ALTernative rock news – May

Morrissey is set a new album featuring exclusively covers of some of his favorite songs. The artists whose songs are being covered include Bod Dylan, Laure Nyro, or Carly Simon. It is the follow up 2017’s Low in High School. Initial reviews for the album, from magazines such as NME and MOJO, are mostly critical, a rarity for one of the critics’ darlings. [...]

Black Keys reluctantly reunite for new album and single “Go”

If the Black Keys’ new video for the song “Go” is any indicator, it’s gonna take a lot of give and take to mend the bridges between the group’s two members. In the video Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney undergoing various forms of therapy meant to help them reconcile. They respond by cussing and punching each other, before a vision appears before them. Deeply intoxicated they both glimpse a mountain of cash laid out before them. [...]

Lake of fire: Nirvana cover the Meat Puppets during their MTV Unplugged

In the 1990s the Unplugged series was a flagship show for MTV. Perhaps, not other performance featured on the show had quite the same impact as the one from alternative rock band Nirvana. It would turn out to be one of the group’s last concerts, and in many ways one of their best. But, why did Kurt Cobain and the group decide to use the momentous occasion to showcase rarities, old folk tunes, and, especially, a handful of Meat Puppets covers? [...]

The 5 greatest bands from 924 Gillman Street

The Alternative Music Foundation with its location at 924 Gilman Street, in California, became a veritable Arcadia of 90s punk rock. The club’s mission was twofold. On the one hand, Gilman offered the chance for new bands to play their original music in front of an audience eager to hear punk rock. Just as important, the bands and audience adhered to a strict code that discouraged violence and the use of narcotics. [...]