What do you do when you’ve got time to kill? Well, if you’re Paul McCartney, you throw a secret show to 300 people. The Beatles member surprised folks in Joshua Tree, California at an intimate gig, but that’s not the only news that’s got us grinning. Stevie Wonder did a great tribute to Prince, Radiohead are finally streaming the bonus disc of In Rainbows, Jason Charles Miller and Hannah Aldridge did a moving cover of “High and Dry,” Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel is selling original handmade drawings, Christine and the Queens took Fallon by storm.
If you didn’t hear, the company that runs Coachella formed a brand new festival called Desert Trip that brings every big-name classic rock act out to perform a crazy festival. It takes place over two weekends. Paul McCartney, who was billed to perform at both weekends, decided to pass the weekdays inbetween by playing a headlining show… at a dusty roadhouse in Joshua Tree. The venue, called Pappy & Harriet’s Place, hosts a tiny 300-capacticy room where the Beatles bassist performed. The set lasted for quite a while since he played 21 songs, including “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Lady Madonna,” “Back in the U.S.S.R.” and “Band on the Run.” Talk about a dive bar show to remember. [Consequence of Sound]
In the wake of Prince‘s unexpected death, the official Prince estate announced a tribute concert would be held to honor the icon. On Thursday the 13th, a bunch of musicians took the stage at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center to perform a slew of hits. Among those were Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan playing “1999.” Footage of the show makes it seem like one hell of a party, but then again, why wouldn’t it be? After all, this is Prince they’re honoring. [Pitchfork]
It’s not secret that Radiohead are heavily anti-streaming. Despite Thom Yorke‘s distaste for this way of listening to music, they’ve recently allowed several streaming services, including Spotify (whom Yorke compared to a “fart” a year ago), to play their music. Now Apple Music has the rights to stream the In Rainbows bonus disc, a well-loved release that features cuts like “Bangers + Mash” and “4 Minute Warning.” It’s worth noting that this year marks the first time the album has been made available for streaming, despite it’s original release allowing fans to download it for free. [Pitchfork]
Longtime producer and musician Jason Charles Miller just teamed up with Hannah Aldridge for a moving cover of Radiohead‘s classic single “High and Dry.” Better yet, they reimagine the song as an emotional country duet. The video plays up their collaborative charm. The two sit back to back in an empty bar. Suddenly, a mirror image shows them both playing guitar to one another, the images overlaid. Even people who don’t like country will find themselves singing along. Check it out above.
Without making a peep, Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel began selling original handmade drawings. According to the band’s website, he started selling the new art close to the 10th, all of which are a part of a large series called “the book cipher sings.” Mangum has been selling original drawings on the band’s website since 2005, but these, according to fan speculations, may be leading up to a new album. It’s big if true. Head to Neutral Milk Hotel’s website to learn more. [Pitchfork]
Not every musician needs flashing lights and trippy visuals. French act Christine and the Queens took the stage on The Tonight Show during Thursday night’s show. The group performed “Tilted” from her self-titled debut album that dropped last year. Without missing a beat, the group stunned the audience. Not only were her vocals soaring, but she sang while dancing, her back-up dancers flexing and contorting in ways that somehow manage to be both beautiful and edgy. Check it out above to see what we mean. [Pitchfork]
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