RNR News and Notes Archives for 2020-05

Need a Brandi Carlile Fix? The Grammy winner will play a series of virtual concerts - including a full performance of 'By the Way, I Forgive You'

Besides a brief appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert's tribute to the late John Prine - Brandi Carlile has been relatively quiet during her quarantine.  But the Grammy award winner has decided to pick up the guitar again and make some virtual appearances in the coming weeks - 

  

 

We told you about the massive All In For Wa. concert Carlile will also take part in on Wednesday, June 10 at 10 p.m. ET with Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews, Ben Gibbard, Allen Stone and many more.  The fund's goal is to raise $65 million dollars for Washington state residents in need - with all individual donations under $1 million being matched by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos up to $25 million !!!   (more info)  

 

 

But the biggest news for fans came this week from Camp Carlile - where the singer announced she will be starting a series of live performances along with band mates Phil and Tim Hanseroth and Josh Neumann aka - the twins. 

 

The 'shows' will each feature the trio performing one of her albums in full ... starting with the Grammy Award-winning, 'By the Way, I Forgive You'. The ticketed virtual performance taking place on her 39th Birthday - Monday, June 1st, at 9 p.m. ET, viVeeps.com.  Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to directly toward Carlile’s touring band and road crew, who are out of work this summer but still on payroll.

 

Ticket prices are on a  'pay what you want' scale and available HERE

 

Here is Brandi's reveal of the concert series: 

 

 

 

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The Raconteurs Debut Trailer For 'Live At Electric Lady' Documentary

The Raconteurs will release a documentary and live album to both titled, Live At Electric Lady, on Friday, May 29th

 

The album will only stream on Spotify - but the 58 minute documentary - will be availabele on YouTube and include video of the seven song performance, along with interviews with the band and behind-the-scenes footage.

 

Check out the trailer for the video below and set a reminder to watch the full video here.  Keep scrolling to replay our conversation with Jack White and Brendan Bensen when they were in DC last summer

 

 

 

 

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Pearl Jam, Brandi Carlile, Dave Matthews, Ben Gibbard and More to perform on All In WA: A Concert for COVID-19 Relief  

Washington was the first state in the US to have a confirmed Cornavirus case .. and now some of the state's heavyweights are coming together to raise money to support residents who have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

 

The All In Wa. fund's goal is to raise $65 million dollars to offer help with people facing food shortages and/ or health disparities, those in need of housing assistance, small businesses, families and children, and essential workers.

 

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has announced he  will match individual donations under $1 million to All In WA causes.  The group has also received commitments from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, and others 

 

The group has also announced they will host a virtual benefit concert to support the fundraising efforts on June 10 at 10p ET - featuring some of Washington's top talents - like Pearl Jam, Brandi Carlile, Dave Matthews, Ben Gibbard, Allen Stone, Macklemore, Sir Mix-A-Lot  Joel McHale, and many more

 

Photo: Danny Clinch

 

All In WA: A Concert for COVID-19 Relief  will stream on June 10, beginning at 7 p.m. will now air June 24 at 7 p.m. PDT   on Amazon Music’s Twitch channel (www.twitch.tv/amazonmusic) and through www.AllInWA.org ... It will be available on Prime Video immediately following the livestream 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach Provides an Update on his Assorted Quarantine Projects

Consider The Black Keys' guitarist Dan Auerbach among those who took the COVID-19 situation from the beginning. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Auerbach says he began wearing face coverings back in January.  

 

“I’d heard about all this stuff kinda early and I wore a mask, and everyone was calling me crazy. So I was kind of quarantined already.”

 

In the interview - Auerbach gave an update on the multiple projects he has going on: 

 

The Black Keys: 

The Black Keys were set to hit the road this summer - continuing their Let's Rock Tour ... but those dates have now been cancelled - including the show scheduled for Merriweather Post on August 28 :/ 

 

 

In regards to when we might see Dan and Patrick back on the road again - it sounds like they are playing it safe  - and will be waiting until there is a vaccine readily available.  

 

But - the duo has been using this time to work on some studio works - that includes a expanded edition reissue of the album Brothers - which just celebrated its 10th anniversary. 

 

Robert Finley:

If caught Nathaniel Rateliff at The Anthem back in 2018 - and were smart enough to get there early enough to catch the opener - then you were lucky to see the amazing soul stylings of Robert Finley. 

 

 

Auerbach has confirmed that he has completed an album with Finley - but its release date has been put on hold 

 

Robert Finley & Dan Auerbach - Medicine Woman

 

Other than that - Auerbach seems content spending lots of time home schooling his kids. Waiting on wide scale testing to hit the studio, and sending surrigates in his place to see live music (LOL)

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Weezer's Rivers Cuomo covered Green Day's 'Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)' on his Island in the Zoom Sessions

Since the new Weezer album has been delayed, they had to postpone their Hella Mega summer tour, and they were made into cartoons for The Simpsons- Rivers Cuomo has had to keep himself busy somehow - and he's been doing so by going live on his latest Island in the Zoom Sessions.

 

On the latest session - the Weezer singer was accompanied by his wife for a cover of the Green Day song - “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).”  Maybe he did it because he is sad his band won't be on the road with Green Day this summer - or maybe it was because the song is a graduation staple  ... and he wanted to dedicate it to the class of 2020 

 

 

On a previous episode - he covered Nirvana's Heart Shaped Box 

 

You can subscribe to the latest Island in the Zoom Sessions HERE

 

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Watch Wilco Perform New Single 'Tell Your Friends' (with a Little Help From their Families) on Colbert

WIlco was the musical guest on the May 20th edition of the Late Show With Stephen Colbert - and they delivered a memorable remote performance of their new song Tell Your Friends, - with a little help from the family members they are quarantined with.  

 

Jeff Tweedy performed a solo version of “Jesus, Etc.”   

 

Check out videos of both songs below ... and keep holding onto hope that Wilco's concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion happens this summer ... although that hope is fading :( 

 

Wilco "Tell Your Friends" - Late Show #PlayAtHome

 

 

Jeff Tweedy "Jesus, Etc." - Late Show #PlayAtHome

 

 

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Out Now: Grace Potter Releases EachOther feat. Jackson Browne, Marcus King, and Lucius [LISTEN]

 

 

Since April 27 -Grace Potter has been weekly live stream music sessions titled Monday Night Twilight with Grace Potter. (The show airs each Monday at 9 p.m. ET on her socials and YouTube)

 

In the sessions - Grace offers “intimate, acoustic performances of new songs, deep cuts, special requests and well-chosen covers, shot live from her home in Topanga Canyon, CA.” 

 

One of those new songs is a track called Eachother - specifically spelled as one word - because "In the end - we still have one another".

 

Of the song, Potter said: 

The chorus of the song just kind of exploded out of my heart all at once. It was about 5 days into the quarantine and I had just gotten off the phone with a friend who was having a really tough time with the isolation. I was in our living room, watching my son & husband fixing our broken train set and found myself flooded with an overwhelming sense of gratitude & contentment.

 

 

The song was so special to Grace, she recruited some friends, Lucius, Jackson Browne, and Marcus King, to record a version of the song and officially release it.  You can hear the live raw version and produced versions below.  

 

Grace Potter - "Eachother" (Lyric Video)

 

 

Grace Potter - "EachOther" (#StayHome and Sing #WithMe)

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Pressing Strings Debut Video For 'Brave' - Dedicated to the Workers Keeping Us Safe and Healthy World Wide

Jordan Sokel and the Annapolis based band Pressing Strings have been keeping busy during their quarantine - despite not being able to play shows. 

 

The band has been performing virtually, Jordan has been playing online solo sets every Sunday, and they released an album - Settle In (preview and purchase the album here).  

 

 

The band released a video for the album's first single 'Brave' using footage solicited from doctors, nurses, first responders, grocery industry workers, and other essential workers of all walks from around the world.  The response they received was overwhelming and the band along with JR Mitchell / Haymaker Studios did an amazing job putting the clips together into this moving video. 

 

 

The band dedicated the directed video to the people trying their hardest to keep us all safe and healthy in times of chaos and uncertainty.

 

Pressing Strings - Brave

 

 

 

 

 

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Lolla From The Vault: Watch Red Hot Chili Peppers Set from Lollapalooza 2006

LOLLA FROM THE VAULT  - Lollapalooza's weekly streaming series is back with another headlining set from one of our favorites - the Red Hot Chili Peppers 

 

 

Lollapalooza will stream the Pepper's 2006 set from Chicago  starting tomorrow (5/21) at 8pm EST 

 

 

Each YouTube stream benefits LiveNation’s newly launched global relief fund CrewNation, which is raising money for live-event workers who have been impacted by the pandemic.

 

SET A REMINDER AND WATCH THE SHOW HERE!

 

 

 

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Citizen Cope's Quarantine with Cope Tour - Birthday Edition - Kicks Off Tonight

It may be Citizen Cope's birthday today (May 20) - but WE are the ones getting the gifts .. Cope is kicking off a run of three live stream shows - including 2 full album sets.

 

Here's the shows on Cope's 'Tour'  

 

May 20th : "Citizen Cope" LP

May 22nd : 2-hour Acoustic Set

May 23rd : "Every Waking Moment" LP

 

 

The shows do require a ticket - with each purchase allowing  streaming on one device and the show video  available for on demand streaming for 7 days after the performance.  RSVP for the shows HERE

 

A portion of the proceeds will will be donated to Brooklyn For Life! An initiative feeding Brooklyn's healthcare workers and first responders.

 

 

 

 

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Bruce Springsteen to Join Dropkick Murphys for a Live Stream Concert From Boston's Fenway Park

The Dropkick Murphys - an Irish Punk band from Quincy, Massachusets have been on the forefront of concert innovation since the pandemic started the cancellation of so many shows ... 

 

When they were forced to cancel their annual St. Patrick's Day Show - they performed a full band live stream show from an empty venue. 

 

Now that they have been forced to cancel their summer tour plans - they have announced a slightly larger scale live stream show.  

 

The band, along with collaborator Bruce Springsteen, will perform from Fenway Park in Boston.  The stadium is currently not in use with the MLB season on hold.  

 

 

From the band:

 

"HOW ABOUT SOME GOOD NEWS ...

On FRIDAY MAY 29 at 6PM Boston time - the lights will be on at the Old Ballpark for STREAMING OUTTA FENWAY !!

We’ll be streaming out to you a FREE FULL ELECTRIC livestream performance from the hallowed grounds of FENWAY PARK IN BOSTON! That's right - we are gonna be the first band in HISTORY to play right on the dirt and grass of the infield diamond - and we will be doing it FREE - for YOU, THE BEST FANS IN THE WORLD !!

To make sure this is a night to remember, our friend Bruce Springsteen will be joining us remotely for a FENWAY DOUBLE PLAY.... We’ll play together - one of ours + one of his...

This free live stream will have NO AUDIENCE in the stands.... That’s another first - no band has ever played a full show in an empty sports stadium !! This means you get to take part in this show with your rowdy kids and neighbors right from your own living room or backyard...

Our friends at Boston tech company Pegasystemsare once again helping us pull off this crazy idea. Big shout out to them - Pega is Boston bred, they have stood by their employees during this crisis - and they‘re rallying other companies to step up to the plate. 

Streaming Outta Fenway will raise funds for Boston Resiliency Fund, Habitat for Humanity Greater Bostonand Feeding America. These organizations put their donations to work NOW - to help real people in need. 

If YOU want to add to the contributions of DKM and the sponsors, you can - and you don’t even have to wait until the stream starts. You can DONATE NOW !! TEXT TO DONATE by texting “DONATE” to 404-994-3559  

We can't wait to play for you on MAY 29 at 6PM Boston time!! "

 

The show will broadcast via  the band’s Facebook, YouTube, Twitter or Twitch page on the 29th at 6 PM ET.

 

In the meantime - here is a flashback to when Dropkick Murphys were joined onstage by Bruce Springsteen on St Patrick's Day in 2011

 

 


 

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Maryland Restaurant Makes National Headlines with Its Social Distancing Seating Concept

Maryland has begun taking steps on its Roadmap to Recovery.  Unfortunately - the state is only at the beginning of Phase One - which only allows restaurants and bars to offer carry out and delivery food and drink service and not have customers inside.

 

When they are able to reopen, there will be restrictions in place, which will most likely mean social distancing enforcement - and Fish Tales, a popular bar and restaurant in Ocean City, Maryland - seems to be concocting a solution to this - by having customers sit inside giant (6 ft) inflatable inner tubes on wheels - complete with a counter for you to put your coconut shrimp and Orange Crush on! 

 

 

Fish Tales owner Donna Harman has apparently bought 10 of the Bumper Tables - and 'rolled them out' - literally - last weekend.  Due to the size of the tables - Harman says she will likely test them out in the parking lot since there is not enough room in the restaurant to make them feasibl

 

 

 

The bumper tables are the brainchild of Erin Cermak and her team at Revolution Event.  They have been getting tons of inquiries about the tables ... but only time will tell if you'll be having a bumper beer with your buds this summer  

 

 

 

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Watch Jason Isbell Perform Entire Reunions LP with Wife Amanda Shires for a Virtual Audience at Nashville's Brooklyn Bowl

Normally when a band releases an album - they play a big record release show to celebrate their accomplishment with fans  ... well - things definitely aren't normal these days ... So when the release date Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit's new album Reunions came (May 15, 2020) - Jason decided to adapt to the "new normal" and play a record release concert anyway ... so what does that mean? 

 

Isbell, along with his wife Amanda Shires (who is part of the 400 Unit) showed up to the Brooklyn Bowl music venue in Nashville and performed the new album in its entirety

 

But one thing was missing - kind of - an audience.  To comply with social distancing guidelines, Isbell invited fans to join them at the show via Zoom.  Their screens were shared on screens throughout the venue and even unmuted after each song so Isbell and Shires could hear their applause 

 

Isbell commented during the show- which you can stream below -

 

 “Hey everybody I see y’all ... This crowd is ready.”

 

Apparently the crowd was so into it - they got an encore from the duo ... who performed Cover Me Up and a cover of Warren Zevon's Mutineer.  

 

Is this the new normal? 

 

Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires Live at Brooklyn Bowl Nashville | 5/15/20 | Relix

 

 

 

 

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Matt Bellamy of MUSE Buys 1983 Fender Telecaster That Jeff Buckley Used to Record 'Hallelujah'

Matt Bellamy of MUSE (and The Jaded Hearts Club) - has always played some unique guitars ... but he recently told Guitar World he has bought a new guitar - and it is pretty amazing. 

 

 

Bellamy has purchased the 1983 blonde USA Fender Telecaster that Jeff Buckley used to record the amazing record - Grace .  You can see him playing it below on the video for Hallelujah

 

Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah (Official Video)

 

Bellamy did his due-diligence before buying the guitar-  

 

“I had a whole team of people doing due diligence on it to make sure it was absolutely the right one, interviewing his family and all sorts, and I managed to get it verified .. It doesn’t sound like any other Telecaster. I’ve had all the electronics analyzed — nobody’s changed anything — but the pickups, they think the neck pickup was a mistake by the manufacturer because for some reason it’s slightly out-of-phase, and there’s also something weird about the wiring. To cut a long story short, it’s got an extremely glassy, bright sound, and it doesn’t really sound like any other guitar I’ve used before.”

Bellamy went on to say that he didn't buy the guitar for a souvenir - he has already used it to record some songs with his new super group  -The Jaded Hearts Club - and also plans on using it on the next MUSE record ... which is exciting to know that there is a new MUSE record on the way... 

 

Until then - we can enjoy Matt's new solo music - 

 

 

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Jason Isbell Will Livestream a Concert Tonight to Commemorate the Release His New Album - Reunions

Jason Isbell does not hold back ... and anyone who has talked to the Alabama singer songwriter, seen him live, or even followed his social media - you know he speaks his mind ... and tells a great story too. 

 

Last summer, when he headlined Merriweather Post Pavilion, he told a few stories (that might have involved some RNR stafffers- no names mentioned) of some wold nights in Baltimore. 

 

 

Isbell is back, with this band the 400 Unit, releasing his seventh solo album Reunions today May 15 (read our review HERE)

 

To celebrate the release - Isbell, accompanied by his wife and fellow musician Amanda Shires, will play a show from an empty Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville tonight (May 15) via fans.com at 8 p.m ET. 

 

 

 

Viewers are encouraged to make a donation in support of both Isbell’s crew and the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund

 

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Pearl Jam Gaze Into Climate Change Activist Greta Thunberg's Crystal Ball in 'Retrograde Video: Watch

 The more mistakes, the more resolve
It’s?gonna take much more than ordinary love
To lift this up

 

Pearl Jam have released the video for 'Retrograde' - the latest single from their 11th album Gigaton.  And keeping with the climate change battle cry that has surrounded the album - the band recruited 17-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg  for the video that paints a grim picture of the world if changes aren't made to protect the environment.

 

 

In the video - Thunberg plays a fortune teller, who's shop is located a strip mall occupied by stores named after Pearl Jam albums, gazes into her crystal ball and sees a catastrophic future for the planet and then proceeds to flip over tarot cards showing Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Matt Cameron 

 

Check out the Josh Wakely directed animated video below 

 

 

 

 

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...And the winner is: RNR photographer Tedd Henn wins first place in the 2019 MDDC Facts Matter Contest

Tedd Henn aka Summer Santa - has been snapping pictures of concerts, city life, and breaking news  for years - and we are happy to have him on our team - officially snapping pictures of concerts for us - so we can enjoy the show with our phone in our pockets :P  

 

Tedd's hard work has been awarded this week - taking home first place in the Feature Photo Division of The Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association's 2019 Facts Matter Contest.  

 

 

You can see the full award virtual award ceremony below, which includes awards going to  Paul Gillespie and the staff of The Capital Gazette

 

Here are just a few of our favorite moments captured by Tedd for us over the years  - you can see even more HERE

 

Maggie Rogers at the 9:30 Club

 

Sting at MGM National Harbor 

 

The xx at the 9:30 Club

 

Foo Fighters at Merriweather Post Pavillion

 

 

And here  is the full awards cermeony 

 

ttt

 

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Dave Matthews Band's Weekly Archival Concert Webcast Series - 'DMB Drive-In' Continues Tonight

Dave Matthews Band has decided to get into the archival concert webcast game with the DMB Drive-In.  

 

(via www.davematthewsband.com)

 

The band will broadcast a full show from their archives each Wednesday night via dmbdrivein.com.  The band kicked the series off last week with their 2016 show from Deer Creek Indiana.

 

This week's installment, debuting Wednesday, May 13th at 8pm ET,  features the band's   Xfinity Theatre  (Hartford, CT) show from June 22, 2019  

 

 

 

Click HERE to view the show 

 

The series is presented by Dave's The Dreaming Tree Wines and each week will spotlight and raise money for a different charitable organization. This week's charity is - Meals On Wheels America - who are focused on  keeping older Americans safe and nourished amid Covid-19

 

 

Maybe on of Dave's DC area shows will make it to the screen 

 

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Quarantine Check-In: Noah Cyrus Chats witt Bobby On The Street via Zoom

Under normal circumstances - 2020 probably would have been the Summer of Cyrus - Noah Cyrus that is.  Noah - the daughter of Billy Ray and sister of Miley - was slated to perform at some big time festivals like SXSW and Firefly - on the back of her amazing EP - The End of Everything (due out May 15) - featuring the smash single 'July' 

 

 

But plans all changed back in March - festivals and tours were cancelled or put on hold.  But the release Noah's much anticipated EP The End of Everything wasn't changed.  The EP will be out this Friday (5/15) - with it's global smash single July (feat. Leon Bridge) - which has already going platinum in multiple countries

 

 

The 20 year old took some time to speak with WRNR's Bobby on the Street about the EP, life in quarantine, munchies, and one of her BFF's - Lil Nas X: 

 

 

 

 

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Broadneck High School's Class of 2020 missed out on a lot traditions - but their Senior Prank wasn't one of them

Proms, in person graduations, sports and the remainder of their school year were all cancelled - but that didn't stop Broadneck High School's Class of 2020 from pulling off another high school tradition - the senior prank.    

 

 

Senior Pranks are somewhat of a right of passage - and these students decided it was only appropriate to put a pandemic spin on their gag ... posting a "For Sale" sign on their now vacant high school building.  

 

One student  (who will hopefully  be a film major somewhere this fall)  put together this amazing video showing how the prank was pulled off.   Under any other circumstnances, posting evidence of the prank would have been a  bone headed move most likely resulting in them getting caught.  But with the circumstances the kids are in - seems like everyone got a good laugh out of the move.  

 

Well played Broadneck High School Seniors! 

 

 

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#SaveOurStages: Hundreds of Local Music Venues and Concert Promoters Form National Independent Venue Association - Seeking Federal Assistance To Help Survive COVID-19 Shutdowns

In March - as COVID-19 spread across the country and states began to take action - including decisions to close non-essential businesses - music venues were some of the hardest hit.  They had no way to 'pivot and alter their way of doing business' and for months - many have been unable to generate any revenue.  

 

(Spoon at 9:30 Club - Photo: Tedd Henn)

 

Some iconic locations, like Great Scott in Boston, have already announced they will not be able to re-open.  Others, like LA's Troubadour, have called their re-opening 'a big if'.  Almost all venues have had to fire or furlough staff.  The industry is slated to lose nearly $9 BILLION of revenue if they were to remain closed through the end of the year.

 

(Jade Bird at Rams Head On Stage  - Photo: Tedd Henn)

 

This has prompted nearly 1,200 music venues and concert promoters - including 25+ right here in the DC/Maryland/Virginia region - to band together to form the National Independent Venue Association, or NIVA.  Their goal - “securing financial support (from the federal government)  to preserve the national ecosystem of independent venues and promoters.”

 

According to NIVA: 
These entertainment hubs are critical to their local economies and tax bases as employers, tourism destinations, and revenue generators for neighboring businesses such as restaurants, hotels, and retail. Independent venues exist in every state across the country; they were the first to be closed, they will be the last to open. The economic recovery process will extend past just reopening the front doors, requiring solutions unique to the industry.

 

So far- they have presented a letter to Congress “seeking national guidelines for large gatherings to occur in a safe manner” and presented ideas for solutions to the existential crisis facing the live music industry.  

 

(Merriweather Post Pavilion - Photo: Tedd Henn)

 

So how can you, lover of live music, help?  

 

By contacting your  Senators and Representatives to let them know you support the local independent venues in need financial support from the federal government.

 

It only takes 60 seconds to make your voice heard.

 

CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC
 

(Illiterate Light @ DC-9)

Some of the Maryland, DC, and Delaware NIVA participants include: 

 

49 West Coffeehouse (Annapolis)

9:30 Club (Washington DC)

Baltimore  Soundstage (Baltimore)

Black Cat (Washington DC)

Blues Alley (Washington DC)

Bottle & Cork (Dewey Beach)

Bravo Bravo (Washington DC)

City Winery (Washington DC)

DC9 Nightclub (Washington DC)

Dupont Underground (Washington DC)

Eighteenth Street Lounge (Washington DC)

Freeman Stage (Selbyville)

Howard Theatre (Washington DC)

Lincoln Theatre (Washington DC)

Merriweather Post Pavilion (Columbia)

Metro Gallery (Baltimore)

Ottobar (Baltimore)

Pearl Street Warehouse (Washington DC)

Pie Shop (Washington DC)

Rams Head Onstage (Annapolis)

Songbyrd Music House (Washington DC)

The 8x10 (Baltimore)

The Anthem (Washington DC)

The Hamilton Live (Washington DC)

The Sidebar (Baltimore)

The Soundry (Columbia)

U Street Music Hall (Washington DC)

Union Stage (Washington DC)

Upfront Inc (Baltimore)

 

(Hamilton Leithauser at 9:30 Club - Photo: Tedd Henn) 


So again - please consider contacting your Senators and Representatives by CLICKING HERE and letting them know you support the local independent venues in need financial support from the federal government.

 

It only takes 60 seconds of your time.

 

Long Live Live Music

(The Anthem - Photo: Tedd Henn) 

 

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Bono celebrates his 60th birthday by sharing a playlist of '60 Songs That Saved My Life'

Bono celebrated his 60th birthday on May 10th - and to honor the occasion - he released a playlist of "60 Songs That Saved My Life."

 

He starts the playlist with this message:

 

These are some of the songs that saved my life…. the ones I couldn’t have lived without… the ones that got me from there to here, zero to 60… through all the scrapes, all manner of nuisance, from the serious to the silly… and the joy, mostly joy… I wanted to thank the artists and everyone who helped make them… They were doing the same for me…

 

He went on to say that he would write fan letters to each of the artists on the list . . . below are the first six letters he shared - written to Alice Pavarotti (Luciano Pavarotti's daughter), Billie Eilish & FINNEAS, Duncan Jones (David Bowie's son), members of Kraftwerk, Daft Punk & Pharrell and Massive AttackFollow U2's site for more letters as they are released 

 

 

On to the playlist - as expected - it spans all genres - from hip hop to opera.  You can play the YouTube playlist below (or click here for streaming services) ... keep scrolling for the track listing 

 

 

 

60 Songs That Saved My Life by Bono


1. Luciano Pavarotti, Bono & Zucchero - Miserere
2. Sex Pistols - Anarchy In the UK
3. Kanye West  - Black Skinhead
4. Billie Eilish  - everything i wanted
5. David Bowie - Life on Mars?
6. The Beatles  - I Want to Hold your Hand
7. Ramones  - Swallow My Pride
8. The Clash  - Safe European Home
9. Public Enemy - Fight The Power
10. Patti Smith - People Have the Power
11. John Lennon  - Mother
12. The Rolling Stones - Ruby Tuesday
13. Elton John - Daniel
14. Andrea Bocelli- Con Te Partiro
15. Elvis Presley - Heartbreak Hotel
16. Johnny Cash - Hurt
17. This Mortal Coil - Song to the Siren
18. Kraftwerk - Neon Lights
19. The Fugees - Killing Me Softly With His Song
20. Prince - When Doves Cry
21. Daft Punk feat Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers - Get Lucky
22. Madonna - Ray of Light
23. JAY-Z feat Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind
24. Talking Heads  - Love Goes to Building on Fire
25. Lou Reed - Satellite of Love
26. The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony
27. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
28. New Order - True Faith
29. R.E.M.  - Nightswimming
30. Adele - Chasing Pavements
31. Arcade Fire - Wake Up
32. Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven
33. Oasis - Live Forever
34. Iggy Pop - Lust for Life
35. Gavin Friday - Angel
36. Massive Attack - Safe From Harm
37. Kendrick Lamar feat U2 - XXX
38. Bob Marley & The Walers - Redemption Song
39. Echo and the Bunnymen - Rescue
40. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
41. Pearl Jam - Jeremy
42. Bob Dylan - Most of the Time
43. Beyoncé feat Kendrick Lamar - Freedom
44. Depeche Mode - Walking In My Shoes
45. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Into My Arms
46. Simon & Garfunkel - The Sounds of Silence
47. Coldplay - Clocks 
48. INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
49. New Radicals - You Get What You Give
50. Angélique Kidjo - Agolo
51. Lady Gaga  - Born This Way
52. Frank Sinatra & Bono - Under My Skin
53. David Bowie - Heroes
54. Simple Minds  - New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84)
55. Sinéad O'Connor - You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart
56. Van Morrison - A Sense of Wonder
57. Bruce Springsteen - There Goes My Miracle
58. Daniel Lanois - The Maker
59. Peter Frampton - Show Me The Way
60. Bee Gees - Immortality - Demo Version

 

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John Krasinski Surprises Maryland Couple with Cast of The Office and Zac Brown for a Zoom Wedding on His Some Good News YouTube show

John Krasinski has been reminding us that no matter how hard things get - there is always good in the world.  Each week John, who played Jim on the popular TV Show The Office - has been providing positive stories during a time when we all need them - via his Some Good News YouTube show

 

And on the latest episode (no. 7) John decided to surprise Maryland couple - Susan and John with a Zoom wedding - complete with their parents, friends  ... oh and a musical performance by Zac Brown and a virtual recreation of Jim and Pam's wedding dance by the cast of The Office - complete with Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, B.J. Novak, Ed Helms, Mindy Kaling, Kate Flannery, Oscar Nunez, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Creed Bratton, and Brian Baumgartner  

 

The event was sparked by John proposing to Susan in the same manner Jim proposed to Pam on The Office

 

Watch the full episode below (it's worth it) but you can skip to the 7:00 mark to see the wedding 

 

 

 

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Chris Martin Plays Final 'Together at Home' Concert with a 30 minute set of Coldplay classics [WATCH]

Chris Martin - who played the first Global Citizen livestream Together At Home concert brought the series full circle - by playing the final concert.  

 

The performance, which was nearly 30 minutes of Coldplay songs like Til Kingdom Come, Magic, God Put a Smile Upon Your Face, In My Place, and Fix You, featured Martin singing and playing guitar and piano ... plus - he brought in 12 year old Italian twins Mirko e Valerio (remember them)  to play violin along with him (virtually, via an iPad) for “Viva La Vida”

 

Together At Home Chris Martin (8 May 2020)

 

The One World: Together at Home series was put on by World Health Organization and Global Citizen to promote social distancing as well as to raise money to support COVID-19 frontline healthcare workers and the WHO.

 

Martin has been very active virtually during the pandemic - performing on Saturday Night Live, on the Lady Gaga curated One World: Together at Home Concert and joining Dave Grohl in the BBC's star studded cover of Times Like These

 

 

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Weezer Get Animated, Will Debut New Song on The Simpsons This Weekend

It's been an up and down week for Weezer fans ... first came the news that the release of band's new album, Van Weezer, would be delayed TFN ... but , the band supplimented the bad news - with some good news - the release of new song and video from the album - for the song Hero (see it HERE

 

And now - the band will cap off the week performing another song from the album ... sort of.

 

 

The band is getting animated and will appear on The Simpsons this Sunday on FOX ( May 10 at 8pm EST).  The band won't be themselves though - they'll appear as a cruise ship cover band called Sailor’s Delight - who happens to cover Weezer songs :) 

 

They will play 'newer Weezer' songs, from The Black Album and Pacific Daydream, and will reveal the NEWEST Weezer song “Blue Dream” - from Van Weezer.  

 

via GIPHY

 

Oh - they also shred through the show's iconic theme song 

Weezer Plays The Simpsons Theme Song 

 

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Cage The Elephant Debut Matt Shultz Directed Video For 'Black Madonna [WATCH]

We've been high on Cage The Elephant's track Black Madonna from the Social Cues album since we first heard it ...and today - the band has made us fall in love with the song all over again by releasing a Matt Schultz directed video for the song.  

 

The video came with this note: 

 

This piece, was composed with the intent of being. A question, or commentary. Humans throughout history, have experience fractures of heart, struggling with deep separation, shame and isolation. What is the depth of the pain, actions and reactions, each soul experience while dealing with these fractures, separations, isolations. Is there a light of love that shatters the shadows of hate? Truly heartbroken when pondering such vast adversity. And yet encouraged, there is great hope in the light of Love. Using film formats and various processing techniques of motion picture, diverse in time period and geographical point of origin, we framed them in the context of our current global circumstance. How the slightest micro-action can create an undercurrent of macro-emotional reaction contained in thought, and heart behind the eye. What happens when what is perceived as micro is macro? The face. Interfaces. Projections and reactions. If the eye is actually the lamp, knowing it is a lens, what if what is perceived to be light or illumination, within the eye, lamp (or entering the lens/perspective) is actually a complete or partial obstruction of light? Deep shadows. How great is that obstruction of view and what effect does it have on image? Individualized, localized, globalized, universally and Omni. Could the light of Love (seen and unseen) be the only source of illumination in true balance, perfect, good enough to fill those fractures, causing the shadows of separation to retreat. In light of Love, can life be seen more clearly, images of the present and past, being restored.

 

Social Cu(bes)

Digital or Physical,

This isolation is an illusion

Loves the only way

 

Big thanks to all who have contributed to this project so far, giving so much of themselves. More to come soon, so much love, with great hope, that this is the beginning of something beautiful, healing that is both restorative in heart and physical circumstance, having life lasting, life sustaining impact.

 

Cage The Elephant - Black Madonna (Official Video)

 

 

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Ray LaMontagne's surprise new single 'We'll Make It Through' is just what we need to hear [LISTEN]

Well - it seems like Ray LaMontagne either had the perfect song for us right now in his songbook - or has been busy writing the perfect song for us right now.  

 

Whatever the case - we are happy to have such an amazingly seductive new signature LaMontagne track ...titled -  We'll Make It Through

 

 

The lyrics "Holding me ... holding you ... and together, we'll get through - we always do" would have been beautiful any time ... but are especially gripping right now

 

Take a listen to We'll Make It Through by Ray LaMontagne below: 

 

 

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Radiohead's 2006 Bonnaroo Set From Bonnaroo 2006 Is So Good It Deserves a Proper Release (Watch)

When Radiohead announced that this week that they would be adding video footage of their 2006 headlining set from Bonnaroo, compete with audio straight from the soundboard to the Radiohead Public Library we were excited.  

 

.  Even guitarist Jonny Greenwood exclaimed the night was "easily, comfortably, the best festival experience I've ever had in America"  adding - "I hope the heat, dust, and smell of fine Southern whiskey comes over as well as the songs - and I hope that we get back to live music soon." 

 

But we weren't ready for this ... the 140 minute set is amazing, giving us all the feels (see the set list below) ... someone needs to convince the band to put this out as a proper release

 

 


 

Radiohead's 2006 Bonnaroo setlist :

00:00:19 There There

00:05:50 2+2=5

00:09:41 15 Step

00:14:31 Weird Fishes/Arpeggi

00:18:56 Exit Music (For a Film)

00:23:41 Kid A

00:27:29 Dollars & Cents

00:32:45 Videotape

00:37:44 No Surprises

00:41:59 Paranoid Android

00:48:18 The Gloaming

00:52:00 The National Anthem

00:57:43 Climbing Up The Walls

01:01:23 Nude

01:06:18 Street Spirit (Fade Out)

01:11:04 The Bends

01:15:34 Myxomatosis

01:19:36 How To Disappear Completely

 

01:27:35 You And Whose Army?

01:31:03 Pyramid Song

01:35:58 Like Spinning Plates

01:39:22 Fake Plastic Trees

01:44:41 Bodysnatchers

01:49:49 Lucky

01:54:10 Idioteque

01:59:12 Karma Police

 

02:04:47 House of Cards

02:10:38 Everything In Its Right Place

 

 

The footage, coutrtesy of Bonnaroo, was Directed by Danny Clinch and produced by Superfly Presents.  Live Sound was done by Jim Warren and Edited by Graeme Stewart.    

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Stream the 2002 Wilco Documentary 'I Am Trying to Break Your Heart' Free This Week via Oh You Pretty Things

In case you didn't have enough to stream this weekend (there's the Foo Fighters Lollapalooza set -and- Radiohead's Bonnaroo set - and - Lake Street Dive's Variety Hour - and - Weezer on The Simpsons) 

 

You can also stream the 2002 Wilco Documentary I Am Trying To Break Your Heart via Oh You Pretty Things (click here to view) 

 

If you haven't seen the film, that Rolling Stone hailed as "one of the greatest music documentaries of all time" - its a 90 minute documentary that follows the Chicago band Wilco through a very turbulent time of their career but still managed to put out one of their greatest album - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot .  

 

Here's a quick trailer you can check out before watching the full film at Oh You Pretty Things 

 

 

 

The film is free to view through May 12 - but donations are being accepted - via Credit Card or Paypal.  50% of all tips go to the Chicago charity - My Block, My Hood, My City, a non-profit chosen by Wilco and the other half  will go toward the film’s restoration into 4k.

 

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Watch the classic rain soaked Foo Fighters' 2011 Lollapalooza headline set and more with Lolla From The Vault

Include Lollapalooza as another cultivator of quarantine content ... as the festival orgnaizers determine their 2020 plans - they've decided to share footage from their VAST archives - that includes Lolla's from 7 countries AND the 1990s touring edition of the show.  

 

Even cooler - they will simulcat the performances on DPAN.TV for fans who are deaf & hard of hearing ... #MusicForAll

 

 

The latest release from the new series, Lolla From The Vault, is the 2011 rain soaked Foo Fighters headlining set - in which Dave Grohl infamously told the crowd at one point - “I don’t give a fuck if it’s raining tonight!”

 

The set also includes a cameo from Lollapalooza Founder and Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell joining  the Foos to perform ‘Everlong.’  

 

The feed goes live tonight (May 8) at 8pm

 

 

The previous release in the series was The Strokes' set at Lolla 2010: 

 

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Looking for some fun & laughter? Lake Street Dive's - Lounge Around Sounds Variety Hour returns tonight

Like many other bands - Lake Street Dive had planned on touring the country this spring / summer ... and when those plans came to halt - and the band found themselves sitting at home in their pajamas instead- they've decided to bring some joy to their little lives - with the Lake Street Dive Lounge Around Sounds Variety Hour 

 

 

Join them on YouTube or Facebook for some live music, story-telling, jokes, games and of course - they'll be showing off their pajamas. Note: The band has a strict pajama only dress code for attendees.  LOL 

 

 

 

The band will be joined by Emily King, and will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the 'pay what you can event'  on her behalf to City Harvest, who are rescuing food in NYC to feed their neighbors in need.

 

This is the second installment of the Lake Street Dive Lounge Around Sounds Variety Hour  - you can see the first event below 

 

 

 

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Weezer's New Song and User Generated Video for 'Hero' Pays Tribute to Essential Workers

Welp - looks like we'll be waiting a little bit longer to hear the new Weezer album - Van Weezer ... and to see if it lived up to singer Rivers Cuomo's assessment of it being  “back to big guitars. ‘Blue Album’-ish, but a little more riffy.”

 

The band has announced the album's release will be delayed - but they did provide us with another song and amazing video from the album, for the track 'Hero

 

In the video - Cuomo writes a letter that’s passed from person to person  (via Weezer fan submitted footage).  The letter - which you can view below - is a thank you note to the front line workers of the COVID-19 crisis, whose “bravery and selflessness are awe-inspiring." 

 

 

The band released the song on May 6 - National Nurses Day - and said the song is for “the stay at home dreamers, the Zoom graduators, the sourdough bakers and the essential workers.”

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

We thank you

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Mick Jagger Exercises, Gardens, and Hugs a Cat in a Quarantine PSA to Benefit Save the Children

Mick Jagger has shared his hilarious spoof of an old time cinema newsreel - giving advice to folks on how to keep busy during quarantine.  

 

The video - which originally appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, was produced as a fundraiser for Save The Children - who aims at helping  "children in unsafe households, help protect and prepare doctors and health clinics in refugee camps and help support distance learning in the face of school closures" 

 

 

 

 

Jagger and the rest of The Rolling Stones - have harldly been loafing around during their quaratine - the band released a new single, 'Living in a Ghost Town' - which hit the top of the iTunes chart more than 40 years after their last number one hit.

 

 

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Virtual Fundraiser, Real Burritos - Samaritan House's 7th Annual Burritos for Beds Goes Online

One of our favorite events of the year involves food and philanthropy - its the Burritos for Beds Benefit for the Samaritan House.  For the past 6 year, it has been the only day of the year that you can stop by Chevy’s Fresh Mex in Annapolis for breakfast while helping Samaritan house and their addiction recovery efforts. 

 

 

 

 

But this year is a little different - since we can’t meet in person for breakfast the Samaritan House has made the charitable effort virtual.   Through May 6th - everyone who makes donation made at SamaritanHouseAnnapolis.org will receive a coupon good for a free burrito from Chevy’s fresh  Mex in Annapolis – valid now for curbside pick-up orders (they are open Monday-Friday 12-8p)  – or in restaurant dining – once the restrictions have been lifted. 

 

Make Your donation HERE

 

 

Mike Dillon, Samaritan House Board of Directors president said - 

“Our work goes on, despite COVID-19.  Burritos for Beds is one of our favorite opportunities to connect with our community. While we are not able to do this in person during this time, we still want to reach out and let folks know they can continue to support our mission of addiction recovery. And, thanks to our partners at Chevy's Fresh Mex Annapolis, we can still treat them to a delicious burrito.”

 

Samaritan House, a state-certified residential addiction recovery facility, is a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, making your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.

 

How your generosity helps a man rebuild his life:  

  • A gift if $60 provides a night’s stay with meals and counseling,  
  • A gift of $150 provides a month of job-readiness and vocational training,  
  • A gift of $600 provides a month’s stay with meals,  
  • A gift of $1,000 provides addiction counseling, and 
  • A gift of $2,500 provides three months of out patient treatment.

 

 

 

 

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Fox releases first look at the Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours To Hell & Back filmed in Ellicott City, MD

Back in February - production trucks and teams for the FOX TV show GORDON RAMSAY'S 24 HOURS TO HELL & BACK showed up in Old Ellicott City and began filming the quiet Maryland town that has been ravaged by major flooding in the past several years 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thanks for the concern everyone, I’m safe, devastated, but safe. #ECStrong #ElicottCity #MainStreet

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Details of the production were kept pretty secret (some details emerged as to what he was doing in town-  his team helped re brand three businesses - The Pheonix Emporium (now The Pheonix Brewing Co) Little Market Cafe and JaxonEdwin. He also brought in designer Nate Berkus to to create window displays showcasing the town's our past, present, and future.

 

 

Here's the first look at the two hour episode - that will air on FOX May 12

 

 

 

Unfortunately - we'll have to wait to support these businesses in person - as they are closed to the public due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  

 

But the Little Market Cafe is selling gift cards and take and make meals online. 

 

The Pheonix Brewing Co is offering take out meals as well 

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Thom Yorke debuts new song "Plasticine Figures" live from his basement

Thom Yorke was the musical guest on  Jimmy Fallon's stay-at-home version of The Tonight Show this week - and debuted a new song called "Plasticine Figures".

 

The haunting performance of the song came from his basement, with only a piano.  Check it out below.

 

Thom Yorke has rescheduled his his Tomorrow's Modern Boxes tour, that will kick off in Washington DC at The Anthem on September 27.

 

 

 

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