Green Day have released ‘Kill the DJ,’ the latest advance offering from their forthcoming ’¡Uno!,’ ‘¡Dos!,’ and ‘¡Tre!’ trilogy of albums, and already they are getting a lot of gruff for possibly ripping off the track, which more than one musical pundit has pointed out has more than a passing resemblance to the 2004 crossover hit ‘Take Me Out’ by Scottish post-punk outfit Franz Ferdinand (if you don’t remember the Franz cut, refresh your memory here).
Blur helped London say farewell to the 2012 Olympic Summer Games Sunday night with a career-spanning set in the British capital that also may have been the final concert of the veteran Britpop act’s career. Blur were headliners of the 2012 Olympics’ Closing Ceremony Celebration Concert in London’s Hyde Park, a gig that also featured New Order, the Specials and Bombay Bicycle Club. It ran parallel to the official closing ceremony and held across town at the Olympic Stadium. Check out fan-shot footage of the show below.
Can you believe it has been 20 long years since the Flaming Lips released their major label debut album, ‘Hit to Death in the Future Head,’ which dropped this week back in August 1992? In retrospect, two decades passing seems very appropriate, considering how much the band’s sonic blueprint has changed — and considering their now-veteran status and long-running success. But 20 years ago, the Lips getting inked to Warner didn’t seem an obvious move.
Plans have been announced to set up a charity in honor of Scott Johnson, the 33-year-old drum technician killed in the tragic June stage collapse before an outdoor Radiohead concert in Toronto, Ontario. Johnson’s parents have set up the Scott Johnson Bursary Fund for Young Musicians to provide instruments for aspiring musicians in the town of Rotherham, England, where Johnson grew up.
Muse have hopped on the dubstep bandwagon — and wouldn’t you know it, like everything else the Brit rock trio churns out, they’ve done it in epic fashion. For a taste of Muse trying their hand at the biggest trend in EDM, check out Exhibit A: ’Unsustainable,’ the latest track unleashed from their forthcoming sixth full-length album, ‘The 2nd Law.’
LCD Soundsystem‘s farewell documentary, ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits,’ was screened in theaters last month for just one night only, but fans who missed the very limited engagement are in luck. Plans to release the film on Oct. 9 as a three-disc Blu-ray and DVD collection have been announced.
Green Day have issued a brand-new official band photo (via Twitter) ahead of their forthcoming three-album blitz known as ’¡Uno!,’ ‘¡Dos!,’ and ‘¡Tre!’ trilogy — and it’s a pretty sweet shot. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and the boys mug for the cameras with their typical goofy faces in the picture, which we assume is a punk-rock band version of a high school yearbook shot.
– An official lineup for the official closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games has not been announced, but Muse revealed that they will be performing at the event. Makes sense, considering that they also recorded ‘Survival,’ the official song of the games.
– The cover art of the Strokes‘ debut album ‘Is This It’ and the Velvet Underground and Nico’s iconic self-titled disc are among those recreated with impressive detail using — of all things — socks on the mysterious new Tumblr Famous Album Covers Recreated With My Socks. Which sock cover art is your favorite?
Here’s a new Radiohead video to get you through hump day. This Matt Ornstein-directed ‘The Daily Mail’ video was shot when the Brit rockers hit the stage of Bonnaroo a few months back, and features some cool time-lapse video tricks as the camera starts way out on the edges of the annual festival. It slowly moves in, eventually zeroing in on singer Thom Yorke and the band from right in front of the stage. ‘The Daily Mail’ was featured alongside the single ‘Staircase’ on last year’s ‘King Of Limbs: Live From the Basement’ release.
Fans eagerly awaiting a new album from Beck, your time has come — only with one little catch: You have to play the tunes yourself. The alt-rock icon has announced plans to release something called ‘The Beck Hansen Song Reader,’ featuring 20 previously unheard songs existing only in the form of sheet music. You do know what sheet music is, don’t you?
Earlier this year, the Red Hot Chili Peppers announced plans to unleash a whole wealth of new music the old-fashioned way: on vinyl. In fact, a total of nine 7-inch vinyl singles featuring 18 previously unreleased outtakes recorded while the band was making its ‘By the Way’ album are due in total, and the first release — with ‘Strange Man’ as the A-side and ‘Long Progression’ the B-side — drops this Friday (Aug. 10).
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