SUBMIT A TIP | Fax # 309-839-4126
LISTEN LIVE
ABC - Alternative Rock
Subscribe To This Feed

Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesDavid Crosby won't be finding a way back to the garden: The folk-rock legend believes that Woodstock 50 will not take place next month as scheduled.

During an interview to promote his new documentary, David Crosby: Remember My Name, which hits theaters on Friday, ABC Radio asked Crosby if he knew anything about the status of the troubled festival , since he was among the many acts originally scheduled to perform at the event.

"It's not happening," Crosby declared. "It's dead."

The 77-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, who also performed at the original 1969 Woodstock as a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, added, "There is a person in that situation who is a scammer, and has always been a scammer, and he scammed this."

Asked if he was referring to promoter Michael Lang, who's at the center of the effort to keep Woodstock 50 alive, Crosby wouldn't name names.

Earlier this week, the town of Vernon, New York, denied an appeal by Lang and others involved in Woodstock 50 to hold the event at the Vernon Downs racetrack.

The originally announced site of the festival, Watkins Glen International racetrack in Watkins Glen, New York, pulled out of the event several weeks ago after permit problems and issues with the festival's financial backers.

Woodstock 50 is still scheduled to be held August 16-18, exactly 50 years after the original festival, but that seems unlikely, as there's less than a month to go and it still doesn't have a venue.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Michael Bezjian/Getty ImagesLast year, original Filter members Richard Patrick and Brian Liesegang announced that they'd be reuniting to record a new album, their first together since the band's 1995 debut, Short Bus. Now, those plans have been canceled.

The duo had planned to fund the record -- working title: reBus -- through the crowd-funding site PledgeMusic, but the site filed for bankruptcy earlier this year after reports that artists were not being paid in a timely manner.

"reBus is noBus!!!" reads a Filter Facebook post. "Due to the PledgeMusic debacle there will be no reBus record featuring Brian Liesagang."

Liesegang left Filter in 1997, two years after the release of Short Bus and its lead single, "Hey Man, Nice Shot."

Meanwhile, Filter will release a 20th anniversary edition of their 1999 sophomore album Title of Record on August 9.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Randy HolmesShe's already teamed up with her idol Justin Bieber, but now another one of Billie Eilish's musical heroes wants to collaborate with her: rapper Tyler, the Creator.

Speaking to Apple Music's Beats 1, Tyler reveals that he's a fan of the "bad guy" singer.

"I want to work with her," he says. "I don't know what the f*** we would make. Even if it don't come out, if it's trash, I still just want to see what we could do."

Billie has yet to respond to Tyler's offer.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Credit: Lauren PerryI Don't Know How But They Found Me, led by ex-Panic! at the Disco bassist Dallon Weekes, has been making noise with the single "Choke." Speaking to The Aquarian, Weekes says that a full-length debut album is also in the works.

"The songs are demoed and we're just waiting to go," Weekes says. "It will not take long to record."

As for the sound of the record, Weekes explains that "genre-wise, the album will wander around a bit."

"We are not concerned with sticking to genres," he says. "I just want to write and record music I want to listen to. The music is all over the place and yet cohesive."

"Choke" peaked at number 13 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart. You can catch iDKHOW live on tour opening for Silversun Pickups.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Loma Vista Iggy Pop has announced a new album called Free. The 18th solo effort from the Godfather of Punk is due out September 6.

The mostly instrumental Free title track is available now via digital outlets.

Free was recorded with jazz artist Leron Thomas and guitar instrumentalist Noveller. It follows Pop's 2016 album Post Pop Depression, which he recorded in collaboration with Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme.

"By the end of the tours following Post Pop Depression, I felt sure that I had rid myself of the problem of chronic insecurity that had dogged my life and career for too long," Pop says.

"But I also felt drained. And I felt like I wanted to put on shades, turn my back, and walk away. I wanted to be free." 

He continues, "So this album just kind of happened to me, and I let it happen."

Here's the Free track list:

"Free"
"Loves Missing"
"Sonali"
"James Bond"
"Dirty Sanchez"
"Glow in the Dark"
"Page"
"We Are the People"
"Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night"
"The Dawn"

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Image Group LAIn 2018, Twenty One PilotsBlurryface became the first album ever to have every song RIAA-certified. Now, the duo has achieved that feat again with 2013's Vessel.

According to the band's label, every song on Vessel has now earned gold, platinum or multi-platinum certification. The closing track, "Truce," was the last tune to reach that milestone, having just been certified gold.

As for the other tracks, "Car Radio" is double-platinum; "Holding on to You," "House of Gold" and "Migraine" are platinum; and "Ode to Sleep," "Guns for Hands," "Fake You Out," "Semi-Automatic," "Trees," "Screen" and "The Run and Go" are gold.

Twenty One Pilots are now the first act to notch two completely RIAA-certified albums.

The most recent Twenty One Pilots album is 2018's Trench. You can catch them live at Lollapalooza and Outside Lands in August, and they'll launch a U.S. headlining tour October 9 in Tampa, Florida.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Randy HolmesShinedown frontman Brent Smith and guitarist Zach Myers will be the guests during an upcoming installment of New York City cultural and community center 92Y's ongoing 92Y Talk series.

The event, taking place September 12, will include an acoustic performance from the duo, as well as an audience Q&A and a conversation moderated by comedian Chris Porter.

According to a press release, Smith and Myers will be "sharing personal insights into their musical journey and discussing the inspirations behind Shinedown's celebrated catalogue and new music."

For ticket info, visit 92Y.org.

Smith, Myers and the rest of Shinedown are currently touring the U.S. in support of their new album ATTENTION ATTENTION, which features the singles "DEVIL," "GET UP" and "MONSTERS."

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Credit: Pamela LittkyAlice in Chains has premiered the final episode of Black Antenna, a 10-part film project accompanying the band's Grammy-nominated album, Rainier Fog.

In the finale, which is soundtracked by the seven-minute Rainier Fog closing track "All I Am," we find out the fates of our heroes Alpha and Beta: two aliens disguised as humans trying to find a way to contact their home planet. We learn that a whole "ark" of Alpha and Beta's people is coming to earth, and we get a climactic showdown with the evil alien Nil.

You can watch the Black Antenna finale now on YouTube.

Black Antenna, which first premiered in March, was directed by Adam Mason and co-produced by Green Book co-writer Nick Vallelonga.

Alice in Chains launch a U.S. tour with Korn this Thursday, July 18 in Austin, Texas.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

RCA RecordsRed Hearse, the new band featuring Jack Antonoff, singer-songwriter Sam Dew and producer Sounwave, has released another single.

The group's latest cut is titled "Half Love," and is available now for digital download. You can also watch the accompanying video, starring St. Vincent, now on YouTube.

"Half Love" follows Red Hearse's debut singles "Red Hearse" and "Honey," which were released in June. A full-length debut album is due out sometime this summer.

Red Hearse will perform "Half Love" on NBC's The Tonight Show on Monday, July 22.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Randy HolmesNorthern Europe loves its heavy metal, as evidenced by Metallica's record-breaking show Tuesday in Hämeenlinna, Finland.

According to Live Nation Finland, 55,000 people attended the metal legends' sold-show at Kantola Event Park, breaking the venue's attendance record. It was also Metallica's biggest show ever in Finland.

That 55,000 figure is about one percent of Finland's overall population of 5.5 million. For perspective, one percent of the U.S. population -- 330 million -- is 3.3 million.

While in Finland, Metallica also donated 55,000 euros -- nearly $62,000 -- to the children's charity Hope.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Credit: Simon LipmanSnow Patrol's 2006 hit single "Chasing Cars" is the most-played song on U.K. radio of the 21st century so far.

That's according to the British music licensing company PPL, which presented Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody with an award in recognition of the song's accomplishment during a ceremony in London Tuesday.

"It's unbelievable," Lightbody told the BBC of the honor. "I'm not sure how that happened."

Speaking about the enduring love for "Chasing Cars," Lightbody said, "It's an emotionally open song and it's a simple song. But it's also unabashedly a love song, and we don't really have any others."

"The way it unifies an audience is the thing I most cherish about it," he added. "It's a beautiful moment every time you play it."

"Chasing Cars" peaked at number six on the U.K. Official Singles Chart, and stayed in top 75 on the tally for an impressive 94 weeks. It was already U.K. radio's most-played song of the 21st century in 2009.

In the U.S., "Chasing Cars" reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100. Its popularity was in part boosted by its use in the season two finale of Grey's Anatomy.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Randy HolmesBishop Briggs has dropped a new single called "Champion," which was co-written by K.Flay.

In a statement, Bishop explains that "Champion" came out of a period when her "self-esteem was at an all-time low."

"As a woman, I feel like I have been socially trained to be so many things at once -- sexy yet sweet, confident yet humble, independent yet submissive, smart but not too smart -- the list is never ending," the "River" singer explains. "Writing this song helped me look at the question -- 'What if I could just be myself?'"

"What if there was a world where my vulnerability was what made me powerful?" she continues. "What if there was a day I could proudly, without hesitation, look in the mirror and say, 'I am a champion,' purely because I'm choosing to be myself? 'Champion' is about accepting yourself today, as you are."

The tune is available now for digital download, and is also accompanied by a video that finds Briggs beating the crap out of people in a bar fight, among other action movie stunts. You can watch the video now on YouTube.

"Champion" follows Bishop's 2018 single "Baby." She also released her full-length debut album Church of Scars last year.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Credit: Clay Patrick McBrideLive has teamed up with the California-based brewery Alosta Brewing to release a new signature craft beer.

Called Throwing Copper Ale, the 5.3 percent ABV brew is described as a "union of the caramel toffee-like sweetness of English barley and the bitterness of Nobel hops." The name, of course, is a reference to Live's multi-platinum 1994 album, Throwing Copper.

"Considering Live's amazing and blessed career of over 25 years and its countless highlights, it can be pretty challenging to find things that we have yet to accomplish or try anew," says frontman Ed Kowalczyk in a statement.

"So when Alosta Brewing Co. approached us with the idea of Throwing Copper Ale, we jumped at the chance to do something we hadn't done before," he continues. "Marrying a classic ale and a classic album like Throwing Copper was a no-brainer! So Cheers and Bottoms Up baby!"

You can pre-order Throwing Copper Ale now via Freaks4Live.com, and it will ship in October.

In addition to a signature beer, Live is spending the summer celebrating the 25th anniversary of Throwing Copper on a co-headlining tour with Bush, which continues July 26 in Appleton, Wisconsin. They're also releasing a 25th anniversary reissue of Throwing Copper, featuring three bonus tracks, this Friday, July 19.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Randy HolmesShinedown is auctioning a pair of unique experiences and items to benefit the Beacon Children's Hospital.

The lot includes four all-access passes to a Shinedown show of your choice on the band's fall tour, as well as framed guitar picks accompanied by original art by Marissa Alvarez, who recently collaborated with the band on their animated "MONSTERS" video.

"Helping children is something that we hold very dear to hearts," says frontman Brent Smith. "We would like to show the BCH some love for helping children in need, including Marissa's daughter."

The auction will be open until July 30. Visit CharityBuzz.com for more info.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Randy HolmesCatfish and the Bottlemen have premiered the video for "Conversation," a single from the band's new album, The Balance.

The clip is a collage of photos from Catfish's private archives, and captures the band together both on and off the stage. You can watch it now on YouTube.

The Balance, Catfish's third studio album, was released in April. It also features the lead single "Longshot."

Catfish and the Bottlemen will launch a U.S. headlining tour this fall starting September 24 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Christos Kalohoridis/NetflixThe Umbrella Academy is among the nominees for the 71st Emmy Awards, which were announced Tuesday.

The Netflix show, a live-action adaptation of the comic books series of the same name created by My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way, earned recognition in two categories. The premiere episode, "We Only See Each Other at Weddings and Funerals," is up for Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour or More), while the season finale "The White Violin" will compete in the Outstanding Special Visual Effects category.

The Umbrella Academy -- which stars Ellen Page, Tom Hopper and Emmy Raver-Lampman, among others -- premiered on Netflix in February. It's since been renewed for a second season.

The 2019 Emmys air live Sunday, September 22 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. For the full list of nominees visit Emmys.com.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Epitaph RecordsThe All-American Rejects have returned with three new songs.

The tracks -- "Send Her to Heaven," "Gen Why? (DGAF)" and "Demons" -- make up a new EP, which is streaming now on YouTube. Lead single "Send Her to Heaven," born out of a writing session with Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, is accompanied by a video that follows a young women's crazy night out.

The EP follows AAR's 2017 singles "Sweat" and "Close Your Eyes." The band's most recent album is 2012's Kids in the Street.

You can catch The All-American Rejects live this weekend at the 25th anniversary Warped Tour concert in Mountain View, California.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Fred WatkinsEarlier this month, Foo Fighters surprise-released a new EP featuring two live tracks recorded in 1995, and one from 2000. Dave Grohl and company are now diving into their archives again for a series of live videos and another EP from a pair of past shows in London.

The videos were filmed during the Foos' show at Wembley Stadium in 2008, and include performance of "The Pretender," "Cheer Up, Boys (Your Make Up Is Running)," "Times Like These" and "No Way Back."

Meanwhile, the new EP was recorded at the Roundhouse in 2011, and features live versions of "The Pretender," "White Limo," "Arlandria," "Walk," "These Days" and "Everlong."

Along with the first live EP, the Foos launched their Foo Fighters Story campaign, which invites you to submit a story about what the band means to you. You can share yours now via FooFighters.com/your-story.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

dBpm RecordsWilco will release a new album called Ode to Joy on October 4.

The 11-track effort features the lead single "Love is Everywhere (Beware)," which you'll get as an instant download when you pre-order the record.

Ode to Joy is Wilco's 11th studio effort, and the first since 2016's Schmilco.

Wilco will launch a North American in support of Ode to Joy October 8 in Toronto.

Here's the Ode to Joy track list:

"Bright Leaves"
"Before Us"
"One and a Half Stars"
"Quiet Amplifier"
"Everyone Hides"
"White Wooden Cross"
"Citizens"
"We Were Lucky"
"Love Is Everywhere (Beware)"
"Hold Me Anyway"
"An Empty Corner"

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Randy HolmesAlabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard has premiered a new song called "Stay High," which will appear on her upcoming debut solo album, Jaime.

The tune is accompanied by a video starring Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor and America's Got Talent host Terry Crews, who plays a factory worker going about his day and returning home to his family.

"This video is shot in my home town of Athens, Alabama. The actors are my family and friends," Howard explains. "Terry Crews plays a man who isn't out to change the world, he plays a man who just wants to come home to those who understand and love him best. We see his inner beauty, grace and humanity in a place that is so often misunderstood."

"I got an email from the Brittany Howard, asking me to be a part of a song she wrote that was all about her dad and how special he was to the family," Crews adds.

"And she poured her heart out in this letter. I couldn't believe it. Brittany was like, 'we can shoot it in L.A.,' and I said, 'No, I'm coming to you, we're going to Alabama. We're going to where you grew up, to where your family is."

The video is dedicated to Howard's father K.J. Howard, who also makes a cameo in the clip. You can watch it streaming now on YouTube.

Jaime, which also features the previously released song "History Repeats," is due out September 20. Howard will launch a North American tour in support of the album August 17 in Asheville, North Carolina.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments