ListenSD Music News – The Coronavirus is greatly impacting the Music Industry we know and Love! Kenny Rogers dies, The Weeknd comes out with a new album + more

All of us at ListenSD are wishing you health and wellness during these times. We’re also here to provide you with music news from near and far, ways to support your local scene, and great ways to stay sane and have fun without stepping outside!

We love you, stay safe – we’re all in this together.


White Reaper at the Casbah by Nicholas Regalado for ListenSD
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New Music Releases

The Avalanches – “Running Red Lights”

Australian producers The Avalanches have released “Running Red Lights” along with a brand-new video. The fantastic song features Rivers Cuomo and rapper Pink Siifu and addresses love and loss. The video is dedicated to the late David Berman and is directed by Greg Brunkalla, with former America’s Got Talent contestant and dancer Erik Cavanaugh dancing down Los Angeles streets.

The Weeknd – After Hours Album

Local Stuff That Matters

The music scene is good for one thing:
Working together

San Diego locals Garage Mahal have already started the #BandTogether series with powerhouses like Aviator StashBoostive Soundsystem, and Fashion Jackson. Keep an eye out for upcoming streams!

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Keep yourself up-to-date on all things SD

The Travelers Club has all your updates on the current state of things in San Diego, plus great tips on how to help out in your local community. Follow them on Instagram for all the info you’ll need in the coming months

Livestreams We Love + Coming Up

Glass Animals’ Dave Bayley Presents “Heart Shaped Box”

Glass Animals is taking requests for song covers with the same gear they’ve used to record new music. For episode 1, lead singer Dave Bayley has recorded a cover of Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box” while quarantined in the studio!

Glass Animals’ brand new single “Your Love (Déjà vu)” is out now and is a tantalizing first hint of what is to come from Glass Animals’ upcoming third studio album.

Upcoming Livestreams

Miley Cyrus’ “Bright Minded” series returns on Instagram Live at 2:30 p.m. EST with guests Ellen DeGeneres, Rickey Thompson and Emily Osment. Check out the full schedule for this week here.

Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard has announced that he’ll be providing fans with some in-home entertainment in the form of performances livestreamed from his home studio. In the latest episode, he covered John Lennon, Phoebe Bridgers, Bob Dylan, the Shins, Def Leppard, and the Flaming Lips. Watch all of the episodes here.

Singer/songwriter Jens Lekman announced that after postponing his planned spring tour with youth orchestras he’s offering fans “personal shows over Skype” starting this week (March 23-29). “For one hour each day I will randomly be calling those who have signed up and play one song of my own choice, then move on to the next person,” he wrote. If you’re interested, sign up here.

Bristol-based record label Specialist Subject​ are hosting their second installment of Distant Together, a transcontinental punk show via Instagram Stories featuring the best and brightest including Camp CopeSlingshot DakotaCharmpit, and Stef Fi from Big Joanie. Find your local set times and the stream link below!

Creative collective and supportive community Girl Gang Leeds are hosting their own livestream straight to your living room with the greatest women- and nonbinary person-fronted bands including Adult MomRatboysFresh, and Kermes! Check out their Facebook for more at-home events and activities to keep you sane.

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