XPN MusicNotes: Coldplay dedicates new song to hurricane victims, Bob Dylan concert film readies for October debut

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Coldplay | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

“We wrote this new song, “Houston,” because we all grew up loving country music, and of course that’s kind of what we think of when we go to Texas. So if you’ll bear with us, this is a new song and we’ll never play this again.” -Chris Martin

After canceling a concert in Houston due to hurricane Harvey, Coldplay dedicated a new song to storm victims while performing in Miami.

Martin told the crowd at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Monday night that the band would never perform the song again.

See below a list of a number of ways to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, courtesy of Billboard.com

The Red Cross has posted a list of flood safety tips here. You can also help by visiting redcross.org, or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The New York Times has compiled a list of national organizations that are helping victims as well. Among them:

AmeriCares — takes medicine and supplies to survivors.

Catholic Charities — provided food, clothing, shelter and support services to people from all religious backgrounds.

Salvation Army — donations can be made online, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or texting STORM to 51555.

AABB — coordinates and manages blood collection during disasters. Most in demand at this point is O-positive blood. to donate try AABB (301) 907-6977, America’s Blood Centers, American Red Cross, Armed Services Blood Program.

To avoid being scammed, check in with Charity Navigator, which houses a list of legitimate charities responding to the storm.

Bob Dylan | Firefly Music Festival | Photos by John Vettese

The New York Film Festival, which opens on September 28th will be premiering a new concert film featuring the music that Bob Dylan made during his Christian years in the late 1970s and early ’80s. The movie is called Trouble No More, and consists of songs from two concerts (Toronto and Buffalo) during his 1979-80 Slow Train Coming tour.  Read more about the festival from Rolling Stone.

Also coming soon, the book Trouble In Mind: Bob Dylan’s Gospel Years – What Really Happened by Clinton Heylin, due Novembe 14th.

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