September 6, 2012 |
The Russian feminist punk collective Pussy Riot has received praise from artists including Björk, Madonna, Green Day and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Now the band is returning the favor. In a new video communique released by MTV, two members of the group thanked all those artists for their outspoken support while rappelling down the side of a large structure draped in a Pussy Riot banner. The video closes with them setting off flares to ignite a portrait of Vladimir Putin. It's unclear whether those two balaclava-clad members are the same two who recently escaped from Russia under threat of prosecution . The group prizes anonymity, and technically, anyone can don the mask and be an axillary member of Pussy Riot. But the video's curiously high production values and perilous stunt work -- a reference to some members' madcap rooftop escape from Russian police -- raises its own questions, especially given its release just before tonight's Video Music Awards on MTV. Chris Martins at Spin raises the hypothetical possibility that it's no coincidence at all . MTV is reportedly asking artists about Pussy Riot on the red carpet, and it broke the story of the video message.
September 4, 2012 |
Green Day's "Kill the DJ" starts promisingly enough. The choppy, stop-and-start guitars use the riff-as-groove in much the same way as the Clash's "Magnificent Seven. " A little homage to Joe Strummer's socio-political dance-rock anthem is never not warranted, especially during an election year, and the title of "Kill the DJ" holds the promise that Green Day is again entering the culture war, a battlefield it visited on 2009's "21st Century Breakdown. " "Kill the DJ," the second video (adult content)
August 28, 2012 |
In the world of 21st Century American musical spectacle, the MTV Video Music Awards exists in a category all its own. Way less reserved than the Grammy Awards (but no BET Awards), the VMAs have over the years provided plenty of water-cooler fodder, and this year's upcoming show has just added more bang: Producers just announced the addition of pop singer Rihanna and R&B crooner Frank Ocean as performers. The performance roster was already pretty thick with superstars: Slated to gig live at the Staples Center during the Thursday, Sept.
August 27, 2012 |
This post has been updated. See information below for details. No Doubt will launch the 2012 I Heart Radio Festival in Las Vegas on Sept. 21 and 22, just ahead of the release of the Anaheim band's first studio album in 11 years, “Push and Shove,” coming Sept. 25. The bill features a raft of pop, rock, country, R&B, dance and hip-hop acts, also including Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Usher, Green Day, Shakira, Pitbull, Bon Jovi, Lil Wayne, Deadmau5 and Brad Paisley. That puts the rejuvenated No Doubt back amid a phalanx of contemporary pop music hitmakers slated to perform at the MGM Grand Arena.
August 20, 2012 |
Remember 2004, Green Day fans? That was when the Bay Area punk trio refashioned itself into a band that would tackle issues beyond boredom and girls with "American Idiot," a relentless collection of socially aware songs that would eventually work their way to Broadway. Now on the verge of releasing the first of three new albums, Green Day continues to distance itself from its role as rock 'n' roll chroniclers of our political climate. Today, meet Green Day, the "Angry Birds Friends" edition. "Angry Birds Friends" is the Facebook offshoot of the popular mobile game, and the edition comes complete with the premiere of a new song, "Troublemaker," as well as all-new evil pig characters inspired by Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool.
August 6, 2012 |
Get your credit cards and clicker fingers ready: San Francisco punk rock band Green Dayannounced a surprise Los Angeles gig at the Echoplex in Echo Park for Monday night, and tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. The trio of Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool are teasing their forthcoming triumvirate of new albums, “Uno,” “Dos” and “Tre,” which are coming starting in September. The 700-capacity basement club in Echo Park is only a little bigger than the Coconut Teaszer in Hollywood, where in one early 1990 L.A. gig, Green Day headlined a notable bill that also included No Use for a Name, Down by Law, Popdefect and Hunger Farm.
July 27, 2012 |
Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong, the punk rocker turned 21 st century Stephen Sondheim, is joining NBC-TV's “The Voice” as a mentor on chanteuse Christina Auguilera's team, series officials announced Thursday. Armstrong, the mastermind behind Green Day's 2004 concept album “American Idiot” that subsequently became a hit on the musical theater circuit, confesses to being a fan of the show. He said he has no qualms about participating because: “It's not molding artists, it's just giving them a little bit of guidance and direction without giving them a complete makeover.” Not that he couldn't be a font of wisdom on that front: Since sprouting up as a pop-punk band in the Bay Area a couple of decades ago, Armstrong and the band have experienced quite an evolution.
July 16, 2012 |
"Tonight my heart's on the loose," Billie Joe Armstrong sings in the lead single from Green Day's upcoming "¡Uno!," due out Sept. 25. His heart's not the only thing running wild. The Berkeley punk band's highly anticipated follow-up to 2009's Grammy-winning "21 st Century Breakdown," "¡Uno!" is actually the first of three Green Day full-lengths set for release over the next six months; "¡Dos!" arrives Nov. 13, while "¡Tré!" will round out the trilogy on Jan. 15. Clearly, the man who once begged someone to "peel me off this Velcro seat and get me moving" (on 1994's smash "Dookie")
April 7, 2011
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December 1, 2010
KIIS locks up Ryan Seacrest Ryan Seacrest will continue hosting the morning show at top-rated KIIS-FM (102.7) as part of a three-year contract announced Tuesday by Clear Channel Communications that also calls for him to continue hosting and producing the syndicated "American Top 40" countdown show and to develop other media projects such as a record label, a live concert series and TV and radio programming. Financial terms were not disclosed. Seacrest, who also hosts "American Idol" for the Fox television network, is "a true visionary who has firmly established himself as America's leading curator of popular culture," said Robert W. Pittman, Clear Channel's chairman of media and entertainment platforms.