Did you hear?
:: Rihanna has been added to the Lilith Fair lineup… for one date only. People of Salt Lake City, enjoy some RiRi when Lilith Fair rolls into your town on July 12. [Just Jared]
:: Ben Folds is collaborating with author (and Oscar-nominated screenwriter) Nick Hornby on an upcoming album. We’re much more excited about that than a second season of The Sing-Off, to be honest, but Folds discusses both in this recent interview with New York magazine. [Vulture]
:: Be grateful for the kid in your life (whether it’s your own offspring or you yourself) with this list of the best songs inspired by children. [Spinner]
:: Rolling Stone readers give their picks for their favorite albums from solo artists previously known for their work in a band. Eddie Vedder’s Into the Wild is at the top of the male-dominated heap—what, no Gwen Stefani, Fergie or Beyoncé? [Rolling Stone]
After the jump: we congratulate MGMT in our countdown to Coachella.
Music On TV Today:
:: Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) – Lady Antebellum (repeat)
:: Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) – Lady Antebellum
:: Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) – Them Crooked Vultures
:: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) – The Specials
:: Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC) – La Roux
VIDEO REWIND OF THE DAY: Since Idolator is headed to Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this Friday, we’re doing a countdown of all the big acts set to perform in the desert this weekend. Yesterday we time traveled back to the late 80s with De La Soul, and now we’re only going back a few years with MGMT.
The Brooklyn-based duo of Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden met while studying at Wesleyan University, and since graduating in 2005, they’ve quickly found mainstream success—they’ve won a Grammy (for the Justice remix of “Time to Pretend”), their songs have been sampled by various other artists, and “Kids” and “Time to Pretend” were voted as two of Rolling Stone‘s 100 Best Songs of the Decade.
Although their newest album Congratulations has been met with mixed reviews (from us in particular), we’re still pumped to see Andrew and Ben throw on a groovy set in the desert. To get us and you in the mood, here’s the duo’s first music video, shot in 2005, the low-budget and predictably kooky “Boogie Down.” The video for the song, off the Time to Pretend EP, and features Ben and Andrew covered in fake blood, rocking out on xylophones and wearing homemade cardboard tanks. But really, is than any weirder than bursting out of the moon on two motorcycles or pulling an eel out of your neck? No, it’s not.