Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sights and sounds: Robert Plant, Joan Jett, The Knack, Conor Oberst

Good morning everybody! Here is the latest roundup of news to share...

Robert Plant's new album, lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar, will be released September 9, 2014 on Nonesuch/ Warner Bros. Records. Produced by Plant, the album is his label debut and features 11 new recordings, nine of which are original songs written by Plant with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters-Justin Adams: bendirs, djembe, guitars, tehardant, background vocals; John Baggott: keyboards, loops, moog bass, piano, tabal, background vocals; Juldeh Camara: kologo, ritti, Fulani vocals; Billy Fuller: bass, drum programming, omnichord, upright bass; Dave Smith: drum set; and Liam "Skin" Tyson: banjo, guitar, background vocals. Pre-orders are available at and include a limited-edition print and an instant download of "Rainbow," which will be released as a digital single on June 24. The track is streaming now at NPR MusicA trailer for the album is available now.

You can get many more details on Plant and his upcoming project at George A. Paul's Music Minded blog here.

Say it ain't so! Joan Jett is really set to appear on a Lifetime network movie (Big Driver, based on based on Stephen King’s horror novella,). Read more here.

Can you believe The Knack's "My Sharona" is really 35 years old? The song ultimately took on far more significance than anyone would have realized back in 1979. Read the full story here.

Finally, watch Conor Oberst perform a Tiny Desk set courtesy of NPR here.

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