If you keep climbing, eventually you’ll come out on top. That’s the case for Led Zeppelin, at least. The classic rock icons finally won their court battle over “Stairway to Heaven.” If that has you cheering, you will be happy to know we’ve got more reasons to be excited right after. Stephen Colbert ripped Ticketmaster to shreds in a comedy bit, Blink-182’s new single marks a return to their later sound, Weaves’ CBC live session is piles of fun, Devendra Banhart shared a brand new single for the first time in years, and Jenny Lewis’ supergroup NAF just dropped their debut LP out of nowhere.
Led Zeppelin has been in court for some time for their biggest hit, “Stairway to Heaven,” supposedly borrowing too much from contemporary band Spirit’s “Taurus.” The latter act felt that Jimmy Page overheard their jam at a festival they both performed at. Turns out the judge believes Page didn’t, in fact, rip them off when writing the “Stairway to Heaven” intro. Don’t worry, guitarists. You can keep flaunting your skills at bonfires and BBQs alike. [Vulture]
As we reported in an earlier Music Dispatch, Ticketmaster made a big error and owes most everyone who has ever used their service a gift: “free” concert tickets. It’s a result of overpriced fees, something the company has been guilty of for over two decades. The shows you’re allowed to get free tickets to, though, kinda suck. Leave it to Stephen Colbert to rip the ticket giant into pieces for their less-than-appealing list of offers. “What gives Ticketmaster? If I wanted to see a lame Guns N’ Roses cover band, I’d go and see Guns N’ Roses,” he said on Thursday night’s episode. Ooof. We can feel that burn from here. [Rolling Stone]
In less than two weeks, Blink-182 will release their first new album in five years. We’ve already heard two singles, but the newest one, “No Future,” finds peace between the two. It’s a catchy, somewhat slow chorus that sees Travis Barker flaunting what he’s so good at without showing off. Meanwhile, Mark Hoppus finds a melodious middle ground with Matt Skiba, the replacement for Tom DeLonge. Give it a listen above. [Rolling Stone]
If you still haven’t heard Weaves‘ debut LP, now’s a great time to start listening. The Toronto art rock-meets-punk act recently were asked to perform five songs for CBC Music. The quartet decided to do their First Play Live session in, of all places, the Allan Gardens Conservatory, a lush greenhouse that sits in one of Toronto’s oldest parks. CBC Music went above and beyond in their filming techniques, highlighting the quirks and giddiness of songs like “One More” and “Coo Coo.” Best of all, they captured the surprises their sets often hold; this time, that meant bassist Zach Bines falling into a bed of flowers. [CBC]
If nothing else, 2016 will be remembered as the year plenty of indie rock staples returned from nowhere. Devendra Banhart marks a return to the scene with “Middle Names,” a gorgeous number that starts out with softly plucked guitar akin to Jose Gonzalez. It comes off of Ape In Pink Marble, due out September 23 via Nonesuch. Give the song a listen above and kick your feet up to enjoy its relaxing mood on a Friday. [Stereogum]
Jenny Lewis, Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Forster, and The Like’s Tennessee Thomas teamed up out of nowhere this year to form NAF, or Nice As Fuck. The supergroup sees all three members punching their way through contagious, fun, spiffy indie rock that finds a hold both in punk stylings and folk sentimentality. The trio decided today was the day to drop their self-titled album in full, and so they did. Give all nine tracks a listen above via Spotify. [Nerdist]
That’s it for today. Enjoy the weekend and we’ll see you back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch!
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