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‘Avicii: True Stories’ Documentary Reveals Star DJ’s Struggles With Health, Fame and Early Retirement (Exclusive)

There’s a pivotal scene in “Avicii: True Stories,” a new documentary about the superstar Swedish DJ and producer arriving at select movie theaters on Oct. 26. It’s March 2016 and Tim Bergling, the real-life then-27-year-old behind the Edm moniker, is about to announce his retirement from touring after five straight years of astronomical success, but in order to make it official via a social media post, he has to inform his handlers, friends, and business associates that he’s about to pull the trigger — convincing them all the while that it’s just something he has to do. It’s nearly pitch black in the room, save for the glow of Bergling’s Apple laptop, and one can sense the darkness in the air, too — as if the world is crying out in unison, “Why?”

Avicii: True Stories,” directed by longtime Bergling friend and visual collaborator Levan Tsikurishvili, delves
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Oscar-Winner Murray Lerner, Who Documented Bob Dylan Going Electric at Newport, Dies at 90

Oscar-Winner Murray Lerner, Who Documented Bob Dylan Going Electric at Newport, Dies at 90
Murray Lerner, a seminal music documentary filmmaker of the ′60s and ′70s, has died at age 90 in New York City. The cause of death was kidney failure.

Though less famous than his contemporaries D.A. Pennebaker and the fraternal duo Albert and David Maysles, Lerner was every bit their equal in the cultural significance of his work, recording historic footage of Bob Dylan going electric at the 1965 Newport Jazz Festival and Jimi Hendrix and The Doors giving the final performance of their careers in 1970 at the Isle of Wight Festival.

Lerner died Saturday in his home in Long Island City, N.Y., following an illness of about three months, according to his son Noah Lerner, a writer and producer at HBO. “He was a complete filmmaker,” Lerner tells Variety. “A cinematographer first and foremost, but someone who also wrote, edited, produced, and directed.”

Film producer and friend Martin Lewis remembers Lerner as “one of the most significant music
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Signe Anderson, the Original Female Vocalist of Jefferson Airplane, Dies at 74

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Signe Anderson, the Original Female Vocalist of Jefferson Airplane, Dies at 74
Signe Anderson, original female vocalist of Jefferson Airplane, died on January 28 at the age of 74, the same day the band’s co-founder Paul Katner died of septic shock. She appeared on the band's debut album Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, singing lead on "Chauffeur Blues" and providing prominent vocals on their version of "Let's Get Together.” Having given birth to her first child in 1966, she realized life in a band would be unfeasible and left. She performed her final gig on October 15, 1966; she was replaced by Grace Slick the next night. In the wake of the news, her former band members have posted condolences and tributes online.
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Jefferson Airplane Co-Founder Paul Kantner Dead at 74: Report

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Jefferson Airplane Co-Founder Paul Kantner Dead at 74: Report
Guitarist and founding member of Jefferson Airplane Paul Kantner has died at the age of 74, according to multiple reports. Kantner's publicist confirmed the news to the San Francisco Chronicle that said he died Thursday of multiple organ failure. He is survived by the remaining founding members of the band Jack Casady, Grace Slick, Marty Balin and Jorma Kaukonen. Kantner was also a founding member of the band's spin-off project Jefferson Starship. Forming the band in 1965 with Balin, the pair had met in the Drinking Ground, a folk bar in San Francisco. The band - known for their hits "White Rabbit
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Paul Kantner, Co-Founder of Jefferson Airplane, Dies at 74

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Paul Kantner, Co-Founder of Jefferson Airplane, Dies at 74
Paul Kantner, co-founder of Jefferson Airplane and pioneer of the psychedelic rock scene in mid-1960s San Francisco, died earlier today of multiple organ failure. His publicist confirmed the news to the San Francisco Chronicle. Kantner had suffered a heart attack earlier this week and had dealt with a series of health problems throughout the past year. He was 74.Kantner founded Jefferson Airplane in 1965 at a bar in San Francisco with Marty Balin. The group featured vocals and guitar from Balin and Kantner, lead vocals from Grace Slick, a blues-rock sound from guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bass player Jack Casady, and drums from Spencer Dryden. It was one of the first of its kind to achieve mainstream success with singles such as “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit.” Five of the band’s first seven albums went gold, including Surrealistic Pillow (1967) and Crown of Creation (1968). Jefferson Airplane also performed at Woodstock and Altamont,
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Icons of Fright’s Fave Music of 2015 Derek’s Picks Part 2: Fresh Meat

While 2015 saw the return of many legends, there is still a lot of great music out from younger bands (and legends in the making). And much like a horror fan benefits from branching out to other genres from time to time, I tackled a few albums that are on the lighter side!

If you missed Part 1: The Legends Return!, click here!

The Young(er) Guns:

Monster Magnet “Cobras and Fire (The Mastermind Redux)”

No spring chicks themselves, Monster Magnet has been rocking hard since 1989. Tapping into psychedelia with their space rock ways, and Dave Wyndorf’s knack for off the wall lyrics, Mm haven’t changed a thing with this effort. Having said that though, it isn’t a bad thing. Wyndorf and crew have become a consistent force to reckon with, “Cobras and Fire” being an excellent listen from start to finish.

Lamb of God “VII: Sturm und
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Sock It to Me: A Brief History of Rock & Roll Variety Shows

Sock It to Me: A Brief History of Rock & Roll Variety Shows
When Neil Patrick Harris returns to TV next week, he won't be cracking jokes in another sitcom. Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris (debuting on September 15th on NBC) marks the return — overdue or not — of the variety show, that long-dormant format in which kooky skits, musical guests, and frenzied production numbers are jammed into an hour of family-friendly entertainment. "When you think of the variety shows we all grew upon — Sonny and Cher and Donny and Marie — those [programs] all said, 'Sit on the couch, be entertained with a little song,
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Rock Superstars From A-to-z Dazzle The Eye In Richard E. Aaron Exhibit Opening In L.A.

More than 250 Images of The Who’s Who of the Classic Rock Era – Including The Who! – By Veteran Music Shooter Richard E. Aaron Offer Something For EveryoneThe Rolling Stones, Prince, Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, The Sex Pistols, The Who, Billy Joel, Patty Smith, Bob Marley, Aerosmith, Grace Slick, Abba, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elton John, Eric Clapton…. If they headlined a rock or pop concert in New York during the Seventies, and later in Los Angeles in the Eighties, chances are music photographer Richard E. Aaron shot them. As the music photojournalist for Time magazine and a frequent […]
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It's Not So Bad: Madonna's cover of 'American Pie'

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It's Not So Bad: Madonna's cover of 'American Pie'
It's Not So Bad is a new feature on HitFix where a brave, stupid writer defends an unpopular pop culture subject. Every Madonna fan -- or every Madonna fan worth knowing -- has a bone or two to pick with the woman herself, and that's the way it should be. One of Madonna's primary functions as a pop culture phenomenon is agitator, and I was sufficiently agitated with her Britney lip-lock (because Britney is no Madonna heir, as we've now long understood), her "Hard Candy" album (because Timbaland and Justin Timberlake were her most uninspired choices as collaborators), and the leaden self-seriousness of her Mdna tour (because leaden self-seriousness is not very danceable). Otherwise I'm on board with her impish immortality and obvious potential as a standup comic. I'll always love Madonna. She's like if Marlene Dietrich were an American Gladiator. Thanks to her explosive kiss with Drake at Coachella this weekend,
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Giveaway – Win A Limited Edition Copy Of American Hustle Original Motion Picture Soundtrack On Vinyl

Madison Gate Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, are releasing American Hustle – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, a collection of music from the critically-acclaimed box office hit with ten Oscar-nominations, in a two 12″ LP gatefold blue and red colored 150 gram vinyl edition featuring six songs from the movie not included on the CD version.

The 12” Vinyl will be available exclusively at independent retailers, as part of Record Store Day’s annual Black Friday event on November 28, 2014.

Wamg is giving away copies of the American Hustle soundtrack to a few lucky readers.

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American Hustle – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Out Friday, November 28

Madison Gate Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, are releasing American Hustle – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, a collection of music from the critically-acclaimed box office hit with ten Oscar-nominations, in a two 12″ LP gatefold blue and red colored 150 gram vinyl edition featuring six songs from the movie not included on the CD version. The 12” Vinyl will be available exclusively at independent retailers, as part of Record Store Day’s annual Black Friday event on November 28, 2014.

American Hustle – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack premieres “Stream Of Stars,” a previously-unreleased song from the legendary Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra, Traveling Wilburys) alongside Elo’s “Long Black Road,” an ultra-rare track previously available only on the Japanese release of Zoom, Elo’s final studio album.

The soundtrack album showcases an array of evocative 70s classics–including Wings’ “Live And Let Die,” Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love,” Elton John
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Grace Slick Wears Woodstock

“We are stardust, we are golden”, sang Joni Mitchell of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, held August 15-18th 1969, at a dairy farm in the Catskills near the hamlet of White Lake in the town of Bethel, New York. The irony was, she wasn’t even there.

A further irony follows in that whilst a myriad of psychedelic colours are synonymous with the Woodstock nation, one of the most revered choices of dress, clearly shown in the documentary Woodstock (1970) is a simple white leather fringed lace-up tunic-style vest and bell bottom trousers. It is worn by one of the first female rock stars, the lead singer of Jefferson Airplane, Grace Slick.

Grace performing with Jefferson Airplane at Woodstock, 1969.

As the biggest rock-folk fusion band to come from the 1960s San Francisco counterculture, Jefferson Airplane were the festival headliners on the Saturday. At the height of their fame in 1969, they
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'Skeleton Twins' director: Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader really are like siblings

'Skeleton Twins' director: Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader really are like siblings
Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader play a pair of estranged siblings who are reconnected at a particularly dark moment for both in the Sundance drama The Skeleton Twins. And, when a depressed Milo (Hader) leaves Los Angeles to live with a similarly depressed Maggie (Wiig) and her earnest, goofy husband (Luke Wilson), it’s not exactly a seamless homecoming, with fights, lies, and past traumas weighing on the once-inseparable twins throughout.

But writer-director Craig Johnson didn’t cast two of today’s most likable comedians to just destroy them with melodrama. There are moments of pure joy, too, including a standout sequence,
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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 6 Performances - Country & Rock Night

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 6 Performances - Country & Rock Night
We're down to six on "American Idol" and the singers are doing double-duty on Wednesday (April 23) night. Alex, Jena, Caleb, Cj, Jessica and Sam will each sing one song dubbed "Country" and another song deemed "Rock."  Two quick thoughts: 1) Dexter Roberts picked the wrong week to go home. If ever a theme would have helped ease Dexter along in his "Idol" genre, this would have been it. 2) For all of the Judges' Save thing, this week's theme seems to doom Sam Woolf, doesn't it? I continue to suspect that Jena, Caleb and Alex are in their own voting class. And of the remaining three singers, who can pretty much go home in any order as far as I'm concerned, two of them can be comfortably classed in a country-rock niche and the other one is Sam Woolf. Either we're about to see some impressive theme cheating from Sam, or else he's doomed before he begins.
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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 8 Performances - Back to the Start Night

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 8 Performances - Back to the Start Night
So tonight's "American Idol" theme is basically Deja Vu? Weird.  Wednesday's (April 2) "Idol" theme is officially Back to the Start and it apparently means that we're going to be hearing the Top 8 sing the songs they auditioned with. Are we really deep enough into this season to be getting repeat performances? Don't we want to hear singers do fresh things? I do. But maybe I'm wrong? To me, this feels like a theme that's intended to help sagging frontrunners like Sam Woolf, but what do I know. Click through and we'll celebrate what is sure to be a filler-filled telecast together... 8:00 p.m. We've got eight performers and two hours. Are we going to get to duos this week? Trios? Something so that this isn't just wheel-spinning for a full two hours? 8:01 p.m. The filler starts with a tribute to funny moments from the judges in the auditions,
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The man who’s always there: Carter Burwell’s collaborations with the Coen Bros.

In his 30-year career as a composer, Carter Burwell’s film scores have run the veritable cinematic gamut. From composing for Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation., Where the Wild Things Are) to his work being the best parts of the Twilight saga, Burwell’s résumé is sporadic and unconventional, even for a man who makes film music for a living — it’s fitting, given his less-than-conventional roots as a cartoonist for The Harvard Lampoon and later as a vagrant New York punk rocker. Undoubtedly, Burwell’s become best known for the his collaborations with Joel and Ethan Coen. Last week, Sound on Sight ranked the films of the Coen Brothers, so what better way to take over The Big Score than with a similarly themed meditation on their work with Burwell? As much as the Coens’ filmography is defined by their trademark cynicism and wit, Burwell’s compositions are
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From 'Hustle' to 'Mr. Banks,' this season's movies hit musical highs

From 'Hustle' to 'Mr. Banks,' this season's movies hit musical highs
When you think of the movies you really love, your memories of a great many of them are probably linked, in one way or another, to music. Yet movies and music remain, at least in our heads, beautifully complimentary yet distinct things, like food and wine, or football and big TVs. They shouldn’t, though. A musical, of course, is its own special mashup. Yet there are so many other incredible ways that movies and music can merge. The title sequence of Singin’ in the Rain is a great number — and so, in its way, is Ewan McGregor’s performance
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Stevie Nicks to guest on 'American Horror Story: Coven'

Stevie Nicks to guest on 'American Horror Story: Coven'
Perfect casting alert!

Ryan Murphy revealed on Twitter Tuesday morning that American Horror Story: Coven will soon welcome another big-name guest star: witchy woman Stevie Nicks.

The news should come as no surprise to Murphy superfans; he’s made no secret of his longtime love for the singer-songwriter, whose work with Fleetwood Mac inspired a Glee tribute episode in 2011. “When I was growing up, I was always obsessed with those Stevie Nicks songs like ‘Rhiannon’ and ‘Gypsy,’” the Ahs creator told EW last month. “And I remember reading an article where Courtney Love called Stevie Nicks the ‘white witch’ and Grace Slick the ‘dark witch.
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Briefs: A “Glee” Seismic Shift, Streaming Celine, and Sharon Needles’ Halloween Advice

Birthday shoutouts go to Gavin Rossdale (above) who is 48, Harry Hamlin is 62, and Grace Slick is 74.

TV Line has huge news about Glee that would completely alter the show.

Stream Celine’s entire new album now.

Inside the Princeton Club’s Homophobic Seminar on Investing in Moscow

Here’s Sigourney Weaver discussing the re-release of Prayers For Bobby and the battle for gay rights.

Sharon Needles has some advice for making the perfect Halloween costume.

Here’s the new trailer for The Wolf Of Wall Street

Sorry, but no matter how good it is, it can never live up to this David Decoteau classic.

The Jonas Brothers give an awkward interview about their breakup.

We need to make sure One Million Moms see this

And here’s The Weekly ShoutOUT™. Each week we’re going to focus on one out athlete/performer and feature a daily pic and career timeline.
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'American Horror Story': Ryan Murphy talks the latest episode 'Boy Parts' and Stevie Nicks' influence on 'Coven' -- Exclusive

'American Horror Story': Ryan Murphy talks the latest episode 'Boy Parts' and Stevie Nicks' influence on 'Coven' -- Exclusive
[Spoiler Alert If You Haven't Seen The Latest Episode Of American Horror Story: Coven!!!!]

The second episode of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s American Horror Story: Coven was chock-full of plot developments, including the resurrection of seemingly dead Misty (Lily Rabe) and Kyle (Evan Peters) and the reveal that modern-day Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) has kept alive her minotaur lover! EW talked to Murphy about all the twists and turns as well as a preview of next week’s Ahs: Coven.

Entertainment Weekly: I love that Misty is a big Stevie Nicks groupie.

Ryan Murphy: She is obsessed with Stevie Nicks because I am obsessed with Stevie Nicks.

You actually asked
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