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This Day in Music History: Stevie Wonder appears on Sesame Street, Metallica sues Napster

1954 – Bill Haley records “Rock Around the Clock” at Pythian Temple studios in New York City. It is considered by many to be the version of the song that put rock and roll on the map around the world. The song is used over the opening titles for the film Blackboard Jungle and goes on to be a worldwide #1 & the biggest selling pop single with sales over 25 million.

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XPN MusicNotes: Fleet Foxes reforming, Stone Temple Pilots holds auditions and a new David Bowie video released

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Fleet Foxes | Photo by Sean Pecknold, courtesy of the artist

Following a 5 year hiatus it looks like Fleet Foxes will get back together again. Fleet Foxes last album was Helplessness Blues which came out in 2011, but in an interview with the website DISTINCT vocalist/guitarist Christian Wargo says that he and Robin Pecknold have talked about the idea of getting the Seattle folk outfit back together again.

Wargo told distinctdaily.com:

“It’s not, like, ‘announced’ or anything, and none of us really knew it was coming, but it’s happening. Possibly unofficially at this stage, but it’s definitely a thing.”

No word if Joshua Tillman- AKA Father John Misty– would rejoin a reunited Fleet Foxes. Stay tuned. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: See David Bowie Tribute highlights from Debbie Harry, Michael Stipe and The Flaming Lips, plus Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Drummers

Last night at Carnegie Hall artists and fans alike gathered for the first of two: “The Music of David Bowie” Tribute Concerts. Thursday night’s performers included:  Debbie Harry, Jakob Dylan, Michael Stipe, The Flaming Lips, Joseph Arthur, Pixies, Cyndi Lauper,  Bettye LaVette and many, many more. The 2nd tribute show is tonight at Radio City Music Hall.
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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Jimmy Fallon & Chris Martin sing David Bowie’s “Life on Mars?” and 25 more songs added to Library of Congress’ National Registry

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Late night host Jimmy Fallon unleashed his best David Bowie impression earlier this week as he sang Bowie’s classic “Life on Mars?” accompanied by Coldplay’s Chris Martin on piano. Watch. Continue reading →