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The Killers tease next album, Imploding the Mirage, announce 2020 tour dates


Little by little we're learning about The Killers new album - Imploding the Mirage.  The band has announced that their 6th album is due out in spring 2020.  


Lead singer Brandon Flowers told NME:

“We’ve been in Utah doing it.  That’s where I fell in love with music for the first time; so it’s interesting to be there again and hear some of that music with the geography matching the sensation. Some of that stuff is starting to resurface and a lot of that had to do with synthesizer music. It’s always been part of our DNA but it’s definitely creeping up.”




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The band has previously released the song "Land of the Free" which we assume will be on the record 





The Killers 2019-2020 Tour Dates:

11/21 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
11/22 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre  
11/23 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Riptide Festival
05/28 – Falkirk, UK @ The Falkirk Stadium 
05/30 – Manchester, UK @ Emirates Old Trafford 
06/11 – Norwich, UK @ Carrow Road Stadium 
06/03 – Southampton, UK @ St Mary’s Stadium 
06/06 – London, UK @ Emirates Stadium 
06/09 – Bristol, UK @ Ashton Gate Stadium 
06/11 – Coventry, UK @ Ricoh Stadium 
06/13 – Middlesbrough, UK @ Riverside Stadium 
06/16 – Dublin, IE @ Malahide Castle 




There goes our hero: Watch this nine-year-old rock out on the drums to Nirvana's 'In Bloom'



“I can jam to Nirvana In Bloom all day! I LOVE NIRVANA,” Those are the words of 9 year old drummer Nandi Bushell who uploaded a video of herself playing Nirvana’s hit “In Bloom” - and absolutely nails every drum note - along with some of the lyrics (and you gotta love those silly faces she makes smiley ) 







This isn't her first brush with fame - her Instagram videos have led to her hanging out with Questlove, Lenny Kravitz - and even a spot in some advertisments.  


Rock on Nandi ... Rock on ... 




Maggie Rogers Honored in TIME's first ever list of '100 Next'


Here's something we've known for a long time - but it seems like TIME Magazine is just catching up with us ... by naming (Easton, MD native) Maggie Rogers to their first ever "100 Next" list.


The list includes honorees  that "are rising stars who are shaping the future of their field."


This highlights Rogers unique, genre-bending sound that is transforming what a pop star in the 21st century can be.


Rogers,  performed "Light On," and "Alaska" - songs from her first major-label album "Heard It In A Past Life," last night (11/14) at a ceremony  in front of peers and other honorees  Event.  


C'mon TIME - get with it - Maggie's star is already shining!  :) 


Watch Maggie Rogers' Performance At The TIME 100 Next Event | TIME 100 NEXT



About Last Night - Power On: Jade Bird the latest artist to tackle sexist remarks at a concert


Jade Bird has become the latest victim of a sexist pig's heckling at a concert (you might recall Maggie Rogers confronted a fan who requested she remove her top) 


At a recent concert in Brighton, Jade Bird was asked by an audience member if she was taking requests  ... to which she responded "No I'm not doing requests,"  She then announced the next song she would perform was  'What Am I Here For'


The jerk responded   - "To do the washing up' 


The singer and the crowd were not impressed - and his fellow audience members booed him as he left the show at Jade's request


Jade took to social media after the show, remarking:

 "It's so important we keep raising girls up, it's so important feminism isn't a marketing ploy or brand but a support structure to strengthen those who are put in these situations, which often privately are more dangerous. I was told straight after the show that countless other girls had received sexual explicit remarks at their own shows. It's disgusting."

Here is the full tweet: 




The singers fans clearly have her back - based on the incredible response: 












Someone's selling a sweet 'Vintage Air Guitar' on Craigslist


People put up a lot of crazy things for sale on Craigslist - but this one has to be one of our favorites ... a sweet 'Vintage Air Guitar' ... yes - an air guitar - otherwise known as air.  lol 



Apparently the 'guitar has quite a history -  the seller's uncle  acquired the ax at  a Thin Lizzy concert in the 1970s and is a real “chick magnet.”


Here's the full post:


Reluctantly parting with this awesome vintage air guitar. My uncle saw some dude in the audience playing this at a Thin Lizzie concert back in the 70s. Long story short, my uncle ended up trading the dude a lid of Acapulco gold for it and then gave it to me about 20 years ago. I’ve taken it to more concerts than I can remember and always get great comments about it. It’s definitely a chick magnet, especially if you’re working the has-been tour circuit (Rick Springfield, Bon Jovi, Kansas, Cheap Trick, whatever). The only reason I’m selling is to fund my lifelong dream of an overseas snipe hunt. Otherwise I’d never let this one go. No lowball offers or scams please..



Kind of shocked he didn't include an air guitar stand: 



Air guitaring is a highly competitive sport - so no doubt he received his asking bid 




Watch Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson cover The Muppets' classic 'Rainbow Connection'

While much of the non country music world was shocked that Nine Inch Nail Trent Reznor took home a Country Music Award (he had a production credit on “Old Town Road”), it was Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson who stole the show with a very special performance.


The old and new guard of country music joined forces for a cover of The Muppets classic “Rainbow Connection”.




Both Nelson and Musgraves have connections to the track - Nelson covered the song on his 2001 album of the same name.  And as Good Morning America points out with this adorable throwback video- Musgraves has been  covering the track since she was just nine years old.




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Watch Cold War Kids Perform 'Complainer' on 'Colbert


Cold War Kids celebrated the announcement that they will be headlining the 2019 WRNR Snowball with an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert ... 


Ok - maybe that's not why they appeared on the show- but they will be performing at the Ottobar with Illiterate Light on December 13 for the 2019 WRNR Snowball ... 


And for a taste of what you might see at the SNOWBALL - here they are performing Complainer off their new album "New Age Norms 1," the first in a planned trilogy of new albums - at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York 


Cold War Kids Perform "Complainer"







The Black Crowes Reunite In New York City - Their First Show in Six Years


Rumors swirled over the weekend about the Robinson brothers mending fences and reuniting for a tour - their first in 6 years - to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their debut album - Shake Your Money Maker. 


Well - the rumors were true - and the Black Crowes announced a massive 46-date 2020 tour - including a July 11 date at Jiffy Lube Live.  


The band launched the tour with an intimate show Monday night at New York City's Bowery Ballroom.  The band was tight in their the 60-minute set - showcasing the band's soulful lyrics, amazing  guitar skills, and the glue of only a solid rhythm section can provide to hold it all together 


The band played 11 tracks (see videos below) 


The Black Crowes, Bowery Ballroom, New York, 11/11/19
1. “Twice as Hard”
2. “Jealous Again”
3. “Sister Luck”
4. “Could I’ve Been So Blind”
5. “Seeing Things”
6. “Hard to Handle”
7. “Thick n’ Thin”
8. “She Talks to Angels”
9. “Struttin’ Blues”
10. “Stare It Cold”
11. “It’s Only Rock n’ Roll”

The Black Crowes Play ‘She Talks to Angels’



The Black Crowes Play ‘It’s Only Rock n’ Roll’




The Black Crowes Play 'Jealous Again’



The Black Crowes Play ‘Twice as Hard’






Watch Dave Grohl, Big Bird, Elmo Travel the Country to Make New Friends on 'Sesame Street'

Of all the wild antics Dave Grohl has done on stage over the years (chugging beers, faking injuries, chugging more beers) he still was deemed worthy of making an appearance on the childdren's show - Sesame Street (how does that make you feel Red Hot Chili Peppers?)




The lead Foo recorded the segment last year and it has  finally gone public.  In his appearance, Grohl joins Elmo and Big Bird for “Here We Go Song,” a tune about how many people there are around the country who could be your friend if only you got the chance to meet them.  




Beck Shares New Paisley Park Sessions EP [LISTEN]


Beck recently visited Prince’s legendary Paisley Park Studios and left with an EP full of music clearly inspired by the Purple One. 




The Amazon exclusive EP includes two Beck tracks - Where It's At and Up All Night - with both tracks being given a little Prince-esque funk to them - and a medley of Prince hits.


You'll need to be an Amazon music subscriber to hear the full tracks- but you can get a sampling for free below - 




Alex Trebek gets choked up at 'Jeopardy!' contestant's answer- #WeLoveYouAlex goes viral


There have been a lot of memorable moments on TV Game Shows in history - but Monday's Final Jeopardy may take the cake.  


Contestant Dhruv Gaur was stumped on the answer - so he wrote an answer that stole the hearts of everyone watching by simply writing "We heart you, Alex,” 


Show host Alex Trebek announced in March that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.


The answer had Trebek a little choked up, responding "That’s very kind, thank you,” before moving on 






In case you were wondering - The Final Jeopardy answer was, "In the title of a groundbreaking 1890 exposé of poverty in New York City slums, these 3 words follow 'How the.'" The correct response was, "What is 'other half lives?'"




Repairman accidentally gets high after contacting LSD residue on a vintage synthesizer



A repair of an old synthesizer turned into a long strange trip for Eliot Curtis, the Broadcast Operations Manager for San Francisco's KPIX Television.  


Curtis decided to repair a vintage Buchla Model 100 modular synthesizer that had been sitting in storage at Cal State University East Bay since the 1960s.  


When he got the unit home and opened up - he noticed  “a crust or a crystaline residue on it.”  He attempted to remove the residue with his fingers and soon started feeling a tingling sensation ... and for the next 9 hours - was high on LSD.  This was confirmed by testing on the residue (LSD can stay potent for decades if stored in the right conditions)


So why would there be LSD on this keyboard?


Rumors are that musicians in the 60s - when this model was used - would dip their instruments in LSD then - wet their finger, touch the device, and then lick their finger to get a little bit of mind-expanding inspiration.


Also - the instruments inventor - Don Buchla, has a connection to LSD - he was part of the 60's psychedelic scene and his equipment was purchased by LSD advocate Ken Kesey.  Additionally, he was a friend of Grateful Dead sound engineer Owsley Stanley, who was an infamous manufacturer of an extremely pure strain of LSD.




Stream Vampire Weekend's Performance From Austin City Limits


Vampire Weekend were the latest musical guests on the music special Austin City Limits.  


The band played a 10 song set (that you can stream below) offering songs from their latest release - Father of the Bride - and several songs from their older albums.  Keep scrolling to hear our latest podcast - featuring Nicole's conversation with lead singer Ezra Koenig 






White Sky
My Mistake
New Dorp New York
This Life
Harmony Hall
Jerusalem, New York, Berlin








The Black Crowes to Reunite - Will Perform Entire 'Shake Your Money Maker' on Summer Tour


2020 will mark the 30th anniversary of The Black Crowes debut album - Shake Your Money Maker.  And to honor the occasion - the band will reunite and tour - playing the album in its entirety along with a second set of music comprising of the rest of the band's greatest hits 


The band had teased a reunion with some social media posts



But billboards spotted in New York have revealed the band will play July 17th at New Jersey’s PNC Bank Arts Center and July 18 in  New York at Jones Beach Theater.  No other dates have been confirmed yet



The tour will mark the first time the band has played together in six years.




Too Hot For the Street: Why The Red Hot Chili Peppers Weren't Allowed to Perform on Sesame Street


Over the past 50 years - Sesame Street has aired thousands of episodes with numerous musical guests. 


Some notable appearances include, REM doing even more kid friendly version of Shiny Happy People, complete with a a Muppet-ized version of The B-52’s Kate Pierson.




I wonder if more parents enjoyed Elvis Costello and Elmo more than the toddlers 



Dave Matthews expressed his feelings to Grover - while showing off his Banjo skills ... 




But there is one band who never got the chance to play at 123 Sesame Street:  


The Red Hot Chili Peppers 


In 1994, lead singer Anthony Kiedis told Rolling Stone: 


“Did I tell you we’re going on Sesame Street? I’ve seen Dizzy Gillespie on Sesame Street, and a number of musicians have appeared in sketches. They play music, and the kids gather around, and it’s always a really cool thing. For a long time, we’ve wanted to play Sesame Street, and they weren’t too sure about it. But they finally said yes. So as soon as we finish this record, we’re gonna do a spot on Sesame Street. That could be the pinnacle of our career… I think it just took ’em a while to realize that we have an understanding with kids and that kids dig what we do.”


Unfortunately - the band was never allowed to make the appearance.  According to Carolyn Miller - a Children's Television Workshop publicist - the show deemed the band "would not be appropriate" for the show.  


In 2010 - a Sesame Street writer revealed that it was (ironically) a Rolling Stone photo that lead to the band's not being suited for the Sesame Street audience:

“I remember years ago, when the Red Hot Chili Peppers were on the cover of Rolling Stone [in the nude] and they wanted to do the show, and the executive producer at the time said no, but that’s the only thing in my memory where we said, ‘No, that’s inappropriate,’”




Besides Kiedis - drummer - and muppet enthusiast - Chad Smith was disappointed: 


"Yeah, we really wanted to be on Sesame Street, so bad, because it was such a great, great show. And you know, we have kids, we love kids...We thought it would be so fun. And they were like, ‘Um, no, you guys are a little too racy for us.  We were like, ‘No, come on! We don’t do that anymore! We’ll be good!’ But that was it. They ran it up the totem pole, and the totem pole came back down.” 


Sadly - despite the band's love for the show - and show star Elmo listing the RHCP as his favorite band - this fan-made video of Kermit the Frog and Animal singing Under the Bride is probably as close as we'll get to the collab 





SOAK's Pop Up Performance at FADO Knocked Us Off Our Feet



Irish singer songwriter SOAK was in Annapolis for a few hours on Thursday (11/7) .. so we asked her to stop by FADO for an impromtu Pop Up Show.  



The Derry native felt a little at home after learning Fado's owner is from the same small town they are from :) 



The quick solo performance was capped off with her latest single - Knock Me Off My Feet.  Hope to see you soon SOAK  


SOAK - Knock Me Off My Feet (WRNR Pop Up Show)



You can see more pictures from the performance HERE


Billie Eilish played a secret acoustic show at Jack White's Third Man Records

Billie Eilish and her collaborator / brother FINNEAS were in Nashville for a surprise show at Third Man Records’ Blue Room  last night (11/6).  The two played 11 acoustic songs at the secret, invite-only event, according to The Tennessean




AND the show was recorded for part of the Live at Third Man series.  But you'll have to travel to label’s retail locations in Nashville and Detroit to get a copy beginning next month. 



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This Teacher Remixed Lizzo's 'Truth Hurts' to Empower Her Students and The Singer 100% Approves


A california teacher has harnessed the powerful positivity of LIZZO to create an anthem of greatness her second grade students.


Pittsburgh Unified School District teacher DorothyHoney Mallari took Lizzo's "Truth Hurts" and rewrote the lyrics and is telling her students Let's be great, 'cause I know we are great!




The video has gone viral - with Lizzo herself responding - 




This Visualizer of The Best Selling Music Albums and Artists Is Mesmerizing


A company called Data Is Beautiful has compiled data and created a visualizer that shows the best selling music albums and artists from 1969 - 2019.  


According to the creator - 


Timeline history of most popular music artists from 1969 to 2019 ranked by yearly certified record sales. Numbers are worldwide and adjusted to twelve months trailing average.


Recent years data includes digital singles sales as reported by online music retailers and streaming services. This data aggregates multiple sources and can serve as popularity indicator across different medias such as album sales, radio broadcasting, digital copies sales and online streaming frequency.


Now sit back and get lost in the ... data 




The New Pornographers Private Artist Showcase [PICS and VIDEO]


In between shows at DC's 930 Club and Lincoln Theatre - The New Pornographers made time to come visit us in Annapolis for a Private Artist Showcase at Rams Head OnStage



We've been trying to get the Canadian troupe in for a showcase for a long time - so this was a very special Showcase.  



The New Pornographers - Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile (WRNR Private Artist Showcase)



The band played songs from their entire catalog - and even an impromtu encore :) 


The New Pornographers - Whiteout Conditions (WRNR Private Artist Showcase)


The 2019 Private Artist Showcase Series is sponsored by AP Mathews Heating & Air Conditioning and Old Fox Books 




Kacey Musgraves announces Christmas Special w/ Lana Del Rey, Leon Bridges & more


Country stare like Dolly Parton, John Denver, Loretta Lynn, and Johnny Cash have all had Christmas specials ... and now - 2019's country pop darling Kacey Musgraves is getting her own! 


The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show will debut on Amazon Prime on November 29



The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show Teaser | Prime Video


 Musgraves has lined up a pretty great group of guests for the special: Lana Del Rey, Leon Bridges, Zooey Deschanel, Fred Armisen, Dan Levy ( from Schitt’s Creek) Kendall Jenner, Troye Sivan, James Corden, Camila Cabello, and the Radio City Rockettes


Musgraves said of the special: 

What started as the small seed of an idea one night over a year ago has turned into something I’m so proud of. Some truly brilliant comedic and musical guests are featured in the show — as well as my own Grandma. My vision was to bring my old Christmas album to life visually and create a modern and fashionable, fresh take on a classic format. It’s a nostalgic, Wes Anderson-inspired reimagining of the holidays. It’s heartfelt, funny, and most of all, real. I can’t wait to finally share.






Ellen Challenges A Teenager Use a Phone Book, a Map & a Rotary Phone


Back in the 'dark ages' - everyone didn't have a computer in their pocket that could order them food, get directions, send money to people - oh - and make phone calls 



With a whole generation of people growing up having never known life without a smart phone - Ellen challenged a 17-year-old to use three items that have become pretty much obsolete - maps, phone books, and rotary phones - and the results are hilarious! 




Tame Impala Announce New Album, Share New Song, Reveal Tour 2020 Dates

It was a week of big news for fans of Tame Impala. 


First - the band announced that a 12 track album, The Slow Rush, will be out on Valentine's Day 2020. 


Then - they gave us a taste of what they have been working on when not on tour ... 





...In the form of the first song from the album - the track, called “It Might Be Time, has an interesting chorus -  “It might be time to face it/ You’re not as cool as you used to be" 



Tame Impala - It Might Be Time (Audio)





Parker also took to Instagram - sharing some insights on the track


Hey everyone sorry i’ve been a bit quiet for the last 4 billion years and sorry it’s all been a bit weird this year, there are all sorts of excuses i could serve you but it basically all comes down to me hating the idea of giving you anything that isn’t the best my entire heart and soul and brain can give. But i’m so fucking relieved the day has finally come that i can give you a date, I guess you are too… And i’m so excited for touring next year and beyond with a new show and new album of songs and yes we’ll come to peru and yes we’ll come to brazil and wherever you live in the world because that’s all i want to do for the rest of my life. I’ll be waiting anxiously with you until feb 14 2020, in the meantime enjoy this quirky new song about your own inner paranoid thoughts telling you you’ve lost your mojo, and whose drum sound took me about 1 of those 4 billion years. love you all



Finally - the group annouced some 2020 shows .. but you might have to call your travel agent to get to them - 


03-09 San Diego, CA - Pechanga Arena #
03-10 Los Angeles, CA - The Forum #
03-13 San Francisco, CA - Chase Center #
03-19 Mexico City, MX - Foro Sol # $


# w/ Clairo

$ w/ MGMT






Rage Against The Machine reportedly reforming in 2020, headlining Coachella

Rage Against the Machine have annouced they will be reuniting in 2020.  The band announced it in an Instagram post - see below - and it was confirmed (ironically?) in Forbes Magazine - who were told by Wayne Kamemoto, a longtime associate of the band just said, "The band's social media is accurate."


The dates include shows in El Paso, Las Cruces, and Phoenix, as well as two shows on the weekends of Coachella 2020 and the post was also shared by guitarist Tom Morello (with a little different message to fans) ... It is the band's ONLY Instagram post.  






Chile is not messing around. USA NEXT? (Repost @war_within_a_breath)

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Dave Grohl and Ringo Starr Reflect On Losing Kurt Cobain and John Lennon - In A Bathtub

Rolling Stone has an amazing new feature called Musicians on Musicians -  in which two artists interview each other.  Previous episodes have had Billie Eilish with Green Day's Billie Joe Armstong, St Vincent and Kirk Hamett, and Lenny Kravitz with HER. In the latest installment - Rolling Stone had two drummers turned front men - Dave Grohl and Ringo Starr sit down together ... in a bath tub of course .. to discuss their craft, dealing with losing bandmates, and finding a new career after their original bands. 



The two have a bit of history - Grohl spoke at the release of Starr’s first photography book and Starr took photos for the Foo Fighters 2014 album Sonic Highways.  Grohl also admits that the first musical instrument he taught himself to play was guitar - using a Beatles chord book.  




The two also got extremely candid in opening up to each other about the loss of their close friends and musical collaborators John Lennon and Kurt Cobain. 


When  Starr was asked what he thought of Nirvana, he responded 


“Absolutely great, and the man himself [Cobain] had so much emotion. That’s what I loved. I’m an emotional guy. No one can doubt Nirvana, ever.  And who knew he’d end up where he ended up. I don’t think anyone who listened to music with any courage could doubt him, ’cause he was courageous.I don’t know the end story, and it’s not about him, and we lose a lot of people in our business early … This is the famous 27-year syndrome. A lot of them went by 27, like it’s that number—what, had they got it all in by then? Or maybe that’s just the way God planned it; I don’t know"


Grohl discussed his dealings with Cobain's passing: 


“Well, I realized when Kurt died that there’s no right or wrong way to grieve. It takes funny turns. You’ll be numb. You’ll remember the good things, then you’ll turn and remember some dark times. I stayed away from music for a while. I wouldn’t even turn on the radio. And then I eventually realized that music was the one thing that actually made me feel better. And music was gonna help me through that. So I started writing songs and recording them by myself.”


Starr recalled Lennon's death: 


“I well up every time I think [about it]—he’s talking about me. He says [imitates Lennon], ‘Hey, Ringo, this’d be great for you.’ And I can’t help myself.  I’m emotional now thinking of him 40 years ago talking about me on his tape and thinking of me. The four of us were great friends with a couple of side issues. And it was far out. So anyway, I didn’t know how to act. And then I got back to L.A., and I grieved, and then of course you always go through the grief." 


Starr goes on to explain that the song “Grow Old With Me” from his new album, What’s My Name, was one of the last songs Lennon wrote before his death






Check out the whole interview HERE