BECK continues to tour in support of 2017's fantastic album Colors ... and if you've seen the show (maybe you were there when he played The Anthem) you know that there's a point in the set where Mr Hansen busts out some classic covers .. and at a recent show in Lincoln, Nebraska, Beck was joined by The Voidz / The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas (The Voidz are opening on this leg of the tour) and jammed out to the 80's classic - Don't You Want Me by Human League ... check out some fan footage below:
Mumford and Sons are back! The band dropped a bombshell today, releasing the first single, Guiding Light, from their new album, Delta, due out November 16!
Speaking to the BBC's Annie Mac, Marcus Mumford said “It was a bit of a beast to try and get on record. It was hard work. We kind of tried it in loads of different ways…this one took a while. We wrote it like a year ago, but it’s taken a while to just get it to that point and now we’re happy with it.”
The band also teased a 60 date world tour ... but didn't release any more info ... but for now- we can all enjoy Guiding Light.
LA gets all the cool stuff ... at a recent (9/13/18) Trombone Shorty Voodoo Threauxdown show at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles - the band decided to bust out a cover of In Bloom by Nirvana ... but the icing on the cake? Dave Grohl played drums on the track! This is only the second time Dave has performed the song live since Kurt Cobain's death!
The Childish Gambino era is coming to an end. Donald Glover has been telling audiences on his latest tour - “If you bought a ticket to this concert, that means you bought a ticket to the last Childish Gambino tour ever”
Glover is apparently done with being Childish Gambino and will not be recording any new material and touring after his This Is America tour wraps up. One can assume the move will leave him with more time to focus on his acting and writing career.
In one of the country's most iconic rock n roll clubs in the country, LA's Rainbow Room .. on one of the country's most iconic rock n roll streets - the Sunset Strip - one of the country's greatest rock n roll stars, Dave Grohl - did one of the most rock n roll things ever when paying his tab ...
Yep, after playing a surprise pop up show in the venue's parking lot to promote his Cal Jam Festival (video below) - Dave went into the bar for some drinks and ran up a $333.30 bar tab ... so naturally, he left a 100% tip - bringing the total bill to $666 !
There was a whole lot going on back in May when Jack White played two sold out shows at The Anthem in DC ... Jack attended an Orioles game at Camden Yards, he played a pop up show at Woodrow Wilson High School, and now we're learning that the 2nd show was filmed and is being released as a live concert move via Amazon on 9/21/18!
Check out the trailer for Jack White: Kneeling at The Anthem DC below ...
As we prepare for Hurricane Florence to make landfall, we're reminded that the internet has too much time on its hands ... check out some of these satirical (WE HOPE) events that are going around Facebook:
**Disclaimer: Do not actually go outside during a hurricane.**
In DC, you can 'Listen to Florence and the Machine in the comfort of your home while the hurricane hits!'
Meanwhile, in Richmond - 'Get your guns and your umbrellas. And your umbrella-guns, and your beer, and your beer-guns, and your tiny umbrellas to keep your beer dry, and join people from all along the East Coast in scaring away Hurricane Florence to protect our country from this foreign invader!
Note: do not actually discharge firearms into the air. You could kill someone and you cannot frighten a hurricane. I cant believe I actually have to write this.'
Also in Richmond, "Please come out to the Fan district in Richmond to help give ol’ Florence the what-for! If every Virginia resident turns on every fan in the commonwealth at once, it ought to be enough to send her back into the sea from whence she came. And I’m talking all of our fans — box fans, ceiling fans, heck go ahead and wave your hand fans at the sky on Tuesday. Every bit helps.
Free bread and milk will be provided for all attendees.
And don’t try to argue with me about the science of it. I know it’ll work. I watch the Weather Channel every day and understand theoretical physics so well that I have a theoretical MASTER’S degree in it.
Disclaimer: Do not actually go outside during a hurricane."
Goth dancing to make the hurricane go away. Please share.
Ft. Special guests The Gothsicles.
Our country is threatened by the thot Florence. Make sure she knows we a thot-free nation. BEGONE!
Sir Paul McCartney announced a few US tour dates last week ... but nothing in Maryland, DC, Virginia area (yet...)
But don't fret, becuase for now, you can still check out the legend perform live .. from the comfort of your living room.
That's right - Sir Paul is celebrating the release of his new record, Egypt Station, with an intimate concert in New York City ... and lucky for us, the whole thing will be streamed live on his YouTube Channel. We hear that he'll be performing new material, plus classics from his Beatles, Wings, and solo catalogs ! ! !
Check out the video below when it goes live, tonight (September 7) at 8pm EST!
But when you're a legendary band like Fleetwood Mac- you don't have much of a problem replacing departing members ... so Mike Campbell (of The Heartbreakers) and Neil Finn (Crowded House) were brought in to replace Buckingham.
Fans are excited for the new lineup, as it will allow the band to play songs from their entire catalog on this upcoming tour. Lead singer Stevie Nicks told Rolling Stone that the band was "never able to do that since 1975 because certain people in the band weren't interested in doing that" and "Now we're able to open the set with a lot; a raucous version of 'Rattlesnake Shake' or something. I'd also like to do 'Station Man', which has always been one of my favorites. We're definitely doing 'Oh Well'."
Damn Stevie ... don't 'hold back' ... Here's the videos of Fleetwood Mac performing The Chain and Gypsy on Ellen
So you may have heard - the remaining members of Nirvana (Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, and Krist Novoselic) got together onstage together over the weekend during a Foo Fighters show in Seattle ... along with some help from the other Foo Fighters - the supergroup performed Molly's Lips - a song by The Vaselines that Nirvana covered (see video of the performance below)
Well, like everything else these days - the internet wasn't ready for the guys to perform without Kurt Cobain... leaving comments like:
“Gotta love how they make it sound like all twenty members of Wu Tang Clan reunited. The bass player showed up. One guy.”
“Doesn’t that sound stupid? ‘surviving members?’ Like they got into a car accident and Kurt didn’t make it?”
“I love the band but saying “surviving members” implies that either they were all in an accident or that half the band is gone. 1 of 3 doesn’t make the remaining ones “survivors” xD
Well, Krist was the king of the clap back - serving all the hatters with one hilarious tweet:
"We tried to get a hold of him for this gig—as many times as we tried to contact Kurt, we couldn't get through. The phone just kept ringing & ringing. Kurt does not have email. In fact I have never emailed him in my life and I have been online since 1993"
We tried to get a hold of him for this gig—as many times as we tried to contact Kurt, we couldn't get through. The phone just kept ringing & ringing. Kurt does not have email. In fact I have never emailed him in my life and I have been online since 1993. https://t.co/HTpvvhxzr1
Earlier in the week - the band gave the following statement to Paste, dismissing the allegations:
It’s come to our attention that certain allegations of abuse have been made against one or more of us on social media and in social circles of Chicago. We’d like to first state that sexual abuse in any form is abhorrent. We do not take these accusations lightly and consider this matter incredibly serious. We emphatically deny these baseless allegations brought as a personal attack against us. While callow altercations and vulgar language we’ve used in the past must be recognized and owned up to, the accusations of sexual assault are completely unfounded. No member of this band has ever acted without consent or maliciously taken advantage of anyone. We encourage anyone who’s been affected by sexual abuse to speak up and make their abusers known; however we also encourage everyone to be cautious of the things they read and say on the Internet. No victim of abuse should be hesitant to make their voice heard and if someone does feel that we’ve hurt them, we encourage them to contact us properly and privately (not via social media or anonymously), as to respect their identity.
We warned you all summer that Lucie Silvas was going to be a big deal ...
Well, now her album E.G.O. is out, her picture is plastered all over Times Square in New York City, her Rock N River Cruise is sold out - and she's performing on the TODAY Show! Sure hope you took our advice and got a ticket to see her on the Harbor Queen ...
Woah ... Pearl Jam's debut album TEN came out 27 years ago -
Yes- the album that gave us the now classic songs Jeremy, Alive, Black, Evenflow, and Oceans is over a quarter of a century old.
And just three months after this classic album was released - the band performed at Tower Records (rememeber them?) right down the road in Rockville, MD. Thankfully someone was there with a camcorder (remember THOSE?)
Check out the classic footage below -
Pearl Jam - Alive - 11/9/1991 - Tower Records - Rockville, MD
Pearl Jam - Black - 11/9/1991 - Tower Records - Rockville, MD
On October 5, 2018 - Universal Music will reissue John Lennon's 1971 iconic Imagine LP as a massive 140 song (six discs - 4 CDs / 2 Blu Rays ) box set!
The project was authorized and overseen by Yoko Ono Lennon. She also wrote the introduction for the box set's 120 page book - saying "“Imaginewas created with immense love and concern for the children of the world. I hope you enjoy it”.
Imagine - The Ultimate Collection includes new remastered stereo mix, raw studio recordings, outtakes, never-before-seen extras and a track-by-track audio documentary. The collection will also feature 5.1 surround mixes on Blu-ray and an updated quadrasonic mix for an even deeper listening experience.
And we have the first track from the set - a never before heard demo of the title track, Imagine
Self proclaimed Tesla fanatic, Jack White, stopped by the electric car manufacurer's Freemont California factory over the weekend and played a free concert (rememeber when he did the same thing at a DC High School?) to lift the spirits of the company's employees who have fallen behind on the production of the Tesla Model S.
“I am a huge fanatic and supporter of everything Tesla has been doing since day one, I’m proud to say I was one of the first Model S owners in Nashville, which I think is the greatest automobile ever made. It’s been a thought of mine for a few years now that I would love to do a free concert for the employees at the Fremont factory.”
The concert was cool and all ... but it got us feeling nostalic for the good ol' days when Jack showed Meg White his Tesla Coil ...
What the heck is Meg White up to these days anyways ? ? ?
Pearl Jam continued their epic (but brief) summer stadium tour this weekend - playing two shows at the famed home of the Chicago Cubs - Wrigley Field. The shows were a homecoming of sorts - as Eddie Vedder is from the nearby town of Evanston.
On Saturday night - the band played for nearly 3 hours (!) and went through a career spanning 32 song set list (see full list below).
The band kicked off their 2nd encore with Vedder paying tribute to his favorite MLB team - the Chicago Cubs. The team's 2016 World Series trophy was brought out and the band went on to cover David Bowie's Rebel Rebel for the first time ever. Check out fan footage of the show below -
Full Set List - Peark Jam - Wrigley Field - Chicago - 08/18/18
2. Low Light
3. Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
Last week, Sean Ono Lennon, son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono posted a selfie to his Instagram account that sent the internet into a frenzy - mostly fans of his father's band The Beatles. In the photo, Sean posed with Jamey McCartney - son of Paul and LindaMcCartney. The resemblance of the two and their fathers is uncanny! See for yourself:
Back in May, while she was in Atlanta to play the Shaky Knees Festival, Courtney Barnett and her band headed over to Piedmont Park and set up their gear to play the new album - Tell Me How You Really Feel. Luckily, there just happen to be some cameras there to capture it - check it out track by track below:
earlier this year we spent a few days in Atlanta, Georgia playing the new album in Piedmont Park! lemme tell you what... it was stinkin' hot. all of the videos are now up online and you can watch it here ????????????https://t.co/B3n4yp28Fwpic.twitter.com/O8JPqCkQ4u
We've gotten another song from Chan Marshall aka Cat Power's new album, Wanderer (Domino - due out October 5) , and it features none other then Lana Del Rey. The two songstresses work well together, and even though LDR doesn't appear in the song's video - below, her backing vocals come through loud and clear.
Our favorite eastern shore girl / pop folk star, Maggie Rogers, is back with another video /single for the song Give A Little (where's the album though?)
The video, directed by Alan Del Rio Ortiz, has a very 'That 70's Show' vibe - from the empty skate board / pool party to the Farrah Fawcett wardrobe.
Rogers had this to say about the video:
I had so much fun directing this video alongside Alan Del Rio Ortiz. I was obsessed with ’70s skate culture in high school and really just wanted to have a silly day recreating my favorite scenes from Lords Of Dogtown and paying homage to my favorite Farrah Fawcett photos. Those early skate videos feel so raw and powerful, it was important to me to show that that energy could also be female. It was super special to have my two college pals, Rachel Matthews and Camila Mendes, along for the ride. We’ve been friends since the first week of our freshman year, but our schedules have gotten so beautifully and amazingly kind of crazy since we graduated a couple years ago. It was so much fun just to spend the day dancing and giggling with each other like the old days
Check out the video below ... and seriously Maggie - when's the album coming out?
Showing some RESPECT to the Queen of Soul - and the first woman inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame - Aretha Franklin - who passsed away on August 16, 2018 - we take a look at 10 of our favorite songs by the QUEEN:
I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Loved You)
It was her debut single for Atlantic and it quickly shot straight in to the top ten. The Queen had arrived.
Baby I Love You
Quintessential ‘60’s soul. With her sisters Carolyn and Erma on backing vocals The Queen of Soul manages to sound sexy and empowering all at once.
Quite simply it is one of the most famous recordings of all time. Otis Redding wrote it but Aretha owned it and she added the “sock-it-to-me’s” and spelled out R-E-S-P-E-C-T. She not only made it her own she made it synonymous with her name
Chain of Fools
A classic and one of her best vocal performances.
Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
This song like others Franklin made famous (Respect, Think, Spanish Harlem) became feminist anthems. Whether or not Aretha set out to become a feminine icon she was one of the first to sing honestly and sincerely from a female perspective that had long been overlooked in an industry dominated by men.
Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Simon and Garfunkel took it to #1 but what Aretha did with it was champion the gospel depths Simon and Garfunkel could only hint at.
Otis may have written Respect but not long afterwards Aretha herself penned this ode to female empowerment and vividly brought it to life playing herself in the 1980 classic film The Blues Brothers.
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
Her long time producer Jerry Wexler asked Carole King to write a song specifically for Aretha that transcended heartache and really captured and illuminated had much the Queen of Soul rejoiced in love. It became one of her signature songs
I Say a Little Prayer
Aretha and her backing vocalist, The Sweet Inspirations, were warming up in the studio with this Dionne Warwick song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and thank goodness someone had the good sense to hit record.
The song was written and released by Ben E. King in 1960. Aretha released a cover version of it in 1971 that outperformed the original on the charts, charting #1 R&B for three weeks and #2 Pop for two weeks. Aretha Franklin's version earned a gold single for sales of over one million. Dr. John played keyboards on Franklin's version.
Sir Paul McCartney has dropped another single from his upcoming LP Egypt Station, a "raunchy love song" entitled "Fuh You."
In a press release regarding the single, McCartney says "I was in the studio with Ryan Tedder whereas the rest of the album has been made with Greg Kurstin.... We were just thinking of ideas and little pieces of melody and chords and the song just came together bit by bit. And then I would try and make some kind of sense of the story. So it was like, 'Come on, baby, now. Talk about yourself. Tell the truth, let me get to know you,' and basically I wanna know how you feel, you make me wanna go out and steal. I just want it for you. So that was the basic idea and it developed from there..."
Check it out for yourself below:
Egypt Station is due for release on September 7 via Capitol Records.
Leon Bridges has kept busy this Summer, releasing his sophomore LP Good Thing back in June, touring the nation, and even collaborating with eyewear designer Ahlem Manai-Platt to release his own sunglasses!
Now, Bridges has released two new versions of his hit single “Beyond” with videos to boot! One is a stripped-down acoustic rendition of the song and the other a remix that incorporates elements of 70s funk and soul. Listen to both below and let us know which is your favorite in the comments!
Joe Strummer cut his teeth with The Clash during the band’s decade-long run starting in 1976, but for almost two decades following the band’s dissolution Strummer led a diverse and prolific solo career, playing with bands the 101ers and the Mescaleros and even dipping his toes in the world of film.
This post-Clash work is chronicled in the upcoming box set, Joe Strummer 001, which combines Strummer’s solo work with songs recorded with the 101ers, Mescaleros, and former bandmate Mick Jones.
The latest single from the collection, “Rose of Erin,” tells the story of a young woman who shoots her lover and skips town. It was written for the 1993 Sara Driver film, When Pigs Fly. Though a version of it did appear in the film, the song is previously unreleased.
Listen to the track, which blends traditional Irish folk with orchestral and rock music, below:
In Dave Grohl's latest effort to top Dave Grohl - Dave enlisted 6 clones of himself to create an epic 23 minute track, titled PLAY. OK ... not really - but Dave did play all seven instruments on the track - which is the first of a 2 part docuseries celebrating "the rewards and challenges of dedicating one's life to playing music."
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke has announced a series of US tour dates later this year, set to begin in Philadelphia on November 23rd and run through December.
During the 19-date tour, Yorke will be accompanied by producer Nigel Godrich and audiovisual artist Tarik Barri, both of whom work with Yorke in Atoms for Peace. He will receive direct support from cellist Oliver Coates.
Later this year, Yorke makes his film-scoring debut for Luca Guadagnino’s remake of the 1977 horror classic Suspiria.
Tickets for the 2018 US Tour go on sale beginning August 17th. Catch Thom Yorke at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC on November 30th. See the full list of dates below:
Thom Yorke 2018 Tour Dates:
11/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/24 – Boston, MA @ Wang Theatre
11/26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
11/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
11/30 – Washington, DC @ John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall
12/01 – Cleveland, OH @ Keybank State Theatre
12/02 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Cathedral Theatre
12/04 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
12/05 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
12/06 – Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop at the University of Minnesota
12/08 – St. Louis, MO @ Stifel Theatre
12/09 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
12/11 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
12/13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union
12/15 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
12/17 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory
12/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
12/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
12/22 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan
Pearl Jam played Seattle’s Safeco Field on Friday night and brought with them an entourage of guest performers including Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil and Mudhoney’s Mark Arm and Steve Turner.
Amidst a massive setlist spanning the band’s discography, Pearl Jam also played a number of covers including songs by Pink Floyd, Chris Cornell, and Tom Petty.
About halfway through the set, the band followed up their own classic “Even Flow” with a cover of Cornell’s “Missing,” a deep-cut from the late Soundgarden front man’s 1992 EP Poncier. Later, during the first of two separate encores, Eddie Vedder delivered an emotional rendition of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down,” fighting back tears as he reminisced about seeing Petty perform at Safeco Field just last summer.
American Folk legend Bob Dylan announced a new series of U.S. tour dates on Monday night, set to begin in early October.
The 25 new dates will take Dylan on an expedition across the Southern U.S., beginning in Midland, TX and concluding during early November in Richmond, KY.
Dylan’s kept busy this year, contributing a rendition of the standard “She’s Funny That Way” (retitled “He’s Funny That Way”) to a compilation supporting gay marriage back in April. He also announced the genesis of his very own line of whiskey, Heaven’s Door.
Dylan’s most recent album, the three-disc standards compilation Triplicate, dropped last Spring.
Check out the full list of new dates below:
October 9 – Midland, TX @ Noël Performing Arts Center
October 10 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory
October 12 – Tulsa, OK @ River Spirit Casino Resort
October 13 – Thackerville, OK @ WinStar World Casino and Resort
October 14 – Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre
October 16 – Lafayette, LA @ Heymann Center
October 17 – Mobile, AL @ Mobile Saenger Theatre
October 19 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
October 20 – Clearwater, Florida @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
October 21 – Sarasota, FL @ Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
October 23 – Fort Myers, FL @ Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
October 24 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Broward Center for the Performing Arts
October 26 – Orlando, FL @ Walt Disney Theater
October 27 – Macon, GA @ City Auditorium
October 28 – Chattanooga, TN @ Tivoli Theatre
October 30 – Huntsville, AL @ Mark C. Smith Concert Hall
October 31 – Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre
November 2 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
November 3 – Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
November 4 – North Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Performing Arts Center
November 6 – Savannah, GA @ Johnny Mercer Theatre
November 7 – Augusta, GA @ The Bell Auditorium
November 9 – Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium
November 10 – Roanoke, VA @ Berglund Performing Arts Theatre
November 11 – Richmond, KY @ EKU Center for the Arts
Last month, Paul Simon announced In the Blue Light, an album consisting entirely of reworked renditions of previously released originals.
Today, Simon released his new version of the oldest song in the 10-track collection, “One Man’s Ceiling Is Another Man’s Floor.” The song, which originally appeared on There Goes Rhymin’ Simon in 1973, has not been drastically reworked but is markedly higher-energy and features more aggressive use of Simon's driving honkey-tonk piano.
In the Blue Light, due for release on September 7, also saw contributions from Wynton Marsalis, Bill Frisell, Steve Gadd, and others. Listen to both versions of “One Man’s Ceiling Is Another Man’s Floor” below.
According to a new report published by multinational investment bank Citigroup on Monday night, artists received only 12% of the $43 billion in revenue generated by the U.S. music industry last year.
The study, conducted by a team of researchers and analysts from Citigroup, found that the vast majority of revenue was being pocketed by distribution services like streaming platforms, and record companies.
Though insanely low, 12% is actually a marked increase from 2000, when artists made only 7% of total industry revenue. The increase is attributed to a stronger focus on touring and a larger number of artists releasing their own music, thereby keeping more revenue for themselves.
The indie songstress joined God's favorite customer, Father John Misty, on stage at a recent tour stop in Toronto and performed the title track to Mr. Tillman's latest album - God's Favorite Customer. She pretty much nails the part ... maybe she's been practicing in the shower.. or at karaoke night somewhere? Check out the video of the duet below.
Father John Misty played The Anthem on August 2, check out the photos here
Vampire Weekend played Lollapalooza last night, opening their set with not one, not two, but three consecutive performances fan favorite “A-Punk.”
Front man Ezra Koenig purportedly referred to the band’s fans as “VW-heads,” an allusion to the band’s recent fascination with The Grateful Dead, which they made apparent during their set with a series of noodly guitar solos and extended jams.
The 18-song set also included an extended rendition of the SBTRKT/Ezra Koenig collaboration “New Dorp. New York” and snippets from Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man” and the theme from Seinfeld.
Before closing their set with another fan favorite, “Walcott,” Koenig announced that the band’s latest album is finished and currently being mastered. The band teased a song from the album earlier this year at a gig in Ojai, CA. The track, called “Flower Moon,” will apparently feature Steve Lacy of The Internet.
Arctic Monkeys’ current world tour in support of their latest album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, has been rife with geographically appropriate covers. Early last month, French fans enjoyed a rendition of Elvis Costello’s “Lipstick Vogue” à la Monkeys. A few weeks later, the band treated fans at New York’s Forest Hills Stadium to a cover of “Is This It” by NYC’s own Strokes.
On Wednesday night, the Monkeys took Detroit by storm with a cover of The White Stripes “The Union Forever.” Watch below as Turner delivers Jack White’s lyrics with his own signature swagger and sleaze.
The White Stripes formed in Detroit in 1997. Detroit is also currently home to Third Man Records’ secondary campus.
So needless to say, we're pumped for Dave's newest project, Play, a two part documentary - culminating in Dave playing 7 instruments on a new 23 - minute track - due out August 10th.
The project showcases "“the rewards and challenges of dedicating ones life to playing and mastering a musical instrument.”
Grohl also said in a statement - "Watching my kids start to play music and learn to sing or play drums, it brings me back to the time when I was their age listening to albums, learning from listening… and when I take my kids to the place where they take their lessons, I see these rooms full of children that are really pushing themselves to figure this out.
And even now, as a 49-year-old man, I’m still trying to figure it out… it’s not something that you ever truly master. You’re always chasing the next challenge, and you’re always trying to find a way to improve on what you’ve learned.”
Since its inception in 1991, Lollapalooza has been gold standard for music festivals (ok – maybe not in 2004 when it was cancelled or 1998-2002 when it was on hiatus). Over the past twenty years, the festival’s curators have put together line-ups that have been stellar to the point of incredible … and not just the headliners, many others acts who play the side stages have ended up showing back up as headliners in following years. We’ve gone back and reviewed every lineup and ranked them from best to worst:
SA: The XX, Lorde, Blink-182, Alt-J, Cage the Elephant, The Head and the Heart, Foster the People, The Shins, Liam Gallagher, Glass Animals, Phantogram, Spoon, Milky Chance, Vance Joy, George Ezra, Rag N’ Bone Man, Maggie Rogers.
Here it is, my number one choice. Firstly, in its second year as a festival, Lollapalooza had the most famous headliners in all of America and their supporting acts were almost just as liked. If it wasn’t for the tour in 1992 and it going so well, Lollapalooza may never have been the powerhouse it is today.
Headliners: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ice Cube, Soundgarden, Pearl Jame, Lush.
SA: Rage Against the Machine, Cypress Hill, Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, Temple of the Dog..
Please feel free to comment and give your opinion on how you feel about it and if you would change anything.
Weezer made their way onto the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in almost a decade back in June, reaching No. 89 with their long-awaited cover of Toto’s karaoke classic “Africa.”
Toto has since returned the favor, recording a cover of Weezer’s 2001 single “Hash Pipe.”
“We figured since we were smoking hash since before they were born, that’s the one we should do” said front man Steve Lukather before going into the song during the band’s Monday night performance in Vancouver.
A studio version of the cover is set for release on August 10th.
On Saturday, England’s own Arctic Monkeys took The Anthem stage in Washington D.C. for their first of two consecutive nights at the capitol’s newest and most illustrious music venue. Traversing the globe on a world tour in support of their sixth and latest studio LP, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, the Monkeys have come a long way from their scrappy beginnings as Sheffield teens writing punchy punk songs about the Sheffield nightlife.
In 2018, an Arctic Monkeys record draws, to questionable effect, from a mishmash of stylistic and aesthetic influences ranging from Nina Simone to The Rolling Stones, and this smorgasbord translates notably to the Arctic Monkeys live experience, for which the band donned their best disco apparel and performed in front a large, vintage-looking backlit display reading simply “Monkeys.”
The first thing many fans likely noticed when Alex Turner and company took the stage on Saturday night was Turner’s new look. Long-gone is the slicked-back pompadour and gone too is the charmingly unkept 70s mane. What’s left is a close buzzcut à la Turner’s close friend and collaborator Josh Homme.
Photo by Tedd Henn
With the haircut, or perhaps preceding it, is a refined sense of confidence on Turner’s part. For years now, the Monkeys’ front man has displayed a performative braggadocio onstage that’s lent itself to the unabashed rock’n’roll-worship of their last few albums. Now, though, Turner performs with a buoyancy that doesn’t seem altogether in-character. Perhaps he’s finally feeling like one of the Strokes.
On Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, we saw Arctic Monkeys compromise their signature songwriting prowess in favor of aesthetic experiments and stylistic gimmicks, some of which, when applied to better songs than the pseudo-vintage stock we saw on the
LP, are actually pretty cool. The tinny, retro electric organ tones that see so much emphasis on Tranquility, for example, receive new life when worked into Monkeys’ classics “505” and “Cornerstone.”
Photo by Tedd Henn
In general, Arctic Monkeys continue to stay in touch with their back catalog, performing songs from across their discography with new energy and executing aesthetic updates and embellishments with grace. Take, for example, an extended jam improvised around the closing riff from “505” to brilliant effect. Suffice to say, with six albums under their belt, we should feel lucky to see Arctic Monkeys remain so adaptive, dynamic, and creative while retaining an appreciation for their roots.
Four Out of Five
Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair
505 (Extended jam)
Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino
Do Me a Favour
One Point Perspective
Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
Batphone (With a snippet from the original Batman theme song)
Cancer recovery may have slowed Elvis Costello down a bit - and caused him to cancel a handful of European concert dates ... but it couldn't stop him from releasing a new album, with his long time backing band, The Imposters, and touring the states (he plays DAR Constitution Hall on November 4, 2018)
The new album, titled LOOK NOW is due out October 12th on Concord Records and is the first album Costello has made with The Imposters since the 2008 release of ‘Momofuku’ and his first new album since the acclaimed 2013 Roots collaboration, ‘Wise Up Ghost’
“I knew if we could make an album with the scope of ‘Imperial Bedroom’ and some of the beauty and emotion of ‘Painted From Memory’, we would really have something”, said Costello
Check out the lyric video for the first single from the album- Unwanted Number -
And here's the full track listing for Look Now:
1. Under Lime
2. Don’t Look Now
3. Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter
4. Stripping Paper
5. Unwanted Number
6. I Let The Sun Go Down
7. Mr. & Mrs. Hush
8. Photographs Can Lie
9. Dishonor The Stars
10. Suspect My Tears
11. Why Won’t Heaven Help Me? 12. He’s Given Me Things
Its no secret that the Arctic Monkeys like The Strokes - Alex Turner and crew have been belting out some great Strokes covers over the years- including Reptilia and Take It or Leave It ... and at a recent show at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY - they added another song to their Strokes portfolio - covering Is This It. Check out the videos:
Sir Paul McCartney surprised fans last night with an intimate gig at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, the same club where the Beatles frequently played gigs as early as 1961.
McCartney, who had announced the free show earlier yesterday on Twitter, wooed those fans lucky enough to snag a ticket with Beatles hits ranging from “Magical Mystery Tour” to “I Saw Her Standing There.”
The original Cavern Club, where the fab four were first discovered by manager Brian Epstein, closed in 1973 and was ultimately demolished. Luckily, the original bricks were used to construct the new venue that now stands in its place.
This is the first time McCartney has played the club since performing there in 1999. Check out footage from The Daily Mail of last night’s historic event:
McCartney’s new album, Egypt Station, is due for release via Capitol Records on September 7.
The first demo recording on which the late David Bowie ever laid vocals has been rediscovered by a former bandmate.
Bowie, then the 16-year old saxophonist for his first band, the Konrads, was asked to contribute backing vocals to the demo in August 1963. The demo, titled “I Never Dreamed,” was recorded at Decca’s West Hamstead studios and initially rejected not only by Decca, but by Rolling Stones manager Eric Easton as well.
Long thought to be lost forever, the recording was unearthed by former Konrads drummer David Hadfield while moving in the 90s and kept secret until now. The demo is expected to fetch £10,000 (about $13,000) at auction in September. Check out a 12-second clip of the artifact below.
Tom Petty passed away unexpectedly last fall, leaving behind almost fifty years of diverse recorded material, ranging from the southern garage rock of his early band Mudcrutch to the pop masterpieces released with his Heartbreakers.
Petty’s hugely prolific catalog is about to be augmented even further by the addition of a 60-Song Boxset curated by his family and bandmates and consisting of unreleased songs, outtakes, and rarities.
The boxset, titled An American Treasure, is due for a September 28th release and is preceded by the previously unreleased “Keep A Little Soul,” a song that finds Petty in near perfect form. Check it out below, accompanied by a compilation of old performance footage and behind-the-scenes home movies.
Billy Joel is in the middle of an epic run of shows at New York's Madison Square Garden.
During the run of shows, Billy has had some cool guests - like Paul Simon and Miley Cyrus - But at his 100th (!) show on July 18, 2018 - Billy Joel brought along a pretty amazing guest to the storied arena- Bruce Springsteen!
Check out the BOSS and the PIANO MAN belting out versions of Tenth Avenue Freeze Out and Born to Run below!
As if a touching duet with Jack Johnson wasn’t enough, Pearl Jam brought yet another surprise guest onstage during their headlining set at Portugal’s NOS Alive festival on Saturday: Nashville’s very own Jack White.
White, who performed at the festival prior to Pearl Jam’s set, joined the band onstage to close the show with a rendition of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World.”
This is the first time White has performed alongside Pearl Jam since their joint performance of “Of The Earth” during band’s surprise show at Third Man Records in 2016.
Paul Simon has been traversing North America and Europe since May on his farewell tour appropriately named “Homeward Bound.” As Simon barrels through the British Isles (he plays a show in Dublin tonight and another in London tomorrow night), the famed Simon & Garfunkel co-songwriter has announced one final solo LP, his fourteenth, titled In the Blue Light.
The 10-track collection, scheduled for a September 7th release on Legacy Recordings, consists entirely of reworked renditions of songs from Simon’s extensive back catalog, specifically songs that Simon himself “thought were really good songs that didn’t get much attention when they first came out.”
The album, produced by Simon and Roy Halee, will include contributions from the likes of Wynton Marsalis, guitarist Bill Frisell, and drummers Jack DeJohnette and Steve Gadd. Watch a brief video with footage from the album making process below:
Simon takes Capital One Arena in Washington D.C. on September 14th. Grab your tickets here.
In the Blue Light Tracklist:
01. One Man’s Ceiling Is Another Man’s Floor
03. Can’t Run But
04. How the Heart Approaches What It Yearns
05. Pigs, Sheep and Wolves
06. René and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War
07. The Teacher
08. Darling Lorraine
09. Some Folks’ Lives Roll Easy
10. Question for the Angels
Travis Pastrana completed over 400 feet of jumps last night, breaking three of daredevil Evel Knievel’s own records.
Mounted on an Indian Scout FTR750, Pastrana jumped 143 feet over 52 crushed cars, 192 feet over 16 Greyhound buses, and finally 149 feet to clear the fountain in front of Caesars Palace hotel and casino.
Pastrana even donned his own red, white, and blue costume in honor of Knievel, cape and all. Knievel, who passed away in 2007 at age 69, crushed his pelvis and broke several other bones attempting the same fountain jump on New Year’s Eve in 1967.
Pearl Jam played a headlining set at Belgian multi-day festival Rock Werchter on Saturday night and brought with them a cast of guest performers including none other than singer-songwriter Jack Johnson.
Eddie Vedder invited Johnson onstage to cover John Lennon’s classic “Imagine” after taking some political jabs, suggesting that the audience light up their phones and sing along to show what a “really big crowd in harmony looks like.”
Other guest performers included MC5’s Wayne Kramer, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, and Fugazi’s Brendan Canty who joined Pearl Jam early in the set for a version of MC5’s signature “Kick Out The Jams.”
Well, it took 23 years - but the Foo Fighters have finally played Merriweather - and it is a good thing that the Columbia, MD venue recently underwent some renovations - including a raised roof - cause Dave Grohl and co. certainly brought the ROCK last night - before heading 'downne oshun for some jumbos'
U2 and Bono are arguably the most politically active musicians in the scene today - so it should come as no surpise that the band paused a recent show in New Jersey to address the horrible tragedy that took place at the Capital Gazette, when 5 staff members were murdered on June 28th.
Before performing One - Bono spoke of journalists - saying we need them ... and specifically to the staff at the Gazette - There is no THEM - there is only US.
90s icons Beavis and Butt-Head have come out of hiding for the first time since their 2011 revival to rip apart the music video for Portugal. The Man’s latest pop hit, “Feel It Still.”
The show’s creator, Mike Judge, created this two-minute video in which the raucous duo attempts to make fun of “Feel It Still” before quickly realizing that “when you compress this much crap under the force of this much pretention, you create a beautiful diamond.” Butt-Head goes on to call Portugal. The Man “better than the Beatles, better than the Rolling Stones, better than Silverchair, almost as good as Pantera.”
The band have been using the video to open their shows on tour for last summer’s Woodstock. You might just be able to see it on the big screen yourself when they play Merriweather Post Pavilion on September 21. Get your tickets here.
It has been said that Bruce Springsteen is the ultimate bar rocker .. but for the past year - but its been a few years since THE BOSS played at a local dive bar - he's even been on Broadway for the past year ... but last night - he joined Portugal. the Man and Danny Clinch's Tangiers Blues Band for the grand re-openning of the bar/bowling alley/live music space - Asbury Lanes... The show's capacity? 700!
The Boss commented: “We didn’t know if we would ever see Asbury come back or not, in our lifetime, so it’s been a joy watching what’s been happening in town over the past 10, 15 or 20 years ... I walk down the boardwalk now, I feel like the Ghost of Christmas Past ... But that’s okay. It’s fun to watch Asbury’s future unfold in front of me.”
The second full day of Firefly 2018 ... the line up was all over the place - so setting your schedule was key!
We learned that the lead singer of Firefly Fine Print Band - Middle Kids - used to live in Annapolis! We learned that Portugal. The Man are already wrapping up a new album and are still some of the coolest dudes on the planet. And we learned that 2018 Firefly Vibes are pretty amazing!
We knew that Ben Gibbard and Death Cab for Cutie were hitting the road this fall ( they play The Anthem on October 17- you might want to get tickets ASAP ) ... and since bands usually tour around a new album - we were thinking the new record would be out any day ... well, we have that info - Thank You for Today will be out on August 17th ... AND we have the first single from the record - Gold Rush - a song about neighborhoods and how they evolve over the years. Check out the video for the song below:
With less than a week now until the long-awaited Firefly Music Festival kicks off in Dover, Delaware, fans are no doubt gearing up to see some of their favorite big-name bands: Arctic Monkeys, Foster the People, The Killers, and more! If you’ve been tuning into WRNR, you probably already love a few of the up and coming acts who will grace the Firefly stage this weekend as well, such as WRNR favorite Jade Bird. Still, with such a dense and prolific lineup for this year’s festival, you might be wondering what some of those smaller-name acts listed in the “fine print” are all about. Fear not! WRNR has taken out the guess work and compiled a list of ten must-see bands you’ve probably never heard of playing the festival this weekend.
Garage rock enthusiasts won’t want to miss the grungy, ecstatic stylings of Philadelphia native Ron Gallo, who takes the Firefly stage on Friday. His latest record, Really Nice Guys, was released in January on Nashville’s New West Records, and the Nashville tradition is in no way lost on Gallo. Dirty tones, bluesy vocals, and witty, observational lyrics make him a must-see for any fan of the blues looking to get in touch with their inner punk-rocker, or vice versa!
For fans of: Ty Segall, The Black Keys, FIDLAR
Up-and-coming Australian indie rockers Middle Kids consist of classically trained pianist Hannah Joy, her multi-instrumentalist husband Tim Fitz, and drummer/Sydney Conservatorium of Music graduate Harry Day. Together, they create subdued, sometimes melancholy indie rock that doesn’t shy away from memorable hooks and pop-oriented production. Their debut LP, Lost Friends, was released on famed indie Domino earlier this year. They’ll be taking the Firefly stage on Saturday.
For fans of: Gang of Youths, Alvvays, Japanese Breakfast
Festivalgoers looking to get in touch with a less cheerful side will find solace in the heartfelt, often pained indie rock of singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus. Her two studio records, both released on popular indie label Matador, comprise of a catalog of deeply personal and oftentimes gloomy material that draws heavily from the original emo and indie rock traditions of the 90s. Don’t miss her on Saturday at Firefly.
For fans of: Courtney Barnett, Julien Baker, Soccer Mommy
Indie singer-songwriter Damon McMahon, aka Amen Dunes, brings an entirely unique psychedelic flavor to the Firefly stage this summer. With folk-rock as his foundation, McMahon incorporates elements of blues and psychedelia to create atmospheric rock songs that are both dreamy and nostalgic. His latest record, Freedom, was released on Sacred Bones Records in March. You can catch Amen Dunes on Sunday at Firefly.
For fans of: The War on Drugs, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Kurt Vile
Fans of traditional American folk and bluegrass will be blown away by the musical dexterity, unpolished vocal harmonies, and unrestrained soul of Central Pennsylvanian folk trio Vulcans. The multi-talented threesome rotate instruments and lead vocal duties, each of them proficient in guitar, banjo, mandolin, and the bass drum. The result is a body of songs that are both creative and diverse. Their latest record, Ghostfolk, was self-released last year. Don’t miss their performance on Saturday at Firefly.
For fans of: City and Colour, The Decemberists, The Avett Brothers
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Lukas Nelson rose to modest notoriety after contributing vocals to his father Willie Nelson’s 2012 album, Heroes. From there, the younger Nelson’s band, Promise of the Real, offered touring and studio support to the famed Neil Young for two years, and went on to work with none other than Lady Gaga on their recently released self-titled record. With so much star support, it’s hard to believe that the band’s soulful, country-rock flavor sounds so dirty, raw, and genuine. You can catch them on Friday at Firefly.
For fans of: Eric Clapton, Leon Russel, Willie Nelson
The improvisational stylings of Arizona-based jam band Spafford won’t be lost on those with an ear for great jazz-fusion. When the band takes the Firefly stage on Saturday, fans can expect tenacious, virtuosic jams that incorporate elements of rock, funk, reggae, and pop, resulting in vibes as fit for summer as you’d expect. Get familiar with the band’s latest record, For Amusement Only, which was released earlier this year.
For fans of: The String Cheese Incident, Twiddle, moe.
Named after a street in Memphis, soulful five-piece Southern Avenue serve up all the poignant, riff-driven southern blues you’d expect from a band of their Tennessee origins. Guitarist Ori Naftaly emigrated from Israel to Memphis in 2013, where he met vocalist Tierinii Jackson and her drumming sister, Tikyra. The resulting chemistry spurred a catalog of blues rock that stands up to the classics. Their debut self-titled record was released last year on Stax Records and reached #6 on the Billboard Top Blues Albums Chart. Don’t miss when they take the Firefly stage on Friday.
For fans of: Alabama Shakes, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix
Sister-Brother duo Flint Eastwood make what has been described as “spaghetti-western inspired” indie pop. On the lead single “Queen” from their recently released EP, Broke Royalty, this manifests as icy, hook-driven synthesizers, enormous brass and bell sections, and an epic chorus, all tied up neatly in a glossy pop package. They’ll be taking Firefly by storm on Friday.
For fans of: Lorde, MisterWives, Lights
At only twenty-one years old, singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi has already made a name for himself, becoming the fastest unsigned artist to ever reach 25 million plays on Spotify and supporting and working with such talent as Sam Smith and Frank Ocean. The sultry Scottish tenor, usually accompanied only by dry, intimate piano, writes songs about love, loss, and heartbreak. Wind down from an exciting festival weekend on Sunday to the soft, tender balladeering of this young star.
Remember back in 2015, when Foo Fighters were scheduled to headline an epic 4th of July show at RFK Stadium ...
And then a few weeks before this epic show - at a gig in Sweeden - Dave wanted “to shred some tasty licks for the kids up front" and ended up falling off the stage and dislocating hisankle and snapping his fibula "like an old pair of take out chopsticks”. But being the true rock star Dave Grohl is - he made it to RFK and rocked the show from a throne made of guitars.
Fast forward to 2018 - when the Foos returned to the scene of the accident for a gig in Gothenburg, Sweden. Check out the video of the Dave imposter falling off the stage below:
And yesterday, he decided 2 DC shows weren't enough and decided to head to Woodrow Wilson High School (Ian McKaye's alma mater no less) and play a lunch time pop up show for the students and faculty. The show lasted 45 minutes, during the kid's lunch hour and culminated with Jack being joined on the 'stage' by the students as he blistered through the White Stripes classic, Seven Nation Army ...
David Byrne'sAmerican Utopia tour rolled through Portland, Oregon recently - and before his show at the Keller Auditorium - the Talking Head stopped into the Alibi Tiki Lounge to unwind and sing some karaoke .... his selection? When Doves Cry by Prince
It's been a minute since we've heard from our favorite shore girl, Maggie Rogers - but she surfaced with some new music this week - and its a banger - produced by fellow DMV native, Rostam of Vampire Weekend.
Check out the song, Falling Water, below - along with a hand written note she posted to twitter explaining the song and how it relates to the ride her career has been on the past 2 years.
Friday May 18, 2018 - marks the one year anniversary of Chris Cornell's passing, and at a recent concert in Los Angeles, U2 paid tribute to the late singer - with a cover of the Soundgarden classic- Black Hole Sun. Check out the clip below.
“I dance like this because it feels so damn good...If I could dance better, well, you know that I would.”
Dance moves or not - David Byrne and his 11 piece ensemble blazed through an incredible set Saturday night at The Anthem ... yes - they played Burning Down The House, as well as several other Talking Heads songs, an emotional cover of Janelle Monae's Hell You Talmbout, and other jams from Byrne's collaborations.
Byrne claimed earlier this year that the tour was going to be his most ambitious since the Stop Making Sense shows (as well as his first solo tour since 2009). Despite a minimalist stage setup - no amps, no cords, no shoes (!) - the show lived up to the hype and then some
We fell in love with Austrailian Singer Songwriter - Amy Shark - upon hearing Adore back in 2017 ... and now she's got another single from her forthcoming album - Love Monster - that we can't stop listening to. Check out the video, that Amy co directed, for the song 'I Said Hi'
Bonus footage - here's a flashback to when Amy Shark played a WRNR Pop Up Show at Fado:
On a recent visit to The Late Show with Steven Colbert - Jack sat down and helped revisit some classic commercial jingles before performaning his new single - Ice Station Zebra ... Check out videos below -
We've seen a lot of crazy things at Foo Fighters concerts - guys wearing KISS make up rocking out with the band, Dave playing the show from a throne cause he broke his foot, heck - there was even a live Rick Roll with Rick Astley ... but one Dallas couple took things to the next level - and got married while the Foos played Everlong at a recent show at the Starplex Pavilion!
Congrats Belinda Marie Ramos and Tony Rosales - you're tweet says it all - Foo Fighters are the best choice for a wedding band!
Father John Misty's new album - God's Favorite Customer - is due out June 1 (maybe you were lucky enough to snag an early copy from Apple when they leaked it?)
The album's first single - Mr. Tillman (Father John Misty's real name is Josh Tillman) tells a bizarre tale of FJM checking into a hotel and what happened the last time he was there. The video - co-directed by Jeff Desom and Carlos Lopez - is a dark and strange visual representation of the song in which FJM is trapped in a loop and can't check out of the hotel ... check it out below