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Watch Rokia Traoré Perform Three Songs on KEXP

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Malian musician Rokia Traoré has gained international acclaim with her latest album Beautiful Africa, a collection of rock-infused tracks that recall the type of music that first inspired her.

And during a trip through North America, Traoré stopped into Seattle’s KEXP studios to play a few new songs, including “Sarama,” which is a praise song to Malian women partly sung in English, and “Kèlè Mandi.”

Watch the entire performance after the jump and visit her official website for more information. (more…)

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The So So Glos Get Featured in Dodge’s #NextUp Campaign

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So So GlosBrooklyn-based punk rockers the So So Glos were recently featured in Dodge’s #NextUp campaign, which spotlights rising artists.

The band ripped through “Son of An American,” a track featured on  latest album Blowout.

Check out that clip and an interview below.

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Jack White Unleashes Scorching Video for ‘Lazaretto’

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Jack White GretschJack White’s highly-anticipated sophomore solo album Lazaretto is less than a week from its release date (June 10), but he’s already furnished fans three of the new songs.

And if the audio taste isn’t enough for White enthusiasts, the prolific songwriter recently dropped a visual in the form of a music video for the record’s title track.

The black-and-white clip for “Lazaretto” is perfect for the song’s machine-gun pacing, with shots of glass breaking, a bull stomping and a car burning some serious rubber. Throughout, White stabs at his guitar and snarls into the microphone, matching the aggressive scenes around him.

Check out the video below.

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How the Gretsch Bi-Plane Was Built

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A longtime woodworking enthusiast, Gretsch Master Builder Stephen Stern does not just make some of the most beautiful and painstakingly-crafted guitars.

Recently, Stern built a biplane to live in the Gretsch Custom Shop in Corona, Calif., complete with the iconic Gretsch logo and a striking orange color.

The plane is made of balsa wood and is covered with tissue paper, and Stern himself estimates that it took between 75-100 hours to build.

Just how did this beauty come to fruition?  Luckily, Stern documented the entire process, which you can watch below.

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Five (More) Great Gretsch Movie Moments

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We offered a list of five great Gretsch movie moments a few months back. Since there’s plenty more where they came from, however, here are a few more great Gretsch cinematic appearances.

Help!, 1965

Directed by Richard Lester, Help!, was the second feature film from the Beatles.  The comedy adventure’s plot was based around the band running up against an evil cult that was about to sacrifice a woman to the goddess Kaili.  Unfortunately, the woman in question is not wearing the sacrificial ring.  Guess who has the ring stuck on their finger?  Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.

We won’t spoil the rest of the flick for you, but it should be noted that there were several musical performances during Help!, as well, and the soundtrack was even released as an album.  Most notably during a performance of “You’re Going to Lose That Girl” in the film, George Harrison is seen strumming a Country Gentleman.

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