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Stepdad Release ‘Strange Tonight’ EP

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Michigan-based Stepdad have just released a poppy new EP entitled Strange Tonight. This catchy as hell four-track EP also packs a punch, in true Stepdad form. An underground fan favorite since 2009, the band has toured with the likes of Fitz & The Tantrums, Reptar, Passion Pit, and are vets of the Vans Warped Tour. They also make frankly delightful videos. Check out the EP below and let us know your thoughts. Continue reading ‘Stepdad Release ‘Strange Tonight’ EP’

Passion Pit Release “Cry Like A Ghost” Video

Indie darlings Passion Pit are back in our headlines once more with the release of their video for “Cry Like A Ghost.”

Gossamer divided some fans, but those that enjoyed it have often noted “Cry Like A Ghost” is one of the record’s more emotional tunes. It’s a clear single choice, with an infectious chorus and waves of synth layers that all but force your body to dance when their played, but still a head turner given the somewhat downer subject matter. The video reasons this, sort of, by offering visuals of quiet moments and all-out dance parties. It’s a good fit that fans are sure to enjoy. You can view the video for “Cry Like A Ghost” at the end of this post. Continue reading ‘Passion Pit Release “Cry Like A Ghost” Video’

Passion Pit Headlines Madison Square Garden: Photos

Spin.com has posted a series of images from the scene inside New York’s Madison Square Garden when, as we reported last week, electro popsters (and Boston’s own) Passion Pit played the legendary venue with openers Matt & Kim and Icona Pop.

It’s one thing to hear about and understand that these relatively un-assuming indie bands have risen to the level where they can fill MSG. It’s quite another to gaze at the photo evidence and get a sense of the intensity that must have gone down, in the midst of a near-blizzard, no less, when these acts took the stage.

As Spin puts it, “Here’s what happens when the little guys become the big guys.”

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New Matt and Kim ‘Lightning Tour’ Documentary; Tour Dates With Passion Pit

Indie-electro-pop-etc. duo Matt & Kim have released a behind-the-scenes short documentary entitled Lightning Tour, which follows the band during the course of their headlining 2012 US tour. It’s fun, it’s funny, and it’s below for you to view at your leisure.

Meanwhile the band is currently on the road with Passion Pit. This rather huge tour hits Madison Square Garden (hot damn!) and crosses the country before Matt & Kim head to Ultra Music Fest in March. See tour dates after the jump.

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Coachella 2013 Announces Lineup: Phoenix, The Postal Service, Red Hot Chili Peppers Headlining

Coachella has released the official line up for the 2013 festival. Among the headliners are Blur, The Stone Roses, Phoenix, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. But that’s just the beginning of a very long (and very awesome) list of bands slated to play this year’s event.

Other noteable acts include The Postal Service, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lou Reed, Passion Pit, Of Monsters and Men, Alt-J, Dropkick Murphys, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Social Distortion, and the Lumineers. Check out the full lineup after the jump, and be sure to get your tickets beginning Jan. 29 at 10am PST.  Continue reading ‘Coachella 2013 Announces Lineup: Phoenix, The Postal Service, Red Hot Chili Peppers Headlining’

Green Day ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn’ Music Video

What do you get when you mix vampires, drama, romance and….Green Day?

Making their mark on the Twilight saga, alongside Feist, Passion Pit, and Nikki Reed, Green Day have revealed their gritty, footage-filled, love song tribute/video to Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part Two. Combining clips from the film, alongside footage of Green Day’s performances and recordings, “The Forgotten” drifts in and out of somber melodies, taking a break from the more aggressive tracks the band has been churning out as of late.

Check out the song right here and give us your thoughts on the Green Day/Twilight collaboration.

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The Good

Psy and Hugh Jackman go “Gangnam Style,” Wolverine-style

The claws came out, literally, when K-pop star Psy and Hugh Jackman met up on the set of The Wolverine in Australia. Watch the world’s hottest mutant go Gangnam style below.

fun. founds marriage equality organization

The guys in fun. have found the answer to their burning question, “What do I stand for?” Turns out, it’s marriage equality. The band is hoping to launch a nonprofit that supports gay marriage. Guitairst Jack Antonoff told Spinner that the fact that the band is made up of heterosexual makes their voices even more important. “Being part of a band of three straight men, we felt there was an inherent power in the fact that we aren’t gay, and yet we still care and we have a voice—there’s a responsibility there.” Listen to Antonoff stand for gay rights below.

The Bad

Snoop Dogg or Lion joins forces with Hot Pockets

While Jay-Z is busy endorsing President Obama, Snoop Dogg has thrown his weight behind something just as American: Hot Pockets. Honey Boo Boo must not have known this sponsorship was available when she announced her support for Obama. Watch the Lion formerly known as Dogg “pocket like it’s hot.”

Carly Rae Jepsen and Harvey Keitel perform “Call Me Maybe”

Hearing Carly Rae Jepsen sing lyrics like “ripped jeans, skin was showing” while looking at Harvey Keitel is, well, a little troubling. The actor joined the pop star onstage to perform “Call Me Maybe” for the autism benefit “A Night of Too Many Stars.” Watch this catastrophe unfold below.

The Ugly

One Direction and Wolfgang Van Halen’s son scrap

Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang, was in Birmingham, England on tour with Tremonti when he ran into One Direction in a hotel. Words were exchanged—the kind that make you want to go to Twitter to complain. Which is exactly what Van Halen did. You can read all about it here.

Trapped in the Closet is back – Oh Sh**

R. Kelly is releasing more installments of his epically idiotic “Trapped In The Closet” chronicle, thanks to the little devils at IFC. According to the trailer, there will be plenty of moments that will cause you to spontaneously vociferate expletives. Watch below.

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