Neil Young + Promise of the Real: The Monsanto Years

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Neil Young + Promise of the Real The Monsanto Years (Reprise) Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars If the idea of having Neil Young bark at you about the evils of Monsanto, Starbucks, Walmart (and other mega corporations) in a get-off-my-lawn voice and approach that makes Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino sound like Dolly Parton, […]

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Neil Young and Promise of the Real to Tour This Summer

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Neil Young + Promise of the Real announced a series of summer tour dates, kicking off at Summer Fest in Milwaukee July 5. Each show will begin with a solo acoustic set from Young, followed by a full electric show with Promise of the Real, a Los Angeles based band fronted by Willie Nelson’s son […]

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Neil Young Protests Donald Trump’s Use Of “Rockin’ In The Free World”

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Donald Trump on Tuesday used Neil Young‘s anthem “Rockin’ in the Free World” to announce his 2016 presidential candidacy in front of Trump Towers. Shortly afterward, Young’s management issued a statement, saying the famous real estate magnate was not authorized to use the tune. According to the statement, Young is supporting Independent presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Trump’s campaign has emphasized they procured […]

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Neil Young: Storytone

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Neil Young Storytone (Warner) Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Let’s review the prolific and somewhat bizarre past three years of Neil Young’s recording career, shall we? There was a Crazy Horse-accompanied ride through some classic American folk songs (Americana). Crazy Horse then came back for a speaker-shredding collection of elongated electric guitar freakouts (Psychedelic […]

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Country Music Hall of Fame Announces New Exhibition

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Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame announced its next exhibition, Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City. The exhibition will take a retrospective look at the rock and folk artists of the late ’60s and early ’70s who traveled to Nashville to work with the Nashville Cats, a group of talented session musicians who played […]

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Neil Young Announces New Album, Storytone

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A few weeks ago, Neil Young released “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?,” an environmentalist protest song. Yesterday, Young announced the release of the album Storytone, which will contain that song and others. It’s out November 4 on Reprise Records. The album artwork is above, and was apparently created by Young himself. While his last album, A Letter Home, was […]

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Neil Young Releases New Song “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?”

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Neil Young took to his web site to announce “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?,” a new song from his upcoming album Storytone. The track is a takedown of fossil fuel dependence and a call to action for citizens to protect Earth’s ecosystems. He debuted “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?” at Crazy Horse performances, including this year’s Farm […]

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15 Classic Songs About Dogs

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Whether as hellhounds or loyal companions, canines have been part of our lives for thousands of years. Grant Maxwell, the author of How Does It Feel?: Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and the Philosophy of Rock and Roll put together this list of 15 memorable songs about dogs. Think of these tunes as a music lover’s best friend. Big Mama […]

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Neil Young: A Letter Home

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Neil Young A Letter Home (Reprise Records/Third Man) 3 out of 5 stars If you haven’t already figured out that Neil Young operates on his own special wavelength, his new covers album A Letter Home should drive that notion home for you. Not only did Young suddenly make the album available for sale on his […]

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Various Artists: A MusiCares Tribute to Bruce Springsteen

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Various Artists A MusiCares Tribute to Bruce Springsteen (Columbia) 4 out of 5 stars “I am here to pay tribute to Bruce Springsteen, because he is awesome, and I love him.” These words — uttered by The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart at the opening of an all-star tribute to The Boss — surely ring familiar […]

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Musicians Sing The Praises Of Neil Young’s Pono Player

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On Tuesday, Neil Young launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for Pono, his long-awaited digital music service and player. Young hopes his new invention will put and end to the inferior sound quality of the common CD and MP3. Fans and investors ponied up $800,000 to aid Young’s cause in a mere ten hours. […]

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