The Killers‘ fourth album — and their first in as many years — Battle Born, is due out this fall (September 18th), and this first single shows promising signs of a full return to form for the Las Vegas rockers. Premiering this morning on L.A.’s KROQ, “Runaways” seems most of all to have roundly reminded the internet (or at least us) of all that’s been missing in the electronic dance-rock world. And few spins later we can comfortably report that, after two years hiatus and apparently not a beat missed, The Killers are back and ready to rock arenas once more. Read more…
Earlier this afternoon we shared a sneak preview from Gym Class Heroes‘ VH1 Unplugged taping, where they were joined by their longtime collaborator and Fall Out Boy lead singer Patrick Stump for a stripped down version of their smash hit “Stereo Hearts.” Stump, although filling in on the song, felt right at home. “Gym Class is a band I am more directly involved with than any other band except for Fall Out Boy,” he told us before the show, laughing that “the shortest call in the world” was all it took to get him there.
As Stump tells it, Gym Class Heroes first caught his attention with a shout out on an early demo of the 2004 time-capsule “Taxi Driver.” “We were super tickled by it,” he explains. “Unfortunately, it is very rare that something makes you sit up and be like, ‘Wow, this is great!’ And I was in the van and I was like, Pete [Wentz], listen to this, this is really good. And so he took it and ran with it, and before we knew it they were singed.”
The honor, though, he insists is mutual. “You have no idea how much they made themselves and how awesome it is to watch them,” he told us, making sure to point out that this will be his first Unplugged appearance with be with them and not his own Fall Out Boy. “I get to be a fan that has the best seat in the house.”
Before the tapping, we caught up with Stump to get the scoop on his work with Gym Class Heroes, his impressions (musical and otherwise), and what comes next:
“I’ve actually been dying for this day,” Travie McCoy admitted before the Gym Class Heroes‘ Unplugged taping in New York City last month. “It gives us a chance to breathe new life into these songs as we strip them down, it’s very cool.” So down to acoustic guitars and brush sticks and strings they stripped for a catalog spanning set. And for their boombox-as-love anthem, “Stereo Hearts,” they stripped also Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, replacing his smooth crooning with — surprise! — Fall Out Boy lead singer Patrick Stump‘s singular, sweet wail. Read more…
BEYONCE TAKES TO TUMBLR TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR FRANK OCEAN
In a short poem written for the man who wrote (and sometimes sings) “I Miss You” for her, Bey calls Ocean brave, free, and inspirational. Amen. [Beyonce]
PAUL MCCARTNEY IS TEAMING UP WITH HALO CREATORS FOR NEW PROJECT
The former Beatle has hooked up with the team behind the hugely popular video game Halo to make some new music for, well, nobody knows yet. Nevertheless, this sounds like a project worth keeping an eye on. [RS]
It looks like The Wanted are headed out on tour with the Biebs! In an interview with Scotland’s Daily Record, they let slip that their new manager Scooter Braun has hooked them up with the ultimate gig for an act looking to break: opening for Justin Bieber when he kicks off his Believe tour this fall. You can bet that the next time you see them, their name will lead.
“Hopefully with Scooter now as our manager, things will really take off,” said a grateful sounding Jay McGuiness, before went on to make two other interesting points: 1. that they are working on some new, “Justin-worthy” stuff; and, 2. that they hope Scooter will help make them “presentable to America.” Bieber really expanded his musical horizons with Believe, singing sweetly on “Die In Your Arms,” courting groupies with “Out Of Town Girl,” and even rapping on “Boyfriend.” In many ways, it seems like he is working hard to keep his musical horizon as open as possible. The Wanted, meanwhile, lodged themselves comfortably into the club-pop circuit stateside with their synthy, Ibiza-after-dark anthem “Glad You Came.” It’s hard to say if, with this match, Braun is trying to highlight the dancier tracks from Bieber’s catalog or if he is hoping to draw The Wanted away from the smoke-and-lasers show and towards someplace a little more “swaggy.”
Is all well in the state of electronic dance music? In the past year, the electronic dance music — or EDM for short, and for those in the know – has burst through the seams of the genre festivals and rave basements that used to house it, and into the mainstream. The Swedish House Mafia is just one group that rode the scene to success, selling out Madison Square Garden last year with virtually no traditional “big media” support before announcing just recently that their current tour would be their last. The trio thanked their fans in a note posted to their website, and signed off by saying, “We came, we raved, we loved.” Their last few shows should be a victory lap, a celebration of how far they have come from their early days of dj-ing in pizza shop. What, then, went wrong this weekend at their show in Dublin?
According to reports, nine people were injured during the group’s headlining set at Phoenix Park in Dublin on Saturday night. A 23-year-old man has since been charged in connection with multiple stabbings — at least one victim was left if critical condition — and another young man died of a drug overdose. Many more concert goers were arrested for assault, drugs and public order offenses. Some of the violence was caught on video. And as for the group themselves, they responded to the melee on Facebook, writing that they were unaware of what was going on until after the fact, and promising to “deal with it in the best way we can.” Read more…
In a season busied with festivals, iHeartRadio has proven itself in just two years to be a formidable force when it comes to bringing in the big acts. The Clear Channel festival debuted last year with a lineup chocked full of marquee names like Jay-Z, Carrie Underwood, Lady Gaga, and Nicki Minaj. And by the looks of the lineup released this morning, this year’s show will be as big a blowout as the last.
Set for September 21 and 22 at the MGM in Las Vegas, this year’s line-up includes blockbuster pop stars P!nk, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Adam Lambert, and Pitbull; shining country stars Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, and Brad Paisley; R&B crooners Usher and Mary J. Blige; as well as old favorites who are steady on the comeback like Green Day, Aerosmith, and No Doubt. And as if that were not enough, more acts will be announced in the weeks prior to the event. Tickets for the festival go on sale July 14th, and more info can be found here.
Check out the full press release below:
Word has it that American Idol is looking to recast the judges panel with one of their greatest successes past: Adam Lambert! According to an E! News report, Fox network executives are courting the season eight contestant with hopes that he will fill the not likely to return Jennifer Lopez‘s seat. From the sounds of it, the talent seeking show is looking to reboot for its 12th season, and bringing back a glittery old flame like Lambert to judge should help to do just that. As an alum — and a particularly successful one at that — he is well situated to guide and inspire contestants. And he’s already proven a hit amongst Idol watchers, so he could be just the hit of change the show needs ahead of its teenage years.
PEARL JAM DIEHARD GETS HIS DREAM SET
Superfan Brian Farias has been to 108 Pearl Jam shows but none so special as the 109th, when the band played a setlist (complete with two encores!) he had drafted for them. [RS]
DO YOU DRIP.FM?
Music nerds, behold! Based on HBO’s “quality, consistency and catalog” model, this new music subscription service “drips” new releases straight from the labels to your inbox several times a month. [LAWeekly]
KEEP COOL IN JAMES HETFIELD’S SUNGLASSES
The “road dog” Metallica frontman is releasing “faster than a speeding riff” pair of shades through Sutro Eyewear. And for just $219.99, they’re yours! [Vulture]
EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT
In the New York Times this weekend, Frank Ocean talks about love and life and his new album; and James Murphy talks about his almost starring role in Noah Baumbach’s since slashed The Corrections adaptation. And to soundtrack your reading, “Sweet Life,” a Pharrell assisted leak from Channel Orange. Happy weekend! [NYT/NYT / Fader]
The Zac Brown Band got a make over from the man behind Beavis & Butthead and King of the Hill for the video for “The Wind,” the first single off their upcoming album Uncaged (due out next week). The song itself is, in many ways, your typical country love song, complete with a chorus that rings of love that “will find you anywhere.” Animator Mike Judge’s treatment is decidedly less lovey-dovey and way more country fried. And for that it’s all the more awesome.
Judge’s video tells the tale of “Robo Redneck,” aka “The Six Million Dollar Honky,” aka Zac Brown, returned to life bigger and badder after a dramatic back-country trucking accident. Half-man, half-robot, Robo Redneck is like your average beer swigging, duck hunting, guitar playing robo-country star, except with bottle openers implanted into the tip of each finger and automatic weapons built into his biceps. And wait ’till you see the way he shreds, swapping guitar for guitar for a fiddle until he pops a valve. The video ends with a “To Be Continued,” teasing of a Robo Redneck versus Bionic Peckerwood sequel. Is there more to come from this Judge/Brown partnership? We can only hope! Read more…