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RPW Can’t Miss This List 2014 – Music

Ready for 2014 Rock Paper Watchers? To celebrate the new year, we are releasing our “Can’t Miss This List” so you know our picks for upcoming shows, movies, albums, and books.  Check out our lists for the 2014 movies, books, and television.

“Out Among the Stars” by Johnny Cash

March 25, 2014

I can admit that I’m not a huge country fan, but boy do I love me some Johnny Cash. I was thrilled when it was announced last year that John Carter Cash, son of the late Johnny and June, discovered 12 songs recorded by Johnny Cash in 1981 and 1984. The tracks, which include duets with June Carter Cash and Waylon Jennings, have been sitting in a vault forgotten for the past thirty years and have never been released to the public.

Pharrell Williams



In 2013, Pharrell simultaneously held the #1 and #2 song on Billboard’s Top 100, was nominated for seven Grammy Awards, and released the first-ever 24 hour music video. All of that was done without releasing a new album. But America heard plenty of the Man Who Never Ages in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” and on the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. Can you imagine what will happen in 2014 when Pharrell releases his own album from Columbia Records? The new album will drop later this year and will include “Happy,” the single from Despicable Me 2.

Betty Who


When her single ‘Somebody Loves You’ was featured in the viral Home Depot Proposal, her song took off at a rapid pace. Once released, it debuted at #44 on iTunes and at #4 on Spotify. She was quickly signed to RCA records in September and has been tour and in the studio ever since. In the meantime, her EP ‘The Movement’ is available on Spotify and for download on iTunes.




It was recently confirmed by Adele’s publicist that she has been working on her third album, a follow up to 2011’s 21, which is officially the first album to sell over 3 million digital copies. Naturally, expectations are high for this next album. Adele is reportedly working with Kid Harpoon, James Ford, William Orbit, and Ryan Tedder.

Honorable Mentions

The Fray

Foo Fighters

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She’s Back – Britney Spears releases video for ‘Work Bitch’


Britney’s back, and she’s here to work, bitch.

Last week, director Ben Mor hinted that the video for ‘Work Bitch’ is one of the more ambitious Britney videos that we’ve seen in a while.  He went on to say “This one is basically ‘The queen is back and she’s about to show all these bitches how it’s done.’ It’s her being really fierce and taking back her throne in a way.”  It did not disappoint!  It’s great to see Britney back in her element and the dancing!  God girl, take that throne!

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Monday Man Candy – Brandon Flowers of The Killers


On Saturday night I had the pleasure of attending The Killers concert in Maryland and as usual, they did not disappoint.  I can honestly say that they’re a band that sounds better live than they do on the album, and the album sounds pretty damn good.  A big reason of why they’re so good live is because the lead singer, Brandon Flowers, puts so much emotion into each performance.  In concert, the songs quickly take on new meanings.  As an audience member, it’s as if you’re hearing them for the first time.  It also helps that Brandon Flowers is pretty easy on the eyes.  With that in mind, enjoy the delicious photos below and the live clip that follows.


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If you’re interested, here’s a playlist with the set list so you can have you’re own little Killers concert at your desk.  Enjoy!

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New Mumford & Sons Video for ‘Hopeless Wanderer’

Mumford & Sons Hopeless Wanderer

Need a Monday pick-me up?  Mumford & Sons has released their music video for ‘Hopeless Wanderer.’  Instead of starring the Mumford & Sons, it hilariously features Jason Bateman, Will Forte, Ed Helms and Jason Sudeikis as members of the band.  In full Mumford costume, they angrily play banjos and soulfully sing the lyrics to one another, even on a boat.  Enjoy!  PS-How hot does Bateman look with that scruff?

Mumford and Sons Hopeless Wanderer

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The Civil Wars – Blood Will Be Spilled.


It seems to be a very rare thing today in the music industry for a band to have the amount of chemistry as Joy Williams and John Paul White have. Sadly, that chemistry can come at a cost. In 2012, while riding the wave of success from Barton Hollow the band took a hiatus citing “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition.” As we all know, some of the best bands will take a hiatus and come back better than ever, (Foo Fighters rings a bell) however, this hiatus seemed more of a break-up, break-up. After months of hoping, this spring the band went to Twitter to announce that they would be back in the late summer with a new album titled The Civil Wars. (Can’t say we didn’t see that one coming.) Needless to say, we here at RPW couldn’t be more excited about the news.


The album speaks for itself as to what may or may not have happen with the band over the course of time that the album was being made. The lead single “The One That Got Away” released a few weeks back, oozes the palpable chemistry Williams and White share as two singers and songwriters…even if they can stand the sight of looking at each other. “I Had Me a Girl,” one of the toughest, more gritty songs the band has ever written, lends itself to probably the strongest track on the album. “Tell Mama” is one of the lighter tracks on the album (if there is such a thing) reminding us of the lighthearted days of Barton Hollow.

If there is a band out there we hope works the bad blood out of its system, its The Civil Wars. However, if blood must be spilled, we hope its in the form of a third album.

The Civil Wars is advanced streaming their sophomore album online for free. Check it out here. The album drops August 6th.

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“Jesse and the Rippers” Reunite on Fallon


Ladies, set those DVR’s because the reunion we’ve been waiting for is happening tonight on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.  Rumors began buzzing that John Stamos and his band from his glory days on Full House were reuniting when a new Twitter account named Jesse Katsopolis (@jessandtheripp) emerged in June, and began tweeting photos of Stamos and the band in their infamous leather vests, mullets, and red blazer ensembles.


Then, the rumor mill really started racing after Stamos released a short video on his Instagram account showing the band recording the Full House theme song with the caption, “Never thought I’d be singing THIS song.”  Finally, People magazine confirmed that Jesse and the Rippers will be back on stage tonight on LNJF!  RPW has just one thing to say about this – Thank you, thank you very much!  Now, we just hope that we can hear some of our all time favorites like “Forever,” “Michelle Smiling,” and maybe a little Beach Boys mash up for old times sake.

Here’s a little Friday treat to help get your through the rest of the day.  Late Night with Jimmy Fallon airs tonight on NBC at 12:35.

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New Kings of Leon Single, Listen Here!


Southern rockers Kings of Leon have released their first single off the upcoming album ‘Mechanical Bull.’  The single, titled ‘Supersoaker,’ is reminiscent of their 2003 debut album.  The catchy, soulful lyrics are paired with loud guitar bursts and funky rhythms.

This is the first music out of the band since they announced their hiatus in August of 2011 after singer Caleb Followill appeared onstage heavily intoxicated.  During the show, Followill, abruptly left the stage claiming he was going to vomit, drink a beer and return to play three more songs. He never returned, the rest of the band apologized on his behalf and cancelled the remainder of their tour.  The band’s humble upbringing and sudden rise to fame was the focus of the 2011 documentary Talihina Sky.

‘Mechanical Bull’ is set for release on September 24, 2013, listen to ‘Supersoaker’ below.