The Killers have a new album on the way called ’Battle Born’ and a new single out — and now a fancy new video to go along with it. ‘Runaways’ is the first track released off ‘Battle Born,’ which is due out in October and follows on the trails of the band’s last album, 2008′s ‘Day and Age.’ ”Frontman Brandon Flowers is an excellent voice in telling the story of a teenage love that led to a shotgun wedding and is threatening to fall apart years later,” reads our own review of the tune.
”I didn’t know her, I just thought it was a real tragic loss,” Billie Joe Armstrong says of Amy Winehouse, who passed away a year ago this week at the tender age of 27. Armstrong’s band Green Day have a trio of albums coming out in the next year, and one of those discs features a tribute to Winehouse titled simply ‘Amy’ that also serves as a warning about the dangers of following the hard-living path she was known for following.
Four albums in to their lengthy career, and it’s safe to say that Cake were pretty comfortable when making ‘Comfort Eagle.’ The disc, which dropped 11 years ago today (July 24, 2001), marked their major label debut on Columbia Records after a series of releases on defunct indie Capricorn — and continued the eccentric band’s string of quirky-but-cool discs.
Last week, Green Day released ‘Oh Love,’ the first single off their forthcoming ‘Uno!’ album, and the song has already made a major impact at radio. In fact, ‘Oh Love’ becomes just the third song in the history of the Billboard Rock Songs chart to debut at No. 1 on the tally, racking up 13 million first-week audience impressions from 145 reporting stations in the process.
When the Red Hot Chili Peppers hit the stage of Moscow’s Luzniky stadium on Sunday, singer Anthony Kiedis made sure to show his support for embattled Russian all-girl punk band Pussy Riot by wearing a T-shirt with their name on it. Three members of the group currently are being detained following a February incident during which members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alekhina were arrested for protesting President Vladimir Putin.
Nearly two months have passed since Aaron Freeman (aka Gene Ween) announced Ween were over and that he had moved on to focus on a solo career, but his former bandmate, guitarist/singer Mickey Melchiondo (aka Dean Ween), still doesn’t believe the split will hold. In fact, he insists it probably won’t be long before Ween are back rocking together again — much sooner than anybody realizes. “I don’t think that you’ve seen the last of Ween,” Melchiondo tells mxdwn.com. ”I wouldn’t be surprised if we played before the year is over to be honest with you.”
Killers fans who can’t bear to wait until September for the arrival of their new album, ‘Battle Born,’ we have a suggestion for you: Check them out on the road. The Las Vegas rockers kicked off a busy summer of touring — and gave their first public performance in more than half-a-year — on Thursday with a club gig in Asheville, N.C., performing four songs from the forthcoming disc during the intimate show.
Smashing Pumpkins’ music is all over the map — they touch on everything from psych rock and electronica to folk-tinged indie pop, sometimes — but frontman Billy Corgan isn’t shy to say that head-banging metal has always been a major influence. But while he personally is very vocal about the hard-hitting tunes he’s into, he feels that metal as a whole doesn’t get the respect that it deserves in the alternative community.
With the sprawling Canadian indie rock collective known as Broken Social Scene on hiatus, founding member Brendan Canning has had his hands free to pursue other projects. The latest of these will be composing the score for the forthcoming Paul Schrader-directed flick ‘The Canyons,’ which was written by Bret Easton Ellis and stars troubled actress Lindsay Lohan.
It may seem few bands are stylistically and sonically further apart than Black Sabbath and Blondie, but the heavy metal legends and the New Wave stars may have more in common than meets the ear. Sabbath’s anti-war anthem ‘Children of the Grave,’ off their influential 1971 stoner rock masterpiece ‘Masters of Reality,’ and Blondie’s chart-topping (and all-time best-selling) single ‘Call Me’ share a chord progression that’s so similar that it’s hard to ignore.
Red Hot Chili Pepper Flea has revealed plans to issue an EP of older solo material that he recorded following a Peppers tour in support of their 2006 album, ‘Stadium Arcadium,’ but never released. The bassist revealed some details about the disc, which is titled ‘Helen Burns,’ with a series of tweets he posted Tuesday on his Twitter feed.
Less than a month after Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill’s wife, model Lily Aldridge, gave birth to the couple’s first child, Aldridge has tweeted the first public photo of their precious Dixie Pearl. The Twitter picture of their daughter, who was born on June 21 in Nashville, displays her tiny feet wearing bunny-themed booties accompanied by a note that read “Sweet feet” with a smiley face at the end.
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