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Fall Out Boy Headline VH1 Super Bowl Blitz

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After scoring their third No. 1 album with American Beauty/American Psycho, Fall Out Boy spent some time giving back to some special fans on Friday, headlining the VH1 Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops.

On a stage inside a hangar with a giant American flag draped across the back wall, Fall Out Boy kicked things off with a fan favorite in “Thnks fr th Mmrs (Thanks for the Memories)” from 2007’s Infinity on High, followed by the newly released dance cut “Uma Thurman” and the fist-pumping “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up).”

Hosted by Nick Lachey at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz., the televised concert also included a quick opening set by Charli XCX, and appearances by Broadway star Idina Menzel, who sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLIX, and American Idol winner and Arizona native Jordin Sparks.

Of course, no Super Bowl event would be complete without a few NFL stars, which came in the way of Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew, Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman and Bengals running back Jeremy Hill.

To bring the special concert to an end, Fall Out Boy closed with anthemic hit “Centuries,” which has quickly become a staple at sports venues. It certainly resonated with the Luke Air Force Base audience as well, as the sacrifices these men and women make to serve their country will be remembered in history.

Watch “Centuries” below.

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Watch the Far West Jam in the Van

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The Far West Jam in the Van

Los Angeles-based alt-country band the Far West recently met up with the people behind Jam in the Van in Torrance, Calif., and performed a quick set inside the vehicle’s intimate confines.

The quintet managed to get their guitars, a drum kit and keyboard inside the van to record a few tracks off 2014′s Any Day Now.

The gritty, twangy “Hudson Valley,” “The Bright Side” and “On the Road” offer a good example of the Far West’s Americana sound, with hints of Waylon Jennings and Wilco threaded throughout.

Watch all three clips below.

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Brian Setzer Discusses his Relationship with Gretsch

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In the video clip below, rockabilly hero and Gretsch guitar icon Brian Setzer describes his love affair with the legendary brand, and how Gretsch just had the sound he was looking for.

“It was just that sound in between a Gibson and a Fender,” said Setzer. “The Gretsch was kind of right in the middle there. It had the twang and it could growl.”

View the all-new Gretsch Brian Setzer signature models here.

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Fall Out Boy Covers Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’

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Fall Out Boy Mark Ronson

With a new album called American Beauty/American Psycho coming out this week, Fall Out Boy have been rocking the promotional cycle.

Last week, that tour ran through the BBC Radio 1 studios, where the band talked with host Fearne Cotton and performed a few songs.

One of those tracks was quite a surprise, as Fall Out Boy tackled “Uptown Funk,” the hit single from Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.

Watch below as Fall Out Boy brings out their inner Stevie Wonder for “Uptown Funk.”

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Lera Lynn Performs on Letterman

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Lera Lynn

Nashville-based Americana singer-songwriter Lera Lynn appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman earlier this week, performing “Out to Sea.” The tune is the opening track to Lynn’s album, The Avenues, which dropped in September 2014.

Although frequently categorized as Americana, folk, or country, Lynn headed into Joshua Grange’s studio in Los Angeles to record an album without genre limitations.

“I just want to stop thinking about music as a marketing campaign,” she said.  “Ray Charles went from jazz to R&B to country. Paul McCartney will do a ballad next to ‘Helter Skelter’ and not think twice. The most successful and lasting artists let inspiration steer them, not genre or marketing pitch. I’m just doing what moves me as it comes.”

Watch Lynn and her talented band, including Grange on pedal steel and guitarist Ben Lewis, in the Letterman clip below.

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