Back in the glory days of major labels and FM radio, pop stars didn’t have to think too hard about promoting their latest album — they released a single, made a video, did the talk show rounds, and hit the road. But that era’s over, and now artists need to get a little more creative when it comes to helping get the word out about their new music, which is why this morning we’re watching a video starring Rufus Wainwright singing jingles from old chewing gum commercials.
After the Dave Matthews Band played in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. this weekend (June 8 and 9), more than 200 ants — er, concertgoers — marched into the arms of law enforcement, where they received tickets and citations for what a local paper is referring to as “a smattering of misdemeanors.”
The Killers have always aspired to create music that’s cinematic in scope, so it’s no surprise that when they decided to cut a trailer for their upcoming album, ‘Battle Born,’ they ended up making one that really looks like it was made for a film.
Radiohead haven’t been shy about treating audiences to new material during their latest run of tour dates, and their stop in Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday (June 5) was no exception: the band unveiled another new song, ‘Full Stop,’ and a pair of fan-made recordings have already made their way to the web.
So, about that NSFW video the Flaming Lips posted earlier this week, and the risque shots featuring an unclothed Erykah Badu and her equally wardrobe-free sister: It turns out it shouldn’t have been released after all — and Badu hasn’t been shy about letting everyone know how upset she is with Lips frontman Wayne Coyne.
If you thought it was pretty surreal to see Johnny Depp jamming onstage with the Black Keys at the MTV Movie Awards last night (June 3), you weren’t alone; Keys members Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach seemed a little bemused by the whole thing too. But they weren’t too starstruck to crack a few jokes backstage after the event.
Last fall, Bono was busy telling anyone who would listen that he feared for U2‘s continued relevancy, admitting to Rolling Stone that “I’m not so sure the future hasn’t dried up.” But now that the band has been in the studio for a few weeks working on its next album, it seems like things have changed.
What do you get when you put Akron’s hippest indie blues rock duo together with the director of ‘Trash Humpers’? The Black Keys and Harmony Korine are glad you asked, because they’ve just debuted the new, Korine-directed clip for the Keys’ latest single, ‘Gold on the Ceiling.’
Beck rose to prominence largely thanks to his uniquely lazy hip-hop flow, but he hasn’t rapped on record in quite a few years — or at least he hadn’t before ‘Community‘ star Donald Glover, a.k.a. the indie MC Childish Gambino, asked Beck to guest on his new track ‘Silk Pillow.’
If you’ve watched the growing proliferation of reality singing competitions on TV and wondered how the networks could possibly add one more “unique twist” to the format, the folks at ‘Funny or Die’ are right there with you — and they’ve parodied the genre with a fake commercial for ‘U B Da Judge,’ a show where celebrities compete to be the next judge on a reality singing competition.
We’ve got less than a week before the 2012 MTV Movie Awards are scheduled to take place, but the network is still busy announcing performers — including the Black Keys, who will take the stage on Sunday (June 3) to deliver their single ‘Gold on the Ceiling.’
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