Jack White has penned a letter clarifying his tour rider that was recently published by the University of Oklahoma's college paper. It's in the replies.
first off, this is none of your business, but i have no specific demands in my dressing room. i know i could ask for lots of things but i actually dont ask for ANYTHING. i take with me what i need, and that aint much. anything on the rider is for the band and the crew. this "guacamole recipe" is my hilarious tour managers inside joke with the local promoters, it’s his recipe, not mine. it’s just something to break up the boredom, seeing who can make it best.
Before the show, we had decided that I would join them onstage for the last song of the night, “My Favorite Accident”. Which is probably the song that I have played the most in my life. I’m not sure we ever DIDN’T play that song. Plus we sound checked with it often. I should be sick of it. But it felt like the right song. When the time came, I was actually pretty excited to go and do it. It wasn’t announced, no one in the audience knew I was going to play. I won’t lie, it was an ego boost. The reaction when I came out felt really nice. I was truly touched....
Hit the replies to stream a new single from Sufjan Stevens titled "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross." You can also check out an in depth interview he did over at Pitchfork about his forthcoming record.
Following a great reception for the premier installment, we have Chapter 2 of Hit the Lights's "Skeleton Series" in the replies for your viewing pleasure. A more lighthearted approach following last week's heavy content, the video features the band members discussing the last time they moshed. Summer Bones is out on March 24th via Pure Noise Records. Let's hear your mosh stories below.
With the recent news that (the great) Zane Lowe will be leaving BBC Radio 1 to work for Apple, Noisey put together a fitting send off from us UK lot titled "A Quick Tribute To Zane Lowe Before He Fucks Off To America" with clips, a brief history and anecdotes from his closest co-workers.
Marika Hackman releases her debut album, We Slept At Last, today and I cannot recommend it enough. After spending some weeks with it, it's my favourite release of the year so far due to its ominous, dark atmosphere and lyricism contrasted by a delicate voice stringing it all together - and if you're a fan of Laura Marling, Warpaint and Chelsea Wolfe you should definitely give it a shot. Hit the replies to stream the album in full.
His new role at Apple remains a mystery. However, Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr tells Billboard, "Zane is one of the foremost music tastemakers in the world and a legendary music curator. We're excited to have him join the music team."
Ohhh, Valentine's Day ... you're the pop-punk of holidays; either sappy or forlorn, either loved or despised, either celebrated or ignored. There's not much in between. On this Valentine's Day we are continuing our release of a special group of Cartel acoustic sessions to celebrate the band's 10 year anniversary of Chroma. As you know, the band is heading out to play this album live across the country (dates in the replies), and they've got a great vinyl pressing of the album up for sale. This week we are excited to bring you a rendition of one of my favorite tracks from Chroma, "The Minstrel's Prayer." This is one of those songs that I feel helped push the genre forward into something...
Inside Music host James Shotwell talks to Ben Liebsch of You, Me, And Everyone We Know. Instead of discussing music, the two talk about Ben's struggles with alcoholism and addiction, as well as his recent marriage, and his ongoing struggle to come to terms with trauma from his childhood. They also discuss the band's new EP, Dogged, which arrives on March 17.
I recently spoke to PVRIS vocalist Lynn Gunn in Portland, OR, in which we briefly talked about the band's album White Noise, signing to Rise Records, and being on social media. You can read the interview here.
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It looks like Relient K may be writing and recording a new album. Their long-time producer, Mark Lee Townsend, tweeted that his "workspace for the next month" is a "100+ year old cottage" with the hashtag #rkjamsessions.
Prepare yourself for tomorrow's Valentine's Day festivities by watching Seasons Change's new music video for "Valentine" in the replies. The track comes from their full-length debut, Please Don't Leave, which drops April 7th via No Sleep Records. The band fits in just fine with the new breed of pop punk, so fans of Knuckle Puck, Forever Came Calling, Major League, State Champs and the like will want to take note.
"I eventually after freaking out.. starting to get suicidal about things.. I started to see a therapist and started seeing about medication and stuff and just being like I need to figure this out – whatever’s going on with me… I can’t keep suffering… I need to sort out the things that are missing me out… I eventually found out I suffer from PTSD from childhood things that happened… but I’ve realized that it’s okay that you’re damaged and It’s been a lesson in learning and that’s sort of what this whole EP is about…”
Thomas has Dryjacket and Microwave as bands you need to watch in 2015, and while I agree, my band is Divers. They are now streaming their kick-ass debut album, Hello, Hello which is in the replies. They combine just about everything that is loved on this site into one fantastic album. If you haven't checked out any of their songs that have been available yet, just take not even hour of your day and give this a listen, you won't regret it.