Last month Morrissey opened his Nashville show with a cover of Lynn Anderson's Rose Garden. Last week Anderson passed away. What makes this video even better is that fact that it's a multi-camera audience smart phone shoot.
U2 had a numerous guest appearances during their Madison Square Garden run. None bigger than Bruce Springsteen.
Paul McCartney and Alabama Shakes played Lollapalooza. During Macca's set he invites Brittany Howard to join him for a Beatles song.
A Jimmy Kimmel skit with the story behind Rick Springfield's Jessie's Girl.
This video went viral and why not. Take one of The Foo Fighters catchiest and anthemic songs and have it covered by a one thousand piece band. It gives me shivers.
I confess. I hadn't made it to Progressive Field to watch an Indians game this season until last Wednesday's afternoon affair. It was a good one to attend as the Tribe ended a six game losing streak and an eight game home losing streak by a score of 12-2. This over the Royals, a team likely to be in the World Series again.
The new bar area in right field is outstanding. It's got two levels, a fire pit, rows of standing rails and plenty of tapped craft beer.
It's about time the Indians embraced the new beer culture. I guess is that they met with some resistance from Budweiser, Miller and Coors. Probably in the form of threats about advertising dollars being pulled. In fact, as I sipped my Brew Kettle beer I looked around the venue and could not find any beer signage. Remember the big script Budweiser on the scoreboard? There's nothing now. Nowhere.
Now the story is the Browns will be serving up beer from eight Ohio craft brewers at First Energy Stadium. I wonder if the national beer signage will be yanked there as well.
For all you early bird reggae fans the 24th annual Mid West Reggae Fest actually begins tonight as the gates open to campers. Maybe you've got that perfect spot in mind at Clay's Park to pitch your tent and you're afraid it'll be gone by Friday night. That's reason enough to head south for an extra long weekend of mellow vibes.
Promoter Packy Malley had initially intended this year's fest to be a shorter affair, but the man can't help himself. So now the live music begins Friday and doesn't stop until early Sunday evening. That includes The Mighty Diamonds on Saturday night and a slew of regional reggae acts from Carlos Jones to Flex Crew. Here's the line-up.
The recording industry has changed the new release date from Tuesdays in the United States and Monday's in the United Kingdom to a world release day of Friday. The decision was made earlier this year and went into affect this month. Here's the story from Billboard, Industry Sets Friday as Global Record Release Day.
With that in mind, here's some highlights from last week's releases.
I just can't get enough of that bossa nova sound these days. This musical genre, with its roots in Brazil, first came to the United States in the 1960s. Antonio Carlos Jobim, one of the founders of bossa nova, was a musical genius who worked with American musicians like Frank Sinatra and Stan Getz. This melding of American jazz and the exotic bossa nova sound became a fixture in bachelor pad music libraries. Here Mrs. Robinson first tries to seduce Benjamin by putting on some bossa nova.
Summertime is perfect for enjoying bossa nova. It's light and breezy with a seductive syncopation. Here's a list of important artists and albums in the genre.
Or how about this 5 and a half hour playlist for your perfect
It's as if Kurt Vile stood in the shadows while his old band mates and fellow Philadelphians, The War On Drugs, took the spotlight for a year or so. Guess he was just working on his new album. Here's a the first we've heard of it.
Thundercat's sound is reminiscent of 70s funk. Here he combines that with samurai warriors.
Kind of strange to be getting a new video for a song from Dum Dum Girls 2011 release. Especially considering they had an album out last year. Oh well, the black and white cityscape is cool.
Nice shared effort in this one from THEESatisfaction and Shabazz Palaces. Hypnotic trip hop.
Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio has his solo album ready for release. Here's the catchy first single.
No, I'm not speaking of Trent Reznor, who was a member of local Cleveland band Slam Bamboo in the late 1980s. Tim Kirker was also in that band who scored a local hit with "House On Fire".
Kirker then moved to New York City to further pursue his musical career, even playing with other Cleveland musicians who'd made the move to the east coast.
His musical output continues with the release of a new album Shallow End of a Deep River and a tour stop here this Friday at the Beachland. Even without knowing his roots one could guess he was from Cleveland due to the rather unique musical influences our town offered back then.
The show at the Beachland will be a reunion of sorts with bassist John Papa and drummer Michael Cartellone returning home. They'll be joined by local musicians like Shannon Dolan on vocals and Tara Hawley on cello.
Photo courtesy of Shannon Dolan during practice sessions this week.