This Day in Music History: Elton John & Bernie Taupin sign their first contract, Alice in Chains release their self-titled album

Alice in Chains

1963 – The Beatles make their only two appearances ever in Ireland, playing at the Adelphi Cinema in Dublin. The group hooks up with screenwriter Alun Owen, who has been appointed to write the screenplay for their as-yet-untitled first motion picture. Owen spends three days with them, observing their hectic lifestyle.

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XPN MusicNotes: Go-Go’s farewell tour, Chili Pepper’s new album, & Guns & Roses’ secret show?

After 39 years the Go Go’s are going bye-bye but not before one last farewell tour that will hit Philly, Bethlehem and North Jersey. Continue reading →


Watch Ladies Auxiliary cover “Don’t Cry (Alt. Lyrics)” by Guns N’ Roses

Fuzzy Philly dream-pop band Ladies Auxiliary have roots that rock way harder, it seems. The band this week released a cover they recorded of Guns N’ Roses “Don’t Cry (Alt. Lyrics)” That’s the version on Use Your Illusion II, the one with the blue album art that bookends GN’R’s 1991 double-album set, not the version on the red-covered Illusion I that opens it. Got to admire that specificity. Here’s what Ladies Aux’s Colin Pate had to say:

UYI2 was probably the first album I was ever straight-up obsessed with. It meant a great deal to me when I was first listening to music I picked out myself. Sadly, it hasn’t aged that well for me, except for DC, which I think is pretty much a perfect song. We’ve never made a video before, and this seemed like the time to do one.

After wrapping up some gigs earlier this month, the band is on a brief late-summer vacation, but will return in autumn with new music and live appearances. In the meantime, you can grab a free download of “Don’t Cry (Alt. Lyrics)” on Ladies Auxiliary’s Bandcamp page.