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Taylor Swift Brings in a New Era with the Release of ‘The Tortured Poets Department’, ‘Under the Bridge’ Explores a True Crime Story, Record Store Day Celebrates Vinyl

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What’s new this week: Taylor Swift enters a new era, Phish takes over the Sphere and Pearl Jam returns with their 12th studio album.

What to watch

Phish performs at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Phish’s Page McConnell, Trey Anastasio and Jon Fishman perform at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. (Keith Griner/Getty Images for ABA)

🎤 Phish is playing the Sphere in Las Vegas

  • When: April 18-21.

  • What to know: The Vermont quartet will be only the second band to play the new $2.3 billion immersive concert venue after U2’s 40-show residency ended in March.

  • Currently, Phish’s sold-out performance at the 18,600-seat auditorium consists of just four shows, which frontman Trey Anastasio says is by design.

  • “There’s a quality of Vegas where older bands go and play their old album to make a lot of money late in the twilight of their career,” Anastasio told the Washington Post. “That’s not what we’re interested in.”

  • Those who weren’t lucky enough to get tickets to see the shows in person can pay to stream them live via the band’s website.

  • Known for its theatrical performances, extended jams and dazzling light show, the band has remained tight-lipped about their plans for the Sphere run.

  • “I’m not trying to hold back,” Phish co-creative director Abigail Rosen Holmes told the Post. “I just want people to have no idea what’s going to happen when they walk into the room.”

  • Just don’t expect to see “hero shots” of Trey, like those of Bono and U2’s Edge, on the giant wraparound LED screen.

  • “It suited Bono because he’s such a star,” Anastasio said after seeing U2’s Sphere performance. “But I’m not. I do not do that. There’s one song where he just rocks into the camera. He steps forward and he’s standing 800 feet high on the wall. I’m not going to do that.”

  • One thing fans can expect is that they will at least hear some material To develop, Phish’s 16th studio album due out in July. — Dylan Stableford, news reporter

What you should listen to

Taylor Swift's album cover Taylor Swift's album cover

Taylor Swift’s album cover The department of tortured poets. (Taylor Swift)

🎧 The department of tortured poets is Taylor Swift’s latest foray into heartbreak

  • When: The department of tortured poets comes out on April 19.

  • What to know: Taylor Swift was first announced The Department of Martyred Poets, her 11th studio album, at the Grammys in February.

  • Swift has remained relatively quiet about the inspiration for the 16-track album.

  • “I had to make it. It really was a lifeline for me,” she said during a tour stop in Australia this year.

  • Fans are speculating that it could provide insight into her breakup with actor Joe Alwyn, her boyfriend of six years. Their split was made public in April 2023.

  • Swift further fueled claims that the album focuses on the breakup after releasing the track list, which includes songs like “So Long, London,” “I Can Fix Him (No Real I Can)” and “I Can Do It With a Broken Heart’. .”

  • In keeping with her more recent records, the pop star did not release any singles prior to the album’s release.

  • Fans will have to wait and see whether the album will include references to Swift’s current, highly publicized romance with Chiefs star Travis Kelce. — Lily Herman, The Yodel Newsletter Writer

  • Quiz: How much do you know about Taylor Swift?? Test your knowledge.

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🎧 Pearl Jam shines along Dark matter

  • When: Dark matter comes out on April 19.

  • What to know: The Seattle rock band releases their twelfth studio album. Singer Eddie Vedder calls it ‘our best work’.

  • The title track and lead single are inspired by drummer Matt Cameron’s signature beat intro, which guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament heard during a studio session.

  • “I don’t think I’ve ever heard a beat intro quite like it,” Gossard said.

  • The second single, “Running,” is a two-minute sonic burst of energy, culminating in a ripping solo from lead guitarist Mike McCready.

  • The group used the single to promote the benefits of exercise, giving fans the opportunity to post and share videos of themselves moving to the song.

  • After the album’s release, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will embark on a world tour that kicks off in May.

  • The band hopes to play “a lot of new stuff” and is working on new stage production elements that will offer a “little bit of a different show,” Gossard told Spin. — Joseph Barracato, curatorial editor

🎧 Record Store Day keeps vinyl in rotation at indie record stores

  • When: April 20 at participating stores.

  • What to know: Record Store Day (RSD) is an annual event aimed at celebrating independent record stores in the US and around the world.

  • The event was first organized in 2007 when brick-and-mortar record store owners and employees came together with the shared goal of showcasing the “unique culture” of indie record stores.

  • The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008.

  • Each year, artists release exclusive vinyl editions that are only physically available at participating record stores.

  • Co-founder Michael Kurtz praised Metallica for supporting the first Record Store Day. The band launched the first exclusive RSD vinyl releases and held an in-store event at Rasputin Music in San Francisco.

  • “There wouldn’t be a Record Store Day without Metallica,” Kurtz told VW Music, who credited other artists including Jack White, Run the Jewels and Paul McCartney for its success.

  • Artists releasing special vinyl this year include Olivia Rodrigo and Noah Kahan, who are releasing covers of each other’s songs, as well as the 1975, Sabrina Carpenter, Paramore, Talking Heads and the Cure.

  • Check here to see if a store near you is participating. — Neia Balao, entertainment reporter

  • read more: Teenagers love vinyl. They tell us why.

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What to binge

Lily Gladstone as Cam in Under the Bridge.Lily Gladstone as Cam in Under the Bridge.

Lily Gladstone as Cam-in Under the bridge. (Bettina Strauss/Hulu)

▶️ Under the bridge seeks the truth

  • When: The first two episodes of Under the bridge streaming April 17 on Hulu.

  • What to know: The limited series tells the true story of a teenage girl who went to a party to see friends and never came home.

  • Based on Rebecca Godfrey’s true crime book of the same name, it stars Riley Keough as Godfrey and Lily Gladstone as local police officer Cam Bentland.

  • The pair, who have their own pasts, investigate the 1997 murder of 14-year-old Reena Virk (Vritika Gupta).

  • Set on a small island in British Columbia, the crime drama explores the dark side of the teenage years and extreme bullying, while also delving into culture clashes, religious rebellion and the dynamics between parents and children.

  • Plot twists abound as novelist Godfrey gets closer to the children suspected of the murder, while reconnecting with childhood friend Bentland.

  • Over the course of eight episodes, Godfrey delves deeper into the lives of the troubled teens, while simultaneously confronting memories of her own tragic past.

  • Godfrey, who served as an executive producer on the drama, died of lung cancer at age 54 in 2022, a week after Hulu announced it had ordered an adaptation of the series. — Laura Clark, entertainment editor/reporter

  • read more: Lily Gladstone says ‘the desire for justice’ is at the heart of crime drama ‘Under the Bridge’: ‘The bravest thing is to feel it, to feel the tragedy’

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