Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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Hot Water Music will release their new album, Light It Up, in September. Take a look at the cover, above.

Noel Gallagher confirmed in a recent radio interview that his new album will be out in November.

Bono spoke to Rolling Stone about the status of the long-awaited U2 record Songs of Experience, saying: "The band will tell you not to listen to me on those kind of matters since I thought it was done last year. But I think the pause has made it better. I will give them that. But if you left it to Edge he'd still be remixing it next year. But we have these songs. The problem is we have 15 songs and to get them down to 12. We don't like long players. The actual track listing is not set yet, but we have some proper, proper fuck-off songs. "Little Things That Give You Away" is one of them." He added that Steve Lillywhite has been brought in to finish the record. "We wanted to play live to really get it to cohere. Songs of Innocence, the songs are very special, I'm very proud of the songs, but if there's one thing I would criticize it for, it's the coherence in production. A friend of mine said to me, "Songs of Innocence? It doesn't sound innocent enough. It should have been more raw." So we didn't want to go in and make that mistake again, so we went in and played the songs again. Steve is the best guy for recording us in the studio with the band playing live, so that's what happened."

CAN will release a greatest hist collection called Can: The Singles in June.

LCD Soundsystem have given an update on their new album. Main man James Murphy posted a lengthy note on Facebook saying it will arrive soon. 


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Fall to Release Their 32nd Album


In July, Mark E. Smith's latest incarnation of The Fall will release their 32nd album, New Facts Emerge. 

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

  1. Segue
  2. Fol De Rol
  3. Brillo De Facto
  4. Victoria Train Station Massacre
  5. New Facts Emerge
  6. Couples Vs Jobless Mid 30s
  7. Second House Now
  8. O! ZZTRRK Man
  9. Gibbus Gibson
  10. Groundsboy
  11. Nine Out Of Ten

Pixies on 'Colbert'


Watch Pixies perform "Tenement Song" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Friday, May 26, 2017

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In September, The Movielife will release their first album in 14 years called Cities in Search of a Heart. Take a look at the cover, above.

SZA will finally release her long-awaited debut, CTRL, next month. Take a look at the cover, below:


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After 40 years, iconic LA DJ Rodney Bingenheimer aka Rodney on the ROQ will retire. The man helped usher in British music in the United States and has been credited for the success of artists like Coldplay, Sex Pistols, Ramones, Blondie, Duran Duran, Nirvana, No Doubt. He posted on his Facebook page Thursday: "It has been an amazing run, and I will be thanking all of you when I say goodbye to KROQ next week,” he wrote on his Facebook. “I am planning on some special callers and special music as I say a proper goodbye. As this chapter closes, I will be opening another chapter of my rock life soon. I may be done with KROQ, but I am not retiring. I hope you continue to join me on that journey. I have the greatest fans of all time and you’ve made my time at KROQ a fantastic one.”

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is recovery after having lung surgery. He is expected to make a full recovery and will be able to tour with the Stones in September.

Speaking to New Zealand radio station Rock FM, Josh Homme discussed the forthcoming Queens of the Stone Age album. “I feel like we’re just leaning on the gate waiting for someone to open that sucker up so we can move,” Homme said. “I think the record feels that way too — it feels uptempo.” He added: “At the end of the day, this is just a musical way to explain a lifetime. So the most important record I’m making is the one I’m working on. For the lack of a better term, I bet my life on it. If you don’t risk anything, you’re not gonna get anything. I don’t want to copy myself, I just want to take another chance at it. It keeps it always exciting that way.” A full release date has not been set.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Live Review: The Afghan Whigs at The Apollo


"Good evening, Apollo! This is a dream come true!," Afghan Whigs singer Greg Dulli roared a few songs into their brilliant set Tuesday night at the iconic New York City venue.

The Ohio band played the special show as a warmup before they head to Manchester, England, Friday to kick off their European tour in support of their fantastic new album, In Spades. It was a one-off gig for the Whigs before they return to the States in the fall for a proper tour and if the warmup show was any indication, fans around the world are in for a treat.

Opening with "Birdland" and "Arabian Nights" off their latest, they dove right into "Matamoros" from 2014's comeback reunion record, Do to the Beast. Dulli, who reformed the band in 2012, and have constantly toured since, has never looked as happy as he did playing inside the famous room. It was as if the ghost of James Brown haunted the singer as he and his band put on a gig for the ages.

Combining new tunes and classics like "Gentleman," "John the Baptist," "Somethin' Hot," and "Summer's Kiss," the fans were going crazy after each song.


The most poignant moment of the night came when Dulli introduced a cover of Pleasure Company's "You Want Love." Dulli spoke about cancer-stricken Whigs guitarist, Dave Rosser, who is fighting the disease and is not on tour with the band. He talked about how he and Rosser would always see Pleasure Company in New Orleans and one day wanted to cover their tune, "You Want Love." Dulli dedicated the song to his sick friend and said: "I hope you feel this," as the band played it for the first time.

Listen To Our Essential Afghan Whigs Playlist on Spotify!

Soon after, Dulli introduced world renowned soul singer Lee Fields on stage as they did a cover of JJ Cale's "Magnolia." Fields wasn't the only guest to join the stage as opener Joseph Arthur, a close friend of Dulli's would sing backup on a few songs as well as Mighty Fine singer Steven Myers, would dance on stage and add an entertainment value that no one but he could bring.


For the 90-minutes the band was on stage, they plowed through 22 songs including covers of The Beatles "Penny Lane," and Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me," as well as Dulli's other band, The Twilight Singers' "Teenage Wristband."

The unstoppable power this band possesses mixed with their perfect rock and soul hybrid not only makes them one of the best bands around, but America's most criminally underrated and underappreciated act around. When the Afghan Whigs come to down, you must do yourself a favor and see what they offer. From the musicianship to showstopping qualities, this isn't just a rock and roll show, it is an experience.

Comorra Detail Debut EP


Comorra, which is the new band featuring Far's Jonah Matranga, Jawbox's J Robbins and Zach Barocas, will release their debut EP, Mourning, Resistance, Celebration, later this year.

Read Our 2014 Interview with Jonah Matranga 

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the first single, "Roosevelt Champion III."

Between the World and Me
Roosevelt Champion III
Parting Friends
Black White Girl Boy
Love and Economics
 

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Vince Staples has announced that his new album, Big Fish Theory, will be out next month. Take a look at the cover, above.

Color Film, which features Daryl Palumbo of Glassjaw / Head Automatica, have announced the tracklisting to their debut, Living Arraignments, which arrives next month. Take a look at the tracklisting, below:
1.      We'd Kill Each Other - 1:31 
2.      Small Town - 3:31
3.      Crawling in Circles - 5:00
4.      Restless Summer - 3:46
5.      I Need A Parasite - 2:54
6.      Ambush Bug - 1:52
7.      Bass In 7- 3:25
8.      52 Minds - 3:44
9.      Even If It Did Exist - 4:09
10.  Springtime Of Our Love - 4:11
11.  Bad Saint - 3:40
12.  Day After Day - 5:09


Speaking to NME, Deftones' Chino Moreno has said that the band are already thinking about the followup to last year's, Gore. "We know each other oh so well and for so many years that it's comforting. We grew up in the same neighborhood, spending every day in the garage together, at school, after school. Then, ten, fifteen, twenty years later, we're all grown adults with children living in different cities — so when we go back on tour it's like we get to go back to clubhouse," he said. "When we make records, we don't really talk about what we're trying to do or what our ideas are for it — we kind of just go in and make music. That's what keeps it fresh for us. We don't try to box ourselves in to these pre-conceived ideas, but we have talked about getting together sooner rather than later to start making noise together — just out of pure excitement of creating music."

U2 on 'Kimmel'


U2 were the only guests on a special Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night and the iconic Irish band performed "I Still Haven't Found What I Am Looking For" as well as their new song, "The Little Things that Give You Away."

Listen to Our Essential U2 Playlist on Spotify!

The band also sat down for a full interview where they discussed the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree, the possibility of their new album coming soon, advice they got from Springsteen, their thoughts on Donald Trump, and the terror attack in Manchester, England.

Take a look!

Dawes on 'Conan'


Watch Dawes perform "One of Us" on Conan!

The Weeknd Enlists Kanye, Nas, Ghostface For 12-Minute 'Tell Your Friends' Remix


The Weeknd took to Soundcloud Tuesday and uploaded a 12 minute remix of his song "Tell Your Friends" which features Nas, Ghostface Killah, Kanye West, Drake, Belly, Young Braised. Take a listen!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Live Pix: 2017 BNB Bowl at Webster Hall


The annual BNB Bowl took place at Webster Hall Sunday and it featured a bevy of hardcore bands including Gorilla Biscuits, Rest in Pieces, Token Entry, Terror, Indecision, among others.

Our very own RICH D SMOOV was on hand to capture the action. 

Take a look!


Maximum Penalty
 Indecision

 Terror

 Gorilla Biscuits



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VINTAGE CLIP: Audioslave on 'Letterman' in 2002


We are still coming to terms with Chris Cornell's passing and the best way to do so is by honoring his legacy through his music. Take a look at this VINTAGE CLIP of Audioslave performing on the marquee of The Ed Sullivan Theater in 2002 as they performed "Cochise" for The Late Show with David Letterman. 

Read: Artists Pay Tribute to Chris Cornell

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Playlist


Here is May's playlist of 27 random musical musings. Take a listen!

Friday, May 19, 2017

The xx on 'Colbert'


Watch The xx perform "I Dare You" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Artists Pay Tribute to Chris Cornell

Many of Chris Cornell's colleagues, fans, and friends have taken to social media to eulogize the late singer who passed away Thursday of suicide.

He was 52.

Read: Remembering Chris Cornell

We put together a list of just some of them.
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Remembering Chris Cornell



The news of Chris Cornell's sudden passing Thursday morning sent shockwaves through the music world. The Soundgarden frontman passed away at 52. A Detroit medical examiner ruled his death a suicide.

Cornell, who was in Detroit playing a show with Soundgarden Wednesday night, was found in his hotel room with a band around his neck, according to reports.

The singer, who seemed to have everything together -- successful career, loving wife, three kids, left the Earth in unexpected fashion.

 According to reports, one of the final songs Soundgarden performed Wednesday night at the Fox Theater was a cover of Led Zeppelin's "In My Time of Dying," which features the lyrics: "In my time of dying, I want nobody to mourn / All I want for you to do is take my body home."

Cornell was active on social media hours before his passing, posting lyrics to the Soundgarden song, "By Crooked Steps:" “I'm the shape of the hole Inside your heart,” on Instagram.

Cornell, who formed Soundgarden in the 1980s, became a pioneer in the grunge movement along with his colleagues Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, and Nirvana. They would all go on to rule the charts for the better part of the 1990s.

After Soundgarden split in 1997, Cornell went solo and enjoyed a successful career before linking up with former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford to form Audioslave.

In 2010, Soundgarden reunited and two years later, released the acclaimed, King Animal, album. They were supposed to put out a new album this year, no word on what is happening.

Soundgarden was slated to perform at the Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio, Friday.

His passing has stirred emotions for all of us at Officially A Yuppie as we flew to Chicago to see Soundgarden in 2010 and covered the band multiple times. In the fall, we caught Temple of the Dog's first New York City performance, where Cornell had Madison Square Garden at their feet. It would be the final time he would ever play the city.

I also remember seeing Audioslave at Lollapalooza 2003, long before this site was even a thought, and being blown away by their power. I still stand by that performance that if they kept on the trajectory they were going, they could have been America's first answer to Led Zeppelin.

His life may be over but his music will live forever. Our thoughts go to his family, friends and bands.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Grizzly Bear To Release 1st Album in 5 Years


Grizzly Bear will release their new album, Painted Ruins, in August.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and the first singles, "Mourning Sound," and "Three Rings."

01 Wasted Acres
02 Mourning Sound
03 Four Cypresses
04 Three Rings
05 Losing All Sense
06 Aquarian
07 Cut-Out
08 Glass Hillside
09 Neighbors
10 Systole
11 Sky Took Hold

Snoop Dogg on 'Kimmel'


Watch Snoop Dogg perform "Trash Bags" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jesus and Mary Chain on 'Colbert'


Watch Jesus and Mary Chain with special guest Sky Ferreira to perform "The Two of Us" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Great Soundtracks: 'Grosse Pointe Blank'


The charming action-comedy Grosse Pointe Blank became a surprise box office success story in 1997 when it arrived in theaters. The film, which stars John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Alan Arkin, and Dan Akroyd, about a hit man who attends his high school reunion is not only fresh and original but also ridiculous -- yet, it still worked.

The film, which takes place in the 90s, showcases the music of the era in which the protagonist were in high school -- the 1980s. The soundtrack captured the era perfectly with songs from David Bowie and Queen, The Specials, The Jam, The Clash, Violent Femmes,  Guns N Roses, and more. The soundtrack was such a hit with fans, it spawned a "More Music" compilation of the film which had Echo and The Bunnymen, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Pixies, Pogues, Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel. While we live in playlist ready-era, this soundtrack not only takes you back to the late 80s but to the film's storylines as well.

Recommended Reading: 'Salad Days'


Punk rock is a genre that has resonated with teenagers for decades and generations and the basics of what it stands for are pure and innocent and to try and do good by your fellow man, it sometimes finds itself corrupt. In 2000, new writer Charles Romalotti told the trials and tribulations of growing up punk and believing in what it stands for in his fictional book, Salad Days. 

Salad Days tells the story of a punk from Kansas named Frank Smith who fronts the band The Jerk Offs during the emerging hardcore scene of the 80s. As Smith and The Jerk Offs head out on tour, the protagonist learns about life, America, and coming of age in a place where you are pushing from the norm. The book, loosely based on some experiences Romalotti had as a teen, is earnest, honest and a must read.

Metallica on 'Colbert'


A day after they played MetLife Stadium, Metallica performed "Now That We’re Dead" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Take a look!

Listen to Our Essential Metallica Playlist on Spotify  

Monday, May 15, 2017

Live Review: Metallica at MetLife Stadium


Less than a week into their massive Worldwired summer tour, Metallica hit the New York area for the first of two shows. On Sunday night, metalheads from the tri-state area spent Mother's Day at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium as the San Fransisco metal icons returned to the Medowlands for the first time in 14 years.

Listen to Our Essential Metallica Playlist on Spotify 

A near sold-out stadium was packed with fans of all ages, types, and groups ready to rock as Metallica were ready to bring their new album, the fantastic, Hardwired... to Self Destruct to life.

Opening with "Hardwired," "Atlas Rise!," "For Whom the Bell Tolls," and "Fuel," what was impressive was as much as this band gets knocked for changing their sound over the years and doing things a bit more commercial, their fans still memorize and absorb every word no matter how old or new the song is. Each of the new tracks was sung back to the band with as much gusto and pride as the classics. What also was impressive was how fantastic these new songs sound in concert. Like all Metallica songs they are meant to be played live but those from Hardwired... sound better and much more furious than from some of its predecessors.


The band, who performed on a massive white stage that stretched the width of the football field, were perched in front of massive HD screens which were bookended by their glitchy "M" and "A" from their logo. As the screens broadcasted the band to the nosebleeds, as well as random visuals and film footage, no matter how tiny or massive the members of Metallica looked, it was clear they were having a blast.

Singer James Hetfield has mic stands played all around the stage so he can go and sing wherever he wants, whenever he wants. Lars Ulrich was perched on a drum kit, which unlike previous tours, does not rotate or move, so he was stationary as guitarist Kirk Hammet and bassist Rob Trujilo would strut their stuff across the stage and move around to fans who were in the pit.

"After 36 years, thank you for still supporting us," Hetfield told the crowd as he also explained that the band look at their fans as family. "We don't care what is the color of your skin, who you voted for, what your religious beliefs are... you are all Metallica family," he added.

The band played a perfect blend of old and new tunes like "The Unforgiven," "Moth Into Flame," "Wherever I May Roam," "Halo on Fire," "Whiplash," and "Master of Puppets." They pleased everyone they could and played to everyone that paid the price of admission and didn't cater to a setlist that could have just been just hits and new songs.


Metallica pulled out all the stops with group drum solos, drum kits rising from the stage, instrumental solos, pyrotechnics, balloons, and fireworks that could rival those put on during 4th of July shows in Manhattan each summer. It was a much of a spectacle as it was a rock concert, which clearly how they intend to do things from now on.


Metallica MetLife Stadium 5/14/17 Setlist

Hardwired
Atlas, Rise!
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Fuel
The Unforgiven
Now That We’re Dead
Moth Into Flame
Wherever I May Roam
Halo on Fire
Whiplash
Sad but True
One
Master of Puppets
Fade to Black
Seek & Destroy

Encore:
Fight Fire With Fire
Nothing Else Matters
Enter Sandman

Pains of Being Pure At Heart Announce New Album


In July, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will return with their new album, The Echo of Pleasure. 

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

1. My Only
2. Anymore
3. The Garret
4. When I Dance With You
5. The Echo of Pleasure
6. Falling Apart So Slow
7. So True
8. The Cure for Death
9. Stay

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Melvins have released the cover of their double LP, A Walk with Love and Death, which is out in July. Take a look, above.

Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark will release their new album, The Punishment of Luxury, in September. The new wave duo released the tracklisting, take a look, below:
1. The Punishment of Luxury
2. Isotype
3. Robot Man
4. What Have We Done
5. Precision & Decay
6. As We Open, So We Close
7. Art Eats Art
8. Kiss Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Bang
9. One More Time
10. La Mitrailleuse
11. Ghost Star
12.The View From Here

Sad news to report, Mazzy Star drummer Keith Mitchell has passed away. The new was released on the band's Facebook page where they wrote: "We have lost the much beloved Keith Mitchell, a very talented and amazing drummer that we have had the privilege to work with for many years, he will live in all of our hearts forever.... We’ll miss you, Big Fella.” No cause of death has been released. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and band.

Marilyn Manson was supposed to release his new album Say10 on Valentine's Day, however, that came and went and never arrived. Now, he has announced that the title has changed. The new record is called Heaven Upside Down and is out later in the year. 


Saturday, May 13, 2017

INVSN Detail New Album


Swedish supergroup INVSN which features Sara Almgren from Masshysteri, Christina Karlsson from Tiger Forest Cat, Anders Stenberg from Deportees, and Dennis Lyzxén from Refused will release their new album, The Beautiful Stories, next month.

Read Our 2013 Interview with Lyzxen

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

1. Immer Zu
2. This Constant War
3. Bom Bom
4. The Distance
5. I Dreamt Music
6. Deconstruct Hits
7. Love’s Like a Drug

Dan Auerbach on 'Colbert'



Watch Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach perform a pair of songs on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Friday, May 12, 2017

At The Drive-In on 'Kimmel'



Watch At the Drive-In perform "Call Broken Arrow” and “Hostage Stamps” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Dreamcar on 'Corden'


Watch Dreamcar perform "Kill For Candy" on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Conor Oberst on 'Corden'


Watch Conor Oberst perform "Too Late to Fixate" on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Dirty Projectors & Guests on 'Fallon'


Watch The Dirty Projectors joined by D∆WN, Tyondai Braxton, and the Roots to perform “Cool Your Heart,” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds on 'Colbert'


Watch Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds perform their new song, "Samurai Cop" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Sam Cohen & Danger Mouse on 'Conan'

Watch Sam Cohen & Danger Mouse perform “House Of The Rising Sun” and “Can’t Help Falling In Love” on Conan.

The National Detail New Album



As previously stated, The National will release their new album, Sleep Well Beast, in September. 

Now, the band has released the cover, tracklisting, and first single, "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness." That is the cover is on top, take a look at the details, below.

Nobody Else Will Be There
Day I Die
Walk It Back
The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
Born to Beg
Turtleneck
Empire Line
I'll Still Destroy You
Guilty Party
Carin at the Liquor Store
Dark Side of the Gym
Sleep Well Beast

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Shabazz Palaces Announce Second Album of 2017


After announcing Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines would be released on July 14, now Shabazz Palaces have a second album arriving the same day. The new record is called Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star. 

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

01 Welcome to Quazarz
02 Gorgeous Sleeper Cell
03 Self-MadeFollownaire
04 Atlaantis
05 Effeminence [ft. Fly Guy Dai of Chimurenga Renaissance]
06 Julian’s Dream (ode to a bad) [ft. The Shogun Shot]
07 30 Clip Extension
08 Love in the time of Kanye [ft. Purple Tape Nate]
09 Sabonim in the Saab on ‘em
10 The SS Quintessence
11 Late night phone calls [ft. Laz]
12 Quazarz on 23rd

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Haim have shared the cover to their new album, Something to Tell You. Take a look at it, above.

The National will release their new album, Sleep Well Beast, in September.

Radiohead's Thom Yorke is going to score his first film. The remake of the Italian horror classic Susperia, will be directed by Luca Guadgnino and will star Tilda Swinton. No word as to when the film will arrive but Yorke has some shoes to fill as the horror band Goblin made their name with the original and classic score.

Academy Award winning director Steve McQueen will helm an upcoming documentary on Tupac which has been approved by the late rapper's estate. “I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the life and times of this legendary artist,” McQueen said in a press release. “I attended NYU film school in 1993 and can remember the unfolding hip-hop world and mine overlapping with Tupac’s through a mutual friend in a small way. Few, if any shined brighter than Tupac Shakur. I look forward to working closely with his family to tell the unvarnished story of this talented man.” No word as to when the film will arrive.

Phoenix will provide the score for Sofia Coppola's new film, The Beguiled, which is slated to arrive later in the year. Phoenix frontman, Thomas Mars, is married to Coppola. 

Gorillaz may have just released their new album, Humanz, but the animated band are already talking about making new music. In an interview with UK's Channel 4, artist Jamie Hewlett said: "There has to be a gap between the albums because they’re quite exhausting. They take a lot of work. But we’re already talking about the next album, so there might not be a gap this time… It starts with one idea. Like, there’s a conversation one night, you have one idea a sentence, and that is the basis for a whole album. And then we never talk again until it’s finished. And we had that one idea again the other night. So we have to get started on the next one." 

Run The Jewels Share "Panther Like A Panther" Demo


Run the Jewels have shared the RTJ3 demo "Panther Like A Panther." Take a listen.

Blondie on 'Fallon'


Watch Blondie perform "Long Time" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

LP on 'Conan'


LP has been making the American TV rounds performing her global smash, "Lost on You," on Tuesday night she stopped by Conan. Take a look!

Royal Blood on 'Kimmel'


Watch Royal Blood perform "Lights Out" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Roger Waters on 'Colbert'


Watch Roger Waters perform his new single, "Deja Vu," on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Incubus on 'Conan'


Watch Incubus perform "State of the Art" on Conan.

Logic on 'Kimmel'


Watch Logic perform "Black Spiderman" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

LP on 'Corden'


Watch LP perform her smash hit, "Lost on You," on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Monday, May 8, 2017

TLC Detail New Album


TLC will return with their final album, a self-titled and self-released record, in June. It is worth noting that they asked fans to name the album. 

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

01 No Introduction      
02 Way Back [ft. Snoop Dogg]
03 It’s Sunny          
04 Haters
05 Perfect Girls    
06 Interlude       
07 Start A Fire
08 American Gold
09 Scandalous       
10 Aye MuthaFucka
11 Joy Ride            
12 Way Back (Extended) [ft. Snoop Dogg]

Broken Social Scene Will Return in July


Broken Social Scene will return in July with their brand new album, Hug of Thunder. 

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

01 Sol Luna
02 Halfway Home
03 Protest Song
04 Skyline
05 Stay Happy
06 Vanity Pail Kids
07 Hug of Thunder
08 Towers and Masons
09 Victim Lover
10 Please Take Me With You
11 Gonna Get Better
12 Mouth Guards of the Apocalypse

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Eagles of Death Metal will release the Live DVD and CD set, I Love You All The Time - Live At The Olympia In Paris, in August. The footage and performance comes from their first show in Paris following the massacre at Le Bataclan in November 2017 during the attack on the city.

Speaking at the Rolling Loud Festival over the weekend, Action Bronson promised said that his new album, Blue Chips 7000 will be out next month, reportedly telling the crowd: "I don't give a fuck if I have to leak it myself. I don't give a flying fuck."

Ani DiFranco will release her new album, Binary, next month.

Interpol are heading out on the road this summer to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their debut, Turn on the Bright Lights, and singer Paul Banks told Beats Radio that former bassist Carlos D., will not be joining the band for any performance. "I don’t think it’s likely that he’s going to reach out. I really think Carlos is doing his own thing now. I understand why people would be interested in that, but the reality is, the social dynamic ... is that I don’t have any contact with Carlos," he said.

MGMT have confirmed that the title of their new album will be Dark Little Age and it will be out later this year.



Dead Cross Announce Debut Album


The supergroup Dead Cross which features Mike Patton,  Dave Lombardo, Justin Pearson, and Michael Crain, will release their self-titled debut in August.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear their debut single, "Grave Slave."

01 Seizure and Desist
02 Idiopathic
03 Obedience School
04 Shillelagh
05 Bela Lugosi’s Dead
06 Divine Filth
07 Grave Slave
08 The Future Has Been Cancelled
09 Gag Reflex
10 Church of the Motherf*****s

'American Valhalla' Trailer Released


A trailer for the upcoming documentary, American Valhalla, has been released. The film, slated to open later this year, chronicles how Iggy Pop and Josh Homme got together to work on The Godfather of Punk's last album, Post Pop Depression. Take a look.

Alt-J on 'Kimmel'


Watch Alt-J perform "In Cold Blood" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Gorillaz, Noel Gallagher, Jehnny Beth on 'Graham Norton'


Watch Gorillaz perform "We Got The Power" with Noel Gallagher, Savages' Jehenny Beth on The Graham Norton Show. 


Listen to Our Essential Gorillaz Playlist on Spotify 

Depeche Mode Cover Bowie at Tour Kick-Off


On Friday night, Depeche Mode kicked off their "Spirit Word Tour" in Stockholm, Sweden, they performed a cover of David Bowie's classic "Heroes." Take a look at fan shot footage of the performance.

Listen to Our Essential Depeche Mode Playlist on Spotify

Stephen Colbert Raps with Gorillaz


Recently, Gorillaz stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform a track off their new album, Humanz. While they were there, they also did their classic, "Feel Good Inc.," with the host doing De La Soul's verses. Take a look!

Listen to Our Essential Gorillaz Playlist on Spotify

Friday, May 5, 2017

Green Day on 'Corden'


Watch Green Day perform "Still Breathing" on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Listen to Nas / Madlib 'Nasimoto' Mashup Mixtape


As we patiently wait for a new Nas album, even though he said it was done last year, a fan from New Hampshire mashed-up the "Street Dreams" rapper's tracks with Madlib's Quasimoto-era beats. Take a listen!

Listen To Our Essential Nas Playlist on Spotify! 

Jawbreaker Share Trailer / Clip From Forthcoming Documentary


Jawbreaker are reuniting for this summer's Riot Fest and the band have had a documentary in the works for over 10 years. Now, a trailer / clip of the movie, Don’t Break Down: A Film About Jawbreaker, has been released. Take a look. The film will premiere at Riot Fest and hopefully will get a theatrical run later on.

Ryan Adams on 'Corden'


Watch Ryan Adams perform "Prisoner" on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

LP on 'Fallon'


Watch LP perform her worldwide smash, "Lost on You," on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Quick News


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In July, Radiohead will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their landmark album, OK Computer, with a super deluxe edition of the record. The reissue called OKNOTOK, will feature the remastered album, demos, B-sides, and three unreleased tracks.

At the end of the month, Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Régine Chassagne will be honored by the Quebec government “outstanding contributions to the diversity and vitality of Quebec culture." The band, who hails from Montreal, have called Canada home since they formed 16 years ago.

As fans have patiently waited for the new Chromatics record, Dear Tommy, to arrive, the manager of Johnny Jewel, the brainchild of the band, took to Twitter Thursday to clarify the delay. Alexis Rivera said that on Christmas 2015, Jewel faced a near death experience in Hawaii and when he returned home from the trip, he destroyed every copy of the record and started from scratch. In a tweet to Pitchfork, she said: "Dear Tommy has the same titles, same lyrics, same track order, as when it was announced Dec of 2014. Nothing's changed except it's better."

Following the passing of drummer Bill Tolley, Internal Bleeding will carry on as a band. In a press statement, the band said: "Bill was having trouble getting all the vacation time needed to complete the tour, so we had a backup drummer in place and ready to go. He will be filling in. Bill would want it no other way. When we were discussing the problems with his vacation, he told Chris [Pervelis] something along the lines of, ‘You’ve gotta do it, bro. Fuck it, no matter what happens, Internal Bleeding needs to go on. You gotta do it, asshole.’ So we think it’s only appropriate that we do this tour, continue with the band, and continue to release music in Bill’s memory, and in the memory for all those metalhead men and women who have fallen. There is no other way. Metal is our life. Our love. Our passion. And to our fans, you are family: we don’t leave family hanging. We got your back, because you always had ours. Our backup drummer will be announced soon. Out of respect to Bill, please don’t ask. Love and metal always: Chris, Shaun, Chris, and Joe.”

Two members of Band of Horses simultaneously quit the band Tuesday with each posting on social media about their departure. First it was guitarist,  Tyler Ramsey, then bassist Bill Reynolds. Read their statements below:

Rising Artist: QTY


At first listen, one might think that QTY was a band that came from New York City in the 1970s and is just getting attention now. That is not the case. The four piece hail from today's NYC and make rock and roll dirty and flawed the way it should be. It is a cross between The Velvet Underground, Television, and The Rolling Stones. It is heavily distorted and something you want more of. The band  took SXSW storm in March and have released a new single called "Rodeo," earlier in the year. While there has been no official announcement for a debut record, we hope it comes very soon.

Underrated Classic: Blur 'Think Tank'

By the turn of the century, Damon Albarn was expanding his musical tastes. Maybe he always had but by the time 2001 rolled around, he wanted to experiment with everything but Britpop. In that year, he formed Gorillaz with Jamie Hewlett, and started working with the world's first animated band which was a alternative rock / rap hybrid. Little did anyone, including the creators, know how big it would become. But Blur was Albarn's first band and first love and he had some unfinished business with them. At that start of what would become their seventh album, Think Tank, guitarist Graham Coxon went into rehab for alcoholism, and Albarn and the band tweaked their sound. Instead of just guitar driven music, Think Tank features electronic sounds and songs produced by William Orbit and Fatboy Slim. It features African influence, something the leader would later explore in his solo work and with Africa Express and Rocketjuice and the Moon, it also had elements of dub and jazz -- styles Albarn would play with in The Good, The Bad, and The Queen. Basically, Think Tank was becoming his resume for a solo career and it wasn't a Blur record the way the band had put out in the past. By the time Coxon got out of rehab, the band had some internal strife and he split. It would take two years for the album to arrive and once it did it was hit with mixed reviews. The artwork was done by a rising British street artist named Banksy, maybe you have heard of him now. Everything about the album didn't feel like a Blur record even though it said it was. After the release of the album, the band toured, then split. The would reform six years later and in 2015 released the brilliant, Magic Whip. While everything about Think Tank at the time wasn't as good as it should have been, in hindsight, it was Albarn telling us where music would go as if he had some Magic 8 ball, it also showed the directions he wanted to explore.

Listen to Our Essential Blur Playlist on Spotify 

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Movie of the Month: 'Before Sunrise'

While 2014's Boyhood brought Richard Linklater film's highest achievements with Oscar nominations, the director has been doing things his way for decades before. In 1994, he had no script, just two actors and the idea to have them walk around Vienna and discuss life. While it sounds like a boring and bland concept, it is anything but. Linklater brought on Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. The story of Before Sunrise centers around Hawke, who is backpacking through Europe and meets Delpy's character on a train headed to Vienna. From there we see a romance blossom. The American tourist who thinks the glass is half empty and the French woman who thinks the glass is half full. They walk and talk and discover the city, themselves, and each other. What blossoms is one of the most natural romance films ever to grace the screen. The movies became such a cult hit that they spawned two sequels which we will be exploring in the next months (hint: those are the next two movies of the month).

Incubus on 'Kimmel'


Watch Incubus perform "Nimble Bastard" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Phoenix on 'Fallon'



Watch Phoenix perform "J-Boy" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Kings of Leon on 'Kimmel'


Watch Kings of Leon perform "Reverend" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Rancid Announce New Album


In June, Rancid will release their new album, Trouble Maker. 

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and watch the new video for, "Ghost of a Chance." 

1.   Track Fast
2.   Ghost of a Chance
3.   Telegraph Avenue
4.   An Intimate Close Up Of A Street Punk Trouble Maker
5.   Where I'm Going
6.   Buddy
7.   Farewell Lola Blue
8.   All American Neighborhood
9.   Bovver Rock and Roll
10.  Make it Out Alive
11.  Molly Make Up Your Mind
12.  I Got Them Blues Again
13.  Beauty of the Pool Hall
14.  Say Goodbye to Our Heroes
15.  I Kept a Promise
16.  Cold Cold Blood
17.  This is Not the End

J.Cole Streams '4 Your Eyez Only' Documentary


Last month, J. Cole released his captivating documentary, 4 Your Eyez Only, to HBO. Now, it is currently streaming on YouTube for you to watch the poignant film.

Lisa Hannigan on 'Corden'


Watch Lisa Hannigan perform "Fall" on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Ryan Adams on 'Colbert'


Watch Ryan Adams perform "Outbound Train" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

The Zombies on 'Conan'


Watch The Zombies perform "Time of the Season" and "A Rose For Emily" on Conan.