RNR News and Notes

Meiko's Haunting Version of Zombie [LISTEN]

Like the rest of the world, we were shocked when the news of Dolores O'Riordan passing hit our timelines.  

 

One of our good friends, Meiko (you remember when she played our Smorgasgourd at Rams Head Live?) had planned on releasing an album of cover songs called Playing Favorites this summer.  The album includes this haunting, slower and somber rendition of Zombie by The Cranberries  - recorded in an abandoned church in Brooklyn, NY.

 

 

 

Meiko has decided to release the track early as a tribute to Dolores, one of her favorite singers of all time.  She also decided to donate a portion of the songs proceeds to mental health charities.  The track is out officially January 26th - and the full album will be out in August.  

 

 

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Beck's New Video Stars Baby Mame and Her Pet Poodles [WATCH]

If the stars of Beck's new video for the song Fix Me look familiar, it might be because you're one of the 250,000 people who follow Mame and her poodles - Riku, Gaku, and Qoo, on Instagram.  

 

As part of the video's release -Beck has partnered with the ASPCA to help put an end to animal abuse and neglect.  

 

When asked about the video, director Brook Linder said - “There’s something really special happening in the mountains of Yamagata, and we were lucky enough to enter Mame’s world for two afternoons in November. That home is heaven on Earth.”

 

 

By the way - how about some tour dates Beck ....   

 

 

 

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MGMT Announce New Album / Tour Dates [PRESALE TIX]

MGMT are back with new music and a new tour! 

The new album is called Little Dark Age and will be available on February 9th! 

 

 They'll be touring in support of the album starting in Europe and coming stateside in March - with a date at The Anthem on March 15th. 

 

Tickets go on sale Friday (1/19) HERE 

 

But because we know you love being the first to get your hands on tickets HERE - you can access them a day early with our presale - just use the code ALIENDAYS 

 

**presale is Thursday 1/18 12p-10p**

 

 

 

Here's the tracklisting for Little Dark Age:

1. “She Works Out Too Much”
2. “Little Dark Age”
3. “When You Die”
4. “Me and Michael”
5. “TSLAMP”
6. “James”
7. “Days That Got Away”
8. “One Thing Left to Try”
9. “When You’re Small”
10. “Hand It Over”

 

And the complete tour itinerary: 

Jan. 30 -- Berlin, Germany @ Huxley’s

Feb. 2 -- Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
Feb. 3 -- Brussels, Belgium @ AB Main Hall
Feb. 5 -- Paris, France @ La Cigale
Feb. 6 -- London, England @ Electric Brixton
March 2 -- St. Paul, MN @ Myth
March 3 -- Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
March 5 -- St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
March 7 -- Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
March 8 -- Austin, TX @ ACL Live at Moody Theater
March 9 -- New Orleans, LA @ BUKU Music & Art Project
March 11 -- Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
March 13 -- Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
March 15 -- Washington, DC @ The Anthem
March 16 -- Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
March 17 -- Montreal, Quebec @ MTELUS
March 19 -- Toronto, Ontario @ Massey Hall
March 20 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
March 24 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
March 25 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
May 7 -- Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
May 9 -- Calgary, Alberta @ Big Four Building
May 11 -- Vancouver, British Columbia @ Orpheum Theatre
May 12 -- Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
May 15 -- San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
May 18 -- Hollywood, CA @ Palladium
May 19 -- San Diego, CA @ San Diego Civic Theatre
May 20 -- Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
June 14-17 -- Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
June 29-July 1 -- Beuningen, Netherlands @ Down the Rabbit Hole Festival
July 6 -- Hérouville Saint Clair, France @ Festival Beauregard
July 12 -- Madrid, Spain @ Mad Cool Festival
July 1 -- Milan, Italy @ Milano Summer Festival

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New Music From The Decemberists [LISTEN]

More new music? Yes please ... from The Decemberists? Pretty Please!

 

Indie pop vets The Decemberists have released the first single, Severed, from their forthcoming 8th album - titled I'll Be Your Girl - due out March 16th! The song has a very 80s / synth vibe going on ... should be an interesting album! 

 

Check out the video for Severed below ... and stay tuned for a tour announcement :) 

 

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Zac Brown Band - Down the Rabbit Hole Tour [PRESALE]

Be one of the first to get your hands on tickets to see the Zac Brown Band's Down The Rabbit Hole Tour when it comes to Nationals Park on July 27th with our presale code! 

 

Tickets go one sale  to the general public Friday January 19th HERE

 

But you can get tickets Thursday January 18th from 10a-10p using the presale code ACCESS 

 

Get the presale tickets HERE

 

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Assessing the 2018 Firefly lineup

After getting festival lineup after festival lineup in our newsfeed for the past week, we finally have the one we were waiting for - Firefly Music Festival's 2018 lineup - complete  with a new logo.  

 

Placement on a festival's lineup poster is a huge deal these days, just ask 2 Chainz.  So let's take a deeper look at the bands we'll be seeing at the Woodlands this June - 

 

 

Headliners - 

The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem - Not shocked to see Slim Shady and The Killers... had been predicting them for a few days ... I think the shocker here is Arctic Monkeys ... I know this is their only announced show as of now  - but I don't see them on the same level as the other three headliners ... I am kind of suprised not to see a big name DJ or EDM act on the top line - but hey, I'll take some rock over bass drops any day of the week! 

 

Middle of the Pack Bands - 

So gald to see some of our favorite humans on the bill.  2017 was a great year for Portugal. The Man and Vance Joy and it shows in their placement on the lineup.  Psst - hey Portugal. The Man - let's chug beers in the parking lot again in 2018! 

 

 

Other notable acts  in this section of the lineup - 

 

Foster the People, Alt-J, MGMT, Cold War Kids, Rag n Bone Man will all be good ... 

 

Looking forward to seeing Alice Merton for the first time of course! 

 

The setting sun at the Woodlands will should make a magical background for Lord Huron

 

Jimmy Eat World's set should be an hour of sing a longs - and Royal Blood's set should be sweaty, loud, and awesome. 

 

Digging Deeper

In 2017, we did a segment called Firefly Fine Print bands, where we found our favorite bands on the lineup we never heard of ... we'll be bringing that back in 2018 - and here's a few of the bands we think we'll be into based on the names alone: 

 

San Holo, Ron Gallo, Fly By Midnight, Welshy Arms, and The Glorious Suns! 

 

All in all - this is a solid lineup ... tickets are on sale at FireFlyFestival.com and range from General admission ($269) to Super VIP ($2,499) ... and you know that'll we'll be giving some away in the coming weeks :)  

 

 

 

 

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Hear New Music From Jack White

Last month, Jack White teased his new album by releasing a bizare montage of several songs .  Now we finally have the first proper single, Connected By Love, off his forthcoming solo album - Boarding House Reach:

 

 

Also released was a B-Side (remember those?) for the single - Respect Commander - a track that White tips his hat to his Michigan roots by paying homage to Detroit Techno. 

 

 

White is headlining several big festivals this spring and summer - including Governor's Ball and Shaky Knees ... but so far we don't have any live dates in the MD/DC/VA area ... but we don't have the Firefly lineup up either ... so here's hoping Jack will be back at the Woodlands again in 2018! 

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2018 Music Festival Lineups

If we're going to be forced to sit through another winter, we might as well have something to look forward to in the spring and summer ... here's a rundown of some of our favorite music festivals for 2018 :

 

Firefly - The Woodlands, Delaware 

June 14-17

Our favorite festival of the summer bounces back from (IMO) a weak 2017 lineup ... the headliners are great and the middle of the lineup has a lot of bands we are digging right now! 

 

Forecastle - Louisville, Kentucky 

July 13-15

Three solid headliners here - it doesn't hurt that Arcade Fire are one of them and their live show is amazing! 

 

Sloss - Birmingham, Alabama 

July 14-15

Same weekend as Forecastle ... almost the same lineup ... 

 

 

Coachella - Empire Polo Club - Indio, California 

April 13-15 and April 20-23 

The granddaddy of all festivals has 3 headliners that aren't bands in 2018!  

 

Governor's Ball - Randalls Island Park - New York City 

June 1-3 

Looking for a festival in the middle of the city that never sleeps - check out Governor's Ball

 

Homecoming - Smale Park - Cincinnati, Ohio

April 28-29

Two unique sets by The National and a festival that takes place at the park and other venues all over the city - I love it! 

 

 

Hangout Fest  - Gulf Shores, Alabama

May 18-20

Dude - does anything sound better than checking out your favorite bands from the white sands beaches of the Floribama Shore? I'll wait... 

 

Summercamp Music Festival - Chillicothe, Illonois 

May 25-27

This festival gets bonus points for being in a town called Chillicothe

 

 

Boston Calling - Harvard Athletic Center 

May 25-27

Another stacked lineup for Memorial Day ... Starting to see some lineup trends 

 

Shaky Knees Music Festival - Central Park -Atlanta GA

May 4-6

This Festival has awesome artwork ... and the impressive lineup makes the quick trip to Atlanta appealing! 

 

 

Bonnaroo - The Farm at Great Stage Park - Manchester TN 

June 7-10

Get your camping gear ready and road trip down to Manchester TN! 

 

SweetWater 420 Fest - Centennial Parl - Atlanta, GA 

April 20-22

Two sets from a bunch of the acts- including the headliners ... plus the return of Ghostland Observatory! 

 

Peach Music Festival - Montage Mountain -  Scranton, PA 

July 13-15

I dont see Scrantonicity on this Scranton PA lineup - but the lineup is pretty solid none the less! 

 

 

Mountain Jam - Hunter Mountain, Kentucky 

July 13-15

Woah - this is amazing ...Jack Johnson - are you touring or what? 

Too bad this is  the same weekend as Firefly :(

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WRNR's Year In Review 2017 - #ICYMI

2017 … what a year … there were certainly some low moments but there were also a lot of amazing things that happened.  Before we head into 2018 – we’d like to take a moment and reflect on some of our favorite 2017 memories –

 

Private Artist Showcase with  LP - January 25, 2017

We started 2017 Private Artist Showcases with LP after falling in love with her single, ‘Lost on You’.  I don’t think anyone was ready for what happened on that cold Wednesday morning at Rams Head on StageLP gave an honest, raw, and haunting seven song performance that left everyone stunned.  Oh yeah - she can whistle real good too

 

 

 

Meals with Musicians – Jain – January 31, 2017

Two of our favorite things – music and food! We took the concept of Meals with Musicians off Main St and to the Blackwall Hitch for a private happy hour, complete with French inspired cuisine from Chef Sennigan and a private performance by Jain!

 

 

Holistic Health Fair – February 18, 2017

For the 5th year in a row, we took over the Loews Hotel for a day filled with holistic health practitioners, products, services, counseling, educational information, alternative and complementary therapies, mind body and spirit modalities, lectures, workshops, and demos!  Details on the 2018 event coming soon! 

 

 

Private Artist Showcase -   Hamilton Leithauser – February 23, 2017  

We love Hamilton.  We love that he tours in his SUV, we love that he brought his kids to Rams Head on Stage, and of course we love his music!

 

 

Carrie played hooky with listeners at Ski Liberty – February 24, 2017

The ski conditions weren’t ideal – but hey, a day on the slopes beats being in the office every time, am I right?

 

 

WRNR Debuts ‘Feel it Still’ by Portugal. The Man – March 2, 2017

It’s no secret we love Portugal. The Man.  I mean, they gave Carrie a lifetime backstage pass after hanging with them a few years ago.  When we got the single for Feel It Still in the mail back in March, we knew the song was a hit – but we had no idea the success the band had in store for the rest of 2017.  Proof we liked the band before they sold out? Here’s a pic of Carrie drinking buds with the boys from Alaska in the Fire Fly parking lot! 

 

 

Carrie Shaves her head for St. Baldricks – March 12, 2017

Carrie loves the kids.  So much in fact, that was willing to shave her entire head for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation at Fado in Annapolis! Carrie raised over $4,000 for children’s cancer research and we couldn’t be more proud of her!

 

 

Cage The Elephant records Unpeeled in Washington DC – April 22, 2017

After Carrie shaved her head – we ran a fun promotion giving away 3rd, 2nd and 1st row tickets to see Cage The Elephant play a ‘stripped down’ show in DC. Little did we know they were recording the show for a new record called ‘Unpeeled’ and that it would have one of our favorite covers of the year on it – Whole Wide World

 

 

Private Artist Showcase – Dispatch – June 1, 2017

When the opportunity to have a Private Artist Showcase with Dispatch came up – there was no turning it down.  Have a band, with a new amazing record out, who is headlining Merriweather Post, come to Rams Head on Stage and play an acoustic set for us?  Yes please!  

 

 

Meals with Musicians at Merriweather – Jack Johnson – June 11, 2017

How would we top Meals with Musicians with Jain?  How about giving a few eco-conscious listeners the chance to break bread with Jack Johnson before his show at Merriweather Post!

 

 

Rockin River Cruise – Hippo Campus – June 14, 2017

Boy did we have some fun on the Harbor Queen this summer with the Rockin River Cruises!  A little band from Minnesota called Hippo Campus started our summer series off in June with an amazing set and an even more amazing karaoke session during load out!

 

 

Firefly Music Festival – June 15-18, 2017

We were back at the Woodlands once again for Firefly weekend. Highlights included Muse, Bob Dylan, Mondo Cozmo, The Shins, and of course the infamous Waka Flocka  / Sign Language incident.

 

 

Travis Pastrana brings his Nitro Circus to Navy Stadium – July 26, 2017

When local motocross star Travis Pastrana said he wanted to bring his Nitro Circus to Annapolis, MD – he was met with a lot of resistance.  But we helped his grassroots charge and he eventually won the fight and he was able to bring his team of high flyers to his home for a show no one will soon forget #NapTownNitro      

 

 

Meals with Musicians at Merriweather – Spoon – July 3, 2017

One of our favorite albums of 2017 was Spoon’s Hot Thoughts.  And one of our favorite nights was inviting some friends (who posted Spoon inspired art to social media with the hashtag #RNRSpoonfed) to break bread with Britt and the band before their show at Merriweather

 

 

Rockin River Cruise – Bay Ledges – August 10, 2017

The August weather was hot but that didn’t stop our cruises – and in August the coolest band from California, Bay Ledges, joined us on the Harbor Queen for an amazing night.

 

 

Pop Up Show – Deer Tick @ Rams Head Tavern – August 15, 2017

Carrie had a crazy idea- lets bring some of our favorite up and coming artists to town and have free pop up performances.  This crazy idea came to fruition in August when Deer Tick showed up and played on the back patio at Rams Head!

 

 

Rockin River Cruise – Eclipse Edition w. Vance Joy – August 21, 2017

Where else would you want to see the moon eclipse the sun than on a boat in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay.  Oh yeah, did we mention we invited Vance Joy along too? So much fun … when’s the next eclipse?

 

 

First Taste at Great Frogs – Jack Johnson Listening Event – September 8, 2017

We celebrated the new fall wines at Great Frogs with a listening party for Jack Johnson’s new album All the Light Above it Too. Oh – did we mention we also gave someone a trip to see Jack in Atlanta?

 

 

Win Butler’s Butlered Suite – Arcade Fire at Capital One Arena – September 16, 2017

Sure you can go to an Arcade Fire Concert – but what about seeing Win Butler and the band from a butlered suite? Well – that’s what we did for a lucky winners – hooked them up with sweet suite seats!

 

 

Rockin River Cruise – Anderson East – September 21, 2017

We had our last cruise of the season on the last day of summer.  And Anderson East certainly brought the heat aboard the Harbor Queen.  Not a bad way to end the summer.

 

 

Manchester Orchestra Live in Studio – October 3, 2017

We had really been digging The Gold by Manchester Orchestra – but when they stopped by the studios to perform it live – it was game over.  This still gives me chills to hear!

 

 

WRNR debuts Life Lines: A Bridge to Recovery – October 8, 2017

Having seen the tolls the opioid epidemic has taken on our community, we decided to stop the music once a month and start a new conversation on addiction and recovery.  Life Lines features medical experts, musicians, and is also an open platform for listeners to contribute on the phone or via the web. 

 

 

Eastportaricans for Puerto Rico – Eastport Democratic Club – October 21, 2017

After a relentless hurricane season, the damages sustained by the island of Puerto Rico were catastrophic.  We wanted to raise some money and awareness for the situation – so we invited some bands to play (including Moon Taxi, Common Corpse, Alexander Peters, Swampcandy, and Van Meter) and raised over $6,000 for Friends of Puerto Rico.

 


 

Private Artist Showcase – The Lone Bellow – November 10, 2017

We closed out the PAS schedule for 2017 with The Lone Bellow at Rams Head on Stage.  The show was high energy and the band got personal with the fans- answering questions and telling fun tour stories. 

 

 

Pop Up Performance -  Amy Shark @ Fado – November 18, 2017

We had such a good time with the Deertick pop up – we brought in Amy Shark to play a matinee at Fado. Once the soccer fans had cleared out – the Amy Shark fans filled the room and got a free pop up show from one of our top discoveries of 2017

 

 

Pop Up Performance – Brandi Carlile @ The Avalon – December 4, 2017

Sure the first two pop ups were fun – but you know how we do – go big or go home.  So for our final Pop Up Performance of 2017, we brought Brandi Carlile to the eastern shore.  A few hundred lucky fans piled into The Avalon in Easton for a once in a lifetime experience

 

 

Soundcheck with The National @ The Anthem  - December 5, 2017

Speaking of once in a lifetime … some bands don’t like to pull the curtain back too much…Count The National as one of those bands … except when we’re involved.  The band graciously invited us and a few listeners to an exclusive soundcheck before their show at The Anthem.  This was the ONLY time they have EVER done this!

 

 

RNR Snowball w. Dispatch, Grizfolk, & Andreas Moe @ Rams Head Live – December 20, 2017

 How do we cap off an amazing year – we convince one of our favorite bands, Dispatch, to extend their tour one more night and play our Christmas Party at Rams Head in Baltimore!  They even brought some friends along – Grizfolk and Andreas Moe

 

 

So that’s 2017 in a nutshell.  But you know us – we’re already working on topping this for 2018!

Happy New Year!  

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In Memoriam: Musicians We Lost in 2017

 

Death is inevitable – and year after year – we are faced with the passing of our favorite musicians. We feel a special connection to these musicians through the art they share with us.  It gets us through tough times. It helps us celebrate the good times.  And it’s there for us all the times in between as well. So it is no shock that when an artist dies, it hurts.  It’s as if we lost a close friend – that we have never met.  But as we reflect on some of the lives the music world lost in 2017, we will always have their music to remember them by. 

 

 

Tom Petty (1950-2017)

News of Tom Petty being hospitalized for cardiac arrest came as a shock … maybe TMZ had bad info? They almost never do though…  Then reports of his death surfaced and were announced prematurely – so maybe he would pull through?  Unfortunately, he would not and at 8:40pm on October 4, 2017, the world lost one of the true rockers – Thomas ‘Tom’ Earl Petty. 

 

 

In his 40+ year career, Tom sold more than 80 million records, headlined the 2008 Super Bowl Halftime Show and was a 2001 inductee into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.  While best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Tom was also a member of the supergroups – The Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch.  

 

In 2017 – Tom Petty embarked on what would be his final tour – the Heartbreakers 40th Anniversary Tour.  The tour stopped in Baltimore on July 23rd and concluded at The Hollywood Bowl on September 25, 2017.  The final song Tom performed? The timeless - American Girl.  

 

 

 

Walter Becker (1950 - 2017)

Steely Dan co-founder, guitarist, bassist, and co-songwriter Walter Becker passed on September 3, 2017.  Steely Dan has been dubbed one of rock’s most influential bands by numerous media outlets, including VH1.  News of Becker’s death was shocking as it came just weeks after the Steely Dan Band had announced a fall tour.  The tour went on though, with Becker’s Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen vowing to "Keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the Steely Dan band."  

 

 

 

Chris Cornell (1964-2017) & Chester Bennington (1976-2017)

2017 was a tough year for alternative rocker icon’s lives being cut short due to their struggles with substance abuse and depression.  On May 18, Chris Cornell took his own life in a Detroit hotel room just hours after his band, Soundgarden, had performed in concert.  Cornell was a major influencer in the 1990’s and 2000’s with his bands Audioslave, Temple of the Dog and the afore mentioned Soundgarden.     

 

 

 

Just two months later and on what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday, Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington committed suicide by hanging in his California home. The two were close friends and Bennington was the godfather of Cornell’s son, Christopher.  Following Cornell’s death, Bennington had written on Instagram - "I can't imagine a world without you in it."  

 

 

Gregg Allman (1947 - 2017)

On May 27th, Gregg Allman passed away after a bout with liver cancer.  In 1969, Gregg formed the Allman Brothers Band along with his brother Duane.  The Allman Brothers Band would go on to become one of the greatest bands – with a unique blend southern rock/jam/jazz/country music.  Their live shows, especially at Merriweather Post Pavilion are legendary… In his autobiography,  My Cross To Bear, Allman reflected: Music is my life's blood. I love music, I love to play good music, and I love to play music for people who appreciate it. And when it's all said and done, I'll go to my grave and my brother will greet me, saying, "Nice work, little brother—you did all right." I must have said this a million times, but if I died today, I have had me a blast.

 

 

 

Pat DiNizio (1955-2017)

On December 12, 2017, Pat DiNizio of  The Smithereens passed away following several years of declining health.  The Smithereens enjoyed a 26 year career with the original lineup (!), were named after a Yosemite Sam quote, and still get turned up to full blast whenever Girl Like You comes on the radio.  Interesting fact about Pat?  He ran for US Senate in 2000 and finished in 4th place.  

 

 

 

Malcolm Young (1953-2017)

You know them … you love them … the original thunder from down under was AC/DC – and on November 18th, cofounding member Malcolm Young passed away.  Minus a brief period in 1988 – Malcolm was in the band from 1973 to 2014.  While many people consider AC/DC a heavy metal band, they always referred to themselves as "a rock and roll band, nothing more, nothing less”.  Malcolm Young – we salute you.  

 

 

 

Chuck Berry (1926-2017)

If you look up rock n roll in the dictionary – don’t be shocked to see a picture of Chuck Berry.  According to Bruce Springsteen - "Chuck Berry was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock & roll writer who ever lived".  Chuck Berry might not owe his career to his career to cousin Marvin like the film Back to the Future would have you believe – but we owe a debt of gratitude to Chuck Berry for giving us rock n roll.  Chuck Berry passed on March 18, 2017.  

 

 

Fats Domino (1928-2017)

Chuck Berry wasn’t the only rock n roll pioneer who passed in 2017.  On October 24th, we also lost Fats Domino.  While his shyness and humility may have caused his career to be overlooked – he is surely not forgotten.       

 

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Asher's Top 5 Albums of 2017

Asher here - checking in with my top albums of 2017: 

 

Of Tomorrow - Of Tomorrow (VoidLife Records)

Priests - Nothing Feels Natural (Sister Polygon Records)

Thundercat - Drunk (Flightless Records)

Tyler, The Creator - Scum Fuck Flower Boy (Odd Future/Columbia Records)

LIONIZE - Nuclear Soul (The End Records)

 

Here's footage of me searching far and wide for my top albums

 

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#HipsterXmasSongs

Earlier this week, the hashtag #HipsterXmasSongs went viral in the twittersphere.  Here's some of our favorite posts:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Little Steven covers 'Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)' [WATCH]

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul have reimagined and brought their one of a kind sound to The Ramones' classic song - "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight).  Little Steven and the Disciples recorded their version live at a soundcheck(!) before their show on November 28th in Utrecht, Netherlands.  The new version includes a third verse about Frosty the Snowman and Christmas Carolers.  Check out the video below 

 

 

 

 

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Carrie's Top Songs & Albums of 2017

Only 5 Songs - Really?!?  How about my top 5 and two bonus tracks?

 

 

Arcade Fire - Everything Now 

Arcade Fire - Put Your Money On Me  

The Shins - Name For You 

Father John Misty - Real Love Baby 

Benjamin Booker - Right On You  

Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still

The Orwells - They Put A Body In The Bayou 

 

And my top 5 albums of 2017 - 

 

Arcade Fire – Everything Now

Spoon – Hot Thoughts

Michael Kiwanuka – Love and Hate

Benjamin Booker – Witness

Portugal. The Man - Woodstock

 

What about you - vote for your favorite tracks of 2017 and qualify to win tickets to see U2 HERE

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Theresa Sanchez's U2 Experience

We were able to share a lot of cool experiences with you in 2017.  Free Pop Up shows with Brandi Carlile, Private Soundchecks with The National and Portugal. The ManWin Butler's Suite and The Anthem's opening with Foo Fighters.  But nothing was bigger than our #ExperienceU2 contest ... we aksed for U2 fans to show their devotion via Instagram posts ... we brought in a panel of U2 experts to judge the post and the most passionate fan would have the chance to travel to New York City and listen to U2's new CD ... with the band! 

 

We asked our winner, Theresa Sanchez, if she would let us come along with her - virtually - and she agreed - check out the experience - in her words, photos, and videos below.  

 

 

 

 

 

Anticipation. Rocky Horror has mocked it. Carly Simon has sung about it. I was now feeling it. My eyes darted all over the tiny, dimly lit Lower East Side authentic Prohibition-era speakeasy known as the Back Room. Posters with images of U2 and their 14th studio album adorned the bar mirrors and the red velvet-covered walls. The bathrooms even had song lyrics strategically displayed at the sink stations. Sensory overload extended from sight and sound to taste. A constant delivery of delectable hors d'oeuvres (single serving Shepherd’s Pie anyone?), liquor-filled teacups, and brown-bag beer, satisfied my appetite but did little to calm my nerves. Yondr and their lockable technology pouches made fiddling with my phone impossible. What was a U2 super fan to do? 

 

 

A copy of William Blake’s illustrated poems “Songs of Innocence and of Experience” briefly helped occupy my mind. Fellow fans shared stories attesting to their U2 fandom and debated why only three chairs occupied the stage. A spotlight illuminated thirteen song titles printed on the left side of the large wall facing the small seating area. At about 8 p.m. the room darkened and people with all-access credentials started swiftly moving about. One man pulled out his cell phone and plugged it into a cable connected to the main sound booth towards the rear of the room. The listening party had officially begun. ­­

 

The album ended about fifty minutes later to resounding applause. More people then entered the room and two additional chairs were placed on stage. Finally, the moment everyone had been waiting for arrived. Documentary filmmaker and local resident Morgan Spurlock took the stage and introduced himself as the moderator. He noted: “This is an incredibly special night on so many levels.” He also acknowledged U2 felt it was “incredibly important” to share their new music with their biggest fans. This was the third of three listening parties, the other two being in London and Los Angeles.

 

The Edge [Daniel H. Evans] and Adam Clayton emerged from the bookcase door and sat in the seats stage left next to Spurlock. Larry Mullen Jr. followed thereafter and sat right in front of me and my friend to stage right. Bono [Paul D. Hewson] was the last to arrive, having been delayed by what Adam and The Edge jokingly called a “most exciting pee.” Each member’s long-awaited entrance prompted emphatic applause, but that of bespectacled Bono’s certainly invoked the longest and loudest.

 

Not to gloat, but our proximity to these four Irish rockstars was both astounding and surreal.  We were sitting so close to them that I could see the detail of the yellow threading on Adam’s $630 black “Dublin Star Bee” Slip-On Gucci sneakers.

 

The primary purpose of the night’s event was to experience the band’s thirteen newest tracks. Given that, Bono asked everyone if they liked what they had just heard. The cozy crowd hollered various affirmative exclamations, while clapping and cheering. He then inquired about specific favorite song choices, to which the audience enthusiastically obliged. I praised the record’s fifth track, the anthemic tune, “American Soul,” and got a nod of approval from the burgundy-haired, scarf-wearing singer himself! [I later learned it’s the band’s second collaboration with Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar. It’s an alternate version of the single ‘XXX’ from his fourth album, Damn (2017). Lamar also worked on ‘Get Out of Your Own Way.’ Bono revisited it later in the evening’s discussion.]

 

From there, Spurlock commenced with the pre-submitted fan questions (one was mine!), beginning with band influences and song covers.

 

 

[Queries were addressed to the entire group, while others targeted specific members. At times, one member would finish another’s statement or pick up where another left off. Unless otherwise noted with quotation marks, the majority of the answers have been paraphrased from detailed shorthand notes.]

 

Influences and Favorite Covers to Perform Live:

 

During this past year’s massive worldwide 30th anniversary tour for The Joshua Tree, the band interspersed lyrics from David Bowie’s 1977 hit ‘Heroes’ into the 1984 single ‘Bad’ (The Unforgettable Fire). This isn’t the first time they’ve done it, but it’s turned into a special tribute following Bowie’s 2016 death. Over the years they have incorporated lyrics from 50+ songs and other salient snippets into live performances of this fan favorite. Many recent shows took place in outdoor venues. Bono would look up into the night sky and point out different constellations while the band played an extended instrumental of “Bad.” Here is what they had to say:

 

The Band: Sometimes you just stumble into something. ‘Heroes’ is very special to us. David Bowie was a gigantic person in our life. He lived in this city and loved New York. It gave him a freedom he didn’t get anywhere else. All of us had his posters in our bedrooms. He was a teenage idol. He was a strange creature who gave people permission to be different. It’s strange when you get to know someone as famous as Bowie. We played him an early version of 1991’s ‘The Fly’ (Achtung Baby). He said, “I think you should record it again.”

 

Bono: David Bowie was there producing us, and “we didn’t take his advice, even though after the fact, I think he was right.”

 

Adam­:The group was most unfamiliar with playing ‘Red Hill Mining Town’ live, and this past tour was the first time we had ever performed it in concert.”  We could only do it after adjusting the vocals. An additional brass component was also added. 

 

The Edge: “I didn’t appreciate ‘Bad’ enough until we played it live.”

 

Larry: “The audiences are the arbiters at the end.”

 

Bono: “The title of ‘Bad’ comes from when we were teenagers and Andy Warhol made a movie called ‘Bad’ (1977). We went to see it trying to feel artsy, bohemian, and interesting. We saw this sort of art film and we had a spectacular argument about the film. A friend of mine [Gareth Spaulding] ended up being a heroin addict [who overdosed in 1987 on his 21st birthday].”

 

Concert Audience Size:

 

The next question was a shorter version of the one I crafted with my friend Susan Gibbons. “December 6, 2017 marked the 37th anniversary of their first U.S. live performance at The Ritz in New York City. Can a band of this notoriety ever play smaller, more intimate venues again – maybe under an alias as a surprise to fans? The moderator conveniently left off the part about playing a rooftop pop-up concert like the one they did in 1987 for ‘Where the Streets Have No Name’.”

 

Two days later, on December 2nd, they showed up on a NY street corner to play their newest material!  Coincidence? To think we had any kind of influence on this super band is incomprehensible, but reassuring this day and age.

 

Larry: “All gigs for a band like U2 come with a big sign. Performing can be intimidating because we have become accustomed to pushing boundaries and our fans expect that. Size does matter!” [The double entendre evoked laughter].

 

Adam: We always try to make our shows as intimate as possible. [I remember] that first show and it felt very big and I felt very small. The combo of going on late and jet lag didn’t help. It wasn’t one of our best nights.”

 

Bono: “Anyone who went to that probably thought it was the best gig they ever saw, but it really wasn’t. We went to the Mudd Club [counterculture nightclub operating from 1978-83] afterwards. What’s that Groucho Marx quote? ‘Who would want to belong to a club that will have people like me as a member?’ Madonna and Basquiat went there.” We knew people who could get us in, but they were outside with us. Our great friend/promoter was knocking on the door. He climbed up the scaffolding and eventually got us in.

 

Adam: “New York was a lot of fun.”   

 

Choosing Concert Set Lists:

 

The Edge: It’s an instinctive thing. You imagine what the best show would be like and you make it happen. As lead singer, Bono has a very particular role. He gets more votes than the rest of us.

 

Bono: “We’re not a jukebox kind of band. We’re not playing the songs. We’re playing the occasion. It’s just not the same show night after night. We want to create a feeling and a connection. Forgive me for this – we want to achieve a sort of transcendence. It’s like the Shakespearean structure [of a play]. We’re trying to play the best night of our life every night. One day we’ll get it right.”

 

Quality of Music Today:

 

U2 has hope for today’s music and are in touch with all types of genres. They even gave a shout out to the British band The Horrors who just released their fifth album V.  Bono specifically mentioned the award-winning English garage rock duo Royal Blood and Irish singer-songwriter Imelda May.

 

Adam: “There’s always so much good music around. There’s Kendrick Lamar, of course [as aforementioned, they’ve recently worked on two projects together]. Jay-Z too – it was extraordinary for him to admit all he did [on his 13th studio album 4:44].” Twenty One Pilots is good. “There’s this new guy out named Noel Gallagher.”

 

Incidentally, the “Life” section headline of the November 29, 2017 USA Today available at most hotels read: “Grammy Awards: Hip-hop giants Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar lead the field.” Maybe they read the seemingly ubiquitous newspaper that day.  

 

The New Album:

 

Bono:The two albums [Songs of Innocence (2014) & Songs of Experience (2017)] talk to each other.” ‘American Soul’ samples part of ‘Volcano.’ “I wrote a lot about my wife Ali [Hewson] – having met her as a teenager. We were just kids.”  ‘13 (There is a Light)’ samples lyrics from ‘Song for Someone.’ There was some preaching of what you had to hear.

 

What Makes New York City Special To You:

 

Larry: In the 80s, in Dublin, nothing seemed possible. New York is full of possibilities. Ireland has changed thankfully. And thankfully, New York hasn’t!” [laughter]

 

How Has Politics Affected the New Album:

 

Bono sighed and picked up his beer. That about explains it all. [laughter]

 

The Edge: “A lot has changed over a year. We try to avoid political processes and political issues. We went through a time period of many years looking at the developing world and truth is - in fact - history zigzags. There was a very long run that one could consider was in a positive direction. In 20 years it may not feel as significant. What’s important is to look at the wider swath of history. The bottom line is that we are still issues based and hopeful. We don’t want to let politics deter us.”

 

Adam: “I still want to know if Obama was born in Kenya.” [laughter]

 

Bono: What the Edge said is a very wise way to look at the world. I’m splintered with anxiety [mentioned Charlottesville, UK, and Ireland]. The Edge referred to the last 70 years. Every day you wake up to things being just a little bit better and that just seems to have changed. What about the past 5,000 years? We are not giving up that progress. Don’t agonize. Organize! Whatever you believe in, get out and vote.”

 

The musicians ended their discussion with a strong message and even stronger handshakes to many of the fans closest to the stage (yes, I got to thank each one of them!). The lights raised and a quick frenzy ensued as the collective contest winners assembled together to pose for a group shot. I pointed out the obvious: “If you can’t see the camera, it can’t see you.” The Edge validated my advice by repeating the exact instruction to the overly eager throng. After the camera flashed, final brief band-directed salutations were exchanged, and then the Irish quartet departed. Desserts were served, but the ‘sweetest thing’ – a once-in-a-lifetime night with larger-than-life legendary band - was over almost as quickly as it began. We were then directed through the cavernous exit, handed a deluxe gift bag, and whisked off to the hotel in the same luxury coaches in which we arrived. It was hard to sleep after such an unforgettable experience. Good thing we have the 2018 Experience & Innocence Tour coming up. Let the countdown commence! Patience is a virtue, right? 

 

See the full gallery if photos HERE and check out the video of her trip below:

 

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All I Want for Christmas is Foo

For their 8th Saturday Night Live Appearance - Foo Fighters started with "Everlong" and then went into a medley of Christmas songs - including “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” and “Linus and Lucy.”

 

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Tribute to George Martin

Check out this touching video tribute to the iconic Beatles producer.

 

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Dave Grohl performs Blackbird at 2016 Oscars

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl performed a song for this year’s Oscars’ In Memoriam tribute. His solo acoustic rendition of The Beatles’ “Blackbird” featured a montage that featured David Bowie, Alan Rickman, and Leonard Nimoy. Watch the video below. 

 

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A Very Cool Tribute To George Harrison

 

Wayne Cone, Britt Daniel, Brandon Flowers, Weird Al and more covering Traveling Wilbury’s Handle With Care at Georgefest: A Tribute to George Harrison. You can watch the video below!

 

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Coldplay Release Psychedelic New Video For 'Birds

Coldplay just released the music video for their song "Birds," taken from their new album A Head Full of Dreams, which is availiable now. 

 

 

Directed by Marcus Haney.
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The band visited the Salvation Mountain Art Monument outside of Slab City, California in the Southern California Desert to film this new video directed by Marcus Haney.

 

It's a Coldplay kaleidoscope that may make you feel a little dizzy. Let us know what you think about the video below. 

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A Dublin Street Show Plus Bono and Hozier minus Amps and Mics

 

 

Bono, Hozier, Glen Hansard,The Script, The Coronas and Kodaline were among a group of Artists who performed on Grafton Street in Dublin on Christmas Eve. This event has become an annual tradition for Bono who gets a group of musicians together to perform on the street without amps or mics. The group performed a number of songs including Hozier's "Take me to Church," and multiple U2 songs.

 

All proceeds from the street show went to The Simon Community, which is a charity combatting homelessness. The show has become a holiday tradition for many in Ireland. 

 

You can check out some of the spectator videos above.

 

 

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Bruce Springsteen Performs Santa Claus is Coming to Town with a Very Special Guest...

 

Bruce Springsteen performs Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town with special guest Paul McCartney on Saturday Night Live December 19th 2015.

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Cage the Elephant - Mess Around

 

It's new music Friday, and Cage the Elephant is back with their brand new album Tell Me I'm Pretty, which is availiable for purchase and download now. 

 

The video for the single track "Mess Around" features a montage of clips from the films of Georges Melies. You may be familiar with his classic A Trip to the Moon. You can watch the video above.

 

Tell us what you think, are you a fan of Cage the Elephant's new album?

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Adele Says Hello

Enjoy the official music video for Adele's brand new song "Hello."

 

 

‘Hello' is taken from Adele's new album, 25, out November 20.

For more info on Adele- click here.

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What's Your Favorite Band?

Its the Official Video for the title track from Dawes' "All Your Favorite Bands"

 

 

'The title of Dawes' fourth album refers to one of the sweetest lyrics you'll hear this year: "May all your favorite bands stay together," Taylor Goldsmith sings in an affectionate farewell to an old pal. The title could also allude to the way Dawes continue to unapologetically evoke the earnest romanticism and skyward harmonies of classic 1970s Laurel Canyon rock. (In another nod to rock history, the title song has some "Let It Be" piano.)

 
Rock's thoughtful past has rarely sounded more vibrant.'
 
                                                                             -Rolling Stone

 

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WRNR Music Notes

The Debut Single from Yours, Dreamily
THE ARCS
"OUTTA MY MIND"
 
 
The Arcs perform "Outta My Mind" live at The Village recording studio in Los Angeles. Shot by Benjamin Disinger. The Arcs are Dan Auerbach, Leon Michels, Richard Swift, Homer Steinweiss, and Nick Movshon; also on the album are Kenny Vaughan and Mariachi Flor de Toloache.
 
The Arcs will be touring in support of the new album released September 4th.
 
 
 

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Mumford and Sons Unveil Boy Band Past

Mumford & Sons has a musical past that was exposed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night (8/17)... 

 
 

 

 

The boy-band "Mum-Town" is something they'd rather forget...

Meanwhile, as we all know, the band has grown and matured.  Perhaps it took "Mum" to leave the band.  Or, maybe it was the discovery of the banjo.  Or perhaps its the pure, raw talent of the core four who went from Mum-Town to Mumford and Sons.

 

 

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New From Josh Ritter...

"Getting Ready to Get Down" by Josh Ritter, from the forthcoming album Sermon on the Rocks, will be out October 16th!  Click through to view and hear this outstanding new tune.

 

 

In Josh's own words-

 

"I made it in New Orleans earlier this year.

 

I wanted the wind off the Gulf. I wanted the air that touches the skin. I wanted the paint that sticks to the back of the eyeball. I wanted the scream of nutrias. I wanted a house full of music and laughter. I wanted to make something grand. I wanted it to swing hard. I wanted to peek through death’s keyhole. I wanted my monster to run. I wanted to sing songs that I had written in stretches of frenzy. I wanted to fall in love with every note. I wanted to hold each one and let it slip away like ribbon through the hands. I wanted to make something important to me and to no one else. I wanted it like I’ve never wanted anything in my life. I wanted it because life is short and I wouldn’t want to leave it without giving it all of my love."

 

Josh is scheduled to play in Easton, MD  at the Avalon and in DC at the Lincoln Theatre with both shows in October to support his new album's release.  For more info- check out Josh's website.

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Weezer In a World of Dating Apps

Weezer's new video takes a humorous look at the world of dating apps.

 

The clip for "Go Away" has frontman Rivers Cuomo using the "Winder" app to set up dates with his duet partner on the song, Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast. 

 

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Ryan Adams Pays Tribute to Dave Grohl

Ryan Adams paid tribute to Dave Grohl at a solo show in Australia Tuesday.

 

Adams told the audience at the Sydney Opera House that he appreciated the fact that Grohl kept the Foo Fighters on the road even after his surgery for a broken leg and that he was "able to continue doing what he loved even though he was totally broken." Adams then played a very tender version of "Times Like These."

 

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New Music from Sublime with Rome

Their new album, "Sirens" is available now. Check out the first single: "Wherever You Go"...

 

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Conan had Jack Black, Boy George and Robbie Krieger Monday night.

Jack Black and Boy George rocked out with the spirit of Jim Morrison Monday night on Conan with this memorable performance of "Hello, I Love You"...

 

 

 

Discussing his music influences on the TBS late-night show, George said he'd "never gotten past the '70s -- The Stones, The Beatles, The Doors, [David] Bowie." Conan seemed surprised that the Jim Morrison-fronted band was on his list. But before George had the chance to reply, Jack jumped into the conversation, claiming, "Jim Morrison had the best yell!"

 

That led to an offer for Jack and George to sing a Doors song. And conveniently enough, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger just happened to be with Jimmy Vivino's band.

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"Amy' Documentary In Wide Release

Amy, the acclaimed documentary about the late Amy Winehouse, will open on 200 more screens today (Friday). The film opened in New York and L.A. last week.

 

Onetime Winehouse manager Nick Shymansky, who initially didn't want to be involved but ended up as the most prominent storyteller in the film, tells us he felt a combination of anger and relief watching Amy.

 

Anger over having to witness -- for a second time -- the singer's descent into drug and alcohol addiction, but relief because he "was so worried that it was going to be some whitewashed easy film for people to watch, which wouldn't be at all true to how I felt the story should come out were it to be told truthfully."

 

Another person interviewed for the movie is Salaam Remi, the main producer Winehouse worked with on her music. We spoke to him him shortly before her death and here's what he had to say about Amy as a musician.

 

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U2's Newest Video

U2 will unveil a new video tonight (Thursday), but it is not your typical rock music video.

 

Listen to The Edge tell us about the clip for "Song for Someone," from Songs of Innocence...

 

 

The film stars Woody Harrelson, who is released from prison after years of incarceration, along with his daughter, Zoe Harrelson. It will premiere tonight (Thursday) following the third season premiere of the series Rectify on The Sundance Channel. The show is about a man and his family after his release from 19 years on death row.

 

Harrelson's father was arrested in 1979 for killing a federal judge in San Antonio and was sentenced to life in prison, where he died in 2007.

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Ringo Starr on Turning 75

Ringo Starr was asked prior to his "Peace and Love" birthday celebration what it means to him to be 75 years old.

 

 

He presided over another "Peace and Love" birthday countdown in front of the Capitol Records tower in L.A. on Tuesday and this one was made extra special because it was his 75th.

 

The crowd was larger than at previous celebrations. Ringo told the few hundred assembled fans, "The first one we did here there were about ten people and now look at you." Ringo was joined by wife Barbara Bach, brother-in-law Joe Walsh, comedian Richard Lewis, director David Lynch and a large contingent of musicians, including Edgar Winter, Matt Sorum, Jim Keltner, Gregg Bissonette and Glen Ballard. 

 

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Was It Really The End For The Dead?

Was It Really The End for the Grateful Dead?

If their announcements are to be believed, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart brought The Grateful Dead's 50-year career to an end Sunday night with a third show at Chicago's Soldier Field. That ended the five-show Fare Thee Well tour, which was also staged in Santa Clara, California a week earlier.

 

Sunday night at midnight, with Bob Weir on vocals, the Dead -- joined by Bruce Hornsby on piano, Trey Anastasio of Phish on guitar and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti -- may have served up their last song: "Attics of My Life," from 1970's American Beauty.

 

The five shows presented a total of 84 songs, with the only repeats being "Truckin'" and "Cumberland Blues." The consensus of fans is that the first show in each city was the best.

 

The lights on the Empire State Building in New York were synchronized to the band's live performance of "U.S. Blues" and the building was shown on the screens at Soldier Field.

 

 

 

Saturday and Sunday in Chicago found the band a bit off their game.

There are rumors the band will tour in the fall with John Mayer -- who was in the audience for all five shows -- on guitar.

 

The Chicago shows will be released on CD, DVD, Blu-ray -- as well as digitally -- on November 20th.

 

A couple of side notes from the Chicago run:

An estimated 280,000 Deadheads attended the three Chicago show.
Fireworks closed out Saturday's show.
President Obama sent a message which said, "Here's to fifty years of the Grateful Dead, an iconic American band that embodies the creativity, passion, and ability to bring people together that makes American music so great. Enjoy this weekend's celebration of your fans and legacy. And, as Jerry would say, 'Let there be songs to fill the air.'" The Dead did a show in support of Obama's 2008 candidacy for President.

 

 

Mumford and Sons at Bonaroo

Imagine being at Bonaroo and bumping into the band.  Could've happened!  The guys dressed up in Robin Hood and his Merry Men attire- including a Wolf and meandered through the crowd without hardly a soul noticing...  Check out the video:

 

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Foo Fighters Tribute to Jim Vance

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Montage of Heck Trailer

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Jack White's Record Day Addition

White Stripes Special Edition Vinyl To Be Released

Jack White will release a one-off White Stripes vinyl disc for Record Store Day. The rare disc will feature re-issue of two singles by his former band, The White Stripes. His label Third Man Records will release a special edition red and black vinyl disc featuring 'Handsprings' and 'Red Death At 6:14' on April 21.

Arcade Fire also recently announced that they will be releasing remixes of their tracks 'Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)' and 'Ready To Start' to celebrate this year's annual event.

Last week, White played a series of songs by The White Stripes for his first solo debut gig at his label's birthday party. White also recently debuted his second solo single 'Sixteen Saltines' online (see below).His debut solo record 'Blunderbuss' is due out on April 24th.

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Mumford and Sons at SXSW

SXSW Set Includes New Music

Mumford and Sons headed up the bill on the University of Texas' LBJ lawn Saturday night (March 17) as part of the final day of the music wing of SXSW festival in Austin.

The band played a number of songs which seem likely to make their second album, including live favorites 'Lover's Eyes' and 'Lover Of The Light'. Marcus Mumford introduced 'Ghosts That We Knew', a song they first debuted in November last year, as "one you definitely haven't heard before."

Mumford and Sons joined Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros on the line-up after the second public screening of the film 'Big Easy Express', which documents the bands' joint 2011 Railroad Revival Tour of North America. The Emmett Malloy directed film received its worldwide premiere earlier on in the day at the Paramount Theatre, after which Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and members of Old Crow Medicine Show reunited to perform a short acoustic set.

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Mick and Keith Make Up

Mick and Keith Make Up!

It was a feud that threatened to end a 50-year friendship… and break up the world’s greatest rock band, but Mick Jagger and Keith Richards recently revealed they had kissed and made up in a heart-to-heart meeting in New York.

The riff began after Keith took a literal "low blow" at Mick, 68, in his tell-all 2010 autobiography, Life. The book included a claim that the superstar singer had a “tiny todger.” Since then Sir Elton John and Pete Townshend have stepped up and insisted he was well endowed down below.

Now the pair, who met at Dartford railway station in Kent as teenagers, have agreed life’s too short to let the rift continue. Mick said, “In the 80s, Keith and I were not communicating very well.

“I got very involved with the business side, mainly because I felt no one else was interested. But it’s plain now from the book that Keith felt excluded, which is a pity.’’

Keith, 68, added: “I know some parts of the book and some publicity really offended Mick and I regret that. Although we look like old codgers, we are still at bottom the boys on platform three at Dartford station.’’

Mick, “Er, actually, Keith, it was platform one.’’

Their reborn friendship could very well ensures a 50th anniversary tour. Bass player Bill Wyman, who quit in 1992, was involved in jamming sessions in London last December.

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Lecturing Arcade Fire

Lecturing Arcade Fire

 

Arcade Fire will be guest lecturers at the University of Texas in Austin on March 19th. Band members Win Butler, Regine Chassagne, Will Butler and Marika Anthony-Shaw will talk about the economic and humanitarian crisis in Haiti.  The band will also share their experiences as volunteers in Haiti and encourage students to get involved in ongoing relief efforts following the devastating earthquake there in 2010.
 
Arcade Fire have been outspoken in their support of Haiti, where singer and multi-instrumentalist Chassagne was born. They've raised well over $1 million for relief efforts over the past two years.
 
For more info on the cause and how you can get involved, check out kanpe.org

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The Shins on SNL

The Shins on SNL

The Shins returned for their second appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend (March 10th). They played "Simple Song" and "It's Only Life," two tracks off their forthcoming fourth album Port of Morrow. The band heads to Austin next week for a March 15th SXSW show before hitting the road again for an extended tour including April 28th at Merriweather Post Pavilion when WRNR welcomes The Shins as headliners for the Sweetlife Food & Music Festival.

 

The Shins' new album comes out March 20th.
 

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