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Originally released in 1970, Workingman’s Dead was the fourth studio album from the Grateful Dead — then a still-perfecting-its-craft psychedelic rock/jam band, which set forth with the studio sessions to create a rootsy, Americana-tinged album of music. 50 years later, Workingman’s Dead is among the pinnacle of the Dead’s catalog, and it has been recognized as such with a lavish 50th anniversary reissue. https://twitter.com/GratefulDead/status/1281226654531158018 Released today, July 10, via Rhino, the Workingman’s Dead reissue is the real deal, available digitally and as a 3-CD Deluxe Edition set, in addition to a limited 12″ picture disc vinyl and an exclusive vinyl only…

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This month’s Top 11 concerns racism — and, specifically, some of the most notable songs to tackle the complicated subject over the years.  “Hollywood folks like to believe they are wrapped in their liberal beliefs, but it’s all just a ruse. They got the complexion for the protection. Hollywood only brings up race when it works for them.” — Paul Mooney “Brother Louie” by Hot Chocolate and Stories “Brother Louie” was written by Errol Brown and Tony Wilson of the British band Hot Chocolate. The story of an interracial affair became a No. 7 hit in the UK in 1973.…

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Back in January, Aerosmith announced plans for an epic 50th anniversary blowout concert at Fenway Park in Boston … but then the COVID-19 pandemic threw absolutely everything into chaos. On Thursday, the rock and roll rabblerousers announced that the big 50th anniversary bash has officially been postponed, and will now take place at Fenway on Sept. 14, 2021, with special guests Extreme. Said the band of the news: “Out of an abundance of love and caution our 50th Anniversary Fenway show is being rescheduled to 14th September 2021. It’s better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and…

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Last week, Sir Elton John launched his new Classic Concert Series on YouTube with the first installment in his planned six-part series. The Classic Concert Series will find the legendary singer/cultural icon diving into the vaults for vintage performances from throughout his career. Next up in the series is a flashback to 1986, and Elton’s 26-date Tour de Force tour of Australia, accompanied by the 88-piece Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. https://www.instagram.com/p/CCa-xFDIgdF/ Here’s a preview of the show in the form of “Benny and the Jets”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pjb9Fgj1oAM And a formal preview of the Sydney show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvXA4-Q22go The video replay of this performance will go up…

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Los Angeles-based alt/rock band Badflower emerged in 2019 with OK, I’m Sick, its compelling debut record — and would have spent Summer 2020 on the road opening for 311 and Incubus, had the COVID-19 pandemic not ruined those plans. The band found a way to play music during these strange times, though, and will host what it’s calling The S.H.I.T Fest (“So Happy I’m Thirty”) on Saturday, July 18. An online streaming concert event, the idea came about in part thanks to three members of Badflower celebrating birthdays in July. The stream will be hosted by Badflower vocalist Josh Katz,…

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My Chemical Romance was supposed to be enjoying a hotly anticipated reunion tour throughout 2020 — but the COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to that, forcing the alt-rock/punk band to push its big reunion tour to 2021. Despite that, front man Gerard Way has kept busy, and he premiered a new song on Thursday. https://www.instagram.com/p/CCY16GUJWrb/ But if you’re expecting something in the vein of his work with MCR, think again. “Here Comes the End” is a revved-up, glam-rock exercise featuring guest vocals from Judith Hill, who has earned rave reviews for her work backing the likes of Stevie Wonder, Josh…

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Back in February, Peter Frampton announced plans for a new official memoir, the appropriately titled Do You Feel Like I Do?: A Memoir, and the book, co-written by former Rolling Stone editor Alan Light, will be published on Oct. 20 by Hachette. Pre-orders are up now at this link. The iconic guitarist, who went out on the Peter Frampton Finale — The Farewell Tour in 2019, has plenty to say in reflection of his amazing career. Via a news release about the book: The Grammy-winning artist shares stories of his diverse collaborative work and reveals both the blessing and curse…

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As promised in a teaser post from the iconic rockers on Wednesday, The Rolling Stones have indeed premiered a song from the vaults that had, as of yet, never been officially released. “Criss Cross” is a preview of the band’s planned reissue of 1973’s Goats Head Soup, which was also detailed on Thursday. The reissue is due out Sept. 9. As for “Criss Cross,” the song — which was bootlegged for years — is now available in remastered format for the first time, and comes with a music video directed by Diana Kunst: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSpGnZmGWBk “Criss Cross” is one of three…

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On June 11, successful country/pop group Lady Antebellum announced it would henceforth be known as Lady A, dropping most of the second part of its name regarding the ties of the word ‘Antebellum’ to the Civil War era — and, most significantly, slavery, a decision that came about amidst the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement and civil unrest in the United States stemming from the May 25 killing of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department. This caused friction with Seattle-based blues singer Anita White, who performs under the name Lady A and  has been using the name…

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This Thursday, July 9, the GRAMMY Museum will host Catching Up with The Immediate Family, a live online conversation with the group — a who’s-who of music industry legends involving Danny Kortchmar (guitar and vocals), Waddy Wachtel (guitar and vocals), Leland Sklar (bass), Russ Kunkel (drums) and Steve Postell (guitar and vocals). Hosted by the GRAMMY Museum and moderated by Scott Goldman, the event is a fundraiser, with proceeds going to “… help support the GRAMMY Museum’s mission to continue its music education programs and digital content virtually while its doors are closed due to COVID-19.” https://twitter.com/GRAMMYMuseum/status/1280634103596036097 Said Goldman of the…

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