XPN MusicNotes: Watch Ryan Adams’ beautiful cover of Foo Fighters’ – “Times Like These,” See Jimmy Fallon and The Roots joining U2 on-stage in concert, plus more.


Ryan Adams performed in Sydney Australia a couple of nights ago and surprised fans at the Sydney Opera House with a tribute to Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters!

Ryan Adams sang a beautiful cover of the Foo Fighters’ “Times Like These” as a tribute to Dave Grohl for his perseverance last month, when he suffered a broken leg in the middle of a concert yet continued to finish Foo Fighters’ set —Ryan Adams was pretty impressed with that since he too suffered an injury a few month ago…a broken rib in May.


The above photo of Jimmy Fallon singing with Bono was taken last night during U2’s sold out show at Madison Square Garden. U2 performed the third of their eight show stay at the arena, and they were joined onstage by Jimmy Fallon and the Roots! They sang ‘Mysterious Ways , Desire’ and ‘Angel Of Harlem’. A lot of Philly love @ MSG last night! Watch the video below.

Following the surprise free release of their new album “Star Wars,” Wilco has shared a list of some of band’s favorite artists & is encouraging you to buy their albums.

Matt Leif Anderson
Matt Leif Anderson

Wilco thanked all of their fans for downloading Star Wars, and now in a new blog post entitled “Thanks for downloading Star Wars,” they acknowledge that not all bands have the luxury of giving away their work for free, so they’ve actually put together a list of some of their favorite recent releases and are encouraging you to go out and buy them.

“There’s a lot of great music out there, let’s all try to support it,” they wrote. “After all, it’s the years of support (and purchases) of Wilco’s music that allowed us to do what we did last week.”

Here’s the list of albums Wilco is encouraging you to buy:

Adron – Organismo
Cibo Matto – Hotel Valentine
Empyrean Atlas – Inner Circle
Eleventh Dream Day – Works for Tomorrow
Full of Hell, Merzbow – Full of Hell & Merzbow
Game Theory – Real Nighttime
Girlpool From Philadelphia! – Before the World Was Big
Invisible Familiars – Disturbing Wildlife
Landlady – Upright Behavior
Luluc – Passerby
Ned Doheny – Hard Candy
Parquet Courts – Content Nausea
Richard Julian – Fleur de Lis
Scott Walker + Sunn O))) – Soused
Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer
Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather
William Tyler – Deseret Canyon


Some recent discussion about Pavement possibly reuniting was shotdown when Stephen Malkmus rejected the idea down earlier this year. But Pavement may be reuniting again after all, even if it’s not for a full tour like in 2010. According to Stereogum.com: In a new interview on the Midwest music podcast Pants OFF!, former Pavement and Silver Jews member Bob Nastanovich reveals that Pavement have been invited perform on The Late Show when Stephen Colbert takes over in September:

Pavement’s supposed to play … if we can get it all together, we’ve been invited to play on the new Colbert show in like September. So that might be cool. Hopefully it’ll come off, right now it seems kind of 50/50. I don’t even know what we’re gonna play or anything like that, but they invited us to do it a few weeks ago and we’re trying to schedule it all out. Everyone else in my band, they’ve got kids and stuff.

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