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Anthony Kiedis  is in the news again.  However, it is not for the most ideal reason.  Following one of the two recent Rolling Stones performances in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center, the Red Hot Chili Peppers singer tried to meet the band.

The Rolling Stones were staying at the Four Seasons hotel following their June 21 performance.  After the show, Kiedis and his female companion were trying to gain access through the hotel entrance to meet the Rolling Stones.  Kiedis was mistaken for a fan by hotel security and when he was confronted he proceeded to shout and escalate the situation and shoved the security guard.  The Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman was then put into a chokehold.  After the altercation Kiedis had only one thing to say, " I love the Rolling Stones."  You can see the video of the altercation below.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Justin Jacobs (talking to us from Israel via Skype!), contributing writer to Billboard & Relix Magazine.

In case you missed it, here is what he played with commentary by Justin:

Bastille - "Pompeii" - How is this song not a gigantic hit in the US? It's a mystery, because this track by British act Bastille is about the catchiest thing I've heard since my dad introduced me to "Thriller" when I was five. The band is blowing up in England right now (and on YouTube, with 25 million views), but pretty unknown in the States. You can say you heard this track first on WYEP.

Houndmouth - "Houston Train" - Here's a band that isn't breaking any astounding new ground, but what they do, they do well: country-leaning rock and roll. The band just released their debut album, "From the Hills Below the City," and it's full of great rootsy rock begging to be played at your next barbecue.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Mervis of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott:

Alt-J, "Fitzpleasure" - The young band from Leeds, home to Gang of Four, throws a lot of stuff against the wall and somehow it sticks on this delightfully weird, rocking song. There are many other, varied pleasures on the band's debut album, "An Awesome Wave."

Frank Turner, "Recovery" - The British singer-songwriter/punk rocker points to Springsteen as an inspiration, and you can certainly feel that kind of energy spewing forth in this passionate single. On this song, though, he reminds me more of Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller. Either way, it sounds like he's got a lot of good years ahead of him.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Andy Mulkerin of Pittsburgh's City Paper.

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Andy:

The Van Allen Belt, "Songs" - This is a local band that's been around for some years and is starting to gain real momentum. They do cool stuff with live performance and sound collage; Tamar Kamin's vocals are beautiful to boot. This is from the 7-inch of the same name, which is in advance of their new full-length, coming in the fall.

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, "Holy Roller" - This was the first single from Thao's new album, We the Common. Big fan of her as a songwriter, and I'm excited about the new album, her first with this band in several years.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Tady of The Beaver County Times.

In case you missed it here's what he played (with commentary by Scott).

Free Time, “I Lost Again” – We all could use a little Free Time. That’s the Aussie-New York quartet that yesterday released its debut album, “Underwater Peoples”. They’re mostly dream-pop with a hint of shoe-gazer. The singer, Dion Nania, has a voice that reminds me of the Jesus & Mary Chain’s Jim Reid. Nice bittersweet lyrics about longing and trying to find one’s place, purpose and soul mate.

The Sparrows, “Star Crossed” – One of my favorite Western Pa. bands. They wear their passion for Americana on the sleeves of their vintage-looking cowboy shirts. Based in Ellwood City (birthplace of Donnie Iris!), the Sparrows took their sweet time on this sophomore release, coming up with a well-crafted collection of hooks and solid storytelling. This song ponders why so many of us spend so much time chasing after an elusive romance, or pining for a former lover.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Justin Jacobs (talking to us from Israel via Skype!), contributing writer to Billboard & Relix Magazine.

In case you missed it, here is what he played with commentary by Justin:

T. Hardy Morris, "OK Corral" - Don't let the T. fool you, this is the same Hardy Morris who fronts the awesomely heavy Southern rock band Dead Confederate. On his solo debut single, he stops being so damn intense and just hangs out - this track is about as loose and easy as it gets, but he keeps things interesting with a catchy chorus and some great, laid-back harmonies. His debut solo album, Audition Tapes, drops in July.

Roadkill Ghost Choir, "Beggars Guild" - These newcomers from Florida released this first single themselves this year, a teaser for their debut EP Quiet Light. And yes, this song is awesome, you're welcome - the rare song nowadays that can use a banjo and not sound like a Mumford and Sons rip-off. But be aware: this is the only folk-y song on Quiet Light. The rest sounds like It Still Moves-era My Morning Jacket. I know! So great!

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Mervis of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott:

Vampire Weekend, "Diane Young" - I'm still on the fence about this song because the autotune really is kind of annoying, but I like everything else that goes around it. Despite cribbing from Paul Simon and Talking Heads, this over-hyped band sounded fresh when it first popped up, and two albums later, that feeling remains.

Of Monsters and Men, "Mountain Sound" - Here I am doing my job of breaking new bands on the 9:13 Buzz. Just kidding. There's almost no way you haven't heard this band, unless you only listen to talk radio,
in which case you're probably not reading this anyway. This play was a nod to summer concerts, and this one should be a highlight (Stage AE, June 12, as it's one of the few bands coming we haven't seen before. Whether you like Top 40 or indie rock, it's hard to argue that Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir has a gorgeous voice.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Andy Mulkerin of Pittsburgh's City Paper.

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Andy:

Futurebirds, "Serial Bowls" - Nice alt-country-ish tune from the Athens, Ga., group that just released its Fat Possum debut (though the band's been around a few years and released records elsewhere). It has that crunchy guitar tone I'm known to enjoy.

The Joy Formidable, "This Ladder Is Ours" - I'm a big fan of this Welsh three-piece with the big rock sound. The new record, Wolf's Law, is a little more upbeat and a little more consistent than the first; some say that makes it inferior, but I tend to disagree.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Mervis of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott:

Kurt Vile, "Never Run Away" - Another hazy stoner track from the Philly rocker who finds the sweet spot between classic and indie rock. This is one of the few radio-sized cuts from his fifth album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, a 69-minute double LP that finds most of the songs stretching past the 7 minute mark.

Kacey Musgraves, "Follow Your Arrow" - Yes, she's a singer with a shot at mainstream success, but there's a refreshing authenticity to the songs on her major-label debut "Same Trailer Different Park." On this breezy and clever song, she makes a case for being yourself whether that means smoking weed or experimenting with sexuality.

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Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy are working together again on a new album. Produced by Tweedy, One True Vine is coming out on June 25 (ANTI-) and serves as Staples' 13th studio album. Staples, a veteran of the soul music world and one time member of The Staples Singers, worked with Tweedy on her 2010 album You Are Not Alone. One True Vine was recorded at Wilco's loft in Chicago and features Tweedy playing nearly every instrument. The only exception would be the drums, which were handled by Tweedy's 17 year old son, Spencer.

Check out the first song released online from the new album, a cover of Funkdelic's "Can You Get to That":

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