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You almost need to see Dave Grohl's documentary "Sound City" with headphones on. That's the best way to pick up the nuances the legions of legendary musicians are talking about in this ratty old recording studio where some of the greatest rock records ever made were cut from the 1970s through the '90s.
When Grohl, drummer with Nirvana and later Foo Fighters frontman, and other drummers such as Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac) talk about the presence, the unique sound that drums carried out of this dump of a studio in Van Nuys, Calif., headphones are the best way to sample that difference, that analog "oomph" that Sound City gave them.
And as Fleetwood, Grohl and the others -- from Tom Petty and Kevin Cronin (Reo Speedwagon) to Rick Springfield and Neil Young -- will tell you, if you get the drums right, the rest just falls into place. »
Bonnaroo 2013 is shaping up to be The music event of the year with Macklemore, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Zz Top among the many acts confirmed. The gig is set to go down in Manchester, Tennessee from June 13 through the 16. With the No. 1 song in the country for the past few weeks, chances are you've heard (or heard about) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The Seattle musicians seemingly zoomed out of nowhere to conquer the Billboard charts, go triple-platinum, and fly past 100 million views on YouTube with their hit song, "Thrift Shop." They don't have a big agent or manager either. Macklemore's success was based on years of hard work »
- April MacIntyre
Nashville, Tenn. — There will be a British invasion of the main stage at Bonnaroo this year.
The four-day festival, held on a rural 700-acre farm, always features an eclectic roster, but the June 13-16 event is even more varied than usual.
Returnees Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers also hold down a headliner spot. Then things get a little crazy with R&B star R. Kelly, alternative queen Bjork and Wu-Tang Clan celebrating its 20th anniversary. Wilco, Pretty Lights, The Lumineers, The National, The xx, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Nas and Zz Top also top the list announced Tuesday by "Weird Al" Yankovic via Bonnaroo's YouTube channel.
Tickets go on sale at noon Est on Saturday.
McCartney, the former Beatle and recent frontman of Sirvana, will be making his first appearance at the event. »
Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mumford & Sons, Bjork and R. Kelly are headlining the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival this year, marking a lineup that has hedged a little bit away from the fest's jam-oriented roots. Organizers announced the complete lineup today during an hour-long press conference by "Weird Al" Yankovic, who's also headed to Manchester, Tenn. for the four-day event, which runs June 13-16. Other big names to join the bill are The National, the reunited Wu-Tang Clan, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Immaculate Noise favorite Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, Of Monsters and Men, Nas, »
Weird Al (why not?) just announced the lineup for Bonnaroo 2013, and the great state of Tennessee (plus its many smelly visitors) will be treated to sets by Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mumford and Sons, R. Kelly, Björk, Wilco, David Byrne and St. Vincent, the National, Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, Kendrick Lamar, the xx, Passion Pit, Animal Collective, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Grizzly Bear, Cat Power, Billy Idol, Zz Top, Beach House, Local Natives, Tame Impala, Alt-j, Dirty Projectors, Swans, Baroness, Japandroids, Death Grips, Earl Sweatshirt, Killer Mike, and so many more. Jim James is also hosting a "Soul Super Jam" with John Oates and members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. It all goes down June 13 to 16. »
- Amanda Dobbins
The British are coming, the British are coming -- to Bonnaroo for 2013.
The headliners for the annual four-day music festival held in Manchester, Tenn. include rock legend Paul McCartney, in his first time at the event, and hot U.K. group Mumford & Sons, who performed at Bonnaroo in 2011, in addition to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers returning -- they last played in 2006.
Following those big names are R. Kelly, the Wu-Tang Clan, Wilco, Bjork, Pretty Lights, The Lumineers, The xx, The National, Kendrick Lamar, Dwight Yoakam, Billy Idol, Jim James in a Soul SuperJam with John Oates, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, A$AP Rocky, Nas, Zz Top, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Passion Pit, Grizzly Bear, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Animal Collective and Daniel Tosh.
Quite the eclectic assortment of acts. More performers will be announced at a later time. Tickets go on sale at noon Et on Saturday, Feb. 23. Get »
Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Björk, and Wilco are set to headline Bonnaroo this summer. The festival released its lineup today via a “Weird Al” Yankovic-hosted livestream, and it’s pretty impressive. The full list of performers is below, but highlights include R. Kelly, Wu-Tang Clan, The National, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Zz Top, Grizzly Bear, and more. The weekend-long festival takes place June 13-16 in Manchester, Tennessee. 2013 Bonnaroo lineup: Paul McCartney Mumford & Sons Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Björk Wilco Pretty Lights R. Kelly Wu-Tang Clan Daniel Tosh The National The Lumineers David »
Paul McCartney, album of the year Grammy winners Mumford & Sons and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will headline this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival held June 13-16 in Manchester, Tenn. Also joining the bill is Icelandic singer Bjork. Announced in a live webcast hosted by "Weird" Al Yankovic -- also performing at this year's festival -- the headliners confirm rumors that have been circulating for weeks, fueled in part by a series of "Rooclues" released by the multistage festival's organizers. Photos: Grammys 2013: The Winners Mumford & Sons played Bonnaroo in 2010 and 2011, and Petty headlined in 2006.
- Seth Abramovitch
Emergency: We're less than two weeks from the Oscars, and I still have an entire Academy history to lament. Let's give props to the ten actors who've deserved an Academy Award most, yet have found themselves empty-handed. I've ranked them according to how much I've wept rethinking each slight.
10. Alec Baldwin
Yes, I'm trying to fix the gaping hole in my heart where 30 Rock once lived, but I also bring up the name of Jack Donaghy's maker for a pertinent reason -- he is a dynamite screen presence. If his chilling "Always be closing" monologue in Glengarry Glen Ross weren't scary and bad-ass enough, he's proved himself capable And cuddly in Working Girl, The Aviator, The Departed, and The Cooler, where he notched his first and only Oscar nomination. Surely the man who racked up six straight Emmy nominations for lovingly patronizing Liz Lemon should win one damn Oscar for bringing the heat onscreen. »
Los Angeles, Calif. -- Rock musician Dave Grohl set out to make a recording studio the subject of his first-ever film. He was intrigued not only by the studio but by a specific piece of recording equipment – a 1970s era sound board – that captured every note of music made there.
Geek city, right? It sounds like an idea any sane moviegoer would run from.
Instead, "Sound City" offers a colorful piece of music history, a candid examination of changes wrought by technology and a defiant statement about not surrendering the human element in creativity. Grohl's rookie film made it to the Sundance movie festival, is being released theatrically Friday and is accompanied by an album featuring artists he interviewed.
"It honestly was more like a keg party with a camera than making a Hollywood film," he said.
Grohl knew nothing about the Sound City studio in Van Nuys, Calif., when »
With a hot new promo shoot and a purported set list, anticipation is at a fever pitch for Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime show. But the question remains: How will she compare to recent performers?
Madonna was joined by M.I.A., Nicki Minaj, Lmfao and a host of other musicians at the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show, a performance made memorable mostly by M.I.A.'s decision to flip her middle finger at the camera -- and the 100 million-plus crowd that was watching at home.
The zenith of the performance was Madonna's then-new single, "Give Me All Your Luvin.'" That song has not exactly taken its place alongside the singer's earlier hits in the canon of good pop songs. Kelly Clarkson performed the national anthem, and her rendition was extremely well-received.
- Kia Makarechi
Thank God for Dave Grohl. Everyone’s favorite Foo Fighter and the most cheerful member of Nirvana, his irrepressible energy and sheer delight in rocking the F out shines during his loving remembrance of the legendary Los Angeles recording studio Sound City in his debut documentary feature of the same name. Ostensibly a memorial to the studio that spawned such albums as Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers catalog, and Nirvana’s Nevermind, among many, many other classic rock albums, the film also celebrates the craft and collaboration borne of this kind of specific recording process. And he trots out a Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame's worth of collaborators: Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield, Tom Petty, Lee Ving of Fear, Trent Reznor, Josh Homme, Pat Smear, Butch Vig, and Paul McCartney, not to mention interviews with Neil Young, Rick Rubin, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham, Lars Ulrich, »
- Katie Walsh
Though you might know Dave Grohl as the frontman for the Foo Fighters or drummer for Nirvana, he's also co-founded the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures (in addition to being the band's drummer) and stepped in for session work with bands such as Queens of the Stone Age, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails and Sir Paul McCartney. Now he's adding film director to that list with Sound City, a documentary about the famed recording studio in Los Angeles that has seen albums recorded from all those artists and more. Thankfully, Grohl rounded up these rock icons for some great interviews, classic rock star stories, and one hell of a jam session that must be seen and heard. Grohl's passion for music is unbridled as he talks to musicians and singers like Neil Young, Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield, Trent Reznor and more, recounting the history of the »
- Ethan Anderton
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