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Hozier Performs at the BBC Music Awards, Wins Song of the Year

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Hozier capped off an impressive 2015 with yet another accolade, taking home Song of the Year for soulful ballad “Take Me to Church” at the BBC Music Awards held earlier this week.

As the only category voted on by the public, it’s considered a highly coveted honor and the Irish singer/songwriter bested stiff competition such as Ed Sheeran, the Weekend and Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars to take home the trophy.

“I genuinely was not expecting that, especially looking at the other nominations,” said a gracious and humble Hozier during his acceptance speech. “There’s absolute juggernauts there, just absolute amazing songs. To be among them is an honor, and to win is a shock.”

Accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra, Hozier also took the stage during the show with his Gretsch Jet Baritone to perform the award-winning song.

Hozier continues his world tour through March 2016, and  you can check out his tour dates here.

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Learn the Secrets Behind The Dead Weather’s Bass & Guitar Technique

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If you haven’t already seen them, the Dead Weather offered up a series of technique and instrument-based videos to accompany the release of 2015′s Dodge and Burn.

Two of those videos included gear and technique tips from bassist Jack Lawrence and guitarist Dean Fertita. Directed by Jack White, both are quirky and humorous while also revealing a few trade secrets.

Fertita divulges the source of his pummeling dive bomber crunch on new song “Let Me Through,” while Lawrence reveals how he achieves his distinct bottom end sound for The Dead Weather.

Lawrence also boasts that “without the bass guitar, the Dead Weather would be nothing.”

Watch both videos below, which also include live performance footage  …

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Fall Out Boy Teams with Boyz II Men for Kimmel

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After collaborating with country artist Thomas Rhett at last month’s CMA Awards Show, Fall Out Boy made yet another surprising pairing when they teamed up with Boyz II Men this week on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

For the late-night television gig, the two acts combined as Fall Out Boyz II Men and performed a rocking version of the R&B band’s classic hit, “Motown Philly.”

And when Boyz II Men converged on singer Patrick Stump’s microphone to croon the song’s closing harmony, it was obvious that everyone on stage was having an absolute blast.

Watch the collaboration below.

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Watch George Ezra Play ‘Budapest’ at KROQ’s Red Bull Sound Space

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George Ezra KROQBritish singer/songwriter George Ezra recently performed a few songs at the Red Bull Sound Stage for Los Angeles’ KROQ, a set that included the hit “Budapest” from 2014′s Wanted on Voyage.

Armed with just an acoustic guitar, Ezra’s strong voice delivered the rumbling song with all the depth and passion for which he’s become known. Ezra also engaged the crowd during the part that featured a guitar solo in the plugged-in version, asking if the audience could just imagine it.

“Budapest” was one of Ezra’s breakout hits, as it reached No. 3 on the U.K. Singles chart, No. 2 on Billboard‘s Hot Rock Songs chart, and No. 1 in Austria and New Zealand.

You can check out Ezra in action below and click here for his upcoming tour dates.

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Billy Duffy’s Yin Yang Video Teaser

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Cult guitarist Billy Duffy lets the world know what’s up with this quick video teaser …

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