• TV on the Radio Letterman Happy Idiot Video

    Watch TV on the Radio's Ecstatic 'Happy Idiot' Performance on 'Letterman'

    Brooklyn art-rockers TV on the Radio just released their airy new LP Seeds this week, and before they tackle the handful of tour dates they have slated so far, they made a trek over to midtown Manhattan to drop by The Late Show With David Letterman. Full band in tow, vocalist Tunde Adebimpe ran through a spirited rendition of lead single "Happy Idiot," which seems to delve into full on sunny-eyed indie pop in its live iterations. Afterward, Letterman offered his usual praise and noted that they'd trekked "all the way from Brooklyn." Catch video of the full performance up above, and for more be sure to check out our cover story that details the band's recent endeavors.

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    J Mascis Turns the Volume Down For an NPR 'Tiny Desk Concert'

    As the frontman for the ear-splitting former SPIN cover stars Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis has generally taken on the mindset that louder is better. But over the course of a couple of solo albums, Mascis has stripped down for more intimate recordings that highlight the distant ache that remained buried under all of his main band's fuzz. Celebrating his recent Tied to a Star, the indie rock guitar hero stopped by NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series for a performance befitting that record's intimacy. After apparently rejecting an amplifier for the electric guitar that he brought along, Mascis ran through "Stumble" and a medley of "Drifter" and "Heal the Star" from his August record, as well as the classic "Little Fury Things" in a stripped down incarnation. You can watch video of all three above.

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    Review: Ariel Pink Makes Another Wondrous Mess With 'pom pom'

    As Ariel Pink has moved on from no-fi outsider artist to outspoken indie-pop A-lister, his public appearances have tended to skew a little weird. Not that Pink wasn't strange even when he was quietly chunking out collections of Animal Collective-approved bedroom psychedelia, but in the half-decade since "Round and Round"'s dead-eyed hookiness brought him wider acclaim, we've seen a peculiar personality that no number of songs about schnitzel could have predicted.

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    Watch Damon Albarn Team With Brian Eno, Graham Coxon at Marathon London Show

    Damon Albarn's marathon tour in support of his April solo album Everyday Robots swung through London's famed Royal Albert Hall, and it seems that the Blur main man decided to make this stop extra special. In addition to the now-requisite appearance by De La Soul for a run through of the Gorillaz classic "Feel Good Inc.," Albarn brought along Brian Eno and his Blur bandmate Graham Coxon to perform their respective collaborations. Eno stopped by to add some vocals to the Everyday Robots standout "Heavy Seas of Love" and Coxon tacked on his own instrumentals to "Tender," "End of a Century," and "The Man Who Let Himself." The marathon set ran a total of 25 songs and you can catch a few fan-shot videos both above ("Heavy Seas of Love") and below ("End of a Century," "Feel Good Inc") via Consequence of Sound.

  • Mac Demarco Detained UC Santa Barbara

    Mac DeMarco Detained During Concert, Fans Arrested

    Mac DeMarco's live shows have a reputation for rowdiness and unpredictability, but it seems that a set at UC Santa Barbara on Friday didn't quite go according to plan. Campus police at the California institution stopped the show twice, reports the Santa Barbara Independent, first to engage with concertgoers for moshing and roughhousing, and then to detain the Salad Days prankster himself. After the crowd lifted DeMarco up to the venue's ceiling beams, he clambered back down onto the stage, where police restrained him and took him outside. The law enforcement officers eventually realized that DeMarco was the evening's performer and not just an audience member, but the show didn't go on.Two fans in attendance were also arrested in conjunction with the evening's first incident.

  • Foo Fighters Janes Addiction Perry Farrell Joe Walsh Mountain Song Video

    Foo Fighters Give Jane's Addiction's 'Mountain Song' an Arena-Sized Makeover

    Friday night, Foo Fighters celebrated the Los Angeles episode of their HBO show Sonic Highways with an intimate set at the 500-capacity Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip. And if a ripping set of songs from their new record wasn't special enough for the L.A. crowd, the band brought out a couple of local greats, Joe Walsh and Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell, for a couple of arena-sized reworks of their hits. The alt-rockers took on Jane's Addiction's "Mountain Song" with Farrell handling the adenoidal vocalizations and Walsh on a few fiery blues licks, and then the latter stuck around for a performance of his own "Rocky Mountain Way." You can watch fan-shot footage of "Mountain Song" above via Consequence of Sound.

  • Kendrick Lamar Saturday Night Live Woody Harrelson Video

    Kendrick Lamar Brings Radical Self-Love and Creepy Contacts to 'SNL'

    Kendrick Lamar is continuing to tinker away at his third full-length studio album, but he took some time out of recording to swing by the 40th season of Saturday Night Live. Though he didn't debut any brand new tracks, his performance was still something pretty special. Clad in some seriously creepy black contacts, K. Dot offered a spirited run-through of his self-love anthem "i," replete with expansive backing vocals, Santana-esque lead guitar lines, and a horn section. For his second song of the night, he brought along fellow TDE affiliate Jay Rock for a performance of their recent team-up "Pay For It." As if that wasn't enough, the good kid, m.A.A.d city architect also made a cameo in a skit that spoofed Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett's recent jazz standards album. You can watch "i" above and "Pay For It" and the skit below.

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    Rihanna's Next Album Is 'Closer Than Anyone Realized,' Says DJ Skee

    The rumor mill behind Rihanna's in-progress eight studio album keeps on turning this weekend thanks to music industry insider DJ Skee. On the weekend news update for his Dash Radio show, the DJ reported that Rihanna debuted 10 new songs for Def Jam executives and noted that her Unapologetic follow-up could be "closer than anyone realized." EDM godhead and "We Found Love" producer Calvin Harris said this past week that the LP is due "really soon" and Skee's legwork seems to confirm that assumption. Skee further speculates that the album could see release in the fourth quarter of 2014, but there's obviously no concrete information available yet, beyond a song possibly titled "I've Been Searching for Something to Ignite Me When I'm Alone." You can listen to Skee's whole segment below, via Complex, which also posits that a new Beyoncé single could drop next week.

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    Uber Will Reportedly Partner With Spotify for In-Car Music Service

    Spotify users are already able to listen to music on the go, but according to The New York Times, the service may be about to go even more mobile. Monday, the alternative car service Uber will reportedly announce a new partnership with the music streaming company in order to provide in-car music for its fleet of vehicles.Press received invitations on Friday for a conference call slated for Monday morning during which Uber Chief Executive Travis Calinick would announce a "first-of-its-kind partnership" with a "special partner guest. Anonymous sources have said to Techcrunch that the guest will likely be Spotify's CEO Daniel Ek. According to the Times, riders will be able to play music from their own Spotify playlists in the cars.

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    Marcus Mumford, Elvis Costello, More Bring Their New Basement Tapes to 'Ellen'

    As a tribute to Bob Dylan's legendary team-up with the band in 1967, a group of A-list acolytes have banded together to give life to a few lost songs from those sessions as The New Basement Tapes.

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