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“I was moved to write ‘American Reckoning’ as a witness to history,” said Jon Bon Jovi regarding “American Reckoning,” a new song premiered by Bon Jovi on Friday. “I believe the greatest gift of an artist is the ability to use their voice to speak to issues that move us.” https://www.instagram.com/p/CCdpxnODMoL/ The song, which was released to digital platforms and will be included on the forthcoming Bon Jovi 2020 album due out this fall, is a minimalist composition emphasizing Bon Jovi’s lyrics, which touch on the May 25 killing of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Department and the subsequent…

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DMA’s is a three-piece band from Sydney, Australia with its musical roots planted in the 1990s’ Britpop sound. The band has shared the stage with the likes of Liam Gallagher, the Kooks and Richard Ashcroft, their shimmery sound congruent with those pioneers of English rock royalty through its first two albums. https://www.instagram.com/p/CCcGV-fn4xc/ DMA’s third album, however, changes things up a bit. The Glow, released on Friday, is bathed in rhythm and a focus on doing something different. The Britpop elements are still there — it can be tough to listen to the Australian band’s music and *not* think of them…

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Fiona Adams, a photographer responsible for some of the most iconic photos taken of The Beatles over the years, has passed away at the age of 84. https://twitter.com/marklewisohn/status/1281491724083367937 The Guardian reported her passing with a detailed obituary, pointing out that it was Adams who shot an action photo of youthful Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison as they leapt in the air for a photo that would later land on the cover of the group’s first EP, Twist and Shout. The band’s leap off a brick wall on Euston Road would go one to be one of…

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It’s time once again for some musical entertainment from Fogerty Factory, the family band assembled by rocker John Fogerty and his musically inclined children Shane, Kelsy and Tyler. https://www.instagram.com/p/CCeE_O1BirV/ The latest video uploaded from the Fogerty clan came on Friday, and finds them stationed in front of the garage of their palatial Northern California home, where they dive into “Tombstone Shadow,” from Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Green River album. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcrUABRCzoM This video joins recent performance clips from John Fogerty and his family, following a pair of 4th of July weekend uploads that went live to mark the holiday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaG7ENoIuDE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5oY__MKap4 All…

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard new music from Jefferson Starship, but the band has returned with a new song, “It’s About Time,” the band’s first new song in 12 years. https://www.instagram.com/p/CCd4UrWF8uU/ Co-written by former member Grace Slick alongside lead singer Cathy Richardson and guitarist Jude Gold, the song is timely, thematically: It’s about time to clean out the water Sisters, wives, mothers and daughters Can’t you feel the planet getting hotter? How can you sit back and watch your own slaughter? Old white men have had their turn Thousands of years what have we learned The hurricanes churn…

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Mike Shinoda, MC/rapper/multi-instrumentalist known for his years as a co-front man of Linkin Park, has kept busy during the COVID-19 pandemic — and today, Shinoda released Dropped Frames, Vol. 1, a mostly-instrumental collection of songs that are the end result of his dedication and focus on creating music over the past few weeks. He’s kept busy on a near-daily basis on Twitch, live-streaming jam sessions and bursts of creativity from his home studio, and as the weeks went on his audience grew. Linkin Park fans gravitated to his Twitch streams, and as the material built up he decided to release a batch of…

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Two songs, 22 minutes. That’s not the sort of thing you’d expect from nearly any musical act, but Sufjan Stevens isn’t just any musical act. The innovative and always creatively expansive singer/songwriter returned just before the 4th of July holiday weekend with his new single, “America,” a 12-minute song that serves as a preview to his upcoming album, The Ascension. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK9EImqaKvI The b-side of that single is a track called “My Rajneesh,” which itself spans more than 10 minutes in length. The song won’t be included on the new album, though, and coupled with “America” the two tracks comprise Stevens’…

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Deep Purple is nearing the release date of its new and 21st studio album, Whoosh!, which was delayed a bit due to the COVID-19 pandemic but now has a scheduled “street date” of Aug. 7. On Friday, the esteemed prog-rock band roared back with a new single, “Nothing At All,” the third such preview of the record to be premiered in recent weeks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acn1VJrLYpQ The track joins fellow pre-release singles, including the decidedly epic “Man Alive”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojHRoKzQwfE And “Throw My Bones,” a song that received a dramatic music video treatment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUW7PvvbbO4 The visual symbolism of the “spaceman” is at the…

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There’s plenty of activities to keep Grateful Dead fans occupied this weekend. On Friday, a lavish and detailed 50th anniversary edition of the band’s 1970 album Workingman’s Dead was released — click here for more on that — and on Friday and Saturday nights, respectively, the vaults belonging to the Dead and Dead & Company will be raided once again for the bands’ weekly archival streaming series. Friday, July 10, at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT, the Grateful Dead’s Shakedown Stream will air Carter-Finley Stadium 7/10/90 on YouTube, complete with a pre-show featuring none other than John Mayer, renowned guitarist…

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Earlier this week, My Morning Jacket dropped a bit of surprise news when the band revealed it would be releasing The Waterfall II, its first new album in five years and the second half of the album sessions that spawned 2015’s The Waterfall. The album is now available digitally, via ATO Records, with a physical release following on Aug. 28. The record is the result of the second half of recording sessions carried out at a studio called Panoramic House in Stinson Beach, Ca. Te new material was inspired by what a press release refers to as “a sense of…

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