Austin City Limits, one of the final music bashes of the summer festival season, kicked off its first weekend with star-studded performances. Sam Smith, Chvrches and Outkast were some of the must-see acts on Friday, October 3. Saturday (October 4) saw artists like Iggy Azalea, Lana Del Rey and Eminem grace the stage. On Sunday, Chromeo brought the funk and Calvin Harris had the audience jumping with his energetic performance.
Some highlights include Smith’s acoustic version of his danceable hit with Disclosure, “Latch,” and Del Rey’s smoky take on her current single, “Ultraviolence.” Weekend two of Texas’ three-day festival will take place from October 10-12. Head down below to view selected performances from ACL’s first weekend. More »
Did You Hear?
:: The greatest love story of our time is back on. Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez partied together earlier this week and there’s video evidence of the on-again/off-again couple getting cozy. Maybe they will finally release that duet now? [Pink Is The New Blog]
:: Kesha, Brad Paisley, Ludacris and Josh Groban have opened up about their roles on interactive reality show Rising Star. They also kindly explained how the format works and why it’s different to other talent shows. [Billboard]
:: Never let it be said that Canadians don’t have a great sense of humor. Electro-pop duo Chromeo pranked journalists into believing that they had become major investors in a bogus airline by sending out a fake press release. [Stereogum]
:: Watain surprised fans (in a bad way, we hope) by splattering them with pigs’ blood at a recent concert in New York. As it turns out, the Swedish metal band didn’t technically break the law. Dousing people in animal blood is a legal activity. So there you go. [TMZ]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
‘ post-Met Gala elevator throwdown
with Jay Z
is already the thing of pop culture legend. The footage
, which was unearthed by TMZ yesterday (May 12), raises so many questions. What did Hov say that so enraged Solo? Why was Beyonce
more concerned about the state of her admittedly flawless gown than the frenzied fisticuffs going on around her? Does their bodyguard now get danger money?
While we wait for answers to these questions (it could take a minute), let’s celebrate the one good thing to emerge from the chaos. The uninitiated are finally expressing interest in Solange’s music. Given her status as an indie-pop darling, it’s easy to forget that the 27-year-old is yet to appear on the Billboard Hot 100 and remains something of a mystery to the general public. As a fan since the dark days of Solo Star, I’ve put together a playlist for the R&B’s diva’s best tunes. Get into it after the jump. More »
make one hell of a team. Their first collaboration, upbeat disco excursion “When The Night Falls”
, remains a party staple three years later, while breezy, electro-tinged slow jam “Lost On The Way” is one of the many highlights of the Canadian synth-pop duo’s new LP White Women
“After working with Chromeo on ‘When the Night Falls’ from the last album, I was super excited to get back in and work together,” Solange wrote on her Saint Heron website. “They came down to Long Island to this house where I was working on my album late last summer, and they played me a few tracks. When they played the instrumental for ‘Lost on the Way,’ I immediately knew that was the jam.” Listen to your new favorite chill-out anthem after the jump. More »
‘s fourth studio album, the curiously-titled White Women
, is now streaming in full ahead of its official May 12 release date. The Canadian electro-outfit set the LP’s retro-dance tone perfectly with Toro y Moi
-assisted lead single “Come Alive”
and irresistible disco-earworm “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”
There’s never a dull moment on White Women, which makes selecting a highlight near impossible. Perhaps the most notable cuts are “Ezra’s Interlude” featuring Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig and Solange Knowles-voiced “Lost On The Way Home”.
“I wrote the melodies and lyrics to my parts super fast and recorded it that night,” recalled the “Losing You” diva when asked about the killer collaboration. “It flowed really organically and working with [Chromeo] always feels that way.” Find the streaming link after the jump. More »
Fresh from two triumphant sets
at Coachella, Canadian electro-wizards Chromeo
rocked the outdoor stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live
last night (April 21). The duo brought along their flashy keyboards, which rest upon female legs, and performed retro-pop anthem “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”
as well as recent single “Come Alive”
Dave 1 and P-Thugg always bring the party. The band’s slick ’80s synths, tongue-in-cheek showmanship and quirky props turned the Hollywood lot into a rollicking rave. “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” is still the catchiest example of the current early ’80s dance revival and promises great things for Chromeo’s fourth LP White Women, which drops May 12. Watch up top. More »
If you’ve had the pleasure of catching Chromeo
in action, you pretty much know what to expect — slick ’80s synths, consummate showmanship and a Miami Vice
-tastic light show. It’s a heady mix that transformed the Coachella stage into a frenzied outdoor rave on Friday night (April 11) and even had Haim
dropping it low by the side of the stage.
The entire 50 minute set was unmissable but highlights included synth-drenched Business Casual lead single “Night By Night” and 2007 fan favorite “Tenderoni”, which still drags hands into the air and gets feet moving. The Canadian electro-duo also promoted looming LP White Women by performing a couple of tantalizing tunes. A well-deserved commercial breakthrough can’t be too far away. More »
Coachella, which officially kicks off on Friday (April 11), is a veritable smorgasbord for indie music fans with a mouth-watering range of (slightly to very left-of-center) rock, rap and EDM acts. But what if your taste runs a little more mainstream? Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of great music waiting for you in the dusty heat of Indio, California.
The multi-stage line-up can be overwhelming for the uninitiated, so we’ve combed through the mind-bending roster and picked this year’s can’t-miss pop performers as well as a smattering of rising acts that you really should check out if you’re not lying in a tent somewhere battling sunstroke. Just make sure you get there early because there will be hordes of revelers waiting for these must-see sets. More »
‘s addictive new single “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”
gets the video treatment, and while it’s nothing spectacular, it’s entertaining enough that it could be the extra boost the song needs to make a mark on 2014. The Canadian duo certainly deserve it, as they’ve been basking in the glow of late-era disco and ’80s schmaltz long before Pharrell
, Daft Punk
, Justin Timberlake
and the rest revived it un-ironically — and this song is one of their purest distillations of that aesthetic.
As for the visual, it finds the two guys running a Vegas wedding chapel, with Dave 1 in the role of jealous pastor. There’s a sweet white wedding dance breakdown, and you have to give mad props to P-Thugg for flaunting that prodigious shoulder hair. Loud and proud.
Check it out up top. More »
‘s brilliant retro-dance excursion “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”
— easily one of the best singles of 2014 thus far — has been overhauled by The Chainsmokers
. You know, the dope New York City duo behind iTunes-conquering smash “#Selfie”
(or, as I like to call it, Instagram: The Musical
The Chainsmokers certainly know their way around a remix (listen to the dance outfit’s epic transformation of Bastille‘s “Flaws”) and they completely reconstruct Chromeo‘s gem. The early ’80s-flavored jam now has an acoustic, piano-based intro before the BPM shoots through the roof and “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” transforms into a very modern sounding floorfiller. Listen after the jump. More »