BANKS premiered her video for new single “Brain” today (March 12), which also served as the debut for the V Magazine cover girl‘s new bangs. Anyway, the Shlohmo-produced song is perhaps her strongest offering yet, and for the visual it’s paired with stark black-and-white images of the singer in a variety of sultry poses. By the time she beautifully wails through that stirring second half of the song, flashes of pink are thrown into the mix.
We can’t wait to see what she’s got in store for the rest of the year. Watch it up top. More »
Odd Future leader Tyler, the Creator is in Austin for SXSW, and right after that he’ll head on a US tour, with a few dates each month running from now until June. He’ll start right down the road in Dallas, then work his way through the South, followed by a string of dates out west before hitting up Boston, New York, D.C. and wrapping up in Philly on June 11.
If you’ve never been to an OFWGKTA concert, you should really try to make it out to one of these. Just make sure you wear your moshing clothes, because they’re wild punk shows.
See the dates, including his festival stops, and Tyler’s post with the announcement below. More »
Coldplay kicked off iTunes Fest SXSW last night (March 11), taking a break from rocking stadiums for an 11-song set at Austin’s Moody Theater. The performance included the live debuts of four songs from the forthcoming Ghost Stories (out May 19), including “Midnight” and “Magic.” And while the whole concert was live-streamed, the only video that has survived this morning is album opener “Always In My Head.”
As with the two prior cuts, this is a subdued one. Unlike those, the straightforward ballad doesn’t delve into atmospheric electronics; instead it’s built around a couple alternating notes on the guitar and a swaying beat. Overall, a pretty innocuous choice for the first track on the LP.
Check it out up top. More »
The Muppets are back with a new movie, Muppets Most Wanted, and as always they’ve lassoed together a bunch of celebrities, both on screen and on the soundtrack. Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, Josh Groban and a host of stars not known for their vocal chops are on the compilation, often singing alongside favorites like Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.
Lady Gaga, who most recently teamed up with the Muppets for a holiday special, joins the gang and her old pal Tony Bennett for the cheekily titled “We’re Doing A Sequel.” Meanwhile, Celine joins Miss Piggy for the ballad “Something So Right.” “Miss Piggy is wonderful,” said Dion in a statement (no, really). “She’s so charming and sensitive and filled with passion. She has a big heart and it was wonderful to sing with her.”
“I was magnifique,” added Miss Piggy, “With a little help from moi, I think Celine may have a big future in singing.”
As for Josh Groban, he’s joined by one of the movie’s stars, Tina Fey, for “The Big House.” The soundtrack is out March 24. Check out the tracklist below. More »
Not since last fall’s “The Quarterback” has Glee delivered such a bittersweet storyline acknowledging the passing of Cory Monteith. In “City Of Angels,” an episode meant to prepare viewers for the series’ oncoming permanent move to New York, the kids take a trip to Los Angeles for nationals, remember Finn and by the end, the fate of McKinley High’s glee club has officially been sealed. More »
It’s a rough road for the final group of Blind Auditions contestants on The Voice. Not only are the contestants trying out for coaches who are pickier (and therefore less button-happy) than in week one, but also, the last few have a limited number of coaches available to spin for them. As Usher, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Shakira’s teams close out, their buttons become as helpful as Justin Bieber in a deposition.
But a lucky four were able to overcome the Bieber-buttons last night (March 11) to round out the coaches’ teams of twelve. Here’s who they are, and how they did it. More »