RNR News and Notes Archives for 2020-09

Cold War Kids Announce Unique 'Virtual Tour' Dates for this Fall

With full scale physical touring pretty much out of the picture until next year (hopefully) - Cold War Kids have announced they will have a 'virtual' tour of sorts - by streaming four unique concert performances in the coming months. 

 

 

COLD WAR KIDS - VIRTUAL TOUR 2020 

Saturday, October 10 @ 9pm EST: Robbers & Cowards 
First time the band has EVER performed this album in its entirety. For the 14th anniversary. 

Sunday, October 25 @ 9pm EST: New Age Norms 1 + 2 
Performing both albums in FULL to celebrate the release of New Age Norms 2. First time the band have ever performed New Age Norms 2. 

Sunday, November 8 @ 9pm EST: Festival Set 
Your sweaty, outdoor, bang-bang, no time to slow down show. All the songs you know and love. 

Sunday, November 22 @ 9pm EST: Deep Cuts & Fan Favorites 
In the dark club, let’s get close up and intimate. Head back, eyes closed, go all the places and feel all the feelings. 

 

You can also buy a pass to attend all four nights ;)

 

 

 

The shows will be streamed via NoCap and available to watch worldwide. Each show will be archived & available to rewatch until November 29th at 11:59pm PST 

 

To make it feel even more like a 'tour'  - the band will have a merch booth set up - with a line of limited-edition swag, including a virtual tour t-shirt, a ROBBERS & COWARDS anniversary t-shirt, and a NEW AGE NORMS hoodie.

 

Welcome to the new age norms  

 

 

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Muse, The Cure, Paul McCartney, and More Set to Release Unseen Concert Footage

This October, The Teenage Cancer Trustwill be releasing archival live footage from their Teenage Cancer Gigs at the Royal Albert Hall.  

 

Unseen footage of The Who, Muse, Paul McCartney, The Cure, Ed Sheeran, Noel Gallagher, Them Crooked Vultures, and more, is being released as part of their 2020 Teenage Cancer Trust’s annual concert series. The live concert fundraiser had to switch to a virtual platform because - you know - 2020. 

 

 

The unseen live footage, from past year's performers, will air on the charity's YouTube channel - with viewers encouraged to make voluntary donations

 

The current lineup of releases is:

 

Ed Sheeran will stream on October 8

Muse (recorded in 2008) will stream on October 9

Paul McCartney (recorded in 2012) will stream on October 11

Stereophonics will stream on October 13

Pulp (recorded in 2012) will stream on October 14

Noel Gallagher will stream on October 15

Them Crooked Vultures will stream on October 16

The Who will stream on October 17 

The Cure (recorded in 2014) on October 18. 

 

Get the full lineup and sign up for reminders  HERE

 

In a press release, Roger Daltrey said:

So here we are, six months into one of the strangest times in living memory. Where everyone has had some sense of what isolation, even for short periods, can do to the state of our mental health. Without the environment and services that Teenage Cancer Trust provide within our NHS, specifically for this age group, isolation throughout their lengthy treatments becomes a strong possibility. Through Teenage Cancer Trust, the UK has led the world in recognising the specific issues that this age group with cancer suffer. Please donate generously to make sure this vital work continues through these difficult times.

I know things are really tight for everyone at the moment, our whole business is out of work. If you’re watching this on YouTube, understand this is there for a function—to raise money for a charity - the charity is desperately in need of the money to keep its services going. So, if you can donate even the price of a coffee, anything it will really help. I’m sure the audiences for these artists will be very high and if all of you just put $10 in, or £5, that would be a huge amount if money to get us through this year. Because we want to be there for you in case you ever need us, or your family ever needs us. Don’t let this virus destroy it.

 There's also a merch store and raffle items HERE 

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Brandi Carlile, Black Pumas, Jack Johnson, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Nathaniel Rateliff, and many more Perform At Farm Aid 2020 [WATCH]

You may have caught the Farm Aid 2020 On the Road Live Stream over the weekend ... but in case you missed the 3 hour event - with performances by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews as well as Bonnie Raitt & Boz Scaggs, Brandi Carlile, Edie Brickell & Charlie Sexton, Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson, Jon Batiste, Kelsey Waldon, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff, Particle Kid, The Record Company, Valerie June and The War & Treaty - you can still replay it below.  Is that the silver lining about all these virtual concerts - on demand viewing?

 

Anyways - a few highlights for us were Brandi Carlile  performing a unique version of  “The Mother" alongside her daughter, Neil Young performing on his porch for an audience of ducks and chickens,  Dave Matthews discussing  the new  new music he is making with DMB drummer Carter Beauford (!), and of course - Black Pumas and Jack Johnson's duet. 

 

Stream the whole show below - and scroll down for some set times :)

 

 

 

Jack Johnson (4:00)

Nathanial Rateliff (16:00)

The Record Company (42:00)

Black Pumas (52:00)

Dave Matthews (1:03:00)

Valerie June (1:25:30

John Mellencamp (1:30:00

Brandi Carlile (1:46:00)

Neil Young (1:56:00

Edie Brickel (2:25:00

Margo Price (2:37:00)

Lukas Nelson (2:53:00

Willie Nelson (3:02:00)

 

 

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Watch Black Pumas and Jack Johnson perform 'Colors'on Good Morning America

Just in case you need a primer for our Full Moon Party with Black Pumas this Thursday (live streaming HERE starting at 8pm)  .... here's a pretty unlikely duet that works so well - with Black Pumas collaborating with Jack Johnson on their hit Colors on Good Morning America.  The two artists were promoting Farm Aid’s virtual festival that aired over the weekend: 

 

 

 

And dont forget to tune in HERE Thursday at 8pm for an exclusive performance with Black Pumas 

 

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Lana Del Rey is the perfect choice for Matt Maeson's new version of 'Hallucinogenics' - listen

Back in 2018 - a guy in a skull cap showed up to the WRNR studios to do an in studio performance ... Matt Maeson - from VA Beach was on his first promo tour for his LP Bank on the Funeral and played us a few tracks.  One that really caught our ear was Hallucinogenics ... there was something hauntingly perfect about it

 

 

 ... and apparently we weren't the only fans -  Lana Del Rey invited Maeson onstage in 2019  to perform a duet of the track live.  

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hallucinogenics Feat. @lanadelrey is out now! Lana sent me a message on Instagram at random asking if I’d like to come play Hallucinogenics at one of her shows last year. I very eagerly agreed even tho I’m a super busy guy who does super busy things and it was a surreal experience to say the least. I was nervous af and the crowd started singing along and it was just an insane moment for me. I remember listening to Born To Die on repeat when it came out and her songwriting heavily influenced the writing I do today. When we asked her to hop on Hallucinogenics with me she was into it and bang bang we got a duet! An absolute dream come true. Thank you so much Lana ????????????????????????

A post shared by Matt Maeson (@mattmaeson) on

 

Lucky for us - someone was wise enough to recognize that this pair on this track was the right formula - and we now have the official remix featuring both singers.  

 

Matt Maeson - Hallucinogenics (feat. Lana Del Rey)

 

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Bruce Springsteen looks back on his years as a musician on powerful new song 'Ghosts' [LISTEN]

Bruce Springsteen has a new album on the way (Letter to You – due out Oct. 23) and everything we know about the record so far has us pretty excited. 

 

First – the record was recorded with the E Street Band (!) and the group recorded the album “completely live” meaning no over dubs (something very rare these days … and they did it in just five days at Bruce’s home studio.  And one of the even cooler things about the record is that The Boss wrote all the songs using a guitar given to him by a fan after one of his Broadway gigs.  How freakin cool is that?

 

 

Well – this week, after turning 71, Bruce must have been feeling a little nostalgic – and released the albums second single - titled "Ghosts"

 

Of the track, Springsteen said:

“’Ghosts’ is about the beauty and joy of being in a band, and the pain of losing one another to illness and time.  Ghosts’ tries to speak to the spirit of the music itself, something none of us owns but can only discover and share together. In the E Street Band, it resides in our collective soul, powered by the heart.”

 

The track was released along with a nostalgic Thom Zimny-directed video that showing footage from the album's recording sessions along with clips Bruce's early days in bands like The Castiles. 

 

Bruce Springsteen - Ghosts (Lyric Video)

 

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Hear Kurt Vile's stunning duet with John Prine, 'How Lucky' from forthcoming EP 'Speed, Sound, Lonely KV'

Kurt Vile has announced he has a new EP on the way.   ‘Speed, Sound, Lonely KV’ is due out 10/2 and was recorded over a span of four years at The Butcher Shoppe studio in Nashville.  The record has five songs — covers of John Prine and “Cowboy” Jack Clement as well as two originals.  The Philly native recorded the record with the help of some local heavyweights like Bobby Wood and Dan Auerbach. (preorder HERE)

 

 

The first track to be released is probably the most incredible though - and what KV has called "Probably the single most special musical moment in my life” – a duet with the late John Prine on the songwriter’s well-loved tune, “How Lucky.” 

 

Kurt noted in a personal statement:

 

“The truth is John was my hero for a long time when he came into The Butcher Shoppe to recut one of his deepest classics with me. And, man, I was floating and flying and I couldn't hear anything he told me while he was there till after he was gone for the night,” 

 

A couple nights later we were playing ‘How Lucky’ together again; this time onstage at the Grand Ole Opry on New Year's Eve at the turn of 2020. Nothing like seeing John and his band of musical brothers and family and friends playing into the new decade in front of an adoring audience on that stage in Nashville, TN... and, yup, that's just how lucky we all got that night."

 

Get your tissues and give the track a listen: 

 

Kurt Vile - "How Lucky" with John Prine 

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This Must Be the Place - watch the trailer for David Byrne's American Utopia HBO special

HBO Max is set to debut David Byrne’s American Utopia on Saturday, October 17  .... and to get you (even more) excited for the Spike Lee directed special - the network has revealed the official trailer for it.  

 

 

 

 

Anyone who saw the concert (it came to to DC twice) knows how amazing the show is.   

 

 

You can read a review from when the Amercian Utopia Tour came to The Anthem in Washington DC back in in 2018 HERE 

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Fleet Foxes Welcome Fall by Releasing Surprise Album, Shore, on the Autumnal Equinox

The Autumnal equinox, when the Sun is exactly above the Equator and day and night are of equal length and the fall season begins - brings more than pumpkin spice lattes and Han Solo outfits this year - it also gives us a new Fleet Foxes album.

 

Photo Credit: Emily Johnston

 

The 55 minute new album, titled  “Shore”, is being released in its entirety along with a 55-minute Super 16mm companion art film, directed by Kersti Jan Werdal on fleetfoxes.co

 

You can stream it below: 

Fleet Foxes - Shore

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Dave Matthews, Billie Eilish, Eddie Vedder and more Join Global Citizen & HeadCount's 'Just Vote' Campaign

Global Citizen and voter registration organization HeadCount announced this week some big names - including Bob Weir, Eddie Vedder, Dave Matthews, Gavin Rossdale, Lenny Kravitz, Meghan Trainor,  and Shawn Mendes will take part in their Just Vote campaign - who are offering the chance at exclusive rewards to people who log onto to the site to check their voter status. 

 

Photo: Shots from the Dark Photography 

 

The group joins previously announced participants like  Billie Eilish, DJ Khaled, FINNEAS, Julianne Hough, Taylor Swift, and Usher.  You can review some of the rewards being offered below 

 

 Hugh Evans, co-founder and CEO of Global Citizen said : 

"We are at a pivotal moment in the campaign as we head towards the final stretch of voter registration.   Through this campaign, tens of thousands of young people have already checked their voter registration status, but we have to keep up the momentum. It’s more important than ever to engage young people in the political process, and with the support of these great artists, even more young people will get registered to vote." 

 

 

 

By logging on and checking your voter status - you can unlock the chance to win: 

 

-A ukulele signe by Eddie Vedder 

-Merch and a vinyl record signed by Billie Eilish

-A guitar signed by Bob Weir 

-A virtual hangout with Lenny Kravitz 

-A guitar signed by Gavin Rossdale 

-A guitar signed by Taylor Swift 

-And maybe the coolest - everyone who checks their status will get a link to view an exclusive acoustic performance by Dave Matthews 

 

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Annapolis native will attempt to stand-up paddleboard the entire length of the Chesapeake Bay in support of oysters

On Friday September 18,  at 7:30 am,  in Havre de Grace, MD, Chris Hopkinson of the Bay Paddle, will begin the first-ever attempt to stand-up paddleboard the Chesapeake Bay, all in support of oysters.

 

 

You read that right- Chris is going to SUP the 240 mile journey from Havre de Grace to Virginia Beach.  But this isn't just something for his memory book - Chris has partnered with Flying Dog Brewery and the Oyster Recovery Partnership for his Bay Paddle to help raise $200,000 to plant 20 million oysters back in the Chesapeake Bay.  

 

Bay Paddle 2020 from Flying Dog Brewery on Vimeo

 

The ambitious trip will take 8 days - with Hopkins following the route of Captain John Smith and his exploration of the Chesapeake in 1608: 

 

 

To learn more about Chris and his endeavor - visit BayPaddle.org

 

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Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold: The Concert will be screened at select cinemas, drive ins and exhibition spaces for two nights only

On March 26, 2017 - Stevie Nicks brought her 24 Karat Gold tour to Baltimore's Royal Farms Arena and anyone who was there will tell you it was an amazing night - with the two time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee / Grammy Award Winning singer songwriter blazing through 18 songs from her entire catalog of music as well as Nicks revealing intimate stories about the music.

 

 

Missed the show - no worries - the tour was documented and Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold The Concert will be screened for two nights only (October 21 and 25) at select cinemas , drive ins, and exhibition spaces around the world.  

 

 

 

According to Nicks:

“The 24 Karat Gold Tour was my all-time favorite tour.   I not only got to sing my songs but I was able to tell their stories for the first time. I love having the opportunity to share this concert with my fans. From me to you – 24 Karat Gold”

 

The film is also being released as a live album (2x CD / 2x LP / Digital Download) and that will be released on October 30. 

 

Nicks has releasd a teaser from the album - a live version of the classic Gypsy: 

 

 

 

With Maryland slowly entering Phase 3 and the reopening of movie theaters - it remains to be seen if the film will be showed locally.  You can keep an eye on StevieNicksFilm.com for updates and tickets (which go on sale Sept. 23) 

 

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American Girl recruits The Go Go's to introduce their new 80's themed doll - Courtney Moore

Alight Gen X'ers -if you don't already - get ready to feel old  ... American Girl, the comapny who is known for creating dolls based on "historical" characters, has launched a new '80s themed doll named Courtney Moore.  And she's like - totally awesome

 

 

 

Courtney's a "video-game lover with a totally rad style who dreams to make games of her own."

 

She can be seen rocking some acid washed jeans and boots at the arcade playing video games - especially her favorite -classic Pac Man.  She also collects Care Bears and is always carrying her pastel-colored double cassette boombox. 

 

Newly reformed 80's icons '80s icons The Go-Gos, were tapped to help introduce Courtney to the world.

 

On the TODAY show, Go Go Kathy Valentine said: 

 

"I think what (American Girl) wants to do with the Courtney doll is bring attention to what that era was like for women.  The feminist movement had come about in the '60s and '70s, and in the '80s you started seeing women in politics more. You saw them going into tech and getting the results of the hard work of the feminist pioneers."

 

Fellow Go Go Jane Wiedlin said:

 

 "They started calling The Go-Go's music 'golden oldies' a while ago. But, on the other hand, it's very flattering that the '80s are back. I think you just kind of have to embrace it because time marches on."

 

 

 

Courtney and her accessories are available now online via the American Girl Webstore , and will be in American Girl stores on September 25.

 

 

 

 American Girl Doll is matching donations to Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology, and will offer four $5000 scholarships to help further computer science education.  Totally rad! 

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Dave Grohl Levels Up In Virtual Drum Battle - Writes/Performs a Theme Song for Viral Drumming Sensation Nandi Bushell

Did you think Dave Grohl was going down without a fight?  The Foo Fighter frontman came back strong in round 2 of his ongoing drum battle with viral 10-year-old rocker Nandi Bushell.

 

Bushell has been showing off her drumming prowess for the past year- posting videos of her skills online.  

 

Several weeks ago - she laid down the gauntlet to her hero Dave Grohl - challenging him to a drum battle after posting a video of her playing drums along to the Foo Fighter anthem Everlong.  

 

 

 

After some peer pressure- Dave responded with a challenge of his own – a video of him playing the Them Crooked Vultures track – Dead End Friends.  The youngster wasn’t phased and immediately responded with her rebuttal – playing the track beat for beat. 

 

 


Dave accepted defeat – but added he had something special planned for Nandi in his follow up 

 

Well - that something special turned out to be a personalized Super Hero Theme song - written and performed by Grohl (with some help from "The Grohlettes") 

 

Before debuting the jam - Dave declared:

 

"Okay Nandi, you got me. You win round one...But I got something special for you. Something you've never heard before. Something I've never heard before, because I'm about to write this off the top of my head for you." 


 

 

That . Is . Awesome. 

 

***Update*** 

Nandi has shared her reaction to the video ! <3 

 

 

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Mt. Joy Add Maryland Date to Their Drive In Concert Tour

With concert venues being closed since March - bands have had to find alternative ways to perform live for their fans.  

 

Virtual performances have been a hit - but some bands have felt the itch to perform live in front of an audience - albeit socially distanced.  

 

Bands like The Avett Brothers and Sublime have played shows - and now Mt. Joy is getting in on the idea- announcing a 10 date drive in concert tour, including a show at the Frederick Maryland Fair Grounds on October 6. 

 

 

Tickets are a little expensive (we heard up to $150 per car ... but maybe you can borrow Fred Schneider's Chrysler?) and the drive is a little far - an hour from Annapolis - but all in all -that's a small price to pay if you've been missing concerts as much as we have !!! 

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Tom Petty's estate releases another lost 1994 track from the Wildflower reissue 'Confusion Wheel' [LISTEN]

The estate of the late Tom Petty is carrying out the lead Heartbreaker's plan of releasing a massive 70 track reissue of the Wildflowers.  

 

 

Included on the album - due out 10/16 via Warner Bros - are ten songs from the recording sessions that didn't make the 1994 release. 

 

So far the songs we have heard have been great and the latest release - Confusion Wheel - is no exception ... take a listen to the slowly expanding jam below and preorder the album HERE

 

Tom Petty - Confusion Wheel (Official Visualizer)

 

 

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Gorillaz Reveal Details on New Song Machine Project Featuring Beck, St Vincent, Robert Smith, and more - Announce Song Machine Live Performance

Gorillaz- who are recognized by The Guinness Book Of World Records as the planet’s 'Most Successful Virtual Act',  have revelaed the full details of the song machine project they have been teasing us with  all year.  

 

The album, a collection of collaborations, is titled Song Machine: Season One - Strange Timez, and will be released October 23. 

 

Photo courtesy of Gorillaz

 

The album features collaborations with Robert Smith of The Cure, Beck, St. Vincent, Elton John, Peter Hook of New Order and more.  

 

The project's sixth and latest release is the track featuring Robert Smith, aptly titled Strange Timez - was accompanied by a video showing the group on the moon, spinning around the earth

 

Gorillaz - Strange Timez ft. Robert Smith (Episode Six)

 

The group also announced they will hose  , Gorillaz will host a global livestream -SONG MACHINE LIVE - on December 12 and 13 via LiveNow.

 

See the full track listing - minus the Tame Impala collab we hoped for, below

 

Photo courtesy of Gorillaz

 

Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez:

 

01 Strange Timez [ft. Robert Smith]
02 The Valley of The Pagans [ft. Beck]
03 The Lost Chord [ft. Leee John]
04 Pac-Man [ft. ScHoolboy Q]
05 Chalk Tablet Towers [ft. St. Vincent]
06 The Pink Phantom [ft. Elton John and 6LACK]
07 Aries [ft. Peter Hook and Georgia]
08 Friday 13th [ft. Octavian]
09 Dead Butterflies [ft. Kano and Roxani Arias]
10 Désolé (Extended Version) [ft. Fatoumata Diawara]
11 Momentary Bliss [ft. slowthai and Slaves]

 

Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez Deluxe:

01 Strange Timez [ft. Robert Smith]
02 The Valley of the Pagans [ft. Beck]
03 The Lost Chord [ft. Leee John]
04 Pac-Man [ft. ScHoolboy Q]
05 Chalk Tablet Towers [ft. St. Vincent]
06 The Pink Phantom [ft. Elton John and 6LACK]
07 Aries [ft. Peter Hook and Georgia]
08 Friday 13th [ft. Octavian]
09 Dead Butterflies [ft. Kano and Roxani Arias]
10 Désolé (Extended Version) [ft. Fatoumata Diawara]
11 Momentary Bliss [ft. slowthai and Slaves]
12 Opium [ft. EarthGang]
13 Simplicity [ft. Joan as Police Woman]
14 Severed Head [ft. GoldLink and Unknown Mortal Orchestra]
15 With Love To An Ex [ft. Moonchild Sanelly]
16 MLS [ft. JPEGMAFIA and CHAI]
17 How Far? [ft. Tony Allen and Skepta]

 

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Bruce Springsteen Reveals Details and First Song From New Album - Letter to You: Listen

The internet was buzzing over the past few weeks with rumors of a new Bruce Springsteen album. 

 

First - his wife Patti and producer hinted that The Boss had been working on something new ... then a record store posted a pre-order link to the record... 

 

So Bruce has come out and announced that the follow up to the 2019 record Western Stars will be titled Letter to You and released October 23 via Columbia Records.  

 

 

 

 

The The 12-track album was recorded with the E Street Band (!) and incudes new recordings of outtakes from some Springsteen's earlier albums, including  Janey Needs a Shooter, If I Was the Priest and Song for Orphans

 

Springsteen has shared lead single “Letter to You.” 

Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You (Official Video)

 

 

On the record - Springsteen said: 

“I love the emotional nature of Letter To You.  And I love the sound of the E Street Band playing completely live in the studio, in a way we’ve never done before, and with no overdubs. We made the album in only five days, and it turned out to be one of the greatest recording experiences I’ve ever had.”

 

The full track listing for the record is: 

 

Letter to You:

01 One Minute You’re Here
02 Letter to You
03 Burnin Train
04 Janey Needs a Shooter
05 Last Man Standing
06 The Power of Prayer
07 House of a Thousand Guitars
08 Rainmaker
09 If I Was the Priest
10 Ghosts
11 Song For Orphans
12 I’ll See You in My Dreams

 

 

You can Pre-order Bruce Springsteen’s new album ‘Letter To You’ HERE: https://brucespringsteen.lnk.to/LTY-POID

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yearning for a Concert? Nathaniel Rateliff Announces He'll Perform Five Socially Distant Shows at Red Rocks Amphitheater

Have you been yearning to get back to a concert since March? 

 

Apparently so has Nathaniel Rateliff, who was only nine days into a nine month tour before being forced to cancel all remaining shows due to the pandemic.  

 

This week, Rateliff who has announced that he was ready to hit the stage again with a few fans - and  will be performing five socially distanced concerts from the Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Colorado.  

 

The shows will take place September 15, 16, 18, 19 and 21 and will feature "various aspects of Rateliff’s stellar musicianship, ranging from stripped-back moments with just his voice and acoustic guitar to a full 10-piece folk band accompaniment, which includes a string quartet.” 

 

 

Rateliff said: 

“We want to get out there and play.  We feel so fortunate that Red Rocks is our hometown venue and look forward to having people at normal capacities in the future. But until that time it will feel great to make the best of the current situation, we want to get back to that live energy. These shows will be special for us, and hopefully the fans, as we will have our full production, custom light show and projections that were featured on the original tour that was unfortunately cancelled.”

 

No word on whether or not the shows will be live streamed or recorded for play back - so if you are really interested - you can enter the lottery for tickets HERE and then figure out a way to get to Morrison, Colorado. 

 

Each show will have a maximum capacity of 175 fans and seating will be GA (following state social distancing guidelines).  

 

 All funds raised through the Red Rocks shows next week will be distributed to organizations working in Colorado to propel the mission forward of Rateliff's organization -The Marigold Project - dedicated to economic, racial and social justice. Learn more about the foundation at the-marigold-project.org

 

Earlier this summer- Nathaniel Rateliff spoke with WRNR's Rob Timm via Zoom about life during quarantine 

 

 

 

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Hear Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day's cover 'Whole Wide World' by Wreckless Eric

Since having to postpone their Hella Mega Tour with Weezer and Fall Out Boy, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong kept busy this summer by churning out some new/old tunes with his No Fun Mondays covers series.  Over the summer we've heard covers of "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tommy James & the ShondellsJohn Lennon's,  "Kids in America," by Kim Wilde and more.. 

 

The series has been on hiatus since July - but this week we got a surprise cover from BJA - with his take on the 1977 Wreckless Eric track - Whole Wide World.  The track isn't part of No Fun Mondays series - but was recorded for Amazon Music.  

 

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day - Whole Wide World (Amazon Original) (Lyric Video)

 

 

You may recall that Cage the Elephant  their 2017 Unpeeled live album.

 

Cage The Elephant - Whole Wide World (Unpeeled)

 

It's not the first time Billie Joe Armstrong has given his take to the track either - his all-star cover group, The Coverups - would play the song at some of their secret shows.

 

The Coverups (Green Day) - Whole Wide World (Wreckless Eric cover) – Live in San Francisco 

 

 

 

 

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Phoebe Bridgers Covering Radiohead's 'Fake Plastic Trees' in a Church May Give You Goosebumps: Watch

In 1995, Radiohead released their sophomore album - The Bends - and track 4 from the now classic record - a song that singer Thom Yorke said was "the product of a joke that wasn't really a joke, a very lonely, drunken evening and, well, a breakdown of sorts" - Fake Plastic Trees - is going through a bit of a resurgence in 2020 - with several amazing covers of the song being released. 

 

The most recent  - and our personal favorite - is the chilling version recorded by Phoebe Bridgers.  The track - recorded in a church (sound familiar?)  for the BBC show Phil Taggart’s Chillest Show features Bridgers giving the song a goosebump inducing rendition of the track with R&B star Arlo Parks providing harmonies and piano accompaniment: 

 

Phoebe Bridgers x Arlo Parks - Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead) - Radio 1 Piano Session

 

The two offered collaborated on Bridgers’ own song “Kyoto” during the session

 

Phoebe Bridgers x Arlo Parks - Kyoto - Radio 1 Piano Session

 

It's not the first time Bridgers has covered the song ... it's not even the first time she performed it in a church.  Here she is covering the song in 2017:

 

Phoebe Bridgers St. Pancras Old Church London, 2017-07-05

 

 

We mentioned the song getting a lot of attention recently - Haley Williams of the band Paramore recently posted her cover of the song as well.

 

Hayley Williams - Fake Plastic Trees (radiohead)

 

Happy 25th birthday to Fake Plastic Trees

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Get a sneak peak at Pearl Jam's 'The Home Shows' stream with this amazing video of 'Alive'

If you were on the fence about whether or not to purchase Pearl Jam's Labor Day Weekend concert stream - the band has released a teaser to help make your decision easier. 

 

 

Check out the video of them performing Alive on August 8, 2018 in their hometown of Seattle, Washington 

 

 

 

 

That's enough convincing for us.  We'll be watching - you can too by clicking here 

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This weekend's Dave Matthews Band Drive-In Series will feature a virtual 3 night run of shows from the iconic Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA

Looking to get away this weekend - without leaving the couch?  

 

You can virtually attend some amazing shows from Washington state - including three Dave Matthews Band shows from the iconic Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA.  These shows - part of the DMB Drive-In Series - weill be streamed via Nugs.TV starting at 8pm each week - and keeping in the series' tradition will benefit three different charities 

 

The shows being featured and their charity benefactor are: 

 

  • Friday, 9/4     –   8/30/2019 Benefiting Columbia Riverkeeper
  • Saturday, 9/5 –  9/4/2016 Benefiting World Central Kitchen
  • Sunday, 9/6  –  The Gorge 2002 Benefiting Northwest Harvest

 DMB fans will want to take part in these streams - as the band has announced they will be taking a break from the series after this weekend. 

 

 

Elsewhere - Pearl Jam has revealed that they will be streaming one of their historic “Home Show” gigs - the August 8, 2018  show from Seattle's Seattle’s Safeco Field beginning on September 4th on nugs.tv

 

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Farm Aid to Host 35th Anniversary Virtual Festival feat. Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews, Black Pumas, Brandi Carlile, Nathaniel Rateliff, The Record Company and more 

The Farm Aid organization announced this week that they will celebrate their 35th anniversary with a virtual at-home festival experience - called Farm Aid 2020 On the Road.  The 3-hour event  scheduled for 8pm on Saturday, Sept. 26, will include performances from more than 20 artists and be streamed at FarmAid.org, on Farm Aid’s YouTube channel, AXS TV and Fans.com.

 

 

The Farm Aid 2020 On the Road lineup includes: – Willie Nelson and The Boys – John Mellencamp – Neil Young – Dave Matthews – Black Pumas – Bonnie Raitt and Boz Scaggs – Edie Brickell with Charlie Sexton – Brandi Carlile – Chris Stapleton – Jack Johnson – Jamey Johnson – Jon Batiste – Kelsey Waldon – Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – Margo Price – Nathaniel Rateliff – Particle Kid – The Record Company – Valerie June – The War And Treaty – and more artists to be added

 

 

 

The goal of the virtual festival is to raise critical funds for and awareness of the organization and its mission, which it typically does through ticket sales to the annual in-person music and food festival. Farm Aid accepts donations year-round at www.farmaid.org/donate.

 

 

Willie Nelson said in a release: 

"This pandemic and so many other challenges have revealed how essential family farmers and ranchers are to the future of our planet...Farm Aid 2020 is going to give the whole country a chance to learn about the important work of farmers and how they’re contributing to our well-being, beyond bringing us good food."

The Farm Aid Organization was formed by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 - Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001 - and their mission  is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America

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Could a new Bruce Springsteen album be on the way? His producer hints something 'is coming'

Before the pandemic threw a wrench into, well EVERYTHING ... Bruce Springsteen revealed that there was a new E Street Band album and tour in store for us.

 

With live shows not happening any time soon, hopefully we can still anticipate that new album ...

 

The Asbury Park Press found a clue online revealing that the album might be coming our way sooner than later - when producer long time Springsteen producer Ron Aniello posted an Instagram story with the text "It's coming..." over black and white video of a stormy sea

 

 

Other clues come from even closer to the Boss Camp - Bruce's wife Patti Scialfa recently revealed to Rolling Stone that the two have “...been sharing a studio, and Bruce has just been so prolific lately that it’s hard for me to get in there ... He’s always like, ‘I have to go do this thing and that thing.’"

 

Elsewhere  - E Street Band member Nils Lofgren revealed on the "What's Up on E Street?" podcast that  "as great a record in the works as I ever heard Bruce make and that's saying a lot.”

 

More as we hear it 

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