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Big Bank Hank, born Henry Jackson passed away from cancer on Tuesday. Hank was a third of the influential rap group Sugarhill Gang along with Wonder Mike and Master Gee. The group was best known for their hit song "Rapper's Delight". Hank who lived in the Bronx during the rise of hip-hop has been one of the most prolific voices in the genre thanks to songs like "Rapper's Delight".

Read more on Big Bank Hank and the legacy of Sugarhill Gang at Rollingstone.

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Virgin owner Richard Branson offered the remaining members of Led Zeppelin a sum of cash around $800 million to tour 35 dates across three major cities. according to reports most of the group were ready to sign with the exception of Robert Plant. Plant reportedly ripped up his contract in front of tour promoters, and the entire project has been cancelled. More can be read on Robert Plant and the now defunct Zeppelin reunion at Ultimate Classic Rock.

In other Led Zeppelin news the mystery behind the title of Houses of the Holy has been addressed in an interview with Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. Page explains that the reason that Houses of the Holy  was not simply Led Zeppelin V like the preceding albums had been I, II, IV was that he at the time did not want the title to read as Led Zeppelin Victory Sign. Popular theory has suggested that the title had occultist origins or even simply signaled a change in musical style but says this was never the case. You can find more on this interview with Page at Consequence of Sound.

Rick Rosas a bassist for Neil Young has died at the age of 65. Rosas has performed over the years with artists like Crosby Stills and Nash, Rom Wood, Buffalo Springfield and Jerry Lee Lewis. The cause of death is at this time unknown. Read more on the Rosas's legacy at Ultimate Classic Rock.

Murder for hire charges against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd have been dropped in New Zealand. Rudd was recently accused by New Zealand police of arranging a hit man to execute two killings. Prosecutes have since taken over the case and the murder charges have been dropped. Rudd still faces serious charges including possession of Marijuana. AC/DC has gone on record as saying that Rudds arrest and legal issues will not affect the bands upcoming tour. More on Rudd's arrest and AC/DC's tour can be found at ABC.

According to a new book by Glyn Johns there was once the possibility of Bob Dylan uniting The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for an album. Johns says that Dylan approached him in the '60s with the idea and charged him with finding out if the bands would be interested. Johns said that while he and some members of both bands were interested there were two many hold outs including Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger. Read more on this story and more at Consequence of Sound.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Andy Mulkerin

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary from Andy.

Hiss Golden Messenger, "Lucia" - This is the lead track from the North Carolina band's new album, Lateness of Dancers. Dylan-inspired for sure, but maybe best described as The War on Drugs with fewer electric guitars and more mandolin.

Jill Barber, "Broken for Good" - Catchy tune from the Canadian songstress's latest, Fool's Gold. Nothing crazy here, just a pretty, classic-sounding song, done well.

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In a move that is likely to be bitter sweet to fans of both Furthur and The Grateful Dead, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh have officially disbanded Furthur. The bands website however has hinted that there are numerous other projects to look forward to in the future, “we’ll all be keeping very busy over the the foreseeable future, and it’s time to let Furthur take a bow”.

With the 50th anniversary of The Grateful Dead on the horizon it appears that the remaining members will be keeping busy preparing what many speculate may be a reunion. “It would be wrong to let that go by un-commemorated” said Weir, “We owe it to the fans, we owe it to the songs, we owe it to ourselves”. Speculation aside fans can look forward to a new documentary commemorating the 50th anniversary. The Scorsese produced film will span the career of The Grateful Dead and include never seen archival footage.

Read more on the Furthur disbandment at RollingStone.

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The Brooklyn Academy of Music has announced their Winter and Spring season and it features a unique performance by Sujan Stevens. Stevens will be live scoring the documentary film Round-Up, a slow motion look at bronc and bull riding as well as barrel racing at the 2013 Pendelton Round-Up in Oregon and is directed Aaron and Alex Craig. Stevens will be joined Yarn/Wire Quartet for the live scoring on January 20-25 at the BAM Harvey Theater in Brooklyn New York.

More info on Sufjan Stevens and this unique project can be found at Pitchfork.

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Erin Dawn "Scratchy" Hutter was an accomplished local musician and music educator. Hutter had 20 years experience educating local students in music and performed with many local musicians including the Butler Symphony, The Deliberate Strangers and Slim Forsythe, with whom she was featured in a WYEP Third Thursday performance.

Erin Hutters obituary can be found at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and her Third Thursday performance can be found in our On Demand Section.

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The keyboardist Isaiah "Ikey" Owens has been found dead in his hotel room. Owens, age 38 has recorded and performed with groups such as The Long Beach Dub Allstars, The Mars Volta, and  recently Jack White. Owens has been working with White since 2012 and has contributed to the album  Blunderbuss and most recently Lazaretto. Owens was touring with White in Mexico when he was found dead in his hotel room. It is being reported that the hotel room that Owens was found in may have contained drugs and alchohol, though the official cause of death is being ruled a heart attack. Jack White has cancelled the remaining shows on the Mexican tour in respect for Owens.

Read more on Ikey Owens at Rolling Stone.

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Previously unavailable on the music streaming service, the solo discography of former Beatle John Lennon can now be heard on Spotify. Eight albums that were released between 1970 and 1984 can be heard in their entirety, as well as many non record song compilations. Spotify acquired Lennon's solo discography as part of a series of exclusive deals the streaming service has been working on in order to compete with rise in the number of similar services being made available online. Lennon joins fellow Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Star in having his discography available on Spotify as well as several songs by George Harrison. however the Beatles music is still unable to be streamed on the service.

Read more on the Spotify release of John Lennon's music at Consequence of Sound.

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Paul Revere of Paul Revere and the Raiders loses his battle with cancer on October 4th at the age of 76. Revere has been touring and performing even up to this year despite fighting cancer and it was only this summer that he took the advice of his doctors and took a break, remaining optimistic however he made a statement on Facebook to his fans, “Even though I’ve had some health issues nothing can stop the old man, I’m like the energizer bunny!”.  Revere was with his family at their home in Idaho at the time of his death.

Paul Revere and the raiders have been performing since the 60’s and have experienced commercial success with songs such as “Indian Reservation”, “Kicks”, and “Louie, Louie”.

More on Paul Revere and his career can be read at NME.

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Iconic guitarist and founding member of Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page has revealed plans to form a new band and go on tour playing music spanning his entire career. Despite long time hopes of organizing a Led Zeppelin reunion Page comments that the chances are “Not Very likely” likely do to reluctance on the part Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant.

Page’s new group will consist of as of yet unknown musicians, but he has said that he will be playing material from every stage in his career “right back to my very, very early days with The Yardbirds…and there would certainly be new material in there as well”.

Read more on Jimmy Page and his upcoming tour at The Guardian.

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