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Flashback: Elvis Presley’s ‘Aloha From Hawaii’ Marks His Final Truly Great Moment

Flashback: Elvis Presley’s ‘Aloha From Hawaii’ Marks His Final Truly Great Moment
Elvis Presley stayed on the road until the end of his life, playing his final show at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana less than two months before his death on August 16th, 1977. But with a handful of exceptions, the gigs he played in his last years were sad, sloppy affairs where a bloated, drugged Presley struggled to remember his lyrics and get through the night without collapsing. There were brief moments of brilliance, like his performances of “Unchained Melody” near the end, but most everything from the final
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Tom Petty Boxed Set of Unreleased Music Coming in September

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Tom Petty Boxed Set of Unreleased Music Coming in September
Over the course of a professional career that spanned more than 40 years, Tom Petty released a vast amount of material, including 13 albums with the Heartbreakers, three solo outings, two with Mudcrutch and dozens if not hundreds of covers, outtakes, live versions, stray B-sides, Petty songs covered by other artists, and more.

Yet there’s a lot of unreleased music inside the late musician’s vault, and four CDs of it will be coming in a boxed set called “American Treasure” scheduled for release on Sept 28, it was announced on the Petty channel on SiriusXM Tuesday. The set, featuring artwork by Shepard Fairey, will include previously unreleased live and studio material, alternate versions — 60 songs in total, compiled by Petty’s daughter Adria, his wife Dana, longtime Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench and veteran Petty engineer Ryan Ulyate. It dates from the beginnings of the Heartbreakers to recent years, which presumably
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Lil Tay Hanging with Legendary Producer Rick Rubin

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Lil Tay Hanging with Legendary Producer Rick Rubin
Legendary producer Rick Rubin is the architect behind Jay-z, the Beastie Boys and now... Lil Tay?! The foul-mouthed 9-year-old rapper posted this video on her Instagram story for her more than 2 million followers to soak up. It's a quick video ... but the mere hangout's got everyone wondering if Rick's gonna get in the Tay game, or if they just met by chance. It's also unclear where the hell this video was taken, but one thing's
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Pulse Acquires Synch, Marketing and Music Supervision Firm Hitcher (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Pulse Music Group has acquired Hitcher, a firm specializing in synch placement, marketing and music supervision. Hitcher founder Joe Rangel joins Pulse as a principal as part of the deal, and will serve in the new position of Head of Sync, Creative & Licensing. In addition, Hitcher will be absorbed by Pulse’s film and television division.

At Pulse, Rangel will supervise four in-house staffers and two consultants whose main concentration is in film and TV.

Said co-ceo Scott Cutler: “Pulse has always had a great relationship with Joe and Hitcher since day 1. The work that he and his team have done has been an important part of Pulse’s continued success.”

“Synch placements, particularly in film and television, are as important now to artists’ success and longevity as they have ever been,” added co-ceo Josh Abraham. “Having a world-class film and TV team is crucial for us to provide
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Warner Bros. Records Names Jeff Sosnow Evp of A&R

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Warner Bros. Records announced today that Jeff Sosnow has been promoted to Executive Vice President, A&R. In his expanded post, he will oversee the signing and developing of outstanding artists for both the Warner Bros. and Reprise labels, according to the announcement. Sosnow, who has served as Senior Vice President, A&R for Warner Bros. since 2012, has worked with artists such as ‪Tegan and Sara, ‪Deftones, Mastodon, ‪Mac Miller, Ajr, Death from Above, ‪The Head And The Heart, Twin Shadow, ‪Houndmouth and Rufus Du Sol.

“The bedrock of every great label is the strength of its A&R, and Jeff has proven to be one of the most astute and accomplished A&R people in our business,” said Warner Bros. Records Co-Chairman & COO Tom Corson. “I’ve admired his musical taste for years, so it’s a great pleasure to finally be in the same family. In the coming months,
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Review: ‘Itzhak’ Candidly Captures a Man and a Musician

Documentarian Alison Chernick has made a career of profiling artists from Jeff Koons and Matthew Barney in features to Roy Lichtenstein and Rick Rubin in shorts. Her latest subject is renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman — a victim of polio as a child in Israel who found himself at Julliard before earning Grammys, Emmys, and countless international awards. He overcame a disability (walking on crutches when not in his wheelchair) that never impaired his playing, but constantly hung over his head as a psychological hindrance in the minds of those with the opportunity to help his education. It took Ed Sullivan and an assumed desire to showcase a teenaged Itzhak’s skill despite his handicap rather than removed from it to bring him to New York and carve his path forward.

Itzhak is a hybrid of sorts that doesn’t merely draw his linear trajectory from birth to the present or focus
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David Letterman: The Best Parts of His Netflix Show Aren’t the Ones with the World’s Biggest Celebrities

David Letterman: The Best Parts of His Netflix Show Aren’t the Ones with the World’s Biggest Celebrities
David Letterman feels like a no-brainer pick to host a monthly talk show with some of the most famous people on the planet. With decades of experience and a career-long cultivation of a personality built on whatever the opposite of being starstruck is, Letterman’s also someone with plenty of time on his hands to do it. All those pieces went into making his ongoing Netflix series “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.”

After four episodes, the show has largely settled into a version of itself that future installments probably won’t stray too far from. The guest of the month appears to the adoring surprise of an unsuspecting audience. The guest and Dave have a wide-ranging conversation from upbringing to career to an obligatory comment on The World We Live in Now (and the one person most associated with it). If anything, the biggest surprise is how deferential Letterman
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Watch: The Avett Brothers Talk 'Tragedy' and Rise to Fame in Trailer for New Doc May it Last

Watch: The Avett Brothers Talk 'Tragedy' and Rise to Fame in Trailer for New Doc May it Last
The Avett Brothers show off their vulnerable side in the new trailer for May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers, Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio’s anticipated documentary about the North Carolina folk-rock band.

“If there was anyone I wanted to start a band with, it was Scott,” lead vocalist-guitarist Seth Avett says of his bandmate/brother. “There are all these bonds that become established when you’re children.”

The clip incorporates original footage of the Avetts in the studio, on the road, and at home visiting their father, as well as never-before-seen family photographs and home movies,
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How Judd Apatow Went Deep With the Avett Brothers for New Documentary

In 2012, when Judd Apatow used the Avett Brothers' buoyant, love-drunk ballad "Live and Die" in his coming-of-middle-age comedy This Is 40, it was a choice that reflected a passion for the band's heartfelt folk pop. "Their music is about reaching out and trying to connect with other people, as well as the obstacles of love," says Apatow. "And I try to express some of the same things in the realm of comedy."

So when he heard that his friend Rick Rubin was producing the Avetts' ninth album, True Sadness, which came out last year,
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Judd Apatow interview: The Big Sick

Matt Edwards Jul 28, 2017

Judd Apatow chats to us about The Big Sick, directing, stand-up comics and bad interviews...

Heading into UK cinemas this week, The Big Sick is a reinvigorating romantic comedy. It has a brilliant cast of characters, a unique pitch (boy meets girl, boy loses girl, awkward situations and a medically induced coma ensue) and a balance of drama and comedy that means you never know whether to brace yourself for a broken heart or split sides. A breath of fresh air, it’s the sort of film regular cinema goers need. It’s also the sort of film that needs regular cinema goers; it needs those that see it and enjoy it to shout about it, to tell people that it’s worth paying attention to.

Directed by Michael Showalter, the film stars Kumail Nanjiani, who co-wrote the script with his real life spouse Emily V. Gordon
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Russell Simmons Biopic ‘Life and Def: Sex Drugs Money + God’ in the Works

Russell Simmons Biopic ‘Life and Def: Sex Drugs Money + God’ in the Works
Fox has launched development of a Russell Simmons biopic “Life and Def: Sex Drugs Money + God” with Simmons on board to produce.

The project will cover Simmons’ rise the inner city area of Queens to become a major impresario in the worlds of music, fashion, and TV. Fox has tapped Kenya Barris, the creator of ABC’s series “Black-ish” and co-writer of “Barbershop: The Next Cut” and “Girls Trip,” to write the script.

“Life and Def” will be a co-production between Simmons’ Def Pictures and Misher Films, with Simmons and Kevin Misher producing. Jake Stein, Bobby Shriver, Josh Bratman and Andy Berman are the exec producers.

Barris signed an overall deal with Fox in September for the development of feature projects through his production company, Khalabo Ink Society, aimed at telling compelling stories that pull back the curtain on the parts of our society that typically go unnoticed.

“Life and Def” will cover the rise of rap
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SXSW Winner ‘May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers’ Lands at Oscilloscope

SXSW Winner ‘May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers’ Lands at Oscilloscope
Oscilloscope has obtained North American theatrical rights to co-directors Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio’s music documentary “May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers.”

“Judd and Mike have cinematically captured something we are trying musically to present every time we make a record: an honest and artistic portrait of life as we experience it,” said founding band member Seth Avett.

The film premiered at this year’s SXSW Film Festival where it received the “24 Beats Per Second Audience Award.” The film is an Apatow Production in association with RadicalMedia and marks Apatow and Bonfiglio’s second collaboration, following last year’s “Doc & Darryl,” which was part of the Espn Films: 30 for 30 series and represented Apatow’s first foray into documentary filmmaking.

Oscilloscope is planning a theatrical event release nationwide later this year. The film is a portrait of the North Carolina band The Avett Brothers, charting their decade-and-a-half rise,
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Great Job, Internet!: The playful magic of Michel Gondry’s collaborations with The White Stripes

It’s been almost a decade since the last White Stripes album came out, and much of the curiosity that accompanied their early years has faded into trivia, especially as Jack White continues his slow transformation into a hat-wearing record-industry barnacle à la Bono or Rick Rubin. But it’s also a good time to revisit that rush of interesting music, prolifically released for a few years, as well as the group’s ironclad sonic and visual aesthetics. A huge part of that was the duo’s series of videos with director Michel Gondry, mostly released in the early ‘00s as the director was working up toward his 2004 masterpiece Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. A new video from Film Radar digs into that fruitful collaboration, figuring out what made it all work and what we can still learn from it.

The video explores three of their five videos ...
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‘May It Last’ Review: Avett Brothers Doc Shows That Music Doesn’t Need Turmoil to Be Compelling — SXSW 2017

‘May It Last’ Review: Avett Brothers Doc Shows That Music Doesn’t Need Turmoil to Be Compelling — SXSW 2017
With most behind-the-scenes, making-of music docs, you can feel something ominous in the air. Either the artists on display are on the verge of a schism or someone’s personal life is threatening to undo the collective goals of the group. “May It Last,” a documentary from Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio about the North Carolina-based folk-rock group The Avett Brothers, never stumbles on that central, driving conflict. Instead, the film presents the story of two brothers, Scott and Seth Avett, who have lived their separate lives without being fueled by the need to bring seismic change to the music industry or each other. “May It Last” still places The Avett Brothers in the context of a musical quest but finds an equally satisfying path in the ordinary elements of their lives.

Most of the in-process footage from “May It Last” follows the recording of the band’s 2016 album “True
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Ed Sheeran Talks Forming a Boyband and Hooking Up with Taylor Swift’s Friends

Ed Sheeran Talks Forming a Boyband and Hooking Up with Taylor Swift’s Friends
If Ed Sheeran hasn’t invaded your speakers yet, just give it time. His latest single, the instantly hummable “Shape of You,” has shot to No. 1 across the planet, offering just a hint of the tuneful treats found on his new full-length, ÷ (that’s “Divide,” folks), which dropped last Friday. In celebration of his long-awaited return after retiring from the spotlight for nearly a year, the 26-year-old sat with Rolling Stone for an extensive and revealing profile. Read on for some of the highlights.

He Overcame His Stutter By Rapping Along to Eminem

Growing up in Suffolk on England’s east coast,
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Kim & Kanye's Pics Were Taken At His Post-Hospital Hideout (Photo Gallery)

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West weren't just trying to look "middle class" in a photo set Kim recently released -- the shots are real and capture a challenging time for the family.  Sources close to the couple confirm the pics were taken at music producer Rick Rubin's Malibu home. We're told Rick offered the pad up to Kanye post-hospitalization as a place to escape and get his mind right. Our sources say he stayed
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‘808’ Trailer: New Documentary on the Iconic Drum Machine Features Questlove, Pharrell and More

‘808’ Trailer: New Documentary on the Iconic Drum Machine Features Questlove, Pharrell and More
The average person has probably never heard of the Roland Tr-808 (a.k.a. the “808”) drum machine, but they have almost certainly heard it.

Drum machines have played a crucial role in the history and development of hip-hop music. In the golden age of the genre, they were relatively inexpensive and could simulate various drum sounds. The 808 was unique in that it provided a very low-frequency bass that has become synonymous with hip-hop.

Read More: ‘Punch Drunk Love’ Composer Jon Brion Explores Film’s Musical Rhythms, Compares It To An Old Hollywood Musical

Alex Dunn’s new documentary “808” delves into the history of this influential device. It features interviews from a bevy of beloved artists, including Rick Rubin, the Beastie Boys, Questlove, Pharrell, Diplo, and many more. After appearing at numerous festivals, it will finally be available for streaming on December 9 on Apple Music.

You can watch the trailer below.
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Taylor Swift -- Calls Bs on Kanye ... He Broke the Law

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Taylor Swift is not waving the white flag in her war with Kanye West over the secret audio recording ... our Taylor sources say she may still file a police report because she says Kanye committed a felony. As we reported, Kanye had Taylor on speaker when he recorded her as they spoke about his song "Famous," and there were clear voices in the room from the camera crew as well as producer Rick Rubin ... as such,
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Kim and Kanye -- No Prosecution for Secret Recording ... Taylor Knew People Were Listening

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Kim and Kanye -- No Prosecution for Secret Recording ... Taylor Knew People Were Listening
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will not face criminal prosecution for the secret recording in which Taylor hears all about the song "Famous" ... because she had No expectation of privacy. TMZ broke the story, Taylor's lawyer threatened Kanye with prosecution for taping the call and Taylor Swift has been mulling over the option of filing a police report. Here's the problem ... in California, if someone records a "confidential communication" and the other party to the
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See Avett Brothers' Fiery 'Satan Pulls the String' on 'Fallon'

See Avett Brothers' Fiery 'Satan Pulls the String' on 'Fallon'
The Avett Brothers stopped by The Tonight Show for a rootsy performance of new song "Satan Pulls the String." The band released their ninth album, True Sadness, last Friday.

Scott and Seth Avett passionately delivered the bluegrass track with their full band. The performance wrapped with a quick banjo, fiddle and guitar jam session at the end.

The Avett Brothers will be touring in support of their Rick Rubin-produced album this summer, with dates across North America scheduled through October. In February, they'll play several nights at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya,
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