American Horror Story: Freak Show ‘s anachronistic use of contemporary songs continued last night with a cover of Lana Del Rey’s “Gods & Monsters.” It’s weird to hear Jessica Lange’s Marlene Dietrich wannabe Elsa sing the name “Jim Morrison” on a show based in 1952 Jupiter, Florida, but the Born to Die – Paradise Edition track does fit the overall theme. Elsa croons, “Me and God, we don’t get along so now I sing,” which is the “Gods & Monsters” lyric that resonates the most with these characters and ties in with the overall plot: Many of these “freaks” hold an inextinguishable grudge and blame a higher power for their deformity. 18 Things You Learn With Lana Del Rey The “Gods & Monsters” scene also marks a turning point in the series: For all its killer clowns, conjoined twins and other haunting visuals, Freak Show had so far been bound to reality, never really indulging in the world of spirits and unseen gods. That changes here: That green mist that drifts into the freak show during “Gods & Monsters” summons the ghost of Edward Mordrake, a (possibly real) British aristocrat with two faces (a smaller, demonic one on the back of his head) who’s also a serial freak killer. Mordrake is the bogeyman of the freak show community – you don’t perform on Halloween because his ghost will rise to claim another victim – and Elsa’s Del Rey performance on October 31st does just that. Prior to the season starting, American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy revealed four of the acts whose music pops up on Freak Show . “We’re only doing songs by artists who have self-identified as freaks,” Murphy said
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British boy-band singer Harry Styles can check “inspiring a work of literature” off his bucket list: the One Directioner star has allowed a 25-year-old writer to go from fan fiction scribe to six-figure published author. One Direction Grow in ‘Story of My Life’ Styles stars as a barely-disguised version of himself in 25-year-old novelist Anna Todd’s debut erotic novel, After , which hit stores this week. Todd began writing the sexy fan fiction – which involves a college freshman who falls for and has kinky times with a guy named Harry Styles – on free writing site Wattpad last year. But what started as a few chapters has grown into a 2,500-page epic novel that earned the Ohio native a six-figure publishing deal from Simon and Shuster imprint Gallery Books. The first of four installments will be around 500 pages and will feature more cleaned-up prose and longer sex scenes than After ’s online incarnation, plus a name-change from Harry Styles to Hardin Scott.
Now in its fourth year, Cyndi Lauper’s annual Home for the Holidays benefit concert has helped gain awareness for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth homelessness as well as raise money for the singer’s True Colors Fund. This year, the Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays concert is welcoming 50 Cent, Sufjan Stevens, Salt-N-Pepa and Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines. The event will take place at New York’s renowned Beacon Theatre on December 6th. Rosie O’Donnell and Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox will co-host the event, with 100% of the net proceeds going to the True Colors Fund. ‘It’s About More Than Our Bodies': Laverne Cox Talks Trans “For the fourth year in a row, Home for the Holidays will feature an amazing night of performances in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth experiencing homelessness,” Lauper said in a statement.
Brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll of the influential electronica duo Orbital have decided to end their musical partnership after 25 years and eight studio albums, the band revealed on their official website Tuesday. “After 25 years at the forefront of electronic music – from house to rave to festival mega-techno, to international dance stardom to the 2012 London Paralympics Opening Ceremony – Orbital brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll announce that they’re hanging up their iconic torch-glasses and parting ways for the final time,” the band announced in a statement. The 30 Greatest EDM Albums Named after the U.K.’s orbital motorways, Orbital’s Hartnoll brothers began making music together in 1989 in their Kent, England home. Their first single “Chime” drew enough interest to get the duo signed to FFRR Records, which distributed Orbital’s self-titled 1991 debut album
“I’m really into pink right now, which is weird because I did pink back in the day with my hair. Each time I’m cocooned, each time I transform into a new chapter, I do pink,” Gwen Stefani said recently during a New York Fashion Week interview. After breaking out of her solo career’s eight-year hibernation with her synth-driven new single “Baby Don’t Lie,” Stefani has shared that track’s colorful music video. A play on The Wizard of Oz , the video stars a wildly polygonal yellow brick road, an army of dancers and mountains of reoccurring Stefani patterns like bold black-and-white stripes, houndstooth and plenty of pink. 15 Musicians Who Run Business Empires In the eye-popping video, Stefani and her dancers are shown with bright pink Beats by Dre headphones around her neck while using the Beats Music app, which makes sense given that Instagram photo of her and Dr
It’s shaping up to be a busy week for the Grand Ole Opry’s newest members. Today, Little Big Town release Pain Killer , the follow-up to the country co-eds’ career-boosting Tornado . Largely written by the bandmates themselves, the album casts a wide net, with vocal arrangements that reference everything from Manhattan Transfer to Fleetwood Mac and a tracklist that bounces between mid-century doo-wop, Eagles-worthy country-rock and modern drinking songs cut from the same cloth as “Pontoon.” To promote its release, members Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook are hitting the TV circuit hard, starting with a two-episode run as Blake Shelton’s guests on The Voice — the second of which airs tonight — and a Good Morning America performance that wrapped up earlier this morning.
The track list for the Lorde-curated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1 soundtrack was revealed Tuesday, and the young “Royals” singer has done an impressive job of mixing established artists, up-and-coming acts and special guest features. Related: Fall Music Preview 2014: 25 Must-Hear Albums Lorde, Chvrches, Bat for Lashes, Grace Jones, Tove Lo and the Chemical Brothers with Miguel all provide new tracks to the soundtrack, which will also see Charli XCX team up with Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon on a song called “Kingdom.” Even Kanye West drops by to “rework” the Lorde cut “Yellow Flicker Beat.” The soundtrack is out November 17th, four days before the film itself hits theaters. “Curating the soundtrack for such a hotly anticipated film was a challenge, but I jumped at the chance,” Lorde said in a statement
It’s all about that star power. Chris Brown and Ariana Grande Go Medieval Next month’s Country Music Association Awards broadcast is luring in pop fans with the addition of Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor to the performance lineup. Grande, the American Music Awards’ reigning New Artist of the Year, will sing with the reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year, Little Big Town. Trainor, who has several country songwriting credits to her name, will perform her chart-topping earworm, “All About That Bass” with this year’s leading CMA nominee, Miranda Lambert.
Welcome to Young Guns, our series exploring the most notable guitarists from the next generation of six-string legends. For more interviews with the guitarists inspiring us right now, click here. WHO: Throughout his career, 28-year-old guitarist Mark McGuire has aspired to move his instrument beyond its six strings into uncharted zones – or, as he puts it, “take guitar out of the guitar world.” A native of Cleveland, Ohio, McGuire first gained notice in the mid-2000s as a member of post-rock quartet Emeralds, a group that took influence from minimalist composers like Philip Glass and Steve Reich, kraut-rock, New Age artists and synth gurus Tangerine Dream. “I wanted the guitar to mimic the sounds of the synthesizer,” he explains
Paul McCartney has shared a different version of the urgent-sounding, piano-driven Wings at the Speed of Sound tune “Beware My Love” that features Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham behind the kit. Paul McCartney: The Long and Winding Q&A The previously unreleased take of the song, which clocks in at a minute less than the studio version, will appear on the bonus disc of the upcoming deluxe edition of the record and finds Bonzo battering out a propulsive rhythm with intricate filigrees when the song moves to the bridge (and the former Beatle shouts, “Intro!”). McCartney shared the tune via Twitter’s new audio card during a Q&A on Twitter in a reply to a fan. .@raisingbiz Yes indeed! And here’s the world premiere of it featuring John Bonham on drums: http://t.co/K7selVAvaO. #Wings #askPaul — Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) October 20, 2014 The former Beatle fielded a variety of wide-ranging questions during the Q&A
The Church’s latest music video opens with a boy watching an old film reel of the band performing and continues into footage of one woman launching a fire-filled sky lantern. Another sits precariously in what appears to be a cluttered attic watching the same reel as the boy. In an e-mail to Rolling Stone , bassist and singer Steve Kilbey explains the confusing imagery like this: “A dodgy edifice is constructed from myths and legends and deadly sins. The whole damn thing starts to give as the dwellers strain the infrastructure, until it all falls down.” He then jokes, “Oh yeah, the Church are in it too!” 100 Best Albums of the Eighties The video soundtracks the band’s new “Pride Before a Fall,” the first single off the forthcoming Further/Deeper , a 12-song album scheduled for North American release on February 3rd, 2015
“Being Beige,” the first finished track off the Smashing Pumpkins’ forthcoming Monuments to an Elegy , has a simple title but its acoustic guitar and drum machine intro builds toward an urgent, memorable chorus, where singer Billy Corgan repeats the line, “The world’s on fire” as the full band fills out the previously sparse tune. Readers’ Poll: The Best Smashing Pumpkins Songs “People always ask me to explain songs, and honestly I can’t,” Corgan tells Rolling Stone . “But if there’s honesty in this lyric, it’s that there’s something amiss in our cosmos.