Ben Gibbard knows what you’re thinking about the new Death Cab For Cutie album, their last to feature founding member Chris Walla. He’s thinking it too. Death Cab for Cutie Lose Founding Member “Oh, there is undoubtedly a line in the sand here,” he says. “The position we’re in – it’s a blessing and a curse – is that people feel very strongly about the period of this band in which they got into us. We’re fighting against people who say ‘Why can’t you make a record like the one I heard when I was 20 years old?’ And the answer is we can’t .
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Foo Fighters’ HBO musical travelogue series Sonic Highways next visits Washington D.C., and Rolling Stone has your exclusive preview at what Dave Grohl considers to be his homecoming. Having grown up in the Virginia suburbs outside of D.C., Grohl got his start in the city’s influential hardcore scene performing with local acts like Dain Bramage and Scream before popping up on Nirvana’s radar. Inside the Foo Fighters’ Wildly Ambitious New Album “The experiences I’ve had in this city, from the age of 14 years old, set this foundation for the rest of my life as a musician,” Grohl says in the clip above. “The community, the support, the love that was here in the D.C. music scene has carried over into what I do now
Album sales are down 14 percent and track sales are down 13 percent but who cares because FIVE MORE DAYS UNTIL TAYLOR SWIFT! Exclusive: Florida Georgia Line Preview New Tracks A MONTH OF SPUTTERING COUNTRY BLOCKBUSTERS: The good news for Florida Georgia Line is the country duo’s first-ever Number One album — Anything Goes sold 197,000 copies in its first week and beat Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt (which sold 91,000, a drop of 67 percent); Bob Seger’s first album in eight years, Ride Out (which made its debut with 59,000); You + Me’s debut Rose Ave. (50,000); and Barbra Streisand’s surprisingly resilient Partners (which dropped from Number Three to Number Five, slipping 18 percent in sales to 40,000). The bad news is, according to a source at a major label, Anything Goes sold about 100,000 fewer copies than record execs expected. IT’S HARD TO COMPETE WITH FREE: Finally, after releasing Songs of Innocence last month as a free iTunes download, U2’s latest album arrived last week as a CD and vinyl LP including bonus track “Lucifer’s Hands” and acoustic versions of many of Innocence ‘s tracks. Given that 26 million people already listened to the album for free, Innocence sold a relatively modest 28,000 copies in its first saleable week to debut at Number Nine
Thirteen years after the release of his first single “Austin,” Blake Shelton has made history as the first country music artist to reach Number One on the Billboard Artist 100. The chart, which includes artists of every genre, is measured by album and song sales, radio airplay, online song streaming and fan interaction on social media. Blake Shelton’s ‘Sunshine’ Rises to Top of Charts Previously ranked Number 19, Shelton secured the top spot on last week’s chart with some pretty staggering numbers: In a little over a decade, the Oklahoma native’s albums have grossed $7.6 million, while his singles have generated $22.8 million. Last week, Shelton found himself atop another multi-genre chart — the Billboard 200 — with his latest album, Bringing Back the Sunshine
U2, the biggest band left on Earth, make their latest appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone in our new issue, hitting stands Friday. In the cover feature, senior writer Brian Hiatt trails the band to Dublin and the French Riviera, where he shares pints of Guinness and a long, boozy dinner with Bono; watches an intimate full-band rehearsal in a Monaco basement; and hangs out in Bono and the Edge’s oceanfront houses. At our cover shoot, photographer Mark Seliger captured a stunning video of Bono and the Edge playing ” The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)” acoustic, with Bono pounding out drum parts on Edge’s guitar: The band is highly aware of what Bono calls the “shitstorm” over the iTunes giveaway of their new album, Songs of Innocence . Bono says he didn’t understand that the album would automatically download itself onto some people’s phones. “It’s like we put a bottle of milk in people’s fridge that they weren’t asking for,” he says
Former Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore has opened up about his new album, missing his old band and the reaction to his divorce from bassist Kim Gordon. 100 Best Albums of the Eighties “A lot of that existed in the virtual world, but on the street, not so much,” he told the Wall Street Journal of those who criticized his role in his marriage. “We live in this duplicitous existence now. For me, to be inundated with all this commentary, it’s almost exclusively by people I don’t know who they are. But when I go out on the street, it’s not presented to me at all.” He then provided the example of a few unnamed writers who triggered his “Thurston Moore” Google alert when they tweeted about him while sitting across the room at the recent Brooklyn Book Fair: “They were really snarky
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.
“The less I have to worry about, the more time I got for smiling,” Kristian Bush sings in his favorite verse of “Trailer Hitch.” The song, which touts the happiness earned from giving away material possessions, is the male half of Sugarland’s first official solo single. Its unconventional video, released this week, encapsulates his nice guy ethos and integrates his fascination with sci-fi and horror films. The plot: Zombies attack and Bush soothes the undead beasts with his guitar. “People have seen the lyric video and they get the message,” Bush says of the song’s “give it away” mentality, which was depicted by the singer-guitarist handing out money in the lyric clip. “Through the lens of a zombie apocalypse it is even more [true], because these zombies are testifying that you cannot take it with you when you go.” Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles on Virginity and Going Solo Rolling Stone Country was on the set of the video — a dusky dive bar in East Nashville — where director Blake Judd, who has helmed videos for Shooter Jennings and Blackberry Smoke, cast us among his walking dead.
Corinne Bailey Rae’s silky croon is the perfect vehicle for “Bluebird,” the jazzy Paul McCartney & Wings classic from 1973’s Band on the Run . Rae’s laid-back cover was recorded for the upcoming tribute LP The Art of McCartney , which features an eclectic group of singers interpreting staples from the former Beatle’s songbook. “Bluebird,” available to stream above, finds Rae softening every syllable over fluttering acoustic guitar licks and splashy cymbals. Paul McCartney: The Long and Winding Q&A In the behind-the-scenes clip below, Rae talks about joining the project – which was initiated by onetime McCartney producer Ralph Sall in 2003 – and the inspiration for picking “Bluebird.” “I liked the kind of Caribbean influence in the song,” she says.
When the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced its nominees for induction last week, four names with roots in country music were among those included. Vince Gill and Toby Keith were nominated as performing songwriters, while tunesmiths Bobby Braddock and Bob McDill were nominated under the nonperforming distinction. Toby Keith Is Country’s Highest Paid Star Gill writes and performs regularly, both as a solo artist and with Western swing group the Time Jumpers. In addition to the band’s usual Monday night showcases in Nashville, the group is currently in the midst of a U.S
With a voice that channels the haunting, ethereal tone of Emmylou Harris as much as the ceiling-free range of Carrie Underwood, it’s hard to believe Caitlyn Smith has spent most of her Nashville days behind-the-scenes. The Minnesota native has cut her country teeth inside Music Row’s many songwriting rooms, penning tunes for the likes of Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, among others. But she’s saved some of the literally hundreds of songs she’s written for herself, releasing a few indie records over recent years and plotting what is poised to be her highest profile project to date, the new EP Everything to You , due October 28th.
Country music is afraid of growing old. That is how it sounds anyway, as the past few years have seen a steady stream of songs, from artists in both their twenties and thirties, exalting a spring break philosophy more appropriate for, well, actual college kids. It’s as if the format is determined to discover some Panama City Beach fountain of youth, where kegs never run dry, baseball hats are always in fashion and the music can never, ever be too loud. Watch Little Big Town Get an Opry Surprise Little Big Town’s sixth studio album Pain Killer , out today, offers an alternative to that mindset