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Coldplay releases new single, track list for 'Ghost Stories'

Posted by Emily Wright March 3, 2014 11:02 AM


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Coldplay may have gone on a touring hiatus, but that didn't mean that the band stopped making music.


Extended Play: Robert Plant

Posted by Sarah Rodman July 21, 2013 08:30 AM


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In today's Sunday Globe we have an interview with Robert Plant, who comes to the Bank of America Pavilion on Thursday with his new group, the Sensational Space Shifters.

After exploring Americana and roots music in the last few years with a superb group of musicians, including Buddy Miller and Plant's close friend Patty Griffin in the Band of Joy, the former Led Zeppelin frontman is delving into what he's calling the "urban psychedelia of Bristol, England and West Africa." And he's doing it with some old friends with whom he’s worked on earlier albums like "Mighty Rearranger" --including Massive Attack's John Baggott—and new ones like riti player Juldeh Camera.  

As is often the case, I was able to ask more questions than we could fit into the newspaper, so here are a few of the others that Plant fielded.

When the singer came to the phone, he apologized for being a bit late, saying "Hello Sarah, I was just doing a bit of ironing."

Q. What are you ironing? Your hair?

A. Ironing my hair, yeah. You know I did actually once have my hair ironed for a birthday present. John Paul Jones decided that curly hair was not hip. So for my 21st birthday, which was 1969, he took me to a very hip haute-couture hair dresser's in London called Sweeney Todd, and they straightened my hair. 


Taylor Swift joins Mick Jagger during Rolling Stones concert in Chicago

Posted by Rachel Raczka June 4, 2013 01:42 PM

Country pop princess Taylor Swift joined The Rolling Stones at Chicago's United Center on Monday night. Swift surprised audience members when she strutted on stage to join forces with Mick Jagger for a performance of "As Tears Go By."

The ballad was originally penned in 1964 by Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards for Jagger's girlfriend du jour, Marianne Faithfull, a fellow blonde singer with blunt bangs. The Stones then released their own version the following year. Good fit, no?

Chicago Tribune's Mark Caro didn't seem too impressed with Swift's rendition:

Where Marianne Faithful brought understated melancholy to the 1965 original, Swift offered happy-to-be-here belting that sounded especially high-pitched next to Jagger’s growl.

But can you blame her? Who wouldn't be happy to share the stage with the Stones?

At one point, Jagger even twirls Swift around. It's a pretty sweet moment.
The 23-year-old naturally followed up with a tweet featuring a photo of her and the 70-year-old frontman.

Check out the performance and let us know what you think in the comments.

Eddie Van Halen has emergency surgery, band postpones tour until 2013

Posted by Glenn Yoder August 30, 2012 10:19 AM

Van Halen lead guitarist and namesake Eddie Van Halen has undergone emergency surgery for a digestive disease called diverticulitis, which the band's website called "severe."

(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Aaron Harris)
Eddie Van Halen in 2007.
According to the medical encyclopedia by ADAM, "Diverticulitis is small, bulging sacs or pouches of the inner lining of the intestine (diverticulosis) that become inflamed or infected. Most often, these pouches are in the large intestine (colon)."

While no further surgeries are needed, the 57-year-old guitarist's recovery is expected to take between four and six months. The group said it is rescheduling a tour of Japan originally set for November and issued a brief statement on its website, saying "the band looks forward to seeing and playing for their fans in 2013."

Listen: Dave Matthews Band 'Mercy'

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe July 17, 2012 01:49 PM

Dave Matthews Band is back with new music, unveiling "Mercy," the lead single from the crew's upcoming album, "Away From the World," which is slated for a Sept. 11 release. For the album, the band teamed up with producer Steve Lillywhite, who produced the first three Dave Matthews Band records.


Green Day to release two documentaries, three albums

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe July 10, 2012 11:49 AM

It's been four years since Green Day's last studio effort, "21 Century Breakdown," but judging by the volume of their upcoming creative output, they've been keeping busy.


Bryan Bedder/Getty Images, file

According to Billboard magazine, the pop-punk pioneers are releasing two documentaries to accompany the three albums slated to hit shelves within the next few months.

One doc will chronicle the creation of the band's upcoming albums, "ˇUno!," "ˇDos!" and "ˇTre!" The other film will feature footage from the band's days as an indie outfit before the hit 1994 album "Dookie."

Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong explained the style of the film to Billboard.

"It's not going to be the sitting down, head shot of me going, 'We started out blah blah blah'," Armstrong says. "We wanted to get into lifestyles of rock 'n' roll and playing rock n roll and letting the story kind of tell itself rather than create revisionist (history)."

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Listen: David Byrne and St. Vincent 'Who'

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe June 15, 2012 12:20 PM

Quirky singer-songwriters David Byrne and St. Vincent have released their first sonic collaboration, "Who."

The festive pop number is the lead single from the Talking Heads frontman and singer Annie Clark's St. Vincent project, "Love This Giant," which will be released on Sept. 11. Fans can get a free download of the track at their website,

The pair will also tour this fall, due to hit Boston on Sept. 23.

Check out Pitchfork for more information.

No Doubt's new album, 'Push and Shove,' to be released September 25

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe June 13, 2012 11:22 AM

No Doubt is back!


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Tony Kanal, Gwen Stefani, Adrian Young, and Tom Dumont of No Doubt arrive at the 20th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party held at West Hollywood Park on Feb. 26 in West Hollywood, Calif.

The pop-ska quartet has announced on their website that they will drop their new album, "Push and Shove," on September 25 after an 11-year hiatus. The band also revealed that the lead single will be "Settle Down," which is slated to be released on July 16.

The chart-topping crew is teaming up with director Sophie Muller, who has directed No Doubt videos such as "Simple Kind of Life" and "Underneath It All," for their latest visual.

Watch the video for the band's 1997 smash "Don't Speak," and tell us if you plan to check out "Push and Shove" in the fall.

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Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds to headline Life is good festival

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe June 7, 2012 12:13 PM


Chad Batka for The New York Times

Dave Matthews of the American jam band Dave Matthews Band performs at the 2010 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn.

The full lineup for the 2012 Life is good Festival has been revealed, and Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds are set to headline. Other acts include Sara Bareilles, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and Michael Franti & Spearhead.

This year's festival will take place from Sept. 22-23 at Prowse Farm in Canton. Check out pictures from last year's event, and see more acts listed below:

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds
Sara Bareilles
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Eric Hutchinson
The Infamous Stringdusters
Ryan Montbleau Band
Sarah Jarosz
Allen Stone
Katie Herzig
Muck And The Mires
Orange Television

For more information, head to the Life is good website.

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