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Weezer's new video takes a humorous look at the world of dating apps.

 

The clip for "Go Away" has frontman Rivers Cuomo using the "Winder" app to set up dates with his duet partner on the song, Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast. 

 

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Ryan Adams paid tribute to Dave Grohl at a solo show in Australia Tuesday.

 

Adams told the audience at the Sydney Opera House that he appreciated the fact that Grohl kept the Foo Fighters on the road even after his surgery for a broken leg and that he was "able to continue doing what he loved even though he was totally broken." Adams then played a very tender version of "Times Like These."

 

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Their new album, "Sirens" is available now. Check out the first single: "Wherever You Go"...

 

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Jack Black and Boy George rocked out with the spirit of Jim Morrison Monday night on Conan with this memorable performance of "Hello, I Love You"...

 

 

 

Discussing his music influences on the TBS late-night show, George said he'd "never gotten past the '70s -- The Stones, The Beatles, The Doors, [David] Bowie." Conan seemed surprised that the Jim Morrison-fronted band was on his list. But before George had the chance to reply, Jack jumped into the conversation, claiming, "Jim Morrison had the best yell!"

 

That led to an offer for Jack and George to sing a Doors song. And conveniently enough, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger just happened to be with Jimmy Vivino's band.

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Amy, the acclaimed documentary about the late Amy Winehouse, will open on 200 more screens today (Friday). The film opened in New York and L.A. last week.

 

Onetime Winehouse manager Nick Shymansky, who initially didn't want to be involved but ended up as the most prominent storyteller in the film, tells us he felt a combination of anger and relief watching Amy.

 

Anger over having to witness -- for a second time -- the singer's descent into drug and alcohol addiction, but relief because he "was so worried that it was going to be some whitewashed easy film for people to watch, which wouldn't be at all true to how I felt the story should come out were it to be told truthfully."

 

Another person interviewed for the movie is Salaam Remi, the main producer Winehouse worked with on her music. We spoke to him him shortly before her death and here's what he had to say about Amy as a musician.

 

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U2 will unveil a new video tonight (Thursday), but it is not your typical rock music video.

 

Listen to The Edge tell us about the clip for "Song for Someone," from Songs of Innocence...

 

 

The film stars Woody Harrelson, who is released from prison after years of incarceration, along with his daughter, Zoe Harrelson. It will premiere tonight (Thursday) following the third season premiere of the series Rectify on The Sundance Channel. The show is about a man and his family after his release from 19 years on death row.

 

Harrelson's father was arrested in 1979 for killing a federal judge in San Antonio and was sentenced to life in prison, where he died in 2007.

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Ringo Starr was asked prior to his "Peace and Love" birthday celebration what it means to him to be 75 years old.

 

 

He presided over another "Peace and Love" birthday countdown in front of the Capitol Records tower in L.A. on Tuesday and this one was made extra special because it was his 75th.

 

The crowd was larger than at previous celebrations. Ringo told the few hundred assembled fans, "The first one we did here there were about ten people and now look at you." Ringo was joined by wife Barbara Bach, brother-in-law Joe Walsh, comedian Richard Lewis, director David Lynch and a large contingent of musicians, including Edgar Winter, Matt Sorum, Jim Keltner, Gregg Bissonette and Glen Ballard. 

 

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Was It Really The End for the Grateful Dead?

If their announcements are to be believed, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart brought The Grateful Dead's 50-year career to an end Sunday night with a third show at Chicago's Soldier Field. That ended the five-show Fare Thee Well tour, which was also staged in Santa Clara, California a week earlier.

 

Sunday night at midnight, with Bob Weir on vocals, the Dead -- joined by Bruce Hornsby on piano, Trey Anastasio of Phish on guitar and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti -- may have served up their last song: "Attics of My Life," from 1970's American Beauty.

 

The five shows presented a total of 84 songs, with the only repeats being "Truckin'" and "Cumberland Blues." The consensus of fans is that the first show in each city was the best.

 

The lights on the Empire State Building in New York were synchronized to the band's live performance of "U.S. Blues" and the building was shown on the screens at Soldier Field.

 

 

 

Saturday and Sunday in Chicago found the band a bit off their game.

There are rumors the band will tour in the fall with John Mayer -- who was in the audience for all five shows -- on guitar.

 

The Chicago shows will be released on CD, DVD, Blu-ray -- as well as digitally -- on November 20th.

 

A couple of side notes from the Chicago run:

An estimated 280,000 Deadheads attended the three Chicago show.
Fireworks closed out Saturday's show.
President Obama sent a message which said, "Here's to fifty years of the Grateful Dead, an iconic American band that embodies the creativity, passion, and ability to bring people together that makes American music so great. Enjoy this weekend's celebration of your fans and legacy. And, as Jerry would say, 'Let there be songs to fill the air.'" The Dead did a show in support of Obama's 2008 candidacy for President.

 

 

Mumford and Sons at Bonaroo

Imagine being at Bonaroo and bumping into the band.  Could've happened!  The guys dressed up in Robin Hood and his Merry Men attire- including a Wolf and meandered through the crowd without hardly a soul noticing...  Check out the video:

 

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White Stripes Special Edition Vinyl To Be Released

Jack White will release a one-off White Stripes vinyl disc for Record Store Day. The rare disc will feature re-issue of two singles by his former band, The White Stripes. His label Third Man Records will release a special edition red and black vinyl disc featuring 'Handsprings' and 'Red Death At 6:14' on April 21.

Arcade Fire also recently announced that they will be releasing remixes of their tracks 'Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)' and 'Ready To Start' to celebrate this year's annual event.

Last week, White played a series of songs by The White Stripes for his first solo debut gig at his label's birthday party. White also recently debuted his second solo single 'Sixteen Saltines' online (see below).His debut solo record 'Blunderbuss' is due out on April 24th.

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SXSW Set Includes New Music

Mumford and Sons headed up the bill on the University of Texas' LBJ lawn Saturday night (March 17) as part of the final day of the music wing of SXSW festival in Austin.

The band played a number of songs which seem likely to make their second album, including live favorites 'Lover's Eyes' and 'Lover Of The Light'. Marcus Mumford introduced 'Ghosts That We Knew', a song they first debuted in November last year, as "one you definitely haven't heard before."

Mumford and Sons joined Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros on the line-up after the second public screening of the film 'Big Easy Express', which documents the bands' joint 2011 Railroad Revival Tour of North America. The Emmett Malloy directed film received its worldwide premiere earlier on in the day at the Paramount Theatre, after which Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and members of Old Crow Medicine Show reunited to perform a short acoustic set.

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Mick and Keith Make Up!

It was a feud that threatened to end a 50-year friendship… and break up the world’s greatest rock band, but Mick Jagger and Keith Richards recently revealed they had kissed and made up in a heart-to-heart meeting in New York.

The riff began after Keith took a literal "low blow" at Mick, 68, in his tell-all 2010 autobiography, Life. The book included a claim that the superstar singer had a “tiny todger.” Since then Sir Elton John and Pete Townshend have stepped up and insisted he was well endowed down below.

Now the pair, who met at Dartford railway station in Kent as teenagers, have agreed life’s too short to let the rift continue. Mick said, “In the 80s, Keith and I were not communicating very well.

“I got very involved with the business side, mainly because I felt no one else was interested. But it’s plain now from the book that Keith felt excluded, which is a pity.’’

Keith, 68, added: “I know some parts of the book and some publicity really offended Mick and I regret that. Although we look like old codgers, we are still at bottom the boys on platform three at Dartford station.’’

Mick, “Er, actually, Keith, it was platform one.’’

Their reborn friendship could very well ensures a 50th anniversary tour. Bass player Bill Wyman, who quit in 1992, was involved in jamming sessions in London last December.

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Lecturing Arcade Fire

 

Arcade Fire will be guest lecturers at the University of Texas in Austin on March 19th. Band members Win Butler, Regine Chassagne, Will Butler and Marika Anthony-Shaw will talk about the economic and humanitarian crisis in Haiti.  The band will also share their experiences as volunteers in Haiti and encourage students to get involved in ongoing relief efforts following the devastating earthquake there in 2010.
 
Arcade Fire have been outspoken in their support of Haiti, where singer and multi-instrumentalist Chassagne was born. They've raised well over $1 million for relief efforts over the past two years.
 
For more info on the cause and how you can get involved, check out kanpe.org

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The Shins on SNL

The Shins returned for their second appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend (March 10th). They played "Simple Song" and "It's Only Life," two tracks off their forthcoming fourth album Port of Morrow. The band heads to Austin next week for a March 15th SXSW show before hitting the road again for an extended tour including April 28th at Merriweather Post Pavilion when WRNR welcomes The Shins as headliners for the Sweetlife Food & Music Festival.

 

The Shins' new album comes out March 20th.
 

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