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Last month, Dead & Company announced a weekly livestream series in which unearthed live performances from their heralded history would be made available, for free, each Saturday — and now Grateful Dead icon Bob Weir is doing one of his own. Announced on Monday, Weir Wednesdays will kick off this Wednesday, April 8, with a show from the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, featuring Bob Weir and Wolf Bros. Introducing Weir Wednesdays! A new weekly series featuring your favorite Bob Weir and Wolf Bros shows, streamed for FREE. Let’s get things started with 2018’s November 10th show at…

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America, the band formed in 1970 by Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek and Gerry Beckley, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year — and the band will celebrate the milestone in June with a lavish, 8-disc box set. The Half Century collection, released via America Records, brings together rare archival studio recordings, mixes, demos, rehearsals and more from throughout the band’s career, spanning 1970 to 2000. Via a news release: Along with the re-mastered Bremen 1973 in studio performance and two CD’s of Radio Interviews providing an audio overview of the band’s career, along with a DVD of Super 8 “Home Movies”…

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If you weren’t familiar with the teleconferencing application Zoom before these past few weeks, it’s likely been a revelation — especially if you’re able to work from home during the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent shelter-in-place mandates. It’s also led to a remarkable new music video from Oakland-based ensemble Thao & the Get Down Stay Down. The product of some incredible innovation, hours of planning, rehearsing and envelope-pushing choreography that you probably didn’t realize was possible using Zoom, the clip for the funky “Phenom” is an excellent few minutes of entertainment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGwQZrDNLO8 Here’s how it all came about, per a news…

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The uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic has made many musical acts delay the release of upcoming albums — and the latest to make such a decision is the Psychedelic Furs. The influential band was to release Made of Rain, its first album of new material since 1991, on May 1, but a new update posted to the Furs’ social media channels announced that the album has a new scheduled release date of July 31: “Due to the current situation we are all facing around the world, and because of the logistical issues it has presented us with, we have…

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James Taylor is an American standard — he just so happened to release a great new album under that title, too — so it’s of little surprise that the legendary singer/songwriter will serve a key role in the upcoming season of The Voice. Per a report from Billboard on Monday, James Taylor will be the ‘mega mentor’ for the upcoming 18th season of the smash-hit music competition show, which will begin next week: Taylor will join the coaches to mentor the artists remaining from the Battle Rounds, and prepare each team for the Knockout Rounds, which will begin on Monday…

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The coronavirus pandemic has affected us all, throwing a massive wrench of unpredictability into scheduled plans, including charitable events — but this past weekend, Black Sabbath guitar god Tony Iommi found a great way to keep a previously planned charity auction alive. Originally planning to auction some of his personal items/music memorabilia to help hospitals in his hometown of Birmingham England, that auction was put on hold due to the pandemic. Instead, Iommi announced, he will still hold an auction for his personal items, with all proceeds benefiting the Heartlands Hospital Charity: https://www.instagram.com/p/B-kMy-4HAA-/ UPDATE: The auction is now LIVE: https://twitter.com/tonyiommi/status/1247200434722349058…

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Tonight, Metallica will continue its #MetallicaMondays streaming series by airing a gig from Copenhagen — specifically, July 22, 2009 as part of the band’s world touring in support of the Death Magnetic record. High-quality video of the concert will air via Metallica’s YouTube channel beginning at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT, and will be streaming the rest of the week if you’re unavailable to tune in for the “live” webcast. https://www.instagram.com/p/B-o-tDHp4Xj/ Metallica’s set list for that gig in Copenhagen featured five Death Magnetic tracks as well as classics from the heavy metal band’s vaunted career, so there’s a little bit…

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Over the weekend, Duran Duran bassist John Taylor used the band’s social media pages to issue an update to fans — announcing that he had recently mounted a battle against the coronavirus, after testing positive for COVID-19 a few weeks back. Describing the illness as a “turbo-charged flu,” Taylor recounted his experience as follows: DEAR FRIENDS OF MINE after giving some thought to this, I have decided to share with you that I tested positive with the Corona Virus almost three weeks ago. Perhaps I am a particularly robust 59 year old – I like to think I am -…

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On Friday, the Strokes will release a new studio album titled The New Abnormal — and the revered NYC indie/rock band kicked off release week with a new track premiered on Monday. Titled “Brooklyn Bridge to Chorus,” the high-energy track led by some flashy keyboards, the song builds to a classic Strokes chorus and can be heard below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jna3dWEnzo The song premiere also had a corresponding artsy Instagram post as well: https://www.instagram.com/p/B-o4dlfDr4F/ “Brooklyn Bridge to Chorus” joins fellow pre-release singles as previews of The New Abnormal, the first new record from the Strokes since 2013. Other early singles included “Bad…

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Today’s date, April 5, is a notorious one in the world of rock and roll, as it’s the date commemorating the passing of two of the most iconic and celebrated singers of all time, Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley. On April 5, 1994, Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain took his own life in Seattle. Eight years later, on April 5, 2002, Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley passed away after an overdose on cocaine and heroin — also dying in Seattle. Both Cobain and Staley were known for pained lyrics expressing the deepest and most intense of emotions, stemming from…

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