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Charli XCX Goes Punk Rock, Black Keys Beef With U2 And More In Your First Dibs


Find out why English singer Charli XCX thinks her new album is punk rock, why Black Keys are talking smack about U2 and hear what the new Foo Fighters single sounds like in your First Dibs of music news for the day. And oh yeah, HAPPY FRIDAY! 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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Your Eyes Are Playing Tricks On You: Who’s Used Optical Illusions For Their Album Art?

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Plenty of music artists know how to push boundaries sonically, but what happens when they take us to the edge visually? Which artists have bent our perceptions with optically daring album art?

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The Black Keys On Getting “C-ckblocked” From The Grave By Michael Jackson

The Black Keys are never shy about speaking their mind (just ask the Beliebers), and lately they’ve made it known that they’re not fans of Michael Jackson’s new record, XSCAPE. And that’s putting it mildly. “[It's] some f-cking bullsh-t that sucks so bad that it took them three years after he died to make it listenable,” drummer Patrick Carney recently vented Rolling Stone. Their feelings had not cooled when they met up with VH1‘s own Jim Shearer before kicking off their world tour at Hangout Fest!

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Day 1 At Hangout Fest: 6 Acts You Absolutely CAN’T Miss On Today’s Livestream

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Hangout Fest 2014 officially kicks off today, and we’re hitting the ground running with some stellar A-list acts of every flavor! But how do you choose between the more than two dozen bands playing? Don’t worry! VH1 has broken it all down for you. Here are the six performances that you simply CANNOT miss today…

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The Black Keys, OutKast, The Killers + Jack Johnson Headline Hangout Fest This Weekend!

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Summertime is (finally) here, and with it comes the 5th annual Hangout Music Fest in Gulf Shores, Alabama! How is it more awesome than all of the other open-air fests this season? Well, first of all, this one is ON A BEACH! But most importantly, Hangout boasts an amazing array of the best bands in the biz. The three-day extravaganza will be headlined by musical titans The Black Keys, The Killers, the newly reformed Outkast, and Jack Johnson! But we’re just getting started…

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OutKast, Black Keys, The Killers, Jack Johnson: Hangout Fest 2014 Lineup Gets Us On Our Feet

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If there were ever rock stars and rappers we wanted to hang out with more than the headliners of this year’s fifth annual Hangout Fest, well, they’ve evaporated from our minds. The just reunited OutKast, along with The Killers, The Black Keys and Jack Johnson lead the lineup of the three-day festival, which goes down on the beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama, from May 16-18.
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