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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020 inductees: Depeche Mode, Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, Notorious B.I.G., T-Rex

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020 inductees: Depeche Mode, Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, Notorious B.I.G., T-Rex
The 35th induction class for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will consist of six artists: Depeche Mode, Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, Notorious B.I.G. and T-Rex. The official announcement was made on Wednesday. Also joining as inductees on the live HBO ceremony for May 2 are managers Irving Azoff and Jon Landau.

An artist becomes eligible 25 years after the first recording. While all of these artists had surpassed that date by several years, it was the first time on the ballot for four of them. Only the Doobies and Nails had been passed over by voters before.

Who was snubbed on this year’s ballot? The biggest shockers were Pat Benatar and Dave Matthews Band not making it since both led the fan voting. Others on the ballot not selected were Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Motorhead, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden and Thin Lizzy.
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Documentary on Legendary 1970s L.A. Session Musicians Coming From ‘Wrecking Crew’ Director

  • Variety
Documentary on Legendary 1970s L.A. Session Musicians Coming From ‘Wrecking Crew’ Director
Director Denny Tedesco scored with his 2008 film “The Wrecking Crew,” his critically praised documentary on the legendary session musicians of the ‘60s who performed with everyone from the Beach Boys and Phil Spector to Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley — so it makes perfect sense that he’s begun work on a film about legendary 1970s session musicians called “Immediate Family.”

This crew, which backed Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon and countless others, includes guitarists Danny Kortchmar and Waddy Wachtel, bassist Leland Sklar, drummer Russ Kunkel and others.

Kortchmar, Sklar and Kunkel made up three-quarters of The Section, known for their studio and live work in support of some of the top selling singer/songwriters and solo singers of the era, as well as their own instrumental albums. (They were later joined by Wachtel.) Individually or together, in addition to the artists listed above, the musicians worked with Carole King,
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Linda Ronstadt Helps CNN Carry a Different Kind of Tune

  • Variety
Linda Ronstadt Helps CNN Carry a Different Kind of Tune
Fans of Linda Ronstadt have swooned over her voice, a powerful instrument that can blast the dust off an Everly Brothers classic and breathe new life into jazz and mariachi standards. Yet what comes through most strongly in a recent documentary about the singer is the way she used her vocal abilities to call attention to the work of others.

“I can always do a harmony part,” Ronstadt says in a recent interview.

The film, “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice,” airs on CNN at 9 p.m. on New Year’s Day after a recent theater run, and tells the story via a time-capsule of clips, video moments and Ronstadt’s own words of how the singer captured public fascination with her carefully chosen covers of tunes by Roy Orbison, Clint Ballard Jr. and Warren Zevon, among others. But it also depicts her knack for helping those whose efforts
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Trampled by Turtles Preview ‘Sigourney Fever’ Covers Ep with Faces’ ‘Ooh La La’

Trampled by Turtles Preview ‘Sigourney Fever’ Covers Ep with Faces’ ‘Ooh La La’
Trampled by Turtles will release a new digital covers Ep on Friday. Cheekily titled Sigourney Fever, the project includes the roots band’s unique renditions of songs by Neil Young, Iris DeMent, Warren Zevon, Radiohead, and the Faces.

Ahead of the Ep’s release, the group premieres their take on “Ooh La La,” the nostalgic 1973 singalong from the Faces. Trampled by Turtles follow the lead of the influential U.K. bar band by enlisting bass player Tim Saxhaug to handle lead vocals instead of singer Dave Simonett — the Faces’ original
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Warren Zevon deserves 2020 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [Poll Results]

Warren Zevon deserves 2020 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [Poll Results]
It’s been a long while since a male solo artist has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And according to results from our recent poll, the one you most want for induction in 2020 is the late Warren Zevon. He narrowly defeated such rock heavyweights as George Michael, Phil Collins and Todd Rundgren in our poll.

Shockingly, no male solo artists were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the past two years. This astounding fact follows several years of voters catching up on such artists as Neil Diamond (2011), Donovan (2012), Peter Gabriel (2014), Randy Newman (2013), Lou Reed (2015), Steve Miller (2016), Cat Stevens (2014) and Bill Withers (2015).

We also recently offered very popular polls about which rock group you wanted next (won by The Doobie Brothers) and which female artist you would choose.

Here are the final poll results for the dozen men in our poll:

Warren Zevon
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame poll: Which snubbed male artist should finally be inducted in 2020?

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame poll: Which snubbed male artist should finally be inducted in 2020?
Shockingly, no male solo artists were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the past two years. This astounding fact follows several years of voters catching up on such artists as Neil Diamond (2011), Donovan (2012), Peter Gabriel (2014), Randy Newman (2013), Lou Reed (2015), Steve Miller (2016), Cat Stevens (2014) and Bill Withers (2015).

It’s not for a lack of choices, however. Our new poll below offers 12 male artists who have been snubbed for years despite being eligible for induction. Vote for the one man you feel most deserves to be selected for the 2020 ceremony.

We also recently offered very popular polls about which rock group you wanted next (won by The Doobie Brothers) and which female artist you would choose.

Here are descriptions of the dozen men in our poll:

Bryan Adams

Eligible since 2004. Top songs include “Cuts Like a Knife,” “Heaven,” “Run to You,” “Summer of ’69.”Nominated for 15 Grammy Awards with one win.
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Midland’s ‘Let it Roll’ is an Immaculately Disheveled Success

Midland’s ‘Let it Roll’ is an Immaculately Disheveled Success
Country trio Midland sparked a lot of unnecessarily heated debates back when they first arrived back in 2017. Their throwback aesthetic and sound — a playful, scuffed-up nod to the oft-derided Urban Cowboy era in country and its characteristic softness — drew suspicion from anyone who shaped their idea of masculinity around Waylon or Willie. Then there was the fact that singer Mark Wystrach’s résumé included acting and underwear modeling, while bassist Cameron Duddy had pop superstar connections as the video director for Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” and “Uptown Funk.
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17 Songs We Hear on TV Over and Over Again

What does the Devil have in common with a pair of physicists? What about a mobster and a glee club or a duck and a ballerina? The answer is they all have the same taste in music.

When it comes to song selection, TV shows tend to think alike.  It might be because they want all to feature the latest hits of the year.  

19 Scenes Elevated by Song Choice

They may also be trying to create a certain mood during a scene, and some songs are so great at capturing that particular emotion, everybody starts using the same song for the same reason.

Below are just some examples of songs we just can't get out of our heads because we hear them on so many different shows.    

1. "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - Gossip Girl Only Blair Waldorf could make an upbeat song about home and love
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Echo in the Canyon and the Birth of the California Sound

Tony Sokol May 28, 2019

Andrew Slater's documentary Echo in the Canyon twiddles the knobs in the Laurel Canyon studios that gave birth to the California Sound.

Before forming the Byrds, Roger McGuinn backed up Bobby Darin, the "Dream Lover" who let "Mack the Knife" swing. The Bronx-born rock and roll legend was adding folk and protest music into his live shows and saw McGuinn playing guitar and making faces behind the Chad Mitchell Trio when they were opening for Lenny Bruce at the Crescendo night club on Hollywood's Sunset Strip. By the time The Beatles hit, McGuinn played, sang harmonies and trained as a professional songwriter under the rock and roll innovator. After the British Invasion, McGuinn consolidated the folk rock sound, first by playing Beatles' songs on solo guitar in folk clubs and then by plugging a 12-string guitar onto a Bob Dylan song. Andrew Slater's loving documentary
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Boston Legal, Blue Bloods, True Detective and the Uses of Warren Zevon

Warren Zevon was an unmistakable talent who possessed an indefinable original genius. An excitable boy they all said. Sadly, the greatness of the singer-songwriter was never truly recognized in his own time, mainly of his own doing. Best known for his 1978 soulful, funky anthem “Werewolves of London”, he turned in a brilliant yet tragic career that spanned from the late 60s until his death in 2003. Zevon was quick to sabotage his greatest chances at superstardom, always more comfortable along the borders of the spotlight rather than in the center of it. As he stated in a 2002 Rolling

Boston Legal, Blue Bloods, True Detective and the Uses of Warren Zevon
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Hear Unreleased Take of Keith Richards’ Solo Song ‘My Babe’ For New Reissue

Hear Unreleased Take of Keith Richards’ Solo Song ‘My Babe’ For New Reissue
In 1986, relations between Keith Richards and Mick Jagger were at an all-time low. The Stones were on hold while Jagger toured as a solo act behind his 1987 album Primitive Cool, and the two traded endless insults in the press.

So Keith Richards decided to do something he’d always held off on: form his own solo band. The X-Pensive Winos featured an eclectic crew including Waddy Wachtel (Warren Zevon, the Everly Brothers), drummer Steve Jordan (who played with Richards in the Chuck Berry tribute concert film Hail! Hail! Rock & Roll
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Linda Ronstadt to Release Concert Album ‘Live in Hollywood’

Linda Ronstadt to Release Concert Album ‘Live in Hollywood’
Linda Ronstadt’s extraordinary genre-hopping career encompassed more than two dozen studio LPs and several greatest-hits compilations but one format that had been missing from her discography until now was a live album. On February 1st, Rhino will issue Live in Hollywood, featuring 12 performances handpicked by Ronstadt from a 1980 concert originally filmed for HBO.

Recorded at Hollywood’s Television Center Studios on April 24th, 1980, to coincide with the release of Ronstadt’s underappreciated Mad Love LP, Live in Hollywood includes a mix of rock, pop and country tunes the singer
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‘Happy as Lazzaro’ Film Review: Alice Rohrwacher Charts the Course of a Holy Fool

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‘Happy as Lazzaro’ Film Review: Alice Rohrwacher Charts the Course of a Holy Fool
Magic can be a tricky thing to put on a movie screen, where one viewer’s rapture can be another’s Wtf. Italian director Alice Rohrwacher, making her third trip to Cannes with only her third movie, delivers a little of each with “Happy as Lazzaro” (“Lazzaro Felice”), which premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Rohrwacher’s leisurely-paced film flits between social realism (see these poor exploited workers!) and magical realism (see the boy who never ages!), in ways that are sometimes transporting and sometimes maddening. If you can surrender to her peculiar vision, its beauty is undeniable; if not, impatience may set in long before the film winds down just past the two-hour mark.

In some ways, Rohrwacher, the second of the three female directors in the competition to screen, is the polar opposite of Eva Husson, whose “Girls of the Sun” was the first of the three to screen.
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Stand Up for Heroes 2018: The 8 Best Things We Saw

After a dozen years, the annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit has settled into a steady rhythm that consistently makes it one of the most entertaining benefit shows of the year. With the exception of last year when it conflicted with his Broadway schedule, Bruce Springsteen has played every one since it began in 2007 and he’s always joined by some of the biggest names in comedy. This year that meant Jon Stewart, Seth Myers, Jim Gaffigan and Jimmy Carr. If that wasn’t enough to move tickets, this year
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Jason Isbell at the Ryman: Diarrhea Planet, Sturgill Simpson Rock Night 5

Jason Isbell at the Ryman: Diarrhea Planet, Sturgill Simpson Rock Night 5
Jason Isbell may the quintessential Americana artist — introspective, deliberate, never a wasted lyric or note — but on Saturday night at the penultimate show of his six-show Ryman Auditorium residency, he embraced his inner go-for-broke guitar-shredder, both as headliner and as surprise guest of his hand-picked opening act, Diarrhea Planet.

The longtime Nashville power-punkers called it quits in September, playing a string of farewell shows at the club Exit/In, but at Isbell’s request, they agreed to perform one more gig at the Ryman. It was the right move, as
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See Eric Church’s Acoustic Performance of New Song ‘Hippie Radio’

See Eric Church’s Acoustic Performance of New Song ‘Hippie Radio’
Songs built around the lyrics or titles of other songs can often tilt toward the lazy. But Eric Church’s new “Hippie Radio,” off the just released album Desperate Man, finds a smart way to nod to gems of the past.

“My daddy had a Pontiac on the beiger side of yellow,” he sings, setting the scene of his days as a tyke, riding on the bench seat of his old man’s car and listening to staples like “Carry on Wayward Son.” Here, the songs aren’t the narrative,
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11 New Albums to Stream Now: Cat Power, ‘A Star Is Born’ and More Editors’ Picks

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11 New Albums to Stream Now: Cat Power, ‘A Star Is Born’ and More Editors’ Picks
Editors’ Pick: Cat Power, Wanderer

“Chan Marshall, aka: Cat Power, lays full claim to the title of her tenth album, Wanderer with the authority of a blueswoman who’s seen some shit,” writes Will Hermes, “alternately conjuring trances and slapping you out of them, projecting clear-eyed, uncompromising strength on one of the most fragile-sounding sets she’s ever made.”

Read Our Review: Cat Power’s Timelessly Haunting Wanderer

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

“One point of A Star Is Born is that everything about Ally’s
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Review: Eric Church Pledges Allegiance to Old-School Country-Rock Values on ‘Desperate Man’

Review: Eric Church Pledges Allegiance to Old-School Country-Rock Values on ‘Desperate Man’
When Eric Church, with some nuance, noted his problems with the National Rifle Association in a Rolling Stone cover story earlier this year, the internet blew up in certain troll networks. Folks figuratively spit on him, in clear ignorance of his actual words, predicting/threatening that fans would abandon him en masse. Others applauded him for speaking up, hoping perhaps he’d lead a charge against country’s relative vow of silence around gun safety following last year’s mass shooting at Route 91 Harvest in Las Vegas — a festival Church performed at.
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Eric Church’s ‘Desperate Man’: Track by Track Guide

Eric Church’s ‘Desperate Man’: Track by Track Guide
One year ago this week, Eric Church celebrated the final moments of his 2017 tour on the Las Vegas Strip, where he played an outdoor show to 22,000 attendees at the Route 91 Harvest festival.

“You guys have fun tonight in Las Vegas!” he shouted from the front row, after leaping from the stage to the ground during the final moments of “Springsteen.” Then, while casinos like the Mandalay Bay glittered in the distance, he grew emotional, telling the crowd that “this song, 100 percent, is about nights like tonight, when the weather is
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George Michael clobbers Cher and The Monkees as top choice for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [Poll Results]

George Michael clobbers Cher and The Monkees as top choice for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [Poll Results]
The late George Michael is your top choice for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The former Wham! star and solo singer received 48% in our recent poll about which snubbed artist deserves to be inducted for 2019. He clobbered The Monkees with 30% and Cher with 22% in our final poll results of this year. The poll had a whopping 3,000 people voting over the past week.

To determine these three finalists, Gold Derby offered you three polls in the weeks before about overlooked bands, female artists and male artists. For our female artist poll results, Cher was the top choice with 50%. On the male artist poll, Michael was best with 24%. And on the rock group poll, The Monkees were the favorites with 46%. We then brought these three legends together on the most recent poll.

Hall of Fame committee members will be voting soon. They will offer a short list of
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