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Chris Martin Pays Tribute To George Michael At Brit Awards


The 2017 Brit Awards featured a teary eyed tribute to George Michael, with heartfelt speeches from his former Wham! bandmates and a moving performance by Coldplay’s Chris Martin of Michael’s 1986 song “A Different Corner”. The most powerful moment of the song took place when Martin began to duet with a archival video footage of Michael displayed on the big screens in the 02 Arena.

It was just after the footage depicted Michael saying, “I never really wanted to be anyone else” that Martin jumped back into a verse with Michael, and the two sang the rest of the song together. The makeshift duet couldn’t have been played off better. The audience was already teary eyed following his former Wham! band mates paid him a eulogy, and then Chris Martin brought the house down.

Martin previously paid tribute to George Michael with a cover of “Last Christmas” following Michael’s death on, Christmas. That tribute was far more impromptu and stripped down, taking place at a London based charity called Crisis.

Watch Chris Martin perform A Different Corner at the #BRITs as a tribute to George Michael — Coldplaying (@coldplaying) February 22, 2017

Just a couple of weeks ago Adele paid tribute to Michael at the Grammys when she performed his song “Fastlove”. She garnered a lot of attention after restarting the song, stating “I’m sorry for swearing and I’m sorry for starting again. I can’t mess this up for him”. Watch her full performance below.

Rag N Bone Man and the 1975 Win 2017 Brit Awards

In case you missed it, the 2017 Brit Awards took place last night, in what is essentially the British equivalent to the Grammys. Due to the globalization of music nowadays, we see plenty of crossover musicians find success at awards ceremonies worldwide. This year was no different. Tributes to the late great David Bowie and George Michael were the centerpiece of the night. Last year’s Next Big Thing headliner, The 1975, took home an award, something they failed to do at the Grammys as well as newcomer, Rag N Bone Man.

The 1975 won the British Group award, beating out Radiohead and Bastille. They also performed their hit single “The Sound” to negative messages about themselves. For television audiences worldwide it appeared that the Brits had been hacked, because messages like “unconvincing emo lyrics” and “terrible high pitched vocals” appeared on the screen opposing Matty Healey. It turns out this was planned and is actually quite funny. I definitely have heard some haters use the same phrases, ever since “Chocolate” became popular. Watch their performance below:


Former rapper Rag N Bone Man was the biggest surprise of the night, taking home 2 awards, including the coveted Brits’s Critic Choice Award. The other award was for British Breakthrough Act. His smash hit single “Human” has been becoming more and more popular among US based alternative stations, although he’s been an underground favorite across the pond for several years. The song has already reached #1 on iTunes in 33 countries, reaching platinum in 4 of them. Perhaps just as impressive is that it peaked at #2 on the Worldwide Shazam chart.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Here is the full list of winners at the 2017 BRITs Awards:

MasterCard British Album of the Year – David Bowie – Blackstar

British Single of the Year – Little Mix – “Shout Out to My Ex”

British Male Solo Artist – David Bowie

British Female Solo Artist – Emeli Sande

British Group – The 1975

British Breakthrough Act – Rag’N’Bone Man

Global Success – Adele

International Group – A Tribe Called Quest

Critics’ Choice Award – Rag’N’Bone Man

International Male Solo Artist – Drake

International Female Solo Artist – Beyoncé

British Artist Video – One Direction – “History”


The 1975 Release New Song- A Stunning Cover of “By Your Side”

The 1975 released a new track, a delicate cover of Sade’s “By Your Side”, benefiting the British charity organization, War Child. War Child is an organization that offers aid and protection to children affected by war. They premiered the song on MistaJam’s BBC Radio 1 show. The slow tempo, R&B undertones, warped auto tune over Healey’s vocals, and silky synthesizers make it sound more like a Bon Iver track, further showcasing the British alt band’s ranging talent. Front man Matty Healey explains the decision to cover the track as such:

“When I was listening to it, I was listening to it with a real sense of modernity and thinking, ‘Wow this is still really, really forward thinking.’ So me and George [Daniel] couldn’t help ourselves … It’s such a beautiful song.”

The song was released 17 years ago by an artist, Sade, an early creator in the neo soul genre who continues to be inspiration for modern day artists. Some artists include, but are not limited to, Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, Beyonce and obviously now, The 1975. Beyonce was called Sade’s music a “true friend”.

Listen to the song below:

twenty one pilots – See the show & meet the band

You know that when Twenty One Pilots come to town, we roll out the red carpet…. for our listeners, that is. This time is no different. All next week (2/20) we will be giving out a pair of tickets accompanied by a meet and greet. How, you might ask? That’s the perfect question.

Starting next week (2/20) We will be playing a specific Twenty One Pilots “song of the day” each day before 5pm. All you have to do is listen for that song and then be caller 97 at 888-327-9797. The winner will score a pair of tickets to the sold out show and an invaluable experience with the meet and greet. We’ll announce the song of the day on social and right here in this blog! So, tune-in to 97X, bookmark this page, plug our number in speed dial, clean out your ears, and get ready to win!

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Now, in the meantime, let’s get pumped for the show.

“House of Gold” recorded in the 97X green room:

“Holding On To You” recorded at Next Big Thing 12:

“Screen” recorded backstage at 97X BBQ:



New Lorde Album Could Be Released This March…?

This image from Republic Records was leaked earlier today, and it is quickly making its way around the internet.

Republic Records website just revealed we'll have new Lorde music coming out March 7! — Pop Crave (@PopCrave) February 16, 2017

According to this, we will have new music from Lorde on March 7th. Whether it’s a full album or just a single, the image doesn’t make it clear enough to discern. Either way it looks quite promising. Could this image be fake? Of course. Is it? Probably not. Here’s why:

Lorde has been teasing a new album on social media since last November. One of the most obvious tweets was this…

She also posted a very personal note to Facebook on her birthday last year that included quotes like this,

“Writing ‘Pure Heroine’ was my way of enshrining our teenage glory, putting it up in lights forever so that part of me never dies, and this record – well, this one is about what comes next.” And perhaps the most damning evidence of an imminent record are her festival gigs booked this summer. As of now, you can catch her at Bonnaroo, Governors Ball, and Coachella among a few others. It’s quite uncommon for an artist to snag a headlining or sub headlining gig at festival 4 years after the initial hype of a debut album has worn off, such as the case for Lorde. Musically, Lorde has been very quite since releasing Pure Herione 2013. One of her only performances came at a David Bowie tribute last year. She recorded songs for The Hunger Games and released a new single, “Magnets”, featuring Disclosure. Socially, she has been quite active, solidifying and promoting her relationship with best friend Taylor Swift. The real question is whether or not Taylor makes an appearance on the new album…?

Incubus Return With New Single, Tampa Tour Date Alongside Jimmy Eat World

Incubus will be hitting the road this summer in celebration of their debut album’s 20th anniversary. Well, it is the 20th anniversary of their debut album on a major record label, which is extremely impressive because that insinuates that they’ve been at it for well over two decades. The Calabasas, California band was one of the most popular alt metal band of the early 2000’s drawing inspiration and similarities to the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones, and Korn. In addition to their 20th anniversary, there appears to be added inspiration for a 2017 tour in a new album. Incubus just released the lead single, “Nimble Bastard” off of the aptly named album 8, which is set to be released April 21st. You can celebrate the old album, new album, or all of it with Incubus on July 7th at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. Tickets go on sale February 24th courtesy of Livenation.

The band’s last Tampa appearance came in 2015 alongside Deftones on a co-headlining tour. This time around they will be bringing along another 90’s band who recently garnered a second wind in mainstream alt radio, in Jimmy Eat World. What started as an emocore band has taken on a more mainstream alt rock and power pop sound over the years, Jimmy Eat World perhaps just released one of their best albums to date in 2016. That album, Integrity Blues, is a far cry from their early 90’s work but nonetheless will be a classic piece of work to look back on years from now.

Remember the last time Jimmy Eat World played the Tampa area? Yeah, it was at 97x Next Big Thing 13.

Red hot Judah & the Lion will also be joining the bill, coming off of their most successful year yet. The folk alt rock band from Nashville, just played 97x Next Big Thing in December and is about to come back to Tampa’s Amalie Arena as part of Twenty One Pilot’s Emotional Roadshow. Known for their hit song “Take It All Back”, I don’t think there’s anything about the last year that they will want to take back

Relive their Next Big Thing performance below:

97X To Premier New Linkin Park Single, “Heavy”

Linkin Park recently confirmed the release of their new single, “Heavy”, was on its way, and we will give you the first listen Thursday, Feburary 16th at 10:15am. If that isn’t good enough we will be playing the song every hour for the rest of the day!

The band has been pretty mum since 2014, when they released The Hunting Party. If you aren’t stoked for a new Linkin Park album quite yet, lead singer Chester Bennington and co vocalist Mike Shinoda recently discussed the new album online, and it should get you hyped. Bennington described the new album in an online video series as, “We’re trying to connect with people. We’re trying to make a record that has f**king stellar songs people want to listen to all the time.” Shinoda, in a YouTube Q&A, was quoted as saying, “I can’t tell you what it sounds like. I can tell you you’re going to be surprised. You gotta expect the unexpected. Don’t expect what you’ve heard before.”

The band also just released the album artwork for their 7th studio album through a series of puzzles on their social media. No release date or title has been announced yet.

Cover Art Revealed for Linkin Park's New Album — LPAssociation (@LPAssociation) February 13, 2017

“Heavy” features co vocal from Kiara Saulters, also known as Kiiara. She is best known for her hit song “Gold”, which took top 40 radio by storm later last year. The hip hop, stop beat artist whose left of center pop sounds please various musical tastes should certainly add a unique touch to Linkin Park’s new single. Be sure to tune in at 10:15am and all day tomorrow to hear the new song!

Cage the Elephant, Ryan Adams to Headline Gasparilla Music Festival

Coming off of a Grammy win for Best Rock Album, Cage The Elephant are sure to rock Curtis Hixon Park for the 6th installment of the annual Gapsarilla Music Festival. The locally grown and guerilla effort music festival has done a tremendous job of bringing in talented artists from any and all genres over the years, and 2017 should be no different. In fact, this year’s headliners of Cage the Elephant and Ryan Adams may be the most buzzworthy of the festival’s short history. Other highlights of the lineup include, Moon Taxi, Ghostface Killah, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Twin Peaks, and many more.

Founded in 2011, the nonprofit Gasparilla Music Festival has done a tremendous job bringing together a diverse array of artists, local musicians, and nationally recognized acts. Whether you’re a fan of just one artists or all of them, Gasparilla offers too much variety at a reasonable price point to pass up. The festival wouldn’t be possible without incredible support from local businesses, corporations, and the people of Tampa Bay alike, especially amid an ever competitive music festival industry.

Cage The Elephant has been a 97X favorite for numerous years, and with the success they continue to have, that won’t stop any time soon. This marks the second year in which they have been nominated for a Grammy, but their first win. And what a win it was. The Bowling Green, Kentucky band won Best Rock Album over other 97x favorites Blink 182, Panic! At the Dicso, and Weezer.

Here’s a little gem from all the way back to Next Big Thing 9!


If you recognized Ryan Adams from something other than his Taylor Swift covers, kudos to you! Those excellent indie renditions of the pop superstar’s latest album, 1989, made Ryan Adams more of a household name than he ever should be. However, Adams, the indie sensation, has been making great music for quite a while and perhaps just released his best album to date. Prisoner, which is due out on February 17th, is now available online and has already been met with great praise. I’m sure he’ll rip through much of that album on March 12th, so don’t hold your breath on too many T-swift covers. Either way, it’s sure to be a great show.

Be sure to join the 97X text line by texting “IAM97X” to 70123 to secure your chance to win a 4 pack of tickets to this year’s Gasparilla Music Festival!

Grammys 2017: Complete List of Winners

Courtesy of Hot New Hip Hop

There were plenty of memorable moments at this year’s Grammys from Chance the Rapper making history as an independent artist to Twenty One Pilot’s first and very unexpected victory to the wonderful tributes to Prince and George Michael courtesy of Bruno Mars and Adele, respectively. Often overlooked are the awards not showcased on primetime TV. Well, we have the full list for your enjoyment below!

Record Of The Year:

WINNER: “Hello” — Adele “Formation” — Beyoncé “7 Years” — Lukas Graham “Work” — Rihanna Featuring Drake “Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

Album Of The Year:

WINNER: 25 Adele Lemonade — Beyoncé Purpose — Justin Bieber Views — Drake A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson

Song Of The Year:

WINNER: “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) “Formation” — Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner) “Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber) “7 Years” — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

Best New Artist:

WINNER: Chance The Rapper Kelsea Ballerini The Chainsmokers Maren Morris Anderson .Paak


Best Pop Solo Performance:

WINNER: “Hello” — Adele “Hold Up” — Beyonce “Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber “Piece By Piece (Idol Version)” — Kelly Clarkson “Dangerous Woman” — Ariana Grande

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

“Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots “Closer” — The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “7 Years” — Lukas Graham “Work” — Rihanna Featuring Drake “Cheap Thrills” — Sia Featuring Sean Paul

Best Pop Vocal Album:

WINNER: 25 — Adele Purpose — Justin Bieber Dangerous Woman — Ariana Grande Confident — Demi Lovato This Is Acting — Sia

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:

WINNER: Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin — Willie Nelson Cinema — Andrea Bocelli Fallen Angels — Bob Dylan Stages Live — Josh Groban Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway — Barbra Streisand


Best Dance Recording:

WINNER: “Don’t Let Me Down” — The Chainsmokers featuring Daya “Tearing Me Up” — Bob Moses “Never Be Like You” — Flume featuring Kai “Rinse & Repeat” — Riton featuring Kah-Lo “Drinkee” — Sofi Tukker

Taking Back Sunday Release Dramatic Video For Call Come Running

Taking Back Sunday released a new music video for “Call Come Running”, premiered on Paper Magazine earlier today. The very personal video depicts a bloody, dazed Adam Lazzara wondering around his home town in North Carolina until he runs into his father, played by his actual father.

The video mirrors that of a coming of age tale, similar to the rest of Taking Back Sunday’s most recent work. With almost two decades under their belts, the bandmates have grown into adulthood and family life together. As expected, those influences are starting to trickle into their music. Lazzara explained some of this in an interview with Paper Magazine as well…

“Just like with any of the other records…it’s always just been this autobiographical thing, and things are winding down. For a long time we were just like very much the band and the music was our lives. I know at least for me that was everything revolved around just ever since I was a teenager…I think [this album]’s just a product of growing up a little more.”

Watch the video below:

Muse, Thirty Seconds To Mars To Rock Tampa Bay This Summer

Muse and Thirty Seconds To Mars are going to rock the Midflorida Credit Union Ampitheatre on May 21 in what is sure to be one of the best shows of the year. The announcement accompanies a 15 city tour, kicking off in West Palm Beach. Next Big Thing alumni, Pvris, will be opening the already powerful lineup. Listen at 10a, noon, and 2pm all week for your chance to win tickets! 

It’s been almost 4 years since Muse last played Tampa, at what is now Amalie Arena. Previously, they came to town alongside U2 at Raymond James Stadium. No stranger to the area and not shy to play alongside big names, this tour is sure to be another good one!

Twenty One Pilots Release “Heavydirtysoul” Music Video, and It’s Fire!

Twenty One Pilots just released the music video for “Heavydirtysoul”, the final single from their latest album, Blurryface. They could have shot a home made video and it would have went viral, because anything Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun touch right now turns to gold. But, that is not the case. This video is fire, both literally and figuratively.

Tyler sings most of the song from the back seat of a car driven down a two lane road by a hooded stranger. Josh Dun’s drum kit is literally on fire, while he plays in the middle of that same road. Sparks from the beat up car that Tyler is riding in probably caused the drum set to catch fire. Finally by the end of the song, both the car and drums are completely engulfed in flames as Tyler and Josh continue singing and playing. Watch the entire video below:



Twenty One Pilots will be performing in Tampa February 28th at Amalie Arena. Danielle has your chance to win tickets, so be on the lookout

Bishop Briggs Returning To Tampa Bay On Headlining Tour

Bishop Briggs aka Sarah McLaughlin will be returning to the Tampa Bay area for a headlining show May 17th at State Theatre in St. Pete. Bishop roared into Tampa last December to perform at Next Big Thing riding the smash hit success of “River”. She previously garnered attention for her debut single “Wild Horses” which became an internet hit following its inclusion on an Acura commercial. She has since been noted, mentioned, and previewed in countless acclaimed music blogs and publications. We don’t have a debut album from her, and are anxiously awaiting that. I would expect one soon, considering she will be embarking on a headlining tour.

If you didn’t get enough of her passionate performance at Next Big Thing, or have yet to see her live, be sure to tune into 97X all week for your chance to win tickets. Danielle has the hookup for you!

Relive her Next Big Thing performance below!



Portugal. The Man Announce Spring 2017 Tour, First Area Show in 5 Years

It’s been a while since we’ve heard much from Portugal. The Man, literally and figuratively. It’s been 8 years since they played St. Pete proper and 5 years since their last show in Tampa. Since that Spring 2012 tour, they released Evil Friends, there 7th and most recent studio album. This will end soon. April 8th to be exact, in which Portugal. The Man will take over Jannus Live.

The Alaska based indie rockers ended 2016 with a bit of excitement- releasing a new song in response to the rough year 2016 proved to be for many people. The song is called “Noise Pollution” and was accompanied by a strange music video and this message”

“It’s been a rough month y’all. Not to be dramatic and shit, but there’s a flood of noise right now that feels like it might drown us all. And it’s harder and harder to tell what’s fact, what’s opinion, and what’s just straight up bullshit. We’re not able to make sense of it, much less tell you how to make sense of it. Thank God there’s music for that. We’ve been working on a new record with your boy Michael Diamond for awhile, but we made a quick stop in Alaska with filmmaker Michael Ragen to shoot this video. Seemed like the right time to show it to you. We’re in this together.”


This blurb of news proved to ultimately evidence of the band’s emergence from, I guess, hibernation? Alaska is a bit cold. Not only do they have an extensive tour planned, but they also have a new album (?) in the works. Supposedly their 8th studio album, titled Gloomin + Doomin, is being produced by super star Mike D of the Beastie Boys. A fresh tour is always good evidence of a new album on the horizon, so I would expect to hear some new Portugal. The Man tunes on April 8th.

Oh, and in case you missed it, they stopped by our studio the last time they were in the area. Here’s a flashback:

The internet is photoshopping guns for thumbs and it’s hilarious

The internet strikes again. A blog out of the UK is removing guns from famous movie snapshots, leaving the actors simply wielding a pair of cocked thumbs, and it’s incredible.

1.  Pulp Fiction

Vincent and Jules look slightly less intimidating and more like a response to a sarcastic comment 

2. Star Wars *When someone says they don’t like star wars*☝

The trend bares a strikingly similar feel to that of the guitarists holding slugs trend that died out (rightfully so)

3. Scarface

Nothing screams “Turn me into a meme” more than Tony Montana giving you the 2-thumb-scour.

4. Die Hard

5. Rambo

Check out more of the photos here.

What will the internet think of next? 

Panic! At the Disco Serenades Fans on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon

Brandon Urie of Panic! At the Disco performed perhaps the most elegant version of “Death of a Bachelor” to date alongside The Roots on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon last week. The song can be found on Panic! At the Disco’s fifth studio album, Death of a Bachelor, which is nominated for Best Rock Album at this year’s Grammys. Tapping into the jazz influenced constructs of the song, the rendition sounded like a fusion between Frank Sinatra and Maroon 5.

If Jimmy Fallon has his way, Panic! will win their first Grammy this year, introducing the group as the band that’s “nominated (and should win) for a GRAMMY for Best Rock Album for Death of a Bachelor”.

This is the band’s second Grammy nod, previously receiving one in the category of Best Box Set/ Special Limited Edition for their debut album A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. Since its release, founding members Ryan Ross, Jon Walker, and Spencer Smith have departed, leaving Brandon Urie as the sole official member.

Watch the performance here:



Panic! will be embarking on an extensive Spring tour and will be visiting Orlando’s Amway Center April 14th, alongside Misterwives and Saint Motel. If you can’t catch them there, then check out the rest of their tour dates here:

Death Of A Bachelor Tour Dates: 2/24 – Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun 2/25 – Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center 2/26 – Portland, ME Cross Insurance Arena 2/28 – Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Events Center 3/2 – New York, NY Madison Square Garden 3/4 – Worcester, MA DCU Center 3/7 – Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center 3/8 – Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University 3/10 – Auburn Hills, MI Palace of Auburn Hills 3/11 – Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena 3/12 – St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center 3/14 – Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena 3/15 – Omaha, NE Baxter Arena 3/17 – Denver, CO Pepsi Center 3/18 – Orem, UT UCCU Center 3/19 – Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena 3/21 – Seattle, WA WaMu Theater 3/22 – Portland, OR Moda Center* 3/24 – Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center* 3/25 – Oakland, CA Oracle Arena 3/26 – San Diego, CA Viejas Arena 3/28 – Inglewood, CA The Forum 3/29 – Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena 3/31 – Allen, TX Allen Event Center 4/1 – Houston, TX Toyota Center 4/2 – Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center 4/4 – Tulsa, OK BOK Center 4/5 – Saint Louis, MO Scottrade Center 4/7 – Birmingham, AL BJCC Arena 4/8 – Memphis, TN FedEx Forum 4/9 – Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center 4/11 – Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex 4/12 – Duluth, GA Infinite Energy Center 4/14 – Orlando, FL Amway Center 4/15 – Sunrise, FL BB&T Center


Who is Mondo Cozmo?

Joshua Ostrander aka Mondo Cozmo is a Philadelphia born and LA based singer song writer. He’s been around the alt rock scene since 2004 when he was a member of the band, LaGuardia, who was signed to Universal Records at the time. From there, he broke off with a fellow bandmate to form Easter Conference Champions. Late last year, Ostrander began to dabble in a solo career under the guise of Mondo Cozmo.

Eastern Conference Champions

Dabble is a perhaps a bit underwhelming, for Ostrander has generated quite the buzz ever since releasing his first single, “Hold On To Me”. Most of the buzz was generated in and around the LA music scene, but his most recent single “Shine” got immediate traction online and has begun making it to the airwaves of major commercial alt rock stations nationwide. The genre bending anthemic sound, Bob Dylan esque hominess, and indie rock stylings of “Shine” make it unique, especially amid artists ever so heavily influenced by electronic and synth infused sounds. Mondo Cozmo should continue to gain huge popularity as he gets more airplay and should he decide to release a full length album.

If you have looked up Mondo Cozmo on Spotify you will see that he only has 3 songs available. If you have paid attention to the fine printed artists on the bottom of festival lineups, like Hangout, Shaky Knees, Gov Ball, and Forecastle, you may have noticed Mondo Cozmo’s name. Expect his sets to be early in the day, but very busy. His placement among those bills don’t do him justice considering the buzz he is generating. Get to know Mondo Cozmo now before he blows up, so you can say you knew him before it was popular.

Calling all Bonnaroovians!

It’s that time of the year again where the farm is calling! Bonnaroo 2017 is a go and 97x wants to send you there! Now I’m not sure if you’re familiar with this little thing called Bonnaroo… It’s only a festival that you can immerse yourself in the 150 music acts and arts for four days straight while camping out with 80,000 of the best people on a 700 acre farm. No big deal.

This year’s line up was no disappointment. With a mix of music genres, art, and even comedy, it makes for the perfect festival that has something for everyone.  To show you my excitement virtually, since you cannot see the massive smile I have on my face while I write this blog by myself in my room, here is a series of gifs to express how I am feeling BECAUSE BONNAROO:


 I know you’re dying to go now, don’t even lie. Now let’s get on to how you can score yourself a pair of Bonnaroo tickets AND camping passes so you can become a Bonnaroovian

Bonnaroo has been gracious enough to invite 97x and a couple of lucky listeners to the farm for the past couple years and this year is no different. So here’s what you can do to get those passes in your hands:

Listen to 97x Today (1/17) through Friday (1/20) at noon, 2pm, and 4pm to qualify for the grand prize of a pair of Bonnaroo tickets and camping passes.

Here at 97x, we always have things up our sleeves so we have a way to get yourself an extra entry! All you have to do is enter here!


The Killers Recording “Heavier” Music, Including a Song About Mike Tyson

We knew The Killers have been working on their fifth studio album since September, but the Las Vegas based alt rockers just opened up to Q Magazine about what to expect from that new record, and they even shared some interesting song titles.

The band’s 2004 release Hot Fuss is arguably their best album to date, and if you were to argue that then you would probably come back at me with Sam’s Town, released in 2006. Over a decade later, two more less than stellar albums in the books, and a mid 30’s Brandon Flowers, one would have to expect a different tone on from the guys, or rather men. Flowers explained that they are “old men” now with far more experience going into their recording sessions than ever before.

“There are moments that feel heavier than anything we’ve ever done, not that we’re the heaviest band in the world, but they have a finesse because of our experience,” said Flowers. “There’s also really beautiful things. Lyrically, it’s really close to home.” Aside from the overall heavier tone, we don’t know much else about the album. Flowers did go on to share some possible song titles, including one called “Tyson vs. Douglas”, named after the famed 1990 fight. In his own words… “I don’t know why but I think about it all the time and I finally tried to tackle it in a song, what it meant to have this hero of mine get torn down, and then everything that happened after that.” They also could be recycling some older work that never made it on an album, such as “Run For Cover”. The song was recorded for the 2008 release of Day & Age, but ultimately didn’t make the cut. Flowers explained that the lyrics were never “right”, but that they’d give it another shot 8 years later with a different producer. And not just any producer, but Grammy winner and super producer Jacknife Lee, who has worked with the likes of U2, Taylor Swift, and R.E.M. His work on U2’s “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb” nabbed him two Grammys in 2006. The Killers had one of the biggest years in music last year, despite not releasing anything new. They celebrated the 10 year anniversary of Sam’s Town in the most appropriate way ever…. hosting a party at Sam’s Town casino in Las Vegas, and re-released the highly anticipated album on vinyl. They headlined several major festivals including Governors Ball and Music Midtown. There are only a couple of European appearances on The Killer’s schedule thus far, so hopefully we get some more added as well as some new music. 2017 already looks like a great year for music, and The Killers would only add to that.
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