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 band is back in the sun, a new generation of Bowie, a Muppet matchmaker, shaking up the White House, and an impromptu parade.
Violent Femmes perform on The Late Show
For their first television appearance in 16 years, Violent Femmes performed for Stephen Colbert on The Late Show on Tuesday night. Complete with brushes and a barbecue grill, the band presented late-night audiences with “Memory,” a single from We Can Do Anything (out March 4). In a bonus online video, Violent Femmes, featuring the vocal stylings of Colbert, rocked out to “Blister in the Sun.”
Lorde pays tribute to David Bowie
Lorde has always looked up to David Bowie, writing “I realized I was proud of my spiky strangeness because he had been proud of his,” in an essay about her first time meeting the legend. At the 2016 Brit Awards, she had the opportunity to honor Bowie alongside his own backing band. Following an instrumental medley of some of the rockstar’s biggest hits, Lorde delivered an outstanding rendition of “Life on Mars,” of which Bowie would have been extremely proud.
Jack White to appear on The Muppets season finale
Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy may have broken up back in August, but there might still be hope for America’s favorite Muppet couple! Jack White will pay the two a visit for The Muppets season finale, where he will hopefully patch things up between the two. Tune in to ABC on March 1 at 8 pm to see what happens. Perhaps he’ll help Kermit serenade his beloved pig.
Brittany Howard honors Ray Charles at the White House
This Wednesday, the Smithsonian honored the life and music of Ray Charles with a night of celebration at the White House. Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Demi Lovato, Andra Day, and Yolanda Adams gave a soulful performance of Charles’ “Heaven Help Us All.” Howard also helped wrap things up with “What’d I Say.” Watch the entire program here.
Dave Grohl jams with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in an elevator
Proving once again that he’s the coolest person on the face of the Earth, Dave Grohl joined the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in an elevator at the Grammys to crank out some signature New Orleans jazz. Accompanied by a wailing clarinet and glissing trombones, Grohl kept the beat on his bass drum. It turns out he had a lot of fun that night, touting a red Solo cup during the actual show.