RNR News and Notes Archives for 2019-05

Mike Love of the Beach Boys Has Covered The Ramones 'Rockaway Beach'

OK ... chalking this up to ... not sure what to think of ... 


Mike Love - of the iconic pop band - The Beach Boys has released a cover of the song "Rockaway Beach" by the iconic Pop Punk band The Ramones. 


According to Mike Love: 

“It felt so natural to sing it.  It fits beautifully in the Beach Boys surfing song genre. Not only is it a great song, it’s also right in my vocal range. It’s almost as if it was designed for me to sing, and that’s why I am so eager to play it live.”


Now hearing that - you would think Joey Ramone would be spinning in his grave ... 


But apparently it has  Marky Ramone's seal of approval: 


"The Ramones, along with most music lovers, were very aware of the Beach Boys.  We were big music fans and we’d talk about all types bands, musicians, our influences. I think you can hear the resemblance in 'I Wanna Be Sedated' and the end of the song—BaBaBaBa I wanna be sedated ... [This] adaptation of 'Rockaway Beach' is killer. Beach Boys to the max."


I don't know ... take a listen and judge for yourself:


Rockaway Beach Cover - Mike Love


The Beastie Boys Have A New Mini-Documentary: Still Ill [WATCH]



In case there was any doubt - the Beastie Boys are still ILL. 


25 years after the release of Ill Commmunication, Amazon has released a 15-minute mini-documentary - featuring old footage and  more recent interviews with surviving Beastie Boys Michael Diamond  & Adam Horovitz - plus  collaborators Mario Caldato Jr. and Mark Nishita, illustrating the winding road that led to the classic album 




The doc's press release explains:  


“Debuting at #1 upon its May 1994 release, Beastie Boys’ fourth album was an unstoppable force, pervading every aspect of pop culture.  25 years later Ill Communication’s impact has resounded with generation after generation.”


Check out the documentary below, and head HERE for more, including a 40+ minute deep dive featuring longer interviews with Horovitz and Diamond


Still Ill: 25 Years of ‘Ill Communication’ by the Beastie Boys




Watch the Cure's Full Disintegration Concert

The Cure have played their 5th and final show  from the Sydney Opera House’s Vivid LIVE concert series … and as promised – the band shared the set via a live stream on YouTube and Facebook. 


In case you weren’t awake and online at 6am yesterday – you can still enjoy the show in  the video below (keep scrolling for the set list)… So sit back, crank up the speakers and enjoy this as we wait for more info on a US tour


The Cure perform Disintegration | Live Stream | Sydney Opera House




The Cure | May 30, 2019  | Setlist

(B Sides and Demos)


Fear of Ghosts

No Heart


2 Late

Out of Mind



(Disintegration – Full Album)


Pictures of You


Love Song

Last Dance


Fascination Street

Prayers for Rain

The Same Deep Water as You








Three Imaginary Boys 

Pirate Ships 

Pete Yorn Debuts Two New Songs, Teases New Album


New music from old friends makes for the best new music - and for the first time since 2016's Arranging Times - we have new music from Pete Yorn.


Yorn released a lyric video for “Calm Down” (directed by Max Goldblatt) and audio for “Can’t Stop You” (hear them both below)


When reflecting on his 20+ year career, Yorn said:

“I know I have changed internally in the way that I process the world and react to the world.  The coolest thing about the older songs is how they seem to grow with me.”


No release date on the new LP yet ... but enjoy these songs in the meantime 


Pete Yorn - Calm Down (Lyric Video)



Pete Yorn - Can't Stop You (Audio)



Bruce Springsteen to release a new album and tour with the E Street Band

Just months before his 70th birthday and weeks before his new album, Western Stars, is released - Bruce Springstein as announced that he has written an album's worth of material to record with the E Street Band and he intends to tour to suport the record.  This will be the first time the band has toured since 2016-17. 


The Boss told Italy’s la Repubblica 


“We will go on tour next year. I’ll record with the E Street Band in autumn and, when we are done, we’ll go on tour.  Of course I’ll come to Rome. I love it.”


And Springsteen told Martin Scorsese

“About a month or so ago, I wrote almost an album’s worth of material for the band ... There’ll be another tour!”


While we wait for more info and tour dates - enjoy some vintage Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 

The Cure play 'Disintegration' b-sides live for first time ever [WATCH]


The Cure are in the midst of their run of Disintegration 30th Anniversary shows at Sydney’s Vivid LIVE 2019 festival - with one final show to go (May 30) that will be streamed live via Facebook and YouTube





During this run of shows- the band has been playing the iconic album in full - including classic songs like -  “Lovesong,” “Pictures of You,” “Lullaby,” “Fascination Street”



The Cure - Sydney Opera House, 2019 / ????Eileen Zhang

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But the big shock has been the encores- where the band has been playing b sides and rarities, many of which fans have never been privy to hearing live 


Friday night - the band played:

“Babble” and “Out of Mind” -  “Lullaby” b-sides

“Fear of Ghosts”  “Lovesong” b-side

“Delirious Night,” “Esten” and “No Heart” album outtakes

They also dropped a cover of Wendy Waldman’s “Pirate Ships” 


Saturday's show started with the B Sides and ended with "Burn" from The Crow OST and another cover of Wendy Waldman’s “Pirate Ships” 


Here's some crowd sourced video from the shows 













UNRELEASED #TheCure #Disintergration30 #VividLive #ILoveSydney

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#pirateships #livedebut #disintegration #live #sydney #thecure #vividsydney #robertsmith

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Vampire Weekend's Star Studded Video For the Song 'This Life' [WATCH]


"This Life", the latest single from Vampire Weekend's 18 song album Father of the Bride starts off with the lyric - 'Baby, I know pain is as natural as the rain, I just thought it didn't rain in California


And now the band has released a video for the song that captures that sentiment about the Golden State.


The star studded video - with cameos by Danielle Haim (and song back up vocalist), Kyle Field of Little Wings, Mark Ronson, Ariel Rechtshaid, Jovan Hill, Simi & Haze, Mark Ronson, Despot and Sophie, was directed by Emmett Malloy.  


Vampire Weekend will appear at Firefly - playing the FIREFLY stage at 7:30 pm (no - they're not even headling .. so you can get out of there before the traffic gets bad while the 'kids' watch Post Malone.


Until then - enjoy Ezra Koenig and his merry band taking a road trip in the  "This Life" Video




Nirvanamania is here ... Kurt Cobain's Sweater Sells for $75K at Auction



We've seen some rock n roll memorabilia sell at auction for some ridiculous prices - most recently David Bowie's unreleased demos or a Fender ukulele signed by Billie Eilish - but now is seems that Nirvana is getting in on the auction action.  


2 items from the late Kurt Cobain's personal collection went up for auction this past weekend and commanded som serious cash. 


The big ticket item - a cardigan sweater Cobain wore in 1993, during Nirvana's final photo shoot when the band was preparing to release their final album, In Utero.  


Julien’s Auctions - who hosted the auction notes:

“The shoot was meant to take place in Central Park in New York City, but due to Cobain being sick just hours before, the shoot was relocated to the basement of the hotel where the band was staying. Cobain showed up three hours late to the shoot, and immediately asked for a bucket due to his nausea.”


The sweater sold for $75,000 .... 




Another item that sold, with some local ties - was a paper plate ... but not just any paper plate - the pizza grease soaked plate contains the set list the band used at an April 23, 1990 gig at DC's 930 Club.  I guess this was before the club gave out cup cakes :P 






Soundgarden announce massive new live album and concert film

To commemorate their 35th anniversary, alt-rock icons Soundgarden have announced a massive project: a live album and concert film focused on their special Live from the Artists Den event in 2013.


The February 17th, 2013 concert at The Wiltern in Los Angeles featured a 29 song / two-and-a-half-hour set full of fan favorites, rarities, and hits .  


Kim Thayil said of the project:

“We were very proud and excited to document the performance of our new material from King Animal, and to celebrate with each other and our fans”


Chris Cornell's widow Vicky added:

“This live show was really special, and I know how much fun Chris had that night. The idea of giving fans the opportunity to experience it in its entirety is something I’m proud to share with them.”


Live from the Artists Den film and live album are set to be released July 26th on Blu-ray, 2xCD, or 4xLP.  There's also a limited-edition Super Deluxe box set that features 30 bonus minutes of interviews with the band.


For pre order info - click here.




Hear The Raconteurs New Single, 'Help Me Stranger'


We're getting excited for Help Us Stranger the new record from The Raconteurs - it IS the first record they've released in over a decade.


And now we have another single from the record- due out via Third Man Records on June 21.


The song “Help Me Stranger” was debuted at the Third Man Anniversary show back in April and has the typical laid-back groove the band is known for.


In addition to the album - the band will embark on an extensive tour that includes a stop at The Anthem in Washington DC (tickets on sale HERE


So grab your tickets to the show and enjoy this Yasuhiko Shimizu directed video featuring Jack White playing with babies and the band posing for press photos with an endearing awkwardness.


The Raconteurs - "Help Me Stranger" (Official Music Video)



Hear Lana Del Rey's cover of Sublime's 'Doin' Time'

Lana Del Rey fans have been waiting since 2017 for some new music from the singer, songwriter, record producer, poet, model, and music video director.  She's promised that her new album, Norman Fucking Rockwell, will be out by year’s end - but we're still waiting on any solid details on it.


So in the meantime - fans will have to settle for a cover of Sublimes 1997 track “Doin’ Time”.  LDR puts her personal  'touch of sepia toned sadness to the song' while 'adding a bit of canned glamor to the tune of infidelity'



The cover was made for the new Sublime documentary, which recently screened at the Tribeca Film Festival.  


 Give it a listen for yourself - 

Lana Del Rey - Doin' Time

David Byrne announces he's bringing his American Utopia show to Broadway

If you were lucky enough to catch David Byrne's American Utopia tour (locally it was at both Merriweather Post Pavilion and The Anthem) you know what an amazingly choreographed show it was - with a completely mobile band playing songs from the No. 1 charting album American Utopia with more of Byrne’s classic solo tracks and Talking Heads material. 




If you missed it - you may have one more shot to see it ... David Byrne has announced he's bringing the show to Broadway, with the help of of Rob Sinclair (lighting), Pete Keppler (sound), Karl Mansfield (Musical Director), Alex Timbers (Production Consultant), and Annie-B Parso (Choreography and Musical Staging). American Utopia will run from October 20th, 2019 through January 19th, 2020 at the Hudson Theatre. 


Prior to the NYC run - the production will be staged at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre for an 18-performance run from September 11th through September 28th.


You can get tickets to the Broadway from the Hudson Theatre site

And tickets for the Boston shows are available via the Emerson Colonial site.


When asked about bringing American Utopia to Broadway, Byrne wrote: 


“Because of how theatrical the show is, others started telling me ‘this needs to go to Broadway.’ Why not? But what did that mean? Parked in a beautiful Broadway theater we can perfect the sound, the lights, the movement.  I thought to myself that this new context might be good- it might bring out the narrative arc a little bit more, to make it just a little more explicit. I asked Alex Timbers, whom I’d worked with twice before on musicals, to help. He brought some original and insightful ideas to the room, ideas I was too close to imagine, and we used those to build on what we had.”


Watch a trailer for the theatrical production below.


New Order Share First Track From New Live Album "Sub-culture" [LISTEN]


New-wave legends New Order have announced they will release a live album - recorded on July 13, 2017 at the  Manchester International Festival and includes from across New Order’s extensive career including the first live performance of Joy Division’s “Disorder” in 30 years! 


So we have no ide what the album title means: ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes...


But we do know that the band collaborated wuth visual artist Liam Gillick and composer Joe Duddell for the performance that included 10+ synthesizers. 


According to the band: “For the celebrated show ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes..., New Order deconstructed, rethought and rebuilt a wealth of material from throughout their career: familiar and obscure, old and new.”


The album is out July 12 via Mute and will be available on triple vinyl (transparent red, green and blue) or 2x CD.  Both formats will include deluxe booklets.



Keep scrolling to hear the first song released from the album 


∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes... Tracklist: 
01. Times Change (Live at MIF)
02. Who’s Joe (Live at MIF)
03. Dream Attack (Live at MIF)
04. Disorder (Live at MIF)
05. Ultraviolence (Live at MIF)
06. In A Lonely Place (Live at MIF)
07. All Day Long (Live at MIF)
08. Shellshock (Live at MIF)
09. Guilt Is A Useless Emotion (Live at MIF)
10. Sub-culture (Live at MIF)
11. Bizarre Love Triangle (Live at MIF)
12. Vanishing Point (Live at MIF)
13. Plastic (Live at MIF)
14. Your Silent Face (Live at MIF)
15. Decades (Live at MIF)
16. Elegia (Live at MIF)
17. Heart & Soul (Live at MIF)
18. Behind Closed Doors (Live at MIF)


New Order - Sub-Culture (Live at MIF)

People are mashing up Daenerys Mad Queen moment with heavy metal songs ... and it's amazing [SPOILERS]



If you haven't seen the first 5 episodes of  Game of Thrones season 8 - and don't want to know any spoilers - stop reading here  .... 


Also ... while we have your attention - have you entered to win our GOT Finale Comfort pack?





Ok - now that we've gotten that out of the way and you're still reading this - you know that in Episode 5  Daenerys Targaryen unleashed her dragon fury on King's Landing 




The scenes were pretty brutal to watch - with many innocent Westerosians being killed - despite the bells being rung to singal their surrender.  But to Dany - and some metal heads - Bells are just cause for destruction ... and thansk to the internet - the scenes of her distruction have now been dubbed over perfectly with heavy metal songs 



Below is AC/DC's "Hell's Bells" and Metallica's "For Whom the Bell Tolls" providing the soundtrack to the Mother of Dragons' destruction.


Daenerys Burns King's Landing (Fixed Sountrack) 





Daenerys Storms King's Landing, but to Metallica's For Whom the Bell Tolls







Private Artist Showcase Throwback - That Time Hozier Played St Anne's Parish [VIDEO]


Thanks to an astute listener (shout out to Katy Owings aka @ktkixit ) we were reminded that 5 years ago today - long before he was playing sold out arenas and theaters - we were taken to church - literally - by Hozier - for one of the most epic Private Artist Showcases. EVER.     


Here's a little walk down memory lane recalling that day - 


It was March of 2014 - and Bob Waugh had just returned from South By South West in Austin Texas.  In between drinking Tito's and eating tacos - he had a chance to see a young Irish singer song writer the name of Andrew Hozier-Byrne aka Hozier perform ... when he returned to home, Bob knew he had to get Hozier to come through Annapolis for a Private Artist Showcase - before his career skyrocketed. 


Bob also knew that this had to be a special showcase and since the song being played at the time was Take Me To Church - some calls were made - and the venue was booked - St. Anne's Parish in Downtown Annapolis.  


The day came and Hozier came to town and a small group of listeners were privy to a special 6 song performance ... not only did it make an impression on them - Hozier himself was impressed    


Now here are some details you may not know: 


Katie O'Malley - wife of then governor Martin O'Malley is a huge Hozier fan and was at the show.  Afterwards - she invited Hozier and the RNR staff back to the Governor's Mansion for a little after party.  After touring the house, sharing stories over a few Guinness - Governor Martin O'Malley and Hozier had a little jam session in the living room! 


We're not sure that we could ever recreate that day with Hozier now - but we can relive it through the amazing video footage provided by Sugar Farms Productions.  

Hozier: Take me to Church




Hozier: From Eden





The Black Keys reconnect in hilarious new video for new single 'GO' [WATCH]



The Black Keys are releasing their ninth album “Let’s Rock” on 6/28 via Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch Records (Pre-order it here


So far we've heard the tracks   “Lo/Hi” and “Eagle Birds”  - and today the duo released a video for the third single - "Go"


The video is a humorous one ... starting off with Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach acting like they haven’t spoken a word to each other since in five years and in a therapists office ... they later head to the Happy Trails International Community & Spiritual Retreat to reconnect.


But no more spoilers - watch it for yourself ... and be sure to get tickets to see The Black Keys with Modest Mouse at The Anthem on October 16


The Black Keys - Go [Official Music Video]



Watch an entire U2 Concert from 1981




Have you ever seen a band play a small gig and later to go on to become  world wide superstars? 


Back in 1981 - a little Irish band called U2 was making the rounds - playing college campuses and small clubs ... just a little after the release of their debut album Boy.  


Boy - I bet the people who saw this band in 1981 had no idea what a rock powerhouse they would become! 


Below is a full concert (with some extremely impressive quality audio and video) from May 15, 1981 ... sit back, tell the boss your on a conference call, and enjoy! 


U2 @ California Hall - San Francisco, California, USA 


  1. The Ocean
  2. 11 O'Clock Tick Tock
  3. I Will Follow
  4. I Fall Down
  5. An Cat Dubh / Into the Heart
  6. Touch
  7. Another Time, Another Place
  8. The Cry / The Electric Co. / Send in the Clowns (snippet)
  9. Things To Make And Do
  10. Stories for Boys
  11. Boy-Girl / Let's Twist Again (snippet)
  12. Out of Control
  13. Twilight
  14. I Will Follow
  15. A Day Without Me
  16. 11 O'Clock Tick Tock
  17. The Ocean

U2 - Full Concert - 05/15/81 - California Hall (OFFICIAL)



Watch Mick Jagger's Post-Heart Surgery Dance Moves


The Rolling Stones were forced to postpone their 2019 Summer Tour six weeks ago when it was revealed that Mick Jagger was to undergo heart surgery.  


We don't have any new dates for the tour - but the 75 year old front man seems to be ready to rock.  He posted the following video of himself practicing what appear to be his stage dance moves ... just one month after having aortic valve replacement surgery.  


In the video - he's not dancing to a Stones tune (it's “Techno Fan” by the Wombats) 


But it clearly indicates that Mick is ready to give his fans the show they were expecting this summer - except those people who bought Jazz Fest tickets ... that ship has sailed :/ 





Move over Red Bull and Hennessy - Jenny Lewis wants to sell you some weed

Hanging out with Jenny Lewis is cool ... but have you ever hung out with Jenny Lewis, on weed?




Well, you might not have the chance to light up with Jenny Lewis in person - but for now - if you find yourself Southern California, you can stop by a dispensary and pick up a 5 pack of  her very own marijuana pre-rolled joints.  “The Rabbit Hole,” is a collaboration with Santa Barbara area cannabis company Glass House Farms



Flood Magazine reports: 

The weed in Lewis’ joints will be “a light Sour Diesel sativa with 16.3 percent THC content,” which should equal a very chill, giggly high, ideal for music festivals. Fun fact: the seeds for “The Rabbit Hole” were allegedly first distributed at a Grateful Dead show in 1991.


While the marijuana used in the Rabbit Hole Joints isn't her own strain - Jenny Lewis has updated the story with the news that she plans on having a strand of her own






Don't miss Jenny Lewis and The Watson Twins at The Anthem on September 5! 


The Strokes Cover Erasure ... debut new music at first show in two years [WATCH]

On Monday (May 13th) The Strokes regrouped for their first live show in over two years - headlining the City of Angels benefit concert to raise funds for two homeless organizations in Los Angeles.


In addition to this being the band's first time on stage together, (they will play a few festivals this summer, but c'mon - can we get a proper tour?) the band also debuted new song titled “The Adults Are Talking” and played a bizarre cover version of Erasure’s 1988 hit, “A Little Respect” - with a little Prince mixed in as well. 


While there's no word on a new album by 


The Strokes - The Adults Are Talking - NEW SONG - The Wiltern May 13 



The Strokes - A Little Respect (Live)



Erasure A Little Respect (Official Video)


From the B-52's to Billie Eilish - Check Out This Amazing List of Memorabilia Being Auctioned for Charity

Online musical instrument retailer Reverb has cranked up their philanthropic pedal to 11 and set to host another amazing auction May 21-28.  They've amassed an impressive lot of items to be auctioned  - see the full list of items  below.  


The proceeds from the Girls Rock Reverb Gives Auction will benefit several non profits from around the world - dedicated to empowering female, transgender and gender non-conforming youth through music - including Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, Girls Rock Columbia, Girls Rock Philly, Omaha Girls Rock, Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls: Salt Lake City, ATEM (Arts Transform Empower Music) in Berlin, Femix, Girls Rock Dublin, Girls Rock London and Popkollo in Sweden.


Sep Mashiahof, Co-Executive Director at Bay Area Girls Rock Camp said in a statement:


“This kind of support is monumental in our unique vision to empower girls and gender-expansive youth in the Bay Area.  We’re grateful to the many women who broke barriers in the music industry to make way for new generations of girls and LGBTQ youth to forge their own paths.”


Last year's auction raised over $20,000 ... stay connected to auction details by signing up here


Items being auction include:


-an Epiphone electric guitar used by The Indigo Girls

a Sennheiser microphone and several records autographed by Stevie Nicks

-a Fender ukulele signed by Billie Eilish

- A pair of Hurley sneakers worn by Joan Jett on tour
- An Oscar Schmidt autoharp used and signed by Nancy Wilson of the rock band Heart
- An Epiphone amplifier owned by Tegan and Sara
- An album hand-painted by Alison Mosshart
- An Epiphone electric guitar and a Way Huge guitar pedal used by The Indigo Girls
- An Ernie Ball Albert Lee electric guitar used by Kimbra
- A show poster signed by Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor
- Concert and meet-and-greet tickets with The B-52’s
- P!nk concert tickets
Patty Griffin concert tickets
- Lauren Alaina concert tickets
- A VIP Rock & Roll Hall of Fame vault tour
- A Kala ukulele signed by Ingrid Michaelson
- An Epiphone acoustic guitar signed by Faith Hill
- A KC Hawaii ukulele owned and autographed by Colbie Caillat
- A Hendrix guitar strap and Vox amp signed and used by Khruangbin
- A pedal owned by Helms Alee
- The first microphone Caroline Rose ever owned
- A Boss pedal owned and signed by Lindsay Ell
- A Pro Tone pedal owned by Yvette Young
- A Boss pedal owned and signed by Chelsea Wolfe
- Fergie Footwear sandals signed by Fergie
- Cowboy boots signed by Reba McIntire
- A pink belt and record signed by Loretta Lynn
- A 1999 tour shirt signed by Charli XCX
- A Jumpsuit from I’m with Her
- Memorabilia from Kacey Musgraves, Mavis Staples, Dolly Parton, Patti Smith, Lita Ford, Ani DiFranco, Kelly Clarkson, Sharon Van Etten, Norah Jones, Evanescence, Cat Power, Larkin Poe, Lake Street Dive, Nicole Moudaber, Warner Bros. Records and Bloodshot Records
- Autographed vinyls from Annie Lennox, Michelle Branch, Khruangbin, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucius, Julien Baker, Tash Sultana, Joan Jett, Elle King, Wynonna Judd, Little Big Town, Marian Hill, Neko Case and Lindsey Stirling


Two Legends, One Stage: David Byrne helps Mavis Staples Celebrate Her 80th Birthday [VIDEO]



Mavis Staples may not turn 80 until July - but the mythic and eternal soul/gospel singer can celebrate whenever she damn well feels like it :) 


Last week, at New York's famed Apollo Theater - Staples celebrated her 80th birthday with a big all-star show that included tons of artists performing with and to paying  tribute Staples: Norah Jones, Warren Haynes, Maggie Rogers, Hiss Golden Messenger, Lake Street Dive, The Lone Bellow, and Jon Batiste.  


David Byrne also joined in the celebration, taking the stage to perform the Talking Heads classic - Slippery People ... the performance had a special place in the night - since after the Talking Heads released the song in 1983, The Staple Singers released a cover of the song (with Byrne playing guitar on the track) and it was a minor hit - was a minor hit — reaching #109 on the pop charts, #22 R&B.  


And in 2017, Mavis Staples recorded another “Slippery People” cover with Arcade Fire. 


So here's video of the 2019 collab, the original, the first cover and the Arcade Fire version 





Talking Heads Slippery People



Staple Singers - Slippery People (Live)




Mavis Staples & Arcade Fire - Slippery People




Neil Young Announces Live Album Titled Tuscaloosa


Our favorite Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young has announced that he will release a live album titled  Tuscaloosa on June 7.  The set 11 song set was recorded in February 1973 at the University of Alabama - hence the title.


The collection will be available in various formats - 

-a basic single-disc CD

-high-res digital download  

-a double album over three sides, with etched artwork on side four


For True fans with some extra cash to burn - 


-a limited-edition bundle of the album and a full-color lithograph of the band onstage autographed by Young’s longtime photographer, Joel Bernstein.



You can preorder the album here - and get an instant download of album cut “Don’t Be Denied"  


Here's the set list and art work - and a little live Neil Young from 1998 to tide you over until June 7 


Tuscaloosa Tracklist: 
01. Here We Are in the Years (3:56)
02. After the Gold Rush (4:42)
03. Out on the Weekend (5:29)
04. Harvest (4:14)
05. Old Man (4:17)
06. Heart of Gold (3:48)
07. Time Fades Away (6:10)
08. Lookout Joe (4:59)
09. New Mama (3:01)
10. Alabama (3:50)
11. Don’t Be Denied (8:09)


Tuscaloosa Album Art:



Neil Young - After the Gold Rush - 10/17/98 - Shoreline Amphitheatre (OFFICIAL)


Hear the three unreleased David Bowie tracks that are set to be sold at auction

Last year, some of the first known recordings by David Bowie were discovered.  


And nowthree rareDavid Bowie demos from the late 1960s will be auctioned on May 21 in England.


The tracks - "Funny Smile," "Bunny Thing" and "Pussy Cat," as well as "Did You Ever Have a Dream," which appeared on the 1981 compilation Another Face - will be auctioned under the title "David Bowie 1967 Rejected Demos" according to auction house Omega Auctions.


The lot description reads: 


"A boxed reel of 1/4" Ampex recording tape, containing four tracks recorded by David Bowie at Decca Studio 2 in West Hampstead, London circa 1967. All four were demos intended for use on his first album. The tracks are as follows: Funny Smile (02.17), Did You Ever Have a Dream (2.05), Bunny Thing (2.43), Pussy Cat (2.20). A digital copy of the recording will be included with the tape." 


Don't have a few grand laying around to purchase the tapes (or a reel to reel player to listen to them on)  - take a listen to a sampling below: 





Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie Shares Piano Cover Minor Threat's 'Filler'


Death Cab for Cute's Ben Gibbard once played an intimate show at Washington DC's Sixth & I Historic Synagogue ... during the set - he paid homage to the DC hard core punk  band Minor Threat, by covering their song "Filler


Seven years later - he has released a studio recording of the song  ... take a listend to the piano version and the original version below ... also - check out a fan shot video of the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue performance - 3 for 1! 




Minor Threat - Filler





Ben Gibbard covers Minor Threat










Watch Vampire Weekend Perform with HAIM on The Tonight Show


It's been a busy few weeks for Vampire Weekend - they played a pop up show in an LA park on Earth Day, they played another pop up show in an NYC park on the day their album Father of the Bride was released, then they played an 'official' 7 hour/3 set album release show at New York’s Webster Hall as part of this year’s Red Bull Music Festival (!) 


The band continued to promote FOTB on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon - performing “Jerusalem, New York, Berlin” and "This Life".  It was the first late night TV appearance for the band since 2014 ...


Father of the Bride features contributions from former member Rostam Batmangli, Steve Lacy, Ludwig Göransson, Hans Zimmer, iLoveMakonnen, Mark Ronson and and Danielle Haim of the band HAIM ... so it wasn't that much of a shock when Danielle and her sisters joined VW on the tonight show .. check out the performances below! 


Vampire Weekend ft. Haim: This Life




Vampire Weekend ft. Danielle Haim: Jerusalem, New York, Berlin







Woodstock 50: Michael Lang Needs to Raise $30M by Friday For The Festival To Go On



OK ... how did Woodstock 50 get so ahead of itself ... 


The on again // off again saga with the Woodstock 50 continues.


News broke that Dentsu - the fest's financial backers - have backed out, which they assumed would cancel the festival  ... after they already paid $30 million to the festival  headliners including Jay-Z, Dead & Company, The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Miley Cyrus and Chance the Rapper.


Cue Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang and his 'hold my beer moment'  ... holding a media blitz he claims he will need to raise the additional $30 million needed to stage the three-day concert, Aug. 16-18, at Watkins Glen International speedway, 150 miles east of the original 1969 festival site. 


To further complicate things - event producer Superfly has also backed out of the festival - which was immediately followed by Lang saying  Dan Berkowitz and his firm CID Entertainment would replace them as producers.


So basically it is crystal clear that nothing is clear about Woodstock 50 ... I guess the only thing they have going got them is that no one has purchased tickets to the show yet 







Claim your copy of For The Throne - Music Inspired By Game of Thrones

There’s two types of people in this world – those that are dreading the thought of  Game of Thrones ending and those who cannot wait for it to end so they can stop hearing their friends talk about it …





But all music fans should be happy that for the first time ever – HBO has asked a record label to curate an inspired-by album for the show!


We’re already in love with the music that’s on the album – like The Lumineers track Nightshade


The Lumineers - Nightshade 


And vinyl collectors will be even happier to know that Columbia Records plans on releasing 11 different configurations of the album on wax- nine cover variants representing all the house crests, one color variant with fire and ice colored vinyl and one standard vinyl (see below)


Now if you can’t wait to that long to get your hands on a copy – you can test RNR GOT to 49330 now for a chance to win a digital download of the album*


Here’s the album cover and track listing – the vinyl variations are below




For the Throne Tracklist:

01. “Kingdom Of One” – Maren Morris
02. “Power Is Power” – SZA, The Weeknd & Travis Scott
03. “Nightshade” – The Lumineers
04. “Hollow Crown” – Ellie Goulding
05. “Baptize Me” – X Ambassadors feat. Jacob Banks
06. “Too Many Gods” – A$AP Rocky & Joey Bada$$
07. “Turn On Me” – The National
08. “From The Grave” – James Arthur
09. “Me Traicionaste” – ROSALÍA feat. A.CHAL
10. “When I Lie” (Remix) – Lil Peep feat. Ty Dolla $ign
11. “Love Can Kill” – Lennon Stella
12. “Wolf At Your Door” – Chloe x Halle
13. “Devil in Your Eye” – Mumford & Sons
14. “Pray (High Valyrian)” – Matt Bellamy


















Miley Cyrus covers 'Walking in Memphis' in Memphis with Marc Cohn [WATCH]


This weekend's Beale Street Music Festival included a surprise apperance by Miley Cyrus...who, after playing her hits "Nothing Breaks Like A Heart”, “We Can’t Stop” and “Party In The U.S.A.,”  was joined by Marc Cohn for a performance of his 1991 hit “Walking In Memphis,”


Check it out: 
















Adam Sandler Returns to SNL - Pays Tribute to Chris Farley [VIDEO]

Adam Sandler returned to Saturday Night Live for the first time in 8 years last night ... and he brought some friends along - Chris Rock,  Jimmy Fallon, & Kristen Wiig to name a few ... he also resurrected some of his classic SNL characters  -Cajun Man, Canteen Boy, the Wedding Singer, Hank Gelfand, the Herlihy Boy, and of course Opera Man! 


But the most emotional part of the night came towards the end of the show, when Sandler paid tribute to his friend who couldn't be there ... Chris Farley.  Get the tissues ready and check out the song below 



Morrissey plays 'The More You Ignore Me the Closer I Get' for the first time in 15 years [VIDEO]

Morrissey continues to dazzle NYC fans with his Broadway residency - not just by actually showing up - but by also mixing up his set lists night to night.  Last night (night 3)  he opened the show with a song he hasn't played live in 15 years - 'The More Your Ignnore Me The Closer I Get'


Check out some videos and pics below to get you primed for his show at Merriweather Post Pavilion with Interpol on September 5 







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SETLIST: Morrissey @ Lunt-Fontanne Theater 5/4/2019
The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get
Alma Matters
Hairdresser on Fire
Girl Afraid (The Smiths)
Spent the Day in Bed
Is It Really So Strange? (The Smiths)
I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
How Soon Is Now? (The Smiths)
Morning Starship (Jobriath cover)
World Peace Is None of Your Business
If You Don’t Like Me, Don’t Look at Me
Munich Air Disaster 1958
Back on the Chain Gang (The Pretenders)
The Bullfighter Dies
Jack the Ripper
Everyday Is Like Sunday
You’re the One for Me, Fatty
Something Is Squeezing My Skull


First of the Gang to Die

Vampire Weekend played a 'CD Release Show' In NYC's Washington Square Park [VIDEO]



Vampire Weekend's log awaited album, Father of the Bride,  is out today - and the band celebrated its release by playing a pop up show in their old stomping grounds - New York City. The show, specifically in Washington Square Park (their 2nd park show in as many weeks), featured 12 songs (mostly by request - see below)


The band gave very little notice to fans ... announcung it via their social media





Luckily word spread fast and people came armed with their phones... check out the video captured of the show below ... 


Setlist: Vampire Weekend acoustic @ Washington Square Park, 5/3/2019  

White Sky
Campus (By request)
Oxford Comma (By request)
Horchata (By request)
Ottoman (By request)
Diplomat’s Son (By request)
How Long? (Live debut, by request)
Sunflower (By request)
Hannah Hunt (By request)
Step (By request)
Hold You Now (Live debut, by request)





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Cage the Elephant & Beck Drop an Amazingly Retro Sci-Fi Video for 'Night Running' [WATCH]



Cage the Elephant and Beck combined forces for the song Night Running, one of our favorite jams of  the moment ... pretty sure it will end up in a lot of our top 10 lists come December ... And now we have a visualizer for the reggae fueled song that uses antiquated video technology and decades-old special effects and to tell a sci-fi story.


Director Jennifer Juniper Stratford 

...wanted to create a realm where a super computer that hosts a simulation program that "creates a series of artificial worlds.  While Beck would appear to live within the software as a master control, while Matt would be transported to different worlds and new identities leaving him to question what is real.”


Catch Beck, Cage the Elephant and Spoon at Merriweather Post Pavilion on August 22


Cage The Elephant, Beck - Night Running (Official Video)



The Rolling Stones Set To Release Rock and Roll Circus Box Set

We may not know when The Rolling Stones 2019 tour dates will be rescheduled to ... but we do know the band plans a massive new box set reissue of their famed TV special Rock and Roll Circus.  


The new Rock and Roll Circus box set is due out June 7 and will feature remastered audio from the concert on three LPs, marking the first time the concert has been committed to vinyl.  It also includes remastered footage of the concert on Blu-Ray and DVD with new commentary tracks by the band and the special’s cinematographer Tony Richmond.


The box set also features a few bonus tracks, including three extra Taj Mahal songs and an unreleased recording of Lennon playing “Revolution” with The Dirty Mac.


You can preorder their Rock and Roll Circus box set here.


Moz vs Marr - The former Smiths members payed homage to their former band this week [VIDEO]

Morrissey kicked off his seven night residency at last night (5/2) at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater in New York City (one show down – only six left to not be cancelled :P )


The show’s set list (see below) ranged from Smiths songs to songs from his throughout his 30+ year solo career.  You can still get tickets to catch Moz at Merriweather Post Pavilion with Interpol on September 5.




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Meanwhile, the night before – across the Hudson River – former Smiths’ guitar player Johnny Marr also kicked off his US tour at New Jersey’s Wellmont Theatre.  Marr’s set list was also Smith cover laden – including a covers of “How Soon Is Now”.  “The Headmaster Ritual,” “Bigmouth Strikes Again,” “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me,” “How Soon is Now,” “There is a Light That Never Goes Out” and “You Just Haven’t Earned it Yet Baby.”


Check out videos and pictures from the shows below


Morrissey - Is It Really So Strange LIVE@ Lunt-Fontanne Theatre Broadway NYC 5/2/2019



Morrissey live on Broadway Every Day is Like Sunday



Morrissey live on Broadway How Soon Is Now



Meanwhile … across the Hudson River




“This Charming Man”, played live for the first time in the U.S. solo, by Mr. Marr

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This Charming Man - Johnny Marr @ The Wellmont Theater - May 1, 2019



SETLIST: Morrissey @ Lunt-Fontanne Theater 5/2/2019 .

That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore (The Smiths)
Alma Matters
Hairdresser On Fire
Is It Really So Strange? (The Smiths)
I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
How Soon Is Now? (The Smiths)
I Wish You Lonely
World Peace Is None of Your Business
Morning Starship (Jobriath)
If You Don’t Like Me, Don’t Look at Me
Munich Air Disaster 1958
Back on the Chain Gang (The Pretenders)
The Bullfighter Dies
Trouble Loves Me
Jack the Ripper
Seasick, Yet Still Docked
Everyday Is Like Sunday
What She Said / Rubber Ring (The Smiths)


Let Me Kiss You



SETLIST: Johnny Marr @ Wellmont Theatre 5/1/2019 

The Tracers
Bigmouth Strikes Again (The Smiths)
Day In Day Out
New Dominions
Hi Hello
The Headmaster Ritual (The Smiths)
Walk Into the Sea
How Soon Is Now? (The Smiths)
Getting Away With It (Electronic)
Hey Angel
Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me (The Smiths)
Spiral Cities
Get the Message (Electronic)
Easy Money
This Charming Man (The Smiths)


There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (The Smiths)
You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby (The Smiths)

The Cure announce plans to Live Stream Disintegration Anniversary Shows


On the 30th anniversary of the release of the album that gave us now classic songs like "Lullaby," "Lovesong," "Fascination Street," and "Pictures Of You"  - The Cure have added a fifth performance to their Vivid LIVE residency at the Sydney Opera House in which they will play the album in full. AND - - - the concert, taking place May 30, will be live stream around the world via Facebook and YouTube!!! 


According to Robert Smith - you'd better have your best sound system in place:


“We look forward to celebrating the anniversary of this special album with you all... ...and remember: this album was mixed to be played loud… so turn it up!”

Trying to go to the show - well - tickets forthe 5th show are only available to fans who didn't get tickets through the lottery for the first four shows ... get info on entering the lottery here


And never forget: 




Bastille Announce North American Tour & Release First Single From New Album Doom Days



Grammy nominated band Bastille are back - announcing the release of a new album, Doom Days (release date June 14)... the first single - Joy, and a massive North American tour - including a date at The Anthem in DC on September 21



Here the single below ... and get tickets for their show at The Anthem HERE when they go on sale on May 10th 


You can pre-order the album before 4.30pm on May 7th to receive an exclusive pre-sale code to the tour. More info:


Bastille - Joy (Visualiser)


Doom Days Track List

1. Quarter Past Midnight
2. Bad Decisions
3. The Waves
4. Divide
5. Million Pieces
6. Doom Days
7. Nocturnal Creatures
8. 4AM
9. Another Place
10. Those Nights
11. Joy



North American Tour Dates
9/16 - Philadelphia, PA - The Met
9/17 - Boston, MA- Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
9/18 - Montreal, QC - Place Bell 
9/20 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage 
9/21 - Washington, DC - Anthem
9/22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
9/24 - New York, NY - Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
9/27 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
9/28 - Richmond, VA - Virginia Credit Union LIVE!
9/29 - Columbus, OH - Express Live!
10/1 - Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple Theatre?
10/2 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre?
10/4 - Denver, CO - The Mission Ballroom
10/5 - Salt Lake City, UT - Saltair?
10/7 - Portland, OR - Theatre of The Clouds @ Moda Center
10/8 - Vancouver, BC - Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Arena
10/9 - Seattle, WA - WAMU Theatre?
10/11 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre?
10/12 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre?
10/13 - San Diego, CA - CalCoastal Credit Union Open Air Theatre?
10/15 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre?
10/17 - Dallas, TX - South Side Ballroom
10/18 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall Lawn
10/19 - Austin, TX - Austin 360 Amphitheater
10/21 - Birmingham, AL - BJCC?
10/22 - Nashville, TN - Municipal Auditorium
10/23 - Atlanta, GA - Roxy Theatre?
10/25 - Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheater
10/26 - Jacksonville, FL - Daily’s Place Amphitheater
10/27 - Miami, FL - Bayfront Park Amphitheater
10/29 - Mexico City, MX - Pepsi Center

The National Release New Single 'Hairpin Turns' [VIDEO]


We have another single to tide us over as we patiently await for The National's new album, I Am Easy to Find.  


 The latest single, a piano-driven jaunt that features guest vocals from Gail Ann Dorsey and Lisa Hannigan - is titled  “Hairpin Turns.”


The release comes with a video directed by Academy Award nominee Mike Mills and features a dancer (Sharon Eyal moving) making her way around a blank white room while the band members and singers perform around her.


Mills said of the video: 


“The video is a very simple portrait of the band (and the friends who helped make the song) and the song itself: You see all the instruments that make up the song in isolation, even hear them recorded live on set over the album version, kind of like showing you the tracks that make up the song,”


Tickets are still available for The National with Courtney Barnett at The Anthem on June 19  HERE 




It's National Concert Week And You Can Get Tickets to Some Amazing Shows for Just 20 Bucks

We love made up holidays ... but National Concert Week might just be our favorite ... because for one week (May 1 - May 7) Live Nation is offering $20 tickets to over 2800 shows by over 50 artists ...Seems like a lot to sift through - so we went ahead and picked out the best ones for you ;)  


Get your tickets ASAP - cause there's only a limited amount of the $20 tickets available!  


5/11 – The Who (Jiffy Lube Live)

5/18 – Tash Sultana (MECU Pavilion)

5/26 - Collective Soul & Gin Blossoms (MGM Nat'l Harbor)

5/28 - L7 (Fillmore Silver Spring)

5/31 – Toots & the Maytals (The Fillmore Silver Spring)

5/31 - Collective Soul & Gin Blossoms (MECU Pavilion)

6/1 - Trevor Noah (Giant Center in Hershey)

6/9 – Live on Mars – A Tribute to David Bowie (Warner Theatre)

6/13 - Slightly Stoopid, Tribal Seeds, Matisyahu (MECU Pavilion)

6/22 – The Royal Affair Tour w/ YES & Asia (MECU Pavilion)

6/26 – Chicago (MECU Pavilion)

7/13 – moe., Blues Traveler, & G Love (MECU Pavilion)

7/18 – Steve Miller Band (MECU Pavilion)

7/21 - Iration, Pepper, Fortunate Youth (MECU Pavilion)

7/23 - The Struts (MECU Pavilion)

8/1 – Greensky Bluegrass (MECU Pavilion)

8/8 - Rebelution & Ballyhoo (MECU Pavilion)

8/20 – Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals and Trombone Shorty (MECU Pavilion)

8/21 - Flogging Molly & Social Distortion (MECU Pavilion)

9/26 – Miranda Lambert & Elle King (Royal Farms Arena)




More Game of Thrones Cameos - this time it was Jack Bevan and Jimmy Smith from FOALS [PICS]



Another day, another rock star reveals they were extras on the Game of Thrones episode The Long Night ... Which apparently was rated one of the worst episodes of the series. 


We now know that Foals drummer Jack Bevan and guitarist Jimmy Smith appeared as extras in the show's latest episode which featured The Battle of Winterfell - one of the longest and most expensive battle scenes to ever be depicted in either TV or film.


The two revealed this via their Instagrams ... this really gives new meaning to the Foals song 'Mountain At My Gates' :)