They teased us for a few weeks with IG stories and cryptic posts .. but today at 8am - Cage the Elephant (finally) released 'Ready to Let Go', the first single from ‘Social Cues’ - the long awaited follow up album to Tell Me I'm Pretty .. check out the video below and let us know what you think ... worth the wait?
According to Matt Schultz, the album was written during a break up:
“It can be a vehicle to act out things that are hard to confront. When I’m creating, I try to put myself in a reactive state of improvisational thought. I let images just arise in my mind and wait for it to evoke an emotional response and then when it does, I know I’m on to something. I was watching a lot of Fassbinder films, like World On A Wire and The Bitter Tears Of Petra Von Kant. I was thinking about their beauty coupled with the graphic surrealism of Aronofsky.”
Here's the album art and track listing for Social Cues, due out April 19
1. “Broken Boy”
2. “Social Cues”
3. “Black Madonna”
4. “Night Running” (feat. Beck)
5. “Skin And Bones”
6. “Ready To Let Go”
7. “House Of Glass”
8. “Love’s The Only Way”
9. “The War Is Over”
10. “Dance Dance”
11. “What I’m Becoming”
12. “Tokyo Smoke”
Social Cues is out 4/19 via RCA Records. Pre-order it here.
The year is 2019 and the music gods continue to giveth!
Michael Franti's new album is out today (Jan.25) and along with it - we get a POWERFUL video for the song The Flower. The video is pretty moving, featuring a cross-section of “Everytown Survivor Network members and other gun violence survivors from mass shootings including Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Pulse Nightclub in Orlando and the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, as well as daily acts of gun violence in cities across America.”
And as we mentioned - Franti was on the cover of USA Today this week as well, give the article a read HERE
Michael Franti & Spearhead - The Flower (feat. Victoria Canal)
If there's one thing Marylanders love ... it's Maryland. If you're a Marylander - chances are you own something with the Maryland flag on it, believe there's only one REAL Ocean City, you've picked a crab or two, you scream O during the National Anthem, bragged about going to high school with some A, B, C, or even D list celebrities ... you know the deal ... well the Baltimore-based comedy team Krewski has put together a video that encapsulates Maryland Pride to a tee - in a hilarious 5 minutes and 48 seconds
Looking for a gift idea for that Green Day fan in your life? Or maybe you're an 'Idiot Club' member looking to treat yo'self ... well - you're in luck ... the band has announced that they will be selling off a bunch of the gear they've used over their 25 year career via an online Reverb store.
The sale begins February 7 but you can browse the goods now ... including speaker cabinets from Woodstock ’94 that are still marked from the mud fight, drums from the Pop Disaster Tour that Tre Cool set on fire, a guitar used on Dookie, and much more. Here’s what the band had to say about the sale:
Next month, Dookie will turn 25 years old, and Armstrong will part with a special Harmony Stella Parlor acoustic—the first guitar he ever owned and the one he used to record the album track “F.O.D.” A few more of the 44 guitars available will be a 1960 and 1961 Gibson Les Paul Junior, a ‘57 and ’58 Les Paul Special, as well as two BJA Signature Les Paul Juniors, a BJA Signature Les Paul Special, and a BJA Signature Gibson ES-137 modeled after others in his collection.
As mentioned above, Armstrong is also selling the Marshall 4×12 cabinets used on the tours to support Dookie and Insomniac, which still have the marks of Woodstock ‘94 atop numerous coats of spray paint.
In the video above, Tre Cool explains why he’s letting go of kits like the Gretsch USA Custom he used on the Uno!, Dos!, Tré! trilogy of albums and a Leedy White Marine Pearl Kit with matching snare he used on the band’s 21st Century Breakdown tour.
“If you hoard the right shit long enough, they call you a collector. So I’m selling off just a wee bit of the collection. I’m not doing it any justice sitting around when someone could be using this stuff. I haven’t really sold anything ever—this is the first time,” he says. “I”m probably just going to buy all this stuff back at like three in the morning, because I’m going to have a hard time parting with it.”
On the band’s Pop Disaster tour, Cool set fire to a silver sparkle OCDP kit, which still retains soot and ash from the show. Over the years he says he also burned a bunch of Slingerland Spitfire Tre Cool Signature models, except from the NOS model on sale in the Reverb shop.
“It’s probably the only one left in existence. It’s brand new. New old stock, in the box,” he tells us. “I burned all the rest of them, in case you’re wondering.”
Bassist Mike Dirnt will be selling more than 20 pieces of studio gear and nearly a dozen amps, including a Mesa/Boogie Basis M-2000 he used from 1997 to 2003, primarily on the tours to support Nimrod and Warning. He’s also selling a vintage Ampeg SVT, SVTII Pros, and SVT Vacuum Tube DIs, as well as more gear from his personal studio.
On February 2nd, the night before football's biggest game, the Foo Fighters and Run the Jewels will host the 2nd biggest party in Atlanta that weekend.
The DirecTV Super Saturday Night in Atlanta concert has long been sold out ... but you can watch it live via Direct TV's twitter feed ... thank goodness for technology ... as well as the Audience Network on DirecTV (channel 239) or on DirecTV Now.
The live stream begins at 10:30pm ET with Foo Fighters hitting the stage at 11:00pm ET.
Until then - enjoy this hilariously not safe for work promo video Dave and the boys put together!
After Weezer granted a fan's request to cover Toto's Africa, they saw the song climb to the top of the charts and become their most commercially successful song ... EVER ... So naturally the band has decided to ride the wave and release an entire album of covers (ahead of the March 1st release of the Black Album).
The Teal Album and The Black Album mark the fifth and sixth entries in Weezer’s color palette of albums. Previously, they released The Blue Album (1994), The Green Album(2001), The Red Album (2008), and The White Album (2016).
Here's the track listing of the Teal Album, which you can stream below:
Weezer (The Teal Album) Tracklist:
01. Africa (Toto)
02. Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Tears for Fears)
03. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) (The Eurythmics)
04. Take On Me (a-ha)
05. Happy Together (The Turtles)
06. Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
07. Mr. Blue Sky (Electric Light Orchestra)
08. No Scrubs (TLC)
09. Billie Jean (Michael Jackson)
10. Stand By Me (Ben E. King)
After lots of ambiguous social media posts and hints - we FINALLY have new music from Vampire Weekend. The band released two songs today from their new album - Father of the Bride (release date TBD). Father of the Bride is slated to be an 18-song double album and their first without Rostam Batmanglij (but he did contribute production to the album).
Check out the first two songs - Harmony Hall and 2021 below:
Ryan Adams has promised us three albums in 2019 - and we finally have some official music from the first album- Big Colors. Earlier- two songs leaked - Doylestown Girl and Manchester, but Adams has confirmed the first official single will be a track called "Fuck The Rain" ... the track features a little help from a guitarist you may know - John Mayer!
In a press release, Adams had this to say:
“Check out this song it’s cool. Or don’t- we all might die trump is president. I love you, sincerely Ryan Adams.”
It's been a few years since we had new music from Jenny Lewis (2014's The Voyager was her last release) but the former Rilo Kiley frontwoman has made good on some 2018 promises and given us the details on her new album.
On The Line will be released March 22nd and features cameos from Beck, Benmont Tench, Don Was, Jim Keltner, Ringo Starr and Ryan Adams!
The first single - “Red Bull & Hennessy" - a "love song-turned-party song" features tons of bluesy electric guitar and comes with a sparkly visualizer video ... see below ...
Lewis will hit the road this spring (dates below) but nothing in the Baltimore / DC area has been announced yet
On The Line Album Art:
On The Line Tracklist:
Heads Gonna Roll
Red Bull & Hennessy
Do Si Do
Little White Dove
On The Line
2019 Tour Dates:
01 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Live From Here
26 – Bloomington, Ill. @ The Castle Theatre
27 – Madison, Wis. @ The Sylvee
29 – St. Paul, Minn. @ The Palace
30 – Chicago, Ill. @ Riviera Theatre
31 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Ryman Auditorium
02 – Iowa City, Iowa @ Mission Creek Festival
04 – Oklahoma City, Okla. @ The Jones Assembly
05 – Dallas, Texas @ Canton Hall
06 – Austin, Texas @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater
09 – Baton Rouge, La. @ Varsity Theatre
10 – Jackson, Miss. @ Duling Hall
12 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Variety Playhouse
13-14 – Charleston, S.C. @ High Water Festival
10 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ House of Blues
11 – Los Angeles, Cali. @ Hollywood Palladium
13 – Tucson, Ariz. @ Rialto Theatre
14 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Kimo Theatre
16 – Denver, Colo. @ Ogden Theatre
17 – Bellvue, Colo. @ Mishawaka Amphitheatre
18 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Commonwealth Room
20 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Commodore Ballroom
21 – Seattle, Wash. @ The Moore
22 – Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Ballroom
24 – Napa, Calif. @ BottleRock Festival
25 – San Luis Obispo, Calif. @ Fremont Theatre
26 – San Diego, Calif. @ House of Blues
11 – Portland, Maine @ Thompsons Point *
12 – Burlington, Vt. @ The Green at Shelburne *
14 – New Haven, Conn. @ College Street *
15 – Queens, N.Y. @ Forest Hills Tennis Stadium *
16 – Prescott Park Arts Festival
18 – Detroit, Mich. @ The Masonic *
20 – Toronto, Ontario @ Echo Beach *
21 – Cooperstown, N.Y. @ Ommegang Brewery *
22 – Northampton, Mass. @ Calvin Theatre
We have to wait until March 1st to get the entire new Citizen Cope album, 'Heroin and Helicopters', but luckily Cope has been releasing some tracks for us to learn - so we can sing along at his shows in DC - at the 9:30 Club March 3 and The Lincoln Theatre April 17 :)
Here's the latest single to be released - The River ... the lyrics to this track are pretty heavy ... be forewarned !
You know the thing about rock and roll ... you never know what'll happen next ... and last month at a show in Nashville's The Basement East, British rockers The Struts were joined on stage by Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine / Audioslave) and busted out an epic 9 minute cover of Bruce Springsteen's Dancing in the Dark. Lucky for us - they asked fans to video the performance and have released the video via youtube!
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Oscar nominee, and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke recently stopped by the famed New York City Electric Lady Studios for an intimate four song solo set that included some of his solo material - “Suspirium”, “Unmade”, and “Open Again”, as well as of the Radiohead favorite “Bloom”.
Thankfully the cameras were rolling and Thom shared the session via YouTube. Check it out -
Thom Yorke - Suspirium (Live from Electric Lady Studios)
Thom Yorke - Unmade (Live from Electric Lady Studios)
Thom Yorke - Open Again (Live from Electric Lady Studios)
Thom Yorke - Bloom (Live from Electric Lady Studios)
On Sunday January 13, 2019, Annie Clark aka St. Vincent performed at Malibu Love Sesh, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The show, a benefit for the victims of the Woolsey wildfire, featured a variety of performers who at some point in their life called California home. St Vincent decided to pay tribute to the show's head liners - the Red Hot Chili Peppers by covering their 1992 hit, Breaking the Girl.
Whats more impressive? She learned the song, with the help of RHCP guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, 20 minutes before taking the stage! Now that's bada$$!!!
One year to the date of the passing of Dolores O'Riordan, The Cranberries frontwoman's passing, the band has released the first single from what will be their final record. The song, "All Over Now", is from the aptly titled album In The End - set to be released on April 26, 2019.
In a statement on facebook, band members Mike and Noel Hogan, and drummer Fergal Lawler said:
After Dolores’ devastating and unexpected passing in January 2018, we took some time out and put all plans on hold. As time passed, we began to think about how we might best honour our close friend and bandmate. This was a very painful process. We remembered how Dolores had been so energised by the prospect of making this record and getting back out on the road to play the songs live, and realised that the most meaningful thing to do was to finish the album we had started with her. We felt that this is what she would want. We spoke with Dolores’ family and they agreed.
It was a very emotional process for us. Knowing that we would never get to play these songs live made it even more difficult. There was also an overwhelming sense of finality knowing that this was the last time that we would be in the same studio together working on a Cranberries album.
They also added - "We dedicate this album to our dear friend and bandmate Dolores. She will always be with us in her music.”.
You NEVER know what you'll experience at a Foo Fighters show ... at a recent private performance at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Foos frontman Dave Grohl made his way over to the bar mid set, ordered a beer, chugged said beer, and then fell off the stage while making his way back up.
Dave Grohl - loves beer, hates gravity. Hey, at least he didn’t break his leg again
2018 was a huge year for the Indie Folk band Mt. Joy ... they nailed it with 2 hit singles - Silver Lining and Jenny Jenkins ... and they're kicking off 2019 in high gear already.
Check out their performances of Jenny Jenkins and Sheep (a song inspired by the 2015 Baltimore Uprising) on Jimmy Kimmel. The band will be back in our area on January 28th and 29th at the 930 Club ... tickets are sold out to those shows- but you never what we have up our sleeves ;)
Lana Del Ray may have had to cancel some upcoming concerts - but she is making up for it in the form of new releases ... both in music and a book of poetry!
LDR posted on Instagram:
Happy New Year to everyone.
I hope you enjoy the new song I’m putting out on the ninth
it’s called ‘hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have- but i have it’
Also as of last week I finished a short book of poetry I’ve been writing over the last 13 months that I’ll be putting out later.
In the meantime though I’d like to apologize in advance for upcoming cancellations of shows you’ll be hearing about– I wish I could fulfill those obligations but I won’t be able to
One of the first new musical releases of 2019 comes to us from one of the biggest names in music... Sir Paul McCartney!
The former Beatle released the track Get Enough via YouTube on January 1, 2019 ... rather quietly ... what's up with that?
The track, which has a heavy dose of AutoTune - is a collaboration with Zach Skelton and Ryan Tedder (One Republic). While it sounds nothing like the music from 2017's Egypt Station ... its kinda growing on us. Take a listen and let us know your thoughts.
And just in case you wanted to know how one of the world's biggest musicians discovers new music - he listens to the radio! Hey Paul ... find us on Tunein :)