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Lady Gaga vs. Weird Al Yankovic: Much Ado About Nothing

Article: Lady Gaga vs. Weird Al Yankovic: Much Ado About Nothing

Weird Al Yankovic is king of the parody. From “Eat It” to “I Lost On Jeopardy” to “Pretty Fly For a Rabbi,” Weird Al has made a career satirizing the biggest names in rock music and, most of the time, the stars are totally fine with it. Yesterday, however word came out that Weird Al…

Leonard Cohen Plays New Songs For Upcoming Album

Article: Leonard Cohen Plays New Songs For Upcoming Album

Leonard Cohen, the singer, poet, and icon, has been working on a new album for quite a while. While he was originally aiming for a 2011 release for his self-produced forthcoming album, no release date has been set. We’re willing to cut the guy behind such songs as “Suzanne” and “The Future” a break, though,…

R.I.P. Gerard Smith Of TV On The Radio

Article: R.I.P. Gerard Smith Of TV On The Radio

TV on the Radio; Smith is second from right TV on the Radio bassist Gerard Smith passed away this morning after a battle with lung cancer, according to a statement on the band’s official site. “We are very sad to announce the death of our beloved friend and bandmate, Gerard Smith, following a courageous fight…

Bon Iver Announces New Album

Article: Bon Iver Announces New Album

Bon Iver has just announced that their much anticipated second album will hit stores on June 21. The new album (on the Jagjaguwar label) by the critically acclaimed group led by Justin Vernon is titled “Bon Iver” and includes 10 new songs. While the band’s 2008 debut, “For Emma, Forever Ago,” was mostly a solo…

The National Releases “Exile Vilify” Off Portal 2 Soundtrack

Article: The National Releases “Exile Vilify” Off Portal 2 Soundtrack

Two things we love? Music and videogames. So when those two loves come together it’s, like, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups levels of awesome. Yesterday, The National released “Exile Vilify” a song they composed for the videogame Portal 2, which was created by Valve Software. The National’s evocative sound is a great match with the game.…

Beastie Boys Set Premiere Date For “Fight For Your Right Revisited”

Article: Beastie Boys Set Premiere Date For “Fight For Your Right Revisited”

Are you ready to fight for you rights? The Beastie Boys have announced that the short film “Fight For Your Right Revisited” will debut on VH1 tomorrow night. The 22-minute film, which features an impressively star-studded cast including David Cross, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Elijah Wood, Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, Jack Black, Danny McBride, John…

Adam Goldberg Talks About West Coast Romanticism And Living Anxiously

Article: Adam Goldberg Talks About West Coast Romanticism And Living Anxiously

Adam Goldberg was staying under an assumed name in a hotel that tried to charge him $20 for some toothpaste when I caught up with him about his latest record, The Goldberg Sisters. He got out of the crowded LANDy business after confusing debacles with a Taiwanese pop singer, a Mexican troubadour and another Landy…

Wye Oak Premiere Video for “Fish” And Cover Danzig

Article: Wye Oak Premiere Video for “Fish” And Cover Danzig

Premiere a video and cover Danzig? All in a day’s work for Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack. On top of a nationwide tour, including a stop at our house during SXSW, the Baltimore-based duo just released a new video for their song “Fish”. It’s the debut video off their incredible third album “Civilian”…

New Song, New Shows, The Shins Are Back

Article: New Song, New Shows, The Shins Are Back

The line up at this year’s Outside Lands Music Festival has kicked the music rumor mill into high gear. Why? Because The Shins are playing. The Portland, Ore.-based band hasn’t played a show since 2009 and most people thought the band was done. As you may recall, frontman James Mercer has been busy making beautiful…

From Cut Copy to Kanye: A Coachella 2011 Recap

Article: From Cut Copy to Kanye: A Coachella 2011 Recap

Coachella 2011 has come and gone. The music and arts festival in Indio, Ca., was spread over three days on five stages and more bands than you can count on you and your 20 best friends fingers. From upstarts like Odd Future to old hands like Duran Duran, the festival had something for everyone. And,…

Five Videos We Can’t Stop Watching

Article: Five Videos We Can’t Stop Watching

1. Superchunk, “Crossed Wires” 2. Pet Shop Boys, “Together” 3. Arctic Monkeys, “Don’t Sit Down Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair” 4. Death Cab For Cutie, “You Are A Tourist” 5. TV on the Radio, “Nine Types of Light” [The whole film!]

A Record Store Day Round Up

Article: A Record Store Day Round Up

This Saturday is every vinyl addict’s favorite holiday: Record Store Day. On April 16th, music fans across the country will perform a simple act that in the digital age is becoming increasingly rare: Go to their local record store and buy music. What once started as a small annual celebration of independent record stores, Record…

Spike Jonze Presents: Yo Yo Ma and Lil Buck

Article: Spike Jonze Presents: Yo Yo Ma and Lil Buck

So you’re Spike Jonze. You make incredibly creative movies like “Being John Malkovich” and “Adaptation” and have access to the best musicians in your world due to your work with Bjork, Pavement, the Beastie Boys, R.E.M. and Weezer. What on earth do you do in your spare time? Capture a unique collaboration between world-renowned cellist…

Last Night On Late Night: Robyn, Prince and Allison Krauss

Article: Last Night On Late Night: Robyn, Prince and Allison Krauss

Last night was a big night on late night with some serious A-listers hitting the late night talk show circuit. Here are the highlights: Prince hit the George Lopez show: Allison Krauss stopped by Letterman to play “Paper Airplane” But the best performance goes to Robyn who swung by Jimmy Kimmel on her way to…

The 2011 Summer Music Festival Guide

Article: The 2011 Summer Music Festival Guide

Summer is quickly approaching. While warm weather makes most of us think beach trips, ice cream, and drinking outside, to die-hard music fans, summer means one thing: Festivals. Here’s a guide to some of the shows this summer. APRIL Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2011 Apr 15 – Apr 17, 2011 Indio, California (Empire…

The Decemberists Release Video For “This Is Why We Fight”

Article: The Decemberists Release Video For “This Is Why We Fight”

Those Decemberists were such big teases last week when they gave us a 15 second preview of their new video. Well those teases are finally putting out and they just debuted the full video for “This Is Why We Fight”. The video is dark and the imagery of children at war manages to be reminiscent…

Last Night On Late Night: The Foo Fighters, Cee Lo Green, Jenny and Johnny, PJ Harvey

Article: Last Night On Late Night: The Foo Fighters, Cee Lo Green, Jenny and Johnny, PJ Harvey

Did you know that there were other tracks besides the ubiquitous “Fuck You” on Cee Lo Green’s album “The Lady Killer”? Last night on Later with Jools Holland he played “Bright Lights Bigger City”: The Foo Fighters hit Letterman last night as they continue their promotion of their new album. They played “Rope,” which sounds…

Catch Coachella From Your Couch

Article: Catch Coachella From Your Couch

Music festivals are a great opportunity to see a bunch of your favorites bands all at once, sometimes simultaneously on side-by-side stages where you can run back and forth and make your musical dreams come true. Unless, of course, that sounds like a complete nightmare to you and you would rather clean the floor of…

Premiere: Spindrift “When I Was Free”

Article: Premiere: Spindrift “When I Was Free”

Largely unknown photographer Stanley Sanger is a cryptic and enigmatic figure. Born in Mojave, CA in 1955, he was raised by his uncle after his parents suffered a fatal car accident mere weeks after his birth. Having known his family only through photographs, Stanley became obsessed with the medium. He spoke little and was never…

White Stripes Are Gone But Still Making Music

Article: White Stripes Are Gone But Still Making Music

It seems like just last month that the White Stripes announced that they were breaking up the family and disbanding. Luckily for fans of the bluesy garage rockers, apparently this didn’t mean they were done releasing albums. Thanks to Jack White’s Third Man Records, you can now purchase a White Stripes Vault package featuring a…

The Civil Wars In Honor Of The Civil War

Article: The Civil Wars In Honor Of The Civil War

150 years ago, Confederate troops fired on a federal fort in Charleston harbor an act that kick-started the U.S. Civil War. In remembrance of the occasion, why not re-post the incredible performance by The Civil Wars at the IFC House during SXSW? Put on some blue, forgo the grey, and listen in as singer-songwriters Joy…

Premiere: Manchester Orchestra “Simple Math”

Article: Premiere: Manchester Orchestra “Simple Math”

Every once in a while a band really surprises you. Manchester Orchestra’s new album — and especially the title track “Simple Math” — does just that. The band’s sophomore album “Mean Everything to Nothing” was hailed as a masterpiece, which meant there were a lot of expectations for the young band’s next effort. But instead…

TV On The Radio Gets Ready For Their New Album “Nine Types of Light”

Article: TV On The Radio Gets Ready For Their New Album “Nine Types of Light”

Tomorrow is a big day for TV on the Radio. After a few years of “indefinite” hiatus, their new album, Nine Types of Light, is out tomorrow on Interscope. As they get ready for their first release since 2008′s futuristic funk album “Dear Science”, which wowed critics and fans alike with its innovative beats, the…

Foo Fighters Played ‘Saturday Night Live’

Article: Foo Fighters Played ‘Saturday Night Live’

The Foo Fighters visited Saturday Night Live this weekend and they made the most of their time on set. Not only did they play two songs, but Dave Grohl appeared in two sketches, including one where he got to appear inside Dame Helen Mirren’s bosom. The Foo Fighters are out and about in support of…

Iggy Pop Stopped by ‘American Idol’

Article: Iggy Pop Stopped by ‘American Idol’

That sound you heard last night? It was the sound of hundreds of hardened punk rock hearts breaking. The cause? Former Stooges front man Iggy Pop stopping by “American Idol”. Yes, that “American Idol,” Fox’s behemoth of a talent show. The leather-and-safety-pin crowd can breathe easy though, while the venue may have changed, Iggy Pop…

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