RNR News and Notes

Lux Prima (Danger Mouse and Karen O) have released the perfect cover of the Lou Reed Classic 'Perfect Day'

Lux Prima - the Grammy nominated duo of Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) & Danger Mouse (Broken Bells, Gnarls Barkley, etc, etc) have released an amazing cover of the 1972 Lou Reed classic - Perfect Day. 




Karen O and Danger Mouse cover Lou Reeds seminal track, "Perfect Day" Link in bio #amazonoriginal

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The cover is a stripped down version of the song- featuring soft guitars, synthy strings and magical vocals by Karen O.  





As mentioned- Lux Prima's track "Woman" is up for the Best Rock Performance at this weekend's Grammy Awards 




Watch Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins join the surviving members of the Doors for a performance of 'Love Me Two Times'

On February 12th - a concert documentary ‘The Doors: Break on Thru’ will be in theaters for one night only - honoring the  life of late Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who died from cancer in 2013


In the film - Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins joins the surviving members of the Doors for a bluesy performance of “Love Me Two Times” ... the performance took place in 2016 at LA's Fonda Theatre also features Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeoad and Foo Fighters keyboardist Rami Jaffee, taking on Manzarek’s iconic parts of the 1967 classic, howling  “Love me two times, babe - ’Cause I’m goin’ away




The film will be in theatres one night only - February 12 - which would have been Ray Manzarek 81st birthday.  Find tickets for a screening near you here





Brandi Carlile wraps up her six-show residency at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville with a cover of Madonna's Like A Prayer

Brandi Carlile wrapped up a six night residency at Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium this week that featured a number of special guests, including Lucie Silvas, Natalie Hemby and Courtney Barnett and some amazing cover songs. 




Some highlights from the shows: 


Brandi Carlile performing Madonna's Like a Prayer 



Brandi, her band mates twins Phil and Tim Hanseroth and Lucie Silvas making their "Eighties dreams come true" with a cover of Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart 




A cover of Fleetwood Mac's The Chain 




And Brandi and the twins closing out the run with Amazing Grace 




Bruce Springsteen plans to share rare and never-seen footage from his famous Thrill Hill vault at the Asbury Park Music + Film Fest

The Asbury Park Music + Film Festival will once again feature a screening of The Bruce Springsteen Archives-  featuring scenes from Springsteen’s performances over the years.


Thom Zimny, who is a long time film director and archivist for Bruce Springsteen said:

"I'm honored to celebrate my 20 year collaboration with Bruce and Jon (Landau) by sharing some of the treasures, both recent and past, from the Springsteen Archives with the fans,"  


Eileen Chapman, Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University said:


"We are grateful to have Thom Zimny return to present rare concert footage of Bruce Springsteen's live career on stage at this year's Asbury Park Music + Film Festival.  Last year's event turned out to be one of the real highlights of the year in Asbury Park and we look forward to another memorable afternoon ..."


The screening will take place at the Paramount Theatre on Saturday, April 25 at 4:00 pm ET. Tickets are priced at $30.00 and $25.00 can be purchased HERE


Like last year - a panel discussion and Q&A will follow the screening moderated by Backstreets editor, Chris Phillips.


In its sixth year - the not-for-profit APMFF will benefit underserved children in Asbury Park and its surrounding areas by providing music education, instruments and social connection opportunities.  It also features "An Evening With The Sopranos Creator David Chase", a performance by Melissa Etheridge  and festival staple  Dylan Archives V.  


For more info and tickets - visit https://apmff.org/



Pearl Jam release first single from Gigaton - 'Dance of the Clairvoyants' [LISTEN]

It's like Christmas Morning for Pearl Jam fans ... after sending them on a virtual reality scavenger hunt teasing an album, announcing a tour - with a stop at Baltimore's Royal Farms Arena on March 28 - and releasing the track list and art for the album - Pearl Jam have released the first single from Gigaton - the band's 11th album and first in 7 years (out 3/27 on UMG. Pre-order it here.) 


Photo Credit - Danny Clinch


The 4:25 track “Dance of the Clairvoyants” is "a perfect storm of experimentation and real collaboration… We’ve opened some new doors creatively and that’s exciting”  according to bassist Jeff Ament 


Take a listen and let us know what you think- 


Pearl Jam - Dance of the Clairvoyants



And don't forget - Pearl Jam will embark on a brief North American Tour in March ... get ticket info HERE


Pearl Jam Spring 2020 Tour Dates

March 18 - Toronto, ON  - Scotiabank Arena

March 20 - Ottawa, ON - Canadian Tire Centre

March 22 - Quebec City, QC - Videotron Centre

March 24 - Hamilton, ON -  FirstOntario Centre

March 28 - Baltimore, MD - Royal Farms Arena

March 30 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden

April 2 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena

April 4 - St. Louis, MO - Enterprise Center

April 6 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena

April 9 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center

April 11 - Phoenix, AZ - Gila River Arena

April 13 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena

April 15 & 16 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum

April 18 & 19 - Oakland, CA - Oakland Arena



Pearl Jam – Gigaton Track List

1. “Who Ever Said”
2. “Superblood Wolfmoon”
3. “Dance of the Clairvoyants”
4. “Quick Escape”
5. “Alright”
6. “Seven O’Clock”
7. “Never Destination”
8. “Take The Long Way”
9. “Buckle Up”
10. “Come Then Goes”
11. “Retrograde”
12. “River Cross”


The Radiohead Public Library is live - an extensive online archive curated by the band's members

Nobody does it better than Radiohead ... 




And now - the band has unleashed a massive online archive one their website:   “Radiohead.com has always been infuriatingly uninformative and unpredictable. We have now, predictably, made it incredibly informative. We present: the RADIOHEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY.”


The band said in a statement.


“The internet as a whole has never been a reliable resource for detailed or even accurate information re: Radiohead.  Many sites that attempted to provide some measure of service have long since gone dark as well. The overall effect has been ‘Radiohead’ search results that yield random and/or abbreviated shards: songs and album titles unaccompanied by detailed artwork or any additional context, low quality videos preceded by advertisements and shuffled via algorithms, and so on… That ends with the unveiling of the Radiohead Public Library.”


The project is described as “an online resource containing videos, music, artwork, websites, merchandise, and assorted ephemera.”  Fans can stream concert footage, TV appearances, B-sides, rarities, and music videos.  There is also a display of artwork, out-of-print merchandise and members can even order some of the shirts.  Did we mention you can create, download and print off your own library card?  Seriously - every Radiohead fan should have this card on them at all times.   




Luckily you don't need to know the Dewey Decimal System ?for your research  - for the launch - one member of the band will play “librarian” for the day and present a personalized tour of the archives. Colin Greenwood was selected to kick off the program




So sit back and dig into the band’s entire catalog in chronological order HERE .. 


Watch Jenny Lewis & Beck Cover 'Love Hurts At Sean Penn's CORE Benefit Show.

Earlier, we told you about Sean Penn's star studded (and Linda Perry curated) CORE fundraiser.  The event featured Beck, Jenny Lewis, Dwight Yoakam and Henning May performing with Portugal. The Man serving as the house band.  


The event - a benefit for Sean Penn's Haiti relief non profit - raised over 5 million dollars and feauted several magical moments on stage - but the one that stole the show was Beck and Jenny Lewis teaming up to sing the song "Love Hurts"


The song has been covered many times - but in a tweet Lewis said the two were  aiming for aiming for a hybrid of Nazareth’s very popular version and Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons’ lovely duet.


Check it out - 







Green Day release video for new single 'Oh Yeah!' - Announce they'll donate all royalties to charity

After teasing the release on their social media channels last week: 




Green Day have shared the single and video for their new single titled Oh Yeah!  upcoming studio album Father Of All…,


Now here's the interesting part ... the anthemic song is a nod to their long time hero and Baltimore native - Joan Jett ... The song's  title and chorus come from her 1984 hit Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah).  But that song was actually a cover of a song Gary Glitter co-wrote and released in 1973. (Glitter has been convicted many times of child sex offenses and who is currently in prison 


So the band released this statement: 


"BTW we sampled a song from the great Joan Jett’s Bad Reputation album. One of the writers on that song is a total asshole so we’re donating our royalties from this song to IJM [International Justice Mission] and RAINN [Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network]."

 So check out the song below and don't miss Green Day when they hit the road this summer Fall Out Boy and Weezer for the Hella Mega Tour - including a date in DC at Nationals Park on August 21 - scroll for full tour dates  


Green Day - Oh Yeah! (Official Music Video)




Green Day, Weezer and Fall Out Boy: The Hella Mega Tour 2020  
Jun 13: Paris La Defense Arena, France
Jun 14: Groningen Stadspark, Netherlands
Jun 17: Antwerp Sportspaleis, Belgium
Jun 21: Vienna Ernst Happel Stadium, Austria
Jun 24: Glasgow Bellahouston Park, UK
Jun 26: London Stadium, UK
Jun 27: Huddersfield The John Smith’s Stadium, UK
Jun 29: Dublin RDS Arena, Ireland
Jul 17: Seattle T-Mobile Park, WA
Jul 21: San Francisco Oracle Park, CA
Jul 24: San Diego Petco Park, CA
Jul 25: Los Angeles Dodger Stadium, CA
Jul 28: Commerce City DICK’s Sporting Goods Park, CO
Jul 31: Arlington Globe Life Field, TX
Aug 01: Houston Minute Maid Park, TX
Aug 05: Miami Hard Rock Stadium, FL
Aug 06: Jacksonville TIAA Bank Field, FL
Aug 08: Atlanta SunTrust Park, GA
Aug 11: Minneapolis Target Field, MN
Aug 13: Chicago Wrigley Field, IL
Aug 15: Pittsburgh PNC Park, PA
Aug 16: Hershey Hersheypark Stadium, PA
Aug 19: Detroit Comerica Park, MI
Aug 21: Washington Nationals Park, DC
Aug 22: New York Citi Field, NY
Aug 24: TorontovRogers Centre, ON
Aug 27: Boston Fenway Park, MA
Aug 29: Philadelphia Citizens Bank Park, PA


Coldplay debut 'Cry, Cry, Cry' with a unique live performace on 'Ellen' [WATCH]

Coldplay released Everyday Life, their first album since 2015’s A Head Full of Dreams, last November.  And on a recent appearance on Ellen, the band performed the albums latest single - "Cry Cry Cry" (lead singer Chris Martin's favorite track from the record).


But instead of performing the song on stage - the band took their show to the audience - and performed amoung the viewers ... even having some of the attendees play on the song.  Check out the performance below.  


So far- the band has made no 2020 touring plans for Everyday Life- siting “We’re taking time over the next year or two to work out how our tour can not only be sustainable [but] how can it be actively beneficial”




'Sam Cooke meets Wu-Tang Clan' - Watch Black Pumas perform 'Colors' on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

People are talking about the Texas based Black Pumas .. and they are saying some pretty amazing things: 


“The duo’s flair for drama is so stirring, they can seem acutely cinematic... Burton lends an elegant elasticity to Quesada’s tightly layered productions.” – PITCHFORK


“Sam Cooke meets Wu-Tang Clan in the Texas-based duo’s suprisingly fresh take on 70s soul... a debut so perfectly realised by the standards they’ve set themselves that you wonder what could possibly come next. ” – THE GUARDIAN “ONES TO WATCH”


“Tireless, charismatic energy... tapping the collective unease of the national moment.” – ROLLING STONE


“The world does indeed need Black Pumas and their message right now (4/5 Stars)” – Q MAGAZINE


“A soulful explosion... Quesada’s grooves are impeccably matched with Burton’s voice, which can go from buttery Al Green to Wilson Pickett bluster in no time flat.” – UNCUT


So it's no surprise that they are making th rounds on the TV circuit - check out  their performance from Fallon below, their Austin City Limits performance HERE and look for them on Ellen on Monday ... oh - did we mention they are nominated for  the “Best New Artist” Grammy award?  And they will be hitting the road this spring for a world tour (including a stop at Baltimore Soundstage on 6/19 (scroll for full tour info) 






Tune into @fallontonight on NBC tonight January 14th! #blackpumas #theblackpumas

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- 2020 festivals already confirmed: Coachella, Lollapalooza, Newport, Outside Lands, Electric Forest, Fuji Rock, Eurockeennes & Vida

1/10 - The Kessler Theater - Dallas, TX (SOLD OUT)
1/11 - The Kessler Theater - Dallas, TX (SOLD OUT)
1/16 - Madison, WI - Majestic
1/17 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
1/18 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
1/20 - Indianapolis, IN - Hi Fi
1/21 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
1/22 - Detroit, MI - Saint Andrew's Hall
1/31 - White Oak Music Hall - Houston, TX
2/5 - Dublin, IE - The Academy
2/6 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy 3 (SOLD OUT)
2/7 - London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall (SOLD OUT)
2/8 - Paris, FR - Alhambra (SOLD OUT)
2/9 - Utrecht, NL - TivoliVredenburg
2/10 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso (SOLD OUT)
2/11 - Groningen, NL - De Oosterport (SOLD OUT)
2/12 - Eindhoven, NL - Effenaar (SOLD OUT)
2/14 - Antwerp, BE - Trix (SOLD OUT)
2/15 - Heidelberg, DE - Karlstorbahnoff (SOLD OUT)
2/16 - Cologne, DE - Gloria-Theater (SOLD OUT)
2/18 - Hamburg, DE - Uebel & Gefahrlich
2/19 - Berlin, DE - Metropol (SOLD OUT)
2/21 - Vienna, AU - Grelle Forelle (SOLD OUT)
2/22 - Zurich, CH - Mascotte (SOLD OUT)
3/14-3/15 - Vive Latino - Mexico City, MX
3/26 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
3/27-3/29 - Pelham, TN - Bluegrass Underground
4/12 - Indio, CA - Coachella
4/19 - Indio, CA - Coachella
5/8 - Stubb's Amphitheatre - Austin, TX (SOLD OUT)
5/9 - Stubb's Amphitheatre - Austin, TX (SOLD OUT)
5/10 - Stubb's Amphitheatre - Austin, TX
6/3 - Denver, CO - Red Rocks (SOLD OUT)
6/4 - Denver, CO - Red Rocks
6/17 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
6/18 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre
6/19 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
6/25 - Rothbury, MI - Electric Forest
7/2-4 - Belfort, FR - Eurockéennes
7/2-4 - Barcelona, ES - Vida Festival
7/3-5 - Beuningen, NL - Down the Rabbit Hole
7/8-11 - Lisbon, PT - NOS Alive Festival




Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, T. Rex, and the Doobie Brothers Inducted Into Rock Hall of Fame 2020

The results are in ... and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced the class of 2020 who will be inducted into the Rock Hall on May 2: 


Nine Inch Nails 

Depeche Mode 

T. Rex

The Doobie Brothers

Notorious BIG

Whitney Houston


The induction ceremony will take place in Cleveland and broadcast live on HBO.




After expressing doubt about the Rock Hall Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails said in a statement:


“A sincere THANK YOU goes out to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame voting body—it always feels great to be recognized for your artistic efforts and I am honored. Many congratulations to this year’s fellow inductees (DM finally!)—see you back in Cleveland where it all began for me!”


Nominees snubbed from this year's induction are Dave Matthews Band, MC5, Soundgarden, Motörhead, Kraftwerk, Thin Lizzy, Pat Benatar, Rufus with Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, and Judas Priest. 





Portugal. The Man, Beck, Jenny Lewis and more set to perform at Sean Penn's Haiti benefit in LA

It's been 10 years since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the island nation of Haiti - demolishing buildings and infrastructure, displacing 2,000,000 people, and taking over 250,000 lives.



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10-years ago today, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti demolishing buildings and infrastructure, displacing 2,000,000 people, and taking over 250,000 lives -- changing the nation forever. From this crisis, J/P HRO was born. As we reflect on the past decade, it is the Haiti that we know and love that we remember. It is our hundreds of Haitian staff, who worked and continue to work tirelessly every day to support their communities and neighbors, who provided medical care to infants and children, and who have given the most vulnerable Haitian youth a genuine opportunity to succeed. Today, J/P HRO is CORE, and although our mission has expanded beyond Haiti, to work with communities impacted by disaster throughout the Carribean, including Puerto Rico, across the US gulf coast, and most recently, the Bahamas; our heart remains with Haiti.

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And on Wednesday, January 15th - CORESean Penn's Haiti relief non profit will host their annual gala in LA.  Keeping in tradition - the event will be star studded with  Beck, Jenny Lewis, Dwight Yoakam and Henning May performing with Portugal. The Man serving as the house band.


Former 4 Non Blond Linda Perry - who curated the event - explained to Billboard:


“Portugal. The Man is actually gonna be the house band. They’re gonna come out with this artist from Germany named Henning May; he is amazing. They’ll do a couple of their songs, then Jenny Lewis will join them, then Dwight Yoakam, and at the end it’ll be Beck, Dwight Yoakam, Jenny Lewis and Portugal. The Man closing out the evening.”


Flora Cash reveal details on debut album - Baby It's OK - and announce headlining tour dates

Flora Cash - one of our favorite bands of 2019 will release their debut album in 2020 embark on a headlining tour to support it.  



Shpresa Lleshaj (from Sweden) and Cole Randall (from Minnesota) - who met online after discovering a mutual appreciation for each other's music - will release Baby It's OK on March 6th (you can preorder the album here)


The album will include the singles Missing Home and You're Somebody Else.  They have released another song from the album - You Love Me - which you can hear below.  


Flora Cash performing on the WRNR Rock N River Cruise June 2019


As for their tour- it includes a stop at DC's U Street Music Hall on April 15, 2020.  See the full itinerary HERE


flora cash - You Love Me (Lyric Video)



Dave Grohl teases 'some seriously crazy sh*t' for Foo Fighters' 25th anniversary in 2020

It is well known that Dave Grohl and his band of Fighters of Foo are always up for some hijinx ... remember the time they allowed a fan to hijack their show? Or the time they let a 5 year old jam with them? Or the time they shot gunned a beer with a guy dressed as Santa (who happened to be a WRNR contest winner) in Vegas 




Well - on his 51st birthday - Dave Grohl is promising 2020 will be a big year for the band via an instagram post: 


“Holy Shit!!! 25 years?! Thank You guys for being with us year after year…for singing along & making every show the best night of our lives....We’re JUST getting started, so Buckle Up, 2020… it’s going to be an INSANE year full of some seriously crazy shit…”




So what could that mean - More archival releases? Tour dates? Maybe even new music that they have also been teasing? 




#FF2020 #FF25

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Pearl Jam reveal details on new album & North American 2020 Spring Tour Dates

After sending out some cryptic teases in the form of a virtual reality scavenger hunt this past Friday - Pearl Jam have announced the details of their much-anticipated eleventh studio album, Gigaton - AND North American tour dates  - including a March 28th show at Baltimore's Royal Farms Arena (full itinerary below) ... 



Tickets for Pearl Jam’s North American concerts will be made available through a Ticketmaster Verified Fan registration and ticket presale, a Ten Club presale for eligible members and a general public ticket sale. 


Tickets will be mobile only and strictly non-transferable (except in NY and CO where transferability is required by state law).


Pearl Jam Spring 2020 Tour Dates

March 18 - Toronto, ON  - Scotiabank Arena

March 20 - Ottawa, ON - Canadian Tire Centre

March 22 - Quebec City, QC - Videotron Centre

March 24 - Hamilton, ON -  FirstOntario Centre

March 28 - Baltimore, MD - Royal Farms Arena

March 30 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden

April 2 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena

April 4 - St. Louis, MO - Enterprise Center

April 6 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena

April 9 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center

April 11 - Phoenix, AZ - Gila River Arena

April 13 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena

April 15 & 16 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum

April 18 & 19 - Oakland, CA - Oakland Arena


Here's the onsale details: 


1. Ticketmaster Verified Fan® Registration and Ticket Sale 

General public tickets will be sold first through a presale powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan. Registration is required and only fans that have been verified and invited to the presale will receive an access code allowing them to purchase tickets.


Ticketmaster Verified Fan registration begins Monday January 13th  and closes on Wednesday, January 15 at 11:59pm PT.


To register, please visit: https://verifiedfan.ticketmaster.com/pearljam


The Verified Fan presale then begins on Thursday, January 23 at 10am venue local time.                                                


2. Ten Club Ticket Presale                                                                                           

A special ticket presale for members of Pearl Jam’s Ten Club (current as of January 12, 2020) is being supported on the Ticketmaster Request platform. Full details at pearljam.com.


3. Public Ticket Sale                                                                                       

A remaining, limited number of tickets for each venue will be released through a traditional general sale on January 24, 2020 at 10am local time on Ticketmaster.com.



NOTE: $5 of each ticket is a charitable contribution to the Vitalogy Foundation, a United States-based public charity under I.R.C. section 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1).


The band's much-anticipated eleventh studio album, Gigaton, on Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records on March 27, 2020


Gigaton Cover Artwork 


Of the album - Mike McCready has said - 

“Making this record was a long journey.  It was emotionally dark and confusing at times, but also an exciting and experimental road map to musical redemption. Collaborating with my bandmates on Gigaton ultimately gave me greater love, awareness and knowledge of the need for human connection in these times."


Gigaton is available for pre-order now at www.pearljam.com.


The first single, “Dance of the Clairvoyants”, will be released in the coming weeks.






St Vincent reveals her funk inspired remix of Beck's 'Uneventful Days' upon us [LISTEN]

Beck and St Vincent have been in each other's orbit quite frequently lately - they both performed with surviving Nirvana members Dave GrohlKrist Novoselic & Pat Smear at the Art of Elysium’s Heaven Is Rock and Roll gala ... 


They have both been tabbed to take part in the star studded “Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince” 


Photo: Capital Records 


And now St Vincent - aka Annie Clark - has revealed her futuristic funk remix of the Beck track Uneventful Nights.  Beck describes his laid back spacey pop song - Uneventful Days - as an escape from the moment ... But Clark's remix ramps things up a notch.  So much so that Beck said the initial mix was too slow: 


St. Vincent said in a statement:

“I guess I was listening to a lot of ’70s Herbie [Hancock] and WAR at the time and wondering how much funk was inside me, too.  I sent it to Beck and he dug it, but he said, ‘It should be 3 bpm faster.’ And what do you know? HE WAS SO RIGHT. It made all the difference in the groove.” 


Check it out below:





Watch The Raconteurs and Black Pumas Rip Through Austin City Limits Episode

The second half of the long running concert series' Austin City Limits 45th season is off to the races ... starting with a mesmerizing performance by Sharon Van Etten 


And this past week's episode featured a ripping set by The Raconteurs and Austin natives - Black Pumas. 





Of the episode - ACL executive producer Terry Lickona said: 

“As usual, The Raconteurs are doing what comes natural – reminding us that rock and roll is alive and well, and in Jack White’s hands the power of the guitar has no match”


Their six-song set mainly featured songs from their 2019 release- Help Us Stranger - but also “Top Yourself”  and their breakout track “Steady, As She Goes”.


Grammy nominated Austin based Black Pumas  - who have been described as "Wu-Tang meets James Brown" also provided scorching renditions of “Colors” and “Black Moon Rising.”





Check out highlights from the show below and for more on The Raconteurs- check out our podcast with the band HERE



The Raconteurs on Austin City Limits “Sunday Driver”



The Raconteurs on Austin City Limits "Sunday Driver" from Austin City Limits on Vimeo.



Black Pumas on Austin City Limits “Know You Better”



Black Pumas on Austin City Limits "Know You Better" from Austin City Limits on Vimeo.



Pearl Jam unveil a virtual scavenger hunt leading fans to interactive billboards featuring presumed new album art

Forget The Force ...  Pearl Jam Awakens! 


The band has resurfaced with an interesting landing page on their website. If you head to PearlJam.com and you’ll see an interactive map with pins in North AmericaSouth AmericaAustralia and Europe ... (NYC being the only east coast location) 


There's instructions to find the locations and open a special Facebook or Instagram lens to reveal the message. 


The band also tweeted about it: 




Some fans have thankfully posted what they have found: 




Leaving fans to speculate just what this means : 





Mexico City:








Beck, Foo Fighters, St. Vincent, Gary Clark Jr and more to take part in a massive Prince tribute concert to take place following Grammys

A massive Prince tribute concert will take place in LA on January 28th - two days following Grammys.  


Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince has a star studded lineup - including performances by Beck, Foo Fighters, St. Vincent, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Earth Wind & Fire, Mavis Staples, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Usher, and Juanes - plus former Prince collaborators like Morris Day and the Time, Susanna Hoffs, and Prince’s old band the Revolution will also participate.


It's no surprise the Beck tops the list of the performers - giving his recent release of his Prince medley recorded at Paisley Park: 




And who could forget the amazing cover of Darling Nikki by the Foos: 





Sheila E., the concert’s musical director told Rolling Stone

“I was very honored to be able to do this for so many reasons, but to be able to help celebrate the life of a dear friend and be a part of this and be musical director is awesome”





#LetsGetCrazy! #FooFighters #GrammySaluteToPrince 01/28/20 #LosAngelesConventionCenter #DarlingNikki

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Watch SHAED perfrom Trampoline on Late Night with Seth Meyers [VIDEO]


We have loved watching the career trajectory of SHAED rise .. from performing at the WRNR Holistic Health Fair - to an Private Artist Showcase at Rams Head Onstage - to Firefly - to performing on Dick Clarks Rockin New Years Eve - to landing at number 13 on our top 103.1 songs of 2019 ... and now a performance on Late Night with Seth Meyers. 


Check out the performance below and we can't wait to see what else 2020 has in store for Chelsea, Max, and Spencer 


SHAED: Trampoline



Watch Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear reunite for a Nirvana tribute with Beck, St. Vincent, and Dave Grohl's daughter

The musical line up for this past Saturday's Art of Elysium’s Heaven Is Rock and Roll (January 4) gala in Los Angeles was billed as Marilyn Manson, L7, Cheap Trick, and something labeled Dave Grohl and friends.


As we reported - the friends Dave was bring along we surviving Nirvana members Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear and they planned on performing some classic Nirvana tunes with help from Beck, St. Vincent, and Violet Grohl (Dave’s daughter)  




And that they did. The crew gave a five-song set (with Dave on drums, Krist on bass and Pat on guitar) that included  “Lithium” (with St. Vincent), Beck lending a hand for “In Bloom”, a collaborative reaching back into the archives  for the Bleach track “Been a Son,” and Violet Grohl sitting in for “Heart-Shaped Box.” The group finished the set with a cover (of a cover) - David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World,” with Beck on vocals, and St. Vincent on the guitar. 


Check out the full set below: 













Nirvana setlist:
“In Bloom”
“Been A Son”
“Heart-Shaped Box”
“The Man Who Sold The World” (David Bowie Cover)


Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban Pledge $500K to Help Battle Australian Wildfires

The wildfires currently burning in Australia have ripped through 13 million acres and destroyed more than 1,500 homes.  


One of the homes currently under threat belongs to Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban.


And after an emotional night at the Golden Globes - the two have pledged to donate $500,000 to help fight the fires.


Kidman said on Instagram -


"Our family's support, thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the fires all over Australia. We are donating $500,000 to the Rural Fire Services who are all doing and giving so much right now."


Singer PINK has also pledged her support - donating $500,000 as well.  According to her Instagram: 


"I am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires. I am pledging a donation of $500,000 directly to the local fire services that are battling so hard on the frontlines. My heart goes out to our friends and family in Oz"


If you would like to help, you can donate to:











Spike Jonze to Release New Photo Book Compiling His Work with the Beastie Boys

Spike Jonze's relationship with the Beastie Boys started in 1993 when they met in LA on the set for the Sabotage music video. The Jonze directed video is a classic (to say the least) and spawned into collaborations on multiple future videos, album covers, a memoir, and even a stage show.  



And now  Jonze will release his first-ever book featuring some of his personal photos shot during the time he spent with the Beastie Boys.


photo from Rizzoli publishing


 The 256 page book is due out March 17 also features text contributions from Beastie Boys members Ad-Rock and Mike Mike D.  You can preordered the book HERE




Sometimes when you lose, you win. #Hornblower #WineSkin #StarWars #Everything

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Michael Stipe Releases Second Solo Single - 'Drive To The Ocean' [LISTEN]

Michael Stipe is celebrating the new decade - and his 60th birthday - with the release of his second solo single - “Drive To The Ocean” - which you can hear below - 



You can also purchase a download of the track at MichaelStipe.com - with Stipe donating all of his earnings  for the next 365 days to Pathway to Paris - an organization commited to halting climate change.  The cost of the track is $0.77 but you have the option to pay more.  The download includes  “exclusive wallpapers, the (Stipe-directed) video, a lyric video, a high-resolution audio version of the song as well as Stipe’s original lyric document”


Stipe says of the track: 


Says Stipe of this, his second solo release, "I am so happy to collaborate with Pathway To Paris for this year 2020. The work that they are doing is vital and foundational— it is essential for a future that we can and will claim as our own.”



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Michael Stipe will start the new decade by releasing his second solo single, "Drive To The Ocean," on January 4th, 2020. The date also marks Michael's 60th birthday, and the track will be made available exclusively via his own website - MichaelStipe.com (link in bio) The track will benefit @pathway2paris , founded by Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon, with Michael redirecting all of his earnings from sales and synchronization licensing for the first 365 days to the organization. Pathway to Paris is a non-profit organization dedicated to turning the Paris Agreement into reality through innovative public engagement, cultural events, supporting citizen driven initiatives and cities in developing and implementing ambitious climate action plans. Says Stipe of this, his second solo release, "I am so happy to collaborate with Pathway To Paris for this year 2020. The work that they are doing is vital and foundational— it is essential for a future that we can and will claim as our own." #michaelstipe #pathwaytoparis #drivetotheocean

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Watch Sharon Van Etten's blistering performance of Seventeen from the Austin City Limits season premiere

The second half of Austin City Limits TV season kicks off tomorrow (Jan 4) at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on PBS with sets from Sharon Van Etten and Lucy Dacus.  


You can get a preview of the show below - with Van Etten's performance of Seventeen.  The track, from her 2019 release Remind Me Tomorrow - is a love letter to her hometown of New York City and ended up as the song 23 on our Top 103.1 countdown of the year. 



You might want to add Austin City Limits to your DVR (if it isn't already) as this season's lineup includes  the Raconteurs, Mitski, Cage the Elephant, Tank and the Bangas, Billie Eilish and Rosalía.