Happy Mother’s Day! As you spend today celebrating the moms in your life, we suggest you make it musical. Revisit our 2013 look at six amazing rock and roll moms, listen to the latest episode of the Dan & Dan Podcast featuring Virginia Hanlon Grohl (Dave’s mom), and dig into our 25-song Moms That Rock Spotify playlist below — an hour and 42 minutes of mothers in music, from Bjork and Beyonce to Sharon Van Etten and Patti Smith! Continue reading →
The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight with what is by far our spoooookiest live session yet! Listen starting at 11pm ET on WXPN (that’s right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese, you know) for a full two-hour show that’ll feature an in-studio performance from Austin psychedelic masters The Black Angels. The group just released a new album, Death Song, and stopped by to play some of the new tracks in a special, semi-acoustic set. It’s a session that’s not to be missed! Also be on the lookout for a spotlight on Powerplant, the second album from the (former) Philly (former) duo Girlpool. And we’ll do a little survey of bands who’ll be coming through town between now and our next show. You’ll just have to listen to hear those! Or you could preview some of them below…
1960 – Elvis Presley, who was recently discharged from the Army, appears on Frank Sinatra’s variety TV special, Welcome Home Elvis. The two artists perform “Witchcraft” and “Love Me Tender” together.
Heritage singer-songwriter Aimee Mann returned this year with her first album in five years, Mental Illness, and she recently stopped by NPR Music’s offices to showcase the new music for Bob Boilen and the team. “Clearly, there’s a deep honesty within these songs,” writes Boilen, who praises Mann for her long-running use of humor in songs to offset more melancholic themes. Below, watch her perform “Rollercoasters,” “You Never Loved Me,” “Goose Snow Cone” and “Patient Zero.” Continue reading →
Conor Oberst is busy touring & promoting two albums that he’s released over the past half year: Ruminations and Salutations. Last night he sang his new song “Too Late to Fixate” on the Late, Late Show with James Corden. Watch the performance below. Continue reading →
1957 – At the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, The Everly Brothers make their stage debut.
Wilco, in case you haven’t heard, play terrific covers. Their latest is a rendition of the timeless Elvis Costello jam “(What’s So Funny Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding,” recorded recently in New York for the Spotify Singles Series. (UPDATE: Okay, social media sticklers, this is technically a cover of a cover, as Nick Lowe wrote the song that Costello popularized. We apologize for the mis-characterization, but stand by our terming it a “jam” however. <3 – ed.) Along with it, the band also played a new version of “If I Ever Was a Child” from last year’s Schmilco. Listen to the EC cover below, stream both songs here and catch Wilco live this summer at the XPoNential Music Festival; tickets and more info can be found at XPNFest.org. Continue reading →
New York City art rock outfit The National released its last proper album, Trouble Will Find Me, in 2013 — but they’ve been busy. We saw them play an enthralling Made In America set in 2014, they collaborated with Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson on the jointly released A Lot Of Sorrow in 2015, and last year curated Day of the Dead, a sprawling Grateful Dead tribute that raised money for the Red Hot Foundation.
Now, it appears the band has released details on its seventh proper studio album and, in its very National-esque style, the announcement was anything but a straightforward one. Rather, it came via abstract videos posted online — one featuring an MSNBC-ish crawl — and, more recently, through wheatpaste posters. Continue reading →