Rumors have been circulating that rock legends ACÏŸDC may be retiring after an incredible 40-year career due to the deteriorating health of guitarist, singer, and songwriter Malcolm Young. At first it was reported that Young, whose brother Angus is the lead guitarist and more public face of the band, was stricken with terminal cancer, but word is now that he actually suffered a stroke, which has left a blod clot in his brain. Note that this is all unconfirmed. The effects of a stroke can vary wildly from patient to patient and Young could certainly have a near-full recovery, but even in that case, it seems unlikely that he would continue the rigorous schedule of a touring rock band. A press conference is expected tomorrow.
What can be said about ACÏŸDC? They have been the world’s premier hard rock band for my entire life. Just when I was ready to write them off, I happened to catch them a couple of years ago and was absolutely blown away by their performance. They survived the death of their iconic lead singer, Bon Scott, only to come back with the landmark Back In Black record, continuing their career with a string of hits and an incredibly loyal fan base that renewed itself each year. We wish them the best. (h/t The Orstrahyun)
One of the best Malcolm vocals:
Last week, the world lost Dave Lamb of the acclaimed folk duo Brown Bird. In the days since, many friends and fans mourning this loss have looked for a way to show their love for the man and his music, or to pay tribute, and two such avenues have opened up.
The first is the most time-sensitive. The artist studio / house where Brown Bird lived and worked, and where artists of all stripes have found a home, is in foreclosure. They are currently running a campaign to raise funds to save the place, with some spectacularly original and appealing rewards for donations. Obviously, this would be a great way to honor Lamb’s life’s work. Click here for the campaign page where you can view the rewards.
Another route, and one that will continue to help others, is to make a donation in Lamb’s memory to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, where he received a bone marrow transplant. Click here to read more.
The remaining members of Nirvana bolted the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction as soon as it ended, heading over to Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus to play a 16-song set. Standing in for departed frontman Kurt Cobain was a cavalcade of friends and fans, including Joan Jett, St. Vincent, and Kim Gordon, all of whom performed with the band at the ceremony, plus Dinosaur Jr.‘s J Mascis and Deer Tick‘s John McCauley.
Below is the set list and a couple of clips from the 230-person audience. (And a bonus video at the bottom for old time’s sake, of Kim Gordon applying makeup to Dave Grohl while Krist Novoselic decorates Cobain’s medical coat before a performance, from the great film 1991: The Year That Punk Broke).
Smells Like Teen Spirit (with Joan Jett)
Breed (with Joan Jett)
In Bloom (with Joan Jett)
Territorial Pissings (with Joan Jett)
Drain You (with J. Mascis)
Penny Royal Tea (with J. Mascis)
School (with J. Mascis)
Lithium (with Annie Clark)
About A Girl (with Annie Clark)
Heart Shaped Box (with Annie Clark)
Serve the Servants (with John McCauley)
Scentless Apprentice (with John McCauley)
Tourette’s (with John McCauley)
Aneurysm (with Kim Gordon)
Negative Creep (with Kim Gordon)
Moist Vagina (with Kim Gordon)
Fresh off a nice run during NBC’s The Voice, Dawn & Hawkes are wasting no time in capitalizing on the popularity they garnered on the show. The indie-folk duo also known as Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes just launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund their first full-length record. You could look at it as spending $25 on a very advance copy of what will surely be a great album, or if you’ve got $3,000 burning a hole in your pocket – and I imagine that’s most of you – you can get yourself a private house concert. Don’t worry, there are options in between, too. For now, click here to check out your options, and enjoy their winning version of The Beatles‘ “I’ve Just Seen A Face,” plus a unique performance of their song “Yours and Mine.”
A confluence of events, including the impending induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has put Kurt Cobain and Nirvana in the forefront of our pop culture consciousness lately. Susceptible as anyone else, I threw on Nevermind last night and, holy shit, did it sound great. Can you imagine a record like that becoming the biggest thing in the world today? I burned out on listening to it years ago, but now it sounds totally fresh again. Anyway, remaining core Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, talking about how quickly the band got huge, destroying their instruments, as well as what it was like when Paul McCartney joined them in the studio.
R.E.M.‘s Michael Stipe will induct Nirvana into the Hall of Fame tonight. Word is that Joan Jett will be on hand to help them celebrate with a performance. Watch the Tonight Show interview below.
The lineup for the 2014 Bonnaroo Club Stage has been announced and it looks like a pretty stellar bill. Our very own friends Bronze Radio Return will be there, which alone should be enough to steer you away from the main stage for a bit. But add to that a number of emerging favorites, including Skinny Lister, who dropped by our studios last year for an exclusive session, and our hometown heroes Speedy Ortiz and, well, you might do well to consider how you’re going to divide your time, festival-goer.
Rolling Stone reports: “Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has teamed with Mars Volta nucleus Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala and mid-era Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch to form the new band Antemasque.”
This should be interesting. As played-out as RHCP have been for well over a decade (more, if you’re like me), Flea is obviously great at what he does and is a natural musical adventurer. He previously collaborated with Mars Volta, who have since broken up, but were also known for experimentation and blurring genres.
Check out some studio footage of the new band at work.
Since the success of his 1994 smash single “Cold Beverage,” the artist also known as Garrett Dutton has been quietly refining and enriching his career as a performer and producer in the Philadelphia music scene, with a few recent acclaimed solo albums.
Now he’s back with the original lineup of Special Sauce, celebrating 20 years since their debut album and promoting the newest, Sugar. Check out this great looking and sounding performance clip for “Good Life.”
Boulder, Colorado’s Paper Bird have just released Rooms Remixed, which, of course, is a collection of remixes of their rootsy 2013 LP Rooms.
We recommend checking out both (via Bandcamp), as they are each distinct and beautiful animals. The original LP is a shimmering burst of Americana-infused indie pop, where the new album is an adventurous and often darker take on the same songs, displaying the interpretations of a variety of other artists.
Watch this new video and listen to the whole thing below.
Yesterday, we learned that Dave Lamb of Providence’s beloved folk duo Brown Bird passed away after a long battle with leukemia. The singer had been in remission, but the disease recently recurred. He was 35.
The prolific Lamb, along with partner MorganEve Swain, among other Brown Bird collaborators, released several records over the course of his too-short career, with each earning increased international acclaim. Brown Bird played the Newport Folk Festival for the first time in 2011, and were known for their mesmerizing live show. After attending a 2009 performance, OurStage’s Rainy Logan wrote:
Brown Bird never ceases to give me chills. Usually, I see them perform as a three piece, but on this night they were five members, adding Maine-based Jerusha and Jeremy Robinson to the lineup. Many tracks from the brand new album The Devil Dancing made their way into the set. Sprinkled with their signature moody folk and bluegrass sound, tempo changes and thoughtful lyrics, the freshest songs also featured more polyrhythmic vocal lines than some of the older ones. David, the band’s primary vocalist, predominately interacted with MorganEve and Jerusha in complex and interesting melodies and harmonies. I also felt like they were flat out singing louder than normal. It was truly exciting.
Dave Lamb and his rare talent, and by all accounts his good nature, will be greatly missed. Listen to some of his music today, and read Swain’s statement regarding the loss below.
April 5th, 2014
Over the past year, and especially this past week, I have been so overwhelmed and grateful for the amount of love that has surrounded Dave and me throughout our life and career together. You all have posted so many beautiful stories about Dave- how humble he was, how gracious, how talented¦He certainly was all those things.
Four days after Dave and I met we became bandmates, lovers and business partners, and set the tone for what our life would be for the next six years. We never imagined the amount of success we would enjoy in those years, how many incredible friendships would be forged, the experiences we would share, and nothing could have prepared us for the events of this past year.
Dave entered the battle with leukemia as only Dave could- determined, steadfast, smiling and always with his mind on our future. His incredible ability to continue writing through his struggle is something I’ll forever aspire to.
This week was the toughest in the battle, as Dave’s body began to shut down under the stress of a year-long fight and a sudden and aggressive leukemic relapse.
Today, surrounded by his family and so many friends, Dave peacefully let go.
Thank you for all the love you’ve all shown us. It helped so very much to know we had an army behind us.
Love and gratitude,