I’m in Montreal this weekend attending Osheaga with my festival boots and rain poncho (just in case). I’ll be catching up with some FM96 bands like July Talk, Cypress Hill, The Struts, Death Cab for Cutie, and a new act we’re playing called Kaleo. I can’t wait to see Red Hot Chili Peppers and Radiohead live for their first Canadian stops supporting their new albums.
Here’s the line-up:
Here’s a little preview of some bands I’m looking forward to seeing and the things I’m looking forward to chatting about in interviews.
Radiohead dropped their new album A Moon Shaped Pool back in May after a few sneaky hints. This is the ONLY Canadian show the band appears to be playing right now…can’t wait to see it. I’ve never seen this band live and The Bends & Kid A basically got me through high-school.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers released their new album after a bit of delay (Flea had a little innjury) and it’s been a staple in my car ever since it came out. Fun fact, this video is directed by Canadian actress Olivia Wilde.
July Talk will release their new album, Touch on September 9th featuring the new single Push + Pull. They also play London Music Hall October 29th and tickets are on sale now HERE
While B-Real has been busy Making America Rage Again with Prophets of Rage (including playing live on Jimmy Kimmel this week), Cypress Hill is celebrating their 25th anniversary as a band and working on a new album titled Elephants on Acid. Quite the album title…can’t wait to ask the guys about it.
What do you prefer to blaze?
— Dr. Greenthumb ™ (@B_Real) July 24, 2016
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats
While Nathaniel Rateliff and his band are gearing up for an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live next week (Aug. 3rd), they’ve also been doing a lot of reflecting on what many call, their “break-out year.”
Their new record Kintsugi is out and the band has been touring, while raising money to fight HB2, North Carolina’s controversial bathroom bill.
It looks like frontman Ben Gibbard got to throw out the first pitch at a Mariners game last week!
Here’s a band we’re just discovering, a four-piece from Iceland. You’ll hear garage rock, folk and blues on their debut album A/B featuring the song No Good you’ve been hearing on FM96.
Another newer band for FM96 – you’ve likely heard us play Kiss This or Could Have Been Me. Their a british band with a taste for Bowie and Queen, and it helps when the Rolling Stones ask you to open for them!
NPR just caught up with 27-Year old frontman, Luke Spiller:
After The Struts had been signed, Spiller says, the band’s label pushed back on his colorful vision. They asked him to tone down the makeup and cut his hair, and the band began to flounder. Then, a real ’70s act intervened: over the phone, the band was informed it had been picked to open for The Rolling Stones. True to form, Spiller arrived in a special outfit he’d commissioned from the designer who dressed Queen.
Please let me know if you have any questions I can ask on your behalf! Keep an eye on my socials for live coverage including photos, videos and some interviews.
Here’s a throwback to my interview with Alison Mosshart of The Kills from last year: