A few weeks back we brought you “Blue Moon,” the first single off Beck‘s new album, Morning Phase, and we kind of raved about it. With that kind of introduction, it’s no wonder fans (ourselves included) couldn’t wait to see what the next release would be. Today, we finally have it. The latest reveal, “Waking Light,” has that same air of ambiance that “Blue Moon” held, living up to its hype in every way as a beautiful, melodic, slightly psychedelic, yet incredibly intriguing track that has me hitting repeat more than a few times.
Is it February 25th yet? Because we really can’t wait for this album to drop. Check it out below.
The 2014 Sasquatch! music fest, held each year in George, Washington, has announced its 2014 lineup. Unsurprisingly, we see a lot of familiar faces on the bill. Headlining this year is OutKast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, Frank Ocean, and Foster the People to name a few—and we do mean quite a few. Though the festival has previously taken place over just one weekend, this year’s 100+ performances have been expanded to a massive two weekend event over Memorial Day and July 4th weekends. Check out the full lineup below. Continue reading ‘Sasquatch! Music Festival Announces 2014 Lineup’
It’s true that I think almost everything Frank Turner touches turns out to be a work of art, and by the sounds of this new duet with Billy The Kid, I’m holding to that. Produced by Turner himself back in January, Billy The Kid’s soon to be titled album will drop May 26 via Xtra Mile Recordings, and will feature a duet with Turner titled “This Sure As Hell Ain’t My Life.” While you’ll have to wait until May to hear the final version, you can check out a rehearsal video filmed at Reservoir Studios in London below. Continue reading ‘Frank Turner, Billy The Kid Perform “This Sure As Hell Ain’t My Life” Duet’
This isn’t the first time Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran have teamed up for a surprise duet, nor is it the first time that the audience has responded with a deafening roar of applause. But on February 1st, as Swift played the 02 Arena in London, she teased fans with a new performance, and before long Sheeran had taken over the stage. Check out the performance below, and catch Swift on the last leg of her Red tour in London and Berlin this February.
Say what you will about the Super Bowl, but at this rate, it’s become just as much about the music and commercials as the game itself. Making commercial cameos this year were music and personal appearances by acts like Capital Cities, Zedd, One Republic, and a whole host of others. Take a look below at some of our favorites, with music by Passenger, Bob Dylan, and U2. Continue reading ‘Music Of The Super Bowl: U2, Passenger, Bob Dylan, And More’
Does Paramore ever rest? If their recent performances and nearly sold out dates with Fall Out Boy this summer tell us anything, it’s that these Tennessee natives are most at home on the road. So it came as no surprise that while football fans around the country were celebrating (or mourning) their team’s outcome yesterday, Paramore was busy rocking out on the DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl for a lengthy one hour set. Check out their performance below.
It doesn’t get more ridiculous, pompous, cliched, and overblown than starting your musical performance with the children of Benetton holding hands and singing innocently in front of a waving American flag digital bunting, but that’s pretty much the name of the game when you’re talking about the Super Bowl Halftime Show.
Such was the Bruno Mars version staged yesterday at Super Bowl XLVII. After that “I’d like to teach the world to sing” moment (ironically sponsored by Pepsi), Mars appeared on the drum kit for a brief instrumental spotlight, rightly establishing himself as an actual musician, despite what I think was a flub (hey, real musicians screw up), and then launched into “Locked Out Of Heaven” with a gold lamed band. A medley of songs followed, with some impressive Isley Brothers references and some serious James Brown moves.
Then the Red Hot Chili Peppers came out and played “Give It Away” and that’s all I have to say about that.
And then…bring it down, everyone…bring it down. A tribute to our service members in the form of “Just The Way You Are,” which, nice, god bless, and all was perfectly paced. It was pretty much all you can expect from a halftime show, and better than most. I still think they should try and get Up With People back.
Remember back in December, when Beastie Boys fan LeRoy McCarthy petitioned for the intersection of Ludlow Street and Rivington Street to be renamed “Beastie Boys Square”? Unsurprisingly, a Manhattan community board ruled against that petition yesterday, despite McCarthy’s original plea that, “Because of the album cover photo, and [because] the Beastie Boys were ever-changing NYC artist, the location of Ludlow Street and Rivington Street would be a great place to honor Beastie Boys with a corner co-naming.”
The vote was practically unanimous at 24 to 1 (that one must have been a major Beastie Boys fan) and prevents McCarthy from filing this application for at least five years.
Explaining the decision, the board’s chairwoman Gigi Li explained to DNAInfo, ”My decision was based on the fact that it did not meet the criteria and the fact that previously our most recent group of co-namings held each application to the high standard of meeting every single criteria we set out for co-namings.”
There’s something truly beautiful and intriguing about unplugged performances. They’re raw, real, and they offer a new look at bands we’ve already become captivated with. Performing for Triple J in Australia, Arcade Fire put together stripped down versions of “Normal Person” and “Joan Of Arc” off Reflektor, and “My Body Is A Cage” off Neon Bible. Dare I say these versions are just as good if not better than the album versions we’re accustomed to? Check it out for yourself below, and let us know your thoughts in the comments. Continue reading ‘WATCH: Arcade Fire Unplugged At Triple J’
Broken Bells recently made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote their latest release, After The Disco. Breaking into their hit, “Holding On For Life,” before continuing on to the title track, the duo looked perfectly at home as they put on a surprisingly relaxed performance amidst the blue and red laser show taking place behind them. Check out the videos below, and grab After the Disco when it drops this Tuesday. Continue reading ‘Broken Bells Perform On ‘Kimmel’’