Music news (2/22-2/28)


Tom Morello plays for protestors in Madison, Wisconsin. Photo by Narayan Mahon/



Tom Morello plays at Wisconsin rally




The guitarist from Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, and The Nightwatchman took part in the Wisconsin protests on Monday, performing acoustic songs and delivering a speech in support of protestors against Governor Walker’s attempt to end the right of state employees to collectively bargain.

Morello performed Neil Young’s “Ohio,” Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up,” and an acoustic version of Rage’s “Guerilla Radio.”

“No matter what Governor Walker, the Mubarak of the Midwest, says, this land is your land,” said Morello, before singing Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land.”

Rare 1963 Bob Dylan concert to be released

Rolling Stone co-founder Ralph J. Gleason has had, for over four decades, a 7-inch reel-to-reel, soundboard recording of Dylan’s 1963 performance at Brandeis University.  The long-lost, pre-fame Dylan concert was recently found after being forgotten on a shelf in Gleason’s mother’s house.

Britney makes half a million dollars in product placement

In Britney Spears’ new video for “Hold It Against Me,” you may notice a few conspicuous products, such as Make Up Forever eye shadow, the dating website Plenty of Fish, as well as Spears’ own Radiance perfume.

According to, the product placement netted Spears a cool $500,000.

Are you a “Bieleber?”

Justin Beiber’s concert film “Never Say Never” was released over the weekend, in 3D no less! The new version of the film includes 40 extra minutes (thank God) and was converted to 3D for those who just can’t get enough of the Bieb.

In other Bieber news, his album “Never Say Never – The Remixes” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s top 200 albums chart.

3D Bieber movies and a remix album ranking No.1? I swear that Armageddon is near.

Jack White will never form another band

According the ex-White Stripes singer, his bands the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather are the extent of his collaborative efforts.

“If I can’t say it in any these bands, then I’ll say it myself,” said White.

Foo Fighters release new single

“Rope,” the new single from the Foo Fighters’ upcoming album “Wasting Light” will be available for download March. 1.

The single is “primal” and “raw,” according to producer Butch Vig. Full of distorted guitars and a screaming Dave Grohl, the single doesn’t seem to be much of a departure for the band.

Paul McCartney to debut his first ballet

McCartney’s major orchestral work, “Ocean’s Kingdom,” will debut for the New York City Ballet on Sept. 22.

Apparently Paul never slowed down when he got to 64…

U2 will headline Glastonbury Festival

U2 will play the first night of the 2011 Glastonbury Festival in, well, Glastonbury. Coldplay and Beyonce will take over headlining slots on the following two nights. The festival runs June 24-26.

Tom Waits is recording new album

The new album will be his first brand-new studio effort since 2004’s “Real Gone.”

No release date is set.

Marilyn Manson drummer quits

Kenneth Robert Wilson, aka Ginger Fish, has announced his departure from Marilyn Manson, whom he had drummed with for over 15 years, appearing on all but their first album.

I thought all those guys were dead.

Rolling Stone reader’s picks of the top 10 albums of the 90s:






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1. Nirvana – “Nevermind”

2. Radiohead – “OK Computer”

3. Pearl Jam – “Ten”

4. U2 – “Achtung Baby”

5. Oasis – “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?”

6. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Siamese Dream”

7. Metallica – “Metallica (The Black Album)”

8. Jeff Buckley – “Grace”

9. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness”

10. Guns & Roses – “Use Your Illusion 1 and 2″

Rolling Stone reader’s picks of the top 10 Beatles albums:






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1. “Revolver”

2. “Abbey Road”

3. The White Album”

4. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”

5. “Rubber Soul”

6. “Magical Mystery Tour”

7. “Help!”

8. “Let It Be”

9. “A Hard Day’s Night”

10. “With the Beatles”













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