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Coachella 2014 lineup: Reunited OutKast, Arcade Fire, Muse to headline

UPDATE: OutKast adds another reunion show at NYC’s Governors Ball in June

ORIGINAL POST: Get ready to shake it like a Polaroid picture: OutKast is reuniting at Coachella.

The full lineup for the 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, was announced Wednesday night, and among the usual suspects — including repeat headliners Arcade Fire and Muse — was news of the reunited Atlanta hip-hop duo. Also performing back-to-back weekends in April: Lorde (her first appearance), Beck, Pharrell Williams, Lana del Rey, Nas, Haim, and dozens more artists.

The festival goes down April 11-13 and April 18-20, and tickets for both weekends go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. PT. Check out the full lineup below:

Muse release video for 'Madness': Watch it here

Consider it a sign o’ the times: Muse are doing dubstep.

Well, not exactly.  The English rockers’ new single, “Madness,” does feature a bit of that inescapable wub-wub-wub, but it’s more of a subdued textural element than a trouser-dropping bass cannon.  The song itself is also more restrained than much of their catalog, a subtle, layered groove with yearning harmonies.

In the video, our leggy heroine navigates the London Underground as a riot breaks out around her.  Its shadowy hues of green and blue suggest melancholy and urban decay, and serve as a perfect palette for the tune’s understated resignation.  Watch it below:


Muse will play Olympics closing ceremony

U.K. rockers Muse will play the closing ceremony of the London Olympics, the band’s drummer told music magazine NME Wednesday. Muse, who also wrote the song “Survival” in honor of the Olympics, will perform the song at Saturday’s event.

Muse's official Olympics song 'Survival' now has a video: Watch it here!

If you’ve ever watched one of those sweeping, heart rate-quickening Nike/Gatorade/Chrysler commercials and thought, “There should probably be an over-the-top British rock song in here,” then we’ve got just the thing for you.

While you were celebrating America’s freedom from Britain yesterday, those sneaky redcoats slyly posted a music video for “Survival,” Muse’s official song of London’s Summer Olympics, on the Internet.

Like the song itself, the video is on the ambitious side, trying in four minutes to capture more than a century’s worth of sweaty Olympian drama. And as an added bonus, they also threw in an Easter egg for Marvel fans by flashing an image of what looks to be the next Spider-Man villain at the 3:00 mark!

Spend some time with the video in all its spandex glory below and head to the comments to let us know just how pumped you are for the big event:


Muse's 'Survival' will be the official song of the London Olympics

What do Muse and Gloria Estefan have in common? They’ve both provided official songs for the Summer Olympics.

The British rock band’s song “Survival” has been chosen as the offical song of the 2012 London Summer Olympics, the band announced on its website today. (Estefan’s “Reach,” by the way, soundtracked the 1996 Games in Atlanta.)

According to the band’s site, Muse frontman Matt Bellamy “wrote the song with the Olympics in mind. It’s about total conviction and pure determination to win.”

“The song will be played throughout the Games,” the statement continued, “including when athletes enter the stadium, in the lead-up to the medal ceremony. and also as the theme for all international TV coverage.”

Added the band, “We are honoured that the Olympics have chosen our song to officially represent the London 2012 Olympic Games across the globe.”


The best bassline of all time? One (silly) poll gives Muse's 'Hysteria' the top spot

Earlier today, a link got passed around the EW music department that made everybody chuckle a little bit: an article that appeared on the website for venerable British music weekly NME, and declared “Muse’s ‘Hysteria’ voted best bassline of all time.”

That declaration came from another website called Music Radar, who held a poll that Muse fans obviously blitzed to push “Hysteria” to the top spot, beating out such iconic low-end parts as Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust,” Rush’s “YYZ,” and Pink Floyd’s “Money.” Honestly, we had trouble thinking of the bassline to “Hysteria,” and every time we thought we had it, we realized that we were thinking of the part from “Uprising.” Or “Time Is Running Out.”

The point is, they’ve got a ton of great songs with killer basslines (courtesy of four-stringer Chris Wolstenholme), and quite a few of them are way, way better than “Hysteria.” And in no way, shape, or form should Muse be considered better than Queen at anything, which is why a whole new list is necessary.

Being a bass player is tough, because you’re either playing stuff that nobody notices (95% of bassists fall into this category) or you’re being showy to the point of being obnoxious (the Les Claypools and Stings of the world). Being great requires incredible artistic balance (and quite a bit of manual dexterity), and it’s a very elusive sort of greatness.

So in addition to some of the clear winners on the Music Radar list — Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” David Bowie & Queen’s “Under Pressure,” Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Give It Away” — here are some other overlooked moments of low-end excellence. READ FULL STORY

On the scene at Lollapalooza, day one: Coldplay, Muse, and more

If Lollapalooza, with its 130 bands spread over three epic, deodorant-challenging days in Chicago’s mammoth Grant Park, is a marathon and not a sprint, Friday was its hope-you-carbo-loaded 10K kick-off.

Fans of chugging, red-meat rock– and Aerosmith obsessives (brothers Adrian and Tony Perry are the sons of Aero icon Joe Perry) — came out early for Boston boys TAB the Band; frontman Adrian told me that they recently spent time in the studio with Mark Neill, who co-produced the Black Keys’ Brothers. I like the Stones-y, jangling “She Said No (I Love You),” even though the title sounds uncomfortably like an After-School Special about date rape.

Next up: Electric Touch, a whammy-bar-friendly Austin outfit with a British frontman whose  black-jeans strut works melodically, if not always lyrically. Either way, the dude near me in the full-body blue spandex bodysuit with his cargo shorts all bunched up underneath seemed to have no reservations; he was extra-loving the “Blitzkrieg Bop” cover.

Reports say there are 90,000 showgoers expected this weekend, and approximately 45,000 of those seemed to be in attendance at Foster the People‘s set on the Sony stage. The L.A. breakouts’ indie-pop anthems — and faithful, slightly incongruous cover of Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” — were swallowed at times by the field’s massive sprawl, though the kids didn’t let that stop them from some surprisingly civilized crowd-surfing during “Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls),” “Helena Beat,” and “Pumped Up Kicks,” a.k.a. The Hit. (Don’t worry, “Houdini,” you are still my favorite.) Frontman Mark Foster seemed appropriately awed, recalling to the crowd his very recent days spent selling clothes and pulling coffee. Barista no more! READ FULL STORY

Glenn Beck calls Muse's Grammys performance 'a call for revolution'

beck-museImage Credit: Ted Axelrod/Fox News; Michael Caulfield/WireImage.comMuse fan Glenn Beck, who labeled the band as “libertarian” on his Twitter after the release of The Resistance, has once again taken to name-checking the group, this time during his radio show. Following the group’s performance at the Grammys last night — which highlighted a famous photo of Prince Charles and Camilla getting mobbed by protesters in December — the right-wing radio host suggested “Uprising” was inciting revolution. “You have basically a call for revolution by this group,” Beck said. “Now, you have to remember these are Europeans, and they have been degraded for a very long time. Really, since the beginning of time. They have had very few glimpses of real freedom, even when England won the Second World War. They didn’t go into freedom. That’s where the Road to Serfdom came from.” READ FULL STORY

Grammys announce more performers: Justin Bieber, Usher, Jaden Smith, Bruno Mars, B.o.B, and others

Justin-Bieber-UsherImage Credit: Michael Caulfield/Getty ImagesThis morning a new batch of performers for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards were announced. Usher and his protege Justin Bieber are set the hit the stage alongside Will Smith’s son, Jaden. Though the young Smith is known more as an actor, he did collaborate with Bieber last year on “Never Say Never.” Maybe he’ll bust some more raps next month. Hip-hop upstart B.o.B, R&B crooner Bruno Mars, and energetic soul star Janelle Monáe will all make their debut appearances at the Grammys, performing together in what’s described as “a rare never-before-seen presentation.” No doubt, Mars and B.o.B will spend a bit of time performing their summer smash “Nothin’ On You,” but it’ll be interesting to see where Monae fits in to the set.


Muse, 'Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever)': Watch the epic video for the first 'Twilight: Eclipse' single here

muse-eclipseImage Credit: Danny Clinch; Kimberley FrenchBlood-red backlighting! Eclipse clips galore! Matthew Bellamy in shiny pants! Collisions! Love! Forever! If God took an ice-cream scooper to the inside of a Twi-fanatic’s brain, it would very likely look like this, the just-released video for Muse‘s “Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever).”

Watch the U.K. rockers’ performance-and-movie-bits-heavy clip (via MTV) for the first single from the upcoming Twilight: Eclipse soundtrack, due June 8 (and see EW’s exclusive gallery of stills from the video shoot here): READ FULL STORY

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