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Guitar Superhero Gary Clark Jr. on Covering the Beatles’ ‘Come Together’ for ‘Justice League’

Guitar Superhero Gary Clark Jr. on Covering the Beatles’ ‘Come Together’ for ‘Justice League’
To a lot of music fans of the post-rock generation, “Guitar Hero” is the name of a console game, not something that comes along in real life in the 2010s. Gary Clark Jr. is among the very few of those who’ve been minted lately. He may or may not count as an actual superhero, but there are enough of those to go around in the new “Justice League” film, which has his and Junkie Xl’s cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together” as the principal theme.

On a less heroic note, Clark Jr. also recently collaborated on a cover of Neil Young’s “Ohio” for a very different screen project, Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War.” Variety spoke with the blues-rocker about both recordings, his Batman wanna-be inclinations, and how he plans to mix blues and hip-hop on his next album.

You’re going to be playing “Come Together” a lot on TV this year. It’s so non-linear
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Trap Them, Dave Grohl and a Brief History of Musicians Being Injured Falling Off Stage

Trap Them, Dave Grohl and a Brief History of Musicians Being Injured Falling Off Stage
Massachusetts grindcore band Trap Them is getting their largest bump in visibility this week thanks to the fact that lead vocalist Ryan McKenney apparently broke both feet in a leap from a speaker cabinet Saturday night and finished the band’s set. (The next evening, he performed â€. with two black eyes and casts on both feet â€. from an office chair, possibly because a wheelchair was deemed not metal enough.)

If McKenney can take any solace in his injuries, though, it’s in the fact that he’s hardly alone. Many musicians have been injured falling from the stage,
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Graham Nash Talks New Rock-Doc Series, 'Woodstock' Drama

Graham Nash Talks New Rock-Doc Series, 'Woodstock' Drama
Graham Nash has plenty of experience with the vagaries of rock & roll documentaries. Take Woodstock, for one: "There were three days of really good music and the movie was three hours," he says, "so there are a lot of great performances that have never been seen apart from bootlegs." No one knows that more than Nash, since Neil Young refused to be filmed during Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's career-making set at the festival. In the film, you'll hear an announcer say, "Crosby, Stills, Nash" – but no Young. "Neil threatened to deck anybody who filmed him,
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Exclusive! Thompson Square Created Your Perfect Road-Trip Playlist

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Just in time for your next Summer road trip, Thompson Square's Shawna and Keifer Thompson have created a fun road-trip playlist for Popsugar! The married duo and chart-topping country act knows a thing or two about great music, and they shared some of their favorite songs for this catchy mix. "We like tunes that remind us of 'back in the day.' Songs that have a killer groove, great lyrics - the ones you hear and get mad because you didn't write them," said Keifer, adding, "We're a big fan of those loud guitars. They make us want to drive fast!" Shawna agreed, saying, "We're both big blues fans, too, so those songs always make the list. When it's late and the road is long, putting on the Merle Haggard box set or any classic country and letting it roll is a great choice. That's what we both were raised on.
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B.B. King, the Heart and Soul of Mississippi Delta Blues, Dies at 89

B.B. King, the son of a Mississippi sharecropper and early gospel singer who picked up a guitar at 15 and spread Mississippi delta blues world wide over his long career, has died from an illness related to diabetes. He was 89. From his humble beginnings he helped revolutionize music with his soulful singing and guitar picking. Artists from Elvis Presley to some of the 1960s guitar gods” Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Page, Dave Mason, Steve Winwood and Keith Richards, to name a few, all drew inspiration from delta blues. ...Read More
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Watch Extended Trailer for HBO's Rock Hall 2015 Special

Watch Extended Trailer for HBO's Rock Hall 2015 Special
The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony won't air on HBO until May 30th, but the network has unveiled an extended trailer from the all-star event. This year's ceremony, held on April 18th, honored Green Day, Ringo Starr, Lou Reed, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bill Withers and the "5" Royales.

"You can't get in until 25 years after you've had your first hit. Well I'm way passed that," Starr jokes in the extended trailer. "But here we are,
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Here’s What Happened at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony This Weekend

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Here’s What Happened at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony This Weekend
This year's ceremony for the much-maligned Rock and Roll Hall of Fame happened in Cleveland this weekend. Inductees included Ringo Starr, Bill Withers, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and the "5" Royales, a North Carolina doo-wop band during the 1950s; mostly men, so more or less your usual fare. Anyway, the event will broadcast on HBO on May 30, but in the meantime, here’s a quick snapshot of some of the things you missed.Patti Smith Remembering Her Dear Her Friend Lou Reed Back in 1996, when the Velvet Underground was originally inducted into the Hall of Fame, Patti Smith praised the band for connecting poetry, the avant-garde, and rock and roll. “They were black in a white world. White in a black world. They opened wounds.” She returned to the stage once again for the posthumous induction of lead singer Lou Reed.
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A Bit Of Bittersweet, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 Awards Highlights

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Awards were taped last night, and a few bittersweet moments occurred, notably the homage to Lou Reed by Patti Smith and John Mayer remembering Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Texas bluesman I was lucky to see about ten times live living in Houston from 1974 to 1983. Later in life I got to know and become friends with his agent Bobby Brooks, who also died August 27, 1990 along with Stevie, Eric Clapton’s agent; Nigel Browne, his bodyguard; Colin Smythe, one of his tour managers; and the helicopter pilot, Jeffrey Brown. Armed with his […]
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'Austin City Limits' Founder Bill Arhos Dead at 80

'Austin City Limits' Founder Bill Arhos Dead at 80
Bill Arhos, the founder of the long-running PBS performance series Austin City Limits and the inspiration behind the Texas capital's now-annual music festival, passed away April 11th at the age of 80, the Austin City Limits site reports. A longtime executive at Austin's Klru, Arhos helped create the Austin City Limits concept in 1974. That same year, the show's debut episode, featuring a performance by Willie Nelson, aired on the public television station.

"I've never met anyone like Bill Arhos," Acl executive producer and longtime colleague Terry Lickona said in a statement.
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Miley Cyrus to Induct Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Miley Cyrus to Induct Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Miley Cyrus is headed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — to induct Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, that is. The Hall of Fame made the announcement Wednesday for its 30th annual Induction Ceremony, which takes place on Saturday, April 18 at Cleveland’s Public Hall. In addition to the “Wrecking Ball” singer playing her part, Zac Brown and Tom Morello will perform for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, John Mayer and Gary Clark, Jr. will perform for Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble. Beck and Karen O. will play to honor Lou Reed, and John Legend is set to perform for Bill Withers.
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Watch Willie Nelson Sing 'Pancho and Lefty' at Acl Hall of Fame

Watch Willie Nelson Sing 'Pancho and Lefty' at Acl Hall of Fame
At the first-ever Austin City Limits Hall of Fame presentation ceremony, inductee Willie Nelson performed "Pancho and Lefty," the Townes Van Zandt tune he recorded with Merle Haggard in 1983, with another set of country legends: Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett. The performance will air this weekend as part of Austin City Limits' season finale, but the song is now available to watch via PBS.

Related: Watch Willie Nelson Tell the Story of His Legendary Guitar

Harris had just sung the Nelson-penned Patsy Cline hit "Crazy," and she stuck
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Paul McCartney Reveals Favorite Ringo Starr Songs

Paul McCartney Reveals Favorite Ringo Starr Songs
Before it was announced publicly that Ringo Starr would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an Award for Musical Excellence recipient, the former Beatle's onetime bandmate, Paul McCartney, phoned the drummer to give him the good news. McCartney joined The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday to talk about Starr being enshrined in the Rock Hall.

"I was talking to a friend and he said 'Brian Epstein is getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.' I said 'That's great, because he's the Beatles manager,
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News Nuggets: How about Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker and J.K. Simmons as Darth Vader?

News Nuggets: How about Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker and J.K. Simmons as Darth Vader?
Aaron Paul is taking on the role of Luke Skywalker in a one-night-only live-read of "The Empire Strikes Back." The three-time Emmy winner from "Breaking Bad" will perform the role for director Jason Reitman this Thursday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It is part of a very popular ongoing series of live shows produced by Reitman, including previous ones for "The Princess Bride," "Ghostbusters," "American Beauty," and "The Apartment." All casting decisions have not yet been unveiled, but here are the ones now known: Oscar contender J.K. Simmons (Darth Vader), Stephen Merchant (C-3Po), Dennis Haysbert (Lando Calrissian), and Kevin Pollak (Yoda). Entertainment Weekly -Break- The 2015 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be Green Day, Ringo Starr, Lou Reed, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, "5" Royales, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, and Bill Withers. El...
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2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Announced: Lou Reed, Ringo Starr, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Get Their Due

2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Announced: Lou Reed, Ringo Starr, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Get Their Due
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame didn't exactly take a walk on the wild side with its picks for the incoming class. But an eclectic group has been voted in nonetheless. Lou Reed, who died in October 2013, heads up the list of 2015 inductees, which also includes Green Day, Ringo Starr, Bill Withers, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and, posthumously, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Reed was previously inducted as a member of the Velvet Underground in 1996. 1950s R&B group The "5" Royales are getting the Early Influence Award. Starr will receive the Award for Musical Excellence, and now all four Beatles will be in the Hall individually as well as part of the...
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Green Day, Lou Reed and Joan Jett Among 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Green Day, Lou Reed and Joan Jett Among 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
The punk trio Green Day, poet of the New York underground Lou Reed and "Lean on Me" singer Bill Withers will lead a new class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. The hall announced Tuesday that it will also welcome Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, who famously sang about loving rock 'n' roll, and make Ringo Starr the fourth ex-Beatle enshrined as an individual. Besides Reed, the class includes other posthumous inductees Paul Butterfield and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The 30th annual induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland's Public Hall on April 18. Public tickets go on sale Thursday.
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Green Day to Be Inducted Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — Yes, That Green Day

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Green Day to Be Inducted Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — Yes, That Green Day
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just announced its class of 2015 inductees: Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan (and his former band, Double Trouble), Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bill Withers, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Green Day (which is deserving but still surprising to see). (Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A., the Smiths, Kraftwerk, and Chic were among those nominated who didn't get enough votes to earn induction.) Ringo Starr will receive the "Award for Musical Excellence," making him the last and final Beatle to enter the Hall of Fame as a solo artist — after the band was inducted as a group in 1988. Perhaps the best response to the news comes from Withers, who has been mostly missing from the industry since the mid-'80s: "I just never felt that anyone owed me this. It's something that's nice that happened. I guess I'll have to go buy a suit.
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News Nuggets: Will Green Day be joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

News Nuggets: Will Green Day be joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
Green Day and Nine Inch Nails are two of the first-time artists on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee list for 2015. The new long-list ballot "represents a broad, diverse group of artists and demonstrates how rock 'n' roll has evolved over the years," says foundation president Joel Peresman. Other groups on this year's ballot are: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, N.W.A., The Smiths, The Spinners, and War. The late Lou Reed and Sting are eligible as solo artists after previous inductions for their groups Velvet Underground and The Police, respectively. Others hoping for induction are Stevie Ray Vaughan and Bill Withers. Final inductees from this list will be announced late this year with the ceremony slated for next April. USA Today -Break- Prepare for an onslaught this weekend at the arthouse and indie theaters everywhere. Many potential
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Your 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees: Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A.

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Your 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees: Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A.
Chuck Berry. Buddy Holly. Fats Domino. Elvis Presley. The Beatles. Green Day? Yep, Green Day — that band from your childhood bedroom — might join those artists in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as they were one of the artists nominated for induction this year. Also nominated were Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A, the Smiths, Lou Reed, Sting, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, Chic, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the Marvelettes, the Spinners, Stevie Ray Vaughan, War, and Bill Withers. To be considered, artists needed to have released their first single or album in or before 1989. We guess these were the artists Taylor Swift has been referring to?
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