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This week on NEXT. Benjamin Gibbard – Proxima B This is the first time the fully fleshed-out studio version of “Proxima B” has been released. “This one I wrote a while ago and I was going to have it out as a single for my solo tour this spring,” explains Gibbard. “It’s about a planet that was discovered deep, deep in the cosmos, called Proxima B. The three things you need to know about Proxima B to understand the song are: One, there’s a planet called Proxima B that they think has water on it. It’s somewhat Earth-like. Secondly, it orbits the star called Centauri. And three, there’s been a lot of talk of ‘Ooh, maybe we can get there at some point.’ So I wrote this song in response to that.”

Frank Turner. Must see live. This song was the closer of “different kind of live show for Frank”. For this concert he decided to chat about the stories behind the songs. “Be More Kind” is the perfect closer for this kind of concert. The message he leaves his audience with comes in the form of closing track ‘Be More Kind’, which seems to have soared in relevance over the last few months. It’s been twenty-five years since the four members of Travis – Fran Healy, Andy Dunlop, Dougie Payne, Neil Primrose – first set foot in a Glaswegian rehearsal. Travis are back with the first taste of brilliant new music from their emotionally charged & deeply heartfelt forthcoming ninth studio album 10 Songs

The album Holy Smokes Future Jokes by Blitzen Trapper takes the listener on a wild and dramatic journey through the Bardo, that transitional state between death and rebirth. The album’s ten songs take inspiration from several works, notably George Saunders’ 2017 Lincoln in the Bardo, which led to Bardo Thodol, more commonly known as theTibetan Book of the Dead. Ratboys are next. Gotta love those Chicago bands. The band started in a Notre Dame dorm room after meeting at freshman orientation in 2010.

This Philly band, 2nd Grade, jumps all over the place on this album. Power pop. Indie Rock. Punk. Beach Boys-eque. Most songs under 2 minutes. Green Day have been covering a song a week. During lockdown. This is another fun cover.

Monica Uhm talks about Anthem. “When I first wrote ‘Anthem’ over 20 years ago, I was scribbling words just based on what they meant to me and me alone. The older I get and the more I see, the more things come back to the simple truths in life. And that is the power and purpose of Love. Love to me is not warmth, it’s not smiles, it’s not butterflies. It’s grit. It’s strength. It’s TRUTH in action, in purpose. It’s the everlasting. In life we will be challenged and we will need to choose our fights. Love does not mean you don’t fight. In the end, only love will remain. Do you know that too? Say you do.” A few hashtags she’s been using. And I may have to steal —> Heavily borrow. #fightthegoodfight #lovewillprevail #standupinlove 

Staying in Westchester NY with a 5 piece cross genre band called Charlie Bikes. They meet in HS. 2 graduated last year. 3 of them just graduated from HS so it will be interesting to watch them grow. Can’t wait to hear more. They just released a full length too. Pokey LaFarge on his 8th studio album, talks (sings) about leaving St. Louis and hitting rock bottom. But mostly about hitting rock bottom. From the ashes of TV On The Radio another new band —> THE NEVERLY BOYS and the debut album is called Dark Side Of Everything. Dacey with a damn fine summer jam. Roll down the windows. Let the good people of the world hear the great music coming out of your speakers.

Cory Henry And The Funk Apostles follow with their latest song: Rise which includes these lyrics “…We all need to look at history – What we’ll find is, that it’s repeating uh huh – It won’t change ’til, we all come together. Tell the truth now – look it’s in the mirror…” Proceeds from song going to support civil rights group, Color of Change. The track, which is being released on Culture Collective, features lyrics focused on the issues of today with the band’s signature blend of uplifting soul and gospel. “I wrote this song to help inspire people all over the world to come together and Rise to make it a better world. There is no time more than right now that this is needed,” says Henry. “My hope is that this song lifts the spirits of everyone impacted by social injustice, the pandemic and all other challenges we face in the world today.”

Margo Price’s latest was produced by Sturgill Simpson and we here at NEXT are quite big fans of Sturgill. She also wrote an article about her quarantine experience for Vogue. Eddie Money finished out show this week. There will be a new biography about Mr Money look for it sometime in the near distant future.

It was tough before. Now more than ever we need to support these bands. Even something as simple as buying an album, or a ticket to a show (when live music comes back), or a tee shirt. And if you can do from them. Even better. Thank you. Spotify playlist updates on Thursday(ish).

Link to Chris Bro on Spotify.

WARNING may contain bad words. Or may not. Depends.

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Artist and Song Title:

  • Benjamin Gibbard – Proxima B
  • Frank Turner – Be More Kind (Live)
  • Travis – A Ghost
  • Blitzen Trapper – Masonic Temple Microdose #1
  • Ratboys – Alien With A Sleep Mask
  • 2nd Grade – Velodrome
  • Green Day – Dreaming (Cover)
  • Monica Uhm – Anthem
  • Charlie Bikes – This Feeling That I’ve Left You With
  • Pokey LaFarge – Bluebird
  • The Neverly Boys – Never Come Down
  • Dacey – I’ll Be There
  • Cory Henry And The Funk Apostles – Rise
  • Margo Price – Letting Me Down
  • Eddie Money – Shame On Me

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