Alice in Chains

Ranking Musician Tribute Songs from Best to Worst

We were intrigued to hear that Patti Smith’s new record Banga contains a track called “This Is the Girl,” which is apparently a tribute to none other than Amy Winehouse. We haven’t heard the song yet — if you have, do feel free to let us know in the comments whether it’s any good or not — but either way, it’s the latest in a music industry tradition: that of musicians writing songs for their deceased counterparts. Of course, some such songs are more successful than others — and so, here’s a selection that spans the spectrum of good to bad. Guess which end “I’ll Be Missing You” comes at! … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr — who most recently appeared on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab in 2009 — has died of unknown causes. He was 44. [via

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Decorating in LA

They paved paradise and put up a… condo building. Though in the case of the recently finished Cherokee Lofts in Los Angeles, a LEED-certified retrofit of a formerrecording studio is a pitch-perfect way to preserve Hollywood legacy. The former Cherokee Recording Studios , MGM Studios before it, hosted everyone from Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder to Johnny Cash and Dave Matthews. In a nod to its storied past, the developers put on an open house decorated in the styles of threeother recording artists: David Bowie (awesome), Alice in Chains (okay, sure), and 30 Seconds to Mars (huh?). Sneak a peek after the… Read More

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