• 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.

  • Little Dragon Kelis 'Millionaire' Andre 3000 'Like a Version'

    Little Dragon's Pint-Sized Swedish Singer Can Rap Like Andre 3000 (and Does)

    Based on the "Klapp Klapp" remix featuring Future, we really should have known that Little Dragon and hip-hop go together like cookies and milk. Still, we'll admit to being pleasantly surprised with the Swedish synth-pop group's take on Kelis' 2004 track "Millionaire" for Triple J's Like a Version cover series. The band ably handles the original's jittery beat and keyboard parts as singer Yukimi Nagano takes a laidback approach on Kelis' vocals, but the real highlight is when it come time for André 3000's guest verse. Instead of passing on the duty to one of her bandmates, she mines the depths of her vocal range to spit the Outkast member's rapid-fire lines and somehow makes it look easy. Here's hoping it's not a one-and-done deal for Little Dragon and this track. 

  • Lollapalooza Biter Arrested Sergio Vicenteno

    Fear Not, America, the Lollapalooza Arm-Biter Is Locked Up

    Chicago residents and Arctic Monkeys fans can rest easy tonight now that the man who bit another Lollapalooza attendee has been arrested. Sergio Vicenteno, 33, was booked on Wednesday, August 20, on two counts of aggravated battery at a public venue, according to RedEye. He is being held on $60,000 bail.While the news of his arrest is great, it's still unclear what provoked Vicenteno to bite 29-year-old Ben Lenet after allegedly attacking one of his friends on August 1, the first night of the three-day festival in Chicago's Grant Park. Lenet took to Reddit to share his story and a nasty picture of his "gnawed-on arm," writing "The attacker then turns his head and clamps his teeth into my arm for a good 5 seconds. He's not nipping at me.

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