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Last week, Neil Young released a new record called The Monsanto Years. It isn’t very good. It’s a cartoonish protest concept record revolving around the agriculture company Monsanto and GMOs. The other distinguishing factor of the album is that Young chose to record it with Promise Of The Real, a band led by Lukas Nelso… More »

Aliens land. They’ve traveled from some distant planet with a specific mission: to find out what this ‘rock and roll’ stuff is all about. Through some curious coincidence, they find you. “What is rock and roll?” they demand, rayguns drawn. You begin to sweat. Still, there is really only one question you need to ask… More »

Sometimes, in the course of writing this column almost every week for the past year, I’ve had the following response to hearing a great album for the first time: “Fuck, now I have to decide if this is better than this other great album.” The whole Album Of The Week idea is, admittedly, entirely a… More »

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Neil Young Tribute Concert Lines Up Ryan Adams, Sharon Van Etten, Body/Head, Patrick Carney, & More

This fall, NYC's Bowery Ballrooom is hosting the first-ever Neil Fest, a two-day tribute concert event organized by the same people who previously brought u…
Peter Helman | August 26, 2015 - 9:23 pm
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Neil Young Says Pono Is Expanding As Soon As It Finds CEO, Money

Neil Young raised $6.2 million on Kickstarter to launch Pono, a high-resolution digital audio player whose promises of a transcendent sonic experience unlike any other…
Chris DeVille | August 24, 2015 - 9:20 am
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Watch Neil Young Teach Meryl Streep How To Play Guitar

Because Meryl Streep is a goddess and literally never half-asses anything, she actually learned how to play guitar for her starring role as an aging…
James Rettig | August 14, 2015 - 5:01 pm
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Neil Young: “Streaming Ends For Me Today”

Neil Young has made a big stink about sound quality in recent years, and he continued to do so today, posting a Facebook message and…
Chris DeVille | July 15, 2015 - 1:14 pm
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Watch Dave Grohl And Friends Cover Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl” At His Motorcycle Rally

In conjunction with the Foo Fighters' blowout anniversary bash this weekend, Dave Grohl co-hosted a motorcycle rally because, well, he's Dave Grohl. That's just what…
Caitlin White | July 7, 2015 - 11:02 am
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Donald Trump Fires Back At Neil Young

When Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president last week, Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World" played as he walked onto the stage at…
Peter Helman | June 24, 2015 - 10:05 pm
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Stream Neil Young + Promise Of The Real The Monsanto Years

Neil Young has been in the news a lot lately, for taking "Rockin' In The Free World" away from Donald Trump and gifting it to
Tom Breihan | June 22, 2015 - 11:26 am
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Bernie Sanders Takes Over Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World”

Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World" is an obvious choice for a presidential campaign theme song, so it's no surprise that the debate over…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | June 22, 2015 - 10:20 am
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Neil Young Shares Statement About Trump Campaign, Monsanto

This has been a rough couple of days for Neil Young fans who also happen to be affiliated with massive corporations. First, a few of…
Peter Helman | June 17, 2015 - 6:48 pm
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Duh, Neil Young Wants Donald Trump To Stop Using “Rockin’ In The Free World” For His Presidential Campaign

UPDATE: Donald Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, told Rolling Stone that they will refrain from using Young's music from now on: We won't…
Peter Helman | June 16, 2015 - 8:22 pm
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Monsanto, Starbucks, Walmart Respond To Neil Young’s The Monsanto Years Lyrics

Neil Young And Promise Of The Real's upcoming The Monsanto Years is a protest album that continues Young's recent trend of taking corporations to task…
Chris DeVille | June 16, 2015 - 4:31 pm
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Neil Young + Promise Of The Real – “Wolf Moon” Video

Neil Young and the band Promise Of The Real (comprising Willie Nelson's sons) will release their collaborative album, The Monsanto Years, at the end of…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | June 10, 2015 - 11:46 am

Watch Neil Young Peform “Monsanto Years” & “Down By The River” At Anti-GMO Events In Maui

At the beginning of the year, Neil Young announced that he would release a concept album alongside Micah and Lukas Nelson, the sons of hi…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | May 26, 2015 - 10:28 am
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Neil Young – “A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop”

UPDATE: The song is actually called "A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop," and its full video is out now. //…
Chris DeVille | May 22, 2015 - 3:46 pm
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David Crosby Apologizes For Calling Daryl Hannah A Poisonous Predator

Last year, shortly after Neil Young said that CSNY would never tour again, David Crosby went on record with The Idaho Statesmen saying some very…
James Rettig | May 18, 2015 - 8:01 pm
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Watch Neil Young Debut Monsanto Concept Album At Secret Club Gig With New Band

Back in January, Neil Young announced that he was working on a new concept album with Lukas and Micah Nelson, two sons of his friend…
Tom Breihan | April 20, 2015 - 11:22 am
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Blitzen Trapper – “Heart Of Gold” (Neil Young Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

Record Store Day is fast approaching, and to celebrate, alt-country elder statesmen Blitzen Trapper have put together a special release: a note-for-note live cover of…
Patrick Hosken | April 10, 2015 - 12:26 pm
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Neil Young Is Your New Hypebeast

Neil Young's had a busy few months, releasing his 35th studio album (the orchestral Storytone), feuding with Starbucks and David Crosby, and selling snake oil
Scott Lapatine | February 17, 2015 - 5:14 pm
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Preview Jack White, Bruce Springsteen, & Neil Young Covering Bob Dylan At The MusiCares Person Of The Year Gala

As part of last weekend's Grammy festivities, Bob Dylan was honored as MusiCares Person Of The Year. You probably heard about him trash-talking Merle Haggard
Chris DeVille | February 10, 2015 - 1:41 pm
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