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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Stream The Grahams’ Debut Album Riverman’s Daughter

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The Grahams’ debut album, Riverman’s Daughter, took more that two years to create. It all started in the classroom, where future bandmates Alyssa and Doug Graham met as first grade students, and continued in the streets of New York City, where the two began dating as teenagers. Years later, the grownup high-school sweethearts got married […]

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Emmylou Harris Readies Wrecking Ball Reissue

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On April 8, Nonesuch Records will reissue Emmylou Harris’ career-defining 1995 album Wrecking Ball as a three-disc set. The reissue will contain a remastered version of the original album, which took home the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1996, as well as a bonus CD of recently unearthed demos and outtakes. The […]

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Neil Young Awarded President’s Merit Award, Delivers Astounding Speech

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Never one to hold back his thoughts, Neil Young didn’t disappoint last night. Awarded with the President’s Merit Award from the Producers & Engineers Wing of the Grammys, he delivered an acceptance speech that was pure Neil: it was about magic, about technology, and about how the technology to deliver that magic has often failed […]

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Video: Geneviéve Toupin Covers Neil Young’s “Heart Of Gold” For Sweet Relief

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“I want to live, I want to give.” Those Neil Young lyrics could serve as the mission statement for Sweet Relief, a charity that raises money for musicians in need who are living without health insurance. The organization has put out three high profile albums for that purpose — a 1993 Victoria Williams tribute album, […]

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