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Kings Of Leon Release “Temple” Music Video

kings of leon dallasKings of Leon have unveiled a new music video for their hit “Temple,” off their latest release, Mechanical Bull. The video mixes performance shots with video of the Followill brothers’ children frolicking around the band’s hometown of Nashville, and yes, it’s as cute as it sounds. The video is a production of Followill cousin, Christopher “Nacho” Followill, who uses his media company, NachoVision to bring Kings of Leon fans behind the scenes footage from the road. Check out the video below. Continue reading ‘Kings Of Leon Release “Temple” Music Video’

Lorde, The Beatles, Lady Gaga Contribute To Philippines Relief Album

What do The Beatles, Lorde, Cher, and Lady Gaga all have in common? No, this isn’t a bad joke. In fact, it’s pretty cool. The iconic superstars will be just some of the mega-acts contributing to a new relief album for Typhoon Haiyan. Coming in at a whopping 39 tracks, Songs for the Philippines is available on iTunes, with all proceeds being donated to the Philippine Red Cross. View the track list below and donate here. Continue reading ‘Lorde, The Beatles, Lady Gaga Contribute To Philippines Relief Album’

Kings Of Leon Debut “Supersoaker”

Kings Of Leon have emerged from months in the studio to debut their first new material of 2013.

Hitting the Web at some point in the last 24 hours, “Supersoaker” ushers in a new era for Kings Of Leon. Generally speaking, fans tend to draw line in the sound of KOL releases between the first three and the two more recent albums, but with “Supersoaker,” a grey area between the two has been reached. The pop sensibilities of their recent hits is as evident as ever, but it’s surrounded by a garage rock vibe and the gravelly delivery of Caleb Followill‘s voice. You can stream the single below.

With the release of “Supersoaker,” fans have begun chattering about the possibility of a new album surfacing in the near future. While KOL have yet to confirm such talk, it seems likely that a major announcement is on the horizon. We’ll keep you updated. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on “Supersoaker.”

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Oaklynn

Oaklynn

Bands of brothers—history is riddled with them. From Creedence Clearwater Revival to the Bee Gees to Kings of Leon to The Beach Boys to Kool & The Gang to Good Charlotte to Pantera to, well, you get the point. Oaklynn, a band out of Dalton, Ga., brings its own exceptional symmetry to this illustrious group. Made up of two pairs of brothers—Josh and Seth Smith and Tripp and Tate Howell—Oaklynn purveys catchy, hook-driven synth rock with gossamer vocals. Fans of Postal Service will love the band’s single “Everytime.” Over compressed beats, tambourines, digital bleeps, and reverb guitars, Tate Hollowell sings, “Every time you come around here lately, you lift me off the ground.” Oaklynn’s ethereal songcraft has a similar effect. Next time you need a serotonin surge, give these guys a try.

Wrangled Up & Bruised

Ula Ruth

Brothers Nicholas and Lucas James may have had a wholesome upbringing—home school, Quaker school, Connecticut suburbs—but they didn’t let that corrupt their rock and roll souls. The brothers stood by their “hot sauce-lovin’, God-fearin’, skinny jeans-wearin’” values, joining up with likeminded brethren Kevin Clymer and Dean Miller to form Ula Ruth in 2011. Their rock is steeped in distortion, with banged up and bruised grooves. Exhibit A: “Empty,” a stylish and subversive rocker with zig-zagging guitars engulfed in feedback. Exhibit B: “Call To The Lonely,” where handclaps, reverb riffs, guttural bass lines and throaty hollers combine for the New England version of Kings of Leon. “I always open my mouth instead of walking away,” Nick laments. Be glad he does—Ula Ruth’s rebel yell is worth the listen.

Most Memorable Music News of 2011

It was a big year in the world of music. The past twelve months were filled with huge collaborations, new releases across every genre and some drama as well. The year also brought us lots of new talent to go crazy over, and the loss of some incredibly influential artists. So, let’s review 2011 and highlight the top stories that affected the world of music—from concerts to television; technology to YouTube sensations.

  • Jay-Z and Kanye West teamed up to release their much-anticipated collaboration album, Watch The Throne, in the beginning of August. They’re currently on tour across the United States and Canada promoting the album, which has already been certified Platinum.
  • Tragedy struck big music festivals in a couple countries, when severe weather caused stages to collapse. Ottawa Bluesfest and Pukkelpop Festival were two of the events affected.
  • Ryan Murphy apparently took it personally when artists such as Slash, Kings of Leon and and Foo Fighters didn’t want their songs to be used on Glee. Dave Grohl was especially pissed, calling out Murphy for thinking every artist would want their songs featured on his show.
  • Speaking of drama, some artists learned the hard way that Twitter is not all fun and games. For example, rapper The Game almost got himself in trouble with the authorities, when he tweeted a number for fans to call, which happened to be the phone number of the  Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Continue reading ‘Most Memorable Music News of 2011′

The EditoriaList: Top Eight Music Video Fight Scenes

Our wonderful Managing Editor Alison is dangerously obsessed with violence and, I hear, is actually in an underground fight club, though she doesn’t talk about that. One day she suggested to me that I do a list based on fight scenes in music videos. It was hard to understand her at first, since her jaw was mysteriously wired shut, but we eventually got on the same page. Let’s start with a pair of pop divas who have a history of working out their problems in public:

8. “Heartbreaker” by Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey beating the hell out of herself is just about the best thing that can happen in a Mariah Carey video, so there you go. Bonus: The song stops during the crucial scene. I also like it when her boyfriend overhears his brother talking to his hoodlum friends about finding that body down by the tracks.

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Sound And Vision: Celebrity Feuds — Pop Is a Battlefield, World War II

“Take back Vanessa Redgrave
Take back Joe Piscopo
Take back Eddie Murphy
Give ‘em all some place to go”

— Tom Petty, “Jammin’ Me” (1987)

“Fuck Tom Petty!”—Eddie Murphy

Oh, those crazy stars! What will they say next? And will they ever learn? What a tangled web they weave when they start to take pot shots at each other.

Celebrity feuds have existed since before the dawn of the pop charts. Eminem owes much of his early notoriety to cutting down to size the likes of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, ‘N Sync and Moby in videos and on record. Meanwhile, off the record (though always totally for attribution), Katy Perry has never met a fellow chart-topper she wouldn’t slag off.

But lately, stars keep colliding and disturbing the peace in the music galaxy. Liam Gallagher just filed suit against his brother Noel over the latter’s claim that Liam pulled out of a high-profile Oasis gig in 2009 due to a hangover and over comments Noel made blaming Liam for the demise of the band. But then brothers in arms have engaged in verbal—and occasionally, physical— combat since the heyday of the Kinks, which featured the dueling Davies, Ray and Dave. Chris and Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes, William and Jim Reid of the Jesus and Mary Chain, and Kings of Leon‘s Followill brothers have the battle scars to prove it.

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