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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…

Smith Westerns’ Short Film “Die With Your Chin Up”

Article: Smith Westerns’ Short Film “Die With Your Chin Up”

Don’t you love it when your two favorite things come together to create something even better? Like peanut butter and chocolate, coffee and small talk, rainbows and unicorns, Chuck Norris and bad guys, and shrimp and grits. Enjoy two of the greatest things in the world — movies and music — with the new short…

The Beastie Boys Revisit “Fight For Your Right”

Article: The Beastie Boys Revisit “Fight For Your Right”

The Beastie Boys have released a trailer for their big comeback music video called “Fight For Your Right – Revisited.” While normally a trailer for a video is unforgivable, we will let this one slide, because if ever a video needed a preview, it’s this one. The trailer for “Make Some Noise” off the Beastie…

Tammy Wynette, De La Soul, Steely Dan: National Treasures

Article: Tammy Wynette, De La Soul, Steely Dan: National Treasures

Every year, the Library of Congress chooses 25 sound recordings to preserve in its National Recording Registry. This year’s batch is a diverse group of America’s best and brightest, including the song that best represents America’s favorite pastime: baseball. Yes, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” by Edward Meeker (not Billy Corgan’s version) is…

Premiere: Twin Shadow “At My Heels”

Article: Premiere: Twin Shadow “At My Heels”

Last month Twin Shadow, the nom de guerre of George Lewis Jr., released a video to accompany the eminently danceable song “At My Heels”. While the song was one of the highlights off of last year’s awesomely 80s inflected album, “Forget”, the video was a bit …odd. Especially so because you couldn’t actually hear the…

Last Night On Late Night: The Decemberists, Infantree and Wire

Article: Last Night On Late Night: The Decemberists, Infantree and Wire

Some of us have bed times. While we were catching our zzzs, sawing logs, counting sheep, etc. some hard working bands were up late playing songs for all the night owls out there. Here’s what you missed: The big news last night was that post punk prodigies Wire hit “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” for…

Zooey Deschanel, M. Ward, And Winnie the Pooh

Article: Zooey Deschanel, M. Ward, And Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh, the bear of very little brain and very big tummy all stuffed with hunny …er, honey, is coming to the silver screen in July. The much loved bear will make his cinematic debut accompanied by Christopher Robin, Tigger, Roo, Piglet, Eeyore, and She & Him. The indie rock duo of Zooey Deschanel…

The Decemberists Tease Us With A New Video

Article: The Decemberists Tease Us With A New Video

Hate to tell you this, but everyone’s favorite band, The Decemberists, are a big bunch of teases. As they lead up to the release of the video for their new song, “This is Why We Fight,” they are leaking teeny tiny vignettes to torture their fans. That makes them sadists, not teases, but that seems…

Five Videos We Can’t Stop Watching

Article: Five Videos We Can’t Stop Watching

Video killed the radio star a long time ago, so pull up a chair and watch videos from Diamond Rings, Fleet Foxes, The Dodos, Japanese Popstars, and The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. 1. Diamond Rings “It’s Not My Party” (EMI) 2. Fleet Foxes “Grown Ocean” (Sub Pop) 3. The Pains of Being Pure…

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