The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted another slew of notable musical acts this past Saturday, including Ringo Starr, Lou Reed, Green Day, Joan Jett, and Bill Withers. The five-and-a-half hour ceremony will air May 30 on HBO, but we can save you the extensive time stamp now. Dave Grohl joined Jett for an energetic performance of “Cherry Bomb”. Beck and a very pregnant Karen O covered Lou Reed. Ringo Starr gave the best advice of the night: “When you’re in a van and you fart, own up.” (Young bands, take note).
Arguably the most talked about addition was Lou Reed’s posthumous induction. Just like she did when The Velvet Underground were inducted in 1996, Patti Smith read a heartfelt essay on Lou Reed’s importance, this time as a solo artist. Experimental musician Laurie Anderson, his partner of 20 years and wife of five, also closed the evening with an incredibly insightful and touching essay where we learn about his album with Metallica, and that he practiced dancing, and was a warrior of tai chi. She also read three rules to living that she and Reed came up with: “And the first is, one: Don’t be afraid of anyone. Now can you imagine living your life afraid of no one? Two: Get a really good bullshit detector. And three: Be really, really tender. And with those three things, you don’t need anything else.” Read their speeches, watch Patti Smith cry, and feel your heart swell. Are these words too blurry to read right now? It’s okay; we’re tearing up, too. Grab a tissue and show it to your fellow music-loving friends. Words this beautiful are meant to be shared. [Rolling Stone]
Speaking of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, last year’s tear-jerker inductee, Nirvana, continues to get heaps of never-ending love. Robotic Empire released a new Nirvana tribute compilation on Record Store Day this year because, ya know, Nirvana inspired everyone. Titled Whatever Nevermind, the album features enigmatic covers from the likes of Boris, Kylesa, Touché Amoré, and more, including a cover of “In Bloom” by Torche that will blow your speakers out. No need to get antsy. You can stream it in full right now. [Pitchfork]
NPR’s First Listen is swinging with some serious speed this week. The music stream service has Mew’s +-, Jackson Scott‘s Sunshine Redux, and Braids’ Deep In The Iris all up for streaming a week before they drop. Best of all, they have Paul de Jong’s excellent debut IF. As one half of found sound defunct duo The Books, de Jong uses audio from old VHS tapes and gorgeous cello to make poignant songs that are equal parts absurd and insightful. Don’t skip over it.
The internet was cooking up something eggs-tra good, too. A hacker took over Prince’s social media this weekend and posted about, of all things, omelettes. To be honest, we wouldn’t be that surprised if “BrinG OmEleTTEs TO My NeXT sHOw, fREE EnTry” was real. We’re disappointed Denny’s Twitter account didn’t seize the opportunity to crack some egg-cellent responses. [Pigeons and Planes]
Age is but a number. No one has reminded us how true this is recently more than teen rock band The Warning. All three sisters, Alejandra, Paulina, and Dany, have been playing for most of their lives. Their cover of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” is the perfect testament to their talent. It’s Paulina’s ferocious drumming in particular that proves you’re never too young to melt some faces. Check it out below.
Spoon recently released a demo version of “Inside Out” off 2014’s return to fame album They Want My Soul. In it, the original bass-heavy synth number sees piano throwing melancholic chords beneath Britt Daniel’s pained voice, ditching the heavy production altogether for something much sparser. Leave it to Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon to take that cut and whip it into something even more emotionally taxing. The stripped-down cover sees Vernon reducing the song to a lonely piano ballad. The accompanying video sees him playing it alone, in the woods, at nighttime, in dramatic lighting. Naturally. [Pitchfork]
It’s not yet time to forget about Coachella, either. The festival’s second weekend saw a slew of surprise musicians show up onstage. Drake brought out Nicki Minaj for a hug (not a sloppy, praying mantis, Madonna kiss), Florence and the Machine brought out Father John Misty to make up for her broken foot, and The Weeknd brought out some random rising musician named Kanye West to perform “All Day”. Coachella may be a bit of an eyeroll for its scene, but the music surprises never fail to impress.
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