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Watch The Decemberists Perform for KCRW

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The Decemberists KCRW

The Decemberists recently stopped into the Santa Monica, Calif., studios of KCRW to perform a few of their new songs off What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World.

You can listen to the entire set here, but video has also surfaced of the Colin Meloy-led band playing the album’s top single, “Make You Better.”

Watch that clip below.

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Watch the Weeknd Perform Sultry ‘Earned It’ on Fallon

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The Weeknd Earned ItFifty Shades of Grey is one of the hottest movies currently in theaters, and its soundtrack is just as steamy.

Much of that is thanks to the Weeknd, who contributed two songs to the film, one of which he recently performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Watch the Weeknd perform “Earned It” below and don’t miss guitarist Patrick Greenaway playing a  White Panther Center-Block and bassist Ledaris “L.J.” Jones with a White Falcon Bass.

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5 Eye-Catching Gretsch Finishes

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Here’s a list of 5 eye-catching Gretsch finishes. Let us know in the comments what Gretsch finish most appeals to you, and why?

G5438T Pro Jet in Gold

Electromatic Pro Jet models take on a new voice and identity, with chambered basswood bodies and arched maple tops that resonate true to “That Great Gretsch Sound,” but it’s the two-tone body color scheme — Black or Gold tops with Walnut-stained back and sides — that we want to call attention to here.

Shown here in Gold, this sparkle finish with the attractive dark stained back and sides is a true beauty!

G6120SH Brian Setzer Hot Rod in Green Sparkle

Sticking with the sparkle theme, there are several new Gretsch Brian Setzer Hot Rod Models that have been stripped down and built to Brian’s exacting specs.  But the G6120SH in Green Sparkle is all about the bling and looks AMAZING under the stage lights.

G6120SH Brian Setzer Hot Rod Two-Tone

While the Green Sparkle finish is “in-your-face” loud, the new Gretsch Brian Setzer Hot Rod Models also come in striking yet subtle two-tone finishes over a flame maple body. Below is the Harbor Blue model, which has more of a periwinkle shade to it from a profile view, while its top calls to mind a smooth sail over the ocean waters.

G5420T Electromatic Hollow Body in Sunburst

The G5420T Electromatic Hollow Body is a sharp Gretsch guitar with a bound single-cutaway hollow body featuring sound-post bracing and elegant bound f holes. It comes in four colors, including this flattering Sunburst gloss finish. Classic!

G6122-12 Chet Atkins Country Gentlemen 12-String

This 12-String Chet Atkins axe doubles the sound of the classic model with the chiming, jangling sound of the ’60s.  And best of all, it’s available in a new Blonde finish. As they say, blondes have more fun!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE GRETSCH FINISH? TELL US IN THE COMMENTS BELOW …

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Royal Blood Goes Acoustic on Triple J Radio

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British rock duo Royal Blood got reduced to a one-man show during a recent appearance on Australia’s Triple J radio, as singer Mike Kerr performed an acoustic session for the first time.

Wielding a Gretsch G5031FT Rancher Dreadnought, Kerr offered stripped-down renditions of “Better Strangers” and a cover of Cold War Kids hit “Hang Me Out to Dry.”

And for those wondering where drummer Ben Thatcher was hiding out, he was in the studio, as well.

“There are other things going on in the Royal Blood camp,” Thatcher joked. “I’ve got to do all the admin while all this is going on. I’m just emailing Mike the lyrics to the songs.”

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New Music from Kodaline

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Dublin-based band Kodaline’s sophomore album, Coming Up for Air, dropped
today in the U.K.., with a release in the U.S. planned for March 24.

But for those in the States looking to preview a new Kodaline
track, take note of the alternative rockers video for the single
“Honest.”

The song begins with frontman Steve Garrigan singing over an understated
piano before the rest of the band kicks in for the soaring chorus.

Watch the clip for “Honest” below and don’t miss Mark Prendergast’s Gretsch G6139CB Falcon Center-Block Single Cutaway guitar. And to sample a few more tunes, check out this Spotify playlist.

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