To commemorate their 35th anniversary, alt-rock icons Soundgarden have announced a massive project: a live album and concert film focused on their special Live from the Artists Den event in 2013.
The February 17th, 2013 concert at The Wiltern in Los Angeles featured a 29 song / two-and-a-half-hour set full of fan favorites, rarities, and hits .
Kim Thayil said of the project:
“We were very proud and excited to document the performance of our new material from King Animal, and to celebrate with each other and our fans”
Chris Cornell's widow Vicky added:
“This live show was really special, and I know how much fun Chris had that night. The idea of giving fans the opportunity to experience it in its entirety is something I’m proud to share with them.”
Live from the Artists Den film and live album are set to be released July 26th on Blu-ray, 2xCD, or 4xLP. There's also a limited-edition Super Deluxe box set that features 30 bonus minutes of interviews with the band.
Lana Del Rey fans have been waiting since 2017 for some new music from the singer, songwriter, record producer, poet, model, and music video director. She's promised that her new album, Norman Fucking Rockwell, will be out by year’s end - but we're still waiting on any solid details on it.
If you were lucky enough to catch David Byrne's American Utopia tour (locally it was at both Merriweather Post Pavilion and The Anthem) you know what an amazingly choreographed show it was - with a completely mobile band playing songs from the No. 1 charting album American Utopia with more of Byrne’s classic solo tracks and Talking Heads material.
If you missed it - you may have one more shot to see it ... David Byrne has announced he's bringing the show to Broadway, with the help of of Rob Sinclair (lighting), Pete Keppler (sound), Karl Mansfield (Musical Director), Alex Timbers (Production Consultant), and Annie-B Parso (Choreography and Musical Staging). American Utopia will run from October 20th, 2019 through January 19th, 2020 at the Hudson Theatre.
Prior to the NYC run - the production will be staged at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre for an 18-performance run from September 11th through September 28th.
When asked about bringing American Utopia to Broadway, Byrne wrote:
“Because of how theatrical the show is, others started telling me ‘this needs to go to Broadway.’ Why not? But what did that mean? Parked in a beautiful Broadway theater we can perfect the sound, the lights, the movement. I thought to myself that this new context might be good- it might bring out the narrative arc a little bit more, to make it just a little more explicit. I asked Alex Timbers, whom I’d worked with twice before on musicals, to help. He brought some original and insightful ideas to the room, ideas I was too close to imagine, and we used those to build on what we had.”
Watch a trailer for the theatrical production below.
New-wave legends New Order have announced they will release a live album - recorded on July 13, 2017 at the Manchester International Festival and includes from across New Order’s extensive career including the first live performance of Joy Division’s “Disorder” in 30 years!
So we have no ide what the album title means: ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes...
But we do know that the band collaborated wuth visual artist Liam Gillick and composer Joe Duddell for the performance that included 10+ synthesizers.
According to the band: “For the celebrated show ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes..., New Order deconstructed, rethought and rebuilt a wealth of material from throughout their career: familiar and obscure, old and new.”
The album is out July 12 via Mute and will be available on triple vinyl (transparent red, green and blue) or 2x CD. Both formats will include deluxe booklets.
Keep scrolling to hear the first song released from the album
∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes...Tracklist:
01. Times Change (Live at MIF)
02. Who’s Joe (Live at MIF)
03. Dream Attack (Live at MIF)
04. Disorder (Live at MIF)
05. Ultraviolence (Live at MIF)
06. In A Lonely Place (Live at MIF)
07. All Day Long (Live at MIF)
08. Shellshock (Live at MIF)
09. Guilt Is A Useless Emotion (Live at MIF)
10. Sub-culture (Live at MIF)
11. Bizarre Love Triangle (Live at MIF)
12. Vanishing Point (Live at MIF)
13. Plastic (Live at MIF)
14. Your Silent Face (Live at MIF)
15. Decades (Live at MIF)
16. Elegia (Live at MIF)
17. Heart & Soul (Live at MIF)
18. Behind Closed Doors (Live at MIF)
Ok - now that we've gotten that out of the way and you're still reading this - you know that in Episode 5 Daenerys Targaryen unleashed her dragon fury on King's Landing
The scenes were pretty brutal to watch - with many innocent Westerosians being killed - despite the bells being rung to singal their surrender. But to Dany - and some metal heads - Bells are just cause for destruction ... and thansk to the internet - the scenes of her distruction have now been dubbed over perfectly with heavy metal songs
Below is AC/DC's "Hell's Bells" and Metallica's "For Whom the Bell Tolls" providing the soundtrack to the Mother of Dragons' destruction.
Daenerys Burns King's Landing (Fixed Sountrack)
Daenerys Storms King's Landing, but to Metallica's For Whom the Bell Tolls
Here's a little walk down memory lane recalling that day -
It was March of 2014 - and Bob Waugh had just returned from South By South West in Austin Texas. In between drinking Tito's and eating tacos - he had a chance to see a young Irish singer song writer the name of Andrew Hozier-Byrne aka Hozier perform ... when he returned to home, Bob knew he had to get Hozier to come through Annapolis for a Private Artist Showcase - before his career skyrocketed.
Bob also knew that this had to be a special showcase and since the song being played at the time was Take Me To Church - some calls were made - and the venue was booked - St. Anne's Parish in Downtown Annapolis.
The day came and Hozier came to town and a small group of listeners were privy to a special 6 song performance ... not only did it make an impression on them - Hozier himself was impressed
Now here are some details you may not know:
Katie O'Malley - wife of then governor Martin O'Malley is a huge Hozier fan and was at the show. Afterwards - she invited Hozier and the RNR staff back to the Governor's Mansion for a little after party. After touring the house, sharing stories over a few Guinness - Governor Martin O'Malley and Hozier had a little jam session in the living room!
We're not sure that we could ever recreate that day with Hozier now - but we can relive it through the amazing video footage provided by Sugar Farms Productions.
The Black Keys are releasing their ninth album “Let’s Rock” on 6/28 via Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch Records (Pre-order it here)
So far we've heard the tracks “Lo/Hi” and “Eagle Birds” - and today the duo released a video for the third single - "Go"
The video is a humorous one ... starting off with Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach acting like they haven’t spoken a word to each other since in five years and in a therapists office ... they later head to the Happy Trails International Community & Spiritual Retreat to reconnect.
The Rolling Stones were forced to postpone their 2019 Summer Tour six weeks ago when it was revealed that Mick Jagger was to undergo heart surgery.
We don't have any new dates for the tour - but the 75 year old front man seems to be ready to rock. He posted the following video of himself practicing what appear to be his stage dance moves ... just one month after having aortic valve replacement surgery.
In the video - he's not dancing to a Stones tune (it's “Techno Fan” by the Wombats)
But it clearly indicates that Mick is ready to give his fans the show they were expecting this summer - except those people who bought Jazz Fest tickets ... that ship has sailed :/
Well, you might not have the chance to light up with Jenny Lewis in person - but for now - if you find yourself Southern California, you can stop by a dispensary and pick up a 5 pack of her very own marijuana pre-rolled joints. “The Rabbit Hole,” is a collaboration with Santa Barbara area cannabis company Glass House Farms
Flood Magazine reports:
The weed in Lewis’ joints will be “a light Sour Diesel sativa with 16.3 percent THC content,” which should equal a very chill, giggly high, ideal for music festivals. Fun fact: the seeds for “The Rabbit Hole” were allegedly first distributed at a Grateful Dead show in 1991.
While the marijuana used in the Rabbit Hole Joints isn't her own strain - Jenny Lewis has updated the story with the news that she plans on having a strand of her own
let’s make it clear that it’s not my own strain please!
sour diesel pre rolls ——> rabbit hole ????????
strain coming sooooon ???? https://t.co/lCfAARKxpg
On Monday (May 13th) The Strokes regrouped for their first live show in over two years - headlining the City of Angels benefit concert to raise funds for two homeless organizations in Los Angeles.
In addition to this being the band's first time on stage together, (they will play a few festivals this summer, but c'mon - can we get a proper tour?) the band also debuted new song titled “The Adults Are Talking” and played a bizarre cover version of Erasure’s 1988 hit, “A Little Respect” - with a little Prince mixed in as well.
While there's no word on a new album by
The Strokes - The Adults Are Talking - NEW SONG - The Wiltern May 13
Online musical instrument retailer Reverb has cranked up their philanthropic pedal to 11 and set to host another amazing auction May 21-28. They've amassed an impressive lot of items to be auctioned - see the full list of items below.
The proceeds from the Girls Rock Reverb Gives Auctionwill benefit several non profits from around the world - dedicated to empowering female, transgender and gender non-conforming youth through music - including Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, Girls Rock Columbia, Girls Rock Philly, Omaha Girls Rock, Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls: Salt Lake City, ATEM (Arts Transform Empower Music) in Berlin, Femix, Girls Rock Dublin, Girls Rock London and Popkollo in Sweden.
Sep Mashiahof, Co-Executive Director at Bay Area Girls Rock Camp said in a statement:
“This kind of support is monumental in our unique vision to empower girls and gender-expansive youth in the Bay Area. We’re grateful to the many women who broke barriers in the music industry to make way for new generations of girls and LGBTQ youth to forge their own paths.”
Last year's auction raised over $20,000 ... stay connected to auction details by signing up here
Items being auction include:
-an Epiphone electric guitar used by The Indigo Girls
- a Sennheiser microphone and several records autographed by Stevie Nicks
-a Fender ukulele signed by Billie Eilish
- A pair of Hurley sneakers worn by Joan Jett on tour
- An Oscar Schmidt autoharp used and signed by Nancy Wilson of the rock band Heart
- An Epiphone amplifier owned by Tegan and Sara
- An album hand-painted by Alison Mosshart
- An Epiphone electric guitar and a Way Huge guitar pedal used by The Indigo Girls
- An Ernie Ball Albert Lee electric guitar used by Kimbra
- A show poster signed by Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor
- Concert and meet-and-greet tickets with The B-52’s
- P!nk concert tickets
- Patty Griffin concert tickets
- Lauren Alaina concert tickets
- A VIP Rock & Roll Hall of Fame vault tour
- A Kala ukulele signed by Ingrid Michaelson
- An Epiphone acoustic guitar signed by Faith Hill
- A KC Hawaii ukulele owned and autographed by Colbie Caillat
- A Hendrix guitar strap and Vox amp signed and used by Khruangbin
- A pedal owned by Helms Alee
- The first microphone Caroline Rose ever owned
- A Boss pedal owned and signed by Lindsay Ell
- A Pro Tone pedal owned by Yvette Young
- A Boss pedal owned and signed by Chelsea Wolfe
- Fergie Footwear sandals signed by Fergie
- Cowboy boots signed by Reba McIntire
- A pink belt and record signed by Loretta Lynn
- A 1999 tour shirt signed by Charli XCX
- A Jumpsuit from I’m with Her
- Memorabilia from Kacey Musgraves, Mavis Staples, Dolly Parton, Patti Smith, Lita Ford, Ani DiFranco, Kelly Clarkson, Sharon Van Etten, Norah Jones, Evanescence, Cat Power, Larkin Poe, Lake Street Dive, Nicole Moudaber, Warner Bros. Records and Bloodshot Records
- Autographed vinyls from Annie Lennox, Michelle Branch, Khruangbin, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucius, Julien Baker, Tash Sultana, Joan Jett, Elle King, Wynonna Judd, Little Big Town, Marian Hill, Neko Case and Lindsey Stirling
Mavis Staples may not turn 80 until July - but the mythic and eternal soul/gospel singer can celebrate whenever she damn well feels like it :)
Last week, at New York's famed Apollo Theater - Staples celebrated her 80th birthday with a big all-star show that included tons of artists performing with and to paying tribute Staples: Norah Jones, Warren Haynes, Maggie Rogers, Hiss Golden Messenger, Lake Street Dive, The Lone Bellow, and Jon Batiste.
David Byrne also joined in the celebration, taking the stage to perform the Talking Heads classic - Slippery People ... the performance had a special place in the night - since after the Talking Heads released the song in 1983, The Staple Singers released a cover of the song (with Byrne playing guitar on the track) and it was a minor hit - was a minor hit — reaching #109 on the pop charts, #22 R&B.
And in 2017, Mavis Staples recorded another “Slippery People” cover with Arcade Fire.
So here's video of the 2019 collab, the original, the first cover and the Arcade Fire version
Our favorite Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young has announced that he will release a live album titled Tuscaloosa on June 7. The set 11 song set was recorded in February 1973 at the University of Alabama - hence the title.
The collection will be available in various formats -
-a basic single-disc CD
-high-res digital download
-a double album over three sides, with etched artwork on side four
For True fans with some extra cash to burn -
-a limited-edition bundle of the album and a full-color lithograph of the band onstage autographed by Young’s longtime photographer, Joel Bernstein.
You can preorder the album here - and get an instant download of album cut “Don’t Be Denied"
Here's the set list and art work - and a little live Neil Young from 1998 to tide you over until June 7
01. Here We Are in the Years (3:56)
02. After the Gold Rush (4:42)
03. Out on the Weekend (5:29)
04. Harvest (4:14)
05. Old Man (4:17)
06. Heart of Gold (3:48)
07. Time Fades Away (6:10)
08. Lookout Joe (4:59)
09. New Mama (3:01)
10. Alabama (3:50)
11. Don’t Be Denied (8:09)
Tuscaloosa Album Art:
Neil Young - After the Gold Rush - 10/17/98 - Shoreline Amphitheatre (OFFICIAL)
And now - three rareDavid Bowie demos from the late 1960s will be auctioned on May 21 in England.
The tracks - "Funny Smile," "Bunny Thing" and "Pussy Cat," as well as "Did You Ever Have a Dream," which appeared on the 1981 compilation Another Face - will be auctioned under the title "David Bowie 1967 Rejected Demos" according to auction house Omega Auctions.
The lot description reads:
"A boxed reel of 1/4" Ampex recording tape, containing four tracks recorded by David Bowie at Decca Studio 2 in West Hampstead, London circa 1967. All four were demos intended for use on his first album. The tracks are as follows: Funny Smile (02.17), Did You Ever Have a Dream (2.05), Bunny Thing (2.43), Pussy Cat (2.20). A digital copy of the recording will be included with the tape."
Don't have a few grand laying around to purchase the tapes (or a reel to reel player to listen to them on) - take a listen to a sampling below:
Death Cab for Cute's Ben Gibbard once played an intimate show at Washington DC's Sixth & I Historic Synagogue ... during the set - he paid homage to the DC hard core punk band Minor Threat, by covering their song "Filler"
Seven years later - he has released a studio recording of the song ... take a listend to the piano version and the original version below ... also - check out a fan shot video of the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue performance - 3 for 1!
The band continued to promote FOTB on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon - performing “Jerusalem, New York, Berlin” and "This Life". It was the first late night TV appearance for the band since 2014 ...
Father of the Bride features contributions from former member Rostam Batmangli, Steve Lacy, Ludwig Göransson, Hans Zimmer, iLoveMakonnen, Mark Ronson and and Danielle Haim of the band HAIM ... so it wasn't that much of a shock when Danielle and her sisters joined VW on the tonight show .. check out the performances below!
Vampire Weekend ft. Haim: This Life
Vampire Weekend ft. Danielle Haim: Jerusalem, New York, Berlin
OK ... how did Woodstock 50 get so ahead of itself ...
The on again // off again saga with the Woodstock 50 continues.
News broke that Dentsu - the fest's financial backers - have backed out, which they assumed would cancel the festival ... after they already paid $30 million to the festival headliners including Jay-Z, Dead & Company, The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Miley Cyrus and Chance the Rapper.
Cue Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang and his 'hold my beer moment' ... holding a media blitz he claims he will need to raise the additional $30 million needed to stage the three-day concert, Aug. 16-18, at Watkins Glen International speedway, 150 miles east of the original 1969 festival site.
To further complicate things - event producer Superfly has also backed out of the festival - which was immediately followed by Lang saying Dan Berkowitz and his firm CID Entertainment would replace them as producers.
So basically it is crystal clear that nothing is clear about Woodstock 50 ... I guess the only thing they have going got them is that no one has purchased tickets to the show yet
But all music fans should be happy that for the first time ever – HBO has asked a record label to curate an inspired-by album for the show!
We’re already in love with the music that’s on the album – like The Lumineers track Nightshade
The Lumineers - Nightshade
And vinyl collectors will be even happier to know that Columbia Records plans on releasing 11 different configurations of the album on wax- nine cover variants representing all the house crests, one color variant with fire and ice colored vinyl and one standard vinyl (see below)
Now if you can’t wait to that long to get your hands on a copy – you can test RNR GOT to 49330 now for a chance to win a digital download of the album*
Here’s the album cover and track listing – the vinyl variations are below
For the Throne Tracklist:
01. “Kingdom Of One” – Maren Morris
02. “Power Is Power” – SZA, The Weeknd & Travis Scott
03. “Nightshade” – The Lumineers
04. “Hollow Crown” – Ellie Goulding
05. “Baptize Me” – X Ambassadors feat. Jacob Banks
06. “Too Many Gods” – A$AP Rocky & Joey Bada$$
07. “Turn On Me” – The National
08. “From The Grave” – James Arthur
09. “Me Traicionaste” – ROSALÍA feat. A.CHAL
10. “When I Lie” (Remix) – Lil Peep feat. Ty Dolla $ign
11. “Love Can Kill” – Lennon Stella
12. “Wolf At Your Door” – Chloe x Halle
13. “Devil in Your Eye” – Mumford & Sons
14. “Pray (High Valyrian)” – Matt Bellamy
This weekend's Beale Street Music Festival included a surprise apperance by Miley Cyrus...who, after playing her hits "Nothing Breaks Like A Heart”, “We Can’t Stop” and “Party In The U.S.A.,” was joined by Marc Cohn for a performance of his 1991 hit “Walking In Memphis,”
Adam Sandler returned to Saturday Night Live for the first time in 8 years last night ... and he brought some friends along - Chris Rock, Jimmy Fallon, & Kristen Wiig to name a few ... he also resurrected some of his classic SNL characters -Cajun Man, Canteen Boy, the Wedding Singer, Hank Gelfand, the Herlihy Boy, and of course Opera Man!
But the most emotional part of the night came towards the end of the show, when Sandler paid tribute to his friend who couldn't be there ... Chris Farley. Get the tissues ready and check out the song below
Morrissey continues to dazzle NYC fans with his Broadway residency - not just by actually showing up - but by also mixing up his set lists night to night. Last night (night 3) he opened the show with a song he hasn't played live in 15 years - 'The More Your Ignnore Me The Closer I Get'
SETLIST: Morrissey @ Lunt-Fontanne Theater 5/4/2019
The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get
Hairdresser on Fire
Girl Afraid (The Smiths)
Spent the Day in Bed
Is It Really So Strange? (The Smiths)
I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
How Soon Is Now? (The Smiths)
Morning Starship (Jobriath cover)
World Peace Is None of Your Business
If You Don’t Like Me, Don’t Look at Me
Munich Air Disaster 1958
Back on the Chain Gang (The Pretenders)
The Bullfighter Dies
Jack the Ripper
Everyday Is Like Sunday
You’re the One for Me, Fatty
Something Is Squeezing My Skull
Vampire Weekend's log awaited album, Father of the Bride, is out today - and the band celebrated its release by playing a pop up show in their old stomping grounds - New York City. The show, specifically in Washington Square Park (their 2nd park show in as many weeks), featured 12 songs (mostly by request - see below)
The band gave very little notice to fans ... announcung it via their social media
Cage the Elephant and Beck combined forces for the song Night Running, one of our favorite jams of the moment ... pretty sure it will end up in a lot of our top 10 lists come December ... And now we have a visualizer for the reggae fueled song that uses antiquated video technology and decades-old special effects and to tell a sci-fi story.
Director Jennifer Juniper Stratford
...wanted to create a realm where a super computer that hosts a simulation program that "creates a series of artificial worlds. While Beck would appear to live within the software as a master control, while Matt would be transported to different worlds and new identities leaving him to question what is real.”