Jack White swung through Washington, D.C., for a two-show run on Wednesday and Thursday. Well, make that a three-show run.In between gigs at The Anthem, the rock icon stopped by D.C.’s Woodrow Wilson High School for an unannounced set during the students’ lunch break. While the performance may have been a surprise for these incredibly lucky teenagers, Relix reports that White cleared the stunt with the school’s principal, who couldn’t say no to the proposition.According to the school’s newspaper, this is how it all went down:Most days, Wilson students pour out of class after fourth period and shuffle down packed stairwells to the atrium, where they settle in for lunch or head off campus to get food. Assistant Principal Gregory Bargeman usually plays ‘80s hits from a speaker; once in a while, a few kids get up and dance.Today, the second floor was rattling after fourth period. Noise echoed through hallways and drowned out conversations close to the atrium. In the art wing on the other side of the school, people speculated that Bargeman must have ramped up his sound system.But it wasn’t Bargeman. It was Jack White shredding a blue electric guitar, backed by a barefoot drummer, two musicians playing multi-level synths, and a bassist.Evidently, the 12-time Grammy winner treated the students—who, as we may have mentioned earlier, were really, really lucky—to a set that included favorites like “The Same Boy You’ve Always Known”, “Over and Over and Over”, and show-closing rendition of “Seven Nation Army” that turned into a singalong as the students rushed the “stage”.White is currently on tour in support of his new album, Boarding House Reach. His next stop will be a headlining performance at the Governor’s Ball Music Festival in New York City on Friday, June 1st.Jack White’s “Seven Nation Army” finale at Woodrow Wilson High School
Earlier this year, Irish alt-rock heroes The Cranberries announced their plans to release a final album, In The End, featuring their late singer, Dolores O’Riordan, who died suddenly at age 46 in January 2018. The lead single from their forthcoming final studio album, “All Over Now”, was also shared with the announcement. On Wednesday, the band took the next step in what will be their final album cycle under The Cranberries banner by debuting their new animated music video for the recently-released song.The video features animation and creative direction from artist Daniel Britt, whose past work includes contributions to that epic LSD-inspired music video for Adult Swim‘s Rick and Morty. The video’s storyline follows an animated young lady, who could be considered to be a fictional nod to the band’s beloved late singer. Viewers follow the character through a rainy, dismal landscape, which somewhat mirrors the song’s lyrical themes of domestic abuse. It’s worth noting that even with the abundance of darker themes presented throughout the video, the lead character does find solace through the light from a seaside lighthouse by the end. Fans can watch the new video below.The Cranberries – “All Over Now”[Video: TheCranberriesTV]“We thought animation was the way to go — it was either that or have actors in the video,” guitarist Noel Hogan said of the video. “But animation is something we’d never really done, so we thought it would be nice.”Hogan also went on to admit that the band’s label continues to push for more music videos behind the upcoming album, much to the chagrin of the band. Discussions on the potential for another video for the album’s next single, “Wake Me When It’s Over”, are ongoing.“The record company is really kind of pushing for a mix of old footage of us,” Hogan continued. “I don’t know if that’s something we want to do. We kind of feel a video should in some way represent the song more so than be just a bunch of clips that look nice. It’s kind of an ongoing discussion at the moment.”The Cranberries will plan on disbanding entirely following the release of In The End on April 26th via BMG.
Land of Waterfalls: A hiker gazes at 40-foot Dry Falls, near Highlands, N.C. Photo: Ashley WoodringThe Cashiers-Highlands plateau of Western North Carolina is an off-the-beaten-path oasis of incredible beauty. A long-time destination for the Greenville, Asheville, and Atlanta retirement communities, the area also draws outdoor athletes of all ages. Often referred to as the “Land of Waterfalls,” the area boasts abundant rainfall and unique geology, which creates some of the most spectacular cascades in the South. No matter what your outdoors passion, this area has something to fit the bill. Here are a few of our favorite getaways.Whiteside MountainHiking and ClimbingWhiteside is a marquee feature among the stacked list of natural scenic attractions in the area. Its massive North Face is impossible to miss by anyone making the drive on 64 between Cashiers and Highlands. While this mountain hosts some of the most challenging and committing trad and sport climbing routes in the South, it also has beautiful hiking options available to hikers of all skill levels.HikingThere are several options available to hikers wanting to access the top of the granite escarpment that reaches 4,930 feet of elevation. The most popular is a two-mile loop that utilizes an old roadbed to wind up, and a steeper trail on the way back down to treat visitors to one spectacular view after another. From these vantage points, hikers can gaze into the piedmont of South Carolina and Georgia and view peregrine falcons nesting in the cliffs. These are actually the fastest animals on earth, capable of diving for their prey at speeds of 200 miles per hour. Another option is to visit the Devil’s Courthouse, where you will be treated to 360-degree views, and the loop will be extended to four miles. Access to Whiteside can be obtained in Wildcat Cliffs Country Club for a $2 fee.ClimbingWhile the hiking on Whiteside Mountain caters to people of all fitness and ability levels, the climbing is not for the faint of heart. Whiteside is known as some of the most challenging and dangerous climbing in the South. The routes have a runout character, and some have 10 or more pitches, so bring your game face, and go with climbers who have prior experience out there.The North Face is the most visible, but the majority of climbing occurs on the South Face. This is a plus for year-round climbing, since the sun keeps you warmer in the winter. The most popular route, Original Route, is a 5.11a, or a 5.9a if you use the bolt ladder at the crux. Be wary of the first pitch, which is comprised of 140 feet of 5.7 with no protection.Additional options include the three-pitch ice climbing routes available on the North Face, and a number of 5.11 routes up to Devil’s Courthouse.One other consideration is the falcon nesting grounds. Parts of the mountain will sporadically close to climbers as the birds move around; check CarolinaClimbers.org to stay updated.Cullasaja RiverWaterfall TourThe Cullasaja originates near the town of Highlands, and is one of the epicenters for recreation in the area. The river offers excellent options for waterfall viewing, trout fishing, swimming, and picnicking. One popular pastime is the waterfall tour starting from Highlands and consisting of Bridal Veil Falls, Quarry Falls, Dry Falls, and Cullasaja Falls.Bridal Veil is located on the way from Highlands to the Cullasaja on Highway 64. This waterfall is a classic because it is possible to drive your car underneath the drop for a photo op. Visit in the wintertime for impressive icicle displays. Quarry Falls is the classic Cullasaja destination for picnics and swimming. The multi-tiered 20-foot drop is usually bathed in sunlight, and if you are lucky, you may catch a view of kayakers descending the drop as they paddle this class IV section of river.Continuing on, Dry Falls is a special one because of its ease of access, and the very intimate way in which you can experience it. While it is possible to view the waterfall from the top and side, you can also walk behind the curtain and soak in the feeling of an entire river cascading 75 feet over your head. More great views are available on the other side after passing underneath the falls.Cullasaja Falls is the largest waterfall on the river, but is logistically more challenging. It is best to approach this one from the Franklin side, and there are a couple of primitive parking spaces on the side of the road. Once there, you will be treated to views of a multi-tiered, 250-foot cascade. The road here is almost a destination unto itself as it carves through the steep gorge.Panthertown ValleyHiking and CampingPanthertown is a picturesque valley flanked by granite domes and sheer slopes, and is dubbed by locals as the “Yosemite of the East.” This area, which is the headwaters of the Tuckaseegee River, is a true adventurer’s destination. The trails are not marked, and it’s easy to get lost in the 30-mile network. Hiking and biking abound amid the myriad falls and overlooks of the area, and primitive camping is also allowed within the 6,700 acres of protected land. Rare ferns, mosses, and liverworts are part of the mountain bog ecosystems, and you may be lucky enough to see one of the protected members of this bear sanctuary.Enter for your chance to win a fishing and riding Mountain Weekend Getaway to the Cashiers/Sapphire Valley!