LA garage-poppers Best Coast performed “Do You Love Me Like You Used To?” on Conan last night. The song’s off their second record, The Only Place.
Watch it below and see if you love them like you used to, or for the first time: READ FULL STORY »
After a succession of videos ranging from concept-y to gimmick-y, the Black Keys’s new Danny Clinch-directed clip is a no-frills performance video of the boys tearing down the house at Springwater Supper Club & Lounge, the beloved Nashville dive bar.
“We all just sort of kind of mutually agreed that it should probably just be the performance and not any of the other extra stuff,” Dan Auerbach told Rolling Stone.
Good call, guys – the El Camino track has been pared down for the sake of length (the second verse is missing), but once it starts rocking out in the second half, it hits its stride.
Dive into “Submarines” below:
In honor of the band’s 50th anniversary, the Rolling Stones will play their first shows since 2007 later this year, Rolling Stone reports.
The band is planning two shows at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center as well as a reported two performances at London’s O2 Arena.
The legendary rockers have also apparently recorded new music for an upcoming box set in France last week. “Had fun in the Paris studio this week!” Mick Jagger tweeted following the session.
Nearly a decade after establishing himself as one of rock’s vital voices, the Killers’ Brandon Flowers, 31, is set to deliver another set of snowcapped, arena-pleasing anthems on his band’s fourth album, Battle Born, out Sept. 18. In the meantime, the Nevada native—who lives in Las Vegas with his wife, Tana, and their three sons, ages 17 months to 5 years—sat down with us to talk about the songs that have made him sing, cry, and … sell tacos.
THE FIRST SONG I WAS OBSESSED WITH: “Missing You,” John Waite (1984)
“I’m not sure how young kids get to the point where they’re memorizing and knowing songs, but I knew the words to “’Missing You” from John Waite probably from when I was three years old. For whatever reason, that was the song that I gravitated toward when it was on the radio and I was driving around with my mom. It must’ve been played a lot, because I knew all the words. My sister would take me around to her friends’ parents and things, and I would sing it. [Laughs]“
THE SONG THAT ALWAYS REMINDS ME OF HOME: “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” Eagles (1972)
“I spent some time in Utah, so that’s why I have a bit of an accent, but I consider home to be Henderson [Nevada] and Las Vegas. I love the desert, so there are a few people for me who’ve captured that specific area, like the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac and even Jackson Browne sometimes. I’ll hear that stuff and I’m just there. But if I had to say one specifically, it’d be this one. I hear it and it’s like — I don’t know, I can just see the sun going down in Las Vegas.”
THE SONG THAT MAKES ME THINK OF MY FIRST CRUSH: “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” Tina Turner (1984)
“But my crush was on Tina Turner. [Laughs] That’s bad, right? I think it was the video.”
THE FIRST ALBUM I BOUGHT WITH MY OWN MONEY: Songs of Faith and Devotion, Depeche Mode (1993)
“My mom had bought me a few cassettes, but I got a job at a place called Taco Time in Nephi, Utah. I worked there with my mom, and two of my sisters worked there too. So I was 15, and usually to buy music you had to go to Provo, which is an hour drive, but we had a truck stop. Basically Nephi was like a truck stop, it was such a small town. I was a fan of the kind of bubblegum, early-early Depeche Mode. And I didn’t know exactly how dark that they could delve, and I didn’t know that I would like it. But I bought it for I think $5 on cassette at Flying J. And it’s one of my favorite things, still. Later, we even got to work with Flood [a.k.a. Mark Ellis], who produced Songs, on our album Sam’s Town.” READ FULL STORY »
The Pussy Riot saga rages on.
Roughly a week after Russian women Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, were sentenced to two years in prison for hooliganism, a lawyer representing the trio has applied for an appeal.
The women’s imprisonment, sparked by their “punk prayer” protest of Vladimir Putin at a church altar in Moscow, seems unlikely to be overruled, defense lawyer Nikolai Polozov conceded to Reuters. ”If the court abides by the law it would throw out the verdict,” he said. “But being realists, understanding all the efforts the state has put into this case, we think it’s unlikely the verdict will be overturned.”
However, Polozov has his fingers crossed for shortened or conditional sentences, though even that looks to be a pipe dream given that the Russian media and government have reacted defensively to the harsh negative criticism coming from other corners of the world. As the imprisoned Samutsevich told the Guardian, ”Our verdict shows just how scared Putin’s regime is of anyone who can undermine its legitimacy,”
Since the situation looks pretty dire for them back in Russia, it might be wise for the currently unjailed, on-the-lam members of the Pussy Riot collective to keep running.
The colorfully retro video for the band’s new single “World’s End” is set in a vintage episode of Making It With Chester Felt and Viv, an imaginary talk show hosted by Chester, a.k.a. F&G and Party Down thespian Martin Starr.
“I really wanted to make something that was based on those great variety and chat shows of the Sixties,” says Army Navy singer Justin Kennedy.”The only person we had in mind for the host was Martin, and through a friend we were able to get him the treatment. Lucky enough he liked it and wanted to be part of it — Bill Haverchuck from Freaks and Geeks is one of my favorite characters ever.”
Your favorite Mexo-Americana indie-folkie band is back!
Okay, fine, so David Wax Museum may be the only band you know in that category, but the duo is ready to present Knock Knock Get Up, their third album overall and second since their buzzed debut at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival.
If you’re not familiar with DWM’s sound, think something like Andrew Bird, with a Mexican folk bent and a couple of dashes of Magnetic Fields and Wilco-ishness via Boston (the city, not the band).
The new album, out Sept. 4 (pre-order on Amazon here), includes their scrappy single “Will You Be Sleeping?”; ourselves, we’ve got “A Dog in This Fight” stuck in our heads, while “Wondrous Love” and “Big Heart of Yours” are making us feel kind of soft in the center.
Listen to the full album below and let us know what you think in the comments:
But what happens when the parties involved have trouble agreeing on a soundtrack? Something like what goes down in the video for John Welsey Harding’s “Making Love To Bob Dylan,” an unreleased song from the veteran English singer-songwriter.
But there’s a twist here: It’s Harding, whose stage name is borrowed from the Bob Dylan song and album title, who can’t perform to Robert Zimmerman’s musical stylings, no matter how much his partner Janeane Garofalo wants to. (Too Malkovich Malkovich?)
Harding does his best to find a compromise — What about the Beach Boys? Maybe Massive Attack? Come on, not even T. Rex?? — but Garofalo isn’t having it.
The pair do eventually find a way to make things work, more or less. See them go at it (not like that!) in the video below:
Chef/author/general wild man Anthony Bourdain has been to some wild, far-flung locales on his No Reservations show. And in the Travel Channel show’s Sept. 3 third-season premiere, he drops in on one of the world’s most chaotic events: South by Southwest.
There, Bourdain finds Sleigh Bells playing their face-melting set at ACL’s Moody Theater and decides, “You know what, I’m gonna hang out with these kids today.” And hang he does! Bourdain tags along with duo Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller at their SXSW home base, a nice backyarded house away from the squalor of downtown.
The band’s friends join the party as well, and soon everyone’s enjoying a good crawfish boil, getting “drunk as s—” (Bourdain’s words) on avocado margaritas, and giving certain Reservation-ists permanent tattoos on their arm.
Watch all the high jinks go down in the video below:
Perhaps you’ve heard of that little cinematic endeavor, The Hunger Games, and its accompanying soundtrack featuring the likes of Taylor Swift, Arcade Fire, Kid Cudi, and Civil Wars?
This week The Hunger Games arrived on DVD and Blu-Ray with all kinds of extras, including a never-before-seen music video for precocious U.K. songstress Birdy‘s contribution to the soundtrack, “Just a Game.”
Check out its exclusive online premiere below.