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with Wesley Woodson

X Marks Their Spot After A 3-Decade Break

Punk legends X are back in their new video for “Alphabetland.” Sort of.
The blurry, distorted, and totally punk video follows the “actors” as they walk through the Hollywood Walk of Fame and run through the streets of L.A.
The video barely shows the band’s faces, so it's easy to mistake the clip for flashy archival footage.
The surprise Bandcamp drop, Alphabetland, marked the first time the original lineup recorded together in 35 years.
It was the band’s first studio album in 27 years.
The album made Spin Magazine’s list of the Best 30 Albums of 2020 (So Far).

Hynde Isn't Pretending Over Police Discrimination

After witnessing the arrest of two innocent Black athletes over the weekend, Chrissie Hynde of the iconic Pretenders is calling out the London police for racial profiling and not focusing on a more troubling issue in her neighborhood — gang activity.
Bianca Williams and her partner, Ricardo dos Santos, were the two individuals Hynde was referring to.
The couple, who are both trained by former Olympic champion Linford Christie, was reportedly on their way home with their three-month-old baby. They were stopped, arrested but eventually let go.
Their arrest is the latest in a continuing series of incidents showing police stopping Black people in London.
Hynde pointed out that in the London neighborhood there has been “a surge of violence in this area over the past five years” including a stabbing and a series of robberies. “Nobody will press charges against local gangs for fear of the inevitable payback,” she wrote.
And with the arrest of Williams and dos Santos, Hynde is fed up with the police’s failure to stop the gangs and protect families in the area.

Bands Unite Audiences By Offering First Social Distanced Venue

As we are several months into the global pandemic and as places begin to open up, concert venues are still trying to figure out where they fit into this safe, socially distanced solution.
The Virgin Money Unity Arena, the UK’s first dedicated socially distanced music venue, has announced its lineup for the first shows that will be kicking off on Aug. 14 with alt-acts Supergrass, the Libertines, Two Door Cinema Club, and Maximo Park are also on the bill.
Located in Newcastle, England, the venue has laid out its plans including the spacing between each car’s viewing area, food and drink orders and bathroom protocols, which you can find on our music news over at alt360.live.
Live Nation announced a series of drive-in shows featuring Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley and Nelly last month while Andrew McMahon is doing a series this month. Bjork will also be doing a live concert that won’t be viewed from cars in Reykjavík this August.The global pandemic has broken the live music industry with its players rallying to figure out how to recuperate with a harsh realization that many independent venues may shutter for good. But hopefully, more new and safe ideas will come through and will bring us closer to experiencing live music again.

Kasabian Singers' Personal Issues Have Him Caught Up & Out

Former Kasabian singer Tom Meighan has pleaded guilty to assault this past Tuesday.
Meighan has been sentenced to “an 18-month community order and told to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work,” BBC reported. He will also need to do a five-day rehabilitation program as well as pay a “£90 victim surcharge and £85 in prosecution costs.”
The news follows his departure from the UK rock band on Monday, which he said was due to dealing with “personal issues.”

A Covers Album That Has A Cover Charge

Like 90% of independent music venues across the country, North Carolina’s Cat’s Cradle is at risk of shutting its doors for good in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Thankfully, local artists are banding together to raise money for the club with Cover Charge: NC Artists Go UnderCover to Benefit Cat’s Cradle.
The 25-track benefit compilation sees indie-rockers Superchunk, the Mountain Goats, Iron & Wine and more notable North Carolinians cover their favorite songs in an effort to save the venue, which has been hosting concerts for 50 years.
Released this week, you can hear Superchunk’s contribution to the album — a cover of the Go-Go’s “Can’t Stop The World”
Cover Charge: NC Artists Go UnderCover to Benefit Cat’s Cradle comes out July 31 exclusively on Bandcamp, with all proceeds benefiting the venue to ensure live shows “for generations to come.”
Pre-order your copy by clicking the image to the left.

Ryan Adams Expected More Out Of Moore After Apology

Following Ryan Adams’ public apology over the weekend, both Mandy Moore and Karen Elson have shared their reactions to his attempt at making public amends.
On July 3, Adams made a public apology through the U.K. newspaper, The Daily Mail where he explained that he was now sober and apologized for his previous abusive behavior.
Following this comment, the This is Us and singer Mandy Moore went on The Today Show and urged her fans to move on from the past and “focus on real news,” redirecting the focus to finding justice for the killing of Breonna Taylor.
“It’s challenging because I feel like in many ways I’ve said all I want to say about him and that situation, but I find it curious that someone would make a public apology but not do it privately,” Moore told NBC’s Hoda Kotb on The Today Show this past Monday.
Last month, Phoebe Bridgers also expressed her thoughts on Adams’ previous treatment towards women.
“When I met Ryan [Adams], I didn’t know anybody in music for the most part,” she said in an interview with NME. “But then I would then meet tons of people who were like, ‘Oh my God – he is a trash person’. I didn’t have that when I was 20, and a lot of people still don’t.”

Wilco's Tweety Learns To Give Back With Sons Backing Him Up

On June 18, Wilco’s lead singer, and Chicago native, Jeff Tweedy announced that he would start donating 5% of his writer royalties to racial justice organizations and urged other artists to do the same.
And in a new interview, Tweedy explains not only its importance but also how this promise can turn into an industry-wide mission.
He plans to start pushing for these donations with BMI, which currently allows artists to do this on a “one-off basis” but are looking into a sustainable “automated system.” Tweedy also has plans to bring a “board of trustees.”
Despite his passion for this initiative, Tweedy admitted he’s no expert in this kind of activism and revealed that he’s been looking to his kids, Sammy and Spencer, for some guidance.
You can read Jeff Tweedy’s complete interview with Rolling Stone by clicking the photo to the left.

No Argument Here, Cranberries Are Readying & Re-Releasing An Ode To Their Debut Era

The Cranberries will re-release their 1994 album No Need to Argue as a deluxe reissue featuring B-sides, remixes, demos, unreleased tracks, live recordings from the era and more.
The expanded edition arrives September 18th.
The LP, the follow-up to the band’s breakthrough 1992 album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, featured the Cranberries hits “Zombie” and “Ode to My Family.”
In addition to the newly remastered 13-track album, the two-CD and digital reissue boasts three B-sides, nine demo recordings from the No Need to Argue sessions, eight live recordings, the Orb’s “Zombie” remix, a cover of the Carpenters’ “(They Long to Be) Close to You” and more.
The Cranberries previously released a 25th-anniversary edition of Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? following the death of singer Dolores O’Riordan in 2018. In April 2019, the band shared In the End, featuring their final recordings with O’Riordan.

Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Will Still Roll, Despite Being Rocked By Pandemic

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has canceled plans for a live induction ceremony this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and will instead honor the class of 2020 with an HBO special on Saturday, November 7th.
The honorees this year are Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, the Notorious B.I.G., and T-Rex.
The ceremony was originally supposed to take place at Cleveland’s Public Hall on May 2nd. It was moved to November 7th because of the pandemic, but as time went on it became clear that holding a mass gathering at that point, even without an audience, would be an extremely difficult task.
Anyone with a ticket to the show will get a complete refund.

Kharuangbin Distracts Beck For His 50th B-Day

This past Wednesday, July 8th, marked Beck’s 50th birthday, and to celebrate, psych-rockers Khruangbin have shared their remix for the singer’s “No Distraction.”
The Houston trio put a dub spin on the Colors track, stripping off the track’s pop sheen, amplifying the bass and reducing Beck’s vocals to a fuzzy, distant echo.
The Kharuangbin remix was originally planned to debut on an exclusive Record Store Day 7″ single — where it was backed by St. Vincent’s previously released remix of Beck’s “Uneventful Days” — but since the physical release of the single was pushed to October 26th, the track instead premiered to honor Beck’s half-centennial.
Kharuangbin dropped their third album Mordechai in late-June; the LP followed their Texas Sun collaborative EP with Leon Bridges.
Beck’s latest album, Hyperspace, arrived in November 2019.

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