Music Roundup: Calvi...

Anna Calvi  has garndered comparisons to PJ Harvey. London born Calvi has been touring in support of her debut album released this year.  Click here to check out her version of TV on The Radio’s “Wolf Like Me”, or download at iTunes. Tony Bennett’s portrait of Lady Gaga from...

Josie’s on a V...

A good friend of mine has this interesting and incredibly unique habit of belting out the opening lyrics to The Outfield‘s 80′s classic guilty pleasure, “Your Love”.  You know the song: Josie’s on a vacation far away Come around and talk it over So many things...

Welcome to Weeping E...

“Everybody’s a critic and most people are DJs.” -The Hold Steady What we are: critics and DJs, yes, but also musicians, singers, writers, even an entertainment exec or two. But that’s not important right now. What is important: We’re devotees. Aficionados. Slaves to the crazy rhythm....

Bono Talks About ...

I have to confess, I’ve tried to watch Glee, but it’s just not my thing. I did notice @atu2 a tweet about the show that caught my eye. Bono is in a promotional ad, for tonight’s holiday episode, in which the cast performs “Do they know it’s Christmas”....

Music Roundup: MMJ F...

My Morning Jacket  is offering a free download this week of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” that was recorded live at the BBC. Click here to check out. Amy Winehouse‘s father tells the Daily Mail that he owns the rights to his daughter’s songs and he’ll never...

A Study of Buddy Hol...

Can you draw a bright line between Buddy’s Holly’s nerd glasses and Lady Gaga’s meat dress? The Wall Street Journal thinks so, calling them “rock’s first great fashion...

Music Roundup: Pearl...

Pearl Jam have announced they will headline three European festivals and six of their own shows in June and July of  2012. LA punk vets X will be the support act for all Pearl Jam’s own headlining shows. Roadtrip? Cee Lo Green was in Washington DC yesterday, along with several other...

Quick Concert Review...

An obscene amount of bands out there are moniker-d with animal-related names. And some fictional ones, as well. Most of them are annoying. Most of them are not Band of Horses. There are a lot of bands out there that can string a set together on a Friday. There are a lot of those same bands...

Girl With The Dragon...

Following his Oscar success with The Social Network, Trent Reznor of  Nine Inch Nails  is at it again, this time he’s scored the soundtrack to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.  Reznor is reprising his partnership with Atticus Ross, who co-scored The Social Network with him.  The...

Fallout for Roots Fo...

You might have heard about last month’s incident with Rep. Michele Bachmann, (R-MN) and 2012 Presidential candidate, when she appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. As Rep. Bachmann came out for her interview, The Roots played “Lyin’ Ass Bitch”, by Fishbone, as her intro music. ...

Rush, Kiss Left Out ...

Warning: This will be rant. Because, yet again, two of the most important bands of the last quarter of the 20th century, Kiss and Rush, have been snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame again. So let’s review the Hall’s own criteria, as published on its site: “We shall...

R.I.P., Hubert Sumli...

There was a time, believe it or not, when being the lead guitarist in a blues band didn’t mean five-minute solos with 20 notes per second. It meant three-minute songs, laying down a groove and maybe a soulful riff or two, all in service of the singer and the song. And Hubert Sumlin, the...

Ringo Calls For Peac...

Thirty one years ago today John Lennon was murdered. To mark the anniversary, Ringo Starr made a call for peace  in Lennon’s name and an end to gun violence. Gibson.com reports: Starr unveiled his self-designed replica “Knotted Gun” statue for the Non-Violence Foundation in the...

Thom Yorke, Massive ...

As reported by NME, last night (December 6th) Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke and 3D from Massive Attack, performed DJ sets in an abandoned  bank  in London as a way of saying thanks to members of the Occupy movement. The Guardian notes:  the  concert was recorded and would be put on an...

Amnesty Tribute To D...

I have a confession. I’ve never been a fan of Bob Dylan. I get it, he’s an American icon, but I’ve just never connected with his music.  It’s strange though that I do tend to like covers of his songs, hence when I heard about the new tribute album to Dylan, I was...

She & Him Relea...

If you’re not getting enough Zooey Deschanel between her show The New Girl or all her cotton commercials, the quirky actress is out with a new holiday album.  Deschanel and her indie pop partner M Ward, otherwise known as She & Him, are back with an album of their versions of twelve...

Arcade Fire In Holid...

  In the spirit of the holiday season Arcade Fire are matching the amount given for every donation to Kanpe, the Haitian Charity set up to help rebuild the country post earthquake. Regine Chassagne, from Arcade fire, was born in Canada but her parents emigrated from Haiti. She’s...

New This Week: Black...

Did you see The Black Keys on SNL last week? They were fantastic. The band was on in support of  El Camino, their 7th studio release, which is thirty eight minutes of fuzz boxes, hand claps and tight songs. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdkpCdShOsA[/youtube] The Roots have found...

Vince Clarke and Mar...

I have to confess, I’d almost forgotten Martin Gore and Vince Clarke were in Depeche Mode together. It’s been almost 30 years since they brought you songs like “Just Can’t Get Enough” and “Dreaming of Me”. Vince went his way, playing in Erasure and Yazoo, and Martin of course...

Death Cab Gets Gramm...

The Grammy nominations just came out and Death Cab’s Codes and Keys got the nod for Best Alternative Music Album of the Year.  It’s one of my favorites for 2011. Here’s the complete list:  Bon Iver Bon Iver Death Cab For Cutie Codes And...

RHCP Tour Dates

It’s been about five years since the Red Hot Chili Peppers last toured and now they’re gearing up for a set of North American dates with Josh Klinghoffer, their new guitarist. The Peppers are currently a nominee for the 2012 class of inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and they...

Philadelphia Indie R...

I live in Baltimore. The indie rock music scene seems to be thriving here with bands like Beach House and Wye Oak.  Turns out just ninety minutes north there’s some pretty cool stuff going on as well. White Birds are from Philadelphia. Their rainy day pop-infused style reminds me a bit of...

REM Talk Break Up

I went back and listened to REM’s final album Collapse Into Now over the weekend.  Post break up some of the lyrics did strike me now as a precursor to their split that followed the release.  Now Mike Mills and Michael Stipe have shed some light on their reasons to dissolve the band and on...

Killers Annual XMAS ...

Now that the holidays are upon us it’s time to bust out the holiday songs. If you’re looking for something to freshen up your holiday collection,The Killers are back with their annual Christmas song offering called “The Cowboy Christmas Ball.” The song is available on...

Elvis Tells Fans Not...

Remember when Elvis Costello was the angry young man? Well now it’s more like the self deprecating middle aged man.  Costello has a new boxset of The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook, which is available online, and includes a CD, DVD, vinyl EP and book, and is priced at...