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Given their shared propensity for outward-looking creative excursions and a general excitement about the possibilities inherent in pushing the boundaries of musical genres,  the current collaboration between Greatest Living Songwriter candidate Elvis Costello and crackerjack all-star band the Roots might feel something like an inevitability. Provided enough turns around the firmament, two such massive comets cannot help but collide. Thankfully, the… More »

The first thing to understand about Wise Up Ghost is that it isn’t a vanity project. Yes, the new LP, released yesterday on Blue Note, is a full-length collaboration between Elvis Costello and the Roots. And yes, full-length collaborations between well-known artists sometimes end up as mere historical curiosities (Jay-Z and R. Kelly’s Best OfMore »

Declan “Elvis Costello” MacManus was by far the most literate and diverse of the “angry young man” songwriters emerging from England in the late 1970s, no small achievement in light of competition that included first-rate talents like Graham Parker, Joe Jackson, John Lydon, Shane MacGowan, and the Strummer/Jones pairing of the Clash. Elvis’s terrific 1977 debut came at the height of… More »

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Darlene Love – “Forbidden Nights” Video (Feat. Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Joan Jett & Bill Murray)

With producer Phil Spector, the singer Darlene Love made exactly one timeless pop song, 1963's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)." She sang the song o…
Tom Breihan | August 26, 2015 - 2:13 pm
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Watch Elvis Costello’s Lovely Final Letterman Appearance

David Letterman is less than a month away from his final Late Show. He's in farewell-tour mode, and he's only booking his favorites to appear…
Tom Breihan | April 24, 2015 - 8:59 am
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David Letterman’s Final Weeks Of Musical Guests Include Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Dave Matthews Band

Considering he's been a late night host for over three decades, surely David Letterman wants to go out with a bang. Though he announced the
Caitlin White | April 13, 2015 - 12:39 pm
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Elvis Costello’s Memoir Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink Coming This Fall

Elvis Costello has penned a memoir about his musical career and everything surrounding it called Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink. The book will be out…
Caitlin White | March 23, 2015 - 11:22 am
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SNL 40: Watch Justin Timberlake Rap The History Of SNL, Taylor Swift Act In “The Californians,” Miley Cyrus Cover Paul Simon, Kanye West Sing “Wolves” & Appear In “Wayne’s World”

Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary celebration is going on right now, and pretty much every famous person ever is there. Notable musicians in attendance include…
James Rettig | February 15, 2015 - 9:05 pm
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Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Jack White, Taylor Swift, Fiona Apple Among The Guests For SNL’s Huge 40th Anniversary Special

Saturday Night Live will celebrate its 40th anniversary this Sunday night, and the list of musical guest stars is absolutely insane. The special will take…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | February 13, 2015 - 5:26 pm
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Watch 6 Songs From Showtime’s Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued Starring Jim James, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, & More

The all-star Bob Dylan tribute band known as the New Basement Tapes released Lost On The River, their album of refurbished Dylan songwriting scraps, earlier…
Chris DeVille | November 21, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Watch The New Basement Tapes Play Two Songs On Kimmel

The New Basement Tapes -- which features Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, and Mumford & Sons' Marcus Mumford, among others -- is a…
Tom Breihan | November 20, 2014 - 9:52 am

Watch The New Basement Tapes Play “Kansas City” On Ellen

The New Basement Tapes -- the supergroup made up of Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Marcus Mumford, Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith, and Carolina Chocolate…
James Rettig | November 14, 2014 - 7:25 pm

Watch Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, & Jim James Perform Live As The New Basement Tapes For The First Time On Fallon

The New Basement Tapes -- aka the supergroup made up of Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Marcus Mumford, Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith, and Carolina…
James Rettig | November 11, 2014 - 9:15 am

The New Basement Tapes – “When I Get My Hands On You” Video

A few months back, producer T Bone Burnett announced that he had recruited Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, and Mumford And Sons'…
James Rettig | September 24, 2014 - 6:43 pm

Watch American Football Cover Elvis Costello’s “Alison”

Recently resurrected American Football are playing shows again, and recently stopped by AVClub for their Undercover series. They take on Elvis Costello's classic "Alison," specifically…
Miles Bowe | September 23, 2014 - 6:09 pm
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Check Out The New Simpsons Figurines Of R.E.M., Elvis Costello, & Weird Al

For the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons, the merchandising machine behind the show has been going all out with an FXX marathon, Hollywood Bowl concerts,…
Miles Bowe | September 9, 2014 - 7:02 pm

The New Basement Tapes (Feat. Elvis Costello, Jim James, Marcus Mumford) – “Married To My Hack”

In 1967, Bob Dylan and the Band got together to work on a whole pile of songs, many of which eventually came out as The
Tom Breihan | September 2, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Hear “Nothing To It” From All-Star Bob Dylan Comp The New Basement Tapes Feat. Jim James, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford

Bob Dylan wrote over a hundred songs during the legendary Basement Tapes recording sessions, which took place in the summer and fall of 1967, eight…
James Rettig | August 19, 2014 - 9:02 am
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Watch Elvis Costello Debut “The Last Year of My Youth” On Letterman

Lana Del Rey was supposed to be the musical guest on last night's episode of the Late Show With David Letterman, but thanks to a…
Tom Breihan | June 6, 2014 - 8:40 am
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Watch Neil Young’s PonoMusic Kickstarter Video With Arcade Fire, Beck, Jack White, & Many More

Yesterday we heard about the impending launch of Neil Young's PonoMusic through Kickstarter. Now the Kickstarter is live with a promo video featuring a dumbfounding…
Chris DeVille | March 11, 2014 - 5:07 pm
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Johnny Cash – “She Used To Love Me A Lot (Elvis Costello Mix)”

Later this month the world will get to hear Out Among The Stars a lost album of Johnny Cash's from the '80s. We've already heard…
Miles Bowe | March 4, 2014 - 1:56 pm

Elvis Costello & The Roots – “Cinco Minutos Con Vos (Karriem Riggins Remix)”

Jazz drummer/hip-hop producer/occasional rapper Karriem Riggins released his 34 track album Alone/Together last year, and it is arguably one of the most memorable instrumental records
Gabriela Tully Claymore | December 2, 2013 - 11:42 am

Watch My Morning Jacket Cover The Velvet Underground With Neil Young, Elvis Costello, & Jenny Lewis At Bridge School Benefit 2013

This past weekend, Neil Young held his two annual all-star Bridge School Benefit shows in Mountain View, California. And before the second of those show…
Tom Breihan | October 28, 2013 - 8:46 am
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