‘Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance’ puts gamers back in the shoes of Raiden — the katana-wielding ally of series mainstay Solid Snake — and Depeche Mode play the role of hype men in a new trailer. The veteran synthpop legends offer up the song ‘Wrong’ from their last album, 2009′s ‘Sounds of the Universe,’ for the big unveil. Nothing like a downtrodden, minor key anthem of apathy to provide the soundtrack to the latest installment in such an iconic series of video games.
Usually we get sick of rock stars complaining about celebrity, but we’ll let Flea get away with it this time — and even give the Red Hot Chili Pepper one of this week’s best tweets. He does make a good point. So does Neko Case, a habitual Twitterer who confronts another modern dilemma with her latest tweet. And Silversun Pickups singer Brian Aubert considers sharing his talent at a hotel wedding — does he ultimately do it? The world may never know.
So many free music downloads, so little time. There’s a lot of great music being given away on MP3.com, but who has the time to track it all down? We do! Each and every week, Diffuser.fm scours the site for the latest in alternative and indie music downloads, then compiles it all in one place. The results are what you have laid out for you below — Diffuser.fm’s guide to the best free alternative music downloads on MP3.com.
After more than a quarter of a century known by his Ween alter ego of Gene Ween, singer Aaron Freeman has announced that he is putting that name and band to bed. Freeman, who formed Ween with guitarist/singer Mickey Melchiondo (aka Dean Ween) back in ’84 in New Hope, Pa. says he’s ready to focus on his solo career.
The Smashing Pumpkins reportedly turned in a sprawling, 19-song set at the Rock in Rio festival on Saturday (May 25) in Lisbon, Portugal, which included covers of classics by rockers David Bowie and Kiss. During the gig, the Pumpkins also were able to reach back into the early part of their career, playing three songs from 1993′s ‘Siamese Dream’ (including singles ‘Cherub Rock’ and ‘Today’) and another five from 1995′s ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’ (including hits ‘Bullet with Butterfly Wings,’ ‘1979’ and ‘Tonight, Tonight’).
Indie pop duo Phantogram opened for the Flaming Lips when the psych rockers rolled through Atlanta, Ga. recently, and singer-guitarist Josh Carter took full advantage of his band’s VIP all-access privileges. When the Lips hit the stage of Centennial Olympic Park, Carter was armed with a camera and ready to shoot — and lucky for us, he’s shared some of the results with his Twitter fanbase.
Who would’ve thought that Ted Leo watches ‘Smash‘? The indie singer’s post about making up lyrics to songs on the NBC drama makes our list of the week’s best tweets, along with tweets about Florence + the Machine‘s leading lady being joined onstage by a little fan in Sydney, Australia and Neko Case‘s take on the movie ‘Mildred Pierce.’
There are literally thousands of bridges in Los Angeles, but only one can be the one Anthony Kiedis sings about in the 1992 Red Hot Chili Peppers ballad ‘Under the Bridge.’ The song, an ode to the City of Angels as seen through the eyes of a junkie, took the underground funk-rock act to No. 2 on the Billboard charts, forever changing the lives of Kiedis and his compatriots.
May 2012 certainly is shaping up to be a big one for new songs, as fans gear up for Memorial Day barbecues and go searching for the first jams to soundtrack their summer. With all the big names out there dropping new singles, there’s certainly a lot to choose from.
In the same week that Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook went public and raised billions of dollars from its IPO on NASDAQ — and lined his own pocket with a billion or more dollars — he tied the knot to his longtime girlfriend, Priscilla Chan. When you’ve just added 10 figures to your net worth in a single day, you can hire just about anybody to perform at your wedding, and Zuckberberg may have done just that — by having Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong sing a romantic serenade.
Back in 2007 while on a cross-country tour of Canada with the White Stripes, Jack White hatched a plan that he had hoped would land the duo a Guinness World Record. During the Stripes’ stop in St. John’s, Newfoundland, they played a one-note concert and tried to have it declared the the shortest concert in the world.
Skrillex has certainly won over the Grammy committee, club DJs, the record-buying public and even a few moms with his dance music called dubstep, but what do the kids think of him? And when we say “the kids,” we don’t mean the trend-savvy adolescent youth of America — we mean actual adorable little children.
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