Besides a brief appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert's tribute to the late John Prine - Brandi Carlile has been relatively quiet during her quarantine. But the Grammy award winner has decided to pick up the guitar again and make some virtual appearances in the coming weeks -
On Saturday May 30, Carlile will perform along with Dave Matthews, Marcus Mumford, Grace Potter, Jack Johnson, The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers, Michael Franti and more on the 3 hour Banding Together live-stream concert to benefit Colorado musicians and workers in the state’s music industry. The stream starts at 8pm EST and you can RSVP HERE or view it on YouTube HERE
We told you about the massive All In For Wa. concert Carlile will also take part in on Wednesday, June 10 at 10 p.m. ET with Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews, Ben Gibbard, Allen Stone and many more. The fund's goal is to raise $65 million dollars for Washington state residents in need - with all individual donations under $1 million being matched by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos up to $25 million !!! (more info)
But the biggest news for fans came this week from Camp Carlile - where the singer announced she will be starting a series of live performances along with band mates Phil and Tim Hanseroth and Josh Neumann aka - the twins.
The 'shows' will each feature the trio performing one of her albums in full ... starting with the Grammy Award-winning, 'By the Way, I Forgive You'. The ticketed virtual performance taking place on her 39th Birthday - Monday, June 1st, at 9 p.m. ET, via Veeps.com. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to directly toward Carlile’s touring band and road crew, who are out of work this summer but still on payroll.
Ticket prices are on a 'pay what you want' scale and available HERE.
The Raconteurs will release a documentary and live album to both titled, Live At Electric Lady, on Friday, May 29th
The album will only stream on Spotify - but the 58 minute documentary - will be availabele on YouTube and include video of the seven song performance, along with interviews with the band and behind-the-scenes footage.
The Bowie Years’, a seven-CD boxset showcasing Iggy Pop’s Berlin-era music is out May 29 via UMC. Order it HERE and check out the track list and recently released alternate version of “China Girl”
IGGY POP SUPER DELUXE EDITION 7-CD BOX SET
Disc One (The Idiot)
Dum Dum Boys
DISC TWO (Lust For Life)
Lust for Life
Some Weird Sin
Fall in Love With Me
DISC THREE (TV Eye Live)
I Got A Right
Lust for Life
I Wanna Be Your Dog
DISC FOUR (Demo’s and Rarities)
Sister Midnight – Mono Single Edit
Sister Midnight – Single Edit
China Girl – Single Edit
Dum Dum Boys – Alt Mix
Baby – Alt Mix
China Girl – Alt Mix
Tiny Girls – Alt Mix
I Got A Right – Single
Lust for Life – Edit
Interview with Iggy about Recording The Idiot
DISC FIVE (Live at The Rainbow Theatre – Finsbury Park, London 07/03/1977)
I Need Somebody
Search and Destroy
I Wanna Be Your Dog
Some Weird Sin
DISC SIX (Live at The Agora – Cleveland 21/03/1977)
I Need Somebody
Search and Destroy
I Wanna Be Your Dog
DISC SEVEN (Live at Mantra Studios – Chicago 28/03/1977)
I Need Somebody
Search and Destroy
I Wanna Be Your Dog
Washington was the first state in the US to have a confirmed Cornavirus case .. and now some of the state's heavyweights are coming together to raise money to support residents who have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
The All In Wa. fund's goal is to raise $65 million dollars to offer help with people facing food shortages and/ or health disparities, those in need of housing assistance, small businesses, families and children, and essential workers.
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has announced he will match individual donations under $1 million to All In WA causes. The group has also received commitments from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, and others
The group has also announced they will host a virtual benefit concert to support the fundraising efforts on June 10 at 10p ET - featuring some of Washington's top talents - like Pearl Jam, Brandi Carlile, Dave Matthews, Ben Gibbard, Allen Stone, Macklemore, Sir Mix-A-Lot Joel McHale, and many more
Photo: Danny Clinch
All In WA: A Concert for COVID-19 Relief will stream on June 10, beginning at 7 p.m. on Amazon Music’s Twitch channel (www.twitch.tv/amazonmusic) and through www.AllInWA.org ... It will be available on Prime Video immediately following the livestream
Consider The Black Keys' guitarist Dan Auerbach among those who took the COVID-19 situation from the beginning. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Auerbach says he began wearing face coverings back in January.
“I’d heard about all this stuff kinda early and I wore a mask, and everyone was calling me crazy. So I was kind of quarantined already.”
In the interview - Auerbach gave an update on the multiple projects he has going on:
The Black Keys:
The Black Keys were set to hit the road this summer - continuing their Let's Rock Tour ... but those dates have now been cancelled - including the show scheduled for Merriweather Post on August 28 :/
In regards to when we might see Dan and Patrick back on the road again - it sounds like they are playing it safe - and will be waiting until there is a vaccine readily available.
But - the duo has been using this time to work on some studio works - that includes a expanded edition reissue of the album Brothers - which just celebrated its 10th anniversary.
On the latest session - the Weezer singer was accompanied by his wife for a cover of the Green Day song - “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).” Maybe he did it because he is sad his band won't be on the road with Green Day this summer - or maybe it was because the song is a graduation staple ... and he wanted to dedicate it to the class of 2020
On a previous episode - he covered Nirvana's Heart Shaped Box
WIlco was the musical guest on the May 20th edition of the Late Show With Stephen Colbert - and they delivered a memorable remote performance of their new song Tell Your Friends, - with a little help from the family members they are quarantined with.
Jeff Tweedy performed a solo version of “Jesus, Etc.”
Check out videos of both songs below ... and keep holding onto hope that Wilco's concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion happens this summer ... although that hope is fading :(
Since April 27 -Grace Potter has been weekly live stream music sessions titled Monday Night Twilight with Grace Potter. (The show airs each Monday at 9 p.m. ET on her socials and YouTube)
In the sessions - Grace offers “intimate, acoustic performances of new songs, deep cuts, special requests and well-chosen covers, shot live from her home in Topanga Canyon, CA.”
One of those new songs is a track called Eachother - specifically spelled as one word - because "In the end - we still have one another".
Of the song, Potter said:
The chorus of the song just kind of exploded out of my heart all at once. It was about 5 days into the quarantine and I had just gotten off the phone with a friend who was having a really tough time with the isolation. I was in our living room, watching my son & husband fixing our broken train set and found myself flooded with an overwhelming sense of gratitude & contentment.
The song was so special to Grace, she recruited some friends, Lucius, Jackson Browne, and Marcus King, to record a version of the song and officially release it. You can hear the live raw version and produced versions below.
The band released a video for the album's first single 'Brave' using footage solicited from doctors, nurses, first responders, grocery industry workers, and other essential workers of all walks from around the world. The response they received was overwhelming and the band along with JR Mitchell / Haymaker Studios did an amazing job putting the clips together into this moving video.
The band dedicated the directed video to the people trying their hardest to keep us all safe and healthy in times of chaos and uncertainty.
Now that they have been forced to cancel their summer tour plans - they have announced a slightly larger scale live stream show.
The band, along with collaborator Bruce Springsteen, will perform from Fenway Park in Boston. The stadium is currently not in use with the MLB season on hold.
From the band:
"HOW ABOUT SOME GOOD NEWS ...
On FRIDAY MAY 29 at 6PM Boston time - the lights will be on at the Old Ballpark for STREAMING OUTTA FENWAY !!
We’ll be streaming out to you a FREE FULL ELECTRIC livestream performance from the hallowed grounds of FENWAY PARK IN BOSTON! That's right - we are gonna be the first band in HISTORY to play right on the dirt and grass of the infield diamond - and we will be doing it FREE - for YOU, THE BEST FANS IN THE WORLD !!
To make sure this is a night to remember, our friend Bruce Springsteen will be joining us remotely for a FENWAY DOUBLE PLAY.... We’ll play together - one of ours + one of his...
This free live stream will have NO AUDIENCE in the stands.... That’s another first - no band has ever played a full show in an empty sports stadium !! This means you get to take part in this show with your rowdy kids and neighbors right from your own living room or backyard...
Our friends at Boston tech company Pegasystemsare once again helping us pull off this crazy idea. Big shout out to them - Pega is Boston bred, they have stood by their employees during this crisis - and they‘re rallying other companies to step up to the plate.
Streaming Outta Fenway will raise funds for Boston Resiliency Fund, Habitat for Humanity Greater Bostonand Feeding America. These organizations put their donations to work NOW - to help real people in need.
If YOU want to add to the contributions of DKM and the sponsors, you can - and you don’t even have to wait until the stream starts. You can DONATE NOW !! TEXT TO DONATE by texting “DONATE” to 404-994-3559
We can't wait to play for you on MAY 29 at 6PM Boston time!! "
The show will broadcast via the band’s Facebook, YouTube, Twitter or Twitch page on the 29th at 6 PM ET.
In the meantime - here is a flashback to when Dropkick Murphys were joined onstage by Bruce Springsteen on St Patrick's Day in 2011
Maryland has begun taking steps on its Roadmap to Recovery. Unfortunately - the state is only at the beginning of Phase One - which only allows restaurants and bars to offer carry out and delivery food and drink service and not have customers inside.
When they are able to reopen, there will be restrictions in place, which will most likely mean social distancing enforcement - and Fish Tales, a popular bar and restaurant in Ocean City, Maryland - seems to be concocting a solution to this - by having customers sit inside giant (6 ft) inflatable inner tubes on wheels - complete with a counter for you to put your coconut shrimp and Orange Crush on!
Fish Tales owner Donna Harman has apparently bought 10 of the Bumper Tables - and 'rolled them out' - literally - last weekend. Due to the size of the tables - Harman says she will likely test them out in the parking lot since there is not enough room in the restaurant to make them feasibl
The bumper tables are the brainchild of Erin Cermak andher team at Revolution Event. They have been getting tons of inquiries about the tables ... but only time will tell if you'll be having a bumper beer with your buds this summer
ICYMI: Fish Tales in Ocean City is finding creative ways to keep their customers safe during the pandemic. On Saturday, the team here rolled out these new "social distancing tables," and they're hoping they'll be allowed to make them available to customers soon. pic.twitter.com/HR3UzLHOxO
Isbell, along with his wife Amanda Shires (who is part of the 400 Unit) showed up to the Brooklyn Bowl music venue in Nashville and performed the new album in its entirety
But one thing was missing - kind of - an audience. To comply with social distancing guidelines, Isbell invited fans to join them at the show via Zoom. Their screens were shared on screens throughout the venue and even unmuted after each song so Isbell and Shires could hear their applause
Isbell commented during the show- which you can stream below -
“Hey everybody I see y’all ... This crowd is ready.”
Apparently the crowd was so into it - they got an encore from the duo ... who performed Cover Me Up and a cover of Warren Zevon's Mutineer.
Is this the new normal?
Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires Live at Brooklyn Bowl Nashville | 5/15/20 | Relix
Matt Bellamy of MUSE (and The Jaded Hearts Club) - has always played some unique guitars ... but he recently told Guitar World he has bought a new guitar - and it is pretty amazing.
Bellamy has purchased the 1983 blonde USA Fender Telecaster that Jeff Buckley used to record the amazing record - Grace . You can see him playing it below on the video for Hallelujah
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah (Official Video)
Bellamy did his due-diligence before buying the guitar-
“I had a whole team of people doing due diligence on it to make sure it was absolutely the right one, interviewing his family and all sorts, and I managed to get it verified .. It doesn’t sound like any other Telecaster. I’ve had all the electronics analyzed — nobody’s changed anything — but the pickups, they think the neck pickup was a mistake by the manufacturer because for some reason it’s slightly out-of-phase, and there’s also something weird about the wiring. To cut a long story short, it’s got an extremely glassy, bright sound, and it doesn’t really sound like any other guitar I’ve used before.”
Bellamy went on to say that he didn't buy the guitar for a souvenir - he has already used it to record some songs with his new super group -The Jaded Hearts Club - and also plans on using it on the next MUSE record ... which is exciting to know that there is a new MUSE record on the way...
Jason Isbell does not hold back ... and anyone who has talked to the Alabama singer songwriter, seen him live, or even followed his social media - you know he speaks his mind ... and tells a great story too.
Last summer, when he headlined Merriweather Post Pavilion, he told a few stories (that might have involved some RNR stafffers- no names mentioned) of some wold nights in Baltimore.
Isbell is back, with this band the 400 Unit, releasing his seventh solo album Reunions today May 15 (read our reviewHERE)
To celebrate the release - Isbell, accompanied by his wife and fellow musician Amanda Shires, will play a show from an empty Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville tonight (May 15) via fans.com at 8 p.m ET.
The more mistakes, the more resolve It’s?gonna take much more than ordinary love To lift this up
Pearl Jam have released the video for 'Retrograde' - the latest single from their 11th album Gigaton. And keeping with the climate change battle cry that has surrounded the album - the band recruited 17-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg for the video that paints a grim picture of the world if changes aren't made to protect the environment.
In the video - Thunberg plays a fortune teller, who's shop is located a strip mall occupied by stores named after Pearl Jam albums, gazes into her crystal ball and sees a catastrophic future for the planet and then proceeds to flip over tarot cards showing Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Matt Cameron
Check out the Josh Wakely directed animated video below
Tedd Henn aka Summer Santa - has been snapping pictures of concerts, city life, and breaking news for years - and we are happy to have him on our team - officially snapping pictures of concerts for us - so we can enjoy the show with our phone in our pockets :P
Tedd's hard work has been awarded this week - taking home first place in the Feature Photo Division of The Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association's 2019 Facts Matter Contest.
You can see the full award virtual award ceremony below, which includes awards going to Paul Gillespie and the staff of The Capital Gazette
Under normal circumstances - 2020 probably would have been the Summer of Cyrus - Noah Cyrus that is. Noah - the daughter of Billy Ray and sister of Miley - was slated to perform at some big time festivals like SXSW and Firefly - on the back of her amazing EP - The End of Everything (due out May 15) - featuring the smash single 'July'
But plans all changed back in March - festivals and tours were cancelled or put on hold. But the release Noah's much anticipated EP The End of Everything wasn't changed. The EP will be out this Friday (5/15) - with it's global smash single July (feat. Leon Bridge) - which has already going platinum in multiple countries
The 20 year old took some time to speak with WRNR's Bobby on the Street about the EP, life in quarantine, munchies, and one of her BFF's - Lil Nas X:
Proms, in person graduations, sports and the remainder of their school year were all cancelled - but that didn't stop Broadneck High School's Class of 2020 from pulling off another high school tradition - the senior prank.
Senior Pranks are somewhat of a right of passage - and these students decided it was only appropriate to put a pandemic spin on their gag ... posting a "For Sale" sign on their now vacant high school building.
One student (who will hopefully be a film major somewhere this fall) put together this amazing video showing how the prank was pulled off. Under any other circumstnances, posting evidence of the prank would have been a bone headed move most likely resulting in them getting caught. But with the circumstances the kids are in - seems like everyone got a good laugh out of the move.
In March - as COVID-19 spread across the country and states began to take action - including decisions to close non-essential businesses - music venues were some of the hardest hit. They had no way to 'pivot and alter their way of doing business' and for months - many have been unable to generate any revenue.
(Spoon at 9:30 Club - Photo: Tedd Henn)
Some iconic locations, like Great Scott in Boston, have already announced they will not be able to re-open. Others, like LA's Troubadour, have called their re-opening 'a big if'. Almost all venues have had to fire or furlough staff. The industry is slated to lose nearly $9 BILLION of revenue if they were to remain closed through the end of the year.
(Jade Bird at Rams Head On Stage - Photo: Tedd Henn)
According to NIVA:
These entertainment hubs are critical to their local economies and tax bases as employers, tourism destinations, and revenue generators for neighboring businesses such as restaurants, hotels, and retail. Independent venues exist in every state across the country; they were the first to be closed, they will be the last to open. The economic recovery process will extend past just reopening the front doors, requiring solutions unique to the industry.
So far- they have presented a letter to Congress “seeking national guidelines for large gatherings to occur in a safe manner” and presented ideas for solutions to the existential crisis facing the live music industry.
These are some of the songs that saved my life…. the ones I couldn’t have lived without… the ones that got me from there to here, zero to 60… through all the scrapes, all manner of nuisance, from the serious to the silly… and the joy, mostly joy… I wanted to thank the artists and everyone who helped make them… They were doing the same for me…
He went on to say that he would write fan letters to each of the artists on the list . . . below are the first six letters he shared - written to Alice Pavarotti (Luciano Pavarotti's daughter), Billie Eilish & FINNEAS, Duncan Jones (David Bowie's son), members of Kraftwerk, Daft Punk & Pharrell and Massive Attack. Follow U2's site for more letters as they are released
1. Luciano Pavarotti, Bono & Zucchero - Miserere
2. Sex Pistols - Anarchy In the UK
3. Kanye West - Black Skinhead
4. Billie Eilish - everything i wanted
5. David Bowie - Life on Mars?
6. The Beatles - I Want to Hold your Hand
7. Ramones - Swallow My Pride
8. The Clash - Safe European Home
9. Public Enemy - Fight The Power
10. Patti Smith - People Have the Power
11. John Lennon - Mother
12. The Rolling Stones - Ruby Tuesday
13. Elton John - Daniel
14. Andrea Bocelli- Con Te Partiro
15. Elvis Presley - Heartbreak Hotel
16. Johnny Cash - Hurt
17. This Mortal Coil - Song to the Siren
18. Kraftwerk - Neon Lights
19. The Fugees - Killing Me Softly With His Song
20. Prince - When Doves Cry
21. Daft Punk feat Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers - Get Lucky
22. Madonna - Ray of Light
23. JAY-Z feat Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind
24. Talking Heads - Love Goes to Building on Fire
25. Lou Reed - Satellite of Love
26. The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony
27. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
28. New Order - True Faith
29. R.E.M. - Nightswimming
30. Adele - Chasing Pavements
31. Arcade Fire - Wake Up
32. Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven
33. Oasis - Live Forever
34. Iggy Pop - Lust for Life
35. Gavin Friday - Angel
36. Massive Attack - Safe From Harm
37. Kendrick Lamar feat U2 - XXX
38. Bob Marley & The Walers - Redemption Song
39. Echo and the Bunnymen - Rescue
40. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
41. Pearl Jam - Jeremy
42. Bob Dylan - Most of the Time
43. Beyoncé feat Kendrick Lamar - Freedom
44. Depeche Mode - Walking In My Shoes
45. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Into My Arms
46. Simon & Garfunkel - The Sounds of Silence
47. Coldplay - Clocks
48. INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
49. New Radicals - You Get What You Give
50. Angélique Kidjo - Agolo
51. Lady Gaga - Born This Way
52. Frank Sinatra & Bono - Under My Skin
53. David Bowie - Heroes
54. Simple Minds - New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84)
55. Sinéad O'Connor - You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart
56. Van Morrison - A Sense of Wonder
57. Bruce Springsteen - There Goes My Miracle
58. Daniel Lanois - The Maker
59. Peter Frampton - Show Me The Way
60. Bee Gees - Immortality - Demo Version
John Krasinski has been reminding us that no matter how hard things get - there is always good in the world. Each week John, who played Jim on the popular TV Show The Office - has been providing positive stories during a time when we all need them - via his Some Good News YouTube show
And on the latest episode (no. 7) John decided to surprise Maryland couple - Susan and John with a Zoom wedding - complete with their parents, friends ... oh and a musical performance by Zac Brown and a virtual recreation of Jim and Pam's wedding dance by the cast of The Office - complete with Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, B.J. Novak, Ed Helms, Mindy Kaling, Kate Flannery, Oscar Nunez, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Creed Bratton, and Brian Baumgartner
The event was sparked by John proposing to Susan in the same manner Jim proposed to Pam on The Office
Watch the full episode below (it's worth it) but you can skip to the 7:00 mark to see the wedding
Chris Martin - who played the first Global Citizen livestreamTogether At Home concert brought the series full circle - by playing the final concert.
The performance, which was nearly 30 minutes of Coldplay songs like Til Kingdom Come, Magic, God Put a Smile Upon Your Face, In My Place, and Fix You, featured Martin singing and playing guitar and piano ... plus - he brought in 12 year old Italian twins Mirko e Valerio (remember them) to play violin along with him (virtually, via an iPad) for “Viva La Vida”
Together At Home Chris Martin (8 May 2020)
The One World: Together at Home series was put on by World Health Organization and Global Citizen to promote social distancing as well as to raise money to support COVID-19 frontline healthcare workers and the WHO.