Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney has announced that the band is boycotting Russia by refusing to ever play there in the wake of Friday’s guilty verdict for three members of Pussy Riot. A two-year sentence was handed down for the members of the controversial Russian feminist punk band on charges of hooliganism after performing a “punk prayer” in protest of Russian Vladimir Putin in February at a Russian church.
Oasis were at the height of their fame — and pretty much the biggest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world — by the time they hit London’s famed Abbey Road Studios in 1996 to begin working on ‘Be Here Now,’ the much-anticipated follow-up to their breakthrough release, ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’
Who said pigs can’t fly? It certainly wasn’t Green Day, as the Californian punk trio has teamed up with video game developer Rovio to create a new musical episode for the ubiquitous ‘Angry Birds Friends’ mobile game franchise. The ‘Angry Birds: Green Day Edition’ includes 10 never-before-seen themed levels and new “bad pig” characters inspired by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and his bandmates Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool.
Iron and Wine‘s Sam Beam has a knack for turning pretty much any song he hears into a tender, touching ballad. Performing solo with just an acoustic guitar, his wistful, whispered vocals and down-tempo delivery has transformed tunes from bands as varied as the Flaming Lips and New Order, and his take on the latter’s ’Love Vigilantes’ from their 1985 album ‘Low-Life’ is featured in a new spot from Operation Homefront.
– Are you ready for some punk rock? ‘The Voice‘ judge Cee Lo Green has recorded a new theme song for the NFL Network’s ‘Thursday Night Football’ series titled ‘I Love Football’ that’s set to the Ramones’ ‘Blitzkrieg Bop.’ Each week’s intro will feature a different video of fans singing the song.
Green Day are gearing up to hit the road in support of their forthcoming three-album platter ’¡Uno!’, ‘¡Dos!’ and ‘¡Tre!’ — and if bassist Mike Dirnt is to believed, the calendar could be well into the aughts before they step off.
You can be forgiven for thinking that the track ‘Survival’ was selected as the debut single off Muse‘s forthcoming ‘The 2nd Law’ album. It was a common assumption. But while ‘Survival’ was in fact adopted as the official song of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, it never was actually picked as the first single — or in fact, any single — off the album. That honor, in fact, will go to the tune ‘Madness,’ which officially will hit radio Monday (Aug. 20), well ahead of the disc’s Oct. 2 release.
“We don’t have a whole lot that we had similar in the way that we grew up, but this band is the blue-moon moment where we went, ‘You grew up listening to this tune? Me too,’” says Civil Wars singer-songwriter Joy Williams of her and her partner John Paul White’s appreciation of the Smashing Pumpkins.
Ronnie Vannucci Jr. swears it was an accident, but the Killers drummer may want to be a little more careful next time. Vannucci says that he mistakenly grabbed Michelle Obama’s butt back in 2010, when the Killers visited the White House to perform for President Barrack Obama and the first lady as part of the nation’s Fourth of July celebrations.
The end of the seemingly endless summer is upon us, and September 2012 is shaping up to be a very busy month in the world of new music releases. Massive new albums from Dave Matthews Band, No Doubt and the first of a trilogy from Green Day are leading the charge on the mainstream side of things, while hot arrivals from Mumford and Sons, the Avett Brothers and Grizzly Bear showcase the newest releases in the indie world.
It was just last month that we received word that Beck would be offering up three original tunes to the soundtrack of the new Playstation 3 video game ‘Sound Shapes,’ and not long after that that we got a preview of one of the cuts, titled ‘Cities.’ Now that ‘Sound Shapes’ is actually out, we have actual game play videos featuring all three tunes in their entirety, so check them out below.
Muse‘s live run through of the official theme song of the 2012 Olympics during Sunday’s closing ceremony in London wasn’t the only musical segment cut from NBC’s rebroadcast of the show here in the States. Classic rockers Ray Davies and the Who also had live performances left off, while a clip featuring interpretive dancers swaying along to a prerecorded version of reclusive British alternative rocker Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’ also got the ax. Lucky for you, a clip of it has surfaced online.
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