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On Sept. 6, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders will release Valve Bone Woe, a new collection of cover songs she’s recorded with fresh, jazz-styled influence. One of the songs premiered this week, and Hynde’s take on the Kinks’ “No Return” is really something else. Taken from the Kinks’ 1967 album Something Else By the Kinks, it’s a deep cut that ought to catch Kinks fan a bit off guard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLDtuu7KqRo For comparison’s sake, here’s the original: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csgEMKs_vDg Hynde, who had a daughter, Natalie, with Kinks front man Ray Davies in 1983, told Billboard she wasn’t actually familiar with the song…

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Full admission: 1995’s (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? was my introduction to Oasis — not their debut Definitely Maybe, released the year before. In ’94, I was just ten years old and not quite as immersed into music as I’d be shortly thereafter. Once I was fully swept up in the Britpop band’s near-mythical existence, which at the time did make them seem like the Biggest Band On The Planet thanks to ubiquitous singles like “Wonderwall” and “Champagne Supernova,” I discovered Definitely Maybe. Released on August 29, 1994 — 25 years ago today, to the date — the album would…

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Writer/musician Jeff Slate remembers the late Jeff Buckley, whose landmark 1994 album Grace celebrated its 25th anniversary this week. Jeff Buckley was something truly special. Like so many others have said, I knew it the first time I saw him. Jeff was a newcomer to the New York City music scene in the early 1990s, when I was doing my own thing, playing the same clubs and chasing many of the same players and A&R guys. Well, I chased them. It was easier for Jeff. Sure, he struggled like the rest of us, but in many ways, everyone seemed to…

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Blink-182 bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus is a “dad” on the most “online” sense of the word. He tweets puns and “dad jokes” frequently on social media, and he’s often amused by things that those who spend hours on end staring at the internet every day are amused by. On Wednesday, the veteran pop-punk dads premiered a new music video for “Darkside,” a song off the band’s upcoming album Nine, which will be out Sept. 20. The energetic song featuring dual vocals between Hoppus and guitarist/vocalist Matt Skiba features lyrics concerning a potential relationship, but the video does … not. https://twitter.com/blink182/status/1166742239894065153 Instead,…

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Joe Bonamassa is a tireless blues guitar icon, touring the world virtually nonstop all the time — or at least it seems like he’s always on tour, playing to the masses each night. In 2016, Bonamassa and his live band played a gig at the iconic Sydney Opera House in Australia, and the recordings of that performance will be released under the title Live At The Sydney Opera House, set for release on October 25. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntBsXyImdKI More on the venue and the live release, via its news announcement: As a UNESCO Heritage Monument The Sydney Opera House sits alongside the…

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The September 27 release of Judy, a biopic of late Hollywood icon Judy Garland focusing specifically on the latter end of her life and times, comes with much anticipation, both from its star, Renée Zellweger, and for the music that might be featured in the film. As it turns out, the film’s soundtrack album will feature some musical performances from Zellweger, including duets with Sam Smith and Rufus Wainwright, it was revealed on Wednesday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ4mU3oQW3g The album’s first single will be “Over the Rainbow,” which will be premiered on Friday, Sept. 30. As for Zellweger’s duets with the two singer/songwriters,…

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72-year-old music legend Iggy Pop promises something new and unusual with Free, his new studio album scheduled for release on September 6. So far, he’s released several songs from the record, each of them featuring a subdued, spoken-word vocal effect that creates a rather jarring sonic landscape. The latest song is “Sonali,” which was premiered on Wednesday and continues that trend, the music skittering about in an almost Radiohead-esque fashion until horns show up and take it to another level. It’s wild: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbKsWX8bML8 Iggy Pop contextualized the album as follows: “This is an album in which other artists speak for…

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On October 15, Sir Elton John will release Me, his long-awaited memoir and the result of years of research and trips down memory lane for the legendary singer/entertainer. His is truly a larger-than-life existence, brought to the screen quite faithfully in this year’s smash-hit biopic Rocketman, which touches on some of the lowest points of his life and times. In an essay included in the new Rocketman DVD/Blu-ray (which hit shelves this week), Sir Elton sums up how “ridiculous” his life has been — something he was reminded of while doing research for his book. He cites the following 1973…

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The 1975. Are you a fan? If you have kids, are they fans? I’ll bet they are, if they’re into the current alternative/rock/pop scene. This band is massive. They were one of the noteworthy acts to take the stage at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival this past spring: Their spectacular 55-minute set featured multiple phrases that flashed across large screens flanking the main Coachella Stage. One stated “rock ‘n’ roll is dead,” but the Manchester, England alt-rock band proved otherwise, especially with Adam Hann’s excellent guitar work. It was most prominent during the upbeat hit singles “Give Yourself…

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Especially sad news to bring you this Tuesday regarding guitarist Neal Casal, who made a name for himself over the years as a guitarist of such projects as the Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Circles Around the Sun, among others. The 50-year-old musician has passed away. The news was confirmed by Casal’s official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nealcasal/photos/a.201845066513925/2637877572910650/?type=3&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARCtXRl1PuiPkjY8fDY4tjp6LiomNKBTHeu-0M6SinDuJcJE4RxizZ5DGIQ4gVz76VgMBHUF7pSsxz414Rjz-r68vnajUODQ6norUOMYtRdKjSVpS-E89UrYZbmWXhhAeJS7gR3FB-_1CEhsiwWDubasiT27doMk_Cz_PAEp3zB0IF3MTHY4yFQSvj4P3ZXunsj9FCfd1KpdW4S439DjHYen5BBfn3O4LKxV9VG3jk0_i-juwHSMy6iS5poEtPvPtElykejogTCAM4pOma–mr6LtB84gUXi3wIImqWqjqbqwJbBt2h0b3fY5Jc-u_Jdd8YDWyR63pfUmj-iY6LpeRXCLw&__tn__=-R The message: It’s with great sadness that we tell you our brother Neal Casal has passed away. As so many of you know, Neal was a gentle, introspective, deeply soulful human being who lived his life through artistry and kindness. His family, friends and fans…

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