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30 Musicians With Hobbies You Would Never Expect

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-By Frank Donovan 

You and I might spend our downtime singing in the shower, dancing at the club, and plucking on a guitar. But our favorite artists are wont to unwind with less musical hobbies. When the lights go down, artists like Prince pick up a ping pong paddle, Roger Daltrey a fishing rod, and Justin Bieber a Rubik’s Cube. These pastimes run the gamut from completely ordinary like Rivers Cuomo and Lily Allen’s knitting, to an obsession that led Neil Young to become a part owner in a toy train manufacturing company.

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AC/DC Announced To Headline Coachella Festival Alongside Jack White And Drake

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The band who once sang “It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll” are proving once again that which doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. Despite losing founding guitarist Malcolm Young and enduring the ongoing legal woes of drummer Phil Rudd this year, Australian hard rockers AC/DC continue to move from triumph to triumph. Their new album Rock or Bust went #1 worldwide and now the long running boogiemeisters have been announced as headliners of that hippest of all musical events, California’s Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival. Read more…

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Why Are These Famous Rock Stars Playing Cheap, Junk Shop Guitars?

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No less an authority than Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain once said “I use whatever I can find at junk shops – junk is always best.” Junk shops, thrift stores and garage sales have always been alluring to guitarists in their quest for vintage scores. However, far more often what they’d find there were the cheap, funky – though frequently well-made and good sounding – beginner guitars one could order from a Sears and Roebuck mail order catalog. And for every axe-slinger that found fortune playing the famed stock in trade Stratocasters and Les Pauls, there have always been those that made it a point of pride to wrangle ferocious sounds from far rarer rock n’ roll beasts. Read more…

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What Are The Oddest Ways Artists Are Releasing Their Music?

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As the Wu-Tang Clan prepares to release a new album, the group’s unconventional dissemination plan is getting more attention than the fact that new music is on the way. The venerable hip-hop collective is creating one pressing of its LP, with the single copy being presented to fans as a traveling museum exhibit.

As novel as that strategy may be, members of the Wu aren’t the only artists who’ve tried to one-up the industry by playing around with standard distribution methods. Who else has gotten creative with album formats?

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