News featuring John Lennon

The following news stories mention John Lennon. Stories are compiled from a hand-picked selection of popular music news sites based in Great Britain, Europe and the United States. Updated less than 6 hours ago.

’14 Apr 21 Mon

Monday 21st April

  • More Beautiful Blues: An Interview with Eels' Mark Oliver Everett

    The Eels prime-mover answers questions about the band's new album The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett, which follows the tradition of other tragedy-driven greats in his storied and beautifully sorrowful discography.

    For anyone that fancies themselves as a PopMatters interviewer, there are some things to expect after passing the -- quite frankly unreasonably rigorous -- journalism tests, and finally being accepted into the fold. Every weekend for instance -- or every other weekend, depending on whether he's on holiday -- our lovely and talented Interviews Editor will send out a list of 'opportunities', ranging from the lowliest of indie chancers to those which John Lennon once…

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’14 Apr 18 Fri

Friday 18th April

  • Nada Surf, Guided by Voices, The Wrens members, Palomar & more playing PS154 benefit; The Fab Faux playing shows too

    The Wrens at Maxwell's in 2009 (more by Anna Scialli)

    A number of local indie musicians will be teaming up to play a benefit for Windsor Terrace's PS154 at Brooklyn's Bell House on May 30. The lineup features Bambi Kino -- aka the Beatles cover band made up of Doug Gillard (ex-Guided By Voices), Mark Rozzo (Maplewood), Ira Elliot (Nada Surf), and Erik Paparazzi (Cat Power) who dedicate their shows to the band's early days in Hamburg, Germany -- Charles Bissell & Kevin Whelan of indie veterans The Wrens (who have been promising a new album for a loooong time), and an original lineup reunion by Palomar. Also on the bill is The Big Bright (mems of Ollabelle) and White Collar Crime. Tickets for the benefit show are on sale now.

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’14 Apr 17 Thu

Thursday 17th April

  • Ziggy Marley: Fly Rasta review watery pop-reggae

    (Tuff Gong Worldwide)

    Bob Marley is justly celebrated for bringing Jamaican music to a worldwide audience, and son Ziggy has done his best to keep his dad's flame alive, garnering Grammy awards along the way. It begins over-optimistically, as it turns out with the sound of a countdown to take-off. Opening track I Don't Wanna Live On Mars sets Fly Rasta's grisly tone watery pop-reggae with a One Love, save-the-planet message. "Holding up the fire," sings Marley Jr on Lighthouse, his ersatz Wailers echoing the line. The only risk Marley takes is on You're My Yoko, where he attempts to woo a lucky lady by likening her to the avant-garde artist, while casting himself as John Lennon (Dakota Lennon, rock royalty domesticated into creative torpor). Julian Lennon would have been nearer the mark.

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  • Glastonbury bin enters America's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    When the museum in Cleveland decided it wanted a memento of the world's greatest festival, it asked for a painted oil drum, not Mick Jagger's setlist

    "I don't really understand why," says a puzzled Michael Eavis. "For some reason the Americans wanted to put one in as a sample of what we do." He's pondering the request he received from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland, Ohio, which wanted a memento of Glastonbury the festival he founded and has overseen for 44 years and asked not for some piece of memorabilia left behind by a grateful headliner, but for a dustbin.

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  • Ronnie Spector: 'When I hear applause, it's like I'm having an orgasm'

    The lead singer of the Ronettes on being the bad girl with big hair, the glass coffin in her basement, and whether she should have married John Lennon instead of Phil Spector

    Hi Ronnie! Does anyone ever call you Veronica?

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  • Eels: The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett review 'Familiarly bleak ground'

    (E Works Pias)

    Mark Everett cites John Lennon's intensely personal Plastic Ono Band as one of the chief inspirations behind Eels' 11th album. Indeed, recording songs called things like Mistakes of My Youth became so intense and personal for Everett that he abandoned them at one point, returning to them only after he had recorded last year's Wonderful, Glorious. Like Beck's Morning Phase, Everett deals with his heartache over an overtly pretty backdrop (bassoon, musical saw and celesta all feature) and things chime together on the instrumental Where I'm at, which he reprises as final track Where I'm Going, complete with Tom Waits impersonation. But the album's narrative regret at having split up with someone you shouldn't have feels like familiarly bleak ground. In fact, the Lennon reference serves to highlight the record's main flaw: the former Beatle's cathartic recording provided a jolting contrast with his previous work, whereas Everett now in…

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’14 Apr 10 Thu

Thursday 10th April

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