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When the going gets tough, the tough records a new song via mobile devices while self-isolating from each other. That’s the mantra of Sammy Hagar & the Circle, as the Red Rocker and his rock and roll colleagues debuted a new song over the weekend. Titled “Funky Feng Shui,” the undeniably groovy guitar-based hard-rock anthem came about while the band members — Hagar, bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson —  were staying apart due to the coronavirus pandemic, recording themselves playing the song at their respective homes or home studios, editing it all together and presenting…

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Michael Stipe, longtime vocalist for R.E.M., is feeling creative right now — and over the weekend, the singer debuted a new solo song, a collaboration made with Aaron Dessner of the National. Titled “No Time for Love Like Now,” the song can be heard below, with Stipe delivering thought-provoking lyrics like the following; where did this all begin to change the lockdown memories can’t sustain this glistening, hanging free fall i turned away from the glorious light i turned my head and cried whatever waiting means in this new place i am waiting for you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYgpEcXf2S4 This release from Michael…

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Back in September, a star-studded cover of “The Weight,” the iconic song made famous by the Band decades, ago, was released as part of the Playing for Change campaign, a coordinated effort by musicians across the globe to come together under the unifying power of music. The clip was essentially a remote jam session involving Robbie Robertson, Ringo Starr, Lukas Nelson, Roberto Luti, Marcus King, Larkin Poe, Japanese guitarist Char and many others. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ph1GU1qQ1zQ In the age of the coronavirus pandemic, with everybody stuck in their homes and mandated social distancing practices in effect worldwide, this initiative seems all the…

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Country/folk music legend John Prine has been hospitalized since Thursday after showing signs of the coronavirus, and the Prine family issued an update on Sunday regarding his condition. Per a statement issued on Prine’s social media platforms, he is currently in critical condition after being intubated on Saturday: After a sudden onset of COVID-19 symptoms, John was hospitalized on Thursday (3/26). He was intubated Saturday evening, and continues to receive care, but his situation is critical. This is hard news for us to share. But so many of you have loved and supported John over the years, we wanted to…

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The Material World Foundation, originally founded by George Harrison in 1973, has launched the Inner Light Challenge to raise $100,000 toward the benefit of those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. As detailed on Friday, the challenge calls for participants to try their hand performing the Beatles song “Inner Light,” which was written by Harrison and appeared originally a non-album single released in 1968 as the b-side to “Lady Madonna.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa3948JzWCc Explained Olivia Harrison: “These lyrics sung by George are a positive reminder to all of us who are isolating, in quarantine or respecting the request to shelter in place. Let’s…

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Among the crop of artists performing impromptu gigs via social media these days is Elvis Costello, who uploaded a video on Friday as a benefit to the UK’s National Health Service in its efforts battling the coronavirus pandemic. In the video, Elvis Costello plays a song and then answers fan questions and generally just does whatever he wants in front of the camera: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfXyl0fBcTY It’s part of a charity campaign helping the NHS in its ongoing efforts during this time. Via the charity donation site: Our amazing NHS staff and volunteers are working tirelessly to care for COVID-19 patients. And…

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Roger Waters was to embark on his ambitious This Is Not A Drill tour this July across North America, but the Pink Floyd icon has been forced to postpone the tour as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Announcing the news on Instagram, Waters noted that it’s a “bummer, but if it saves one life, it’s worth it,” adding that there was “good news” regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline: “A federal Judge in Washington DC ruled on March 25, 2020 that Trump’s Dakota Access Pipeline Executive order was ILLEGAL and demands an E.I.S (Environmental Impact Statement). This is a huge…

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Till Lindemann, vocalist for the German industrial/metal band Rammstein (in the center of the band photo above), is reportedly in ICU in a hospital in Berlin, listed in critical condition after testing positive for coronavirus. The diagnosis came after Lindemann, 57, experienced an intense fever after a show with his side project on march 15. Per BILD news: On March 15, Lindemann performed a concert in Moscow. On his return to Berlin, he was brought to hospital by emergency medics with an extremely high fever. He tested positive for coronavirus. Despite the above, the news report cites Lindemann as “feeling…

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Were you expecting to listen to a 17-minute song from Bob Dylan in 2020? Probably not. Were you expecting to listen to a 17-minute Bob Dylan song focusing on the John F. Kennedy Assassination and dropping a seemingly countless number of references to pop culture figures and facts associated with the assassination? Again, probably — nay, definitely — not. And yet, that’s what we have now that Dylan premiered the track late Thursday, out of seemingly nowhere, with pointed lyrics that start of rather dramatically: Twas a dark day in Dallas, November ’63 A day that will live on in…

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Meet Dana Jay Bein — the architect of an absolutely inspired bit of musical parody that is making the rounds on the internet. His piece of art is titled “Coronavirus Rhapsody,” and yes, it’s exactly what you think it is: A parody of Queen’s legendary hit “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but with fresh lyrics reflecting the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has the world in its grasp. This all started a few weeks back: https://twitter.com/danajaybein/status/1240307541491494912 Which led to a fully fleshed-out parody song, with lyrics that probably could not get much more perfect for the subject matter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KPbJ0-DxTc Bein wrote the lyrics, while…

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