Tuesday’s a big day for halls of fame, apparently: Earlier, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their latest inductees—a group that included Ringo Starr and Lou Reed—and just a bit later, the Grammys released the details of their own batch of new inductees.
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Mark Mothersbaugh is perhaps best known as the faintly cyborg front man for Devo, whose cybernetic synthesis of the organic and the electronic (not to mention their pointed critiques of consumerist culture) now seem—36 years since Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! was first released—astoundingly prescient.
On the side, he’s composed and recorded soundtracks for dozens of movies, TV shows, and video games, scoring everything from Rushmore to Rugrats, as well as creating an impressive body of visual art. His latest venture is a line of frames that he designed alongside eyewear mogul Shane Baum, who calls him “a childhood hero” and “an insanely creative guy.”
Recently EW got Mothersbaugh on the phone to discuss Mothersbaugh x Baum, Devo’s latest tour, and the upcoming theatrical release of Neil Young’s 1982 film Human Highway, which includes the most fascinatingly bizarre performance of Young’s classic “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)” ever committed to film.
Muddy good times at Austin City Limits: On the scene with Neil Young, Jack White, Florence and the Machine, the Roots and more
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Austin City Limits kicked off under clear Texas skies on Friday, as an estimated 75,000 fans converged on the lawns of Zilker Park for the 11th annual music festival. Early sets by Asleep at the Wheel and the Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit opened the balmy day, which would go on to present a series of Sophie’s Choices for music lovers. The Afghan Whigs reunion show or the Alabama Shakes? Florence + the Machine or Weezer?
Speaking of Florence, a flame-haired pied piper who pranced and floated across the stage and into the crowd, I’d follow that woman anywhere. At one point during her exuberant set, she called a young fan up on stage and lovingly rubbed some glitter off his face onto her hers. “It’s not a festival until you’re stroked glitter off a stranger’s face and put it on your own!” she declared. It’s also not a fest until you’ve seen a merry pack of toddlers with glow-stick hair bands and tails dance with abandon to “Dog Days are Over.” READ FULL STORY
In Jonathan Demme’s documentary Neil Young Journeys, the Silence of the Lambs filmmaker follows Young through his Ontario hometown and onward to a show in Toronto, all while talking about life and music during a ride in Young’s 1956 Ford Crown Victoria.
Young is no stranger to the world of film — he’s had several documentaries made about his work, including Neil Young: Heart of Gold and Neil Young: Silver and Gold, which Demme and producing partner Elliot Rabinowitz also teamed up on, plus his scripted environmental treatise, Greendale.
Journeys will be out Oct. 16 on DVD and Blu-ray from Sony Home Entertainment. In the meantime, take a listen to two previously unreleased tracks, exclusive to EW, below: “You Never Call” and “Leia.” The first is a soulful, sad, bluesy track; the second is more lively, playful one.
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The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is unlike any other festival in America, and that’s partially because it reflects its location: San Francisco.
The event, held in Golden Gate Park, is fully greened-up, and the city’s foodie culture is represented in the 65 on-site restaurants, 49 wineries, and 19 breweries. This year, there was even fog.
But for all of that, what Outside Lands is mostly about is the music – more than 60 bands over the course of 3 days — and on Day 1, the music was all about Neil Young.
You could hear Neil’s influence in Two Gallants, a powerful two piece who played early on Friday (and even though there’s no Neil in L.A.’s Fitz and the Tantrums, it was hard not to think the latter were booked to provide angst-free modern-soul diversity). Beck covered “After The Gold Rush” mid-way through a typically brilliant set, and Dave Grohl started talking about Neil three songs into the Foos show. “We’ve got a lot of songs to play, and the quicker we play them, the faster I get to see Neil fu*king Young,” he said. The crowd cheered, which was slightly surprising – for a lot of people at the festival, Grohl & Co. were the big ticket, and an abbreviated set wasn’t what they were looking for. READ FULL STORY
Even though it awkwardly sits in the middle of the week this year, the Fourth of July remains the most ideal holiday: There’s no psychological trauma surrounding giving the right gift, you usually don’t have to travel to fully enjoy it, and there’s no somber occasion that makes you feel guilty about getting a day off from work. It’s simply an excuse to go outside, put meat on fire, and watch colorful things explode.
Of course, it’s also important to crank up some music as loud as humanly possible in order to fully enjoy the Fourth of July. That’s why EW has put together a special Spotify playlist for Independence Day, which features 29 killer songs sure to upgrade your backyard barbecue. There are odes to the summer months (Will Smith’s “Summertime,” Mungo Jerry’s “In the Summertime,” Flaming Lips “It’s Summertime”), hat tips to the home of the brave (Neil Young’s “Keep On Rockin’ in the Free World,” Elton John’s “Philadelphia Freedom), and some actual songs called “4th of July” by the likes of Aimee Mann, X, and Bruce Springsteen.
You’ll also find a handful of tracks about partying, one or two shout-outs to the backyard, and Sweet’s “Fox On the Run” (because you can’t have a party without “Fox On the Run”).
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Street artist Shepard Fairey has revamped the Rolling Stones’ iconic tongue-and-lips logo in honor of the band’s 50th anniversary.
The emblem — designed by John Pasche — was first used on the band’s 1971 Sticky Fingers album sleeve. Pasche was hand-picked for the task in 1969 by Mick Jagger himself after the rocker grew disappointed with the artwork produced by their label, Decca Records.
Have you seen your grandpa lately? If he’s not smoking his pipe in the front porch rocker, you may want to check your local Best Buy; there’s a good chance he’s there picking up some new tunes by Alan Jackson, The Beach Boys, Neil Young, or even old soul Adele, who topped the Billboard 200 this week for the 24th time with her blockbuster album 21.
Of course, the chart didn’t only appeal to septuagenarians (not that there’s anything wrong with that) — acts like Big K.R.I.T., One Direction, Curren$y, and Brandi Carlile muscled their way into the upper tier as well.
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