Welcome to NEXT. We are a new music show on the radio with a very simple goal – find you a NEXT, new favorite song.

May NEXT find a song that makes your ears smile. Enjoy it all.

“You create a community with music, not just at concerts but by talking about it with your friends.” – David Byrne. So let’s grab a beer, or bourbon, or coffee and chat music. 

Let us begin NEXT week 794 with The Goon Sax. In 2016, Brisbane’s The Goon Sax released their debut album, ‘Up To Anything’, while all three members – Louis Forster, James Harrison and Riley Jones – were still in high school. That record’s charm lay in its earnest simplicity, all punchy indie-pop ruminating on the details of teenage life: nascent relationships, crushes, anxieties and insecurities, the uncertain future. Comparisons to The Go-Betweens were inescapable, not least because of Forster’s musical lineage (co-founder Robert is his father). But The Goon Sax was clearly a young band to watch, regardless of bloodline. 2018’s ‘We’re Not Talking’ reflected a progression in songwriting, with a much wider sonic range on display. Acoustic and electric influences converged in a record that was impressive and expansive in scope, and more daring than its predecessor. It felt like The Goon Sax were growing up and trying new things – just as you do when you enter adulthood. A lot can happen in five years. The Goon Sax’s latest album, ‘Mirror II’, sometimes feels like the work of a different band altogether. The Goon Sax has taken cues from new wave and electronica. That’s not to say that the trademark Goon Sax attitude has vanished: that same propulsive simplicity underpins many of the songs, layered as they are with new ideas.

Kurt Vile with a brilliant cover of The Velvet Underground’s ‘Run Run Run’. For an upcoming tribute album. Vile said Lou Reed and company ‘were probably my earliest classic rock influence’ growing up in the Philly suburbs. Kurt Vile has been performing covers of The Velvet Underground’s “Run Run Run” since he was a teen growing up in the Philadelphia suburbs. In 2017, Kurt Vile got to play the song with Velvet Underground member John Cale in Brooklyn. Vile and his band, The Violators, released what he described as a “hypnotic” new take on the track for a star-studded cover album, “I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico.” “Lou Reed/the Velvet Underground were probably my earliest classic rock influence,” Vile siad. “I loved it. The first time I heard them, I’m sure I was probably stoned. When you hear music like that, so organic and raw, but you know, so confident, all those things combined, [it’s] so cool. So unapologetic. It just has an effect on you that you can’t even necessarily detect at the moment.” “That’s why the Velvets are a classic. You know it can have doo-wop in there and things like that, but it can also have this jagged, noisy thing, and it immediately let me feel like I could do anything. The possibilities are endless. You’re completely free.” Vile and the Violators’ take on “Run Run Run” will be the fifth track on the tribute album, which also includes covers by Iggy Pop, REM’s Michael Stipe, St. Vincent, Matt Berninger of The National and more. 

The Beaches exudes a confident, unapologetic, femme fatale energy. Their latest cements the Beaches as one of Canada’s greatest modern rock acts. After two great EPs – we have high expectations. The Beaches have always been playful. The Beaches have never been afraid to talk about their sexuality (“He’s whisperin’ my name into an empty space / Hoping that I’ll hear him when he says / ‘I wish we were alone'” on “Slow Mo”), being young and having fun (“I wanna dance until I’m kicked out, don’t you?” on “Blow Up”), and succeeding in the face of haters (“Boys in the band, just like their dads, give us advice on punk rock / Said we’d do better if we quit writing about all the girl stuff” on “Let’s Go”). The Beaches are back with their defiant pop-rock sound on the Future Lovers EP. Two years after the release of their last EP, The ProfessionalFuture Lovers is a worthwhile sequel.

The 1996 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album Songs and Music From the Motion Picture ‘She’s the One’ is such a weird outlier in the band’s catalog that even Tom Petty himself didn’t quite know what to make of it. “It was kind of a confused album for us,” Petty: “It got stocked in the soundtrack section. It didn’t really come out like a Heartbreakers record. So it didn’t feel like we made a record or anything. We didn’t do a tour behind it or anything. We just did it. To me, it’s kind of uneven, because it’s not really an album. It’s just a bunch of things thrown together.” The project started during a tumultuous time in Petty’s life when his marriage to Jane Benyo had fallen apart and he’d moved into a small “chicken shack” home to start putting the pieces of his life back together. The Heartbreakers were on a long hiatus after a grueling tour in support of Wildflowers. And when filmmaker Ed Burns approached him about creating a soundtrack to his romantic comedy She’s the One, Petty jumped at the chance. But it was a bigger task then TP originally realized, especially since Petty was also scoring the movie, and the looming release date forced him to worker faster than he would have liked. The end result was a weird mishmash of new songs, including multiple versions of the brilliant tunes “Walls” and “Angel Dream,” outtakes from Wildflowers, and covers of tunes by Beck and Lucinda Williams. The album went gold, but after the incredible success of Full Moon FeverInto the Great Wide Open, and Wildflowers, it was seen by many as a giant miscalculation. This version is a “re-imagined” version of the LP hit stores called Angel Dream (Songs From the Motion Picture ‘She’s the One’) that casts the project in a very different light. It removes the Wildflowers outtakes, which surfaced on last year’s Wildflowers and All the Rest, and replaces them with the previously unreleased Petty originals “105 Degrees” and “One of Life’s Little Mysteries” along with a cover of J.J. Cale’s “Thirteen Days” and the instrumental “French Disconnection.” Now it feels like a Tom Petty album. 

Jocelyn And Chris give us a classic blues-rock vibe and straight-forward lyrics. “Sugar and Spice” is a fantastic sample of the siblings’ retro style. Between the beefy guitar riff, the throwback chorus harmonies and Jocelyn’s powerhouse vocal performance, the arrangement is pure American-rock-goodness. “Generally, it breaks down to a 50/50 split,” Jocelyn Arndt began. “I do the lyrics and melodies, Chris is the music chord-smith, structure guy.” For Jocelyn and her brother Chris, this method is tried and true. Growing up in the small rural town, Fort Plain, New York, the sibling duo have been writing songs together for the better part of their lives. “We started out playing as, like, that brother-sister duo who does all the talent shows in matching outfits,” Jocelyn said with a laugh. “Eventually, there were these local musicians who were like, ‘Hey, come on up on stage and jam with us!’ So, we ended up landing in this really cool, local community of musicians—it was small but mighty.” Years later, Jocelyn & Chris Arndt are going strong with thousands of streams and a handful of albums under their belt. Splitting their time between Fort Plain and Harvard University (where Jocelyn studied English and Chris studied computer science), the duo ironed out their partnership, their process and their sound, building up their name in the process. Now, on June 18, they’re putting out their newest single: “Sugar and Spice,” a bluesy romp showing off their knack for classic song-craft. “It feels like everything we release is consecutively becoming more ‘authentic’ to us,” Chris said. “Every single and every album has been like ‘Oh yeah, that’s what I want to do with my music.’ ‘Sugar and Spice’ took that to a whole new level. I just feel like the songwriting was right in the pocket for where we want our music to be and how we see ourselves. Then we brought it to our producer, David [Bourgeois] and the whole production team and all of the people who played on it. It’s just so much better than I imagined when we wrote it. I’m so excited about everything about it.” For her part, Jocelyn agrees—“I feel like we’ve defined the ‘sound,’” she said. “‘Sugar and Spice’ is like the next step in our sound evolution—to me, it feels very much like exactly what I want to sound like right now.” 

This Wild Feathers song encapsulates all of The Wild Feathers country-rock charm, singing “Love is whatcha find when it ain’t what you’re looking for.” The Wild Feathers are back. After releasing an odds-and-ends compilation last year, the quartet – Wild Feathers-  have a new album on the way. Titled Alvarado, Wild Feathers have shared a foot-tappin’ new tune in the form of “Ain’t Lookin.” “We’ve always written and demoed new songs in a cabin outside of town and then gone into the studio to record the album. This time, Wild Feathers decided to take the studio to the cabin and produce it ourselves,” Ricky Young of Wild Feathers said. “We’ve never been more proud of a collection of songs because it feels and sounds exactly how we wanted it to. No outside input or opinions, just the five of us in a room together. ‘Ain’t Lookin’ is a perfect example of a song written around a guitar riff and groove that the band loved playing. We know that if we dig it, our fans more than likely will too.” Alvarado is Wild Feathers’s fifth studio album

Faye Webster has a diverse sound. Elements of R&B, indie-folk and alt-country. Faye Webster Speaks the Truth, Bluntly. “There’s a difference between lonely and lonesome,” Faye Webster muses halfway through her new album I Know I’m Funny haha, “But I’m both all the time.” It’s a cutting remark, not least because the 23-year-old Atlanta singer-songwriter rarely makes any observations – especially about herself – without sneaking in a casual “I guess,” “kind of,” or the the ever-reliable “haha” that gives the album title its bite. Having emerged as one of the most idiosyncratic indie artists of her generation, one whose natural blend of introspective folk-pop, alternative country, and vintage R&B on 2019’s breakthrough Atlanta Millionaires Club earned Faye Webster critical acclaim and an inclusion on Obama’s annual year-end playlist. Faye Webster has always had a gift for skirting the line between tragedy and comedy the same way she eschews genre. But as that lyric suggests, she’s also capable of examining the fine details that distinguish one mental state from another, even when they seem practically identical on the surface. Crying – like those two syllables you might add at the end of an embarrassingly honest text message – can mean different things in different contexts; Faye Webster finds humour in the ambiguity, but on her latest album, Faye Webster’s also vulnerable enough to try to unpack and even savour those contradictions. It’s why, despite its smooth and relatively straightforward presentation, I Know I’m Funny haha serves as a strikingly layered and unguarded evocation of the artist’s character. Beyond giving voice to a sea of complicated and overwhelming emotions, Faye Webster often finds funny and interesting ways of relaying them. There’s the simple novelty of actually hearing the words “haha” on the title track, or the brilliant way Faye Webster stresses the need for someone to stay by spreading out the bossa nova groove of ‘Kind Of’; that song is almost double the length of any other on the LP, as if Webster wants you to sit with those feelings the same way she’s consumed by them, lacking a sense of clarity but not heart. On ‘A Dream With a Baseball Player’, a song about her teenage crush on Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr., the uncertainty expressed in the chorus – “How did I fall in love with someone/ I don’t know” – is delivered in such a way where the weight of the question might fall either on the fact that the person is a stranger or the act of falling in love itself, and the implications are devastating regardless.

Doc Robinson is once again creating music after taking a two-year break. Doc Robinson is back on the Columbus rock ‘n’ roll scene with new members, a new song and a new start after a two-year break. Doc Robinson’s new pop ballad, “Take Me by the Hand,” Loose lineups, tight arrangements, and an impeccable aptitude for simple, punchy pop hooks have defined Doc Robinson’s recent, robust catalog of “backyard BBQ breakup music.” In 2016, Nick D’Andrea and Jon Elliott emptied their backpack full of soulful influences and stitched the band together as a melding of their two favorite artists (Smokey Robinson + Dr. Dog), enlisting a rotation of Columbus’s finest R&B players as All-Star bedrock. Now, after four records in two years, as well as a long stint supporting Ohio upstarts CAAMP, Doc shifts into a new era for the young band. No doubt Doc will evolve and shift shapes—going with the flow is kind of this project in a nutshell—and as they find their new voice in 2021. And Doc Robinson has the ideal band to bring the backyard vibes back.

Car Seat Headrest have shared two new EPs: MADLO: Influences and MADLO: Remixes. The first features covers of songs that influenced their latest album Making a Door Less Open, while the second consists of remixes of those songs. MADLO: Influences includes covers of David Bowie’s ‘Golden Years’, Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’, Nine Inch Nails’ ‘March of the Pigs’, and the Who’s ‘Substitute’.  four covers of songs the band has cited as influences of their last full-length LP Making a Door Less Open, released last month. They include songs by David BowieThe WhoNine Inch Nails, and Kate Bush.

Daniel Jüde is an American rock singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer from Florida. Daniel Jüde was raised on rock and has always been a musician from a young age. At 20, Daniel Jüde moved to Manhattan working in the fashion industry as a professional model with FORD Models. Any free moment Daniel Jüde had, he spent it playing NY music venues, writing music, and jamming with local musicians. After 4 years, Daniel Jüde decided to put modeling on hold, focus completely on music, and move back to Florida. Since then Daniel Jüde has been featured at multiple music festivals around Florida, performed for The University of Miami, featured on local news channels, has music airing in retail locations around the world, & wrote music for a Forbes writer to be featured in a fashion brand commercial on television!

The Rolling Stones — “A Bigger Bang: Live on Copacabana Beach”. One of the biggest free concerts in history, The Rolling Stones’ legendary performance at the famed Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on Feb. 8, 2006, was a memorable event. There’s an electric energy that courses through the air of the show, ricocheting between the band and the 1.5 million people in attendance. The band was on the top of its game and the crowd continued to meet its energy in furious fervor. It was truly a highlight of the tour, which supported the band’s 2005 album “A Bigger Bang.” Now, for the first time, the complete concert film has been remixed, re-edited and remastered across multiple formats, including DVD+2CD, SD Blu-ray+2CD, 2DVD+2CD Deluxe and 3LP. THE ROLLING STONES – A BIGGER BANG LIVE ON COPACABANA BEACH REVIEW: THE WORLD’S BEST LIVE BAND ON TOP OF THEIR GAME. The Stones rock Rio in front of one of the biggest crowds in the history of music on this newly expanded live release from their 2006 Bigger Bang tour. On 18 February, 2006, 1.5 million people crowded onto Copacabana Beach to watch The Rolling Stones. It was one of the biggest shows ever staged, with an audience equivalent to the combined populations of Glasgow, Liverpool and Bristol – or to put it another way, around 15 times as many people as saw the Stones headline Glastonbury. Remastered and available in full for the first time on CD, vinyl and DVD, the 22 songs include four (Tumbling DiceOh No, Not You AgainThis Place Is Empty and Sympathy For The Devil) aired for the first time after being left off the original 2007 DVD release.

Music is Life. Thanks again for listening.

NEXT on the radio.

WERB 107.5 Global Radio Monday/Wednesday/Sunday mornings.
River Radio in the UK – Thursday night.
Ocean 98 in Maryland – Sunday nights at 10.
Saturday afternoon on VOBB in Canada


Spotify playlist updates on Thursday(ish). Link to Chris Bro on Spotify.

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


Artist and Song Title:

  • Goon Sax – In The Stone
  • Kurt Vile – Run Run Run (Cover)
  • The Beaches – Slow Mo
  • Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – Zero From Outer Space
  • Jocelyn And Chris – Sugar And Spice
  • Wild Feathers – Ain’t Lookin’
  • Faye Webster – I Know I’m Funny HaHa
  • Doc Robinson – Take Me By The Hand
  • Car Seat Headrest – Running Up That Hill (Cover)
  • Daniel Jude – Better Think Twice
  • The Rolling Stones –  Midnight Rambler (Live)

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