Posts Tagged ‘music’

Years and Years on Crafting Dance-Pop With Indie-Rock Edge

U.K. electronic band Years and Years jumbles together an unlikely mix of sounds, including some that don’t seem particularly fashionable — think Hot Chip and the Wanted covering Savage Garden, with a dash of Jamie Woon. They have several major hits overseas, the biggest being anthemic summer jam “King,” but their next stop is the United States: The single recently charted in the lower reaches of the Mainstream Top 40 and earlier this month, the group released their strong full-length debut Foundation . 20 Best EDM, Electronic and Dance Albums of 2014 Rolling Stone met with the band’s Olly Alexander, Emre Turkmen and Mikey Goldsworthy at their room in the Standard Hotel on Manhattan’s West Side. Black leather covered every piece of furniture, and myriad disco balls hung from the ceiling

Mastodon, Judas Priest Plot Fall Tour

Two monsters of metal will hit the road together this fall as Mastodon  will open for Judas Priest  on an 11-date tour. The trek will kick off October 16th in Paso Robles, California. Tickets go on sale to the general public on July 31st. Judas Priest Explain the ‘True Metal Experience’ In addition to their tour, both Judas Priest and Mastodon have plotted their own fall tour plans.

Watch Florence and the Machine’s Brooding, Melodramatic Short Film

Florence Welch  ramps up the melodrama in “Queen of Peace/Long & Lost,” a 10-minute short film paired to two tracks from her recent LP, How Big How Blue How   Beautiful . The latest installment of Welch’s “Odyssey” saga, created with director Vincent Haycock, finds the singer exploring weighty themes – loss of innocence, male brutality, familial struggle – against the wind-swept backdrop of Scottish isle Easdale. The video is available to view at NPR .  In “Queen of Peace,” Welch and her younger self roam around the countryside, lamenting at the feet of violent men. “Suddenly I’m overcome, dissolving like the setting sun,” the singer belts on the surging chorus

On the Charts: Future Scores First Number One With ‘DS2′

Future  didn’t need much promotion to get his new album DS2 atop the Billboard 200 as, after giving fans just a week’s notice regarding his third studio LP, the album cruised to Number One on the charts. DS2 sold 147,000 total albums in its debut week, giving Future his first ever chart-topper, Billboard reports . Tame Impala’s Mind Tricks: Kevin Parker on New LP ‘Currents’ The prolific rapper – Future also released two mixtapes in 2015, Beast Mode and 56 Nights , and three mixtapes total in the past year – more than doubled the opening week sales of his 2014 studio album Honest .

Kanye West and Steve McQueen Debut Short Film at L.A. Museum Pop-Up

“Put your phones away, please. Put your phones away!” warned the large security guard wandering a crowded Los Angeles museum space, where screenings began Saturday for the weekend premiere of “All Day/I Feel Like That,” a short film by Kanye West  and Academy Award-winning artist-director Steve McQueen. The L.A. County Museum of Art is exclusively hosting the film as a pop-up exhibition over four days. Steve McQueen Directing Kanye West’s ‘All Day’ Video “They’re two artists at the total top of their game,” museum director Michael Govan said of West and McQueen, watching as fans of art and music filed in and out of the gallery

Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Best Eagles Song?

The Eagles  are a few days away from wrapping up their “History of the Eagles” tour. It’s kept them on the road for more than two years, during which time they’ve played over 140 shows and made almost enough money to bail Greece out of its economic crisis. It also saw them reunite with guitarist Bernie Leadon for the first time since he left the band in 1975. The Eagles: Hell Is for Heroes Now we have a question for you: What is the best Eagles song

Ed Sheeran Announces ‘Live at Wembley Stadium’ TV Special

Ed Sheeran ‘s three sold-out nights at the historic Wembley Stadium in July were documented for an hour-long special to air on NBC this August. Ed Sheeran – Live at Wembley Stadium will take viewers behind the scenes and show footage from the massive run. Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran Lead MTV Video Music Award Nominees “I can’t say that performing at Wembley Stadium was a ‘dream come true,’ because I honestly thought it was out of reach and didn’t think it was possible,” Sheeran said in a statement. “It really doesn’t get any bigger than Wembley in my mind, and it was an honour to join the select few that have headlined there. It’s definitely a personal milestone, and I’m so glad to share this special moment with all of my fans.” Along with clips of Sheeran performing his own singles, the special will also feature a duet between the singer and Elton John.

Michael Jackson Wanted to Play Jar Jar Binks in ‘Star Wars’

Michael Jackson  was the “King of Pop.” But he nearly became the King of Acting Flops. The singer reportedly told Star Wars mastermind George Lucas that he wanted to play goofy Gungan Jar Jar Binks, one of the most despised characters in film history, in the franchise’s 1999 blockbuster, Episode I: The Phantom Menace . Ahmed Best, who voiced and provided motion capture for the Binks character, explained Jackson’s interest in an interview with Vice . See Stunning ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Making-Of Video “Me, Natalie Portman and George [Lucas]’s kids – we were at Wembley arena at Michael Jackson’s concert,” Best said. “We were taken backstage, and we met Michael

Clint Black Preps New Album With Old Strategy

Clint Black has a new record label home for his first studio album in almost a decade. The country legend is putting the finishing touches on an LP to be released this fall via Thirty Tigers, which has led marketing efforts for recent releases by the likes of Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson and Lucinda Williams — all albums that received impressive sales and critical acclaim, but very little terrestrial radio airplay. Black is creating his new music with the same indie mindset. Musicians Who Defined Nineties Style “Not at all,” the Texas native answers Rolling Stone Country with a laugh when asked if he aimed to create songs for the project that would perk country radio programmers’ ears

Meghan Linsey Flips the Genre Switch on ‘Believer’ EP

Meghan Linsey, who first captured country fans’ attention as one-half of the duo Steel Magnolia and has since gone on to a solo career that reflects more of her New Orleans roots, will release her pop-soul EP, Believer , on Friday, July 31st. Meghan Linsey on Looking Past ‘The Voice’ The Season Eight runner-up of NBC’s The Voice will make the EP available for early release at a reduced price exclusively on GhostTunes starting Monday, July 27th, before it hits iTunes and other digital retailers. Produced by Tyler Cain (Ashley Monroe, James Otto) and recorded in Nashville, the six tracks on Believer represent a project Linsey says was “about finding my voice as a solo artist.” In 2009, Linsey and her Steel Magnolia partner, Joshua Scott Jones, won the second season of the CMT series, Can You Duet , after which they released a self-titled debut LP on the Big Machine label. Romantically involved as well, the duo called it quits personally and professionally, with Jones entering rehab for drug addiction.

Korn Extend Self-Titled Album Anniversary Tour

The 20th anniversary of Korn ‘s monumental self-titled debut may have passed, but the pioneering nu-metal group still has a spate of gigs lined up where it will play the record in its entirety. The group will kick things off on October 1st in Chicago and perform the 1994 record, which Rolling Stone last year dubbed  “the most important metal record of the last 20 years,” around the U.S. for the next month with Suicide Silence and Islander as support.

Flashback: Bob Dylan Covers ‘Brown Sugar’ in 2002

Bob Dylan’s made a career out of confounding the expectations of his fans, and October 2002 was no different. He’d been off the road for a little over a month at that point, and when the Never Ending Tour started up again at Seattle’s KeyArena he suddenly was playing a piano on the side of the stage for half the night. Even more shocking than that, he played three Warren Zevon songs (“Boom Boom Mancini,” “Accidentally Like a Martyr” and “Mutineer”) along with “Brown Sugar” by the Rolling Stones.

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