Beck and St. Vincent gave Taylor Swift a taste of alt-rock cred at her show Tuesday night in Los Angeles.
The pair joined Swift to do Beck's "Dreams," which featured a lengthy guitar solo St. Vincent -- a.k.a Annie Clark.
ED SHEERAN: T-Shirts for Charity
Coldplay and Ed Sheeran have designed T-shirts for charity.
The shirts, on sale at H&M locations around the country on September 3rd, raise money for Global Citizen. If you purchase the shirt or donate gently used clothing to be recycled at any H&M location now through September 17th, you'll be entered to win tickets to the Global Citizen Festival September 26th at New York's Central Park. Coldplay and Sheeran are performing, along with Pearl Jam and Beyonce.
Global Citizen's aim is to fight extreme poverty and inequality around the world.
ROB ZOMBIE, INXS: It's Halloween, Now!
The folks behind the long-running Now! compilation series have announced its first Halloween-themed release.
Now! Halloween includes a mix of all sorts of genres, with Rob Zombie's "Dragula," INXS's "Devil Inside," Blue Oyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" and Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London" sharing space with John Carpenter's theme to Halloween, the "Monster Mash" and a cover of "Ghostbusters" by rappers Run-DMC. Now! Halloween will be out on September 11th.
NEIL YOUNG: All-Star Fest Announced
The folks who produce the annual Dylan Fest and Stones Fest are launching Neil Fest to pay tribute to Neil Young.
It'll take place September 13th and 14th at the Bowery Ballroom in New York, with proceeds going to the Sweet Relief Musician's Fund. Artists talking part include Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Norah Jones, Ryan Adams, Jakob Dylan, Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem, Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ryan Miller of Guster and Nicole Atkins.
G. LOVE: All-Star Lineup on New Album
G. Love and Special Sauce have lined up an impressive roster of guests for their new album.
Loves Save the Day, due out October 30th, features David Hildago of Los Lobos playing guitar on three songs, Lucinda Williams singing on a cover of the old Leadbelly tune “New York City,” Citizen Cope co-writing and appearing on the track called “Muse,” and Ozomatli performing on two songs.
G. Love and Special Sauce will kick off a fall tour on September 3rd in Greensboro, North Carolina.
THE WHO: Coming to Theaters
The Who's show this past June at Hyde Park in London is coming to the big screen.
The Who: Live in Hyde Park will start being shown in theaters around the world on October 7th. In addition to the concert, the film includes interviews with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, along with Iggy Pop, Robert Plant and others.
The Who start the second North American leg of their 50th anniversary tour on September 14th in San Diego.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Governor Christie Gushes Over Born to Run
The 40th anniversary yesterday (Tuesday) of the release of Bruce Springsteen's 1975 album Born to Run was not lost on New Jersey Governor and Presidential candidate Chris Christie.
The big Springsteen fan -- no pun intended -- posted his love of the album on Twitter, saying it is "the most powerful rock album of my lifetime," and adding that "Bruce wrote of the people and places that I knew. He wrote about our hopes and frustrations."
Christie was 12 when the 26-year-old Springsteen released the album...
VAN MORRISON: Catalog Upgrade in the Works
The Van Morrison catalog is about to get a huge overhaul.
Legacy Recordings has picked up the rights to all of his solo albums from 1971 to 2009, and will reissue 33 of them digitally on Friday. Many of these albums have been out-of-print for some time. They'll also be placed on streaming services for the first time. Also due out on Friday is Essential Van Morrison, a 37-track career-spanning anthology that will be available digitally and as a two-CD set.
The label has also secured the two studio albums and two compilations from Morrison's band Them. Those will be reissued in the fall. Also in the works is a new single-disc compilation of his best material, as well as deluxe editions of 1972's Saint Dominic's Preview, 1973's Hard Nose the Highway, the 1974 double live album It's Too Late to Stop Now and 1990's Enlightenment.
The only albums not covered by the deal are Morrison's first four solo albums -- 1967's Blowin' Your Mind, 1968's Astral Weeks, and Moondance and His Band and the Street Choir, which were both released in 1970.
U2: New Old Live Tunes
U2 has a new live album, but it's not being sold through the normal channels. Or even given away on iTunes. Another Time, Another Place, recorded at London’s Marquee Club in 1980, is being offered only to those who pay for a subscription to U2.com.
The double 10-inch vinyl release contains 10 songs, including "11 O’Clock Tick Tock," "I Will Follow," "The Electric Co." and "Out of Control." It also contains a reminiscence from Bono about the band's shows at the legendary club. He says, "The first Monday it was half full, the second Monday nearly full, the third Monday they had to turn people away, the fourth Monday, there were lines round the block, across the road. Wardour Street looked like an A-bomb had landed on it – we thought of it as 'The Irish Invasion.' It’s incredible what a few hundred people believing in you does for your self-confidence."
LENNY KRAVITZ: See His...Hits
Lenny Kravitz will try to turn the attention back to the music he makes on stage with the October 23rd release of Let It Go, a live DVD, Blu-ray and digital download.
Shot during the European leg of his tour behind his latest album, Strut, the collection features such hits as "Fly Away," "Are You Gonna Go My Way," "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over" and "American Woman." The 12 songs are augmented by another six bonus cuts. Interviews, rehearsals and other behind-the-scenes footage are cut between the songs. (Billboard)
BOB DYLAN: Another Lyric Goes to Auction
An early draft of Bob Dylan's lyrics for "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" is headed to auction -- and could fetch more than $300,000.
Dated "1962," the typewritten page contains numerous scribbled revisions and scratches-out. Dylan recorded the song in December 1962 and released it on his second album, Freewheelin', in May 1963.
In the draft, the refrain is "It's a hard rain must fall," which was altered on the recording to "It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall."
In 2014, Dylan's handwritten lyrics for "Like a Rolling Stone" sold for more than $2 million at Sotheby's.
Sotheby's in London will conduct the "Hard Rain" sale on September 29th. (Reuters)
PEARL JAM: Touring = Skateparks
Jeff Ament says that Pearl Jam will likely start work on a new album next year.
A new album means more touring for the band, and Ament tells Vice that being on the road helps his other passion -- building skateparks. Ament explains, "The way I look at it is if I’m touring and doing more things with the band, I make more money. If I make more money, I build more parks. It helps me get more excited about touring because I’m usually not too excited about it.”
Pearl Jam's last album was 2013's Lightning Bolt.
IN OTHER NEWS...
Third Eye Blind has released a new video inspired by the 40th anniversary of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Directed by and starring frontman Stephan Jenkins, the not-safe-for-work clip for “Get Me Out of Here,” from their latest album, Dopamine, can be viewed on Vevo.
Carlos Santana is among the entertainers profiled in the HBO documentary The Latin Explosion: A New America, which debuts November 16th.
Garbage recently tweeted that they’ve just about completed recording a new album.
The Velvet Underground classic Loaded will be re-issued in a six-CD 45th Anniversary Edition that will include stereo and mono re-masters; demos, early versions and alternate mixes from that era; their Live at Max's Kansas City remastered and a previously unreleased 1970 Philadelphia concert; two high-resolution mixes; plus a surround-sound mix in DTS and Dolby Digital.