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<p>Zac Brown at the CMAs</p>

Zac Brown at the CMAs

Dave Grohl jams with Zac Brown Band on freewheeling 'Day for the Dead' on CMAs: Watch

Is this what their Grohl-produced album will sound like?

In case you’re wondering what Zac Brown Band’s new music, produced by Dave Grohl, will sound like, we got the first listen Wednesday night when the Foo Fighter joined ZBB to perform “Day For The Dead” at the CMA Awards.

The jam rock song has, appropriately enough, slight Grateful Dead-like guitar line, but with Grohl behind the drums, it quickly took on a hard rock vibe. It’s a chugging ramble of the song, especially at the 3-minute mark, when it goes into a round before slamming back into full-on rock mode, complete with fiddles.

In an edited version, the song could fit in at radio. No word yet on it if is a potential single.

Hitfix broke the news last week about Grohl producing Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band weren't the only ones rocking out at the Country music awards ceremony: Eric Church introduced a new song, "The Outsiders," tonight that ha a wicked guitar solo straight out of a metal song in the middle.

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<p>Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood rock their Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus gear at the CMAs</p>

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood rock their Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus gear at the CMAs

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Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley skewer Miley Cyrus, Obamacare on CMA Awards

What rhymes with truck?

Even though Miley Cyrus's twerk heard around the world occurred more than two months ago at MTV's Video Music Awards, there was no way the CMA Award hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley were going to leave that alone. 

Paisley pretended to pull a muscle during their opening sketch and when he announced "I twerked my back," Underwood set him straight and before long, out came a foam finger and the pair has cleverly figured out a way to combine Cyrus and Robin Thicke's performance of "Blurred Lines" with Duck Dynasty to come up with "Duck Blind." 

The pair performed the parody and were shortly joined by members of "Duck Dynasty's" Robertson family, including Willie, who twerked up against a slightly unnerved Underwood.

They weren't done dissing Cyrus yet, however. Paisley thanked Taylor Swift for growing up in the public eye without resorting to "humping a teddy bear or grinding against Beetlejuice," in a reference to Thicke's black and white striped suit he wore on the VMAs. 


"Duck Blind" wasn't the only parody the pair performed. Country music artists by and large stay away from discussing politics, sex and  religion (other than to always thank God first when they win an award), but  Underwood and Paisley threw that dictate out the window when the pair -- hosting together for the sixth time -- skewered the computer issues that have plagued the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

Performing “Obamacare by Morning” to the tune of George Strait’s classic “Amarillo By Morning,” they sat side by side at a laptop pretending to try to log on to the health care registration site.

The pair sang: “Obamacare by morning/why’s this taking so long?/I’m going to wind up with hemorrhoids if I sit here til dawn/We’ll have cataracts and dementia/oh this is getting on my last nerve/Obamacare by morning/over six people served."

In some ways, it was a risky move for a genre that usually plays it safe, especially when it comes to politics, although Paisley and Underwood are seen as so nice and good-natured by the country community and fans that they can get away with jokes that may seem too barbed when delivered by others.

Also, this is a generalization, but by-and-large, country fans are a fairly conservative lot, so poking fun at Obamacare’s registration woes is a little like preaching to the choir. Plus, while they made fun of the utter disaster that the online registration has been, they were careful to not criticize or applaud the actual plan.

Regardless, reaction on social media was swift with conservative organizations like The Heritage Foundation quickly linking to a video of the performance and country music fans positively chiming in on the song, although a few people Tweeted their displeasure

What do you think? Too much or just right? 

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<p>Aras and Vytas of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Aras and Vytas of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' - 'Skin of My Teeth'

One player returns from Redemption and the Merge arrives
Pre-credit sequence. It's Night 18 at Galang. Vytas is overjoyed and announces how much trust he has in the group that has been emotionally incapable of voting for him. Vytas says that this is his group of five and he's ready for the Merge. "We're standing for a certain way of playing this game," Vytas says of the "moral" and "honest" way of playing the game that he's telling the women he's in favor of. Vytas is sure that he has his current tribe, plus Aras, plus Gervase, though Tina wants to advocate for Monica being ahead of Gervase in the alliance. Of course, Monica's not nearly as pleased to be No. 5 as Tina might have hoped and she admits that if, post-Merge, she gets a better offer, she'll have to consider it.
Laura B easy on the cut, no mistakes allowed. Laura B arrives at Redemption Island, calling it "a hugely horrible, non-strategic move" that led her tribe to keep Vytas over her. Laura M and John both agree with Laura B that Vytas should have been the vote. The next morning, Tree-Mail on Redemption Island indicates that they're on to their last Duel, with the winner coming into the game. John says he's been training for the Duel for 12 days and he'll be disappointed with himself if he doesn't get back in. Laura M is determined to return to the game for Ciera. On to Redemption Island. The two tribes arrive, followed by the three Duelists. Jeff Probst sets the stakes. And we move on to... CREDITS!
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"Top Chef"

 "Top Chef"

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'Top Chef': Has the show hit a new low with the cream cheese challenge?

It's another misguided product placement episode

This season of "Top Chef" hasn't been very spicy. Yes, there has been literal spice (this is New Orleans, after all), but we've lacked chefs who are as colorful and creative as commentators as they are in the kitchen. When NIna grumbles of the recently eliminated Michael, "Boo Boo, you're a douche," it wasn't especially witty (and definitely wasn't nice), but at least someone got fired up about something other than andouille sausage.  

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"American Horror Story: Coven"

 "American Horror Story: Coven"

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'American Horror Story: Coven' recap: 'Burn, Witch, Burn'

Can Zoe save the witches from a deadly enemy?

This week's episode of "American Horror Story: Coven" took a step in the right direction by reminding us that Zoe, for all her faults, can be proactive. She knows how to use a chainsaw. More importantly, she knows how to use her natural talents as a witch even more effectively than a chain saw (when your chainsaw runs out of gas, might as well toss it). Alas, she's been too busy saving lives and chopping up zombies to chase down Kyle, who's probably beating his head against a wall or eating someone, but all is forgiven… at least until next week.

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'New Girl' keeping Damon Wayans Jr. around for the rest of the season

"New Girl" keeping Damon Wayans Jr. around for the rest of the season

Coach's stint has been expanded from four episodes, and he'll be billed as a "special guest star."

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<p>Damon Wayans Jr. will be hanging with Zooey Deschanel for the rest of this &quot;New Girl&quot;&nbsp;season.</p>

Damon Wayans Jr. will be hanging with Zooey Deschanel for the rest of this "New Girl" season.

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Damon Wayans Jr. to stick with 'New Girl' all season

The cancellation of 'Happy Endings' allowed the reunion from the 'New Girl' pilot

Damon Wayans Jr. will be sticking around "New Girl" for the rest of this season.

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<p>Oscar Isaac and Justin Timberlake play folk singers in the early '60s in the new film 'Inside Llewyn Davis'</p>

Oscar Isaac and Justin Timberlake play folk singers in the early '60s in the new film 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

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Review: The Coen Bros deliver a charming look at early '60s folk music in 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Oscar Isaac puts it all together in his best role yet

The release of a new film by Joel and Ethan Coen is one of those moments that I like to savor each time it happens precisely because none of us have any idea how many more of them we'll get. I feel like they have been on an amazing run recently, and if anything, they're getting more daring, more controlled, more impressive. Their films have a thematic density that is dazzling, and they never seem to be struggling to make something "important," instead simply following their own peculiar muse to consistently interesting effect.

Oscar Isaac stars as Llewyn Davis, a folk singer struggling at the fringe of the scene in Greenwich Village in 1961, and he's facing a moment that any artist who does not find immediate success must face at some point, the question of whether or not to continue working in a field where you are frustrated. Llewyn survives thanks to a complicated economy based on free cigarettes, sleeping on couches, and showing up somewhere just in time to get invited to stay for dinner, and he seems like he's on the verge of breaking through to real success. After all, he sees it happening to the people around him. His friends Jim (Justin Timberlake) and Jean (Carey Mulligan) are a real draw as a duo, and he feels like he's very close to having a moment of his own if he can just play the right gig.

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<p>&quot;Cutie and the Boxer&quot;</p>

"Cutie and the Boxer"

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'The Act of Killing,' 'Cutie and the Boxer' lead Cinema Eye nominations

Sarah Polley's 'Stories We Tell' lands three top nods

So far, "The Act of Killing" is shaping up to be the most celebrated documentary of this awards season. Joshua Oppenheimer's sobering one-off about Indonesian genocide has yet to miss a stop on the circuit: it landed a number of top nods last week for the IDA Awards, and has also landed Best Documentary nods at the Gotham Awards and European Film Awards. Today, it extended its streak with five top nods for the Cinema Eye Awards, which stand alongside the IDAs as the most significant documentary-centered ceremony of the season.

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<p>Diane Coffee's Shaun Fleming</p>

Diane Coffee's Shaun Fleming

Exclusive Song Of The Day: Diane Coffee's 'Never Lonely'

Foxygen drummer sets out solo

I've talked about Foxygen on here before, but the psych-rock band's drummer Shaun Fleming has stepped out solo under the name Diane Coffee and now I'm kinda smitten with it, too.

Had HitFix been born under different auspices, we would have already written about Fleming on his own. He used to be a voice actor for family shows and TV movies like "Kim Possible," "The Legend of Tarzan" and "Lilo and Stitch." And now he's spread out into this glam-rock meeting green, bratty pop amalgam for Diane Coffee's debut "My Friend Fish," out Oct. 29.

"Never Lonely" is my favorite of the 10-track album, though "Eat Your Love (With Sriracha)" owns the best song title. Good catch, Western Vinyl.

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<p>Restless Road</p>

Restless Road

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 Top 12 Performances - Motown Night

What is the twist Simon Cowell has been teasing?

[If you're looking for a "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" recap, it will be up after the show's airing on Pacific time, a pattern I'll be following for the rest of the Wednesdays this fall. It's not that I prefer "X Factor" to "Survivor." It's just that if one show is live and the other show is canned, it makes more sense to live-blog the live show. I don't know if that makes sense, but that's my thought process.]

It's Motown Night for the "X Factor" Top 12. 

This is a theme that was inevitable, but a theme that's not especially well-tailored for most of this season's Finalists. Will that mean some disastrous performances? Will Simon Cowell's promised twist have to save the show? 

Click through for the performances and chime in below!

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Lorde's Royals remains atop the the Billboard Hot 100 for sixth week

New Zealand singer fends off a charge from Eminem

Lorde’s reign with “Royals” extends for a sixth week at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, but she may be facing a serious challenge from Rap God, Eminem.

“Royals” continues to be a multi-format smash, along the lines of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” for sheer breadth of appeal: this week the song debuted on the Latin Pop Songs airplay chart, adding that to it a format list that already spanned dance, R&B and rock charts.

But the big news belongs to Eminem. “Monster,” his new collaboration with Rihanna and the newest single from “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” bows at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. That mirrors the No. 3 start “Berzerk,” the album’s first single, had in September. “Berzerk” rises 25-15 this week, spiked by the release of “MMLP2,” while emphasis track “Survival” zooms 67-16 and “Rap God” moves 21-17.

That gives Eminem four songs in the Top 20 at the same time, making him only the sixth artist in the history of the chart to do so, according to Billboard. Other than the Beatles, the other acts to achieve the feat are all rappers: Eminem protege 50 Cent, T-Pain, Lil Wayne and Ludacris. The rappers, however, got help from being featured artists on cuts, whereas the Beatles and Eminem are the only artists to do so as lead artists.

The only other debut in the Top 10 belongs to One Direction’s “Story of My Life,” which enters the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 6 and is the British boy band’s fourth Top 10.

Looking at the returning entries: Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” moves 3-2, while Katy Perry’s “Roar” slips 2-4, pushing Avicii’s “Wake Me Up!” down one spot to No. 5.

Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” featuring Majid Jordan, drops 5-7; Imagine Dragon’s “Demons” moves 9-8; OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” switches places with “Demons,” sliding 8-9, while Lady Gaga’s “Applause” retreats three spaces to No. 10.

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