Hear Foo Fighters' Rowdy, Nashville-Inspired Song 'Congregation'

With the Nashville installment of Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways HBO show set to air, the group has shared “Congregation,” the raucous, guitar-wailing song it wrote while drawing inspiration from Music City. Specifically, the track contains the line, “And they’re singing like a bluebird in the round,” presumably a reference to the city’s Bluebird Café, which played heavily into the Foos’ time in the city. The band recorded the tune at Nashville-based country artist Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Studios. The song will appear on the group’s upcoming eighth studio record, also titled Sonic Highways, which is due out November 10th.

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Public Enemy Dig Into Vaults for Lavish Reissues

As part of pioneering rap label Def Jam’s 30th anniversary celebrations, the label has planned reissues of Public Enemy’s 1988 breakthrough album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and their 1990 follow-up LP, Fear of a Black Planet, as multidisc deluxe reissues. Each reissue contains the album as it originally came out alongside a disc’s worth of bonus tracks, comprising hard-to-find tracks and B-sides, as well as liner notes by the Roots’ Questlove and Wax Poetics editor-in-chief Andre Torres.

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Rick Ross, Timbaland, K. Michelle Team Up for 'If They Knew'

Not too many people have the gumption to release two albums in one year, but as Rick Ross explained on Power 105.1 earlier this month: “That’s how bosses do it, ya heard me?” The MC is prepping for the release of his seventh LP, Hood Billionaire, just eight months after March’s Mastermind; and now Ross has offered up a new album cut, “If They Knew,” which features production from Timbaland and a hook from singer K. Michelle.

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Emily West Inks Label Deal for New Album

Singer Emily West, who charmed TV viewers as a finalist on the most recent edition of NBC’s America’s Got Talent earlier this year, has inked a deal with Sony Music’s Masterworks label. On December 2nd, West will release a two-track digital single on the label’s imprint, Portrait. The single will include her rendition of the Sia hit, “Chandelier,” which proved a fan favorite when she performed it during the TV talent competition. Just in time for the holidays, the single will also include her version of Christmas standard, “Santa Baby.”

18 Things You Learn Hanging Out With U2

What’s left to learn about U2 in 2014? Plenty, as it turns out – especially if you get a few days worth of intimate access to the band in three different countries. Here’s the best of what didn’t fit into the cover story, from the making of the new album to the secrets of Adam Clayton’s jewelry.

It’s not unimaginable that U2 could still be around when the band members are in their 70s.
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Metallica Enlist Fans for 'Kill 'Em All' and 'Ride the Lightning' Reissues

Metallica are currently prepping deluxe editions of their first two albums, 1983’s Kill ‘Em All and 1984’s Ride the Lightning, which they hope to put out in 2015, but in the meantime they are asking for help from their fans. The band has requested that anyone who has photos of the group and memorabilia or audio of concerts they played between the years 1983 and 1985 to submit them for possible inclusion in the reissues.

“We want it all,” the band wrote on its website. “Did you manage to sneak …read more

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Hear Two Frenetic, Echo-Filled Dead Weather Tracks

The two Dead Weather songs that came as part of Third Man Records’ “Vault Package Number 21″ on a gold-colored seven-inch are now streaming online. The songs, “Buzzkill(er)” and “It’s Just Too Bad,” find the band exploring echoey, bluesy garage rock on the former and clattering, shambolic riffage on the latter as frontwoman Alison Mosshart bellows.

The group recorded the songs in the band members’ downtime from commitments to Queens of the Stone Age, the Kills and Jack White’s solo work. The versions of the songs streaming online play at different …read more

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Watch Hunter Hayes Reveal Secrets of Tattoo Your Name Tour

At one point during one of the last full days of rehearsal for his upcoming Tattoo Your Name Tour, Hunter Hayes told his half-dozen band members he wants something more “eventful” to happen during the transition from one song to the next. Holed up in a huge warehouse where the stage, a series of neon bars and squares, has been fully constructed and the lighting design is being tested, Rolling Stone Country joined Hayes and his crew just days before the trek is scheduled to kick off. (See exclusive video of Hunter’s tour rehearsal above).

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Paul Simon Honors Phil Everly With Intimate Show in 'Nashville' House

When Patti Everly, the widow of Phil Everly, decided to stage a musical tribute to her late husband, there was one artist she knew needed to be involved: Paul Simon. Last night in Nashville, Patti got her wish, and the 73-year-old singer-songwriter performed in honor of the younger Everly Brother at an intimate fundraiser in a Belle Meade house.

“Phil loved hanging out with Paul and telling their stories when they toured together,” Patti Everly told Rolling Stone, recalling how her husband reunited with his brother Don for Simon & Garfunkel’s …read more

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Sammy Hagar: 'I Would Agree to a Van Halen Reunion Tour for the Fans'

Sammy Hagar called into Rolling Stone the other week to chat about his contribution to The Art of McCartney, a 42-track collection of Paul McCartney covers by Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, the Cure, Kiss and many other huge names. Hagar sings “Birthday,” and is still a little shocked he was asked to participate in the first place. But when Sammy Hagar is on the phone, it’s impossible to stick to a single topic. The Red Rocker remains one of the funniest and most unfiltered men in rock, especially when the inevitable subject of Van Halen, and the extremely slim possibility …read more

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Young Fathers Upset Damon Albarn, FKA Twigs for Mercury Prize Win

Scottish alternative hip-hop trio Young Fathers were the surprise winners of the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, triumphing over a host of better-known names including FKA Twigs, Royal Blood and Blur’s Damon Albarn.

The band’s album Dead – while critically acclaimed for its mix of De La Soul-style grooves and sonic experimentation – was a rank outsider going into the ceremony, held Wednesday night at London’s Roundhouse venue. But despite having sold fewer than 2,500 copies in the U.K., it was declared the best British or Irish album of the last …read more

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Taylor Swift Whips New York Into a Frenzy on 'Good Morning America'

By 7 a.m., Times Square was already packed: Young girls in their plaid school skirts and cheerleader uniforms were huddled across the Midtown hub, waiting to see Taylor Swift perform on Good Morning America and hoping that their first period teachers were also fans of the 24-year-old pop star.

Swift’s latest album, 1989, might be her most mature yet – a transition into pop, adulthood and independence – but clearly, the 16-and-under crowd remains as enthralled as ever. After soundcheck, the singer gave the earliest …read more

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Garth Brooks Gives 24-Hour Sneak Peak of New Album 'Man Against Machine'

For serious fans of Garth Brooks, Halloween just became the new Christmas.

Man Against Machine, Brooks’ first collection of new material in 13 years, won’t hit retailers until November 11th. That hasn’t stopped Brooks from offering up a sneak peak at the album’s 14 tracks — nearly half of which were co-written by the singer himself — via GhostTunes, the new digital music distributor that Brooks launched earlier this fall. The free preview starts tonight at midnight and runs for a full 24 hours, coming to a close as Halloween gives way to November 1st.

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'Hall-oween and Oates': Daryl Hall Opens New Venue With Spooky Show

Tomorrow night, Daryl’s House, the new bar and venue owned by Hall and Oates songwriter Daryl Hall, opens in Pawling, New York. To celebrate, Hall is joining his bandmate John for a show cheekily billed “Hall-oween and Oates.” “I’ve played many Halloween shows over the years,” he says over the phone. “But never anything like this.”

The idea for the bar started with Hall’s “Live From Daryl’s House” web series, a show that recruits acts like Chromeo, Cee Lo Green and Fitz and the Tantrums to join him for …read more

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