Fans of ther HBO show 'Game of Thrones' have been waiting for over a year for the final season of the show to begin ... and even longer for the final book (is that still even on the table at this point?)
And while the final season's premeire is still a few weeks away, the folks over at HBO don't want us sitting by idley ... they have set up an epic challenge ... a global scavenger hunt giving fans the chance to claim the Iron Throne.
Via ForTheThrone.com, HBO asks: "For seven seasons you’ve watched characters lie, bleed, and sacrifice for the Iron Throne. As the final season approaches, only one question remains: How far will you go?"
I gues they are hoping pretty far ... the network has supposedly hidden six full-size replicas of the show's Iron Throne around the world - only offering a series of hour-long, 360-degree videos of the things at various times of day.
Somehow - some way ... some crafty fans have found four of the thrones—in Spain, Sweden, Brazil, and the UK ... rumors are that the remaining two are in Canada and the US.
So grab your direwolf and dragon and get searching ... or just sit around binge watching old seasons until April 21st
Here's some images of the thrones that have been found:
Dexter Fletcher received high praise for his Queen biopic - Bohemian Rhapsody - but was criticized for skimming over Freddie Mercry's addictions and sexuality.
Fletcher's next project - Rocketman, which will be more of a musical than a typical bipoic - won't have that problem. According to star Taron Egerton, the film will be an honest depiction of John's life.
The film will dive into all of Elton John’s addictions. After a screening of the film last week, NME’s Olly Richards wrote:
“In one scene, looking rather worse for wear, John says, ‘I’m an alcoholic, sex addict and probably a shopaholic.’ Egerton adds that the film begins with John entering rehab, then the film unfolds as he tells of how he ended up so broken.”
The film is due out May 31, 2019 - but you can check out the trailer below:
Vans are following up their limited edition Led Zeppelin with another musical collaboration – this time they’ll pay tribute to David Bowie with four new limited sneakers. Vans’ Slip-On 47 V DX, Era, Old Skool, and Sk8-Hi models will be transformed ala Space Oddity, Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust, and Aladdin Sane with faux fur and yellow suede, polka dots, the classic red and blue thunderbolt decal, and more.
The Vans x David Bowie collection is expected be available on April 5 via the Vans’ web store and other affiliated retailers.
Tame Impala - the Australian psychedelic music project led by multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker, have been booked on some of the top festivals this summer - including headlining slots at Coachella and Lollapalooza... the group will also perform on Saturday Night Live on March 30th. We now know that they will be hitting the road with new music.
This week, the band released the song “Patience” (listen below).
This is the first new music Tame Impala have released since their 2015 LP Currents and its companion B-Sides & Remixes EP.
Hopefully this is just the first track from a proper release ->
OK - so today we learned three things - the TV franchise 'The Voice' started in the Netherlands ... AND ... in addition to the US version - there's episodes airing all over the world - including 30 versions of The Voice Kids ... AND ... on The Voice Kids Germany - two small girls sang “Creep” for their blind audition like it belonged to them.
The two girls, Mimi and Josefin, performed the song a month ago and somehow we just found it (10 million views later) ... not only did they perform it - they nailed it ... I hope they went on to win the whole competion ...
This week has provided good news for people who like good news about Modest Mouse ... First - we learned that they will hit the road this year supporting The Black Keys on their Let's Rock Tour (the two bands play The Anthem on October 12)
The new single (their first in 4 years) is called Poison the Well. They will release it digitally the song on 3/29 ... and also be pressed on limited-edition “triangular mint-green” vinyl, b/w another new song, for Record Store Day (April 13th).
The band has been playing the song live recently and you can listen to a soundboard recording below.
What a couple of days for Festival announcements ... yesterday we got the Woodstock 50 lineup and today we learned that Lollapalooza will return to Grant Park in Chicago with 181 bands performing over Aug 1-4.
The full line up is listed below ... but some highlights include: Hozier, Childish Gambino, The Strokes, Maggie Rogers, Shaed, Kacey Musgraves, Sharon Van Etten, Gary Clark Jr, Death Cab For Cutie, and The Revivalists.
Oh - did we mention Shaquille O'Neil is performing???
Daily lineups will be announced at a later date, the festival said. Four-day passes ($340) are on sale at Lollapalooza.com. One-day tickets ($130) are not yet available.
Twenty One Pilots
Tame Impala Flume
Rufus du Sol
Gary Clark Jr.
Death Cab for Cutie
Perry Farrell's Kind Heaven Orchestra
Gud Vibrations Vs Slugz Music
Louis the Child.
Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators
Fitz and the Tantrums
Judah & the Lion
Bring Me the Horizon
Rich the Kid
Lane 8 Joji
Sharon Van Etten
Francis and the Lights
Hobo Johnson & The LoveMakers, Honne 79 Diesel (Shaquille O'Neal)
The 50th anniversary of Woodstock - the grand daddy of music festivals - will be celebrated Aug. 16-18 in Watkins Glen, NY - and the organizers have announced an incredible lineup:
Tickets for Woodstock 50 will go on sale April 22, according, Woodstock.com, though pricing is not yet available
Here's the day by day break down
Day 1, Aug. 16: The Killers, Miley Cyrus, Santana, The Lumineers, The Raconteurs, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, John Fogerty, Run the Jewels, The Head and the Heart, Maggie Rogers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Bishop Briggs, Anderson East, Akon, Princess Nokia, John Sebastian, Melanie, Grandson, Fever 333, Dorothy, Flora Cash, Larkin Poe, Brian Cadd and Ninet Tayeb.
Day 2, Aug. 17: Dead & Company, Chance the Rapper, The Black Keys, Sturgill Simpson, Greta Van Fleet, Portugal, The Man, Leon Bridges, Gary Clark Jr., Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, David Crosby and Friends, Dawes, Margo Price, Nahko and Medicine for the People, India.Arie, Jade Bird, Country Joe McDonald, Rival Sons, Emily King, Soccer Mommy, Sir, Taylor Bennett, Amy Helm, Courtney Hadwin, Pearl, John-Robert and IAMDDB,
Day 3, Aug. 18: Jay-Z, Imagine Dragons, Halsey, Cage the Elephant, Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monae, Young the Giant, Courtney Barnett, Common, Vince Staples, Judah and the Lion, Earl Sweatshirt, Boygenius, Reignwolf, The Zombies, Canned Heat, Hot Tuna, Pussy Riot, Cherry Glazerr, Leven Kali, The Marcus King Band, Victory, Hollis Brown, John Craigie, Amigo the Devil and Liz Brasher.
The Cure are celebrating 40 years of performing and recording in the music industry... and during a recent appearance on The John Maytham Show, frontman Robert Smith discussed the band's recent run of shows and confirmed that they have finished their highly anticipated follow-up to 2008’s 4:13_Dream (!!)
“We’ve enjoyed [the shows] and we’ve just recorded a new album for the first time in 10 years ... I’m still doing this for the right reasons ... We cover different styles of music, but because it’s us doing it, it sounds like us.”
Hopefully - the new record will be accompanied by a tour with US dates ... until then - enjoy this video from their 2016 performance at Merriweather Post Pavilion
We fell in love with Jade Bird last winter when she came through for a Private Artist Showcase fresh off the heels of WOWing the entire city of Austin at SXSW.
Last week, while on tour in support of Hozier, Jade Bird dropped before their sold out show in Baltimore ad and graced us with a 3 song in studio performance - including this version of the angsty anthem - Uh Huh:
Jack White has revealed a unique method of mixing records ... and it shows that he wants to put the best product out for us - the fans.
You see - once the song has been recorded - the band heads out to a car - where the song is broadcast from the studio via a low wat FM transmitter ... that way - the band can hear the song through radio speakers - how we hear it - and make adjustments on the fly. Check out the message from the band's Instagram:
Jack White shows us a technique he developed for doing master mixes. The Raconteurs are mixing their new album with Vance Powell at Sputnik Sound.
One of their new songs “Shine The Light On Me" is broadcast with an FM transmitter from inside the studio. Outside in the car park, the band listens to the broadcast on an unused FM frequency. ( the broadcaster only sends a small powered signal about a distance of a hundred feet or so ) The band uses a walkie talkie to give notes on the mix to the engineer ( Vance ) back in the control room. This way the artist can mix in real time, and hear exactly
what the song sounds like on the radio as well, this time through the amazing sound system of a Tesla Model S. This speeds up the process of mixing greatly and reduces the amount of remixes that occur after artists feel they’ve “got it” in the studio, only to listen in the car on the ride home realizing that the kick drum is too loud!
But now we have info on their first show in 8 years ... they'll headline a festival commemorating the 10-year anniversary of Jack White’s Third Man Records label on April 6th in Nashville. Other acts on the bill include: Lillie Mae, Craig Brown Band, Teddy & The Rough Riders, The Dirtbombs, The Gories, Detroit Cobras, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Soledad Brothers and Todd Albright.
According to the press release - the band will be "fresh out of the studio" - so maybe the record will be done around then?
In what sounds like something that The Onion or Hard Times would write about ... the merits of the often criticized yet widely successful (they did sell 50 million albums worldwide) Nickleback caused quite the stir on the Congressional floor this week ...
During a House hearing about HR1, the House Democrats’ election reform bill aimed at expanding voting rights and eliminating the influence of money in politics, somehow the topic switched to the Canadian Rockers ... pretty weired - eh?
Democratic Representative Mark Pocan started things by saying:
“In 2016, when the census asked for comment on this, 77,000 people did comment and only four wanted to keep this provision. That’s probably about the percent of people who think Nickelback is their favorite band in this country. It’s pretty low,”
To which Republican Representative Rodney Davis responded:
“Why would you criticize one of the greatest bands of the ’90s? I know my colleague from Wisconsin didn’t mean to offend the many thousands upon thousands of Nickelback fans. I actually do have a Nickelback song on my running playlist that I listen to on a regular basis and was ridiculed by that when I posted my playlist one time and I know some in this chamber even up on the dais are laughing about that.”
Think this is a joke - don't worry - there's video :)
Rodney Davis actually kept talking about his love of Nickelback for another 40 seconds or so when it was his turn to speak again. pic.twitter.com/PQQERt9d6S
You already know that Local Natives are touring this summer - including two nights at the 930 Club in DC - right? Just in case you need a reminder - they play June 3rd (tix) and June 4th (tix)
Well - now we know that they'll be touring to support a new album ... the LA Band annoucned their fourth studio album, Violet Street, which comes out April 26. They have also shared two new singles and videos from the record, titled “When Am I Gonna Lose You” and “Café Amarillo.”
Earlier this week we were tipped off that some of the headliners (The Killers, Chance the Rapper, Imagine Dragons, Dead and Company and Santana ) for Woodstock 50 - the multi-day event in Watkins Glen, New York from August 16th-18th, 2019- had been confirmed since they had been paid already ...
Well - now more of the line up has been leaked ... and if true - HOLY SH*T this is a great line up:
Accoding to Variety - JAY-Z, The Black Keys, Miley Cyrus, Greta Van Fleet, Robert Plant, Cage the Elephant, Janelle Monáe, The Raconteurs, Sturgill Simpson, Brandi Carlile, Courtney Barnett, Run the Jewels, Portugal. the Man, The Lumineers, Gary Clark Jr., Halsey, Dawes, Pussy Riot, Margo Price, and Bishop Briggs will all take the stage at the Watkins Glen International Speedway in August
The official lineup is expected in the coming weeks .... can . not . wait.
It's been FIVE years since we had new music from Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach collectively as The Black Keys ... it's not that they haven't been busy - Auerbach has been off releasing albums with The Arcs and solo, as well as launching his Easy Eye Sound label. Meanwhile, drummer Patrick Carney has dipped into producing for artists including Tobias Jesso Jr., Tennis, Wild Belle, and Turbo Fruits, not to mention penning the BoJack Horseman theme and starting a family with Michelle Branch.
But today - the duo are back a new single called “Lo/Hi” ... no word yet as to whether this song is a one off or a single from a full album - but let's just enjoy this great song for the time being
"It's just a girl at home, obviously, in hair rollers and a vintage-style nightgown, a bit of a throwback. I appear in a blond wig, trying out a bunch of different persona, and it comes back to that very simple thing in the end, just being myself and being casual …even my mum used to say, 'Why don't you wear sparkly outfits onstage?' I don't want to wear sparkly outfits. This isn't Dancing With the Stars; it's me going out there and singing my songs. So this [video] is a way for me to say I can be dressed up or plain. I just want to wear what I'm wearing, and I don't care how I'm received. That's what the song is about."
Fans of the Jonas Brothers rejoiced when their beloved band made a surprise return to music last week (Feb 28) with a new song called Sucker. The song became an instant hit, with over 50 million youtube views and 20+ million streams.
The only thing is - the song sounds exactly like another (much better) song that came out a few years ago - Portugal. The Man'sFeel It Still. And now Portugal. The Man are accusing the band of brios of ripping them off. They've been retweeting their fans twitter accusations and even tweeted themselves:
"To be fair, the chorus of Feel It Still sounds very similar to Please Mister Postman by the Marvellettes... Which we respectfully cleared and thanked them for every chance we got. As one does. @jonasbrothers"
And now - someone has taken the time to line up both songs together so you can hear the similarities ... take a listen below ... what do you think - did the Jonas Brothers rip off Portugal. The Man?
Sucker/Feel It Still [Mashup] - Jonas Brothers & Portugal. The Man
Jonas Brothers - Sucker
Portugal. The Man - "Feel It Still" (Official Video)
Original Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang is celebrating the festivals' 50th anniversary with another multi day event in Watkins Glen, NY - Woodstock 50. There has recently been some speculation as to the fesival's legitimacy ... due to the fact that it is a first year event, being put on by an independant promoter (Lang himself) and he isn't working with a big time producer like AEG or Live Nation ... and after what happened with Fyre Fest - people's specualtions are warrented ...
But - an article in Billboard magazine concerning the festivals financial backing has confirmed that The Killers, Chance the Rapper, Imagine Dragons, Dead and Company and Santana have all been confirmed to perform in Watkins Glenn. The confirmation was made becuase the bands have already been paid in full.
From the article:
Because the event is not being put on by a major promoter like Live Nation or AEG, most major agencies consider it to be riskier than events like Coachella and Bonnaroo, and required Lang and Densu to pay 100 percent of the artist payments upfront before the lineup was announced. While reps for some of the major headliners tell Billboard they were paid in full weeks ago, other artists had not been paid by last Friday, raising red flags with major agencies who expected the lineup to be announced in February and are now seeing it pushed into March.
On Monday (March 4), following reports that the event was having financial issues, representatives for Woodstock confirmed that organizers had wired several million dollars to several major talent agencies representing acts playing Woodstock 50, and one agency boss confirmed to Billboard that, as of Monday evening, their artists had all been paid in full. A source also confirmed to Billboard that festival organizer Superfly, which is handling the logistics of the massive camping festival, had also received full payment.
“There’s always been lots of rumors around Woodstock,” Lang said in a statement to Billboard. “We have excellent partners and an incredible talent lineup of over 80 artists which will be announced within the next couple of weeks. We’re preparing a once in a lifetime event.”
Now we just wait for the rest of the lineup
The Killers - Mr. Brightside (Official Music Video)
They may have started as The Walking Sticks and playing weekly gigs at Middletons in Annapolis - but 7 years and one feature in an Apple commercial later - SHAED is about to take the world by storm ... and on Monday MArch 4 - they treated RNR listeners to an epic Private Artist showcase.
You see, the showcases are usually stripped down performances by bands on the road ... but SHAED took thinks to another level for their homecoming show - complete with a light show & smoke machines. Check out some pictures and videos below and be sure to pick up their EP MELT!
SHAED - Trampoline @ WRNR Private Artist Showcase
SHAED - Name on It -WRNR Private Artist Showcase
SHAED - Trampoline @ WRNR Private Artist Showcase - Fan Footage
The 2019 Private Artist Showcase Series is sponsored by AP Mathews Heating & Air Conditioning and Old Fox Books
The National have reveled the details on their new album, titled I Am Easy To Find, due out May 17 via 4AD. Below, you can listen to the first single, “You Had Your Soul With You,” which features vocals from Gail Ann Dorsey—a longtime member of David Bowie’s band.
01 You Had Your Soul With You
02 Quiet Light
03 Roman Holiday
05 The Pull of You
06 Hey Rosey
07 I Am Easy to Find
08 Her Father in the Pool
09 Where Is Her Head
10 Not in Kansas
11 So Far So Fast
12 Dust Swirls in Strange Light
13 Hairpin Turns
16 Light Years
Here's the full tour itinerary:
04-16 Paris, France - Olympia %
04-18 London, England - Royal Festival Hall %
04-22 New York, NY Beacon Theatre %
04-24 Toronto, Ontario - Roy Thomson Hall %
04-26 Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre %
06-11 Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center ^
06-12 Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park Bandshell ^
06-15 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
06-16 Atlanta, GA - Coca-Cola Roxy ^
06-17 St. Augustine, FL - The St. Augustine Amphitheatre ^
06-19 Washington, DC - The Anthem ^
06-20 Portland, ME - Thompson’s Point ^
06-21 Montreal, Quebec - Place des Arts
06-22 Hamilton, Ontario - Pier 8 @
06-24 Columbus, OH - Express Live ^
06-25 Ann Arbor, MI - Hill Auditorium ^
06-26 Indianapolis, IN - Lawn at White River ^
06-28 Chicago, IL - Northerly Island @
07-10 Manchester, England - Castlefield Bowl
07-12 Madrid, Spain - Mad Cool Festival
07-13 London, England - Hyde Park
07-15 Frankfurt, Germany - Jahrhunderthalle
07-16 Hamburg, Germany - Stadtpark
07-18 Rättvik, Sweden - Dalhalla
08-04 Waterford, Ireland - All Together Now
08-06 Glasgow, Scotland - Summer Nights at the Bandstand
08-07 Glasgow, Scotland - Summer Nights at the Bandstand
08-09 Sicily, Italy - Ypsigrock
08-10 Budapest, Hungary - Sziget Festival
08-11 Buftea, Romania - Summer Well
08-14 Paredes de Coura, Portugal - Paredes de Coura
08-16 Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop
08-16-18 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - Lowlands
08-18 Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop
08-28 Vancouver, British Columbia - Deer Lake Park @
08-29 Seattle, WA - Marymoor Park @
08-30 Portland, OR - Edgefield @
09-01 Stanford, CA - Frost Amphitheater @
09-02 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre @
09-03 Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre @
09-05 Ogden, UT - Ogden Amphitheater @
09-08 Santa Fe, NM - Santa Fe Opera House @
09-10 Austin, TX - 360 Amphitheatre @
09-11 Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall @
11-25 Warsaw, Poland - Torwar Hall
11-26 Berlin, Germany - Columbiahalle
11-27 Berlin, Germany - Columbiahalle
11-29 Copenhagen, Denmark - Royal Arena
12-01 Bochum, Germany - Ruhrcongress
12-02 Cologne, Germany - Palladium
12-03 Zurich, Switzerland - Samsung Hall
12-04 Munich, Germany - Zenith
12-05 Stuttgart, Germany - Porsche Arena
% “A Special Evening With the National”
^ with Courtney Barnett
@ with Alvvays