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XPN MusicNotes: Watch more tributes to Tom Petty with covers by The Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Cage the Elephant

Tom Petty | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

“It was just like somebody stabbed you in the heart when you heard that Tom Petty died” – Brandon Flowers of The Killers

Over the weekend, several bands paid tribute to the late Tom Petty with covers of some of his classics performed by The Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Cage the Elephant. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Remembering the life and music of Hüsker Dü’s Grant Hart

Grant Hart | via Hüsker Dü’s Facebook

“Grant Hart was a gifted visual artist, a wonderful story teller, and a frighteningly talented musician. Everyone touched by his spirit will always remember.” -Bob Mould

Grant Hart — founding member, drummer and singer/songwriter for the influential alt-rock band Hüsker Dü — has died following a battle with kidney cancer at the age of 56. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Listen to Josh Ritter duet with Bob Weir, hear the first song from Margo Price’s new album

Josh Ritter | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

“The song (with Josh Ritter & Bob Weir) pitches its tent midway between the country, gospel and soul camps, with thickly stacked harmonies that evoke the Dead’s own folk-rock classic American Beauty. Appropriately, Weir lends his warm, weathered voice to two verses. Behind him, a swirl of guitars, organ and brass turns the song into some sort of Americana hymn.” – Rolling Stone

Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter is getting set to release a new album which features a duet with the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Take a first look at actor Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, get details on St. Vincent’s new album

via IndieWire

“When you’re able to open your eyes and see a different person staring back at you in the mirror – it’s a very affirming moment.” -Rami Malek on portraying Freddie Mercury

Entertainment Weekly has published the first photograph of actor Rami Malek as the late, great Freddie Mercury for his new film about the late Queen frontman. Continue reading →