Friday, September 30, 2016

Live Review: Bear Vs. Shark at Bowery Ballroom

In 2005, as Detroit, Michigan's Bear Vs. Shark began to get the notoriety and acclaim they had been fighting for over the years they split up after the release of their sophomore album. In the wake of their absence, the myth of this band's chaotic live shows and an emergence of new fans that got a hold of their 2 albums, Right Now, You're in the Best of Hands. And If Something Isn't Quite Right, Your Doctor Will Know in a Hurry and Terrorhawk, their popularity soared even more. After years of teasing the idea of a reunion, in early 2016, they announced they were back and hitting the road.

Performing for the first time in Manhattan in more than a decade, Bear Vs. Shark sold-out Bowery Ballroom and it was as if they never left. In the 60 minutes they performed at the intimate downtown venue, they absolutely destroyed the place. Their hardcore fans packed the front of the venue as other fans, either too old to throw down or seeing them for the first time, stood around the venue in total awe.

Opening with "Ma Jolie," from the get-go it was as if a bomb went off and people were scurrying for safety. As the pits broke out, singer Marc Paffi, one of the greatest frontmen of all time, would throw his body around the stage like a prop and the fans ate it up.

Songs like "Campfire," "Don't Tell the Horses the Stables on Fire," "We Were Sad Now We're Rebuilding," "Catamaran," "5,6 Kids," "Rich People Say Fuck Yeah Hey Hey," didn't need Paffi's vocals as fans screamed every word. As the stage looked like a waterfall of humanity as fans dove off, Paffi would deep throat his mic and run around like a fish out of water adding to the show and cementing the legacy that the Motor City is home to greatest frontmen ever.  

By the closing number, "Buses / No Buses," fans wanted more but the band admitted there was no encore as they only rehearsed a certain number of songs. It was fitting to their legacy as it was short, to the point and something everyone will remember forever.

Stooges Doc 'Gimme Danger' Gets New Trailer

The upcoming Jim Jarmusch documentary on The Stooges, Gimme Danger, has a new trailer. Take a look. The film arrives next month.

Listen to Our Essential Iggy Pop Playlist on Spotfiy  

Watch a Clip From 'Gimme Danger' 

Metallica on 'Fallon'

Watch Metallica perform "Moth Into Flame" on The Tonight Show.

Jimmy Eat World on 'Colbert'

Watch Jimmy Eat World perform "Sure and Certain" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Regina Spektor on 'Corden'

Watch Regina Spektor perform "Small Bills" on the Late Late Show with James Corden.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Czarface Announce 3rd Album

In November, Czarface, the phenomenal hip-hop group featuring 7L, Esoteric and Inspetah Deck from Wu-Tang will release their new album, A Fistful of Peril.

The record, their third, furthers the adventure of the fictional character they created in 2013 -- Czarface. It is also the follow-up to last year's Every Hero Needs a Villain.

Take a look at the covers, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the first single, "Two in the Chest."

1.) “Electric Level 1”
2.) “Two In The Chest”
3.) “Czar Wars”
4.) “Dust” f/ Psycho Les
5.) “Revenge On Lizard City”
6.) “Machine, Man & Monster” f/ Conway The Machine
7.) “Dare Iz A Darkseid”
8.) “Tarantulas” f/ Blacastan
9.) “Sabers”
10.) “Steranko” f/ Meyhem Lauren & Rast RFC
11.) “Talk That Talk”
12.) “All In Together Now”
13.) “Level Electric 1”

Stream Conor Oberst's 'Ruminations'

NPR is hosting a stream of Conor Oberst's new album, Ruminations, two weeks before it comes out. Take a listen!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Morphine 'Journey of Dreams' Documentary Trailer Released

Boston trio Morphine's fame had suddenly stopped in 1999 after singer Mark Sandway suffered a fatal heart attack on stage in Italy. Now, the band's story will be told for the first time in the forthcoming documentary, Journey of Dreams, which is out next month.

Take a look at the trailer:

Quick News

In November, a new David Bowie's singles collection called Bowie Legacy will be released. Take a look at the mammoth tracklisting, below:
01 Space Oddity 
02 The Man Who Sold The World 
03 Changes 
04 Oh! You Pretty Things
05 Life On Mars? (2016 mix) 
06 Starman (original single mix)  
07 Ziggy Stardust 
08 Moonage Daydream  
09 The Jean Genie (original single mix)  
10 All The Young Dudes 
11 Drive-In Saturday  
12 Sorrow 
13 Rebel Rebel  
14 Young Americans (original single edit) 
15 Fame  
16 Golden Years (single version)  
17 Sound And Vision 
18 ‘Heroes’ (single version)  
19 Boys Keep Swinging  
20 Ashes To Ashes (single version) 
21 Fashion (single version)

CD 2:
01 Under Pressure – Queen & David Bowie 
02 Let's Dance (single version)
03 China Girl (single version)  
04 Modern Love (single version) 
05 Blue Jean  
06 This Is Not America - with The Pat Metheny Group  
07 Dancing In The Street - David Bowie & Mick Jagger 
08 Absolute Beginners (edit)  
09 Jump They Say (radio edit) 
10 Hallo Spaceboy (PSB Remix) - with The Pet Shop Boys  
11 Little Wonder (edit) 
12 I’m Afraid Of Americans (V1 edit)
13 Thursday’s Child (radio edit) 
14 Slow Burn (radio edit)  
15 Everyone Says ‘Hi’ (edit) 
16 New Killer Star (radio edit) 
17 Where Are We Now? 
18 Lazarus (radio edit) 
19 I Can’t Give Everything Away (radio edit)

Speaking to Dazed Digital, Marilyn Manson said his new album, Say10, due in February, will have a different feel for fans. He said: "It is, I would say, the last thing people would expect after hearing 'The Pale Emperor'. Coming from the people who I’ve played it to, it's a combination of 'Antichrist Superstar' and 'Mechanical Animals' in feeling.” He added: "It wasn’t my intent to go backwards. Everything goes in a full circle and it just becomes, without cannibalising work from the past, the same thing: which is ultimately you. I’m a little over-anxious to release it, so it was done very quickly, but it's by far the most thematic and over-complicated thing that I’ve done. In a way, it’s deceptively delightful to strangers. It’s like the old saying that the devil’s greatest secret is that people don’t believe he exists.” 

A children's book on the life of J Dilla will be released in November. The book, written by his mother, will be called The Life Story of James Dewitt Yancey. Take a look at the cover, below:

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes Announce New Album

Get ready to rage as Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes will release their new album, Modern Ruin, in January.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below:

1. Bluebelle
2. Lullaby
3. Snake Eyes
4. Vampires
5. Wild Flowers
6. Acid Veins
7. God Is My Friend
8. Jackals
9. Thunder
10. Real Life
11. Modern Ruin
12. Neon Rust

Stream The New Album From The Mission

The Mission or known in America as The Mission UK will release their new album, Another Fall From Grace, on Friday. You can now stream it on Soundcloud. Take a listen!

Air on 'Kimmel'

Watch Air perform "Kelly Watch the Stars” and “La Femme d’Argent" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Action Bronson Bugs Out with Kimmel

Promoting the new season of Fuck, That's Delicious, Action Bronson appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and talked about the time he once ate a baby turtle, his wild adventures and love of food. Take a look!

Regina Spektor on 'Colbert'

Watch Regina Spektor perform "Bleeding Heart" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

De La Soul, Estelle, Roots on 'Fallon'

Backed by The Roots and with special guest Estelle, De La Soul performed "Memory of… (Us)” on The Tonight Show. Take a look!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Solange Announces New Album

Solange will be releasing her new album, A Seat at the Table, this Friday. 

The news has just arrived in a press release Tuesday afternoon which stated that the singer had been working and producing this record since 2013. 

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below:

  1. “Rise” 
  2. “Weary” (Additional Vocals blessed by Tweet) 
  3. “Interlude: The Glory Is In You”
  4. “Cranes In The Sky” 
  5. “Interlude: Dad Was Mad”
  6. “Mad” Ft. Lil Wayne (Additional Vocals blessed by Moses Sumney and Tweet) 
  7. “Don't You Wait” 
  8. “Interlude: Tina Taught Me”
  9. “Don't Touch My Hair” Ft. Sampha
  10. “Interlude:  This Moment” (Additional vocals Devonte Hynes of Houston Texas and Lu of Carolina) 
  11. “Where Do We Go” (Additional vocals blessed by Sean Nicholas Savage) 
  12. “Interlude:  For Us By Us”
  13. “F.U.B.U.” Ft. The Dream & BJ The Chicago Kid (Additional Vocals blessed by Tweet) 
  14. “Borderline (An Ode To Self Care)” Ft. Q-Tip
  15. “Interlude:  I Got So Much Magic, You Can Have It” Ft. Kelly Rowland & Nia Andrews 
  16. “Junie” 
  17. “Interlude: No Limits”
  18. “Don't Wish Me Well”
  19. “Interlude:  Pedestals” 
  20. “Scales” Ft. Kelela 
  21. ”Closing:  The Chosen Ones”

Quick News

Adele has confirmed that her latest album, 25, has gone Diamond in America. She becomes one of the first artists of the decade to do such high numbers on record sales.

Brand New have postponed the release of their new album. In a lengthy statement on Twitter, they said they have opted to not release what they have even though they promised fans a new album this year. Read the statement below:

The Rolling Stones will release their historic Havana, Cuba, concert from earlier this year, Havana Moon, in November. Take a look at the trailer, below:

Lady Gaga has released the tracklisting for her new album, Joanne, which is arriving next month. Take a look:

The Weeknd will release his new album, Starboy, in November. Take a look at the cover, below:

Stream Danny Brown's New Album 'Atrocity Exhibition'

Danny Brown was going to release his new album, Atrocity Exhibition, Friday but plans changed and he opted to release it today. Stream the LP now via Apple Music.

Peter Doherty Announces New Album

In December after 7 years, Peter Doherty will release his second solo album, Hamburg Demonstrations.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the new song "I Don't Love Anyone (But You're Not Just Anyone).'

01 Kolly Kibber
02 Down For The Outing
03 Birdcage
04 Hell To Pay At The Gates Of Heaven
05 Flags From The Old Regime
06 I Don't Love Anyone (But You're Not Just Anyone) v2
07 A Spy In The House Of Love [Demo Vocals]
08 Oily Boker
09 I Don't Love Anyone (But You're Not Just Anyone)
10 The Whole World Is Our Playground
11 She Is Far

The Lemon Twigs on 'Fallon'

Our September Rising Artist -- The Lemon Twigs, made their TV debut Monday night on The Tonight Show. Take a look!

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Kills on 'Colbert'

The Kills performed "Impossible Tracks" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Friday. Take a look!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Yusef / Cat Stevens at Global Citizen

Performing in New York City for the 1st time in 40 years, Yusef Cat Stevens was one of the biggest gifts at the Global Citizen Festival Saturday.

Metallica at Global Citizen

Metallica performed Saturday evening at the Global Citizen Festival and brought the fury during their greatest hits set.

Kendrick Lamar at Global Citizen

The one and only Kendrick Lamar headlined the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on Saturday and brought his conscious music to these uncertain times. Take a look!

Chris Martin & Eddie Vedder at Global Citizen

Coldplay's Chris Martin and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder did a series of duets including Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over," Pearl Jam's "Nothingman," and Patti Smith's "People Have the Power," Martin also did a cover of Prince's "Raspberry Beret," at the Global Citizen Festival. Take a look!

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Listen to Our Essential Pearl Jam Playlist on Spotify! 

Rihanna at Global Citizen

The 5th annual Global Citizen Festival took place in Central Park Saturday with Rihanna as a headliner. Take a look at highlights of her fantastic set.

Listen to Our Essential Rihanna Playlist on Spotify

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Springsteen In Conversation With Colbert

Bruce Springsteen appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Friday to discuss his autobiography, Chapter & Verse. The two talked about a range of topics including his long concerts, his influence of The Beatles and Elvis, being raised a Catholic and his 5 favorite songs of his.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Live Review: Peter Hook & The Light at Webster Hall

It has been 2 years since Peter Hook & The Light played New York City to perform music from his bands New Order and Joy Division. In that time, the bassist of the timeless bands wrote a book about his time in New Order, due next month in the UK and later in the US, he also toured Europe for a while.

On Thursday, he made his welcomed return to the Big Apple with a mind full of memories and fondness as his kicked off his latest tour which hears him and his band playing New Order's compilation record, Substance, in full as well as Joy Division hits set. In the first of 2 packed nights of inside the iconic Manhattan venue, the legendary bassist took fans down memory lane and reminded everyone, even his biggest fans, why both of his bands mattered so much.

In the 2-and-a-half hours he and The Light were on stage, it was hard to fathom how many hits New Order and Joy Division had. Just within the first hour, there were enough songs that some artists today wish they could both write and have in their arsenal. That is what great chemistry in a band does. As New Order have continued on without Hooky, his nostalgia tours rival the band that has most of the original members. In fact, at points, he does it better with less.

As close to the weekend as it was, the audience inside wanted to let loose. It was a combination of NYU students and adults that could be their parents paying tuition for their kids to go to school. The range was incredible, for some, it was reliving their youth, for others, it was seeing something they only heard or read about and finally get to experience. Hooky would pause from time to time to remember Ian Curtis and Tony Wilson, he would also describe certain events that happened to New Order while in New York, but mainly left it all up to the music. Webster Hall did suffer a few technical issues with his sound but no one seemed to mind. The music is all that mattered.

Moby Announces New Album

Moby is teaming up with the Void Pacific Choir to release his new album, These Systems Are Failing, next month.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the 1st single: "Are You Lost in the World Like Me?" and "Don't Leave Me". 

01 Hey Hey
02 Break.Doubt
03 I Wait for You
04 Don’t Leave Me
05 Erupt + Matter
06 Are You Lost in the World Like Me?
07 A Simple Love
08 The Light Is Clear in My Eyes
09 And It Hurts

A Tribe Called Quest Share Mural Documentary

Following the passing of Phife Dawg earlier this year, the residents of St. Albans, Queens in New York City paid tribute to their most famous sons with a mural to commemorate the rappers on the corner of Linden Boulevard and 192nd Street. The site is where they filmed the video for "Check the Rhime." Now, A Tribe Called Quest has shared a documentary on the making of the mural. Take a look!

Listen to Our Essential Tribe Called Quest Playlist on Spotify!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Banks & Steelz on 'Corden'

Watch Banks & Steelz perform "Giant" on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Band of Horses on 'Fallon'

Watch Band of Horses perform "Casual Party" on The Tonight Show.

Wilco on 'Colbert'

Watch Wilco perform "Someone to Lose" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

James Blake on 'Seth Meyers'

Watch James Blake perform "My Willing Heart" on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Stream Pixies New Album 'Head Carrier'

NPR is streaming Pixies new album, Head Carrier. Take a listen!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Quick News

Lady Gaga has been announced to be the 2017 Super Bowl Half Time artist. The big game happens in February.

Justice will release their new album, Woman, in November. Take a look at the tracklisting, below:
01. Safe and Sound
02. Pleasure
03. Alakazam!
04. Fire
05. Stop
06. Chorus
07. Randy
08. Heavy Metal
09. Love S.O.S.
10. Close Call

In an interview with Rolling Stone, former Prince attorney L. Londell McMillan said that fans can expect to hear unreleased music from the late musician starting next year. He said: "We’re still doing inventory, and we’re still mourning. I know the world wants to commercialize it, but we’re still getting through the stuff.” No one has officially been put in charge of doing this, however, his sister, Susan Rogers told the magazine: "We need to approach this with love and care and a high moral compass. Some of his fans have written to me and begged that his material not be altered in any way.”

Producer and composer Adrian Younge announced a Kraftwerk-inspired album called The Electric Void. It will be out on Friday. Take a look at the cover, below:

Simian Mobile Disco Announce New Album

In November, Simian Mobile Disco will release their new album, Welcome to Sideways. 

Take a look at the awkward cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the new single: "Far Away From a Distance."

01 Happening Distractions
02 Far Away From a Distance
03 Bubble Has No Answers
04 Staring at All This Handle
05 Face to Face With Spoon
06 Space Is Full of Ringing
07 Remember in Reverse
08 Flying or Falling
09 Drone Follows Me Everywhere
10 Welcome to Sideways (A Delicacies Mix)

Die Antwoord on 'Kimmel'

Watch Die Antwoord perform "Banana Brain" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Iggy Pop is Coming to Theaters, DVD

Earlier this month, Jim Jarmusch's Stooges documentary, Gimme Danger, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Next month, the film will make the rounds at the New York Film Festival. The film will also hit theaters on October 28.

Listen to Our Essential Iggy Pop Playlist on Spotify

Take a look at a clip, below via Rolling Stone:

On October 28, the same day Gimme Danger hits theaters, Iggy Pop will release Post Pop Depression Live at The Royal Albert Hall, a concert film from his latest tour with Josh Homme, Matt Helders and Dean Fertita. 

Take a look at the cover, below, and watch a clip of the band performing "Passenger."

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Live Review: The Libertines at Unity Rocks

The Libertines at Unity Rocks, Brixton 7th September 2016 
By James Bohrsmanm
As one frontman was carried from the stage by security, the second strode along refusing to be halted by the venue cutting the sound. He maintained the frenzy of the crowd as they finished the show for him, singing in unison for the final song.
It was The Libertines, of course. It was the band’s first official UK gig in over nine months and marked a triumphant return to their hometown of London. Carl Barat was unceremoniously escorted off stage while his partner in crime Pete Doherty remained to inspire the crowd through a triumphant finale.
Despite never reaching the mainstream heights that their talent perhaps merited, the four-piece have cemented a legacy in Indie Rock and they reminded the Brixton fans why this past Wednesday. On a warm September night in their hometown, The Libertines took their fans back to the early 2000’s and a late night gig in Camden. They reminded everyone of that raw energy and passion and they showed why they are one of the greatest British bands in recent years.
The connection between Barat and Doherty on stage was present as ever, with the two joyfully embracing between songs, laughing and talking before thundering into frantic guitar riffs which had crowd surfers being pushed away from stage by security. As always the performance was full of scuffed riffs and botched transitions, but with The Libertines it wouldn’t be the same without that. Towards the end another suitably entertaining missed transition between songs left a period of no music, before Doherty powered into ‘Don’t Look Back into the Sun’ and sent the crowd into another frantic few minutes.
They opened the show with ‘The Delaney’ followed by ‘Barbarians’, before picking up a favourite from their new album in the shape of powerful single ‘Heart of the Matter’. The set went into overdrive when the band hammered out the notorious opening to ‘Horrow Show’. Anyone who saw the band in the early days would remember this as the catalyst for many a destroyed venue around London – a song that encapsulates the raw and feverish beginnings of the band.
Barat was carried off stage shortly after the conclusion of the last song, before Pete returned alone to finish with an encore of sorts. The power was cut but with Doherty’s encouragement the crowd finished ‘Music When the Lights Go Out’ – a fitting finale given the situation.
Based on last week’s performance, The Libertines should sit atop any rock ‘n’ roll fans bucket list to experience live. The show served as a reminder that this raucous four-piece remain one of the world’s most entertaining bands. Oh to be a Libertine.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Mike Doughty Announces New Album

Mike Doughty will release a new solo album, The Heart Watches While The Brain Burns, next month.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below:

1. Wait! You’ll Find a Better Way
2. I Can’t Believe I Found You in That Town
3. Brian
4. There Is a Way Out
5. Sad Girl Walking in the Rain
6. Dawn/Gone
7. You Could Fly
8. Otherland
9. Don’t Jerk the Wheel
10. Making Me Lay Down
11. Give Me Something
12. The Wild Creatures

Live Pix: AC/DC @ Madison Square Garden

AC / DC brought their "Rock or Bust" Tour to Madison Square Garden with Axl Rose on vocals. 

Our very own RICH D SMOOV was on hand to capture the action. Take a look at his live pix. 

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Tony Molina Announces New EP

Punker Tony Molina will release his new EP, Confront the Truth, next month.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below:

  1. Lisa's Song
2. I Don't Want To Know
3. Old Enough To Know
4. No One Told He
5. Hung Up On The Dream
6. See Me Fall
7. Over Now
8. Banshee

Quick News

The Drums have confirmed that their fourth album has been finished and they will be releasing information on it soon.

Franz Nicolay spoke to Riot Fest ahead of The Hold Steady's performance in Chicago at the festival this weekend where they will play Boys and Girls in America this weekend. He discussed the making of the record, saying: "I think you can hear the creative tension, the elbowing and jockeying for musical position. This is where the pressure of the moment manifested: everyone taking responsibility for putting us over the top. Turn up every part, because what if leaving it out is the one thing that keeps it from succeeding? And I know that at the end of the mix and master, not everyone was confident that we hadn’t blown it. Stay Positive was an easier record to make, because we had validation that it had worked, and we could relax into the roles we’d staked out. But perhaps it is the undertone of anxiety that leavens the ebullience, like the hangover that haunts the parties in the lyrics, that brings Boys And Girls In America to life."

Justice will release their new album, Woman, in November.  Take a look at the cover, below:

Lady Gaga will release her new album, Joanne, named after her late aunt, next month. Take a look at the cover, below:

Bon Iver on 'Fallon'

Watch Bon Iver perform on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Stream Beach Slang's New Album

NPR is streaming Beach Slang's excellent new album, A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings. Take a listen!

Read Our 2015 Interview with Beach Slang

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Great Soundtracks: 'Reality Bites'

The 90s became the decade that gave us some of the best soundtracks that captured the feel of the decade as well as the film they represented. In 1994, Ben Stiller released the romantic comedy about Gen X called Reality Bites, the film chronicled a love triangle within the convoluted ideals of the decade. The soundtrack captured the characters relationships with each other and their enviroment.

Featuring music of the era like Lenny Kravitz, The Juliana Hatfield 3, Dinosaur Jr., The Posies, Lisa Loeb, Stiller also opted to go to the decade prior with hits from Crowded House, Squeeze and U2 to fill out what the intentions of his actors needed to embrace. The soundtrack still holds up and showcases a moment in time and a generation at a crossroads.

Recommended Reading: 'Dark Days'

In 2012, following a concert in Prague, Randy Blythe was arrested after a performance from his band Lamb of God. He was charged with manslaughter and spent years in a Czech prison for what authorities say he pushed a fan off the stage 2 years earlier at a concert in the city, which eventually led to the 19-year-old's passing. Blythe maintained that he had no recollection of the event but took his sentencing and went to prison.

In 2013, he was finally acquitted and in 2015, he released his story from behind the prison walls called Dark Days. The prison, which was a former Nazi concentration camp, discusses the challenges he faced behind bars. He had been clean and sober for 2 years and finally got a hold of his life until prison threw him a curveball. The man could have left broken and discouraged but instead walked out stronger and tougher than when he went in.

This book is not just the autobiography of the dark period of a musician and man, it is the story of the strength of endurance and the human spirit.


September's 27-song playlist of random musical musings is here! Take a listen on Spotify!

The Head and The Heart on 'Colbert'

Watch The Head and The Heart perform "All We Ever Knew" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Grouplove on 'Corden'

Watch Grouplove perform "Welcome to Your Life" on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Brian Fallon on 'Corden'

Watch Brian Fallon perform "Nobody Wins" on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

New 'All Eyez On Me' Trailer Emerges

On the 20th anniversary of the passing of Tupac Shakur, the filmmakers behind the forthcoming biopic, All Eyez on Me, have released a new trailer. Take a look!

Listen to Our Essential Tupac Playlist on Spotify!

Hamilton & Rostam on 'Colbert'

Former Walkmen singer Hamilton Leithauser and former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij made their TV debut together on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Take a look!

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Men Announce New Album

 In November, The Men will release their new album, Devil's Music. 

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, as well as read the press release and hear the new single, "Lion's Den."

1. Dreamer
2. Crime
3. Ridin’ On
4. Lion’s Den
5. Patterns
6. Violate
7. Hit the Ground
8. Devil Music
9. Gun
10. Fire

Final David Bowie Songs to be Released on 'Lazurus' Soundtrack

The original cast recording of the David Bowie penned musical Lazarus, starring Michael C. Hall, will be released in November. 

The album features the original cast recordings as well as 3 brand new Bowie tunes done by The Thin White Duke himself just before his passing. It is the final songs he has ever recorded.

According to a press release, "The Lazarus cast album was produced by the show’s musical director Henry Hey, who had previously worked with Bowie on “The Next Day” and features vocals from Hall, Caruso, Cristin Miloti, Michael Esper and other cast members backed by the seven-piece house band Hey assembled for the New York run. The album was recorded January 11, 2016. Upon arriving at the studio, the musicians and cast were shocked and saddened to learn that Bowie had passed away the evening before. Their emotional performances that day are captured on this recording.

The distinctive artwork for the Lazarus cast recording has been designed by Jonathan Barnbrook who also worked with Bowie on the ★, The Next Day, Heathen and Nothing Has Changed albums.

Written by Bowie and Enda Walsh, directed by Ivo Van Hove and produced by Robert Fox, Lazarus opened December 7, 2015 at the New York Theatre Workshop to great critical acclaim."

Take a look at the cover, above, ad the tracklisting, below:
CD 1:

1.    Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart) – Ricky Nelson
2.    Lazarus – Michael C. Hall & Original New York Cast of Lazarus
3.    It's No Game – Michael C. Hall, Lynn Craig & Original New York Cast of Lazarus
4.    This Is Not America – Sophia Anne Caruso & Original New York Cast of Lazarus
5.    The Man Who Sold The World – Charlie Pollack
6.    No Plan – Sophia Anne Caruso
7.    Love Is Lost – Michael Esper & Original New York Cast of Lazarus
8.    Changes – Cristin Milioti & Original New York Cast of Lazarus
9.    Where Are We Now – Michael C. Hall & Original New York Cast of Lazarus
10.   Absolute Beginners – Michael C. Hall, Cristin Milioti, Michael Esper, Sophia Anne Caruso, Krystina Alabado & Original New York Cast of Lazarus
11.   Dirty Boys – Michael Esper
12.   Killing A Little Time – Michael C. Hall
13.   Life On Mars – Sophia Anne Caruso
14.   All The Young Dudes – Nicholas Christopher, Lynn Craig, Michael Esper, Sophia Anne Caruso & Original New York Cast of Lazarus
15.   Sound And Vision – David Bowie
16.   Always Crashing in the Same Car – Cristin Militia
17.   Valentine's Day – Michael Esper & Original New York Cast of Lazarus
18.   When I Met You – Michael C. Hall & Krystina Alabama
19.   Heroes – 4:43 – Michael C. Hall, Sophia Anne Caruso & Original New York Cast of Lazarus

CD 2:
1.    Lazarus – David Bowie
2.    No Plan – David Bowie
3.    Killing A Little Time – David Bowie
4.    When I Met You – David Bowie

Live Pix: Wolves in the Throne Room at Marlin Room of Webster Hall

In all of the chaos and on stage catastrophe, Wolves in the Throne Room reunited and returned to New York City for the first of 3 nights within the 5 boroughs. 

Their first stop was the tiny Marlin Room of Webster hall where smoke and a some lights hid the band as they let the music do the talking.

Our very own RICH D SMOOV was on hand to capture the action. Take a look!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Jack White on 'Fallon'

Watch Jack White perform "Love Is the Truth” and “You've Got Her in Your Pocket," on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Oasis Post Rare 'Don't Go Away Demo'

With the upcoming 20th anniversary reissue of their third record, Be Here Now, Oasis have opened the vaults to a series of demos and other outtakes from the recording sessions of the album. Now, the band have posted an early demo of "Don't Go Away," the single, peaked at No. 5 when it was initially released in April 1997.

The demo, unlike the original, does not feature Liam Gallagher on vocals, instead it is big brother Noel and was recorded on the Caribbean island of Mustique. Take a listen, above, and compare it to the official single, below:

Thursday, September 8, 2016

As Zack de la Rocha Releases New Single, Here Are His Best Solo Moments

After nearly a year of teasing, Zack de la Rocha released the El-P produced single that many had speculated since they were spotted working together following the success of Run the Jewels' "Close Your Eyes and Count to Fuck."

The single, "Digging For Windows," is the former Rage Against the Machine frontman's first solo work since 2004's "We Want It All," which was produced by Trent Reznor and featured on the Fahrenheit 9/11 soundtrack.

Take a listen to the new track, "Digging For Windows," below:

Following the release of the song, El-P took to Twitter to confirm a de la Rocha solo album will arrive next year. He tweeted:

Now that has been settled, we look at the 5 best Zack de la Rocha solo moments since RATM first split in 2000. This solo record has been 17 years in the making, but here are other moments the emcee has shined.

5) Roni Size / Reprazent feat. Zack de la Rocha: "Centre of the Storm"

This banger came from the UK electro duo's 2000 album, In the Mode.

4) One Day As A Lion: "Wild International"

In 2008, de la Rocha emerged with former Queens of the Stone Age drummer Jon Theodore and formed One Day As A Lion. The duo released only an EP but this standout had people begging for more.

3) DJ Shadow & Zack de la Rocha: "March of Death"

This 2003 single was one of the first post-RATM appearances for Zack and still spits fire.

2) Zack de la Rocha: "We Want It All"

The first official solo single from the enigmatic California musician.

1) Run the Jewels feat. de la Rocha: "Close Your Eyes and Count to Fuck"

Without a doubt one of the best tracks of the decade and the comeback we all hoped for.

Pretenders Announce Dan Auerbach-Produced New LP

For the first time in 8 years, Pretenders will release a new album. The record, Alone, will arrive in October and was produced by Chrissy Hyde's fellow Akron, Ohio native, Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach. 

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and listen to the new single, "Holy Commotion."

1. Alone Song
2. Roadie Man
3. Gotta Wait
4. Never Be Together
5. Let’s Get Lost
6. Chord Lord
7. Blue Eyed Sky
8. Be The Man That You Are
9. One More Day
10. I Hate Myself
11. Death Is Not Enough
12. Holy Commotion