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Beach Boy May Have Seen Unreported Manson Killing

Mike Love says Dennis Wilson was too scared to tell the police

(Newser) - Charles Manson committed a murder that no one knew about—except at least two of the Beach Boys. That's according to Good Vibrations, the new memoir from Mike Love. In the book, Love claims bandmate and cousin Dennis Wilson came to him at a recording studio in 1969 "... More »

'Impossible Orchestra' Performs Beach Boys Classic

Supergroup includes Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Lorde, and many more

(Newser) - The BBC managed to put together one of the greatest "supergroups" of all time: 27 famous artists who came together to perform the Beach Boys classic "God Only Knows." Brian Wilson is there, of course, but other singers include Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, Lorde, Kylie Minogue, Dave... More »

8 Musicians Kicked Out of Bands They Founded

The latest: Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots

(Newser) - Scott Weiland was confused when Stone Temple Pilots announced he'd been fired. "Not sure how I can be 'terminated' from a band I founded" was his response, according to the Week . But these seven other musicians experienced the same thing:
  • After just a year in Metallica, guitarist
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Surfers, Marines Clash Over Famous Beach

Military opposes move to add Trestles to National Register

(Newser) - Surfers and Marines are poised to do battle over one of the world's most famous surfing spots. Trestles in southern California has seven of the best surf breaks around and surfers want to see it added to the National Register of Historic Places. But the Marines own the beach,... More »

Katy Perry: I'm Not Being Sued by the Beach Boys

Singer calls rumors over 'California Gurls' bogus

(Newser) - Katy Perry is dismissing rumors that she is getting sued for using part of the Beach Boys' "California Girls" in her song "California Gurls". "No one is suing anyone," Perry tweeted , calling the reports "once again" an example of the media's tendency to "fabricate... More »

Beach Boy Wilson to Complete Gershwin Songs

Project a 'weird dream come true' for fans of 2 seminal American composers

(Newser) - Beach Boys songster Brian Wilson will put a gloss on unfinished tunes by revered Jazz Age composer George Gershwin. Gershwin’s estate tells the Los Angeles Times that dozens of fragments, from “a few bars to some almost finished songs and everything in between,” have been in limbo... More »

Girls' Debut 'Dizzily Powerful'

Up-and-coming band 'getting a ton of blog love' for 'heartbreaking' debut

(Newser) - The frontman of the pop duo Girls has a backstory that’s “epically sad and squalid and ultimately triumphant,” but you don’t need to know his history to recognize Girls' debut, Album, as “a dizzily powerful piece of work,” writes Tom Breihan for Pitchfork. Christopher... More »

25 Car Tunes for Kids and Parents

Add some Marley, Beach Boys to the Disney playlist

(Newser) - Parents, don’t let Disney's catalog of saccharine tunes ruin any more of your road trips. There are songs that can bridge the generation gap, Lindsay Armstrong writes on Babble:
  • Jackson Five’s “ABC”: School the kids on the alphabet and pop music—all at once.
  • Billy Idol’s
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Smiles All Round as Beach Boys Settle Lawsuit

Good vibrations could lead to a band reunion

(Newser) - The three surviving original members of the Beach Boys have smoothed out a years-long legal disagreement, Reuters reports. Mike Love and the record company part-owned by Brian Wilson had sued founding member Al Jardine over his unauthorized use of the Beach Boys name for tours. With good vibrations now flowing... More »

Musical McCain Becomes YouTube Hit

But "bomb bomb Iran" joke may be tone-deaf political move

(Newser) - If John McCain fails in his presidential bid, he may have a future in karaoke. The senator-turned-songbird's impromptu performance of "Bomb Bomb Iran"—set to the tune of the Beach Boys classic "Barbara Ann"—at a South Carolina campaign rally has picked up 118,000 YouTube... More »

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