At a recent show in Vienna, Austria Bob Dylan took a tumble and did was he rarely does, talk to the crowd. He voiced displeasure and struck a mock pose after some fans documented the moment with their smartphones. The Decemberists are organizing a benefit show in Portland, Oregon for super-producer Tucker Martine, whose vintage gear was stolen from the studio he owns with his wife Laura Viers. Tom Morello is behind a petition to name the recently-photographed supermassive black hole after Audioslave bandmate and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. Streams of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" have gone way up after the photo came out.
In this hour, we trot across the continent from the story of a payphone in Columbia, MO, to a rapidly changing neighborhood in Nashville, TN. Plus the story of a box of postcards, never sent to their final destination.
Streaming for Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" and "Supermassive Black Hole" by British prog-rock trio Muse have gone through the roof after photo of an actual supermassive black hole came out last week. Aretha Franklin was awarded a posthumous Pulitzer for her five decades while LA sound designer Ellen Reid won the coveted Pulitzer for music this year for composing an opera about sexual assault. Spotify drops two Kurt Vile songs- a live version of "Loading Zones" and a cover of the Rolling Stone's "No Expectations." Mick Jagger posts an Instagram of himself among some beautiful flowers with the caption, "A Walk in the Park," signaling to fans that he made it through heart valve surgery in New York last week just fine.
Americana treasure John Prine threw quite a party and performed a career-spanning set at a historic theater in hip Brooklyn Saturday night to mark the one-year anniversary of his critically-hailed The Tree of Forgiveness. The Cincinnati married folk duo Over The Rhine have announced the lineup for their self-curated Nowhere Else Festival, which happens next month on their Ohio farm and features James McMurtry, John Paul White, Birds of Chicago and Leigh Nash. Nick Cave says policing rock's morality might wind up being a good thing for the genre.
Neil Young and his longtime backing band Crazy Horse are getting together for their first album together in seven years. The memorial service for slain LA rapper and community philanthropist Nipsey Hussle is being live streamed today. At a town hall for songwriters in Nashville, the head of a songwriter's association urged consumers to ditch Spotify in favor of Apple Music because of Spotify's appeal of a Copyright Board decision that increases royalties to songwriters and publishers. A GoFundMe has been launched for Pacific Northwest super producer Tucker Martine and his wife Laura Viers, whose insurance company won't reimburse for the $70,000 worth of gear stolen recently from their new studio.
It's "Opera from the Inside". Fargo Moorhead Opera Artistic Director David Hamilton talks with cast members and the Director of their production of Carmen. It was composed by Georges Bizet, and according to Wikipedia "Bizet achieved few successes before his final work, Carmen, which has become one of the most popular and frequently performed works in the entire opera repertoire." This conversation talks about the appeal of the music and story, and give us some samples a
Music News: Bob Dylan goes full-on hipster in Nashville as he gets ready to open his Heaven's Door Whiskey Distillery and Center For the Arts in the fall of next year. Twitter removes Trump clip because the producers didn't get permission from Warner Bros. to use Hans Zimmier's Dark Knight Rises score. Widespread Panic pinch hits for Fleetwood Mac, who was subbing for The Rolling Stones at Jazz Fest.