The National, Radiohead, Florence + the Machine, Sharon Van Etten, Declan McKenna, and many more artists have donated some incredible items to a raffle benefiting the UK charity Gig Buddies - which pairs volunteers with concert-goers who may be neurodivergent or have various learning abilities.
Both Florence + the Machine and The National have donated autographed books and albums, Sharon Van Etten has donated a bundle of swag, and Declan McKenna has provided 2 tickets to an upcoming gig.
But one of the cooler items being raffled comes from Radiohead - who has generously offered up a test pressing of their album Kid A!
Tico the Parrot and his bandmate Frank Maglio Jr. has been uploading their music videos for a while now - but their jazzy rendition of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven is one of the best (or worst?) things on the internet right now ...
Tico doesn’t actually know the words to the song - but we're not sure Robert Plant does either at this point ;)
In 2019 - Lorde announced that she paused working on the follow up to her 2017 album Melodrama due to the death of her dog Pearl.
“I need some time to see the good again, to finish making this for you”
This week - the New Zealand singer is unleashed a brand new single “Solar Power” from a forthcoming album with the same name.
Lorde wrote in her newsletter:
“The album is a celebration of the natural world, an attempt at immortalising the deep, transcendent feelings I have when I’m outdoors. In times of heartache, grief, deep love, or confusion, I look to the natural world for answers. I’ve learnt to breathe out, and tune in. This is what came through...I want this album to be your summer companion, the one you pump on the drive to the beach. The one that lingers on your skin like a tan as the months get cooler again.”
Jack Antonoff co-wrote, co-produced, plays guitar and drums “Solar Power” with Lorde while Phoebe Bridgers and Clairo sing backup vocals on the song, too.
Lorde - Solar Power (Official Music Video)
There is no release date for the album at this time but she did confirm she has more music and videos from the album ready to go
Some people are urging their boss's to let them continue to telework .... not THE BOSS though - Bruce Springsteen has announced his one-man Broadway show, Springsteen on Broadway, is returning for a limited run this summer at Jujamcyn’s St. James Theatre in New York from June 26 through September 4. (tickets are available HERE)
The show is based on the autobiography Born to Run andBruce performed the show 236 times during its initial run between October 2017 and December 2018.
In a new statement, Springsteen shared -
“I loved doing Springsteen on Broadway and I’m thrilled to have been asked to reprise the show as part of the reopening of Broadway”
Proceeds from opening night will go to a variety of New York and New Jersey charities.
Tenacious D's Kyle Gass was so excited about finally getting his COVID 19 vaccination that he wrote a song about it - appropriatly called "Vaccinated". The parody song is set to the tune of "I Wanna Be Sedated" by the Ramones.
And of course - he made a hilarious video to accompany the track - and called on some friends likehis Tenacious D bandmate Jack Black, John C. Reilly, Toto's Steve Lukather, Evanescence's Amy Lee, Samantha Bee, Kathy Najimy, and Danko Jones .
LOCKN’ Music Festival has pivoted away from its 3 day fest in October to a new format - the LOCKN’ Farm, three mini fests - the weekends of Aug. 13-15, Aug. 20-22 and Aug. 27-29 in Arrington, Va.
LOCKN’ Farm Promoter Peter Shapiro said via press release:
“LOCKN’, the music festival, has had an amazing run, with hundreds of thousands of fans witnessing countless epic performances and collaborations by hundreds of legendary artists. Given the realities of COVID-19 and the world we now live in, it feels like the right moment to do something new and a bit more intimate, while keeping the best of what the four-day festival has offered since 2013. This August, LOCKN’ will become a weekly destination — LOCKN’ Farm — a place with a history of good vibes and magic, and instead of hosting a single annual festival we will sprinkle the LOCKN’ spirit across multiple music and camping weekends. Positive things often emerge out of challenging times, and LOCKN’s evolution from a single-weekend festival to a place where bands can host their own special events is going to be one of them.”
The Prince estate will release Welcome 2 America - a previously unheard LP by the Purple One - on July 10 (preorder HERE).
This week - the released a track from the album - “Born 2 Die”
According to an official description “Born 2 Die” was “recorded during a flurry of studio activity in the spring of 2010, when President Obama was just a year into his first term and Prince was reflecting deeply on the issues affecting the Black community and the role he hoped to play.”
And that's just what former Pearl Jam Drummer Dave Abbruzzese did when agreeing to a virtual cover of the band's song "Rearviewmirror".
Dave and various members of the popular Facebook group Pearl Jam France got together which originally appeared on Pearl Jam's second studio album, 1993's "Vs."
According to the group who made the final project:
There are 66 participants visible in this video and 69 people if you count those who cannot be seen. It took two months to set up the project from start to finish. From March 30 to June 1, 2021. That is to say 63 days exactly.
Abbruzzese joined Pearl Jam in 1991 and played on the band's first three albums "Ten""Vs." and Vitalogy .... but exited the group prior to the latter album's release
In 2020 - Courtney Love was supposed to get her band Hole back together. Instead - she spent the year in a life threatening battle with anemia. At one point - the grunge goddess weighed 97 pounds.
We are happy to report that her health has improved and part of her rehab has included some musical therapy. The work has gone so well - she has decided to publish some of the low-key jam sessions alongside her friend and Big Moon musician Juliette Jackson. The project - titled Bruises of Love - will be a video series in which she covers her favorite songs with Jackson by her side.
The first installment is an acoustic cover of “California Stars”, the folk-rock staple from Wilco and Billy Bragg’s joint 1998 album Mermaid Avenue featuring lyrics by the late Woody Guthrie.
Future covers will include songs by Simon and Garfunkel and Elliott Smith. Hole told Vogue :
“I just really love these songs and they’re all either tied to memories I have or just examples of great craftsmanship — or a wink at someone or whatever ... First off, my guitar playing is terrible. I used to be okay enough to write songs and play onstage, but for a while I just couldn’t. I was really, really sick during lockdown and trying to use the pain to find solace in my guitar, but I just wasn’t connected with my artistry. It was gone. I read an article about how Laura Marling was giving guitar lessons online and off to the side I saw this girl Juliette [Jackson] from Big Moon was doing the same thing. I wrote to her and made her sign an NDA since everyone on my team is so paranoid and we had three sessions together where we’d just hang out and sing ‘Boots of Spanish Leather’ while playing together.”
As for a rescheduled Hole reunion - don't hold your breath - she was pretty blunt on that not happening -
"you guys have gotta get over it. Our old manager Peter Mensch calls once a year to ask about a reunion: ‘Hey, just doing my thing I do every year with you and Jimmy Page [of Led Zeppelin].’ And I’m so honored to be in that company, but it’s just not gonna happen.”
For the first time since March 2020 - Austin Texas has hosted a sold out concert. And who better to usher live music back in to the live music capital of the world (the town has over 250 music venues) than one of the town's biggest bands - Black Pumas.
And it wasn't just the fans who were excited (some lined up to get in 2+ hours before the doors opened) the band was pretty stoked too - with singer Eric Burton hopping into the crowd to perform among fans on the second song.
Vance Joy, Black Pumas, The Killers, Of Monsters and Men, Band of Horses, Grimes and many more will perform on 3 stages over the 2 days.
On the festival - producers said
“Splendour has always offered patrons a deep programming experience with The Forum, Global Village, Little Splendour, and more on offer alongside our favorite artists ... We could not be more excited about Splendour XR and the opportunity to take the Splendour goodness online to our existing community and also to new audiences around the globe.”
So if you aren't ready to hit the pit with thousands of your new best friends yet - virtual fests and live stream shows might be here to stay