Music News of 2022


Rogers announces soph album

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 – Maggie Rogers announced her sophomore album, "Surrender," will be released by Capitol Records on July 29.

Co-produced by Kid Harpoon and Rogers, "Surrender" is the follow-up to "Heard It in a Past Life," her popular 2019 album.

In early 2020, Rogers relocated and isolated on the coast of Maine. She spent most of her time reading and resting and walking along cliffs along the North Atlantic Ocean.

Over the course of 12 tracks, Rogers captures the intensity of the last two years of her life, bringing her bracing honesty to stories of anger and peace and self-salvation, transcendence through sex and freedom through letting go.

Rogers recorded Surrender in three locations – her parents’ garage, Electric Lady Studios in New York City and Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios near Bath, England.


The Foo Fighters cancel tour following Hawkins' death

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 – The Foo Fighters have cancelled upcoming shows due to the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins.

"It is with great sadness that Foo Fighters confirm the cancellation of all upcoming tour dates in light of the staggering loss of our brother Taylor Hawkins. We’re sorry for and share in the disappointment that we won’t be seeing one another as planned. Instead, let’s take this time to grieve, to heal, to pull our loved ones close, and to appreciate all the music and memories we’ve made together," the band said in a statement released Tuesday.

Hawkins died on Friday while the band was in Colombia on a tour. Officials said that Hawkins had 10 different drugs in his system. The cause of death has not been determined.

The band was going to tour in the U.S. starting April 29 and then head to Europe for shows in June and July before returning for more U.S. dates.


Black Keys announce "Dropout Boogie"

Thursday, March 10, 2022 – Black Keys will release its 11th studio album, "Dropout Boogie," on May 13 via Nonesuch Records.

The first single, “Wild Child,” is out today along with a video directed by the band’s longtime collaborator Bryan Schlam. The disc features collaborations with Billy F. Gibbons (ZZ Top), Greg Cartwright (Reigning Sound) and Angelo Petraglia (Kings of Leon).

"Dropout Boogie" will be released one day before the 20th anniversary of The Black Keys’ first album, "The Big Come Up." the duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney wrote all of the material in the studio, and the new album captures a number of first takes.

“That’s always been the beauty of the thing Pat and I do. It’s instant,” Auerbach said. “We’ve never really had to work at it. Whenever we’d get together, we’d just make music, you know? We didn’t know what we were going to do, but we’d just do it and it would sound cool. It’s the natural chemistry Pat and I have. Being in a band this long is a testament to that. It was a real gift that we were given. I mean, the odds of being plopped down a block-and-a-half from each other in Akron, Ohio. It just seems crazy.”

After hashing out initial ideas as a duo at Auerbach’s Nashville-based Easy Eye Sound studio, Auerbach and Carney welcomed Gibbons, Cartwright and Petraglia to the Dropout Boogie sessions. Although The Black Keys previously co-wrote songs with frequent producer/collaborator Danger Mouse, this is the first time they have invited multiple new contributors to work simultaneously on one of their own albums. Both Cartwright and Petraglia can be heard on “Wild Child.”

“Living in Nashville and making records here has opened both of our minds to that experience a little bit more,” said Auerbach. “I knew Pat would love working with both of these guys, so we decided we’d give it a shot. It was the first time we’d ever really done that. It was fun as hell. We just sat around a table with acoustic guitars and worked out a song ahead of time.”

“The cool thing with Greg is that he wants to approach stuff with a story in mind — there’s a plot, almost,” added Carney.

The Black Keys had previously jammed with Gibbons more than a decade ago in Los Angeles, while ZZ Top was working on an album with producer Rick Rubin. “We never even really wrote one song–we just had some ideas we put down,” Carney said. “We really just wanted to hang out with him. We stayed in touch, and Dan invited him to the studio once we started working on this album.”

The Black Keys will tour North America for the first time in three years starting in July. Band of Horses will support on all dates, while Ceramic Animal (July 9-30), Early James (Aug. 24-Sept. 9) and the Velveteers (Oct. 2-18) will open at select performances


McCartney returns to the road

Saturday, February 19, 2022 – Paul McCartney is returning to the stage for the first time since 2019.

McCartney is launching the Got Back Tour, a 13-city tour kicking off April 28 in Spokane Wash. and running through to June 16 in East Rutherford N.J., where he will play MetLife Stadium for the first time since 2016.

The tour will feature McCartney's live debuts in Hollywood Fla., Knoxville Tenn. and Winston-Salem N.C., his first Fort Worth Texas and Baltimore shows since 1976 with Wings and 1964 with The Beatles, respectively, and his first Oakland Cal. date in 20 years.

Tickets go on sale beginning Friday, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. local time.

This marks McCartney's first shows since his Freshen Up Tour wrapped in July 2019 with a triumphant sold-out show at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Tour dates are:
Thursday, April 28 – Spokane, WA- Spokane Arena
Monday, May 2- Seattle, WA- Climate Pledge Arena
Tuesday, May 3- Seattle, WA- Climate Pledge Arena
Friday, May 6- Oakland, CA- Oakland Arena
Friday, May 13- Los Angeles, CA- SoFi Stadium
Tuesday, May 17- Fort Worth, TX- Dickies Arena
Saturday, May 21- Winston Salem, NC- Truist Field
Wednesday, May 25- Hollywood, FL- Hard Rock Live
Saturday, May 28- Orlando, FL- Camping World Stadium
Tuesday, May 31- Knoxville, TN- Thompson-Boling Arena
Saturday, June 4- Syracuse, NY- Carrier Dome
Tuesday, June 7- Boston, MA- Fenway Park
Sunday, June 12- Baltimore, MD- Oriole Park
Thursday, June 16- East Rutherford, NJ- MetLife Stadium


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