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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…

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…

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