The Music Mix Music news, reviews, albums, concerts, and downloads

Tag: Dance (1-10 of 17)

Daft Punk, Pink, Kendrick Lamar among first announced Grammy performers

The fans have asked “Just Give Me A Reason” to watch the Grammys, and the producers (and Pink) have answered.

Believe it or not, we’re only about a month away from the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, which will take place Sunday, January 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. While plenty of people are invested in the nominees, the real stars of that particular show are the performers, and the bookers have begun to roll out the docket.

First up is Pink and Nate Ruess, who will be performing “Just Give Me A Reason,” the Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper that the fun. frontman co-wrote with Pink for her excellent 2012 album The Truth About Love. It will mark the first time the pair have been on network television together, though hardly the first Grammy appearances for either artist: Pink last showed up at the 2010 awards to perform a stunning rendition of “Glitter in the Air,” and fun. showed up on last year’s show to blast out “Carry On.” READ FULL STORY

Daft Punk, Elton John, The Clash, and other join Tony Hawk and Ben Harper for second 'Boards + Bands' charity auction

Last year, Tony Hawk launched the first Boards + Bands auction, which raised over $126,000 to build skate parks for at-risk youth by auctioning off custom skateboard decks featuring hand-written lyrics from famous artists — and this year, the participants include Daft Punk, Ben Harper, members of the Clash, Elton John, and John Lydon.

The idea is that Hawk’s friends donated decks they actually rode. Then Hawk sent those boards to some of his rock star friends, who wrote lyrics to their skateboarder-approved tunes on the decks. “Last Year’s Boards + Bands auction surpassed all expectations,” Hawk said in a statement. “This year we have equal caliber of skaters and musicians contributing, so I am looking forward to seeing the excitement (and high bidding) they bring.”

The auction kicks off tomorrow, December 5, at the auction’s official site. You can take a look at the wares available online, or if you’re in Los Angeles, check out the decks at the Grammy Museum. You can also donate to Hawk’s cause even if you don’t want to buy a custom Elton John skateboard.

Check out the highlights from last year’s auction below.

READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry's latest 'Prism' track is club thumper 'Walking On Air': Hear it here

Katy-Perry.jpg

It seems as though Katy Perry’s Prism is going to end up being something of a pop-music buffet: Over here we have the pop-rock pomp tune (“Roar”) as an appetizer, and some Juicy J-assisted sludge-rap (“Dark Horse”) over at the carving station.

What’s that coming out of the fro-yo machine? It’s the latest Prism track “Walking On Air,” a David Guetta-esque blast of dancefloor adrenaline that finds Perry adopting the persona (and the faux-gospel inflection) of the great British club divas of yesteryear.

It’s one of two Prism tracks produced by Klas Ahlund, a Swedish songwriter and producer who has teamed with Ke$ha, Vanessa Hudgens, Madonna, and most notably. former Katy Perry tourmate Robyn (Ahlund co-wrote most of the Body Talk series).

Give “Walking On Air” a spin below.  READ FULL STORY

The National and Daft Punk: Should we reward stasis or experimentation?

The-Nationals-Review_612x380.jpg

The National just released Trouble Will Find Me, their sixth album. I gave it a B, because it is what I consider the very definition of a B-level album: It’s an exceptionally well made album by a now-veteran band, but it does not really waver from the formula set up on previous albums. Essentially, it’s more of the same, so if you like albums made by the National, then you’ll certainly like this new album by the National.

I’ve held fast to that grade, though the more I think about my reasoning, the more I have begun to question it. It has forced a core question to the forefront: What do we expect from our favorite artists?

In the case of the National, it’s deeply unfair that I am essentially punishing them for being excellent. READ FULL STORY

Singer and producer Romanthony, best known for Daft Punk's 'One More Time,' has died

romanthony.jpg

Singer, DJ, and house music producer Anthony Moore, who went by the stage name Romanthony, passed away last week at his home in Austin at the age of 46. His family confirmed his passing today, and said the cause was kidney disease.

Though he released four albums of his own, Romanthony is best known as the voice behind Daft Punk’s “One More Time.” Though it was completed in 1998, the track wasn’t released as a single until 2000, and later appeared on Daft Punk’s 2001 album Discovery. (Moore also provided vocals for the album’s closing track, “Too Long.”)

Moore also operated his own label, Black Male Records, through which he released his albums and singles. His music was nominally all filed under the “house” genre, but it was hardly confined to it, also reaching into techno, funk, hip-hop, and beyond.

Listen to “One More Time” and Romanthony’s solo release “Make This Love Right (Tronic Dub)” below:

READ FULL STORY

The Postal Service's 'Give Up': An oral history of the indie side project that became an aughties touchstone -- and a platinum seller

POSTAL-SERVICE.jpg

Last week, the Postal Service released Give Up: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition, a two-disc version of their platinum-selling (it only took nine years!) sole album, and they celebrated by kicking off a new tour that includes a prominent slot at Coachella.

EW caught up with all the principals involved in the creation of Give Up for an oral history that appeared in issue 1255/56, but we couldn’t get it all in in print, so enjoy this expanded version here.

2001 Jimmy Tamborello releases his first full-length album as Dntel, Life Is Full of Possibilities. The acclaimed indie electronic collection features a song called “(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan” with vocals by Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard.

JIMMY TAMBORELLO One of my roommates was in a band that went on tour with Death Cab for Cutie, so Ben and my roommate had become friends. Ben was going to come stay at our house for a couple of days for fun, and it was right when I was working on this album with different guest vocalists. So I asked him if he’d be up for it, and I sent him the instrumental and when he came to visit he recorded it. We hung out and had fun, and that’s where it started.

BEN GIBBARD It wasn’t as if we really connected personally all that strongly when we first met. It was just an interesting arrangement that he would send me this music and he would let me put whatever I wanted to put on it. “Evan and Chan” came together really quickly, and the only thing I had on it was vocals.

TAMBORELLO Ben brought up the idea of doing more together—like an EP or something.

GIBBARD Initially the idea I pitched to him was an EP, and it was only when Sub Pop started sniffing around that it turned into an album.

TONY KIEWEL, Sub Pop A&R Jimmy and I went to college together. He told me they were thinking about doing an EP based on the experience of “Evan and Chan.” I had just started doing A&R, and I had recently learned how the world treats an EP as opposed to an LP. Why would you waste time making an EP? If you’re going to do it, do a full album. People will review it, and you can sell it for three times as much. I told them for sure Sub Pop would want to do it if that was something they wanted to do.

GIBBARD The music has always been the more difficult thing for me to write, so the idea of somebody basically turning in what were mostly finished beds of music and then I could sprinkle other things on top of it and write melodies and lyrics was really appealing to me. He was nice and easy-going and a kind of shy quiet guy, and I’m a little more gregarious, so I think that worked too.

2002 Operating out of Los Angeles, Tamborello begins the process of sending Seattle-dwelling Gibbard music, which Gibbard would then send back with his additions—which included guitars, keyboards, and additional vocals by friends Jen Wood and Jenny Lewis. READ FULL STORY

Daft Punk's new single 'Get Lucky' lands on Earth: Hear it here!

Daf-Punk.jpg

At long last, everyone’s favorite French robo-dudes are back.

Just after midnight, Daft Punk finally unveiled “Get Lucky,” the first single from their new and long-awaited (unless you’re one of the guys this guy is looking for) album Random Access Memories. Though there have been some brief snippets that have shown up during television commercials and some pretty convincing fakes circulating around the Internet over the past week or so, this is the real deal.

The track features vocals by Pharrell Williams and some blistering guitar work care of Nile Rodgers. It’s now available for sale on iTunes, but you can go ahead and give it a spin below.  READ FULL STORY

Hear the dancey new Dragonette single 'My Legs' -- EXCLUSIVE

O, Canada — thank you for giving us Dragonette.

The electro-pop group from Toronto is ready to brighten up your week with a stream of its newest single “My Legs.” The track won’t be released until May 20, but you can hear it now exclusively here.

The song comes from Dragonette’s most recent album, Bodyparts, which earned the trio – Martina Sorbara, Dan Kurtz, and Joel Stouffer — a nomination for Canada’s coveted JUNO Award for Best Dance Recording of the Year.

If nothing else, “My Legs” is the likely winner for best dance recording of today. Give the new Dragonette single a listen in the player below:

READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' alum Jessica Sanchez releases debut single 'Tonight' featuring Ne-Yo

Ten months after finishing in second place on Season 11 of American Idol, 17-year-old diva-in-training Jessica Sanchez has released her first single, “Tonight,” a club thumper featuring Ne-Yo, who penned the track.

The song is far better than Jessica’s non-starter pop singles “Change Nothing,” which she performed at last year’s finale, and “Fairytale,” which she debuted at a showcase last year. And it’s light years ahead of the generic dance tracks released by The Voice‘s Jermaine Paul and The X-Factor‘s Melanie Amaro. “Tonight” actually sounds like it could fit right in on pop radio or blaring out of the speakers in a club.

Here’s the thing, though. I’m just not buying it — and that’s because I still remember the Jessica Sanchez I got to know on Idol. (How could I not? It hasn’t even been a year.) That girl was timid, chaste and typically performed vanilla Star Search-approved anthems like “The Prayer” and “I Will Always Love You” without an evident connection to the lyrics.

She had a bellowing instrument and could hold her own with the likes of Jennifer Holliday, but when she’d sing sassier tunes like “Proud Mary,” she’d stomp her feet and snarl and seem as if she was play-acting like all the diva greats she grew up watching on YouTube. To be clear, Jessica was (and is) an incredible vocalist, but what I’m saying is that she lacked her own artistic perspective. She was immature.

Granted, maybe she’s changed a lot in a year. Maybe sparkly bare midriffs, high tops, and techno productions like “Tonight” have always been her prerogative, but I can’t shake the feeling that she’s still playing a part — especially when it stands in such stark contrast to her previously TV-established identity. “We ain’t even on earth tonight,” she sings. “We on a planet where the dudes got money and they not afraid to spend it.”

Does that really sound like something that Jessica Sanchez, the quietly polite up-and-comer we saw on Idol, would ever say? To be fair, Rihanna plays a part when she performs. So do Katy Perry and Ke$ha. But they all arrived on the pop culture landscape as fully realized personae — we didn’t watch them transition into their sexified selves. When you do watch that transition, though, it’s hard to read the resulting work as authentic.

Check out the video for “Tonight” below: READ FULL STORY

The Postal Service drops first new song in 10 years: Hear 'A Tattered Line of String' here!

POSTAL-SERVICE

It’s been a good year for comebacks so far. David Bowie? Welcome back. My Bloody Valentine? Excellent to see you again. Justin Timberlake? You’ve been missed.

The excitement over the return of the Postal Service—the tracks-by-mail collaboration between Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and electronic artist Jimmy “Dntel” Tamborello—is not quite as large as that for the above artists, but it’s just as fiercely passionate. The group’s first and only album Give Up came out in 2003 and found a surprisingly massive audience attracted to its combination of confessional lyrics, deeply-rooted melodies, and blippy electronic undercurrents. In a way, it’s quite trenchant—what song not called “Such Great Heights” has better melded the worlds of rock honesty and electronic cool?

Give Up sold over a million copies, and Gibbard and Tamborello have decided to dust the project off for some tour dates this summer. They’re not putting out new music per se, though they are resurrecting some songs from the Give Up sessions for a deluxe edition of that release. The first song unveiled is called “A Tattered Line of String.” Give it a listen below, and for a bonus 2003 callback, listen for the guest vocals of Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis.  READ FULL STORY

Latest Videos in Music

Advertisement

TV Recaps

Powered by WordPress.com VIP