Quick Hits: Beyonce, The Rolling Stones, Sound City documentary, Pearl Jam, Atoms For Peace, 12/12/12 Sandy benefit, The Killers, Buckcherry, Grammys, Alabama Shakes
December 4, 2012

HBO has released a brief teaser for the upcoming Beyoncé documentary that will premiere on February 16. "I always battle with how much I reveal about myself," Queen B says in a voiceover during the teaser clip. It also shows flashes of footage of the singer in the studio, greeting fans, performing onstage and showing off her baby bump. Beyoncé is the director and executive producer of the film. In a statement last month, the singer said: "HBO has a history of pushing every boundary with class and authenticity. Some of my favorite shows are on HBO, so I am excited that my film will be part of its bold programming. This film was so personal to me; it had to have the right home." You can see the clip below:

The Rolling Stones have revealed that Mary J. Blige and rising guitarist Gary Clark Jr. will join them on stage for their December 8 show at Brooklyn's Barclay's Center. There's no word on whether Clark Jr. and Blige will join the Stones again when they head across the river to perform in Newark, NJ on December 13 and 15, but Blige already appeared with the Stones this fall, singing "Gimme Shelter" at the first of two anniversary shows the band played at London's O2 Arena.
     In related news, the E! network will air Live From The Rolling Stones, a one-hour special event covering the pre-show activities before the band's December 15 concert, which will also air live on Pay-Per-View.

Dave Grohl's anticipated Sound City documentary will officially debut at the Sundance Film Festival next month in Utah, with a release date some time in February of 2013. Grohl said in a statement, "As a first time director, I am humbled to be able to share my passion for songwriting and storytelling with this incredible cast of legendary musicians, as seen through the extraordinary story of America’s greatest unsung recording studio, Sound City. Being included in this group of artists is a true honor, and the Sundance Film Festival is the perfect place to premiere a film about craft, integrity, and passion for art. I am over the moon!" An extended trailer for Sound City has also been released, and can be seen below. Sound City won't be the only music documentary to debut at Sundance, as a film about The Eagles, titled History of the Eagles Part 1, will also be unveiled.

SiriusXM Radio has announced that Eddie Vedder will host a new, limited-run show on its Pearl Jam Radio channel. Simply called The Eddie Vedder Radio Show, it will premiere tomorrow, December 5 at 5:00 pm ET on Pearl Jam Radio, channel 22. SiriusXM listeners will hear Vedder play many of his all-time favorite songs, from early punk rock influences to unreleased material from his personal archives. The Eddie Vedder Radio Show will feature Vedder discussing his musical influences and contemporaries who inspire him as well as him sharing personal stories about his career in rock music.
     "Eddie has been the voice of a generation and a voice with a conscience and we are happy to have him take up residence here to do his own show," said Scott Greenstein, President/Chief Content Officer for SiriusXM. "Eddie’s record collection could tell some stories all by itself, let alone with Eddie at the helm; we know our listeners will enjoy hearing this one."

Thom Yorke's Atoms For Peace side project has officially set a February 25 release date (presumably February 26 in the U.S.) for their debut album, Amok. On Radiohead's Dead Air Space blog this morning, Yorke unveiled the cover art and the nine song tracklist, as well as the band's new website at www.atomsforpeace.info. He writes that "Atoms is a ongoing and open ended project, where it leads i know not for certain .... which is what is nice about it."

The 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert in New York City will now be broadcast across six continents via dozens of television, radio and Internet outlets. Producers said in a Monday news release the concert will be available to 1 billion people. As reported yesterday, Eric Clapton and Coldplay's Chris Martin have joined the super-star lineup that already includes Bon Jovi, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The Who and Paul McCartney. Proceeds will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund.

The Killers have released their annual Christmas single, with proceeds benefiting the (RED) foundation. "I Feel It In My Bones" was announced on December 1 (World AIDS Day) and the video arrived online this week as well.

Buckcherry will join Kid Rock as the special guest on his upcoming Rebel Soul tour, beginning February 2 in Kansas City, MO. While on the road, Buckcherry will preview new songs from their forthcoming album, Confessions, due out in early 2013. This marks the band's sixth studio album and first U.S. release for Century Media Records. The lyrics for Confessions are tied together by the underlying theme of the Seven Deadly Sins. Fans will get an early taste of the album when the first single, "Gluttony," is released as an iTunes single on December 11.

After scaling back last year on the number of Grammy Awards handed out, the Recording Academy has now added three new categories to the mix in the areas of classical compendium, Latin jazz album and urban contemporary album. The acts nominated for Grammy gold will be announced on Wednesday night during the CBS concert special Grammy Nominations Concert Live: Countdown to Music's Biggest Night, airing at 10 p.m. EST. The Grammy Awards will be handed out on February 10.

Alabama Shakes will kick off a U.S. headline run on March 1 with a show at the Knitting Factory in Boise, ID. Michael Kiwanuka, Sam Doores and Riley Downing will be the supporting artists on all tour dates. A ticket pre-sale started today, while tickets will go on sale to the general public this Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8. Meanwhile, Alabama Shakes' performance on the PBS series Austin City Limits will air on February 16.

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