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Michael Been, Frontman of The Call, Dies at 60

Michael Been, vocalist and guitarist of ‘80s band The Call, and father of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Robert Been, passed away today in Belgium, after suffering a heart attack backstage. Been was on tour with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, acting as their sound engineer. He was 60.

The Call erupted on the scene with a passionate sound and a strong political message, and earned numerous hits, including “The Walls Came Down,” “I Still Believe (Great Design)” and “Let the Day Begin,” which climbed to #1 on the Rock chart. Their fans included Peter Gabriel, Robbie Robertson, and Bono, all contributing to albums, and Gabriel deeming them “the future of American music.

Been was not only the father of Robert Been but a significant part of BRMC’s development. Often referenced as their fourth member, Been spent countless hours in the studio acting in many roles from mentor and guide, to helping the now internationally revered band capture their sound to tape. He acted as co-producer and engineer on numerous BRMC albums and was their loyal sound engineer for as many years.


Wait. Think. Fast. Selected by KCRW As “Today’s Top Tune”

KCRW is exclusively premiering “Leymah Contra Los Diablos” by LA-based bilingual indie rockers Wait. Think. Fast. as “Today’s Top Tune.” The song, a duet by frontwoman Jacqueline Santillan with special guest Ceci Bastida (ex-member of iconic Mexican punk band Tijuana No and formerly of Julieta Venegas’s band), is culled from the band’s forthcoming LP, Luces del Sur, which will be available digitally this Tuesday August 10 with a physical release following on September 7.

“Leymah Contra Los Diablos” will be played throughout the day on 89.9 FM in LA and can be downloaded for free on HERE.

Luces del Sur made a strong debut at specialty radio last week coming in at #9 on the FMQB album chart where it tied with Admiral Radley (ex-Grandaddy + Earlimart) and trumped R.E.M., Jenny and Johnny and Suckers. The LP was produced in Tucson by Craig Schumacher, best known for his work with Neko Case, Calexico and Iron & Wine.

Existing at the intersection between two vibrant Angeleno music communities, the well-entrenched indie rock scene and the burgeoning Latino scene, Wait. Think. Fast. is a unique hybrid of these two distinct worlds, playing inspired, big-hearted indie rock with a South American twist.

Frightened Rabbit Make Some “Confetti” for The Onion’s AV Club

A cover song is always fun to hear but what makes a truly successful cover is when a musician is able to take a song written by someone else and make it their own. The Onion AV Club has been running a great series called “Undercover” recently where established bands tackle a list of 25 songs that the AV clubbers chose. Back in May, Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit was in Chicago and performed a heart-tugging rendition of The Lemonheads’ “Confetti.” True to his nature, he transformed the song into a much sadder version and filled it with, as he put it, his “typical Scottish glumness” on it and “spread it over like nasty butter.” Check out the results below.

KCRW Premieres Tallest Trees’ “Alouette” As “Today’s Top Tune”

We are thrilled to share, KCRW has elected to premiere “Alouette” by up-and-coming Nashville duo Tallest Trees as “Today’s Top Tune.”

The track, described by KCRW as possessing “jangled harmonies” and “offbeat rhythms,” will be played throughout the day on 89.9 FM in LA and can be downloaded for free on their site HERE. The playful and jubilant song pairs a toy piano with call and response vocals and unbridled percussion resulting in a perfect summertime anthem.
“Alouette” is from the band’s exciting forthcoming debut LP, The Ostrich or The Lark, due for release August 17 on Other Electricities.

Frightened Rabbit Makes National Television Debut on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” Last Night

Fresh from ending their wildly successful North American tour, Frightened Rabbit capped it all off with their national television debut on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” last night, May 25. Scott Hutchison and co. delivered a rousing rendition of their feverish kiss-off anthem “Nothing Like You” from this year’s The Winter of Mixed Drinks. The band are back across the pond at home readying for a show with Snow Patrol as well as several UK and European festival dates. They will return to the states for their Lollapalooza debut in August. Check out the lads in action on Fallon below.

Everest Perform Acoustic Version of “Let Go” on WNRN

Everest is currently on tour with Minus the Bear and playing their new album, On Approach, for packed house. While on the road in Charlottesville, the guys stopped by WNRN and performed a great acoustic version of lead track, “Let Go.” Check it out below.

Everest Premieres Video for New Single, “Let Go” On Spinner Today

At the heart of it, Everest is composed of five singer-songwriters, which may explain why bands like Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Neil Young have all enjoyed taking them out on the road with them. When it comes to Everest’s actual songbook, having too many cooks in the kitchen doesn’t hurt, either — it just adds flavor.

Frontman Russell Pollard tells Spinner that, of the batch of songs that form their new album ‘On Approach,’ the lead track ‘Let Go’ was originally the odd man out. “It started off as a riff Jason [Soda] came up with and over time we kept tweaking it and it kept morphing,” he says. “We then added a second drum kit and the song developed into what it is now. It’s become our favorite to play live … for me especially, since I get to return to my roots as a drummer and play alongside Davey [Latter], while singing.”

As for the video, like Everest themselves, there’s a lot going on all at once. But the end result is a feast for the eyes as well as ears. Check it out below.


April 26 – Columbus, Ohio @ Newport Music Hall
April 28 – Covington, Ky. @ The Madison Theatre
April 29 – Buffalo, N.Y. @ Town Ballroom
April 30 – Hartford, Conn. @ Webster Theatre
May 5 – Boston, Mass. @ Wilbur Theatre
May 6 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Trocadero
May 7 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
May 8 – Richmond, Va. @ The National
May 9 – Charlotte, N.C. @ The Fillmore
May 10 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Variety Playhouse
May 11 – Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. @ Revolution
May 12 – Tampa, Fl. @ The Ritz Theatre
May 14 – Houston, Texas @ House of Blues
May 15 – Dallas, Texas @ Granada Theater
May 16 – Austin, Texas @ La Zona Rosa
May 18 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Sunshine Theater
May 19 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ House of Blues
May 20 – Los Angeles, Ca. @ Mayan Theatre
May 21 – Pomona, Ca. @ Glass House
May 22 – San Diego, Ca. @ SOMA
May 23 – Tempe, Ariz. @ Marquee Theatre
May 26 – San Francisco, Ca. @ Regency Ballroom
May 27 – Reno, Nev. @ Knitting Factory
May 28 – Portland, Ore. @ Roseland Theater
June 13 – Manchester, Tenn. @ Bonnaroo Festival *

* w/o Minus The Bear