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    Fun Size Trending Topics September 23, 2021. His Name? St. Dangerous Of Course CD929

On Tidbit Thursdays, we explore some recent stories in music news. Let’s go!

  • Olivia Rodrigo announced her second album GUTS, out September 8th. The lead single “Vampire” will be released tomorrow. Rodrigo says she feels like she experienced ten years of life between eighteen and twenty and is ready to spill her GUTS.
  • Elton John performed what he says is his final show at Glastonbury over the weekend.
  • Glastonbury scheduled Queens of the Stone Age to play a separate stage at the same time as Elton John’s last. They also played past curfew despite the chances of a $10,000 fine.
  • Lana Del Rey completed her set acapella after arriving late to perform, citing her hair as the reason.
  • Billed as The Churnups, Foo Fighters performed an unexpected set at Glastonbury.
  • Rick Astley surprised crowds at Glastonbury by covering a series of Smiths songs alongside Blossoms. Previously, Johnny Marr has stated his distaste for the Blossoms/Rick Astley covers (this is not the first time they’ve done a Smiths set) but fans were delighted.
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  • Johnny Marr may have been present to express his disapproval of the Astley/Blossoms set, as he was on-site playing with The Pretenders at the festival. Dave Grohl joined The Pretenders and Marr onstage for a performance of “Tattooed Love Boys.” Also hanging with The Pretenders at Glastonbury: Paul McCartney.
  • Vampire Weekend’s Chris Tomson has disclosed that they’re nearly finished with their new album, which will include raga singing from lead singer Ezra Koenig who studied the craft in rural Japan. Tomson has also teased that the new album may be their best work yet.
  • Rivers Cuomo of Weezer got to go behind the scenes at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last week. He excitedly shared on Instagram that he was able to see Buddy Holly’s high school diploma and the distortion pedal used regularly by Kurt Cobain. He also revealed his favorite Weezer album to Vulture, declaring it to be the band’s collection of SZNS EP. “Well, like many artists, I’m usually most excited about the thing I just made” says Cuomo.
  • Breeders are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their album Last Splash with two special record sets from the original analog tapes. They’re also going on tour playing the full album and will be making a stop here in Columbus, Ohio at KEMBA Live!

In Case You Missed It:

  • Local Natives released the emotional “Paradise.” Kelcey Ayer takes lead on the song, which he says was inspired by multiple miscarriages he and his wife experienced throughout the pandemic and recording of the band’s latest album. Ayer responds to the struggles he and his wife faced on “Paradise” as he declares that “paradise is on fire.”
  • Canadian indie rock band Fleece released their latest single “Do You Wanna Dance?” last week.
  • Blonde Redhead released “Melody Experiment” Tuesday.
  • Animal Collective released an almost-22-minute song called “Defeat.”
  • Greta Van Fleet released “The Falling Sky” from their upcoming album Starcatcher (out July 21st).
  • Public Image, Ltd released “Car Chase” ahead of their upcoming album End of the World, out August 11th. Frontman John Lydon has dedicated the album to his late wife, who lived with Alzheimers for her last few years, Lydon acting as her caregiver.
  • Daisy the Great released the sweet and clever “Looking U Up.”

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