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Rocket Scientist Makes Breakthrough In 3D Audio

Article: Rocket Scientist Makes Breakthrough In 3D Audio

Edgar Choueiri’s day job is engineering work on plasma rockets for spacecraft, something that was science fiction just 20 years ago. As Princeton University’s Director of Electric Propulsion and Plasma Dynamics Laboratory, he toils in a propulsion lab on engine technology destined for NASA (and the Russian space program), but after hours he’s been making…

Michael Chapman and Bill Callahan, or the slow growth of something special

Article: Michael Chapman and Bill Callahan, or the slow growth of something special

Last night, the 70-year-old British guitarist Michael Chapman played All Day Records, a narrow, dim vinyl boutique in Carrboro, N.C. Chapman stood alone on the tiny wooden stage, wearing a ball cap, a heather gray T-shirt, dark denim, and shiny boots. A few dozen listeners–mostly several decades younger than Chapman, clutching cans of beer they’d…

Thurston Moore’s “Circulation”

Article: Thurston Moore’s “Circulation”

For his fourth solo album, “Demolished Thoughts,” Thurston Moore enlisted the ridiculously talented Scientologist, Beck Hansen, to produce. Predictably, the results are stunning. Moore could string a guitar with his dirty shoestrings and craft something beautiful, or terrifying, at least truly interesting and worth giving a listen too. This record’s shaping up to be even…

The Kills Short Film, “Blood Pressures”

Article: The Kills Short Film, “Blood Pressures”

The Kills have said that “Blood Pressures” is a dark record, but it’s also full of melody — guitar driven monstrous seven-amp fueled melodies. In fact, most of the songs on the record started with a melody, a different approach for a pair who, in the past, began by building songs around rhythms and guitar…

Justin Bieber Teams With Mark Wahlberg For Film Debut

Article: Justin Bieber Teams With Mark Wahlberg For Film Debut

Technically, Justin Bieber already appeared on the big screen in his 3D concert movie, “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” but Deadline reports he’s due for his first starring role in a real film, a feature film alongside Mark Wahlberg. That’s right, a real actor too. Wahlberg and producer Stephen Levinson, saw Bieber playing basketball in…

Stevie Nicks “In Your Dreams”

Article: Stevie Nicks “In Your Dreams”

Fleetwood Mac had two distinct periods of major success as a band: first in the 1960′s lead by founder and guitarist Peter Green with an awesome blues sound that few seem to be aware of — and later in the 1970′s with Lindsey Buckingham replacing Green, who had spiraled into madness after taking large does…

Lollapalooza 2011: a missed booking opportunity

Article: Lollapalooza 2011: a missed booking opportunity

This year’s Lollapalooza, slated for the first weekend of August in Chicago’s Grant Park, is being billed as a celebration of the festival’s 20th anniversary, despite a hiatus that lasted the better part of a decade. You might think that, to coronate the close of the fest’s second decade, Perry Farrell might be looking to…

Stream “The Hot Sauce Committee pt 2″ Filthy Dirty Nasty Version

Article: Stream “The Hot Sauce Committee pt 2″ Filthy Dirty Nasty Version

The Beastie Boys have released a full stream of “The Hot Sauce Committee pt 2″ ahead of the original May 3rd date. A message on their site explains, “Good people, unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, the ‘clean’ version of our new album, The Hot Sauce Committee pt 2 has leaked. So as a…

Premiere: Introducing Yuna

Article: Premiere: Introducing Yuna

Born in a Muslim household in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Yuna Zarai first began playing music at age 19, in law school. She has that endearing kind of voice that can sound like a smile, if a smile could make a sound. She quickly found her stride as a singer-songwriter — a touch of Norah Jones,…

70′s Punk Paradigm, Poly Styrene Passes Away

Article: 70′s Punk Paradigm, Poly Styrene Passes Away

In 1976 young Poly Styrene formed X-Ray Spex after seeing the Sex Pistols perform, and became an icon of feminine rebellion. “Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard, but I think, oh bondage up yours!” she famously declared. THR reports that she died last night in her sleep at age 53,…

Salem’s “Sick”: Perfectly, perpetually aggressive

Article: Salem’s “Sick”: Perfectly, perpetually aggressive

Salem – “Sick” from Paul Tao on Vimeo. Salem is a trio of dirty-looking, skin-blemished Michigan kids who appear about as lazy in photographs as they do in pull quotes. Talking to British website The Quietus last year, Salem anchor Jack Donoghue explained his role in the group like so: “I make the beats and…

Madonna Working On Classical Score For “W.E.”

Article: Madonna Working On Classical Score For “W.E.”

Madonna wrote and directed the multi-layered feature romance, “W.E.” and is reportedly tackling the score as well. The film is about the love affair between King Edward VIII and twice-married American socialite, Wallis Simpson, whom the former gave up the throne for in 1936 so that he could marry her (British kings can’t just marry…

Dr. Dre Creates Car Speakers

Article: Dr. Dre Creates Car Speakers

Dr. Dre’s high definition Beats headphones are plush, costly pieces of head gear ($299.99 at Best Buy). I’m told they produce excellent sound, though you need batteries to use them. Now you need a whole car to enjoy Dre’s latest creation — a sound system for Chrysler’s new line. Prefix dug up this video from…

Cameron Crowe’s “Pearl Jam Twenty”

Article: Cameron Crowe’s “Pearl Jam Twenty”

Cameron Crowe has been out of the public eye for years now but the former Rolling Stone reporter has three films finished; a feature starring Matt Damon called “We Bought a Zoo” and two music documentaries. The director famously fictionalized his youth — spent following around legendary bands like The Who and The Allman Brothers…

Five Videos We Can’t Stop Watching

Article: Five Videos We Can’t Stop Watching

Our favorite videos this week range from the indie soul stylings of the former Nation of Ulysses frontman to a Lady Gaga cover to a dreamy pop retro romance. So whatever your interest, we got you covered. While we couldn’t include it on this list for technological reasons, if you haven’t seen Low’s video for…

Friday Fun With Viva Voce’s “Analog Woodland Song”

Article: Friday Fun With Viva Voce’s “Analog Woodland Song”

Portland, Ore.’s Viva Voce have always crafted fun, complex songs that get you to think and smile simultaneously. Now they have a video to match. Viral video maestro WolfgoreShow has crafted an accompaniment for their new track “Analog Woodland Song” from their forthcoming album “The Future Will Destroy You” due out this June. This is…

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…

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