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Watch Zella Day Perform ‘Sweet Ophelia’ at Coachella

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Pinetop, Ariz. native Zella Day held court at Coachella over the weekend, putting on a mesmerizing set if the clip below is any indication.

Wearing a ’70s pale-yellow pantsuit decorated with fish and matching headband, Day and her stellar live band perform “Sweet Ophelia” off her debut studio album Kicker, which has earned high praise from critics and listeners alike.

“What I am doing musically is very different,” Day said in an interview with Axs.com. “That’s something that has become very apparent to me – especially as I play more festivals and I am around more and more musicians. My live show is very band-centric and that’s not typical for a young female pop artist … I am playing pop music, but these are songs that I wrote on my guitar and there is a lot of storytelling going on. So my music is a throwback to the musicians that I love, the greats like Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, and Stevie Nicks. Those are the women that I really have modeled myself after in some way shape or form. That’s what I’m striving for, of course, but I haven’t got there yet. I only just turned 21, so I’m still figuring it out, little by little. But I know that there is a certain power behind what I am doing because I can feel the pull!”

Watch the clip from Coachella below, featuring guitarist Chris Oppold on his Players Edition Falcon.

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Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam Releases Duet Album with Jessca Hoop

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Iron & Wine troubadour Sam Beam has partnered with California singer-songwriter Jessca Hoop on a new duet album dropping today called Love Letter for Fire.

Offering 13 duets, Love Letter for Fire was recorded in Portland, Oregon with producer Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Modest Mouse). A handful of other special guests, including Wilco’s Glenn Kotche and frequent Iron & Wine collaborator Robert Burger, also contributed to the album.

“Some of my favorite songs are duets, because the narrative is expanded,” explained Beam. “It’s not just a monologue.  It’s a conversation, and so it gets complicated. I had melodies over the years that I’d been compiling that I thought, this sounds like a classic Kenny and Dolly, ‘Islands in the Stream’ kind of thing, or George and Tammy.”

Experience track “Every Songbird Says” below, and order your album copy here!

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Premier Guitar Channels Scotty Moore for New Guitar Lesson

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Ever wonder how to achieve that classic sound Scotty Moore made famous? Premier Guitar’s John Bohlinger straps on a White Falcon, and breaks down the galloping techniques that will have you strumming like Elvis Presley’s legendary guitarist in no time.

Watch Bohlinger’s step-by-step instruction below to easily master the I-IV-V cascading progression, complete with picking patterns.

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Cheap Trick Rock the ‘Today Show’

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Weather forecast brought to you by Cheap Trick’s Tom Petersson and his 12-string bass? Hell yes!

The newly inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band  rocked the New York set of the Today Show last week, showcasing both a classic hit and a brand-new tune.

Watch after the jump as the legendary act performs “I Want You To Want Me” and new song “When I Wake Up Tomorrow” off  17th studio album Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello.

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Watch Cam Perform on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

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California-born country singer/songwriter Cam was one of 2015′s breakthrough artists, and she seems to be keeping up the momentum with a recent spot on Jimmy Kimmel Live and an excellent performance of her Grammy-nominated song “Burning House” during the Academy of Country Music Awards show.

For Kimmel, Cam and company performed the “pop-friendly “Mayday,” which began with minimal instrumentation but then steadily built to a soaring conclusion.

Check out the clip below featuring guitarist Anders Mouridsen on his Gretsch Jet.

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