Posts Tagged ‘Rock/Pop’
Forget about collaborating with Kanye West, it’s all about scoring an appearance with They Might Be Giants or Yo Gabba Gabba! (looking at you, Weezer). With artists finding alternative ways to survive, some turn to advertising, while others become the Late Night house band (looking at you, The Roots). Another lucrative avenue is writing children’s music and TMBG are the kings among kids. Here’s their educational jingle about the elements.
North of Philly in Doylestown, Circa Survive took the Walden approach and isolated themselves in what they call “The Creek House” to write, record and get their act together. It paid off. Now signed to Atlantic, they’re on tour in Europe and will return to the U.S. for a string of dates this fall.
After years of playing musical chairs with his band members, Billy Corgan might as well be known as “The Smashing Pumpkin” (singular). While he goes his own way, his unwavering series of web-only singles continues with “Spangled,” which is heavier on harpsichord than it is on guitar. Thanks to Corgan and the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund you can listen and download this wonderful song for free.
As one of the most prolific metal bands, Coheed and Cambria get all heavy on us once again with “World of Lines.” Yeah it’s Monday, but forget about gently easing your way into the week. And if anyone says we’re too soft, show them this post.
If you thought David Gray couldn’t slow it down more than Life In Slow Motion, take a listen to his new title track “Foundling.” He may be mellow, but there’s a raging fire inside this Irishman that comes out even during his most hushed moments. The rest of the album (key track: “Gossamer Thread”) includes some of the brightest moments he’s ever recorded.
While so many great indie bands come and go, it’s reassuring to see that Film School stays in the game. With a decade of albums under their belt, Fission (LP #4) kicks off with a bang of track called “Heart Full Of Pentagons.” A Handsome Furs-esque drum machine rock beat guides the song with layered percussion and big sustaining guitar riffs.
On Friday September 10th, some of today’s biggest stars from film, television, music, and sports will come together for one of the world’s largest multimedia broadcast events and ask you to stand up to cancer.
Stand Up to Cancer, a one-hour fund-raising simulcast, will air on CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, HBO, E!, Bio, Discovery Health, G4, HBO Latino, Showtime, MLB Network, mun2, Smithsonian Channel, The Style Network, TV One, and VH1, and you can also stream a live webcast.