March 15, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas --Three days gone, three remaining at the South by Southwest music festival. Already, millions of notes and beats have been played using dozens of tunings and effects. Untold lyrical cliches involving love, nature, haters, enchanted forests and getting paid have been lobbed into unsuspecting (and unforgiving) ears. Within this volume, profound moments of glory have arrived from unexpected places -- little sonic miracles and brief instances of grace that are the primary reason we are here.
March 5, 2013 |
Last week, we brought you news that Iggy and the Stooges had completed their first new studio album in 40 years . Now the legendary proto-punk band has provided the first taste from "Ready to Die," due April 30. Posted Tuesday on SoundCloud, "Burn" won't surprise longtime fans of Iggy and the Stooges, whose last album under that name, "Raw Power," came out in 1973. ("The Weirdness," from 2007, didn't feature guitarist James Williamson and was credited simply to the Stooges.) The new song is a typically rowdy riff-rock number with rumbling drums, a swaggering bass line and words from singer Iggy Pop about how "the man of the future is a bully and bruiser.
February 25, 2013 |
Forty years on from their landmark proto-punk album "Raw Power," Iggy and the Stooges announced Monday that they've completed a new studio album, "Ready to Die," set for release April 30 through Fat Possum Records. It's the first time Iggy Pop has made a full record with guitarist James Williamson and drummer Scott Asheton since 1973's "Raw Power," which followed a pair of albums without Williamson credited simply to the Stooges. (Asheton's brother Ron was the Michigan band's founding guitarist.)
November 8, 2012 |
Ke$ha is calling her upcoming album "Warrior," so we can't be surprised to find the pop star busting up chairs and kicking down doors in the music video for the disc's lead single, "Die Young. " But that hardly means that the clip, posted to YouTube on Thursday, fails to raise eyebrows. A fast-moving pastiche of occult imagery, Nat Geo-style wolf footage and lots (and lots!) of black leather, it presents a darker, sexier version of Ke$ha than we saw back in the party-starting "TiK ToK" days.
September 25, 2012 |
When Kesha was born into the pop world in 2009, there was no Carly Rae Jepsen (in America, at least), no One Direction and Justin Bieber still had bangs to make a Renaissance sculptor weep. How will her glitter, feathered gear and tequila go over in a world where fresh-scrubbed dance-pop is the lingua franca? We're about to find out. The singer has released her first new music since 2010's mini-album "Cannibal," in the form of a new single "Die Young. " It's no major departure from her classic template of ravey pop spiced with gum-smacking raps and occasional vocal acrobatics.
July 28, 2012 |
Watching the five-hour opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics was a fun game of "Spot The Song. " Mute the volume, and you were likely to miss selections from the Sex Pistols. Or the Jam. Or Adele. Or music from "Monty Python's Flying Circus. " As directed by celebrated filmmaker Danny Boyle, these Olympics got a tuneful kickoff that traveled at the speed of sound across this history of British pop. Boyle is known for his inventive uses of music in films: "Trainspotting" turned a whole generation on to the music of Iggy Pop (among other legends)