Bronze Radio Return have been on our radar ever since they made our “Best of OurStage 2010” list. Since then, they’ve graced every stage from the the side stage on John Mayer’s Battle Studies tour, to living life on the sea during their stint as performers on the Rock Boat. Now, the band is getting ready to take on another year of South By Southwest with five different performances down in Austin, TX. Check out the schedule here, and listen to “Down There” below.
On February 9th, CBS will air The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles, to commemorate The Beatles‘ legendary first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The show will be taped on January 27th at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and will feature an all-star lineup, including Maroon 5, John Legend, John Mayer, Keith Urban, and, reunited for the first time since 2005, The Eurythmics. Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox, whose string of hits in the 1980s as The Eurythmics place them as one of that decades most celebrated acts, last collaborated on two new tracks for a greatest hits album called Ultimate Collection.
How any of these artists reflect the legacy of The Beatles is a mystery that might puzzle historians for generations to come, if this were anything more than a ratings grab that will be forgotten almost immediately after it occurs.
Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich will also helm this special. “When it came around to booking this show, what I felt was important was to try and find those artists who not only would be able to interpret Beatles songs, but would also have an … understanding of what they meant,” he said, still not explaining how those thoughts relate to the artists he ultimately selected. I guess they’re all Grammy winners?
I’ll probably be watching though. The Eurythmics were a good band, really, and I’m interested to see the others’ takes on Beatles songs, though I hold out more hope for some than others. (h/t CoS)
After over a year out of the spotlight, John Mayer has returned with a new album of potential rock hits. Promotion has been relatively quiet in recent weeks, but last night, a week before the album’s release, Mayer posted a full stream of the record online.
Taking a turn for the country side of rock and roll, Paradise Valley opens with Mayer channeling his western folk influences and proceeds to dive deeper down that rabbit hole as the record plays on. It’s not an all-out country release, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself craving a bit more twang in your daily routine after listening a time or two. You can stream the album on iTunes.
Paradise Valley hits stores August 20. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on the album.
Let’s step back. A year ago Mayer release Born and Raised to a whirlwind of critical praise. Following the album’s release, however, John became ill and was forced to step away from the live arena. Many thought he was done, but this morning a new single found its way online just in time to shut haters up for good.
“Paper Doll” is the lead single of John Mayer’s still untitled new album, and fans hungry for new music can hear the track by clicking below. (more…)
John Mayer recently made his first live performance in almost two years at a benefit concert for the Montana firefighters who battled the summer wildfires that blazed through the Paradise Valley region of the state. Mayer, who owns a house in the area, was not home during the summer fires, but still felt an obligation to give back to those who had aided the region with their service. At the time of the blaze, Mayer was in Los Angeles receiving treatment for growths near his vocal cords that forced him to cancel the planned tour for his latest album, Born and Raised. His recovery seems nearing completion, as he was able to carefully belt out a few tunes that can be heard via the fan-captured videos below. The sold-out gig raised over $100,000 and also featured performances from members of the Zach Brown Band.
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