Month: November 2021

The Beatles

Get Back – The Creation of the Last Released Beatles Album Revisited

The received wisdom over the last five decades was that the last album released by The Beatles was only produced after much internal strife and acrimony. The original documentary film was prime evidence, especially because the film was pulled from circulation shortly thereafter. Word began to spread a couple of years ago that the seemingly …

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Dave Grohl Copacabana

Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin Cover Barry Manilow for Third Night of ‘Hanukkah Sessions’

Back for the third night of Hanukkah and as the latest entry in their Hanukkah Sessions, Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin shared another cover. This time, they tackled Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana” (raise your hand if you saw that coming?) to honor the Festival of Lights.   “Barry Pincus – not only one of the greatest …

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High Water Festival

Jack White and My Morning Jacket Set to Headline 2022 High Water Festival

South Carolina’s High Water Festival is returning April 23 and 24 to North Charleston’s Riverfront Park next year. This will be the fourth time that the festival has taken place and the first one since 2019. The festival is curated by Shovels & Rope The festival’s pre-sale begins today, and general public 2-day tickets go …

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Phoebe Bridgers

Phoebe Bridgers Covers Tom Waits’ ‘Day After Tomorrow’ for Charity

In the latest to her rapidly expanding Christmas catalogue, Phoebe Bridgers released a cover of Tom Waits’ 2004 song “Day After Tomorrow.”     “Day After Tomorrow” is the 15th track off Waits’ Real Gone. All proceeds from Bridgers’ cover sales will go to The International Institute of Los Angeles – The Local Integration & …

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Read Me: Raekwon’s From Staircase to Stage: The Story of Raekwon and the Wu-Tang Clan

Thirty years ago, Raekwon (or Corey Woods, as the government knows him) was just a young man from Staten Island with a passion for rapping. A year later, he and his childhood friend, now known as Ghostface Killah, joined seven other kids from New York City’s fifth borough to form Wu-Tang Clan. The rest is …

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Goo Goo Dolls

Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik Reflects on Phoebe Bridgers Giving New Life to ‘Iris’ and Flaunts His Jersey Pride

For Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik, he never intended to make a Christmas album, but he needed a challenge. “I think we were all looking for some sort of solace and comfort during [COVID], and I love Christmas,” the bandleader says over the phone from his New Jersey home. While he and his collaborators remained …

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Hanukkah Sessions 2 2021

Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin Cover the Ramones for Second Night of ‘Hanukkah Sessions’

Yesterday, Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin kicked off the second edition of the Hanukkah Sessions, covering Lisa Loeb’s “Stay (I Missed You).” Tonight, the duo took on the Ramones‘ classic “Blitzkrieg Bop.” Unlike yesterday’s rendition, Grohl and Kurstin’s Ramones cover stays pretty true to the original except for a slight lyrical twist. In a tweet, …

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Wet Leg

Wet Leg Announce Debut Album Release Date and 2022 Tour, Share Two New Songs

Wet Leg, the British duo of Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers, are set to unleash their debut. The duo shared that their self-titled debut will be out on April 8, 2022 on Domino Records. To prepare us for next year’s release, Teasdale and Chambers shared “Too Late Now” and “Oh No” from that upcoming collection. …

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A ‘Wonderwall’ of Snow Trapped 50 Fans at Inn After Oasis Cover Band Show for Three Days

Over the weekend, heavy snowfall throughout the U.K. left tens of thousands of homes without electricity and killed at least two people. But those at the Tan Hill Inn were able to have some moments of levity, despite being trapped inside the bar and pub for three days. The Yorkshire establishment joked that they were …

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The Velveteers

The Velveteers’ Reverb Heavy Debut Is a Confident Sign of What’s to Come

Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door. But that turned into a bit of a problem when, at age 16, Colorado-based guitarist/vocalist Demi Demitro came up with the novel concept of backing herself with — not one — but two drummers in a bluesy garage trio she dubbed …

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Dave Grohl Hanukkah Sessions

Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin Reignite ‘Hanukkah Sessions’ With Lisa Loeb Cover

While we spent our holidays in lockdown last year, Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin gave us something to smile about with the Hanukkah Sessions. With vaccines now widely available, we’re able to spend time with our loved ones this year, but that’s not stopping Grohl and Kurstin to reignite their daily covers during the Festival …

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Virgil Abloh

Virgil Abloh, Famed Fashion Designer, Artist and DJ, Dead at 41

Virgil Abloh passed away on Sunday at the age of 41. According to a statement posted on his personal Instagram, the famed fashion designer, who served as the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear since 2018, was fighting a private battle with cancer for over two years. “Virgil valiantly battled a rare, aggressive form of …

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Brian May

Brian May Addresses Controversial Comments Made About Trans People: ‘My Words Were Subtly Twisted’

Brian May addressed the controversial comments he made about transgender people in a recent interview, stating that his “words were subtly twisted.” “Yes – I was ambushed and completely stitched up by a journalist at the recent ITV event. And it’s led to a whole mess of press stories making it look like I’m unfriendly …

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Brian May Says Queen Would Be ‘Forced’ to Have a Transgender Member If They Formed Today

Brian May has some thoughts about the world’s current cultural climate. During an interview with The Mirror, the Queen guitarist said the band probably wouldn’t fare well if it was just starting out during a time when everyone has “to be so calculating about everything.” “Freddie [Mercury] came from Zanzibar, he wasn’t British, he wasn’t white …

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Dave Grohl

The Beat of a Different Drummer: 10 Albums Where a New Drummer Put a Spring in the Band’s Step

The drummer is the job in a rock band with the highest turnover rate — a cliché lampooned memorably in This is Spinal Tap. And if it takes a few albums for a group’s definitive lineup to click into place, the drummer is often the final piece of the puzzle to arrive. But it’s often …

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5 Albums I Can’t Live Without: Curt Smith of Tears for Fears

Name  Curt Smith Best known for Here’s the thing about being in a band, normally people don’t call you by your name: “You’re that guy from Tears for Fears.” My wife was in the record industry. At MTV, they literally used to call me Mr. Pennington, because my wife is Francis Pennington, who was a …

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Gared O'Donnell

Gared O’Donnell, Planes Mistaken for Stars Singer, Dies at 44

Gared O’Donnell, the singer of post-hardcore band Planes Mistaken for Stars, has died. He was 44. The band shared the news in a social media post. In August 2020, O’Donnell revealed he had Stage 3 esophageal cancer. “It is impossible to express the depth of sorrow in which we must announce that Gared O’Donnell, our …

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Steely Dan

The 10 Best Indie and Alternative Steely Dan Covers

Once upon a time, Steely Dan were hipsters. As frontman Donald Fagen explained in his 2013 book, Eminent Hipsters, he and Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker grew up as aficionados of pre-rock ’n roll cool, studying jazz and Beat Generation writers. During the band’s original 1970s run, they were fixtures in the Village Voice critics’ …

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A Memoir Blue Brings a Text-Free Musical Experience from Halo Infinite Composer

As is the case with many video games published by Annapurna Interactive, there’s nothing quite like A Memoir Blue on the market. The upcoming title developed by Cloisters Interactive will undoubtedly be labeled as “games as art,” “interactive story” and a whole lot of other relatively meaningless subgenres to say that it boasts a unique …

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Blue Rojo

Blue Rojo’s Sad Boy Blues Result in a Colorful Debut

Blue Rojo and his sad boy album are pushing boundaries in Latin pop music. The Mexican-American singer reckons with an unrequited queer romance in his debut album, Solitario, that was released on November 17. Blue Rojo dances with the darker side of the genre through elements of emo, punk, reggaetón, trap, and trance music. “I …

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Brandi Carlile Jon Bastite Kacey Musgraves

The Surprises, Snubs, and Changing Rules for This Year’s Grammy Nominations

On Tuesday morning, the Recording Academy revealed the full slate of nominations for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. Over the past few tumultuous years, the Recording Academy has overseen changes in leadership and nominating procedures, with one more twist being announced just this morning before the nominations were unveiled: the Big Four general field categories …

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Claudia Lennear

Claudia Lennear, The Inspiration Behind ‘Brown Sugar,’ Regrets Song Leaving Rolling Stones’ Live Set

Claudia Lennear has been a witness to some peak moments in rock and soul. First as a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, she’s sung backup on classic recordings and toured the world, shared stages with former Beatles and Bob Dylan, and was the inspiration behind David Bowie’s torrid 1972 epic “Lady Grinning …

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Laura Jane Grace

Laura Jane Grace Details Canadian Headlining Tour Next March

Laura Jane Grace has just announced a headlining, 14-date Canadian jaunt. The tour will run throughout the entire month of March next year. The Emmy-nominated artist, author, and activist will have support from Bristol-based songwriter Lande Hekt and punk duo Mobina Galore. Their first stop in Canada is on March 5 at Le National in …

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Grammy

Grammys Nominations 2022: Kanye West Gets Surprise Nom, Jon Batiste Leads With 11

The list of Grammys nominations is here and Jon Batiste leads all nominees with 11 total nominations. Last year, Beyoncé led all nominees with nine total. Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, and H.E.R. have eight nominations while Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo picked up seven apiece. The biggest surprise is that Ye — the artist formerly …

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Bloc Party

Bloc Party Announce Alpha Games, Share ‘Traps’

As their first record since 2016, Bloc Party just detailed their forthcoming Alpha Games, out April 29 via Infectious / BMG. The English rock band’s sixth studio record follows Hymns, and was produced by Nick Launay and Adam Greenspan (Nick Cave, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, IDLES). Alpha Games is available for pre-order, and they just shared its first single “Traps.” …

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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis Team Up for French Nature Documentary Soundtrack

After recently announcing their joint spring tour of North America, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis just unveiled yet another joint record. Following this year’s Carnage, the duo is set to release their own soundtrack for the upcoming French nature documentary La Panthère Des Neiges. Today, they shared “We Are Not Alone.”     The new track’s …

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Eels

Listen to Eels’ Garage-Rock Fueled ‘The Magic’

Eels just unveiled yet another track off their forthcoming fourteenth studio album. The eccentric rockers released “The Magic.”   Following the galactic jaunt “Good Night On Earth” and the smooth cruise of “Steam Engine,” “The Magic” feels like older Eels—and maybe even ’90s Ween—but with gritty, yet charming garage rock passion. All of the tracks …

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Jordon Zadorozny Brad Laner

Meet the Songwriters Behind the Best Song on Lindsey Buckingham’s New Album

When Lindsey Buckingham released his self-titled record in September, the media frequently lauded “Swan Song,” the fourth track, as a standout tune. What’s more, Buckingham himself told Newsweek that it’s one of his two favorite songs on the new record. But when Blinker the Star founder/frontman/songwriter and record producer Jordon Zadorozny (whose credits include producing …

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Phife Dawg

Phife Dawg’s Estate Details Posthumous Album Forever

On what would be the MC’s 51st birthday today, the estate of A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg detailed the forthcoming posthumous album Forever. It is set to debut on March 22, on the anniversary of Malik Izaak Taylor’s death in 2016. The New York-born rapper and 4x Grammy-nominee had partnered with trusted collaborators on Forever, and …

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Bush

The Timeless Power of Bush (or Bushx, Depending on How Canadian You Are)

The things we treasure when we’re young are often the most formative. For me, it was a black Sanyo cassette/radio combination with one speaker and an appetite for D batteries. This little radio provided access to the world that would smother my overactive and chaotic mind: all request radio, an hour block of programming on …

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Kanye West and Drake Announce ‘Free Larry Hoover’ Benefit Concert

Kanye West and Drake have officially announced their “Free Larry Hoover” benefit concert. The show is set to take place on Dec. 9 at the L.A. Coliseum in Los Angeles. The venue’s event page says that the “historic” show plans to “raise awareness and support for Larry Hoover and the cause of prison and sentencing …

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