A week ago, Arcade Fire
brought out Blondie
‘s Debbie Harry
to perform “Heart of Glass” for the band’s first headlining set
at Coachella, adding to the number of high-profile guests at this year’s festival. During the second weekend, though, a duo dressed as Daft Punk
crashed the Montreal band’s set for a slo-mo version of their comeback single “Get Lucky.” Frontman Win Butler
stormed the stage. “What the fuck is happening? What is this? What is this guys, seriously?” he said.
Of course, Beck would actually join Arcade Fire later to cover Prince‘s 1981 single “Controversy.”
Before Arcade Fire teased the crowd, and as Butler likely figured, Coachella saw a slew of surprise guests. A giddy Kid Cudi invited Haim and favorite band MGMT to help perform songs like “Pursuit of Happyness.” Later, Nas continued to celebrate his legacy (his iconic debut Illmatic just turned 20) with help from Lauryn Hill. Hill’s return to music may have been drawn-out and frustrating at times, but she seemed to stop time with her fiery performance in “Ready or Not” alone, proving that she’s still in fighting shape.
Surprise guests may be now totally expected at Coachella, but they’re always welcome. See clips from Arcade Fire, Nas and Kid Cudi’s performances after the jump. More »
Good news for those who found that MGMT
‘s 2010 sophomore effort Congratulations made for better Trapper Keeper art
than a decent listening experience: The pair just announced their self-titled follow-up album, which is due out September 17. Andrew VanWyngarden
and Ben Goldwasser
once again worked with Oracular Spectacular
co-producer David Fridmann
, on the 10-song set.
The LP is described in a press release as “a diverse and powerful collection of 10 songs (including a cover of ‘Introspection’ by 1960’s psych band Faine Jade) that directly mirrors the duo’s encompassing surrealist view of the everyday.” So there you have it — an indication that this may just end up sounding more Congratulations than “Kids.”
Anyway, below you can catch the MGMT tracklist, plus recent Record Store Day teaser track “Alien Days,” itself probably a fair barometer as to the feel of the full album. (It is, after all, prominently placed as the first song on this whole shebang.) More »
Despite the lack of radio spins, Kid Cudi
is determined to see that his third album is heard. At midnight he debuted “Immortal,” a song that flips and speeds up MGMT’s “Congratulations” — and what may be his strongest single off Indicud
yet. Check it out after the jump. More »
When it comes to music videos that make a lasting impression, one rule always holds fast and true: the scarier the better! After all, the most popular, influential, and widely-copied video of all time was a special-effects-laden, big-budget homage to Z-grade horror movies that changed music television (remember that?) and pop music forever. And what’s not to love about a visual that gives you a cracking tune, a hot beat and a few good jolts by way of a disgustingly made-up cast of zombie dancers?
In the wake of that groundbreaking clip, which is our first pick below, the world of pop became a veritable mausoleum of spooky sexpots, undead divas and grisly choreography. Lend an eyeball to our supernatural roundup and revisit several of the classics (and not-so-classics) of the genre. And if you wake up screaming from a nightmare tonight, don’t say we didn’t warn you! More »
If you tried to visit a number of websites today and were unable to view their content, don’t be alarmed: it’s due to the protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) bills, which were created to stop online piracy and protect copyright owners, but could allow the government to censor practically anything on the Internet. You’d think musicians would be all for protecting their music from piracy, but artists, such as B.o.B, Kreashawyn, OK Go and more, have made it clear that this bill, if passed, will do more harm than good. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Adam Lambert felt generous over the weekend, and tweeted lyrics from three of his new songs. A taste of the delicious double entendres to come on his sophomore album: “Lost inside communication breakdown, better just read my lips. Comin’ in clearer when we get down. iceberg. Just the tip.” [Neon Limelight]
:: “Moves Like Jagger” gets a Benny Blanco remix. [Arjan Writes]
:: Preview two new Florence + The Machine tracks, as performed live: “Only If For A Night” and “Heart Lines”. [PopDust]
:: Courtney Love is writing a tell-all memoir. We’d rather she just tweet it. [Pink Is The New Blog]
:: MGMT are getting their art on — the psychedelic duo will play NYC’s Guggenheim Museum on November 10 and 11. [Consequence Of Sound]
Below, find out which music acts will be appearing on the tube today.
Kid Cudi’s pals
MGMT released a none-too-cheery album last year (that had what we deemed to be one of the worst album covers of 2010
), so it’s not surprising that their latest move was to record a cover of “All We Ever Wanted Was Everything” by seminal goth rock band Bauhaus, for the compilation series Late Night Tales
. Meanwhile, NME
notes that MGMT’s next album, due out next year, will be “fun” and “happy.” We remain skeptical. Listen to the duo cover Peter Murphy & Co. below.
Former Lonely Stoner Kid Cudi recently gave up the latter half of that moniker by pledging to abstain from the herb, and after sharing the stage with MGMT at the last of three Roseland Ballroom appearances in New York City, he’s got no reason to be lonely, either. The duo whose cover art earned the opposite of Congratulations from us on our “Worst of 2010″ list joined the 2 Be Continuum member in performing their 4/20-friendly anthem “The Pursuit of Happiness” together for the first time. For your own pursuit of happiness, we suggest you watch the video of Friday’s performance below.
After turning Coachella
on its head last year and preparing to rock the stage at Reading and Leeds
, Muse have yet to tire of headlining music festivals. The Brit rock trio is set to perform at the 2011 Outside Lands fest,
taking place August 12-14 at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Joining Muse on the bill are MGMT, Big Boi, Sia, OK Go, Girl Talk, Erykah Badu, and unheard-of Grammy winners
Arcade Fire, among others. Jump below for the full lineup — in super adorable animated video format!
Yesterday we took a look back at the biggest fails from the pop music landscape in 2010
, but we easily could have included the following 10 album covers. Whether they were bizarre, badly designed or just straight up stupid, these covers were full of fail in their own unique way. Last year’s title belonged to Cobra Starship’s grotesque Hot Mess
, and although this year’s winner/loser doesn’t make us gag in the same way the punk-pop band’s tattooed lip did, it’s still a colorfully ridiculous hot mess. Flip through our gallery (in order of “Sorta Terrible” to “Are You Kidding Us?!”), and to balance things out, check back tomorrow to see some of the year’s best album cover art.