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Wilco recently announced that they will be going on hiatus. The reason: Drummer Glenn Kotche’s wife, Miiri, got a Fulbright Scholarship to study medical device design in Finland. “It just seemed like a good reason to honor her and honor his commitment to the band: kind of allow them to have that opportunity and not put a whole lot of demands on their...

Sonic Youth will mark the 30th anniversary of their 1988 landmark double-album, Daydream Nation, with an event that features three films and “unseen gems from the band’s archives,” according to a statement. Dubbed ‘Sonic Youth: 30 Years of Daydream Nation,‘ the program takes place on October 20th in Portland, Oregon, at Hollywood Theatre. Drummer Steve Shelley, filmmaker Lance Bangs and Sonic Youth archivist Aaron Mullan will be in attendance to present the program. The night will include excerpts from Lance...

Charlie Daniels will release his first album of new material since 2016’s Night Hawk with Beau Weevils — Songs in the Key of E. Due October 26th, the LP pairs Daniels with producer and musician James Stroud, who plays drums on the 10-song set. “The whole thing started one day when I, as I often do, was fooling around with my guitar and came up with the opening riff on a song that eventually turned out to be ‘Mudcat,’” Daniels said in a statement. “That song set the style for the rest of the songs...

Geoff Emerick, the audio engineer who worked on several Beatles classics including Sgt. Pepper’s and Abbey Road, died Tuesday. Emerick’s agent, David Maida, confirmed the engineer’s death to Rolling Stone, adding that the cause of death was a heart attack. He was 72. Emerick’s manager, William Zabaleta, posted a video, in which he said he...

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British reggae band UB40 have found themselves ensnared in the latest probe into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s collegial drinking habits following a report that Kavanaugh and some Yale classmates were involved in a bar fight following a UB40 concert in September 1985. The New York Times reports that the altercation took place at a bar in New Haven, Connecticut – where Yale University resides – during Kavanaugh’s junior year at the college. According to the police report from the incident, Kavanaugh instigated...

John Legend will release his first holiday album, A Legendary Christmas, on October 26th via Columbia Records. Stevie Wonder will appear on the record, playing harmonica on “What Christmas Means to Me,” and jazz bassist-singer Esperanza Spalding joins for a version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”Raphael Saadiq executive produced the project. Legend will promote the LP on a 25-date North American tour that launches November 15th in Clearwater, Florida and wraps December 30th in San Diego, California....

Janet Jackson recruited Q-Tip for a soulful live version of their collaborative 1997 track “Got ‘Til It’s Gone” on Saturday during the 2018 Global Citizens Festival at Central Park in New York, New York. Jackson opened the performance crooning between choreographed moves on a stage crammed full of dancers and musicians. Q-Tip emerged from the shadows to deliver his brief verse, rapping, “You act all wild, when I tell you to settle/ I was working round the clock, but your girls want to meddle.”...

Willie Nelson headlined a free concert for Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke on Saturday night in Austin, ending his set with the new song “Vote ‘Em Out.” “Here’s a new song we’re going to spring on y’all tonight. Take it home with you, spread it around,” said Nelson, before launching into the bouncy sing-along: “If you don’t like who’s in there, vote ’em out / that’s what Election Day is all about / and the biggest gun we got / is called the ballot...

Otis Rush, one of the pioneering guitarists of the Chicago blues scene, died Saturday from complications from a stroke he suffered in 2003. He was 84. Rush’s wife, Masaki Rush, confirmed her husband’s death on his website. A note read, “Known as a key architect of the Chicago ‘West Side Sound’ Rush exemplified the modernized minor key...