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U2 have released a new short film, that premiered on the Sundance channel Thursday night, July 9. The video piece was broadcasted right after the third season premiere of "Rectify".

Woody Harrelson starred as "Aaron Brown", a prisoner who is about to be released to meet his real life daughter, Zoe Harrelson, at the prison gates in a desert location. The U2 song "Song for Someone", from their new album "Songs of Innocence" was played in the background. Vincent Haycock directed this nearly 8 minute film.

Watch it below:

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"A lot of my early memories of teenage years were of violence, and the sheer fear of leaving the house, going to catch the bus," frontman says

by Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone

Bono and the Edge broke down U2's songwriting process and recalled the rough North Dublin roots that inspired the Songs of Innocence cut, "Cedarwood Road," in a revealing interview for Song Exploder.

The song gets its name and story from the street Bono grew up on, but it began -- like many U2 tracks -- with a guitar riff the Edge came up with at home. In speaking about these initial steps, the Edge noted he sketches songs on GarageBand and works with drum loops Larry Mullen Jr. recorded for the demo process.

"My job is to find a way to inspire Adam and Larry and Bono, so I don't often care to finish out a piece fully," the Edge said. "I just want to get something down that I think is a great starting point and then I know that whatever I come up with, they'll come up with something better. So I just need to get it going where its identity is clear and it's got some kind of vitality and point of view that's interesting."

by Jon Bream, Minneapolis Star Tribune

The Rolling Stones vs. U2. Mick vs. Bono. Keef vs. the Edge.

Who is the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band? Baby boomers might argue the Stones. Gen Xers might advocate for U2.

Last week, this baby boomer had the rare opportunity to see these iconic bands on back-to-back nights: the Stones on Tuesday in Milwaukee, U2 on Wednesday in Chicago.

How were the shows? Outstanding. Was one better? Yes. Which band was the greatest? I'll answer that later. First, impressions and experiences.

Just given their ages, the four Stones, 68 to 74, have to be in the autumn of their 53-year career. U2, a quartet ages 53 to 55, are in midcareer -- year 39, to be exact -- sort of like the Stones in the mid-1980s. U2 is coming off two slow-selling, hits-devoid albums, the latter of which, "Songs of Innocence," resulted in bad karma because it was sent for free last year to hundreds of millions of iTunes users, some of whom saw it as unwanted spam.

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Opening Act(s): None

Setlist:

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. The Electric Co. - Send in the Clowns - I Can See for Miles
  3. Vertigo - God Save the Queen
  4. I Will Follow
  5. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  6. Cedarwood Road
  7. Song for Someone
  8. Sunday Bloody Sunday - When Johnny Comes Marching Home - Blaze of Glory
  9. Raised by Wolves
  10. Until the End of the World - Love and Peace or Else
  11. Intermission
  12. Invisible
  13. Even Better Than the Real Thing
  14. Mysterious Ways - Young Americans
  15. Lucifer's Hands
  16. Sweetest Thing
  17. Every Breaking Wave
  18. All I Want Is You - Into the Mystic
  19. With or Without You
  20. City of Blinding Lights
  21. Bullet the Blue Sky - Black Dog - 19
  22. The Hands That Built America - Pride (In the Name of Love)
  23. Encore(s):
  24. Beautiful Day - Good Times Bad Times
  25. Mother and Child Reunion - Where the Streets Have No Name - California (There Is No End to Love)
  26. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - People Have the Power

Remarks:

U2's epic residency at Madison Square Garden continued at tonight's 4th show in NYC. The legendary Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin was at the show and U2 played a portion of "Black Dog" and "Good Times Bad Times" in dedication to him. "Lucifer's Hands" was performed for only the third time on the tour. "The Wanderer" made a return to the PA intermission music that was previously Gavin Friday's "The Fly" version.

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