The Flaming Lips have a Beatles obsession. On last month’s With A Little Help From My Fwends, the experimental psych-rockers teamed with Miley Cyrus, Tegan and Sara, My Morning Jacket, and many more to cover every song off 1967′s classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Now they’ve partnered with Yoko Ono to cover John Lennon solo cut “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” for All Is Bright, a 40-track Amazon Prime holiday compilation. READ FULL STORY
Back in October, Sleater-Kinney surprised fans with the big reveal that the career-spanning box set they’re about to release isn’t just a look back at their incredibly influential career but the first chapter in a new phase of their collaboration.
They broke the news with a new song, “Bury Our Friends,” and during an interview on NPR’s All Songs Considered yesterday they played snippets of two more recent recordings.
You can hear the interview here, and if you’re in a rush you can skip ahead to 19:19 to hear “Surface Envy” and to 32:39 for a bit of “No Cities to Love.”
Jessie J has been ruling the charts with “Bang Bang” in recent weeks—but she proved she has more than a few great performances in her when she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday.
Arcade Fire’s Will Butler will release a solo album, Policy, on March 10 via Merge Records. The multi-instrumentalist Butler joined Arcade Fire shortly after his brother Win founded the band.
Will has performed outside of Arcade Fire before. Earlier this year, he and Owen Pallett were nominated for an Oscar for their work on the Her soundtrack.
Butler hasn’t put out an official single yet, but he’s recently debuted new material at small solo shows. Check out one of those new songs below. READ FULL STORY
Ty Herndon, a country singer known for hits like “What Mattered Most” and “Living in a Moment,” spoke about his sexuality publicly for the first time in a People interview published Nov. 20. “I’m an out, proud, and happy gay man,” he told People.
Herndon, now 51, says he started coming out to his close family when he was 20—but wants to come out to the whole world now in hopes that he can help others, especially others who are struggling to reconcile their gay identity with religion.
“They can be loved by God, they can be married one day, they can have a family, they can give their parents grandkids,” Herndon said. “And they’re not broken, they’re not sinners, and they’re perfectly beautiful.” READ FULL STORY
The Billboard 200 albums chart will look a little different after Thanksgiving. Starting with the installment of the chart that goes live online Dec. 4, positions won’t be determined simply by the number of albums sold—in a nod to modern music-buying habits, 10 digital track sales from one album, or 1,500 streams, will be considered the equivalent of one album purchase.
The rejiggered formula should be a boon to artists with younger, more digitally savvy audiences, who tend to purchase tracks a la carte rather than as entire albums or prefer streaming over buying. Billboard predicts that Ariana Grande, Hozier, and Maroon 5 stand to benefit from the change. READ FULL STORY
These days you can barely swing a MIDI controller without hitting a synthpop band, but LA duo Radar Cult sets itself apart from an increasingly crowded field not only by tapping into the slightly menacing analog tones of vintage John Carpenter scores, but by infusing their music with real emotion.
The pair have their debut LP scheduled for release next year on the Plug Research label. In the meantime, they’re putting out a five-song EP called Splitting that sounds like Erasure writing notes to an unrequited love on an overcast day. It’s due out Nov. 25, and EW has an exclusive first listen below.
Los Angeles has been reconnecting with its hippie past a lot in recent months with the revival of a mystically tinged folk sound that’s as much a part of the city’s sonic identity as glam metal and g-funk. Frally Hynes and Rain Phoenix (who is, yes, Joaquin’s sister) have added their voices to the movement with their new project Venus and the Moon, playing something they call “galactic country” that blends delicate Laurel Canyon melodies and gentle psychedelia infused with crystalline cosmic energy.
Before setting out on a string of European dates with Cat Power, the pair gave EW some insight into what they’re about (and a playlist too).
First, Grumpy Cat was a fun Internet meme. Then, she became a coveted celebrity guest at events. And now? She’s got her own movie on Lifetime, complete with original music and therefore, a music video.
EW has the exclusive premiere of the music video for “A Very Grumpy Christmas,” a new song composed for Lifetime’s Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever by House of Broken Glass. The song, which is is exclusive to the film’s soundtrack, is available online and in stores now.
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