RNR News and Notes Archives for 2018-12

Staff Picks: Captain Conor's Top Songs of 2018




Here's the top 10 songs of 2018 ... plus an honorable mention ... from Captain Conor of the RNR Roadshow 


Change- The Revivalists

Charity- Courtney Barnett

Need A Little Time- Courtney Barnett

Sandra Monica- Rayland Baxter

A Little Honey- Nathaniel Rateliff

Bambi- Hippo campus

River- Bishop Briggs

Beyond- Leon Bridges

Fallingwater- Maggie Rogers

The Joke- Brandi Carlile


Honorable mention goes to:


Here’s Looking At You Kid- Brett Dennen





Staff Picks: Carrie's Top Releases of 2018



Instead of listing her top songs, Carrie went rogue and nominated her top 6 albums of 2018 plus 3 honorable mentions - 


Lost Friends – Middle Kids (Domino)

Parker Millsap – Other Arrangements (Thirty Tigers)

White Denim – Performance (City Slang)

Leon Bridges – Good Thing (Columbia)

Vide Noir – Lord Huron (Republic)

The Worm’s Heart – The Shins (Columbia)



Honorable mentions:

Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer (Atlantic)

Gods Favorite Costumer – Father John Misty (Sub-Pop)

Boarding House Reach – Jack White (Columbia) 


Don’t forget to tell us your top songs of 2018 - HERE



Staff Picks: Phil's Top Songs of 2018



Ten Twenty  songs from 2018 I voluntarily listened to more than once (arranged alphabetically by artist):



Bad Moves - One Thing

Brett Dennen - Already Gone

Caroline Rose – Money

Childish Gambino – This Is America

First Aid Kit - It's a Shame

Haley Heynderickx - Oom Sha La La

Jade Bird - Lottery

Janelle Monae – Make Me Feel

John Prine – Summer’s End

Kendrick Lamar & SZA - All the Stars

Leon Bridges – Bad, Bad News

Lucy Dacus – Night Shift

Maggie Rogers – Light On

Mitski – Why Didn’t You Stop Me?

Parker Millsap - Fine Line

Rainbow Kitten Surprise - Fever Pitch

Snail Mail - Full Control

The Carters - Apeshit

The Decemberists – Severed

The Record Company – Life To Fix


Don’t forget to tell us your top songs of 2018 - HERE


U2's Bono and The Edge went busking in Dublin on Christmas Eve: Watch

Did you happen to see any Christmas Carolers this year?  Chances are - they weren't as epic as the ones on Grafton Street in Dublin on Christmas Eve ... That's where U2's Bono and The Edge were caught busking for the first time in three years as part of Simon Community’s annual all-star fundraising event to aid Ireland’s homeless.


The two were joined by other singers, including event organizer Glen Hansard of The Swell Season, Damien Rice, and Imelda May.  


Bono and The Edge performed "Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way” from their latest album Songs of Experience, traditional carols  “O Holy Night” and “O Night Divine”, and a cover of Darlene Love’s “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”  with Hansard, Rice, and May.


Another highlight of the event was Damien Rice's cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” 


Check out some fan-shot footage below: 












Listen to the first new songs from The Raconteurs in over 10 years

For the first time in over 10 years - we have new music from Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler - AKA - The Raconteurs


While they have only released two tracks so far - a full length record is on the way - via Jack White's label Third Man Records


White recently told Mojo Magazine: “We’re knee deep in the trenches of our first new album in a decade.  We have a vast amount of genre-pushing songs that bridge the gap between Detroit and Nashville rock and roll. The album sounds like a World War. It’s great to be co-writing songs with Brendan Benson again, the man is a song craftsman.”


So while we wait for the rest of the album - we can bask in the glory of the videos for its first 2 songs .... “Sunday Driver” (directed by Steven Sebring) and “Now That You’re Gone” (directed by Dikayl Rimmasch)






Rivers Cuomo responds to SNL's Weezer Sketch

There's apparently TWO things you shouldn't discuss at the dinner table this year ... politics AND Weezer


Check out the hilarious skit from Saturday Night Live (12/15/18) that pitted an old school Weezer fan versus a Ride or Die Weezer fan: 





The skit caught Rivers Cuomo's attention ... prompting this tweet - 



Maggie Rogers discusses performing in arenas vs clubs [WATCH]

Maggie Rogers is on the road opening (and performing a few songs with) Mumford and Sons for the next few weeks ... then she'll return to DC in March for two sold out shows at the 930 Club ... 


Carrie caught up with our favorite Eastern Shore Native before she performed at Capital One Arena and talked about what it's like to perform in arenas versus performing in clubs - 



New Music Alert: Stream the new Broken Bells Single

It's been a while since we've had new material from Broken Bells - the collaboration between James Mercer of The Shins and producer extrodanaire Danger Mouse (2015 to be exact) ... but it looks like we are going to be getting a new record soon ... and we have the first single from the album, called Shelter ... take a listen below and let us know what you think! 



Brandi Carlile, Arctic Monkeys, and Greta Van Fleet lead the way in the 2019 Grammy Nominations

The 2019 Grammy Award nominees are here and Brandi Carlile led the way – with SIX nods – including  including Album Of The Year (By The Way, I Forgive You), Record Of The Year (“The Joke”), Song Of The Year (“The Joke”), Best Americana Album, Best American Roots Song and Best American Roots Performance.


The Grammy Awards take place on Sunday, February 10th, 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.


Album of the Year:
Cardi B feat. Bad Bunny and J Balvin – Invasion of Privacy
Brandi Carlile – By the Way I Forgive You
Drake – Scorpion
Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer
H.E.R. – H.E.R.
Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys
Kendrick Lamar and Various Artists – Black Panther


Record of the Year:
Cardi B – “I Like It”
Brandi Carlile – “The Joke”
Childish Gambino – “This is America”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Kendrick Lamar and SZA – “All the Stars”
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”
Post Malone and 21 Savage – “Rockstar”
Zedd and Maren Morris – “The Middle”


Song of the Year:
Kendrick Lamar and SZA – “All the Stars”
Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”
Brandi Carlile – “The Joke”
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”
Childish Gambino – “This is America”
Zedd and Maren Morris – “The Middle”


Best New Artists:
Chloe x Halle
Luke Combs
Greta Van Fleet
Dua Lipa
Margo Price
Bebe Rexha
Jorja Smith


Best Solo Pop Performance:
Beck – “Colors”
Camila Cabello – “Havana”
Ariana Grande – “God Is A Woman”
Lady Gaga – “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)”
Post Malone – “Better Now”


Best Rock Performance:
Arctic Monkeys – “Four Out of Five”
Chris Cornell – “When Bad Does Good”
The Fever 333 – “Made An America”
Greta Van Fleet – “Highway Tune”
Halestorm – “Uncomfortable”


Best Rock Song:
Greta Van Fleet – “Black Smoke Rising”
Twenty One Pilots – “Jumpsuit”
Bring Me the Horizon – “MANTRA”
St. Vincent – “Masseduction”
Ghost – “Rats”


Best Rock Album:
Alice in Chains – Rainier Fog
Fall Out Boy – M A N I A
Ghost – Prequelle
Greta Van Fleet – From the Fires
Weezer – Pacific Daydream


Best Alternative Music Album:
Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino
Beck – Colors
Björk – Utopia
David Byrne – American Utopia
St. Vincent – Masseduction


Best Metal Performance:
Between the Buried and Me – “Condemned to the Gallows”
Deafheaven – “Honeycomb”
High On Fire – “Electric Messiah”
Trivium – “Betrayer”
Underoath – “On My Teeth”


Best Music Video:
The Carters – “Apes***”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Joyner Lucas – “I’m Not Racist”
Janelle Monáe – “Pynk”
Tierra Whack – “Mumbo Jumbo”


Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media:
Call Me By Your Name
Deadpool 2
The Greatest Showman
Lady Bird
Stranger Things


Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media:
Black Panther
Blade Runner 2049
The Shape Of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi


Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
Christina Aguilera feat. Demi Lovato – “Fall In Line”
Backstreet Boys – “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”
Tony Bennett and Diana Krall – “‘S Wonderful”
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”
Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B – “Girls Like You”
Justin Timberlake feat. Chris Stapelton – “Say Something”
Zedd and Maren Morris – “The Middle”


Best Pop Vocal Album:
Camila Cabello – Camila
Kelly Clarkson – Meaning of Life
Ariana Grande – Sweetener
Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes
Pink – Beautiful Trauma
Taylor Swift – Reputation


Best Dance Recording:
Above & Beyond – “Northern Soul”
Disclosure – “Ultimatum”
Fisher – “Losing It”
Silk City and Dua Lipa feat. Diplo and Mark Ronson – “Electricity”
Virtual Self – “Ghost Voices”


Best Dance/Electronic Album:
Jon Hopkins – Singularity
Justice – Woman Worldwide
Sofi Tukker – Treehouse
SOPHIE – Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
TOKiMONSTA – Lune Rouge


Best Comedy Album:
Patton Oswalt – Annihilation
Dave Chappelle – Equanimity & The Bird Revelation
Jim Gaffigan – Noble Ape
Fred Armisen – Standup For Drummers
Chris Rock – Tamborine


Best Spoken Word Album:
Courtney B. Vance – Accessory To War (Neil deGrasse Tyson & Avis Lang)
David Sedaris – Calypso
Questlove – Creative Quest
Jimmy Carter – Faith – A Journey For All
Tiffany Haddish – The Last Black Unicorn


Best Song Written For Visual Media
Kendrick Lamar and SZA – “All The Stars”
Sufjan Stevens – “Mystery Of Love”
Miguel feat. Natalia Lafourcade – “Remember Me”
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”
Keala Settle and The Greatest Showman Ensemble – “This is Me”


Producer of the Year, Non-Classical:
Larry Klein
Linda Perry
Kanye West
Pharrell Williams


Best R&B Performance:
Toni Braxton – “Long As I Live”
The Carters (Jay-Z and Beyoncé) – “Summer”
Lalah Hathaway – “Y O Y”
H.E.R. feat. Daniel Caesar – “Best Part”
PJ Morton – “First Began”


Best R&B Song:
Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
Miguel feat. J. Cole and Salaam Rmi – “Come Through And Chill”
Childish Gambino – “Feels Like Summer”
H.E.R. – “Focus”
Toni Braxton – “Long As I Live”


Best Urban Contemporary Album:
The Carters (Jay-Z and Beyoncé) – Everything Is Love
Chloe x Halle – The Kids Are Alright
Chris Dave and the Drumhedz – Chris Dave and the Drumhedz
Miguel – War & Leisure
Meshell Ndegeocello – Ventriloquism


Best R&B Album:
Toni Braxton – Sex & Cigarettes
Leon Bridges – Good Thing
Lalah Hathaway – Honestly
H.E.R. – H.E.R.
PJ Morton – Gumbo


Best Rap Performance:
Cardi B – “Be Careful”
Drake – “Nice For What”
Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake – “King’s Dead”
Anderson .Paak – “Bubblin”
Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee – “Sicko Mode”


Best Rap/Sung Performance:
Christina Aguilera feat. Goldlink – “Like I Do”
6LACK feat. J. Cole – “Pretty Little Fears”
Childish Gambino – “This is America”
Kendrick Lamar and SZA – “All the Stars”
Post Malone and 21 Savage – “Rockstar”


Best Rap Song:
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake – “King’s Dead”
Eminem – “Lucky You”
Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee – “Sicko Mode”
Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar – “Win”


Best Rap Album:
Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy
Mac Miller – Swimming
Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap
Pusha-T – Daytona
Travis Scott – Astroworld


Kurt Vile and the Violators played the 930 Club - pics, video, set list

Kurt Vile has hit the road (and will remain on it through April 2019)  in support of his new album, Bottle It In (out now via Matador Records) ... He and the Vilolators played 2 sold out shows at the 930 Club this past weekend (11/30 and 12/1) 


Check out some pics and video below - 


picture: Tedd Henn


picture: Tedd Henn


picture: Tedd Henn


picture: Tedd Henn



Fan shot video of Pretty Pimpin - during encore: 



Here's the full setlist: 

Loading Zones
Jesus Fever
I’m an Outlaw
Check Baby
Girl Called Alex
Cold Was the Wind
Runner Ups (Kurt solo)
Heart Attack (Kurt solo, first verse only)
Yeah Bones
Wakin on a Pretty Day
KV Crimes
Skinny Mini
Wild Imagination


Pretty Pimpin
Puppet to the Man
Baby’s Arms

Thom Yorke performed at The Kennedy Center In DC [Pics & Video]

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke's solo tour brought him to DC's famed John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall on Friday November 30th. Thom is accompanied on this tour with longtime producer Nigel Godrich and audiovisual collaborator Tarik Barri  The set list (see below) included Thom's solo works - including songs from 2018's Suspiria Soundtrack.  


Check out some pics from the show - 


Photo: Tedd Henn


Photo: Tedd Henn


Photo: Tedd Henn


Setlist : Thom Yorke @ The Kennedy Center || 11/30/18

1.  Interference 

2.  A Brain in a Bottle 

3.  Impossible Knots 

4.  Black Swan 

5.  I Am A Very Rude Person 

6.  Pink Section

7.  Now Grows Some 

8.  Cymbal Rush 

9.  The Clock

10.  Two Feet Off the Ground 

11.  Amok

12.  Not the News 

13.  Truth Ray 

14.  Traffic 

15.  Twist 



16. The Axe 

17.  Atoms for Peace 

18.  Default 

19.  Suspirum


And now ... the whole show is on youtube- thanks to this audience members skakey hands :