The Wrap-Up: This Week in Music + 12 Cuts
The Wrap-Up brings you the 5 largest music news stories of the week, as well as information about new album and music video releases. This week: a lineup from your favorite alt-rock station, a book announcement, and the passing of a great.
Chris Cornell dies at 52
This week, we lost a legend. Chris Cornell, frontman of pioneering grunge band Soundgarden and Grammy-nominated supergroup Audioslave, took his own life on Thursday at the age of 52. As Soundgarden’s lead vocalist, Cornell brought grunge to prominence in the 1990s with the likes of Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Cornell’s artistry and unforgettable voice leave an indelible legacy on alt-rock and the world.
WBRU’s Summer Concert Series lineup released
Rock out with WBRU this summer! Our free concert series is coming back to Waterplace Park, and, not to brag, but the lineup is inSANE. Check out the lineup announcement above!
Jack White announces release of children’s book
Jack White’s always up to something. This week, the former White Stripes vocalist announced that he’ll be publishing We’re Going To Be Friends, a children’s book based on the White Stripes song of the same name. The book will feature illustrations by Elinor Blake, who worked as an animator on Ren and Stimpy, and is slated for a November 7 release. Pre-order a copy here for the kid in your life (or for yourself. We won’t judge).
Phantogram announce tour
Catch Phantogram on tour this summer! After playing a string of festival dates, the New York band is slated to tour the US and Canada with openers Miike Snow and Tycho. For every ticket purchased, Phantogram will donate $1 to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Itching to support a good cause and good music? Grab tickets to their Connecticut show here!
Courtney Barnett shares new track
Check out a new song by Courtney Barnett, “How to Boil an Egg.” The Australian singer-songwriter said of the track: “I used to perform this song at all the open mics when I was 21. It never got recorded, so for personal posterity I updated it and made this version recently when I was bunkered up in the bush doing some demos for my next album…I wanted to include a song of mine…that was a tad left of album-center. It’s a songwriting experiment that doesn’t really belong anywhere else.”