The band took some time off, and frontman Brandon Flowers put out a solo album (which also rules—please cue “Only the Young”), but now they’re back with a new album called Battleborn. The group even delivered a trailer for the album, which is both somewhat silly and phenomenally inspired. Watch it below: READ FULL STORY
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Tommy Marth, a saxophonist who played on the Killers’ second and third albums, was found dead of an apparent suicide on Monday in his Las Vegas home. He was 33 years old.
Though he was never a permanent member of the band, Marth was a key component in the Killers’ evolution from dance-friendly indie pop group into something grander. On 2006′s Sam’s Town and 2008′s Day & Age, he helped to create sweeping, E Street Band-esque desert soundscapes, and also toured with the band for Day & Age.
The Killers began a hiatus following the Day & Age tour, though they are working on a new album that should be out before the end of the year.
“Last night we lost our friend Thomas Marth,” Killers frontman Brandon Flowers said in a statement released on Tuesday. “Our prayers are with his family. There’s a light missing in Las Vegas tonight. Travel well, Tommy.”
Check out the video below of Marth during a performance of the Killers’ “Joy Ride” (from Day & Age) at the 2009 V Festival in England. READ FULL STORY
My Morning Jacket and the Killers drop new Christmas songs, but are they the most rockin' holiday songs of all time? You be the judge
Earlier this week, the Music Mix premiered a video of My Chemical Romance’s Yo Gabba Gabba! performance of “Every Snowflake Is Different (Just Like You),” a song that will hopefully become a standard for years to come.
Luckily for everybody, My Chem’s foray into winter cheer isn’t a rarity. Traditional Christmas music can’t help but grate on the nerves, simply because of its sheer overexposure.
But every year brings a new crop of holiday tunes that turn up the rock and help provide a bit of respite from yet another choral version of “Deck the Halls.”
In fact, some bands have made trying to break free from the holiday doldrums an annual tradition. The Killers have produced a Christmas song every year since 2006, with a few of those tunes (most notably 2008′s “Joseph, Better You Than Me”) ranking among the band’s best work. This year’s track is called “The Cowboy’s Christmas Ball” and is adapted from a poem of the same name. It’s the honky-tonk stomp Brandon Flowers’ mustache always promised, even though his excellent facial hair is absent from the video below. READ FULL STORY
In addition to the smash Broadway play, the magazine covers, being called a “cult” by Robert Jeffress, and, of course, two Mormon presidential candidates vying for the Republican nomination, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also has an ongoing multiplatform “I’m a Mormon” media campaign that began in New York and has since extended to 12 major cities.
The idea is to showcase everyday Mormons in their everyday lives — along the same lines as the Windows 7 “I’m a PC” ads — and the spots even caught the attention of Steven Colbert, who said the videos make Mormons “irresistibly cool.“
Until now, the campaign has consisted of Mormon common-folk, but now they’re heading into new celebrity territory: the clip below shows Killers frontman Brandon Flowers discussing his faith and family: READ FULL STORY
Who needs the rest of The Killers anyway? All joking aside—The Killers are great!—the band’s frontman Brandon Flowers, who announced in April that he was going out on his own, appeared without his bandmates last night at NYC’s Highline Ballroom and quickly proved that the solo thing suits him very well, thank you very much.
The thing that was most stunning about Flowers’ show was just how much the crowd was with him, even though he’s only officially released one track from his upcoming album, Flamingo. The second song of the evening, single “Crossfire,” had pretty much the entire crowd singing along rapturously (maybe because it’s really all most people know so far?)—and that was even without an appearance by Charlize Theron, who memorably pops up in the song’s video.
Brandon’s big moment, however, came a bit later in the under-an-hour set, when he covered “Bette Davis Eyes,” which Jackie DeShannon originated in 1974 before Kim Carnes made it a hit in 1981. (Watch a bootleg clip from an earlier show of Flowers’ version of “Bette Davis Eyes.”) The singular synth melody at the beginning opened it beautifully, and then Flowers owned it with his vocals, too. Maybe this cover will make the album? We can hope. Another highlight of the night was “Magdalena,” a folksy yet danceable track that has Flowers wailing throughout.
Overall, the show felt right for Flowers because of his stage presence—he was believable, very into what he was doing, and (see his Santa Fe-inspired vest above) completely adorable, especially with his new military-inspired crew cut. He just seemed joyful, and that bled immediately into the crowd, including yours truly.
Are you all pumped to hear what Flowers has cooking for the rest of his solo debut? Can he make it without the rest of The Killers behind him? All signs point to yes, but let me know what you think in the comments below.
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Now this is a fun video! In Kill Bill fashion, actress Charlize Theron slings swords and throwing stars to save Brandon Flowers from ninja captivity in his “Crossfire” video. In the opening scene, the Killers frontman wakes up after presumably being knocked out, only to find that Theron has been kicking ninja tail and is set to free him.
“Crossfire” is the first single from Flowers’ solo debut, Flamingo. Check out the video after the jump to see if he and Theron get away or meet their doom.
Billboard, visitors to the Killers’ official website will currently find a neon sign flashing the frontman’s name under the headline “THE NEW SOLO ALBUM — FLAMINGO — COMING SOON.” Some spacey synths, sprightly bleeps, and a snatch of wordless falsetto loop on the soundtrack. And…that’s all we’ve got right now.Brandon Flowers is stepping out on his own. As noted by
A rep for the Killers confirms to the Music Mix that Flowers has a solo album titled Flamingo on the way, but offers no further details at this time. When I spoke to Flowers last November, he dodged a question about the Killers’ studio plans: “We’re always trying to write songs. But right now we’ve got a month and a half of touring, South America and South Africa. That’s what’s on the brain.”
Are you looking forward to hearing Flamingo? What do you hope it sounds like?
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The Killers are technically in between albums, but they’re tiding hungry fans over with a New Moon tune and a live CD/DVD that hits stores today. The Music Mix reached frontman Brandon Flowers at home in Las Vegas to chat about all this and more a few days before the band launched an overseas tour. Read on for our Q&A.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Live From the Royal Albert Hall is your first live album. What made you want to do it now?
BRANDON FLOWERS: It felt like a good time to do it, I guess. Sometimes I worry that we didn’t do it earlier. We’ll never capture what it was like when we first started playing. We might have been a little green, but we’ll never have that again. So I guess now is a better time than never.
Is there footage of those old shows off in a vault somewhere that you could try to release?
Over in the U.K., the BBC, they’re masters of filming live bands for festivals. So there’s quite a bit of that stuff from our early days, I think, but never a full show. Anyhow, we’re really happy with how this turned out. I think for our first live DVD, it’s pretty solid.
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