The White Stripes were a rock band, but that doesn’t mean their songs lack a country twist. Jack White performed one of the band’s older songs with Margo Price for NPR, and the result will have you smitten. It’s almost as fabulous as news that Bob Dylan played guitar live for the first time since 2012, Ted Leo covered David Bowie for an all-ages covers album, Bruno Mars started a dance party on SNL, and Robin Pecknold suggested Fleet Foxes are truly hard at work on a new album after all.
Anyone who says NPR is boring and serious has never heard A Prairie Home Companion. The long-running Minnesota Public Radio show will see founder Garrison Keillor step down due to retirement, and Chris Thile of Nickel Creek is replacing him. October 15 marked the first time the radio show saw the new host take over, and to celebrate, he brought Jack White, Lake Street Dive, and comedian Maeve Higgins on board to help. Things got extra special when he launched into The White Stripes song “I’m Lonely (But I Ain’t That Lonely Yet)” with country gal Margo Price by his side. It’s a sweet take on the song, and probably the coolest A Prairie Home Companion will ever get. Well, at least for now. [SPIN]
Bob Dylan won a Nobel Prize in Literature this past Thursday. It’s big news, marking the first time a musician has won the award, and Dylan (knowingly or unknowingly) celebrated by playing guitar for the first time since 2012. In the middle of “Simple Twist of Fate” during a Las Vegas performance, Dylan picked up the guitar and began strumming along, surprise fans and possibly his band too, given he stopped due to arthritis. This man can sing and play guitar. Don’t you forget it. [Stereogum]
It still doesn’t feel like David Bowie actually passed away this year, but that’s probably because he’s always been more than human. The music icon and culture giant has been the subject of countless covers, tributes, and performances. Now, an all-ages, 20-song Bowie covers album is on the way called Let All The Children Boogie: A Tribute to David Bowie and it sounds pretty dang good. In advance, Ted Leo has shared his cover of “Hereos” for the LP. Spin his cover above before the album drops on November 18th. [Consequence of Sound]
While there was plenty of humor involving Beyonce and politics on this week’s episode of Saturday Night Live, one of the best moments came from its musical guest, Bruno Mars. The funk and pop musician threw a quick dance party during the live debut of “24K Magic” and brand new single “Chunky.” Both songs featured fancy camerawork, dance moves, and those big, bold vocals. Bruno Mars, as usual, gives us a reason to smile even when work gets dreary. [Rolling Stone]
Remember when we said Fleet Foxes may be working on new music? Well, now there’s some truth to that hype. Frontman Robin Pecknold released some songs earlier in 2016 as a solo project. On Sunday, he shared a snippet of music on Instagram and said that it’s intended for an upcoming solo album. “FF record kind of crazy/vast so working on ‘putting babies to sleep/living my truth’ palliative solo album on off days,” he wrote. That implies these are rejected Fleet Foxes tracks, which, if true, means they turned down beautiful folk in favor of even more beautiful folk. Not a bad trade. Give one of those song snippets a listen above. [Pitchfork]
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