• Sam Smith 'Fast Car' Tracy Chapman Cover BBC Live Lounge

    Sam Smith Slows Down Tracy Chapman's 'Fast Car' for BBC Live Lounge

    If Sam Smith is upset after being called a "chubby fuck factory" by RiFF RAFF, the British singer isn't letting it affect his performance. He recently stopped by the BBC's Live Lounge for a session that featured renditions of "I'm Not the Only One" and Tracy Chapman's 1988 hit "Fast Car." Much like his take on Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know," Smith's version is slower and sparer with almost all the focus on his signature delicate crooning. After all, the man knows his strengths. Watch it above, listen to his Live Lounge version of "I'm Not the Only One" below, and catch Sam on tour in the U.S. and Europe through November. 

  • Nick Cave Bad Seeds 'Give Us a Kiss'

    Nick Cave Offers Previously Unreleased 'Give Us a Kiss' From New Documentary

    Nick Cave has never been one to do things the traditional way, so it's fitting that a new film about the rock icon wouldn't be your average music doc. Instead, 20,000 Days on Earth focuses on the 56-year-old singer-songwriter's life and career through live footage, interviews, and surreal scripted scenes that, yep, celebrate his 20,000 days spent alive (that caveat implies that the doc was supposedly filmed 290 days after his 54th birthday, but we're not sure if he factored in leap years).To celebrate the Sundance award-winning movie's upcoming release, Cave and longtime band the Bad Seeds released the chillingly beautiful "Give Us a Kiss," an outtake from 2013's Push the Sky Away. As a bonus, that new song comes backed by a live performance of 2013 single "Jubilee Street," recorded live at the Sydney Opera House.

  • New Pornographers 'Brill Bruisers' 'Letterman'

    New Pornographers Bounce Through 'Brill Bruisers' on 'Letterman'

    The New Pornographers' excellent sixth album, Brill Bruisers, takes its cues from the famous Brill Building sound of '50s and '60s pop, revs them up, adds plenty of electric crunch, and turns them into a fresh, modern sound. The Canadian supergroup proved that the material translates extremely well to the stage with a performance of the LP's title track last night on Letterman, with Carl Newman and Neko Case leading the band through the tune's exultant six-part harmony. The album is out now via Matador and the New Porns will be on tour in the U.S. through November.

  • Patrick Carney 'BoJack Horseman' Theme Song netflix

    The Black Keys' Patrick Carney Wrote the 'BoJack Horseman' Theme Song

    It seems the music press has been sleeping on Patrick Carney's Twitter feed as of late, because it seems today is the day most of us got clued into the fact that the Black Keys drummer composed the theme song to the new Netflix cartoon BoJack Horseman, which premiered on the streaming service a week ago. We'll just chalk that up to end-of-summer malaise, pretend it's a new thing, and move on, okay?So, yep, up above you can watch the opening credits to the show, which stars Will Arnett as a washed-up sitcom star who also happens to be a horse, and hear Carney and his uncle Ralph Carney's mix of funky synths and smooth-as-hell saxophone stylings.

  • Aphex Twin 'Syro' Listening Parties

    Aphex Twin Will Hold 'SYRO' Listening Parties for Lucky Fans

    Aphex Twin's rollout for SYRO, his first album in 13 years, has been fairly unconventional, what with the blimp teaser, deep web announcement, and barely legible autobiography. But now the "fartist" born Richard D. James is giving some lucky fans the chance to hear the new songs in a more traditional matter. Starting September 5 in London and Paris, with subsequent events in the U.S., Canada, and other European countries, SYRO will be played in its entirety at listening parties, with tickets available to the public via a lottery. According to Warp, the contest "begins on Sunday, August 31 at 4AM PST / 7AM EST / 12PM GMT / 1PM CET and closes Tuesday, September 2 at midnight in each time zone." There's no other information given about the events, so we'll just assume they're going to feature some surprises (a la Karen O).

  • Miley Cyrus' VMA Date Jesse Helt Arrested Oregon Surrenders

    Miley Cyrus' VMA Date Jesse Helt Arrested on Probation Violation

    After becoming an instant celebrity by accepting Miley Cyrus' MTV VMA for Video of the Year, homeless runaway and aspiring model Jesse Helt surrendered to Oregon police yesterday for a probation violation following a 2010 arrest. According to The Oregonian, the 22-year-old was booked into the Polk County Jail on Thursday and was later released on $2,500 bail.  Helt had previously been charged with criminal mischief, criminal trespass, and burglary after he broke into the house of a man who he suspected of selling bad marijuana. After pleading down to misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief and criminal trespass, Helt spent 30 days in jail and was sentenced to probation. In 2011, a warrant was put out for the overnight celebrity's arrest after he repeatedly failed to show up for meetings with his probation officer, breaking the terms of the deal.

  • Arcade Fire Mavis Staples 'The Last Time' Rolling Stones Chicago video

    Arcade Fire and Mavis Staples Cover the Stones' 'The Last Time' With Gospel Flair

    At this point in the Reflektor tour, the formula is basically "Arcade Fire covered _______ by local legend _______ last night in _______" with the occasional guest star thrown in to spice things up. The latest edition of the band's tribute performances came with a bit of a twist last night in Chicago, where they enlisted the help of Mavis Staples. They started off with "This May Be The Last Time," a traditional gospel tune that the Staples Singers recorded back in 1955, and then transitioned into the Rolling Stones' "The Last Time," which was credited to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards but cribs heavily from the earlier song. Arcade Fire gave the latter song a bit of garage pep, with the 75-year-old Staples stealing the show with a powerful, raspy breakdown.

  • Jack White Eddie Vedder Paul Simon Seattle Mariners Game

    Jack White Had Fun With Eddie Vedder and Paul Simon at a Baseball Game

    A month ago, we were a little worried about Jack White. The Third Man Records boss kept showing up to baseball games and outside of a couple stiff smiles, it seemed like he really wasn't enjoying himself. But since he got the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a Tigers game in his hometown of Detroit, it seems White has been able to find joy in America's pastime on a consistent basis. Whether it's due to his Lazaretto viny sales record or his snazzy new hairdo, we don't know, but we do know that White took in yesterday afternoon's Mariners game at Seattle's Safeco Field with none other than Eddie Vedder and Paul Simon. Sadly, the Mariners lost to the Rangers by a score of 12 to 4, but that didn't stop to the three rock icons from getting together for this Instagram photo.It's just the latest in a series of White actually having fun at baseball parks.

  • Bob Mould 'Kimmel' video Taylor Hawkins 'The War' 'Hey Mr. Grey'

    Bob Mould and Taylor Hawkins Blast Through Two Tracks on 'Kimmel'

    At 53, Bob Mould can still rock out with the best of them. He proved that last night by delivering a fierce two-song performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with the added bombast of Taylor Hawkins behind the kit. The Foo Fighters drummer took the place of Mould's usual bandmate — and occasional SPIN contributor — Jon Wurster to rip through "The War" and "Hey Mr. Grey" from the June-released Beauty & Ruin LP. The mini-set has all the energy and volume that made Mould's stints in Hüsker Dü and Sugar so influential, and it's easy to see that Hawkins is having a grand old time being part of it, if only for one night. Mould is on tour through the fall, with his next gig coming August 30 as part of the Minnesota State Fair's Music on a Stick show alongside Cloud Cult, Har Mar Superstar, Doomtree, and other special guests.

  • Rivers Cuomo Sitcom Fox Detour

    Rivers Cuomo's Life Away From Weezer Is Getting the Sitcom Treatment

    While Weezer are going back to the sound of their beloved early albums on their forthcoming LP, Everything Will Be Alright in the End, frontman Rivers Cuomo is revisiting a different chapter in his life for, yep, an upcoming Fox sitcom.

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