RoundUp: RHCP Covers EP, Bob Mould Fights Anti Gay N.C. Law

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To commemorate their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,  Red Hot Chili Peppers will release l digital-only EP, entitled We Salute You, on May 1st.

It features six songs from previous Hall of Fame inductees, all of whom have influenced the band musically: The Ramones, Neil Young, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Dion and the Belmonts and their version of “Search & Destroy” from Iggy and the Stooges. The band is currently touring in support of I’m With You.  Test your Red Hot Chili Peppers knowledge with our guitar riff quiz!

And on the subject of covers, Brooklyn’s The Obits will release a 7″ on May 15th with their versions of tracks from Mink DeVille and The Kids.

Bob Mould, David Cross, Superchunk (Acoustic Duo) and more are  playing  a benefit concert on May 6th at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, North Carolina.  The artists are teaming up with Merge Records in opposition to a proposed amendment to the NC Constitution that would ban legal recognition for all unmarried couples.

Rush are back with Clockwork Angels, their new album due out June 12th. The band is back in its full prog rock glory with the nearly 8 minute long track “Headlong Flight.” They kick off their U.S. tour in September.

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Pat Ferrise grew up loving ”the punk rock” and “new wave.” His years at one of the nation’s top college radio stations ultimately led him to a 15-year run as music director of alternative music icon WHFS Washington/Baltimore. Rolling Stone magazine named him of the most influential programmers of the 90s. He’s recorded two albums under the moniker Trampoline for the now defunct SpinArt label. He lives in Baltimore and takes no credit for writing this bio.