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Jack White has never been shy about reaching into strange and unexpected places for songwriting inspiration. Whether he’s referencing Citizen Kane, heartwarming local news broadcasts, or a Detroit landmark that he was summarily banned for life from, the dude likes to keep things weird. During his recent interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, White assured us that his latest release Boarding House Reach wasn’t going to break the formula any time soon.

After dishing about his choir boy past and reuniting with his beloved tape recorder, White shared the bizarre story behind Boarding House‘s closing song “Humoresque.”

Apparently, famed gangster and snappy dresser Al Capone got bored during his sentence in Alcatraz and formed a band called The Rock Islanders with the original Machine Gun Kelly (not the rapper, although we should probably make that collab happen). White managed to get his hands on a piece of sheet music written by Capone himself, and the story behind it is a total hoot!

Music at the Zoo has returned for another summer of rocking the socks off of lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!). Check out the full lineup.


– Eighties-inspired indie-pop savant Twin Shadow debuted “When You’re Wrong.”

– Psych-rock garagemaster King Tuff went track-by-track over his new record The Other.

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