MUSIC NEWS - Former REM frontman Michael Stipe again asserted that the group will never reunite. The singer, along with fellow bandmates Peter Buck and Mike Mills, called time on their career together in 2011 after performing as REM for over three decades.
Appearing on CBS This Morning yesterday (December 13, 2014) to promote new six-DVD box set, REMTV, Stipe reflected on the group's history but claimed a reunion will "never happen". When asked by host Anthony Mason if REM will ever get back together, Stipe replied, "No. That will never happen… There's no point. I love those guys very much and I respect them hugely as musicians and as songwriters and everything but I just don’t want to do that thing that people do...I despise nostalgia. I'm not good at looking back."
MUSIC NEWS- UK rock guitarist Johnny Marr (formerly of The Smiths) released his new music video for "Dynamo." The driven rock track is off Mr Marr's acclaimed sophomore solo album Playland, which Rolling Stone wrote "filled with wicked guitar salvos and shiny, barbed hooks..." and Q Magazine adds, "'Playland' is better than its predecessor in pretty much every respect. The songs are better, the palette broader and there's a genuine sense of Marr hitting his stride as a solo artist." Check out the video, below, from MNN
Johnny's North American headlining concert tour kicked off in New York City on November 12 with two shows, plus a performance of his new single "Easy Money" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. And, his tour continues on, see remaining dates below.
MUSIC NEWS- The Lumineers' recent cover of Talking Heads' tune, "This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)" at VH-1's You Oughta Know In Concert is currently available for viewing (check it out below). The song is available on a recently released deluxe version of the band's platinum-certified self-titled debut album.The Lumineers' cover was the #1 viral song on Spotify for the week ending November 17 and is beginning to gain major traction at commercial radio.
The song's themes have a powerful context for the band who have been touring nonstop since the release of their debut album nineteen months ago. "As a band that has been on the road for the better part of three straight years, we know what it means to miss home. We know what it means to be away from friends and family," said lead singer Wesley Schultz.
MUSIC NEWS - Celebrated Denver based husband and wife duo Tennis return with Small Sound, a new EP out November 5. Check out the first track “Mean Streets” below. Small Sound follows their much lauded previous full length efforts, 2011’s Cape Dory and 2012’s Young and Old.
Four of the tracks were produced by Richard Swift (Foxygen, The Shins, The Mynabirds) with the fifth track "Cured of Youth" produced by Jim Eno (Spoon, Polica, Gayngs). The band inked a new deal with Communion Records and will return to the studio to work on new music for a Spring 2014 full length album. Small Sound will be made available as a limited 10" vinyl release, as well as CD and digital formats; all of which can be purchased via pre-order beginning today, directly from the band's website.
MUSIC NEWS - Arctic Monkeys have announced the release of their highly anticipated fifth studio album, AM, via Domino on September 10th. The rockers from the UK headlined this year’s Glastonbury Festival and are playing several North American concert dates this Fall including New York City on September 16th at Webster Hall, a rare intimate show for the arena filling four-piece. On September 17th, the band will play in Boston at Paradise Rock Club. Tickets for both dates go on sale August 24th at 12pm. See below for more information and a full list of tour dates.
Arctic Monkeys have released their new single “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” Watch the Nabil directed video below.
MUSIC NEWS- Sand Talk, music video #2 from Akron/Family's new record Sub Verses, is out now, check it out below, and was directed by Los Angeles conceptual artist Ali Beletic. Sand Talk not only documents Akron/Family's current musical and visual aesthetic but cements that, since their inception, the band has been one of independent music's most powerful live acts.
Sand Talk combines archival footage from their decade-long history with new footage of the band leading fans through a contrapuntal performance piece conducted using pirate radio equipment and car headlights.
MUSIC NEWS - Silversun Pickups have just released their new video for "Dots & Dashes (Enough Already)" from their latest full-length album Neck Of The Woods.
The Suzie Vlcek directed clip premiered today, and the AVClub noted that the video is "a little bit Sofia Coppola, and should make even the biggest codger want to dash out of work and take an illicit dip in the neighbor's pool."
MUSIC NEWS- L.A. rockers Dawes have announced an upcoming fall headlining concert tour. Beginning on Thursday, September 19 in Kent, OH at Kent State University, the tour will finally culminate in a performance at Las Vegas, NV's Life Is Beautiful Festival in late October. The tour will have the band making appearances at a number of North American festivals. Special guests on headlining dates will include Jason Isbell, Caitlin Rose, Hayes Carll, Johnathan Rice and The Wild Feathers. Tickets for the upcoming tour are currently available at select independent music retailers and will be for sale online on August 2.
MUSIC NEWS - The rockin Scottish four-piece Franz Ferdinand will perform their new single “Right Action” on Late Show with David Letterman tonight at 11:35pm/10:35c on CBS TV. The band is back with their fourth studio album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action on August 27th.
The new album should certainly cement Franz Ferdinand’s status as unique and adventurous; emboldened by a decade’s worth of undreamt-of worldwide success, but still daring and defiant.
MUSIC NEWS- Today, Lissie premiered her new video for "Further Away (Romance Police)" from her upcoming Back To Forever album (releasing on September 10). You can watch it below.
This video brings Lissie back to the swing sets, stadiums, bars and fields of her hometown, Rock Island, IL. Lissie said she wanted to shoot the video at home "because that's where my earliest memories of heartache come from..."
MUSIC NEWS -The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have reached new heights with the video for their new single “Despair”. Skyscraper heights, 102-story, 443-meter, NYC Empire State Building heights, to be exact.
"There's been a lot of career highs and lows over the years of being in a band, but in the end, how many can say they shot a video on the top of the Empire State Building? We win,” says singer Karen O. “Move out the way, King Kong, Yeah Yeah Yeahs are gonna get real with you up in this piece!”
“Despair” is the second single off the NYC-based trio’s album Mosquito (out via Interscope), which entered the Billboard Top 200 this April at #5. The concept for the video came courtesy of Noisey.com, who decided they wanted to co-produce a video for the band’s single by pairing New York’s quintessential landmark with New York’s quintessential band. However, until now, no band had ever shot a video atop one of the world’s Most Famous Building.
MUSIC NEWS- Rockers U2 have posted a clip from a recent acoustic performance of their iconic protest song Sunday Bloody Sunday online to raise awareness about the One Campaign's anti-poverty initiative.
The Irish band filmed the low-key footage ala The Beatles on a New York rooftop earlier this month, while recording new material. During the short clip, frontman Bono breaks off to talk about the power of protest songs in his life, recalling the time he heard classic tunes from John Lennon and Bob Marley, which made him realize that the world was "more malleable than you think, that things could be changed... Things did not have to be as things were."
MUSIC NEWS- Tonight Show drummer Ed Shaughnessy has died at the age of 84, according to the Los Angeles Times obituary. The world class drummer suffered a heart attack on May 24 at his home in Calabasas, CA.
Shaughnessy grew up in Jersey City, NJ in the 1930s and started playing drums while in his teens. He soon began playing jazz drums in New York City and became a staff musician at CBS in the 1950s. He also became a well-known big band drummer, playing with stars such as Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey.
MUSIC NEWS - She & Him have premiered the video for their newest song, “I Could’ve Been Your Girl,” on HelloGiggles. The video marks the first time the band’s singer-songwriter Zooey Deschanel has stepped from behind the camera to direct, resulting is an amalgamation of everything that makes She & Him charming to so many, incredible chorus, choreography by HelloGiggles founder Sophia Rossi, vintage dresses, M. Ward ’s amazing guitar playing, and a catchy sense of fun.
Said Ms Deschanel about directing, “After 7 years and 4 albums with She & Him, I figured it was about time I took a crack at making a video for a song I wrote. The process was so much fun, and gave me a chance to give a nod to some of my favorite 60’s musicals.”
MUSIC NEWS- Actor Tim Curry, best known for his work in Rocky Horror Picture Show continues to recover after suffering a major stroke last July. He's been on the mend at his home in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles, CA. The British performer, 67, is said to be 'doing great' following the collapse last year. Curry rose to fame as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the cult musical and went on to a successful stage and film career.
Few details were available about the stroke when it occured, and sources close to the actor refused to comment on the suggestion that the stroke has made it difficult for Mr Curry to speak.