Memoriam" segment that, hilariously, also included Jon Lovitz (who, not dead, was in the audience waving incredulously both times he was referred to as dead during the show). There was also a tribute to Tracy Morgan who is still recovering from a near-fatal car crash.

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Celebrity Jeopardy

We got a lot of updates of classic sketches including the welcome return of "Celebrity Jeopardy," the maybe less welcome "The Californians" (with original cast member Laraine Newman, Taylor Swift> and a game Bradley Cooper who got to make out with Betty White), and Ackroyd did his famous "Bass-O-Matic" sketch again.

What else: Tina Fey and Amy Pohler did Weekend Update with Jane Curtain (and Edward Norton as Stefon and Melissa McCarthy as Chris Farley character Matt Foley); Jerry Seinfeld fielded questions from audience members Michael Douglas, John Goodman, James Franco, Larry David, Tim Meadows, Dakota Johnson and Sarah Palin; and Chris Rock paid tribute to Eddie Murphy who came out on the SNL stage for the first time in 30 years. That may have been one of the most awkward moments of the night. Everyone was hoping Eddie, who also talked to Al Roker on the red carpet in the pre-show, would perform, but that unfortunately didn't happen.

There was lots more: Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, a sports montage, a shorts montage.... You can watch the whole thing over at NBC.com. More pictures and clips of many of the highlights, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Paul McCartney @ Irving Plaza (via Teresa Guy / Grace Gibson)
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Paul McCartney celebrated Valentine's Day in style, coming to NYC for an extremely intimate show at Irving Plaza, a 1000-capacity venue -- compared to his two nights in 2013 at the 18,000-capacity Barclays Center and his two nights in 2011 at the 50,000-capacity Yankee Stadium. A few hundred tickets were sold that morning, but needless to say it was nearly impossible to get into, and even ticketholders were waiting on a huge line down the block (it moved fast though). The show coincided with Paul's appearance at SNL's 40th anniversary tonight, and tons of famous faces were watching from the VIP balcony, including Meryl Streep, Fred Armisen, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, David Spade, Steve Van Zandt, Chris Rock and more. It's a big weekend for surprise shows in NYC in general, also thanks to NBA All-Star Weekend and Fashion Week resulting in the previous night's private Drake / Nas show at the same venue, the Prince show on Wall Street that night, and the Kanye West show at Flatiron Pedestrian Plaza on Thursday.

Because of the occasion, the show was a little different than other Paul McCartney shows. He and his band took the stage at the late hour of 11 PM, and played a 26-song, one-encore set that ended just over an hour and a half later (as opposed to his 38-song, two-encore set at his recent Barclays Center show). They spent a good portion of the night playing acoustic guitar-led songs, and they seemed to be choosing the setlist based mostly on love-themed material (for example, we didn't get "A Day In The Life," "Live and Let Die," "Helter Skelter," "Eleanor Rigby" and other huge live staples). But you don't leave a Paul McCartney show at a venue that size and get picky about the setlist. When he did play the heavy hitters, the whole place lit up like only few concerts ever can. Not many live music experiences rival a tightly-packed awestruck crowd of 1,000 people singing "Eight Days a Week," "All My Loving," "I've Just Seen A Face," "We Can Work It Out," "And I Love Her," "Lady Madonna," "Drive My Car," "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," "Back in the U.S.S.R.," "Let it Be" and "Hey Jude" right back at the guy who wrote them.


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The one spectacle of the night happened during "My Valentine," which Paul dedicated to his wife Nancy who was in the audience, when red confetti poured out over the crowd. Other than that, we just got to see Paul and his fantastic band for exactly what they are: a fantastic band. No videos playing behind them of The Beatles in their early days, no fancy lights, no rainbow-colored piano pushed to center stage. Just a few guys playing some of the best rock and roll songs ever written without a misstep in sight. Every four-part harmony, every guitar solo, and every minor embellishment was played exactly the way you remember it. It really doesn't need to be said, but in case there was any doubt, popular music's most ageless frontman and his band are flawless.

A few more pictures, videos, and the setlist from the show, below...

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PAUL McCARTNEY
Special Valentine's Day Concert
Saturday 14th February at Irving Plaza

ONLY A FEW HUNDRED TICKETS AVAILABLE!
On Sale 10am Day of Show
ONLY AT THE IRVING PLAZA BOX OFFICE
All Tickets $40 CASH ONLY--Limit One (1) Per Customer
FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED

Between the SNL 40th Anniversary and the NBA All-Star extravaganza, it's a surprise-filled weekend in NYC.

Paul McKanye Rihanna

You probably know by now that Kanye West and Paul McCartney have teamed up not only once but twice this year, most recently for the Rihanna collaboration, "FourFiveSeconds" (also featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Dirty Projectors frontman Dave Longstreth). They've now given that song a video, directed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and you can check it out below.

It's also been announced that Paul, Kanye and Rihanna will all perform together at the Grammy Awards Ceremony this Sunday. Other performers include Madonna, AC/DC, John Legend & Common, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Gwen Stefani & Adam Levine, Pharrell, Usher, maybe Beyonce and definitely not Taylor Swift.

Kanye and Paul will also be on SNL 40 the following Sunday. "FourFiveSeconds" video below...

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As mentioned, Saturday Night Live will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a three-hour live special on February 15 (which is Sunday, by the way). Former castmember Eddie Murphy, who hasn't appeared on the show (which he doesn't have especially fond memories of) since 1984, will return for the special which also features a cavalcade of other past castmembers: Chevy Chase, Jimmy Fallon, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Martin Short, Tina Fey, Molly Shannon, Mike Myers, Andy Samberg, Bill Murray, Amy Poehler, Dana Carvey, Kristen Wiig, Dan Aykroyd, Chris Rock, Garrett Morris, and Maya Rudolph.

There will aslo be lots of former SNL hosts as well, including Five Timers Club members Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin, Paul Simon, Justin Timberlake, Christopher Walken, and Steve Martin, plus Emma Stone, John Hamm, Derek Jeter, Melissa McCarthy, Jerry Seinfeld, Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Jim Carrey, Peyton Manning, Betty White and many more yet to be announced.

In addition to Timberlake and Simon, other musicians appearing on SNL 40 will be Kanye West, Paul McCartney, and Taylor Swift. The Saturday Night Live Special runs from 8 - 11 PM on 2/15. You can watch a couple of promos for the special below.

If that's not enough SNL for you, VH1 Classic's marathon of old episodes is underway and will continue 24/7 through February 15 (schedule is here).

And in related news, Eddie Murphy, who has dabbled in music in the past, having scored a hit in 1985 with the Rick James-produced "Party All the Time," recently released a reggae single "Oh Jah" which you can stream below. It's not his first dip into the genre -- he released a single with Snoop Lion in 2013 and collaborated with Shabba Ranks in 1993.

This past week's SNL featured D'Angelo.

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by Andrew Sacher

Yeezus Sir Paul

As always, there's been some notable news in the hip hop community lately -- like the new N.E.R.D. songs -- and now that the holidays are behind us, we're taking this chance to round up some of the stuff we've missed. Here's some of that news, plus a few upcoming NYC shows...

As you may have heard, on New Year's Day Kanye West and Paul McCartney released a collaborative track called "Only One," which a press release calls "the first publicly available recording from what has become a prolific musical collaboration between these two legendary artists" and is sung from the perspective of Kanye's late mother. The idea of Yeezus and Sir Paul on a track together may seem more like it'd happen for the novelty of that collaboration than because they work really well together, but if you haven't listened you should check this song out. It's very good.

Onetime Kanye tour DJ A-Trak (who thinks, despite what you say, that 2014 was one of the best years for rap) reunited Dipset members Cam'ron and Juelz Santana on the single "Dipshits" in 2014, which was followed by a full Dipset set at Wu-Tang's Barclays Center show. Now, the group of Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Freekey Zekey are preparing to continue that reunion with a mixtape and a five-stop US tour this year. The plans were revealed by Funkmaster Flex on Instagram (via FACT). No tour dates announced yet, but stay tuned.

Cam'ron's sorta-recent Fool's Gold Day Off showmate Danny Brown is also up to something, it's non-musical though. He told Australian radio station Triple J (via FACT) that he's working on a Dr. Seuss-inspird children's book:

"It's really about self-esteem in black girls, I guess", says Brown. "You know how black women do so much - process their hair, change their eye colour - it's really about a little girl who does all these things to herself and changes herself and she realises she's just better off the way she is."

Brown started writing the book for his daughter, and claims that he "wants it to be real Dr. Seuss-y. The Grinch, Green Eggs And Ham, and One Fish, Two Fish - what was going on in that guy's brain to be able to write those things? I think I AM Dr. Seuss! I'm The Grinch, I'm all his characters come to life in rap music."

That should be interesting. In less positive news, Danny's fellow "1 Train" rapper Joey Bada$$ was charged with assault after allegedly punching a security guard at Australian music festival Falls Festival, Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports. The guard allegedly told police he thought Joey was an unauthorized person. After the incident went down, the guard was treated for a broken nose and other facial injuries, and Joey was arrested after the show. Pitchfork points out a representative for Joey offered an official statement reading "There was a misunderstanding with security at the Byron Falls Festival show, which resulted in charges being laid by NSW Police. After fully cooperating with Police, Joey was granted bail and entered a plea of not guilty to the charge."

Death Grips before they "broke up" (more by Wei Shi)
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In rap news that is just kind of weird, Death Grips, who are supposedly broken up, released a new instrumental album called Fashion Week that you can download for free. They also announced that their double album, The Powers That B, will actually come out as a physical release on February 10 via Harvest Records.

Now for some upcoming shows. Father, who we mentioned is opening for Theophilus London on February 16 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets), is also playing his own show on January 22 at Baby's All Right with special guests. Tickets are on sale now. His album, Young Hot Ebony, made Stereogum's 40 Best Rap Albums of 2014 list, it features iLoveMakonnen and others, and can be streamed below.

Two days earlier than that is the next 'Hot 97 Who's Next' show at SOB's (1/20) with a lineup of NJ rappers Kazzie, Dougie F., Fetty Wap and KC Bandz. Tickets are on sale now. Dougie F put out the single "Back Up On It" on Mad Decent not long ago. You can watch the video for that, with a Fetty Wap video, below.

For something more classic, Brooklyn vets Smif-n-Wessun are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1995 debut, Dah Shinin', on January 14 at SOB's. Tickets are on sale.

One last thing, while Run the Jewels (El-P + Killer Mike) was by far the consensus hip hop favorite of 2014 (and many critics' favorite of any genre), with duo Freddie Gibbs & Madlib trailing not far behind, it was the duo of Royce da 5'9" and DJ Premier, aka PRyme, who topped HipHopDX's list. As discussed, PRhyme's tour hits NYC on February 22 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.

Streams and videos below...

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Lennon

Today (12/8) marks the 34th anniversary of John Lennon's death, and in honor of that his former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney gave an interview to ABC News recalling when he first found out about the tragic news:

"Just for days, you couldn't think he was gone. Yeah, it was just a huge shock and I had to tell Linda [McCartney's former wife, who died of breast cancer in 1998] and the kids. It was very difficult. It was very difficult for anyone. That was like a really big shock in most people's lives, a bit like Kennedy. ... For me, it was just so sad that I wasn't going to see him again."

For lack of better words, McCartney said the man who took Lennon's life -- Chapman -- all he could think was "jerk of all jerks."

"He's just a jerk. It's not even a guy politically motivated," he added. "Just some total random thing."

Sir Paul also released a new music video today for "Hope For the Future," his contribution to the soundtrack for the videogame Destiny. The video stars Paul himself as a hologram in the future, seven centuries from now. You can watch it for yourself over at Wired.

In weirder Beatles news, Dangerous Minds points out that there's a conspiracy theory website set up called The Beatles (as they were presented to us) Never Existed. Here's the theory:

This is a serious subject, not a joke, and this site is here to expose the actions of those who exploited these young men and defrauded us their fans. It is to defend the honor of everyone involved who did not take part in it willingly. It has become apparent to us in this extensive and painstaking research that there were never just four individual people known as "John", "Paul", "George", and "Ringo" who comprised one Rock & Roll band known as "The Beatles", and rose to fame as the world's first supergroup. For all intents and purposes as far as we can tell, no one such group ever existed.

We are here to explore whether the original individuals themselves ever existed (and if so, what may have happened to them and by whom), but have not been able thus far to calculate how many of each persona were fraudulently presented to the world. Please join us at the forum if you care to and can be open-minded. This is a highly-emotional topic for many of us, and most of us have very strong feelings about it. We have started this work because we were once fans to varying degrees, and many of us still listen to and enjoy their music.

The purpose of this site is to present evidence that the Beatles were always sets of multiples since their inception, and were not just four individual young men "from Liverpool", as we've been led to believe. We will be showing lots of pictures here as well as on the forum so that we may provide our evidence sufficiently.

I'm presenting here what I see as the top 4 clues as regards the Beatles being multiples. They're in no particular order, although I do begin with the clue that I noticed first when I began this research: Height Differences - sometimes from year to year, and sometimes within the same year.

I hope you will view this with an open mind, and then conduct your own research to see what you come up with as to whether this seems likely or not.

The four clues they give is height discrepancies, different eyebrows, ear differences, and teeth differences. Take that, "Paul is dead" rumors!

If you do believe in John Lennon, celebrate his life by revisiting 1971's Imagine below...

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McCartney

Paul McCartney was scheduled to play some shows this month, but will now kick off a tour on July 5th at the Times Union Center in Albany before continuing to Pittsburgh, Chicago and many other U.S. places. June dates have been moved to October. The official statement reads:

"I'm sorry but it's going to be a few more weeks before we get rocking in America again. I'm feeling great but taking my docs' advice to take it easy for just a few more days. Look forward to seeing you all soon."-Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney has confirmed that he will, however reluctantly, heed medical advice to rest up just a bit longer to fully recuperate from the virus that forced the postponement of his recent dates in Japan and Korea.
Get well soon Paul! Updated dates are listed below...

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by Jonathan Dick

Julian Lennon

Having began his musical career at the age of eleven on his father's 1974 album Walls and Bridges, Julian Lennon has the unique and at the same time daunting privilege of bearing the name and legacy of one of music's most profound and influential voices. Complexities abound with any discussion involving Julian's relationship to his father, yet through all manner of rhetoric that might be employed in those same conversations, his own undeniable merit as an artist, photographer, and philanthropist have cemented a place outside the oftentimes dark shadow of the man he called "dad." History is fickle enough concerning those cultural icons we value, with nostalgia and retrospect often becoming irreversibly blurred once those same individuals are no longer with us. For Julian Lennon, the fact that his art and namesake are invariably intertwined is a source of comfort and one that propels him to utilize memory not only for his own sense of pride but for the millions worldwide who see that legacy as one that's synonymous with hope and the possibility of peace.

This Friday (2/7) the Morrison Hotel Gallery will open a photography exhibit commemorating the 'Golden Anniversary of the Year America Met the Beatles', curated by Julian. The exhibit, running concurrently in NYC and West Hollywood, will feature photos of the band, several of which have never before been seen by the public.

With last year's Everything Changes, Julian's first solo release in thirteen years, and then the upcoming anniversary of the Beatles' American debut, Lennon's artistic output is as impressive as ever and one that presently finds him in a place of reflection for the past and, more importantly, anticipation for what lies ahead.
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BV: Tell me a little about the background for your exhibit at the Morrison Hotel Gallery that's celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles coming to America.

Julian: It's a little roundabout, but how this came about was the fact that we knew the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles was coming up, specifically with the Ed Sullivan show. The whole Grammys thing was coming up, and then there was the whole performance and that. It was all a bit much, and all a bit too shiny for me. [Laughs] Maybe that's not the preferred word, but it was all a bit too much for me. It was actually very difficult to even get a sense of...in all honesty, it was like trying to get blood from a stone in who was playing what, who was singing what, what went where and how. After a long chat with mum and a few other folks, I just said "You know, it's all a bit too much. I'd rather just stay out of it and wish everybody well and send my love." Prior to that, Timothy White, who is one of my dearest friends, who was the bugger that got me into photography in the first place [laughs], and who is the man who curated my first exhibition as well in New York at the Morrison Hotel Gallery - he's now part of the Morrison Hotel Gallery group, so I've done...I can't even remember, to be honest with you, how many exhibitions I've done with them now. It must've been anywhere between three and five last year alone. One way or another, whether it was the one in Miami, the gallery in LA, or New York. I'm involved a lot with them, and they've looked after me, and I've looked after them. Anyway, Timothy came to me and just said "Listen, it seems you're more aligned with photography these days. I mean, you still do music, yes, and all the other stuff, but your passion is really photography. What about taking a look and curating some beautiful old pictures of your dad and the Beatles - some of which have never been seen before? How about that? Would you consider that?" And I thought that was certainly a different approach than most people would say or think that I'd do under the circumstance, really. The likelihood is that they're expecting me to be at the Grammys and do everything else. I loved this idea, and the moment I was able to see even a few of the images that I'd never seen before, I just fell in love with the idea of doing it. One thing led to another, and I was bombarded with hundreds of Beatles pictures that I'd never seen before. It was very, very difficult, I've gotta say, trying to decide which ones would be the most appropriate for this occasion. For me, I looked at it as a son. I looked at it as an artist and as a photographer, too. I just wanted to find images that I could clearly read their emotions on their faces - that you knew you felt exactly what they were going through at any particular point in time with these photographs. I think I've managed to do that. Initially they were going for twenty five shots, and I said "You can't do twenty five on their fiftieth anniversary. You've gotta do fifty." [Laughs] We eventually locked it down, and I think there's a great selection of stuff, and some people may have seen a couple before or seen similar shots, but to me they're all pretty unique and pretty individual and really quite special. It's definitely a time and a place and definitely an emotion that you can relate to.

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