RNR News and Notes Archives for 2021-06

Big Red Machine's (aka Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner) New Album Will Feature Taylor Swift, Fleet Foxes, Sharon Van Etten, and More

How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? the follow up to the self titled debut by Big Red Machine's - aka Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Aaron Dresner of The National - is chock full of guest appearances.  Notably -  Taylor Swift (who worked with both Dessner and Vernon on her last two albums), Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold, and Sharon Van Etten. 

 

The band has released a video for “Latter Days” - the album's first single featuring Anaïs Mitchell. 

 

In a statement, Dressner said: 

“It was clear to Anaïs that the early sketch Justin and I made of ‘Latter Days’ was about childhood, or loss of innocence and nostalgia for a time before you’ve grown into adulthood—before you’ve hurt people or lost people and made mistakes...She defined the whole record when she sang that, as these same themes kept appearing again and again.”

 

 

 

How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? is out August 27 via Jagjaguwar/37d03d

 

 

Hear St. Vincent, Jason Isbell and Sam Fender Cover Metallica's 'Sad But True' From Upcoming Blacklist Mega Album

Remember that massive re-imagining of Metallica's self titled Black Album we told you about -  well some more of the 50+ artists contributions have been revealed - including St Vincent,  Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, and Sam Fender.  

 

Check out the three completely different takes on the track Sad But True Below. 

 

St. Vincent – “Sad But True” from The Metallica Blacklist

 

Sam Fender – “Sad But True (Live)” from The Metallica Blacklist

 

 

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit  – “Sad But True” from The Metallica Blacklist

 

 

Read more about  The Metallica Blacklist HERE 

 

 

Green Day Releasing a Limited-Edition 7-Inch Vinyl Featuring Their 1994 BBC Radio 1 Evening Sessions Performance via Their Oakland Coffee Club

Love coffee and pop punk - then Oakland Coffee - the subscription based coffee service owned by Green Day's  Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool have announced that they're releasing a limited-edition platinum white 7-inch vinyl.  The record features  recordings of the band's classic tracks  “She” and “2000 Light Years Away”.  The songs were taken from their 1994 BBC Radio 1 Evening Sessions performance. 

 

 

 

The vinyl will initially be  available to  current and new members of Oakland Coffee's  recurring subscription club.   Any remaining quantities being released to the general public.

 

Click HERE to get your preorder in ASAP! 

Nandi Bushell Taps Arctic Monkeys' Matt Helders to Accompany Her Fora Cover of 'I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor'

Eleven-year-old rock prodigy  Nandi Bushell - who became an internet sensation for her viral videos over the past 14 months - has teamed up with a new collaborator for a cover of Arctic Monkeys’  hit “I Bet You Look Good On the Dance Floor” ...calling in the band’s actual drummer Matt Helders

 

 

The video is the first in a series that will see the two take on covers of Arctic Monkeys tracks “Brianstorm” and “R U Mine,” - stay tuned to her YouTube for more epic videos 

Foo Fighters enlist Dave Grohl daughter Violet and Mark Ronson for the perfect summertime remix of 'Making A Fire'

When do the Foo Fighters sleep?  On the heels of their epic show in New York City and ahead of their equally triumphant return show in LA - the band has released a remix of the song ‘Making A Fire’

 

Producer Mark Ronson is the brain behind  bouncier vibe-ier version of the song ... and it features some familiar names ... most notably  - Dave Grohl's daughter Violet adding vocals  - plus  members of Antibalas, the Budos Band, the Dap-Kings, El Michels Affair, La Buya, Menahan Street Band, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Tuatara providing backing to frontman Dave Grohl‘s gravelly vocals.

 

Give it a listen below and let us know what you think - 

Making A Fire (Mark Ronson Re-Version)

 

Watch the cinematic companion video for Leon Bridges 'Why Don't You Touch Me: Part 1'

Leon Bridges'  new album Gold Diggers Sound is out July 23 – and while we wait for him to share his tour details - we can enjoy some cinematic companions to the songs from the album.  Check out the video for  “Why Don’t You Touch Me Part 1”  - one half of a two part short film directed by Jackson Tisi.  

Leon Bridges - Why Don't You Touch Me: Part 1

 

 

 

“Why Don’t You Touch Me: Part 2” will premiere on June 24 via YouTube.

Metallica Enlist Cage the Elephant, Phoebe Bridgers, St. Vincent, Weezer, My Morning Jacket and more for Covers Album

Metallica are reissuing their 1991 self-titled album aka The Black Album on September 10  to celebrate its 30th anniversary.  The remastered (of puppets) record will be available in a deluxe box set featuring the 2xLP, a picture disc, three live LPs, 14 CDs, six DVDs, a hardcover book, and more - wow ... 

 

 

But it doesn't stop there - the metal legends are also releasing The Metallica Blacklist, a compilation of 53 artists covering their favorite tracks from the black album - with all proceeds benefiting  various charities

 

 

 

What can you expect - check out this tracklisting ! 

 

TRACKLIST:

  1. Enter Sandman – Alessia Cara & The Warning
  2. Enter Sandman – Mac DeMarco
  3. Enter Sandman – Ghost
  4. Enter Sandman – Juanes
  5. Enter Sandman – Rina Sawayama
  6. Enter Sandman – Weezer
  7. Sad But True (Live) – Sam Fender
  8. Sad But True – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
  9. Sad But True – Mexican Institute of Sound feat. La Perla & Gera MX
  10. Sad But True – Royal Blood
  11. Sad But True – St. Vincent
  12. Sad But True – White Reaper
  13. Sad But True – YB
  14. Holier Than Thou – Biffy Clyro
  15. Holier Than Thou – The Chats
  16. Holier Than Thou – OFF! 
  17. Holier Than Thou – PUP
  18. Holier Than Thou – Corey Taylor
  19. The Unforgiven – Cage The Elephant
  20. The Unforgiven – Vishal Dadlani, DIVINE, Shor Police
  21. The Unforgiven – Diet Cig
  22. The Unforgiven – Flatbush Zombies feat. DJ Scratch
  23. The Unforgiven – Ha*Ash
  24. The Unforgiven - José Madero
  25. The Unforgiven – Moses Sumney
  26. Wherever I May Roam – J Balvin
  27. Wherever I May Roam – Chase & Status feat. BackRoad Gee
  28. Wherever I May Roam – The Neptunes
  29. Wherever I May Roam – Jon Pardi
  30. Don’t Tread on Else Matters - SebastiAn
  31. Don’t Tread on Me – Portugal. The Man
  32. Don’t Tread on Me – Volbeat
  33. Through the Never – The HU
  34. Through the Never - Tomi Owó
  35. Nothing Else Matters – Phoebe Bridgers
  36. Nothing Else Matters – Miley Cyrus feat. WATT, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo, Chad Smith
  37. Nothing Else Matters - Dave Gahan
  38. Nothing Else Matters – Mickey Guyton
  39. Nothing Else Matters – Dermot Kennedy
  40. Nothing Else Matters – Mon Laferte
  41. Nothing Else Matters – Igor Levit
  42. Nothing Else Matters – My Morning Jacket
  43. Nothing Else Matters – PG Roxette
  44. Nothing Else Matters – Darius Rucker
  45. Nothing Else Matters – Chris Stapleton
  46. Nothing Else Matters – TRESOR
  47. Of Wolf and Man – Goodnight, Texas
  48. The God That Failed – IDLES
  49. The God That Failed – Imelda May
  50. My Friend of Misery – Cherry Glazerr
  51. My Friend of Misery – Izïa
  52. My Friend of Misery – Kamasi Washington
  53. The Struggle Within – Rodrigo y Gabriela

Here's one of the tracks - Miley Cyrus’ cover of “Nothing Else Matters,” which she performed with Watt, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith

 

 

 

Damn ... you can pre-order the album here 

Watch Nathaniel Rateliff Join Grace Potter On Stage to Cover Van Morrison's Brand New Day at Red Rocks

When Grace Potter and Nathaniel Rateliff Nathaniel Rateliff both performed at New York’s Beacon Theatre as part of the Love Rocks NYC benefit show - they must have made a connection - since the Colorado native hopped on stage  to join Grace for the first song of her encore at Morrison, CO’s Red Rocks Ampitheatre Wednesday (June 16). Check out the  two covering  Van Morrison’s “Brand New Day”

 

 

 

Potter also worked portions of Phish’s “Tweezer” and the Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil” into her set 

 

Foo Fighters epic 3 hour NYC show included a cover of Radiohead's 'Creep' with surprise guest Dave Chappelle [VIDEO]

Foo Fighters helped the world take another step towards post Covid normalcy - playing a sold out show for fully vaccinated fans at New York City's famed arena - Madison Square Garden.  

 

 

The epic 3 hour / 24 song show featured Dave Grohl drumming, the live debut of the Dee Gee's (the band's disco alter ego) and covers - including one with a special appearance by comedian Dave Chapelle on vocals: 

 

Creep - Foo Fighters feat. Dave Chappelle  June 20, 2021

 

This wasn't Chapelle's first attempt at the song - having previously  covered the song previously, both with Ed Sheeran and at an SNL afterparty - an episode he hosted with Foo Fighters as musical guest

 

 

Despite the anti vaxers protesting  outside -  Dave was super excited for the show -

saying

 

 "we've been waiting for this day for over a year. And Madison Square Garden is going to feel that hard. New York, get ready for a long ass night of screaming our heads off together to 26 years of Foos."

 

 

 

Here's hoping Dave has some more concert announcements coming and DC/MD/VA are included 

 

Odelay At 25: Beck Reflects on How Oasis, Eminem, and Spike Jonze Influenced His Most Successful Album

25 years ago this week - Beck released his fifth album Odelay.  He thought the album would flop ... but with  singles like "Where It's At", "Devils Haircut", and "The New Pollution", it would go on to win him a Grammy and be his most successful albums to date.  

 

 

Beck was a guest on  Matt Wilkinson’s Apple Radio show today to discuss the Odelay era. 

 

He explained that he thought the album would tank: 

I had very low expectations...I thought at the very best, it would come out. It would be a big flop, but in 20 years, a bunch of weirdos would find it and go, 'Oh, this record was cool,' because it wasn't the obvious commercial follow-up. There was a famous producer that came to my house who got an advanced copy and he took me for a drive and he said, 'You know, I got your album.' I was shocked. I was like, 'How did you get it? I haven't even given it to my friends yet.' He said, 'If you release it, it'll be a huge mistake. You should not release this record. You should go back in and make a real album with real songs.' I remember being so deflated and I went home very discouraged and scared because I was 24 and I had virtually no money and I had just spent about $300,000 making this record. I thought it would be paying it off, working in a minimum wage job for a decade. It was going to be a disaster. The whole thing was going to be a disaster."

He explained that Spike Jonze was the only one to take pictures during the session:

One day Spike Jones, who lived in the neighborhood, dropped by and he lived down the street with Sofia Coppola. He had just bought a ’60s Polaroid camera. And he came in, and then I was playing a sitar. I was cross legged playing a sitar. He came in and took some photos. And those are the only photos I’ve ever seen of us recording the record. No documentation at all.

 

 

Oasis helped him get his footing in England:

England was the one place I really just couldn’t gig. There was no love there at all for me. So I got this call from my A&R, from Mark Kates, he said, “I was just in London and I was hanging out with the Gallagher brothers and I gave them a copy of Odelay and they’re obsessed with it. And they want to do a remix.” I said, “Holy, shit.” (What’s The Story) Morning Glory had just come out. And it was huge. It was blowing up. So they wanted to go into the studio and do a remix of “Devil’s Haircut.” And I thought, “I didn’t even know they did remixes.”

 

I remember we were playing at a little theater — classic London, little theater. I come out on stage, completely jet lagged. I’m wearing a ’60s suit, a suit jacket and a tie. Definitely not grunge. And right in front of me, in the front row was Liam, and I couldn’t believe they were even there. And he was singing all the words. He knew all the words to “New Pollution” and “Devil’s Haircut.” So the first thing I thought of when you said, “What was surprising when people heard this record?” It was seeing Oasis right there at that in ’96, there in the front singing the words back. It was like, my mind was blown. They were so open, armed and embracing me and generous. And I’ve never received that from another musician. They were just kind of like, “You’re in the club. You’re one of our guys.” And that kind of acceptance was what you dream about when you’re first starting to make music.

Beck - Devils Haircut (Remix by Noel Gallagher)

 

And as for Eminem - it seems like he and Dr Dre used an iconic sample before he could:

I went in my first meeting with Jimmy Iovine and I had Midnite Vultures and I was going to play it for him. He said, “Before we do anything, I just signed this kid. It’s going to be massive. It’s going to change everything. We just got the video. They just sent it to us today. Sit down and watch this.” Me and my manager sat down and we’re looking at each other like, “Ah.” So he puts on the record and the video comes on and it’s like, “Hi, my name is.” And it’s this blonde kid rapping. And the song is funny. And then my jaw’s on the floor, because the loop, the sample is a Wurlitzer keyboard, just like on “Where It’s At.” It’s the sample that the Dust Brothers were saving for me to be the follow-up for “Where It’s At.” It’s the exact sample. “I Got The Blues.” Which we were saving for the follow-up to Midnite Vultures. And then Dr. Dre got to it first and he used it for Eminem’s first single.

 

 

Check out the the entire interview HERE.

 

 

 

'Get Back' - Peter Jackson's Beatles Documentary to Debut on Disney+ this November

It has been in the mix for a while - but we now know that The Beatles: Get Back, Peter Jackson's 6 hour documentary on the fab four will air this fall on Disney+.  

 

 

The six hour doc will air in  three separate, two-hour episodes on Nov. 25, 26, 27, 2021. 

 

The film comes more than 60 hours (!) of  footage that was shot  in January 1969, as the Beatles rehearsed and worked on new music in anticipation of their first live show in more than two years - which ended  up being their last live performance as a group, the rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row.

 

Peter Jackson is the only one who has been granted access to that footage in the last half century :0

The Beatles: Get Back - A Sneak Peek from Peter Jackson

 

 

Jackson said of the project- 

“In many respects, Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s remarkable footage captured multiple storylines. The story of friends and of individuals. It is the story of human frailties and of a divine partnership. It is a detailed account of the creative process, with the crafting of iconic songs under pressure, set amid the social climate of early 1969. But it’s not nostalgia—it’s raw, honest, and human. Over six hours, you’ll get to know The Beatles with an intimacy that you never thought possible. I’m very grateful to The Beatles, Apple Corps and Disney for allowing me to present this story in exactly the way it should be told. I’ve been immersed in this project for nearly three years, and I’m very excited that audiences around the world will finally be able to see it.”

 

Needless to say - we can.not.wait

 

Hear The Killers and Bruce Springsteen's collaborative single, 'Dustland'

The Killers have teamed up with Bruce Springsteen, for a new (old) single entitled ‘Dustland’.

 

 

The single, released this week, had been teased for weeks, is a re-recording of the The Killers' song ‘A Dustland Fairytale’, which first appeared on their 2008 album ‘Day & Age’ and features Brandon Flowers trading verses with Springsteen, before the two of them sing in unison.

 

Listen to ‘Dustland’ below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Dylan Announces 'Shadow Kingdom' Livestream - First Show Since December 2019

The last time Bob Dylan performed live was in December 2019 ... on July 18, 2021 - he will return to the (virtual) stage on July 18, 2021.  The show billed Shadow Kingdom will “showcase the artist in an intimate setting as he presents renditions of songs from his extensive body of work created especially for this event.”

 

The show will end Dylan's longest performance drought since the 1980s.

 

 

Purchase a virtual pass for ‘Shadow Kingdom’ (with rewatch capabilities until July 21) HERE.

 

 

 

 

My Morning Jacket Reveal 'MMJ LIVE' Vinyl Series' First Release: 'LIVE 2015'

My Morning Jacket have already blessed their fans once this year by announcing their first headlining tour in five years ... and now the band is giving us even more - opening their live recording vaults and releasing them as  ‘MMJ Live,’ a new vinyl series chronicling some of the band’s favorite live performances.

 

 

The series will launch on September with LIVE 2015, which features “16 previously unreleased live tracks recorded during 2015’s THE WATERFALL Tour“ on three pieces of white vinyl.  You can preorder the record HERE

 

 

The track listing is - 


SIDE A
1. Victory Dance
2. Circuital
3. Compound Fracture

 

SIDE B
1. I'm Amazed

2. Believe (Nobody Knows)
3. Evil Urges

 

SIDE C
1. Off The Record
2. Tropics
3. The Way That He Sings


SIDE D
1. Wonderful (The Way I Feel)
2. Get The Point
3. Masterplan


SIDE E
1. Dondante


SIDE F
1. Wordless Chorus
2. Touch Me I'm Going To Scream, Pt. 2
3. Gideon

 

 

My Morning Jacket will play Merriweather Post Pavilion with Brittney Howard on September 7

The National, Florence + the Machine, Radiohead and Many More Have Donated Items For A Charity Raffle

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! 

 

 

 

Check out all the items and get your raffle tickets HERE

Watch this parrot's amazing cover of Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven

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 ;)

 

 

 

Check out Tico's other covers HERE 

 

Lorde Reveals 'Solar Power' First New Song 'Solar Power' Featuring Phoebe Bridgers and Clairo

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

The Boss Is Back: Bruce Springsteen's Broadway Show Returning This Summer

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 and Bruce 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 gets 'Vaccinated' in hilarious Ramones inspired parody song w/ Jack Black, John C Reilly, and more

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 like his Tenacious D bandmate Jack BlackJohn C. ReillyToto's Steve LukatherEvanescence's Amy LeeSamantha Bee, Kathy Najimy, and Danko Jones .

Kyle Gass - Vaccinated (Official Video)

LOCKN' Farm to Host Three "Mini Fests" in 2021 Featuring Tedeschi Trucks, Dawes, Jon Batiste and more

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.”

 

Get your passes HERE 

Forget tossing the bouquet - this bride rips through an amazing drum solo at her wedding reception [WATCH]

Some couples plan an elaborate first dance for their wedding reception ... not Sharon-Rose Molina.

 

The drumming instructor decided that she'd rather rip through a drum solo for her guests - especially since “ ‘music has always been a huge part’ of her relationship with her now-husband Eric”

 

Check out the solo - 

Bride Performs Drum Solo At Wedding

 

Note that she even had her wedding dress designed specially to play in! 

 

 

 

Rock and roll! 

Prince Estate Releases New Track - 'Born 2 Die' - From The Welcome 2 America LP

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.”

Watch Former Pearl Jam Drummer Dave Abbruzzese Rerecords 'Rearviewmirror' With Fans

 

 "Sometimes you just have to say yes."  

 

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

 

Watch Courtney Love play 'California Stars' for new covers series of her favorite songs- Bruises of Roses

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.”

 

Black Pumas Welcome Live Music Back To Austin With Five Sold Out Shows [WATCH]

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.  

 

 Burton told Rolling Stone before the show:

 “I take to the stage with the motivation for fellowship — it’s just conversing.”

Check out some fan captured footage from the shows below and here's to hoping we get  the Pumas back to MD soon! 

 

Black Pumas "Colors" @ Stubb's - Austin, TX

 

Black Pumas "OCT 33" @ Stubb's - Austin, TX

 

 

Vance Joy, Black Pumas, The Killers and More to Play Splendour XR Virtual Music Fest

Touring is back, but that doesn’t mean live streaming is going anywhere.  We previously reported that over 60 music being wired to stream concerts and now  Splendour in the Grass, an annual Australian music festival, has announced Splendour XR a “virtual music festival experience,” has been announced for July 24 and 25 as a live stream and as a VR experience.

 

 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