There’s a moment on the Beatles’ new “Super Deluxe” edition of the White Album that sums up all the glories of their 1968 masterpiece. And weirdly, that moment is “Good Night.” There’s always been something mysterious about “Good Night” — the album’s orchestral finale. It’s a tender ballad from John, one he always meant for Ringo Starr to sing, without ever explaining to Ringo (or anyone else) why. Many fans dismissed it as a coy joke. But it nearly steals the show on the new box set, in a previously unheard outtake where all four Beatles sing it together. John, Paul, George and Ringo harmonize the “good night, sleep tight” refrain, over John’s folkie finger-picking. It’s hard to believe this great version sat in the vaults all these years, gathering dust. But after you hear John play “Good Night” on guitar, the song is no joke at all — it feels instead like a cry from the … [Read more...] about The Beatles’ New White Album: Why ‘Good Night’ Is a Gloriously Weird Revelation
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There’s a certain romance that surrounds the Mavericks. Maybe it’s their Latin-tinged party sound. Maybe it’s Raul Malo’s enveloping tenor. Or maybe it’s just because somewhere right now, babies are no doubt being made to their music. Whatever the reason, the Miami-born, Nashville-based group is arguably the Last Great Romantic Band. “Yes!” shouts guitarist Eddie Perez when that moniker is floated. He mimes a mariachi guitar strum. “Resistance is futile! You too will fall,” says Malo, breaking into a warm laugh. With chilled Patrón poured in plastic cups, the mood at the Mavericks’ “clubhouse,” an inviting space in a Nashville warehouse out of which Malo’s wife Betty operates her jewelry business, is decidedly light. The guys — Malo, Perez and drummer Paul Deakin and keys man Jerry Dale McFadden — sip their tequila, crack jokes and quote lines from the Jack Black Mexican wrestling parody … [Read more...] about The Mavericks Dance the Pain Away on New Album ‘Mono’
From Carly Rae Jepsen and Lizzo to Bruce Springsteen, Vampire Weekend and Billie Eilish, the new episode of Rolling Stone Music Now podcast takes a look taste of 2019’s best albums so far. Rob Sheffield, Brittany Spanos, and Jon Dolan join host Brian Hiatt to take a look at the year in music and share some personal picks. To hear the entire episode, press play above or download and subscribe on iTunes or Spotify. Here’s the full list of albums mentioned on the episode: Lizzo’s ebullient breakthrough Cuz I Love You, Billie Eilish’s smash When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Sharon Van Etten’s synth-y detour Remind Me Tomorrow, Philadelphia punk band’s Mannequin Pussy’s turn toward songcraft on Patience, Carly Rae Jepsen’s strong Emotion follow-up Dedicated, indie-rocker Stef Chura’s hook-laden Midnight, Bruce Springsteen’s solo LP Western Stars, Priests’ politically charged The Seduction of … [Read more...] about What Are 2019’s Best Albums So Far?
Laura Jane Grace and her new band the Devouring Mothers will embark on a short Midwest tour this November in support of their debut album, which is expected to arrive this fall via Bloodshot Records. The seven-date trek kicks off November 2nd at the Rock Island Brewing Company in Rock Island, Illinois. Grace and the Devouring Mothers will also play in Indiana and Michigan, before wrapping with three shows at three different venues in Chicago, November 8th, 18th and 29th. Tickets for the tour go on sale August 3rd at 10 a.m. Grace offered few details about her first album with the Devouring Mothers, including a release date and title. She formed the band with drummer Atom Willard – who has played in Against Me!, the Offspring and Angels and Airwaves – and bassist Marc Jacob Hudson, best known as a recordist and mixer who has worked on albums by Against Me!, Saves the Day, Taking Back Sunday and more. On Twitter, Grace said of the new project, “I recorded an album. … [Read more...] about Laura Jane Grace Announces Tour, Album With New Band
Bob Seger will return from an eight-year recording hiatus on October 14th with the release of his new LP Ride Out. The album’s first single, a cover of John Hiatt’s “Detroit Made,” was released to radio over the weekend. No track listing has been announced, but a press release indicates it will also contain a cover of Wilco and Billy Bragg’s “California Stars” and “All The Roads,” an original song Seger debuted on tour in 2013. “I feel really good about this record,” Seger said in a statement. “This album touches on how I think a lot of us feel about finding our place in a more complicated world – from how we appreciate things as simple and pure as love, to navigating through the corruption and violence that permeates the news. It sums up a lot of feelings I have about a variety of subjects.” Seger largely disappeared from public view after wrapping up a tour in support of his 1995 LP It’s A … [Read more...] about Turn the Page: Bob Seger to Release First Album in Eight Years This Fall