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

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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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Gretsch & Bono Partner on New Signature Guitar

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NEW (GRETSCH)RED RAISES MONEY TO FIGHT AIDS(RED)

Gretsch and Bono have joined forces once again for a new signature guitar model, the (GRETSCH)RED. Bearing the special (RED) logo adorned on the pickguard and truss rod cover, every guitar sold will raise money for the Global Fund to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

The double-cutaway (GRETSCH)RED G5623 Electromatic® Center-Block Bono “Signature” Model puts Bono’s personalized stamp on Gretsch’s new thinline spruce center-block design, which delivers “high gain-friendly” tone and greater control over the kind of feedback players want.

Other premium features include a bound arched maple top with bound sound holes, maple sides and arched back (also bound), maple neck, 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with Neo-Classic™ “thumbnail” inlays, dual “Black Top” Filter’Tron™ pickups with three-position toggle switching, and master volume and tone controls, anchored Adjusto-Matic™ bridge with “G”-cutout tailpiece, Grover® deluxe tuners, chrome hardware and deluxe case.

“The (GRETSCH)RED guitar is a guitarist’s dream,” said Bono, co-founder of (RED). “And the reality is that every time someone buys one, it’s raising money to fight AIDS. That money can buy life-saving medicine for pregnant mothers living with HIV, and prevent their babies being born with the virus. They’re the same pills that will help deliver an AIDS Free Generation.”

Since it was founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver in 2006, (RED) has generated more than $275 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, to support HIV/AIDS grants in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia. Global Fund grants that (RED) supports have impacted more than 55 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.

Five percent of the wholesale price from each guitar sold will go to the Global Fund.  For more information on (RED), go to www.red.org.

And for more product details, head here.

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Billy Duffy Discusses Career and Gear with Sweetwater Sound

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The Cult’s Billy Duffy recently sat down with Mitch Gallagher of Sweetwater Sound to discuss his storied career and his signature Gretsch White Falcon.

Duffy noted that he was first turned on to the White Falcon via Neil Young, while Brian Setzer’s work in the Stray Cats similarly piqued his interest in Gretsch guitars.

“I’ve always been fascinated with Gretsches as guitars,” Duffy said. “Visually, I always thought it was some mythical beast.”

And once he purchased his original Gretsch, he found that it more than delivered from a performance perspective.

“I was searching for a sound, and people have said to me, ‘Why a Gretsch, and not a Les Paul?’” he explained. “I said, ‘Well, if you think of a Gretsch as an SUV, you wouldn’t drive it down a race track. And you wouldn’t drive a sports car off-road. They do different things.’

“And the other final thing was that I could only afford one guitar, and that was the one. It just became synonymous with the band.”

Watch the entire interview below.

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The Decemberists Perform ‘Make You Better’ on Conan

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The Decemberists’ first album in four years, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, won’t be out until Jan. 20, but the single “Make You Better” has already dropped in advance.

The Colin Meloy-fronted band appeared on Conan this week to perform the heart-wrenching track for the first time on television.

Watch the band roll through the lead single below, which drew raves from host Conan O’Brien.

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Peghead Nation Demos a Gretsch G9410 Broadkaster Special Banjo

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Bill Evans, banjo instructor for Peghead Nation, recently tested out a Gretsch G9410 Broadkaster Special Banjo.

In his video review, Evans discussed the finish, tone and playability of the Roots Collection instrument.

“The geared fifth-string peg is a nice thing to have on a banjo at this price level,” noted Evans. “Cheaper banjos will sometimes have a peg that is not geared, and they’re harder to tune.”

Watch the demo by clicking on the image below.

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