Brainwaves goes back to the 70s this week but with a twist. Every song this week’s show is from the 70s – but performed by a modern band. All your favorites – from Jackie Blue to Maggie May – in new versions. Is it too late (Carole King) or is it 25 or 6 to 4 (Chicago covered by Pacifika)? Def Leppard covering ELO? Nada Surf does the Moody Blues? It’s all on this week’s Brainwaves.
This week, we visit Goshen Indiana to kick off Brainwaves with some music from indie folk (and sometimes rockers) Strand of Oaks. Plus music from Walk the Moon, Jellyfish, Beach Fossils, Elbow, Kishi Bashi, Nada Surf and a saxophone extravaganza from Moon Hooch.
Brainwaves airs on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but this week, we have a few Saturday songs. From the Jam, Blitzen Trapper, America and Sparklehorse. Plus Wall of Voodoo, Elvis Costello and the Buggles tells us what’s on the radio. And, would you believe, a segue from Mouth and MacNeil to… the Muppets?
Last week marked the beginning of summer (well, in certain parts of the world, including where Brainwaves is recorded). So it’s time for our annual all-summer music special episode. You’ll hear Blitzen Trapper, Fountains of Wayne, Alice Cooper, Regina Spektor, Meatloaf, Matt Pond PA, Patti Smith, Fountains of Wayne and more.
The Tubes ask: what day is it? on this week’s Brainwaves. The show opens with the very first two Tubes songs from their eponymous 1975 album. Then stick around for a set of “day” music from U2, ELO, Alan Parsons, Snow Patrol, R.E.M. and the Barenaked Ladies. Plus in honor of the new movie Rocketman, an unusual Elton John cover.