Annapolis based band Pressing Strings have offered up solid music to us over the years- both with original songs and covers ... but their latest cover has got to be one of our favorites ... the band has offered their signature sound to Standing Outside a Broken Phonebooth With Money In My Hand - the 90's classic by Primitive Radio Gods.
Pressing Strings - Standing Outside a Broken Phonebooth With Money In My Hand [Primitive Radio Gods]
The video was shot by Adam Priest and recorded at WrightWay Studios in Baltimore, Maryland
Let's face it - 2020 had a lot of forgetable moments ... but we DID get a lot of amazing music at least ... and while one of our favorite things about getting new music from our favorite or just discovered artists is seeing them perform it live ... and while we weren't able to do that in person for the most part of the year - we were able to do it virtually ... like when Black Pumas played our Full Moon Party
The 2021 Grammy Award nominees are here - including three nominations for the afore mentioned Black Pumas ... check out the nominees for some of our favorite categories below - along with our picks in red (that no one in particular asked for)
Record of the Year
Beyoncé - Black Parade Black Pumas - Colors
DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch - Rockstar
Doja Cat - Say So
Billie Eilish - Everything I Wanted
Dua Lipa - Don’t Start Now
Post Malone - Circles
Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé - Savage
Album of the Year
Jhené Aiko - Chilombo Black Pumas - Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition)
Coldplay - Everyday Life
Jacob Collier - Djesse Vol. 3
Haim - Women in Music Pt. III
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia
Post Malone - Hollywood’s Bleeding
Taylor Swift - Folklore
Song of the Year
Beyoncé - Black Parade
Roddy Ricch - The Box
Taylor Swift - Cardigan
Post Malone - Circles
Dua Lipa - Don’t Start Now Billie Eilish - Everything I Wanted
H.E.R. - I Can't Breathe
JP Saxe Featuring Julia Michaels - If the World Was Ending
Best New Artist
Ingrid Andress Phoebe Bridgers
Megan Thee Stallion
Best Pop Solo Performance
Justin Bieber - Yummy
Doja Cat - Say So Billie Eilish - Everything I Wanted
Dua Lipa - Don’t Start Now
Harry Styles - Watermelon Sugar
Taylor Swift - Cardigan
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy - Un Dia (One Day)
Justin Bieber Featuring Quavo - Intentions
BTS - Dynamite
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande - Rain On Me Taylor Swift Featuring Bon Iver - Exile
Best Pop Vocal Album
Justin Bieber - Changes
Lady Gaga - Chromatica
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia
Harry Styles - Fine Line Taylor Swift - Folklore
Best Rock Performance
Fiona Apple - Shameika
Big Thief - Not
Phoebe Bridgers - Kyoto
HAIM - The Steps
Brittany Howard - Stay High Grace Potter - Daylight
Best Rock Song
Phoebe Bridgers - Kyoto
Tame Impala - Lost in Yesterday
Big Thief - Not
Fiona Apple - Shameika Brittany Howard - Stay High
Best Rock Album
Fontaines D.C. - A Hero’s Death
Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka
Grace Potter - Daylight Sturgill Simpson - Sound and Fury
The Strokes - The New Abnormal
Best Alternative Music Album
Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Beck - Hyperspace
Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
Brittany Howard - Jaime
Tame Impala - The Slow Rush
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Brothers Osborne - All Night
Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber - 10,000 Hours
Lady A - Ocean
Little Big Town - Sugar Coat
Old Dominion - Some People Do
Best American Roots Performance
Black Pumas - Colors
Bonny Light Horseman - Deep in Love
Brittany Howard - Short and Sweet
Norah Jones & Mavis Staples - I’ll Be Gone
I Remember Everything - John Prine
Best American Roots Song
The Secret Sisters - Cabin
Sierra Hull - Ceiling to the Floor
Sarah Jarosz - Hometown John Prine - I Remember Everything
Lucia Williams - Man Without a Soul
As you get set to embark on your 2020 holiday shopping - maybe there is a Maggie Rogers fan on your list who you'd like to get something unique for ...
Well- Maggie herself is offering a holiday gift set on her website - that includes a little nod to her Maryland roots. The singer has curated a keepsake box with items from some of her favorite local + independent businesses, including:
(1) Commemorative wooden keepsake box
(1) Notes from the Archive: Recordings 2011-2016 LP
(1) 8oz bag of Rise Up Coffee's Winter Warmer blend
(1) 1oz All Purpose Balm from Clary Collection
(1) Maggie Rogers x Field Notes journal 2-pack
On being included in the gift set - Rise Up Coffee said:
"We love Maggie not simply because she happens to have grown up locally, or even that we’re all HUGE fans of her music...our love of Maggie Rogers comes from who she is as a human. So you can imagine how insanely proud we are to be included in her ‘Keepsake Box’."
2020 ... the year Foo Fighters were to celebrate their 25th anniversary in grand fashion ... a van tour, a rock festival, a new album and whatever else Dave Grohl and co. had up their sleeves. But 2020 gonna 2020 - so instead - the band is celebrating with a new short film, titled 'Times Like Those'
Check out the band narrating the special slideshow documenting their 25-year history below
Times Like Those | Foo Fighters 25th Anniversary
Totally getting a Mystery Science Theater vibe from this ... LOL
*Traditionally* the day after Thanksgiving is one of the biggest shopping days of the year- with thousands of people flocking to big box stores to get Black Friday deals on everything from socks to big screen TVs.
This unofficial holiday has been met with another day of shopping – focusing on local businesses though – with shoppers encouraged to support locally owned and operated businesses in their communities the following day – Small Business Saturday
Annapolis is a community made up of 100+ boutiques, shops, bars, restaurants, galleries and more – that all need our support this holiday season – and just so happened to be the backdrop for the Small Business Saturday feature on NBC’s The Today Show … with a special nod to The Boatyard’s crab cakes -that had us wanting one for Breakfast … no judgment
Foo Fighters celebrated their 25th anniversary in July - and the *plan* was for the band to have a gigantic celebration at FedEx Field ... well - 2020 had other plans for us and we didn't get to have DC Jam.
But Dave and the Foos still want to have a little recognition for their silver anniversary - with a live stream video called 'Times Like Those'
We don't know much about the celebration - but the YouTube link makes is sound like it will be a photo and video retrospective :
Maybe the 25th anniversary year didn't go *quite* as planned but we were still able to come together for a look back at the last 25 years.
They may have only released on album - 2003's Give Up - but The Postal Service - Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello's unique project - remains very popular in 2020 (in case you didn't know- the band got its name from the way the album was produced, the two were never in the studio together and would mail each other their parts on tape )
Fast forward to 2020 - and although the band has been largely inactive for the past 17 years - they do plan to release a live album on December 4 via Sub Pop titled Everything Will Change.
The content comes from the band's show Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California during their 2013 reunion tour.
You can preview two of the tracks below and keep scrolling for the full track listing
The Postal Service - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight [LIVE]
The Postal Service - Natural Anthem [LIVE]
Everything Will ChangeTrack listing:
01 The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
02 We Will Become Silhouettes
03 Sleeping In
04 Turn Around
05 Nothing Better
06 Recycled Air
07 Be Still My Heart
08 Clark Gable
09 Our Secret (Beat Happening cover)
10 This Place Is a Prison
11 A Tattered Line of String
12 Such Great Heights
13 Natural Anthem
14 (This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan (Dntel)
15 Brand New Colony
Sesame Street has some pretty amazing special guests lined up for its 51st (!) season ... including Issa Rae, Hailee Steinfeld, Ayesha Curry and Maggie Rogers.
Maggie will appear on an episode where she goes on backyard camping trip with Elmo, Abby, Rudy and Charlie - and during a search for camping essentials - marshmallows - Rogers teaches the gang a musical lesson about nocturnal creatures called It's Nighttime.
Everyone seems to love the song - except for Oscar the Grouch - duh.
On November 18 - Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder hosted the Venture Into Cures benefit, a two hour streaming event raising money and awareness for his Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Fund.
Vedder has described Epidermolysis Bullosa as "about the most insane skin disorder you can imagine ... And when you realize it also affects the internal organs, then you see it as diabolical.”
During the broadcast - Vedder debuted two new songs - “Matter of Time” and “Say Hi.” Both songs were inspired by Epidermolysis Bullosa - “Say Hi” is for six-year-old EB patient Eli Meyer and the ballad “Matter of Time” was “written for everyone worldwide afflicted with Epidermolysis Bullosa.”
Stream them both now and keep scrolling to view the entire Venture Into Cures broadcast.
Eddie Vedder - Matter of Time (Official Music Video)
Eddie Vedder - Say Hi (Official Live Performance)
Stream the entire Venture Into Cures show featuring Jill & Eddie Vedder, Billie Eilish, Lukas, Micah, & Willie Nelson, Jon Batiste and below:
Bleachers have teamed up with fellow New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen for a new single, titled 'chinatown'
The song arrives with a Carlotta Kohl directed video which features Bleachers' Jack Antonoff wearing a shirt that reads “Welcome to New Jersey, now go home” and riding in a Cadillac with Bruce Springsteen down the highway.
Bleachers - chinatown (Official Video) ft. Bruce Springsteen
In a statement, Antonoff says:
“chinatown” starts in NYC and travels to new jersey. that pull back to the place i am from mixed with terror of falling in love again. having to show your cards to someone and the shock when you see them for yourself. thinking you know yourself and where you are from…. having to see yourself through somebody who you want to stay… i started to write this song with these ideas ringing in my head. to further understand who you are pushes you to further understand where you are from and what that looks and sounds like. there are pieces in that that are worth carrying forever and pieces worth letting die."
Both Antonoff and Springsteen have been keeping busy as of late - last month, Bruce released his 20th album, Letter to You. While Antonoff has been building his producer resume - contributing to Taylor Swift’s Folklore, the Chicks’ Gaslighter, Lana Del Rey’s Norman Fucking Rockwell! and her upcoming LP Chemtrails Over the Country Club.
On election night - Phoebe Bridgers tweeted "if Trump loses I will cover 'Iris' by the Goo Goo Goo Dolls,"
And now - she's made good on that promise - with a little help from Maggie Rogers - releasing the track to Bandcamp - with all proceeds from this cover will go to Stacey Abrams' Fair Fight.
This release is exclusively available on Bandcamp on Friday, November 13th. Proceeds from this track will benefit Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight.
Fair Fight promotes fair elections in Georgia and around the country, encourages voter participation in elections, and educates voters about elections and their voting rights. Fair Fight brings awareness to the public on election reform, advocates for election reform at all levels, and engages in other voter education programs and communications.
This time last year - we were getting excited to see Illiterate Light at a sold out Ottobar in Baltimore for our 2019 Snowball.
This year - we're getting excited to watch Illiterate Light play at the Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville ... from our couch - cause that's how we watch music these days ... secure your 'seats' here - tickets are pay what you want - with a $10 minimum
What's more exciting is that the show will feature the live debut of the song - Freedom - a collaboration with Devon Gilfillian.
We met Devon backstage at the Newport Folk Festival in 2019 and hit it off immediately. We crossed paths so often on tour in the following months that it just made sense to do a collaboration and full US co-headlining tour the following year. The dates were all planned for Fall 2020 and we had studio time booked in Nashville for the three of us in March, but it all came to a screeching halt with the initial outbreak of COVID-19. As everything around us shut down, we forged through and wrote “Freedom” together on Zoom, finished the recording from our home studios without ever stepping in the same room, and now we are finally getting together to play it live, streamed from Brooklyn Bowl Nashville + Fans.com on Friday, November 13th!
Also note - that if you pay more that $40 for your ticket (anything above $10 will be a donation to the bands and crew) will qualify you to win a one-of-a-kind Epiphone Wilshire Phant-O-Matic Electric Guitar, signed by Illiterate Light and Devon Gilfillian! Jeff Gorman of Illiterate Light bought this guitar at his local record store in Harrisonburg, VA. Supporting local shops during these times has been important!
Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the concert lover on your shopping list ... or maybe for yourself? IMP Concerts has you covered - with their new framed customizable concet memorabilia package. Available HERE
The package includes a framed concert poster from any show at The Anthem, 9:30 Club, or The Lincoln Theatre from 2005-2020, a reproduced ticket stub - and if you want - a personal photo from the show!
You can chose different backgrounds for the peice as well - including the venues logo, iconic venue scenes (9:30's brick facade, The Anthem's digital curtains, and The Lincoln's seats)
The promotional blitz is on for Medicine at Midnight - the new Foo Fighters album due out February 5.
After appearing on Saturday Night Live last week - the band will be hitting the stage again this Saturday - with a live streamed concert from Los Angeles' famed concert venue, the Roxy (snag tickets here)
It should be no shock that the show is sponsored by Coors Light - its Dave's beer of choice to shotgun on stage ...
... but the flyer promises us something called Beers Eye View ... hmmm
The stream goes live Saturday and will be available for a 48-hour replay. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit Sweet Relief, who “provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet”.
Additionally, Foo Fighters have shared the music video for their song “Shame Shame.”
So no matter where you are in the world this weekend - get ready to rock with the Foos .. hopefully we will hear more from the album that Dave is "so fucking proud of", "unlike anything the Foos have ever done" ,"fucking excited for people to hear" and "can’t wait to jump on that fucking stage to play it"
The US Navy’s 7th Fleet Band's Orient Express ensemble is known for their covers - but this Veteran's Day, they have decided to pay tribute to one of their own with a video tribute to Navy veteran and music legend Art Neville.
A video of the band performing The Meters’ “Hey Pocky A-Way” in honor of the New Orleans icon was posted to Facebook - along with this message:
“In honor of Veteran’s Day we would like to pay tribute to the life and service of Art Neville, a U.S. Navy veteran and an accomplished musician”
Accompanying the music was this military history of Mr Neville: In 1958, Art joined the U.S. Navy serving as a Commissaryman, and spent part of his tour aboard the USS Independence. Art returned to civilian life in New Orleans in 1962.
We join the The US Navy’s 7th Fleet Band in saluting Art and all those who have served in the US Armed Forces
Just added to the list of items hitting the auction block are two guitars played by Jimi Hendrix and one from Bob Marley's collection
From Hendrix - bidders can get their hands on a left-handed Fender Stratocaster with an an Olympic White finish, alder body, and maple neck constructed in approximately 1969 (based on its serial number) and a late-Sixties William C. Stahl Style 8 acoustic guitar made by the Larson Brothers, Both guitars are predicted to fetch upwards of $500,000.
From Bob Marley’s guitar cabinet - a 1975 Ovation 1612-4 Custom Balladeer acoustic-electric guitar with a natural spruce top and a shallow back, ebony fingerboard and diamond inlays. A bargain - seeing as it will only sell for $80,000 to $100,000.
These guitars are added to the 700 other historic artifacts from some of the most iconic and legendary music artists, including Prince, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Madonna, Johnny Cash, Jim Morrison, the Rolling Stones, Queen, David Bowie, The Police, Guns N’ Roses, Bob Marley, Elton John, Whitney Houston, Little Richard, Cher, and many more.
The White Stripes' 26-song greatest hits album is due out on December 4 ... that we know - what we don't know is what songs will be on it - other than Ball and Biscuit.
But now - some Stripes Super Fans have the chance to know what songs made the cut - but completing a The White Stripes Crossword Puzzle (click the image to expand)
But this ain't no kids stuff- the puzzle was written by Ben Blackwell, the band’s foremost historian, and has stumped some of the band's biggest fans and colleagues
“When the idea of a crossword puzzle for announcing the White Stripes Greatest Hits track list came up, I thought it’d be a fun challenge to see how many of the song titles I could wring clues out of WITHOUT using anything to do with the band or their version of the songs. When TMR co-founder/co-owner (and someone DEEPLY involved in the tracklist selection) Ben Swank told me ‘I don’t know the answers to any of these,’ I felt like I had done a decent job"
So good luck ... and remember - you always do a crossword puzzle in pencil!
One of our favorite stories from 2020 has to be the relationship between Dave Grohl and the 10 year old phenom Nandi Bushell.
In a nutshell -we found videos of Nandi slaying it on the drums in the UK about a year ago ... and since then - she laid down a drum off challenge to Dave Grohl - to which he responded with a song dedicated to her (read more here)
And now - thanks to the New York Times the young drummer had an online meetup with her hero - which she called “one of the best experiences” of her life. “Dave Grohl is so awesome, kind and friendly! I can’t believe he wants to write a song with me and asked me to perform onstage with the Foo Fighters!”
The song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the Rogers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel, has seen a lot of covers since 1945 ... most recently from Lana Del Rey ... and maybe most famously by the Liverpool FC fans who have adopted it as their team anthem ...
But this week we got another inspired cover of the track that reminds us to “walk on, walk on ... With hope in your heart ... And you’ll never walk alone" by Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes.
The track is part of Johnnie Walker's Keep Walking campaign, which aims “to encourage you to be confident on your own path, and always remember that wherever you are on your journey, the most important step isn’t your last… it’s your next.”
A lot of people engaged in some completely warranted 'stress eating' during the election night coverage ... we're not sure if Lana Del Rey was stress eating - but she was watching the poll results come in from a Denny's ...
And this parking lot dining room seemed to be as good a place as any to give her fans some good news and bad news. The bad news is that her new album - "Chemtrails Over the Country Club" which is done and she is very happy with it - has had its release date pushed back 16-weeks - due to the shut down of vinyl production plants. She says the album is beautiful, folksy, and very different than Norman Fucking Rockwell.
The good news - in the meantime - she will be dropping a digital record of American standards and classics in time for Christmas. Apparently it will include covers of Patsy Cline and Americana songs with Nikki Lane.
She also released an a cappella version of You'll Never Walk Alone - for a documentary about the English Premier League champions - Liverpool Football Club. The song has served as the teams anthem for many years.
After an amazing 2019 - performing along side acts like Hozier, Dolly Parton, Brandi Carlile and Jason Isbell - Jade Bird has had a relatively quiet 2020 - but she's ready to get a jumpstart on 2021 - with the release of the song 'Headstart' (listen below)
According to Bird, the song:
“came out of a trip I made to upstate New York at the beginning of the year. Being there, I was immediately taken back to the magic and inspiration of creating the first album.
It’s quite a light-hearted song, about liking someone who just can’t see the signs, but more than that releasing it feels like a way to give a bit of joy to the end of the year. It feels like community to me, and it makes me want to sing again.”
Check out the song now and lets hope we get to see Jade Bird sooner than later -
Arcade Fire have been pretty active this campaign season and they capped off the political window as guests on the Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand: Building Back America Great Again Better 2020.
The band performed a new song - which is presumably from the new album they claim to be working on - titled “Generation A” ... which is “inspired by the current climate of the country ... and a hopeful message to the youths.”
Earlier this year, Dave Grohl revealed that a new Foo Fighters record had been completed.
“We just finished another fucking record... And I’m so fucking proud of it. It’s unlike anything we’ve ever done. I’m fucking excited for people to hear it, and I can’t wait to jump on that fucking stage to play it ... there are choruses on this record that 50-fucking-thousand people are gonna sing, and it’s gonna bring everyone’s fucking hearts together in that moment. And that’s what it’s all about.”
Well ... the pandemic caused the band postpone the record's release - but now it seems Dave and Co. are ready to drop that album on us!
Some eagle eye fans have been noticing a cryptic billboard campaign going on in California ...
Instagram user @lebaltrusaitis snapped a selfie with this billboard in LA - on the corner of Las Palmas and Hollywood Boulevards:
It would seem to make sense that they are referring to a new album - as the billboards simply have the band's logo and an 'X' aka the Roman Numeral for ten ... and the band's next album, the follow up to 2017's Concrete and Gold, would be their 10th release ...
Bruce Springsteen has made history ... again. With his latest record -Letter to You debuting at No. 2 on this week’s Billboard charts - The Boss has become the first artist to have a Top 5 album in six consecutive decades …
For those keeping score at home - Springsteen logged two top five albums in the 1970s (Born to Run andDarkness on the Edge of Town), five in the 1980s (The River, Nebraska, Born in the U.S.A., Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 1975-1985, and Tunnel of Love), three in the 1990s (Human Touch, Lucky Town, Greatest Hits), six in the ‘00s (Live in New York City, The Rising, Devils & Dust, We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, Magic, and Working On a Dream), four in the ‘10s (Wrecking Ball, High Hopes, Chapter and Verse, and Western Stars) and one so far in the ‘20s (Letter to You).
Earlier this year- Bob Dylan became the first artist to have a Billboard Top 40 album in each decade since the 1960s with the release of Rough and Rowdy Ways
Stardust - the biopic about the life of David Bowie wand his first trip to America back in 1971, is set to hit theaters and VOD on November 25.
There's just one catch - there won't be any of David Bowie's music in the film.
Duncan Jones, Bowie’s son, took to social media after the film's announcement that 'nobody has been granted music rights for ANY biopic… '
Im not saying this movie is not happening. I honestly wouldn't know.
Im saying that as it stands, this movie won't have any of dads music in it, & I can't imagine that changing. If you want to see a biopic without his music or the families blessing, thats up to the audience.
not sure if the music will make THAT much of a difference in a film that tells the story of the record executive who believes in the young Bowie and his transformation into Ziggy Stardust:
Stardust opens in theaters and VOD 25th
Directed by: Gabriel Range
Starring: Johnny Flynn, Jena Malone, Marc Maron
"David Bowie is one of the most seminal legends in music history; but who was the man behind the many faces? In 1971, a 24-year-old fledgling David Bowie (Johnny Flynn) is sent to America to promote his newest record, The Man Who Sold the World. Leaving behind his pregnant wife Angie (Jena Malone), Bowie and his band embark on a makeshift coast-to-coast promotional tour with struggling Mercury Records publicist Rob Oberman (Marc Maron)."