RNR News and Notes Archives for 2020-01

On This Day in 1970: The Grateful Dead Were 'Busted Down On Bourbon Street'

“Busted, down on Bourbon Street,

Set up, like a bowlin’ pin,

Knocked down, it gets to wearin’ thin,

They just won’t let you be…” 




Iconic lyrics from The Grateful Dead song "Truckin".   But did you know they were inspired by a true story? 


On January 31, 1970 members of The Dead had a run in with the New Orleans Police Department - when they were arrested for drug charges after a performance at The Warehouse with Fleetwood Mac.


The incident was a little suspicious - with the police waiting for the band at the hotel after their show. 


Lenny Hart (Mickey Hart‘s father and the band’s then-manager) told  Rolling Stone:

“It was very peculiar, and it seems like they set them up. [The cops] were waiting when they got back from their concert. They had a warrant and had already searched the room when the band got back. Nothing was found on any of the people except stuff they had prescriptions for. Everything they claim to have found was in the room, they said. But nobody in the band knows where any of it came from. It wasn’t their stuff. The Grateful Dead are normally very cool and cautious.”



The late Jerry Garcia recalls the incident: 

“They had great fun with us, the southern cops. They had just what they wanted: hippies. Oh, boy.”


Hear his whole account below 



Watch Pearl Jam's 'Mach II' video for 'Dance of the Clairvoyants' - the first single from Gigaton

Pearl Jam have released a second video for their newest single - "Dance of the Clairvoyants" - from the album Gigaton - due out March 27.  


The album is their since 2013's 'Lightning Bolt'  and their first new material since the 2018 single 'Can't Deny Me'.


In the second video (Mach II), released a week after the Mach I version  - we see footage of band intertwined between footage some of our planet's natural phenomena. 


Bass player Jeff Ament said of the track:


"'Dance' was a perfect storm of experimentation and real collaboration ...We've opened some new doors creatively and that's exciting."


Check out the video below and keep scrolling to see the first video - 



Pearl Jam - Dance Of The Clairvoyants (Mach II)


Pearl Jam - Dance Of The Clairvoyants (Mach I)


The Firefly 2020 Lineup is here - Billie Eilish, Rage Against the Machine, Cage the Elephant, Maggie Rogers and more will be at the Woodlands

We'd been hearing rumors that the 2020 Firefly lineup was going to be bonkers ... and those rumores were TRUE


Newly reformed Rage Against the Machine !  Grammy sweeper Billie Eilish ! Easton Native Maggie Rogers ! Cage the Elephant, Illiterate Light, Blink 182, Cold War Kids, Khalid Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Chvrches


Here's the full lineup: 



Presale starts Friday, 1/31 at 10am ET.


Public Onsale starts Monday, 2/3 at 10am ET.

9 year old Nandi Bushell is at it again - perfectly covering Dave Grohl's drum parts from 'No One Knows'

Most kids start their music lessons with playing Three Blind Mice on the recorder.  Nandi Bushell isn't most kids.  The 9 year old drumming prodigy - who's made the rounds for her impressive drumming skills (including an appearance on Ellen!) - is back - with a cover of “No One Knows” by Queens of the Stone Age


"I LOVE THIS SONG!!! ... I had so much fun rocking out!" she wrote on Twitter 


Dave Grohl originally played drums on the track - during his brief stint in the band in 2001


Queens of the Stone Age - No one Knows - Drum Cover



The video has made it's way to the band - prompting them to repost it : 



Watch the trailer for Beastie Boys Story- the Spike Jonze-Directed 'Live Documentary'

Now here's a little teaser for a documentary about three bad brothers you know so well ... a teaser for the Spike Jonze documentary Beastie Boys Story has hit the web - check it out below.  


The film will hit IMAX on April 3rd for a limited time and then be available via Apple+ on April 24th.


The film is an extension of the memoir - Beastie Boys Book -  and features footage shot by Jonze - as well as footage from the Brooklyn and Philadelphia speaking engagements  Adam Horovitz and Mike Diamond’s did in support of the book.


Speaking on their relationship with Jonze, Horovitz and Diamond said: 


There are some friends you have lunch with so many times over the years, you know their order. Spike is one of those friends. And even when you don’t recognize anything on the menu, he comes up with something good for the whole table. Like when we wondered what to do when our book comes out… then Spike placed his order: You will put on a show for the children.


Beastie Boys Story — Official Sneak Peek | Apple TV+

Grace Potter and Devon Gilfillian at The Anthem 01.25.20 - Pics / Video / Setlist

Grace Potter and Devon Gilfillian gave those at The Anthem their money's worth and then some on Saturday Night.  From the opening song - to Grace closing the night with her emotional track - Release - it was a magical night.  


See the full gallery of Tedd Henn's pictures here


Photo: Tedd Henn 






Have you checked out  Bob Waugh's conversation with Grace Potter yet? 







Grammys 2020 Recap: Billie Eilish wins big - sweeping all four major Grammy categories

Last year - Billie Eilish took the world by storm with an album she and her brother produced in her bedroom.  She wasn't even 18 years old yet ... At the 2020 Grammy's Billie Eilish and her brother / producer Finneas swept all four major Grammy Awards (the first person to do so since Christopher Cross did it in 1981) ... that's Best New ArtistSong Of The Year, Album Of The Year, and Record Of The Year.  Their acceptance speech for record of the year: two combined words: “Thank you.”




Downhill from here

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The night also had an emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant - featuring Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men. 



Here is the complete list of Grammy winners: 


Record of the Year
"Hey, Ma," Bon Iver
WINNER: "Bad Guy," Billie Eilish
"7 Rings," Ariana Grande
"Hard Place," H.E.R.
"Talk," Khalid
"Old Town Road," Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
"Truth Hurts," Lizzo
"Sunflower," Post Malone & Swae Lee



Album of the Year 
I,I, Bon Iver
Norman F---ing Rockwell!, Lana Del Rey
WINNER: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Billie Eilish 
Thank U, Next, Ariana Grande
I Used to Know Her, H.E.R.
7, Lil Nas X
Cuz I Love You (Deluxe), Lizzo
Father of the Bride, Vampire Weekend



Song of the Year
"Always Remember Us This Way," Natalie Hemby, Lady Gaga, Hillary Lindsey & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Lady Gaga)
WINNER: "Bad Guy," Billie Eilish O'Connell & Finneas O'Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
"Bring My Flowers Now," Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth & Tanya Tucker, songwriters (Tanya Tucker)
"Hard Place," Ruby Amanfu, Sam Ashworth, D. Arcelious Harris, H.E.R. & Rodney Jerkins, songwriters (H.E.R.)
"Lover," Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)
"Norman F---ing Rockwell," Jack Antonoff & Lana Del Rey, songwriters (Lana Del Rey)
"Someone You Loved," Tom Barnes, Lewis Capaldi, Pete Kelleher, Benjamin Kohn & Sam Roman, songwriters (Lewis Capaldi)
"Truth Hurts," Steven Cheung, Eric Frederic, Melissa Jefferson & Jesse Saint John, songwriters (Lizzo)



Best New Artist
Black Pumas
WINNER: Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Maggie Rogers
Tank and the Bangas



Best Pop Solo Performance
"Spirit," Beyonce?
"Bad Guy," Billie Eilish
"7 Rings," Ariana Grande
WINNER: "Truth Hurts," Lizzo
"You Need to Calm Down," Taylor Swift



Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
"Boyfriend," Ariana Grande & Social House
"Sucker," Jonas Brothers
WINNER: "Old Town Road," Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
"Sunflower," Post Malone & Swae Lee
"Senorita," Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello



Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Si, Andrea Bocelli
Love (Deluxe Edition), Michael Buble?
WINNER: Look Now, Elvis Costello & The Imposters
A Legendary Christmas, John Legend
Walls, Barbra Streisand



Best Pop Vocal Album
The Lion King: The Gift, Beyonce?
WINNER: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Billie Eilish
Thank U, Next, Ariana Grande
No. 6 Collaborations Project, Ed Sheeran
Lover, Taylor Swift



Best Dance Recording
"Linked," Bonobo
WINNER: "Got to Keep On," The Chemical Brothers
"Piece of Your Heart," Meduza Featuring Goodboys
"Underwater," Rufus Du Sol
"Midnight, Hour," Skrillex & Boys Noize Featuring Ty Dolla $ign Boys Noize & Skrillex



Best Dance/Electronic Album
LP5, Apparat
WINNER: No Geography, The Chemical Brothers
Hi This Is Flume (Mixtape), Flume
Solace, Rufus Du Sol
Weather, Tycho 



Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Ancestral Recall, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
Star People Nation, Theo Croker
Beat Music! Beat Music! Beat Music!, Mark Guiliana
Elevate, Lettuce
WINNER: Mettavolution, Rodrigo y Gabriela



Best Rock Performance
"Pretty Waste," Bones UK
WINNER: "This Land," Gary Clark Jr.
"History Repeats," Brittany Howard
"Woman," Karen O & Danger Mouse
"Too Bad," Rival Sons



Best Metal Performance
"Astorlus - The Great Octopus," Candlemass Featuring Tony Iommi
"Humanicide," Death Angel
"Bow Down," I Prevail
"Unleashed," Killswitch Engage
WINNER: "7empest," Tool



Best Rock Song
"Fear Inoculum," Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor, Adam Jones & Maynard James Keenan, songwriters (Tool)
"Give Yourself a Try," George Daniel, Adam Hann, Matthew Healy & Ross MacDonald, songwriters (The 1975)
"Harmony Hall," Ezra Koenig, songwriter (Vampire Weekend)
"History Repeats," Brittany Howard, songwriter (Brittany Howard)
WINNER: "This Land," Gary Clark Jr., songwriter (Gary Clark Jr.)



Best Rock Album
Amo, Bring Me The Horizon
WINNER: Social Cues, Cage the Elephant
In the End, The Cranberries
Trauma, I Prevail
Feral Roots, Rival Sons



Best Alternative Music Album
U.F.O.F., Big Thief
Assume Form, James Blake
I,I, Bon Iver
WINNER: Father of the Bride, Vampire Weekend
Anima, Thom Yorke



Best R&B Performance
"Love Again," Daniel Caesar & Brandy
Could've Been," H.E.R. Featuring Bryson Tiller
"Exactly How I Feel," Lizzo Featuring Gucci Mane
"Roll Some Mo," Lucky Daye
WINNER: "Come Home," Anderson .Paak Featuring Andre? 3000



Best Traditional R&B Performance
"Time Today," BJ The Chicago Kid
"Steady Love," India.Arie
WINNER: "Jerome," Lizzo
"Real Games," Lucky Daye
"Built for Love," PJ Morton Featuring Jazmine Sullivan



Best R&B Song
"Could've Been," Dernst Emile II, David “Swagg R’Celious” Harris, H.E.R. & Hue “Soundzfire” Strother, songwriters (H.E.R. Featuring Bryson Tiller)
"Look at Me Now," Emily King & Jeremy Most, songwriters (Emily King)
"No Guidance," Chris Brown, Tyler James Bryant, Nija Charles, Aubrey Graham, Anderson Hernandez, Michee Patrick Lebrun, Joshua Lewis, Noah Shebib & Teddy Walton, songwriters (Chris Brown Featuring Drake)
"Roll Some Mo," David Brown, Dernst Emile II & Peter Lee Johnson, songwriters (Lucky Daye)
WINNER: "Sayso," PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton Featuring JoJo)



Best Urban Contemporary Album
Apollo XXI, Steve Lacy
WINNER: Cuz I Love You (Deluxe), Lizzo
Overload, Georgia Anne Muldrow
Saturn, Nao
Being Human in Public, Jessie Reyez



Best R&B Album
1123, BJ The Chicago Kid
Painted, Lucky Daye
Ella Mai, Ella Mai
Paul, PJ Morton
WINNER: Ventura, Anderson .Paak



Best Rap Performance
"Middle Child," J. Cole
"Suge," DaBaby
"Down Bad," Dreamville Featuring J.I.D, Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG & Young Nudy
WINNER: "Racks in the Middle," Nipsey Hussle Featuring Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy
"Clout," Offset Featuring Cardi B



Best Rap/Sung Performance
WINNER: "Higher," DJ Khaled Featuring Nipsey Hussle & John Legend
"Drip Too Hard," Lil Baby & Gunna
"Panini," Lil Nas X
"Ballin," Mustard Featuring Roddy Ricch
"The London," Young Thug Featuring J. Cole & Travis Scott



Best Rap Song
"Bad Idea," Chancelor Bennett, Cordae Dunston, Uforo Ebong & Daniel Hackett, songwriters (YBN Cordae Featuring Chance The Rapper)
"Gold Roses," Noel Cadastre, Aubrey Graham, Anderson Hernandez, Khristopher Riddick-Tynes, William Leonard Roberts II, Joshua Quinton Scruggs, Leon Thomas III & Ozan Yildirim, songwriters (Rick Ross Featuring Drake)
WINNER: "A Lot," Jermaine Cole, Dacoury Natche, 21 Savage & Anthony White, songwriters (21 Savage Featuring J. Cole)
"Racks in the Middle," Ermias Asghedom, Dustin James Corbett, Greg Allen Davis, Chauncey Hollis, Jr. & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Nipsey Hussle Featuring Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy)
"Suge," DaBaby, Jetsonmade & Pooh Beatz, songwriters (DaBaby)



Best Rap Album
Revenge of the Dreamers III, Dreamville
Championships, Meek Mill
I Am > I Was, 21 Savage
WINNER: Igor, Tyler, The Creator
The Lost Boy, YBN Cordae



Best Country Solo Performance
"All Your'n," Tyler Childers
"Girl Goin' Nowhere," Ashley McBryde
WINNER: "Ride Me Back Home," Willie Nelson
"God's Country," Blake Shelton
"Bring My Flowers Now," Tanya Tucker



Best Country Duo/Group Performance
"Brand New Man," Brooks & Dunn With Luke Combs
"I Don't Remember Me (Before You)," Brothers Osborne
WINNER: "Speechless," Dan + Shay
"The Daughters," Little Big Town
"Common," Maren Morris Featuring Brandi Carlile



Best Country Song
WINNER: "Bring My Flowers Now," Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth & Tanya Tucker, songwriters (Tanya Tucker)
"Girl Goin' Nowhere," Jeremy Bussey & Ashley McBryde, songwriters (Ashley McBryde)
"It All Comes Out in the Wash," Miranda Lambert, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
"Some of It," Eric Church, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde & Bobby Pinson, songwriters (Eric Church)
"Speechless," Shay Mooney, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers & Laura Veltz, songwriters (Dan + Shay)



Best Country Album
Desperate Man, Eric Church
Stronger Than the Truth, Reba McEntire
Interstate Gospel, Pistol Annies
Center Point Road, Thomas Rhett
WINNER: While I'm Livin', Tanya Tucker



Best New Age Album
Fairy Dreams, David Arkenstone
Homage to Kindness, David Darling
WINNER: Wings, Peter Kater
Verve, Sebastian Plano
Deva, Deva Premal



Best Improvised Jazz Solo
"Elsewhere," Melissa Aldana, soloist
WINNER: "Sozinho," Randy Brecker, soloist
"Tomorrow Is the Question," Julian Lage, soloist
"The Windup," Branford Marsalis, soloist
"Sightseeing," Christian McBride, soloist



Best Jazz Vocal Album
Thirsty Ghost, Sara Gazarek
Love & Liberation, Jazzmeia Horn
Alone Together, Catherine Russell
WINNER: 12 Little Spells, Esperanza Spalding
Screenplay, The Tierney Sutton Band



Best Jazz Instrumental Album
In the Key of the Universe, Joey DeFrancesco
The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul, Branford Marsalis Quartet
Christian McBride's New Jawn, Christian McBride
WINNER: Finding Gabriel, Brad Mehldau
Come What May, Joshua Redman Quartet



Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Triple Helix, Anat Cohen Tentet
Dance in Nowhere, Miho Hazama
Hiding Out, Mike Holober & The Gotham Jazz Orchestra
WINNER: The Omni-American Book Club, Brian Lynch Big Band
One Day Wonder, Terraza Big Band



Best Latin Jazz Album
WINNER: Antidote, Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Band
Sorte!: Music by John Finbury, Thalma de Freitas With Vitor Gonc?alves, John Patitucci, Chico Pinheiro, Rogerio Boccato & Duduka Da Fonseca
Una Noche Con Ruben Blades, Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis & Rube?n Blades
Carib, David Sa?nchez
Sonero: The Music of Ismael Rivera, Miguel Zeno?n 



Best Gospel Performance/Song
WINNER: "Love Theory," Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, songwriter
"Talkin' Bout Jesus," Gloria Gaynor Featuring Yolanda Adams; Bryan Fowler, Gloria Gaynor & Chris Stevens, songwriters
"See the Light," Travis Greene Featuring Jekalyn Carr
"Speak the Name," Koryn Hawthorne Featuring Natalie Grant
"This Is a Movie (Live)", Tasha Cobbs Leonard; Tony Brown, Brandon Lake, Tasha Cobbs Leonard & Nate Moore, songwriters



Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
"Only Jesus," Casting Crowns; Mark Hall, Bernie Herms & Matthew West, songwriters
WINNER: "God Only Knows," for King & Country & Dolly Parton; Josh Kerr, Jordan Reynolds, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone & Tedd Tjornhom, songwriters
"Haven't Seen It Yet," Danny Gokey; Danny Gokey, Ethan Hulse & Colby Wedgeworth, songwriters
"God's Not Done With You (Single Version)," Tauren Wells
"Rescue Story," Zach Williams; Ethan Hulse, Andrew Ripp, Jonathan Smith & Zach Williams, songwriters



Best Gospel Album
WINNER: Long Live Love, Kirk Franklin
Goshen, Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri -City Singers
Tunnel Vision, Gene Moore
Settle Here, William Murphy
Something's Happening! A Christmas Album, CeCe Winans



Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
I Know a Ghost, Crowder
WINNER: Burn the Ships, for KING & COUNTRY
Haven't Seen It Yet, Danny Gokey
The Elements, TobyMac
Holy Roar, Chris Tomlin



Best Roots Gospel Album
Deeper Roots: Where the Bluegrass Grows, Steven Curtis Chapman
WINNER: Testimony, Gloria Gaynor
Deeper Oceans, Joseph Habedank
His Name Is Jesus, Tim Menzies
Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout (Various Artists), Jerry Salley, Producer



Best Latin Pop Album
Vida, Luis Fonsi
11:11, Maluma
Montaner, Ricardo Montaner
WINNER: #ELDISCO, Alejandro Sanz
Fantasia, Sebastian Yatra



Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
X 100Pre, Bad Bunny
Oasis, J Balvin & Bad Bunny
Indestructible, Flor De Toloache
Almadura, iLe
WINNER: El Mal Querer, Rosalia



Best Regional Mexican Album (Including Tejano)
Caminado, Joss Favela
Percepcion, Intocable
Poco a Poco, La Energia Norten?a
20 Aniversario, Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea
WINNER: De Ayer Para Siempre, Mariachi Los Camperos



Best Tropical Latin Album
WINNER (TIE): Opus, Marc Anthony
Tiempo Al Tiempo, Luis Enrique + C4 Trio
Candela, Vicente Garci?a
Literal, Juan Luis Guerra 4.40
WINNER (TIE): A Journey Through Cuban Music, Ayme?e Nuviola



Best American Roots Performance
WINNER: "Saint Honesty," Sara Bareilles
"Father Mountain," Calexico And Iron & Wine
"I'm on My Way," Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi
"Call My Name," I'm With Her
"Faraway Look," Yola



Best American Roots Song
"Black Myself," Amythyst Kiah, songwriter (Our Native Daughters)
WINNER: "Call My Name," Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan & Sara Watkins, songwriters (I'm With Her)
"Crossing to Jerusalem," Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal, songwriters (Rosanne Cash)
"Faraway Look," Dan Auerbach, Yola Carter & Pat McLaughlin, songwriters (Yola)
"I Don't Wanna Ride the Rails No More," Vince Gill, songwriter (Vince Gill)




Best Americana Album
Years to Burn, Calexico And Iron & Wine
Who Are You Now, Madison Cunningham
WINNER: Oklahoma, Keb' Mo'
Tales of America, J.S. Ondara
Walk Through Fire, Yola



Best Bluegrass Album
WINNER: Tall Fiddler, Michael Cleveland
Live in Prague, Czech Republic, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Toil, Tears & Trouble, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys
Royal Traveller, Missy Raines
If You Can't Stand the Heat, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen



Best Traditional Blues Album
Kingfish, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
WINNER: Tall, Dark & Handsome, Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men
Sitting on Top of the Blues, Bobby Rush
Baby, Please Come Home, Jimmie Vaughan
Spectacular Class, Jontavious Willis



Best Contemporary Blues Album
WINNER: This Land, Gary Clark Jr.
Venom & Faith, Larkin Poe
Brighter Days, Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Somebody Save Me, Sugaray Rayford
Keep On, Southern Avenue



Best Folk Album
My Finest Work Yet, Andrew Bird
Rearrange My Heart, Che Apalache
WINNER: Patty Griffin, Patty Griffin
Evening Machines, Gregory Alan Isakov
Front Porch, Joy Williams



Best Regional Roots Music Album
Kalawai’Anui, Amy Ha?naiali’i
When It's Cold - Cree Round Dance Songs, Northern Cree
WINNER: Good Time, Ranky Tanky
Recorded at the 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Rebirth Brass Band
Hawaiian Lullaby, (Various Artists), Imua Garza & Kimie? Miner, producers



Best Reggae Album
WINNER: Rapture, Koffee
As I Am, Julian Marley
The Final Battle: Sly & Robbie Vs. Roots Radics, Sly & Robbie & Roots Radics
Mass Manipulation, Steel Pulse
More Work to Be Done, Third World



Best World Music Album
Gece, Altin Gu?n
What Heat, Bokante? & Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley
African Giant, Burna Boy
Fanm D'Ayiti, Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet
WINNER: Celia, Angelique Kidjo



Best Children's Music Album
WINNER: Ageless Songs for the Child Archetype, Jon Samson
Flying High!, Caspar Babypants
I Love Rainy Days, Daniel Tashian
The Love, Alphabet Rockers
Winterland, The Okee Dokee Brothers



Best Spoken Word Album
Beastie Boys Book, (Various Artists) Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz, Scott Sherratt & Dan Zitt, producers
WINNER: Becoming, Michelle Obama
I.V. Catatonia: 20 Years as a Two-Time Cancer Survivor, Eric Alexandrakis
Mr. Know-It-All, John Waters
Sekou Andrews & The String Theory, Sekou Andrews & The String Theory



Best Comedy Album
Quality Time, Jim Gaffigan
Relatable, Ellen DeGeneres
Right Now, Aziz Ansari
Son of Patricia, Trevor Noah
WINNER: Sticks & Stones, Dave Chappelle



Best Musical Theater Album
Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations
WINNER: Hadestown
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - In Four Contemporary Suites



Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
The Lion King: The Songs
Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

WINNER: A Star Is Born



Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Avengers: Endgame
WINNER: Chernobyl
Game of Thrones: Season 8
The Lion King
Mary Poppins Returns



Best Song Written for Visual Media
"The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy," From: Toy Story 4
"Girl in the Movies," From: Dumplin'
WINNER: "I'll Never Love Again" (Film Version), From: A Star Is Born
"Sprit," From: The Lion King
"Suspirium," From: Suspiria



Best Instrumental Composition
"Begin Again," Fred Hersch, composer (Fred Hersch & The WDR Big Band Conducted By Vince Mendoza)
"Crucible for Crisis," Brian Lynch, composer (Brian Lynch Big Band)
"Love, A Beautiful Force," Vince Mendoza, composer (Vince Mendoza, Terell Stafford, Dick Oatts & Temple University Studio Orchestra)
WINNER: "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Symphonic Suite," John Williams, composer (John Williams)
"Walkin' Funny," Christian McBride, composer (Christian McBride)



Best Arrangement, Instrumental or a Cappella
"Blue Skies," Kris Bowers, arranger (Kris Bowers)
"Hedwig's Theme," John Williams, arranger (Anne-Sophie Mutter & John Williams)
"La Novena," Emilio Solla, arranger (Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra)
"Love, a Beautiful Force," Vince Mendoza, arranger (Vince Mendoza, Terell Stafford, Dick Oatts & Temple University Studio Orchestra)
WINNER: "Moon River," Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)




Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
WINNER: "All Night Long," Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier Featuring Jules Buckley, Take 6 & Metropole Orkest)
"Jolene," Geoff Keezer, arranger (Sara Gazarek)
"Marry Me a Little," Cyrille Aime?e & Diego Figueiredo, arrangers (Cyrille Aime?e)
"Over the Rainbow," Vince Mendoza, arranger (Trisha Yearwood)
"12 Little Spells (Thoracic Spine)," Esperanza Spalding, arranger (Esperanza Spalding)

Best Recording Package
Anonimas & Resilientes
WINNER: Chris Cornell
Hold That Tiger


Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Gold in Brass Age
1963: New Directions
The Radio Recordings 1939–1945

WINNER: Woodstock: Back to the Garden - The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive


Best Album Notes
The Complete Cuban Jam Session, Judy Cantor-Navas, album notes writer (Various Artists)
The Gospel According to Malaco, Robert Marovich, album notes writer (Various Artists)
Pedal Steel + Four Corners, Brendan Greaves, album notes writer (Terry Allen And The Panhandle Mystery Band)
Pete Seeger: The Smithsonia Folkways Collection, Jeff Place, album notes writer (Pete Seeger)
WINNER: Stax '68: A Memphis Story, Steve Greenberg, album notes writer (Various Artists)


Best Historical Album
The Girl From Chicaksaw County- The Complete Capitol Masters, Andrew Batt & Kris Maher, compilation producers; Simon Gibson, mastering engineer (Bobbie Gentry)
The Great Comeback: Horowitz at Carnegie Hall, Robert Russ, compilation producer; Andreas K. Meyer & Jennifer Nulsen, mastering engineers (Vladimir Horowitz)
Kankyo Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New AGe MMusic 1980-1990, Spencer Doran, Yosuke Kitazawa, Douglas Macgowan & Matt Sullivan, compilation producers; John Baldwin, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
WINNER: Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection, Jeff Place & Robert Santelli, compilation producers; Pete Reiniger, mastering engineer (Pete Seeger)
Woodstock: Back to the Garden - The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive, Brian Kehew, Steve Woolard & Andy Zax, compilation producers; Dave Schultz, mastering engineer, Brian Kehew, restoration engineer (Various Artists)


Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
All These Things, Tchad Blake, Adam Greenspan & Rodney Shearer, engineers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer (Thomas Dybdahl)
Ella Mai, Chris "Shaggy" Ascher, Jaycen Joshua & David Pizzimenti, engineers; Chris Athens, mastering engineer (Ella Mai)
Run Home Slow, Paul Butler & Sam Teskey, engineers; Joe Carra, mastering engineer (The Teskey Brothers)
Scenery, Tom Elmhirst, Ben Kane & Jeremy Most, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Emily King)
WINNER: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Rob Kinelski & Finneas O'Connell, engineers; John Greenham, mastering engineer (Billie Eilish)

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Jack Antonoff
Dan Auerbach
John Hill
WINNER: Finneas
Ricky Reed


Best Remixed Recording
WINNER: "I Rise (Tracy Young's Pride Intro Radio Remix)," Tracy Young, remixer (Madonna)
"Mother's Daughter (WukiI Remix)," Wuki, remixer (Miley Cyrus)
"The One (High Contrast Remix)," Lincoln Barrett, remixer (Jorja Smith)
"Swim (Ford. Remix)," Luc Bradford, remixer (Mild Minds)
"Work It (Soulwax Remix)," David Gerard C Dewaele & Stephen Antoine C Dewaele, remixers (Marie Davidson)


Best Immersive Audio Album
Chain Tripping, Luke Argilla, immersive audio engineer; Jurgen Scharpf, immersive audio mastering engineer; Jona Bechtolt, Claire L. Evans & Rob Kieswetter, immersive audio producers (Yacht)
Kverndokk: Smyphonic Dances, Jim Anderson, immersive audio engineer; Robert C. Ludwig, immersive audio mastering engineer; Ulrike Schwarz, immersive audio producer (Ken-David Masur & Stavanger Symphony Orchestra)
WINNER: Lux, Morten Lindberg, immersive audio engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive audio mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive audio producer (Anita Brevik, Trondheimsolistene & Nidarosdomens Jentekor)
The Orchestral Organ, Keith O. Johnson, immersive audio engineer; Keith O. Johnson, immersive audio mastering engineer; Marina A. Ledin & Victor Ledin, immersive audio producers (Jan Kraybill)
The Savior, Bob Clearmountain, immersive audio engineer; Bob Ludwig, immersive audio mastering engineer; Michael Marquart & Dave Way, immersive audio producers (A Bad Think)


Best Engineered Album, Classical
Aequa - Anna Throvaldsdottir, Daniel Shores, engineer; Daniel Shores, mastering engineer (International Contemporary Ensemble)
Bruckner: Symphony No. 9, Mark Donahue, engineer; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Manfred Honeck & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
Rachmaninoff - Hermitage Piano Trio, Keith O. Johnson & Sean Royce Martin, engineers;Keith O. Johnson, mastering engineer (Hermitage Piano Trio)
WINNER: Riley: Sun Rings, Leslie Ann Jones, engineer; Robert C. Ludwig, mastering engineer (Kronos Quartet)
Wolfe: Fire In My Mouth, Bob Hanlon & Lawrence Rock, engineers; Ian Good & Lawrence Rock, mastering engineers (Jaap Van Zweden, Francisco J. Nu?n?ez, Donald Nally, The Crossing, Young People's Chorus Of NY City & New York Philharmonic)


Producer of the Year, Classical
WINNER: Blanton Alspaugh
James Ginsburg
Marina A. Ledin, Victor Ledin
Morten Lindberg
Dirk Sobotka


Best Orchestral Performance
Brucker, Symphony No. 9, Manfred Honeck, conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
Copland: Billy the Kid; Grohg, Leonard Slatkin, conductor (Detroit Symphony Orchestra)
WINNER: Norman: Sustain, Gustavo Dudamel, conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic)
Transatlantic, Louis Langre?e, conductor (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)
Weiberg: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 21, Mirga Graz?inyte?-Tyla, conductor (City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Kremerata Baltica)


Best Opera Recording
Benjamin: Lessons in Love & Violence, George Benjamin, conductor; Ste?phane Degout, Barbara Hannigan, Peter Hoare & Gyula Orendt; James Whitbourn, producer (Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House)
Berg: Wozzeck, Marc Albrecht, conductor; Christopher Maltman & Eva-Maria Westbroek; Franc?ois Roussillon, producer (Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; Chorus Of Dutch National Opera)
Charpentier: Les Arts Florissants; Les Plaisirs De Versailles, Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, conductors; Jesse Blumberg, Teresa Wakim & Virginia Warnken; Renate Wolter-Seevers, producer (Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble; Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble)
WINNER: Picker: Fantastic Mr. Fox, Gil Rose, conductor; John Brancy, Andrew Craig Brown, Gabriel Preisser, Krista River & Edwin Vega; Gil Rose, producer (Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Boston Children's Chorus)
Wagner: Lohengrin, Christian Thielemann, conductor; Piotr Becza?a, Anja


Best Choral Performance
Boyle: Voyages, Donald Nally, conductor (The Crossing)
WINNER: Durufle: Complete Chroral Works, Robert Simpson, conductor (Ken Cowan; Houston Chamber Choir)
The Hope of Loving, Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Conspirare)
Sander: The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Peter Jermihov, conductor (Evan Bravos, Vadim Gan, Kevin Keys, Glenn Miller & Daniel Shirley; PaTRAM Institute Singers)
Smith, K.: The Arc in the Sky, Donald Nally, conductor (The Crossing)


Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Cerrone, The Pieces That Fall to Earth, Christopher Rountree & Wild Up
Freedom & Faith, PUBLIQuartet
Perpetulum, Third Coast Percussion
Rachmaninoff - Hermitage Piano Trio, Hermitage Piano Trio
WINNER: Shaw Orange, Attacca Quartet


Best Classical Instrumental Solo
"The Berlin Recital," Yuja Wang
"Higdon: Harp Concerto," Yolanda Kondonassis; Ward Stare, conductor (The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra)
WINNER: "Marsalis: Violin Concerto; Fiddle Dance Suite," Nicola Benedetti; Cristian Ma?celaru, conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra)
"The Orchestral Organ," Jan Kraybill
"Torke: Sky, Concerto for Violin," Tessa Lark; David Alan Miller, conductor (Albany Symphony)


Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
The Edge of Silence - Works for Voice by Gyorgy Kurtag, Susan Narucki (Donald Berman, Curtis Macomber, Kathryn Schulmeister & Nicholas Tolle)
Himmelsmusik, Philippe Jaroussky & Ce?line Scheen; Christina Pluhar, conductor; L’Arpeggiata, ensemble (Jesu?s Rodil & Dingle Yandell)
Schumann: Liederkreis Op. 24, Kerner-Lieder Op. 35, Matthias Goerne; Leif Ove Andsnes, accompanist
WINNER: Songplay, Joyce DiDonato; Chuck Israels, Jimmy Madison, Charlie Porter & Craig Terry, accompanists (Steve Barnett & Lautaro Greco)
A Te, O Cara, Stephen Costello; Constantine Orbelian, conductor (Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra)


Best Classical Compendium
American Originals 1918, John Morris Russell, conductor; Elaine Martone, producer
Leshnoff: Symphony No. 4 'Heichalos'; Guitar Concerto; Starburst, Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer
Meltzer: Songs and Structures, Paul Appleby & Natalia Katyukova; Silas Brown & Harold Meltzer, producers
WINNER: The Poetry of Places, Nadia Shpachenko; Marina A. Ledin & Victor Ledin, producers
Saariaho: True Fire; Trans; Ciel D'Hiver, Hannu Lintu, conductor; Laura Heikinheimo, producer


Best Contemporary Classical Composition
Berme: Migration Series For Jazz Ensemble & Orchestra, Derek Bermel, composer (Derek Bermel, Ted Nash, David Alan Miller, Juilliard Jazz Orchestra & Albany Symphony Orchestra)
WINNER: Higdon: Harp Concerto, Jennifer Higdon, composer (Yolanda Kondonassis, Ward Stare & The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra)
Marsalis: Violin Concerto in D Major, Wynton Marsalis, composer (Nicola Benedetti, Cristian Ma?celaru & Philadelphia Orchestra)
Norman: Sustain, Andrew Norman, composer (Gustavo Dudamel & Los Angeles Philharmonic)
Shaw: Orange, Caroline Shaw, composer (Attacca Quartet)
Wolfe: Fire in My Mouth, Julia Wolfe, composer (Jaap Van Zweden, Francisco J.Nu?n?ez, Donald Nally, The Crossing, Young People's Chorus Of NY City & New York Philharmonic)


Best Music Video
"We've Got to Try," The Chemical Brothers
"This Land," Gary Clark Jr.
"Cellophane," FKA twigs
WINNER: "Old Town Road (Official Movie)," Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus
"Glad He's Gone," Tove Lo


Best Music Film
WINNER: Homecoming
Remember My Name
Birth of the Cool


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


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:   “ 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:


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


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



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


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 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 - 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 - (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.

Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear are reuniting for a benefit show ... and they're bringing some friends along

Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear, the three surviving members of Nirvana, are set to share the stage this weekend at The Art of Elysium’s annual Heaven gala benefit in LA.  The headlining performance is being billed as "Dave Grohl and friends" and will feature appearances by Beck, St. Vincent, and Violet Grohl (Dave’s daughter) 


The black tie gala will also feature performances from Marilyn Manson, L7, and Cheap Trick with proceeds benefiting The Art of Elysium, which supports individuals in the midst of difficult emotional life challenges including illness, hospitalization, displacement, confinement, and/or crisis. 


Tickets for the fundraising event range from $250 to $100,000.  




This isn't the first time we've seen Dave Growl, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear get together on stage - they last played together in public at 2018's Cal Jam - see videos from that performance HERE