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A new proposed bill by state Representative Martin “Marty” Walsh may make one of the most iconic punk rock songs ever, the official rock song of Massachusetts. "Roadrunner", originally written and performed by The Modern Lovers in 1972, it's essentially a love song to the native home state of frontman Jonathan Richman. Richman was 19 when he wrote the song and according to former bandmate, John Felice, Richman "used to get in the car and just drive up and down Route 128 and the Turnpike [in Massachusetts]. We'd come up over a hill and he’d see the radio towers, the beacons flashing, and he would get almost teary-eyed. He'd see all this beauty in things where other people just wouldn’t see it."

When asked for comment from The Boston Globe, Richman stated "It's very flattering," he said, "but I don't think the song is good enough to be a Massachusetts song of any kind."

Oh, Jonathan.

The proposed bill may see a public hearing as early as April. If it all goes well, the bill goes to the state House of Representatives and, if passed, to the Senate. If approved it goes to Governor Deval Patrick for signing.

The Modern Lovers "Roadrunner" --

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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:

Haim, "Falling" - I played this for my girlfriend today, and she said, "If I wanted to listen to a girl version of Michael Jackson, I'd just listen to any number of Michael Jackson songs." Fair enough. But this breakout all-girl group made waves last year for their mix of indie pop and straight up R&B (with a little gentle folk thrown in). "Falling," I predict will be their breakout single - it's too catchy for you to listen just once.

Youth Lagoon, "Dropla" - I played this band early in 2012 as a 'slept-on album of 2011.' A year later, YL is back with the second record, called "Wondrous Bughouse." First single "Dropla" is a beautiful piece of bedroom pop - appropriate for all those music writer-y words that are used for bands like Beach House: gauzy, hazy, dreamy, etc. Give this one a chance, though - some haunting lyrics and a great melody from a could-be indie star.

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On what would have been Kurt Cobain's 46th birthday today, we reflect on Nirvana's one and only Pittsburgh appearances. In the fall of 1991, Kurt, Dave and Krist performed at Graffiti in Oakland. It was right before Nirvana became the biggest rock band of the 1990's with Nevermind having only been released six days prior on September 24, 1991. What went down at the Pittsburgh club, however, was one of the more infamous nights in Graffiti history. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Scott Mervis recapped the evening's events in his article: Here's to the Memories, which recounts memories of Graffiti, including Nirvana's historical appearance.

After the band got into a confrontation with the club, it was recorded that:

"The band was outnumbered and not up to a fight so Cobain took his frustration out on the couch by sparking it with a pack of matches. The couch either just smoldered or flamed up and caught other things on fire, depending on whom you ask. It was big enough for the fire marshal to arrive and arrest the road manager. DiNardo decided not to press charges, allowing the band to go on to bigger and (temporarily) better things. Unfortunately, the couch, which could probably be sold at auction today, didn't survive."

Nirvana's Kurt Cobain at Graffiti on 9/30/1991:


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Check out the rest of the pictures from the night of the show here

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Paul McCartney will headline this year's Bonnaroo festival, which will invade Manchester, Tenn. from June 13-16. Macca, Mumford & Sons and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers lead this year's lineup, announced on Tuesday (Feb. 19). In an hour long Announce-a-thon, Weird Al, helped by a rag tag cast of characters, revealed the lineup. He not only hosted, but performed a few numbers, notably with Portugal The Man on "Canadian Idiot". They performed this song after Yankovic announced himself as a Bonnaroo performer. Check out the video below:

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The French band, Phoenix are set to release their fifth LP, Bankrupt! on April 22 (mixed on the Thriller console!). Yesterday we got the first taste of this highly anticipated album with the song "Entertainment". Zane Lowe debut the single on his BBC radio show yesterday and you can hear it by checking out the lyric video below:

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Radiohead's bassist, Colin Greenwood, claims that the band is getting it together this year to record a follow-up to 2011's King of Limbs. In an interview with BBC 6 Music, Greenwood said:

"We're taking some time out whilst people are doing some other stuff, doing their own things, and the plan is to get back together again [at the] end of the summer."

Currently, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is working on his side project, Atoms For Peace. Their debut album, Amok will be released on February 25. Atoms For Peace – Thom Yorke's side project with Nigel Godrich, Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers and percussionist Mauro Refosco.

Recently, the band embedded a video link to a 2010 performance from the Fuji Rock festival in Japan of their song "Judge, Jury and Executioner". If you're feeling adventurous, check out the Atoms for Peace website and scroll around until you find a little dude in a rowboat, then click on that little guy and you have found it! Also, why don't we just post it below?

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After collecting a couple of Grammy awards for their album El Camino on Sunday, Black Keys drummer, Patrick Carney, was randomly asked by TMZ for an opinion about Justin Bieber getting shut out of the nominations. To This, Carney responded "I dunno ... He's rich, right? Grammys are for like music, not for money ... and he's making a lot of money. He should be happy."

This did not sit well with Bieber, who took to Twitter to express his feeling on the situation:

You can imagine the wrath that has befallen Carney from Bieber Nation, but he's taking it all in stride by sending hilarious responses to angry Bielebers' tweets:

In other Black Keys news, according to MTV, it seems the guys are going to be headed back to the studio soon with their unofficial third band member, producer Brian Burton a.k.a. Danger Mouse.

Frontman Dan Auerbach says, "We are going to get in the studio with him but we've been working for the past month [it's] just [been] the two of us. [The songs are just] sketches. We won't know for another month, I don't think, honestly. We're basically going to make this record more like we made Brothers, where we had some help from Brian but we did a lot of it on our own," Carney added. "We're just going to play it by ear and when we do need help, we'll ask for Brian to come in and help us out. He's kind of our guy."

Pretty exciting! Here's hoping we know more in a month.

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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:

Dawes, “From A Window Seat” - Speaking of harmonies, Dawes has some too. The LA band favors the Laurel Canyon folk sound associated with the likes of Crosby, Stills & Nash and Jackson Browne. This is the tuneful first single from a third album, “Stories Don’t End,” coming April 9.

Bad Books, “It Never Stops” - Kevin Devine and the Manchester Orchestra were pretty good on their own. Put them together and you end up with this — an indie pop song with glorious harmonies, great lyrics and some sonic kick. What’s it all about? Devine says it deals with his transition of his native Brooklyn into a hipster haven. The band plays Mr. Smalls on Feb. 17.

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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.

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Paint Branch, "Brighton Beach" - Q and Not U was a huge deal in my young life; one of the most important bands in my life ca. 2001-02. The guys from that band have done a few different things since; I think Paint Branch, which just released its debut album, may be my favorite. It features John Davis and Chris Richards, who, if anyone asks you, is also the pop music critic for the Washington Post these days.

The Apache Relay, "Sets Me Free" - When I saw this band by accident a couple years ago, I thought they had an Avett Brothers Lite thing going on, albeit very well-done. I really like what I'm hearing on their new album, American Nomad, though; they're showing a bit more complexity. If you dig it, note that they play at Stage AE on March 9. It'll be worth it.

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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).

Joy Ike, “Everything You Have” – I like Ike. How could you not? Pittsburgh soul-pop singer Joy Ike is upbeat, intelligent and can flat out sing. She’s got an ear for hooks, too, evident on this single from her third full-length indie release, “All or Nothing,” which she will introduce Sunday with a show at the New Hazlett Theater. I like this song’s message, as Joy vows not to let possessions and objects rule her life. She’s answering to a higher calling.

Donora, “Under the Lights” – Imagine if Karen O joined the Go-Go’s. Yeah, yeah, yeah that would sound fabulous. And it might sound a little like this effervescent cut by local indie-pop trio Donora. Their new 5-song EP, “Play Nice,” arrives Tuesday. Singer-guitarist Casey Hanner & the two Jakes (her drum-playing, music sampling brother Jake Hanner and bassist Jake Churton) are gearing up for an East Coast and Midwest jaunt before gigging at the prestigious SXSW music festival in Austin. Donora has scored key song placements recently, such as the plucky piano melody from their “I Think I Like You” jazzing up the latest Nationwide Insurance commercial. Another previously released Donora song, “Champion,” was used in the second episode of the current season of “Glee” (Gleeks will remember the scene, where Rachel spots Brody doing crunches in the park, as he’s listening to headphones.) You can catch Donora Feb. 16 at Brillobox.

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