'Gruden's Groove' on Slacker Radio

October, 21, 2014
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ESPN MusicThe "Gruden's Groove" custom station debuts Wednesday on Slacker Radio.
ESPN "Monday Night Football" analyst Jon Gruden has an appreciation for classic rock and roll. And each Wednesday during his weekly appearance on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike." the show features "Gruden's Groove" -- his classic rock pick of the week.

His taste in music is about to get a wider audience. Starting Wednesday, the Slacker Radio Internet music service will be offering "Gruden's Groove" as a custom classic rock station, as part of its "I Am The DJ" series.

On the station, listeners will find Gruden’s personally-selected songs and his own commentary on why he picked them. You can find it here.


Rock and Roll Hall Vote 2015: Your choice?

October, 9, 2014
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Stevie Ray Vaughan Annamaria DiSanto/WireImageStevie Ray Vaughan is among the 2015 nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Sting, Green Day and Nine Inch Nails are among the first-time nominees up for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. And as was the case last year, the Hall of Fame is giving fans a chance to vote for their favorite nominees.

You can access the ballot at the hall's website, or via Rolling Stone.

Voting will continue through Dec. 9 and the top five vote-getters will count as one of 700 ballots that will determine which artists are inducted.

Now, we're not saying we're qualified to handicap who will get in this time around. But some nominees seem more likely to be contenders:

• Stevie Ray Vaughan, with his backing band Double Trouble, sparked a blues renaissance in the 1980s with his searing guitar playing and heartfelt vocals. He was killed in a helicopter crash in 1990. The fact that he'd never been nominated, let alone inducted, seems like a glaring oversight.

• First-time nominees Green Day kicked off a punk rock resurgence in the 1990s and went on to record the critically-acclaimed "American Idiot." Let's put it this way: Not every punk album winds up becoming a successful Broadway musical.

• West Coast rap pioneers N.W.A changed the hip-hop game with its use of classic 1970s soul samples and raw, unflinching lyrics about the drug trade, gang culture and violence of South Central Los Angeles. They also launched the solo careers of members Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.

• Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails brought industrial rock from the underground into the mainstream, in no small part thanks to Reznor's emotionally honest lyrics. (Remember Johnny Cash's searing cover of "Hurt"? Reznor wrote that.)

• The late Lou Reed, who is already enshrined as a member of the Velvet Underground, also enjoyed great success as a solo artist. You might know his hit "Walk On The Wild Side," but his albums, like those of his former band, received significant critical acclaim.

• Sting, who is enshrined as a member of The Police, broke out of the rock idiom as a solo artist, leaving the reggae, punk and rock of that band behind for a more nuanced, jazz-influenced sound. But Sting's strengths as a songwriter and singer didn't change, and he enjoyed critical and commercial success despite his change in direction.

• The Smiths, one of the most influential alternative bands of the 1980s, also launched the solo career of lead singer Morrissey. They're a cult favorite that has retained its popularity and critical acclaim despite a relatively short career.

The remaining nominees also can make compelling cases for induction:

• Chic: Disco hitmakers powered by the rhythm guitar and production genius of Nile Rodgers, Chic were responsible for some of the genre's biggest hits including "Good Times" and "Le Freak."

• Kraftwerk: Influential electronic dance music and synth rock pioneers from Germany.

• Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: Garage rock heroine who had a huge hit with "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" in the 1980s.

• The Spinners: Philly soul vocal group that had a string of hits in the 1970s with "I'll Be Around" and "Rubber Band Man."

• The Marvelettes: Motown girl group which scored the label's first No. 1 hit with "Please Mr. Postman" in 1961, paving the way for The Supremes and Martha & The Vandellas.

• Bill Withers: Talented songwriter and soulful singer whose titles include some of the 1970s' most-recognized hits, including "Lean on Me," "Ain't No Sunshine," "Use Me," "Just the Two of Us" and "Lovely Day."

• Paul Butterfield Blues Band: 1960s Chicago blues band fronted by the late singer/harmonica player, they merged the blues, rock and jazz and played the era's two most important festival concerts (Woodstock and Monterey Pop).

Meanwhile, it appears Deep Purple has taken over for Rush as the classic rock band getting the coldest shoulder from the hall. The heavy metal pioneers are not on the ballot for 2015 after missing out on induction this year, despite Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich's stumping for them in April.

The Katy Perry Experience, Gameday Style

October, 6, 2014
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She showed up with a full supply of props, including a plateful of corn dogs which she later flung. She stole the Crimson Tide mascot head off Lee Corso when he picked Alabama to beat Ole Miss. She stormed the field and celebrated with Ole Miss fans after the Rebels' victory -- which she correctly predicted.

Sigh. If only Katy Perry had any fun on her visit to ESPN's College Gameday.

We're kidding, of course. Clearly, as this tweet from Perry shows, she thoroughly enjoyed the Rebels' win over rival Alabama.



Perry's manager, Bradford Cobb, and her musical mentor, producer and songwriter Glen Ballard, are both Ole Miss graduates. So when time and her touring schedule finally allowed -- she had a show in Memphis the next day -- Perry dropped in on the Gameday crew and quickly became one of the more memorable guests to ever visit the show.

When the Rebels pulled out the win in the fourth quarter, Perry was among fans who stormed the field at Vaught–Hemingway Stadium.



Perry said she never went to college, but as this bit of postgame celebration shows, she's clearly got the spirit.

Cold War Kids featured on ESPN this month

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Here is a list of music featured on ESPN's programming this month, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to buy and download the songs or albums.

Florida Georgia Line: "Good Good" from the "Anything Goes" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Cold War Kids: "All This Could Be Yours" and "Hold My Home" from the "Hold My Home" album (iTunes | Amazon)

Dillon Francis: "When We Were Young" from the "Money Sucks, Friends Rule" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Bostich+Fussible: "Temporary Paradise" and "Tele" from the "Motel Baja" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

October music from 'First Take'

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Here's a list of songs appearing on ESPN's "First Take" this month, along with the artists' websites and links to download and buy the songs or albums.


Joywave: "Tongues" from the "How Do You Feel" EP. (iTunes | Amazon)

Milky Chance: "Stolen Dance" from the "Sadnecessary" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Rootbeer: Ain't No Party from the "18 Minutes" EP. (iTunes | Amazon)

Mani Hoffman: "Big Shots" not yet available for sale.

Happy 65th, Bruce Springsteen

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Bruce SpringsteenAP Images/John Minchillo/InvisionBruce Springsteen is still going strong at age 65.

For decades, Bruce Springsteen has been one of rock music's hardest-working heroes.
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His styles of music have changed over time, from raise-your-fists anthems such as "Born To Run" to thought-provoking folk songs such as "The Ghost Of Tom Joad." But one thing has remained constant: Springsteen and his band still exert an amazing amount of energy in concert. Just as much as the athletes who play in the same stadiums and arenas where the shows take place.

In honor of "The Boss" reaching a landmark birthday, Rolling Stone has a list of the 100 best Bruce Springsteen songs of all time. There's some interesting names on the panel that chose the songs -- Win Butler of Arcade Fire, E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello and actor Ed Norton, to name just a few.

Music from ESPN's Chase coverage

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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN's coverage of the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums.

Big and Rich: "Rollin' Along" from the "Gravity" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Dustin Lynch: "Hell of a Night" from the "Where It's At" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Slash feat. Myles Kennedy "Automatic Overdrive" from the "World on Fire" album.
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Nickelback: "Edge of a Revolution" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Thousand Foot Krutch: "Born This Way" and "Untraveled Road" from the "Oxygen: Inhale" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

One Republic: "Love Runs Out" from the "Native" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Kongos: "Come With Me Now" from the "Lunatic" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Cadillac Three: "Party Like You" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

College playoff to feature Fall Out Boy

September, 10, 2014
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Fall Out BoyChristopher Polk/Getty ImagesFall Out Boy returned from hiatus with the album "Save Rock And Roll" in 2013.
Fall Out Boy has made it to the College Football Playoff. And they didn't even have to enroll, let alone try to make a roster as walk-ons.

ESPN's coverage of the inaugural four-team playoff will showcase the upcoming single “Centuries” from the critically acclaimed, multiplatinum-selling band, the network announced today. The song, which is the title track from the band's forthcoming album, will be featured during playoff game and studio telecasts, and in on-air promotions throughout the season.



You'll also hear the song during highlight packages and in and out of commercial breaks during the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day bowl game tripleheaders – the “New Year’s Six” – showcasing the playoff semifinals, four additional premier top-level bowls and the first-ever College Football National Championship on January 12.

The song will also be a central part of the regular-season marketing efforts to promote the top college football matchups across ESPN’s networks each week. As seen and heard below, ESPN began using an instrumental version of “Centuries” on August 25 in advance of the opening weekend, as seen here:



"Centuries" is the sixth studio album for Fall Out Boy, which traces its roots to Chicago's hardcore punk scene and cites punk, metal and emo bands alike as influences. The band was widely hailed as setting the bar for emo and pop punk with its 2003 debut "Take This To Your Grave."

Music from 'Monday Night Football'

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The following is a list of music featured on ESPN's "Monday Night Football" programming, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs or albums.

"Monday Night Countdown"

Sam and Dave: "Hold On I'm Coming" from the "The Best Of Sam and Dave" album. (iTunes | Amazon )

"Monday Night Football"

Wiz Khalifa: "We Dem Boyz" from the "Blacc Hollywood" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Skrillex: "Recess" from the "Recess" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Aloe Blacc: "Can You Do This" from the "Lift Your Spirit" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

MKTO: "American Dream" off the "MKTO" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Kongos: "Come With Me Now" from the "Lunatic" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Paramore: "Ain't It Fun" from the "Paramore" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Avenged Sevenfold: "Hail to the King" from the "Hail to the King" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Nickleback: "Edge of a Revolution" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

NF: "Hands Up" from the "NF" EP. (iTunes | Amazon)

Ellie Goulding: "Burn" from the "Halcyon Days" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Manafest: "My Way" and "Diamonds" from "The Moment" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Sixx AM: "Stars" from the "Modern Vintage" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Afrojack: "The Spark" from the "Forget the World" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Nico and Vinz: "Am I Wrong" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

The Who: "Won't Get Fooled Again Cato Remix," "Who are You RUN DMT Remix," "Baba O Riely Jason Bentley Remix" and "Eminence Front Cage Remix" not yet available for sale.

Plain White Ts: "American Nights" not yet available for sale.

Music for 'Sunday NFL Countdown'

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The following is a list of songs featured on ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown," along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to buy and download the albums or songs.

Cassio Monroe: "Under The Lights" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Ellie Goulding: "Burn" from the "Halcyon Days" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Flo Rida: "How I Feel" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Nico and Vinz: "Am I Wrong" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Lil Jon and DJ Snake: "Turn Down for What" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Kongos: "Come With Me Now" from the "Lunatic" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Maroon 5: "Maps" from the “V” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

New music debuts for 'NFL Countdown'

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Brian TylerCourtesy of Gabe Thompson and Aris Stoulil"NFL Sunday Countdown" composer Brian Tyler has scored more than 60 films.


The man who scored music for "Iron Man 3" and other Marvel films in the Avengers series, was asked to compose new music for ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown" -- the first new music commissioned for the network's football programming in 18 years. The new music premiered this past Sunday, along with ESPN's brand-new 9,000 square foot studio for NFL programming.

When Brian Tyler was growing up, he loved music and football. And there was a place where those two worlds were one and the same -- the weekly highlights produced by NFL Films, in which the dramatic game footage and the music that told the story were inseparable from each other.



Tyler, who has scored more than 60 films and numerous television series, tapped into those childhood football memories. He saw a parallel between the tension of the game and the emotions of battle scenes he has previously scored.

"It's not just the battle itself, but preparation for the battle. It's the angst you have, the nerves you're trying to allay -- and at same time you're trying to psych yourself out to go on the battlefield," he said. "There's the strategy, the mind games and the physicality of the battle itself. And after the game there's jubilant victory or crushing defeat. Musically, I wanted to get all of those things."

While the NFL Films highlights previously scored by composer Sam Spence were an inspiration, Tyler said he didn't set out to recreate or reboot those songs. Rather, he was after the emotional impact the music conveyed.

Watching those highlights as a kid, he said, "made you feel like you were watching the most significant game in the history of the universe and it could have been a game that was 7 to 3 that had no impact on the playoffs.

"The people who are watching (highlights), they are tremendously into it -- it doesn't matter if your team is in second-to-last place," Tyler said. "I assume people feel the same way I do about the game and hopefully the music translates and can capture that."

Claude Mitchell, the coordinating director of ESPN Music, said Tyler's body work made him a natural choice for the job.

“We wanted a theme that was distinctive and that emphasized the heroic nature of football. These are constant themes in Brian’s work, particularly the music he has scored for 'Iron Man 3' and other Marvel films,” Mitchell said. "Brian is someone we've been using as a reference for a while, so it was particularly exciting to have the opportunity to work with him on this project."

Tyler composed show-specific scores for three of the network’s signature NFL programs: "Sunday NFL Countdown," "NFL Live" and "NFL Insiders," along with a general “NFL Gridiron” theme. You'll hear the music throughout these shows, leading in and out of commercial breaks and during game highlights.

Tyler's recent film credits include the Marvel films "Iron Man 3," "Thor: The Dark World," and the upcoming "Avengers: Age of Ultron," as well as "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "Into the Storm" and "The Expendables 3." He was nominated for an Emmy in 2014 for his work on the television series "Sleepy Hollow" -- one of three career Emmy nominations. He's won 10 BMI Music Awards, five ASCAP Music Awards and was honored as composer of the year at the 2014 Goldspirit Awards and the 2014 Cue Awards.

Tim McGraw featured on ESPN this month

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Tim McGrawMat Hayward/Getty ImagesTim McGraw's new album, "Sundown Heaven Town," is due to be released Sept. 16.

Here's a list of music featured on ESPN this month, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the artists' songs and/or albums:

Tim McGraw: "Keep On Truckin" and "Overrated" from the "Sundown Heaven Town" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Lenny Kravitz: "Strut" from the "Strut" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Wiz Khalifa: "We Dem Boyz" from the "Blacc Hollywood" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Delux: "Alarma" and "Communication" from the "$" album. (iTunes | Amazon)


September music for 'First Take'

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Here's a list of songs featured on ESPN's "First Take" this month, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs or albums:


Nico and Vinz: "Am I Wrong" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Lights Resolve: "A Lot To Say" single. (iTunes)

Elmo: "Lifetime" single.

Rik Ducci: "Tell 'Em J!" not available for sale.

Music from ESPN's 'College Gameday'

August, 27, 2014
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Big & RichErika Goldring/Getty ImagesIt's fall, and that means Big and Rich are "Coming To Your City" for college football on ESPN.


Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN’s "College Gameday" along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Big and Rich: "Comin’ to Your City" from the “Comin’ To Your City (Revised)" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Tesla: "Signs" from the "Time's Makin' Changes -- The Best of Tesla" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Kid Rock: "God Bless Saturday" from the “Born Free” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Katy Perry "This Is How We Do" from the “PRISM” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

The Kongos: "Come With Me Now" from the “Lunatic” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

The Go! Team: "Bust-out Brigade" from the “Rolling Blackouts” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Brantley Gilbert: "Small Town Throwdown" from the “Just As I Am” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Music this month on college football

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Pharrell WilliamsCharles Sykes/Invision/APPharrell Williams is among the artists featured on ESPN's college football programming.


Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN’s college football coverage, along with links to the artist’s websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Broken Bells: "Control" from the “After the Disco” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

T. Mills: "All I Wanna Do" from the “All I Wanna Do” EP. (iTunes | href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IGNYKQ8/">Amazon)

Pharrell Williams: "Brand New" and "Come Get It Bae" from the “G I R L” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Matrimony: "Southern Skies" from the “Montibello Memories” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

MKTO: "American Dream" from the “Classic” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Rita Ora: "I Will Never Let You Down" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Romeo Testa: "Light It Up" from “The End” EP. (iTunes | Amazon)

Magic Man: "Tonight and Out of My Mind" from “Before the Waves” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

The Wyld: "Odyssey," Always on the Run, and Wake Up" from the “Abstract” EP. (iTunes | Amazon)

Lil Jon and DJ Snake: "Turn Down for What" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Conway: "Big Talk" from the “Big Talk” EP. (iTunes | Amazon)

DJ Snake and Dillon Francis: "Get Low" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

TI and Iggy Azalea: "No Mediocre" single. (iTunes | Amazon)


Jack White "Lazaretto and "High Ball Stepper" from the “Lazaretto” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

The Script: "Superheroes" from the “No Sound Without Silence" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

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