• Arcade Fire David Byrne Suicide Dream Baby Dream Video

    Arcade Fire Enlists Vampire David Byrne for a Cover of Suicide's 'Dream Baby Dream'

    For their three-night stint at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, Arcade Fire went punk. Leather and studs were left at home, but the Montreal band continued their string of location-specific covers by celebrating the genre's New York City heritage, first by enlisting Buster Poindexter for a cover of "Hot Hot Hot" and then by joining up with Marky Ramone for renditions of "I Wanna Be Sedated" and "I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement." To finish off their residency on Sunday Night, as Consequence of Sound notes, the band took on "Dream Baby Dream," the classic track by no wave forerunners Suicide, with a little help from another New York icon David Byrne.Before turning up in Dracula makeup on Sunday night, Byrne appeared on The Suburbs' song "Speaking in Tongues" and has also appeared with the band on a number of other occasions.

  • Grimes Protests Ice Bucket Challenge ALS Association Video

    Grimes Protests ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Due to Animal Testing

    Claire Boucher, the Canadian synth-popper who records as Grimes, is the latest indie-rock celebrity to get dragged into the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. But unlike Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, Arcade Fire, Liam Gallagher, and Drake, Boucher has decided to forego both the ice water and the donation to the ALS Association that the challenge prescribes due to some objections she has with the practices of the ALSA.After being challenged by U.K. DJ Richie Hawtin, the Roc Nation signee took to Tumblr to say that she had reservations because of the ALS Association's policy of testing on animals."I don’t feel great about wasting water in this California drought," she wrote. "But I will donate money.

  • Arcade Fire Ramones I wanna be Sedated Cover

    Watch Arcade Fire Cover 'I Wanna Be Sedated' With Marky Ramone

    The first night of Arcade Fire's three performances at Brooklyn's Barclays Center spawned an appearance from punk legend Buster Poindexter for his 1987 single "Hot Hot Hot," but the Win Butler and co. upped the ante for their second night. After opening sets from the Unicorns and Dan Deacon, as Consequence of Sound points out, the band teased a Talking Heads appearance before launching into the Ramones' "I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement" and "I Wanna Be Sedated" with Marky Ramone, the band's longtime drummer who replaced the recently deceased Tommy Ramone. Watch video of the surprise appearance by the New York icon both above and below. For more, check out other recent covers of Nirvana, Fugazi, and the Pixies.

  • Suge Knight Shot Multiple Six Times Hollywood Club Chris Brown VMA

    Suge Knight Shot Six Times at Chris Brown's VMA Party

    Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight was shot six times inside West Hollywood's 1OAK nightclub at around 1:30 a.m., according to reports from TMZ. The rap mogul took five bullets to the stomach and one to the arm. However, as of this morning, Knight is out of surgery and is expected to recover.The L.A. Times has confirmed with a law enforcement official that Knight was shot and that his wounds did not appear to be life threatening. Two others were injured in the shooting but are also expected to recover. Knight was reportedly at the club for Chris Brown's VMA pre-party. Further details of this particular incident are unclear, but this isn't his first brush with violence.

  • Cat Power Sky Ferreira Ferguson Missouri Benefit Shows

    Cat Power and Sky Ferreira To Play Benefit Shows for Ferguson, Missouri

    In addition to making bummed-out indie rock records and duetting with Eddie Vedder, Cat Power (born: Chan Marshall) has always taken time out of her schedule for worthy causes. It seems that for now she's turned her attention to the tragic events and protests in Ferguson, Missouri. She announced on Instagram on Friday, as Stereogum points out, that she'll play a show on Sunday, August 24 at the Firebird in St. Louis with proceeds that will go entirely "to help protestors get out of jail & any needed supplies & food for protestors & flowers for rifles."Inspired by Marshall's show, Sky Ferreira has decided to donate proceeds from her show on the same date to Ferguson as well.

  • John Lennon Mark David Chapman Parole Denied

    John Lennon's Killer Mark David Chapman Has Been Denied Parole Again

    Mark David Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon in 1980, has been denied parole for the 8th time after a hearing on Wednesday, according to the New York Daily News (via The Guardian). After pleading guilty to second degree murder in 1981, he was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.The three-member committee chose to deny his release because they believe he might soon commit more crimes.

  • henry rollins robin williams la weekly suicide apology column

    Henry Rollins Apologizes for Comments About Robin Williams' Suicide

    Former Black Flag singer and punk talking head Henry Rollins took to LA Weekly on Thursday to issue a controversial column titled "Fuck Suicide." The brief treatise inspired by the death of Robin Williams and put forth Rollins' harsh views toward anyone that takes their own life. Friday night, on his own website, he's issued an apology for the column, saying that the collective anger that he's faced is "well placed.""That I hurt anyone by what I said, and I did hurt many, disgusts me," Rollins said. "It was not at all my intent but it most certainly was the result."He continues to say that he has faced his own "life of depression," and that the article stemmed from his own anger that he feels when someone dies by their own hand."I am deeply sorry," he concluded. "Down to my marrow. I can’t think that means anything to you, but I am. Completely sorry.

  • Jack White Beck Devils Haircut San Francisco Video

    Jack White's Beck Bromance Continues With 'Devil's Haircut' Cover

    Like another crew of arena-sized alt-rockers, Jack White's post-Lazaretto victory lap has included a whole lot of covers. As Consequence of Sound point out, right around the same time Arcade Fire was launching into the strains of "Hot Hot Hot," the Third Man boss offered up the latest public evidence of his longtime friendship with Beck by playing a fragment of Odelay's "Devil's Haircut" during his performance of "Sixteen Saltines" in San Francisco.Just last month, White turned up at one of the Guero singer's pre-Newport Folk Festival shows in Providence, Rhode Island for guest spots on "Loser" and "Where It's At," but the two alt-rock superstars have been nursing a bromance at least since the ex-White Stripe played bass on "Go It Alone" in 2005. Third Man Records issued a Beck single back 2012 and White also recently appeared on Beck's Song Reader album.

  • Nicki Minaj Anaconda Snake Bite VMA Rehearsal

    Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Dancer Hospitalized by Snake Bite During VMAs Rehearsal

    Ever since Nicki Minaj's Sir-Mix-A-Lot-sampling single "Anaconda" dropped earlier this month, it's been fairly inescapable and even more so now with that the Drake-featuring video has slithered onto the Internet. It would appear that a VMAs performance of the track is in the works, but not everything has gone off according to plan it would seem. According to TMZ reports, during rehearsals for MTV's award show one of Nicki's backup dancers was bitten by a snake and sent to a hospital.MTV's behind-the-scenes report Saturday morning suggests that the snake involved was not, in fact, an anaconda, but a Dumeril's boa constrictor named "Rocky" who has been used in similar situations for the past 15 years.

  • Somebody That You Used to Know: It's Kimbra's Time to Shine on 'The Golden Echo'

    Somebody That You Used to Know: It's Kimbra's Time to Shine on 'The Golden Echo'

    New Zealand-born songwriter Kimbra Johnson's success as a solo artist has stemmed from her stylistic diversity. While her 2011 debut Vows exhibited a dizzying repertoire of jazz and R&B-inflected art-pop, she meddled with it even further for its stateside reissue, shortly after her vocal chirps showed up here on Gotye's inescapable "Somebody That I Used to Know." Bundled with six extra tracks, Vows' re-release was fractured and fractious—a promising start for the Australian-based songwriter. It's bested, at least in stylistic unity, by her sophomore effort, The Golden Echo.With a hefty guest list that includes the likes of Muse's Matt Bellamy, Matt Chamberlain of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, Michael Jackson associate John "JR" Robinson, and Flying Lotus' right hand man Thundercat, The Golden Echo is intended as a star-studded statement to vault Kimbra from Gotye's immense shadow.

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