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February 18, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The year of Phoenix has begun. After announcing last week that it would release a new album in April, the French band on Monday posted the disc's first song, "Entertainment," on YouTube. It's a speedy electro-rock jam built around the group's signature live-disco guitar, as well as a giant-sized synth hook that after a few spins is reminding Pop & Hiss of some of the rave-ier moments from Coldplay's "Mylo Xyloto. " (Listen to "Entertainment" below.) Due out in the U.S. on April 23, "Bankrupt!"
December 14, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
A day after stealthily dropping her latest album, Beyoncé has risen to the top spot on iTunes in the U.S. -- and pretty much everywhere else. As much of the country was tucking into bed Thursday night, the singer suddenly announced that her new album was suddenly available for purchase on Apple's storefront. The album, currently available as an iTunes exclusive, features 14 new tracks and 17 accompanying music videos that saw a staggering 80,000 downloads in just three hours after its release.
January 7, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Last week, Pop & Hiss wrote about a report in the Mexico City daily newspaper El Universal that the hit-making Mexican sibling pop duo Jesse y Joy were going their separate ways. According to El Universal, Jesse harbored dreams of a professional soccer career, while Joy was going to dedicate herself to making documentaries about animals. But it turns out that the story was a prank, according to a publicist for the brother-sister artists. According to the publicist, El Universal's satirical story was part of a Latin American tradition (a la April Fool's Day)
October 31, 2013 | By Times Pop Music Staff
The scariest part about Halloween is having to put up with hearing "Monster Mash" a thousand times in a night. If you're looking for a tasteful soundtrack that still feels like the icy breath of the reaper tonight, Pop & Hiss is here to help.  Wolf Eyes, “Stabbed in the Face” There are songs that are about evil things, and then there are songs that just are evil. The Michigan-reared noise group Wolf Eyes makes tortured electronic shrieks that could double as the soundtrack to that video-missive-from-the-pit-of-hell in “Event Horizon.” “Stabbed in the Face” was their attempt at a pop single.
February 22, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Details of the previously reported summer tour pairing Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z have been unveiled, with a dozen stops across North America beginning July 17 in Toronto and including a July 28 performance at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Their Legends of the Summer Tour also includes dates in San Francisco; New York; Chicago; Vancouver, Canada; Hershey, Penn.; Detroit; Baltimore; Boston; Philadelphia and Miami. Tickets go on sale Thursday for all shows except the concert at Yankee Stadium in New York, which will go on sale separately, with details still to be announced.
November 18, 2009
With 20 films submitted in the animated feature category, it looks as if this year's Oscars will have a full five-slot race. Will Disney wind up competing against itself with "Up" and "Princess and the Frog" (above)? Could be that "Up" moves ahead to the best picture competition and the funky-cool "Fantastic Mr. Fox" steps in as a wily contender. See what our panel of Oscarologists have to say. -- HOT HITS WILL THE ACADEMY BOLDLY GO? With 10 best picture nominee spots to fill this year, many hope science-fiction films will finally be part of the mix. Check out the latest campaign for "Star Trek," "District 9" and "Avatar" on Pete Hammond's Notes on a Season blog.
December 15, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
A new Paul McCartney studio recording will have its world premiere on Sunday's edition of “Breakfast With the Beatles” on KLOS-FM (95.5). Host Chris Carter will unveil the track during the “This Week in Beatle News” segment, he told Pop & Hiss. Hollywood Star Walk:  The Beatles  |  Paul McCartney  |  Ringo Starr  |  John Lennon  | George Harrison  He said he couldn't share details about the performance other than to say it features the ex-Beatle “and some very special guests.” Carter said McCartney's representatives told him that he wanted to premiere the cut on the program billed as "America's longest-running Beatles show" devoted to the music of the Fab Four and its members' solo careers.
January 15, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
"Sound City" is coming home. After a world premiere Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Dave Grohl will bring his documentary on the famed Van Nuys recording studio to L.A. on Jan. 31, the Foo Fighters frontman announced Tuesday. The film examines the story of Sound City -- where Nirvana's "Nevermind," among many other albums, was recorded -- through archival footage and interviews with artists including Neil Young, Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Josh Homme and Rick Springfield.
February 11, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Justin Timberlake was busy Sunday night. Early in the evening, the singer made his highly anticipated return to the Grammy Awards stage -- his first performance there since 2009, when he and Al Green filled in for Chris Brown and Rihanna -- with a lavish, sepia-toned performance of two tracks from his upcoming "The 20/20 Experience," due out March 19. Then he hit the Palladium for a sold-out concert at which he reportedly introduced a...
February 6, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Anyone who missed Petra Haden's utterly charming performance recently at the Getty Museum with music from her new album, “Petra Goes to the Movies,” has another chance on Saturday at L.A.'s Unitarian Universalist Church. The singer, who inventively reimagined and arranged instrumental movie music for her own multitracked voice on the album, will be joined by the same choir and handful of instrumentalists who backed her for the Getty Show to help deliver the harmony-rich music live.
October 15, 2013 | By August Brown
Mumford & Sons have called it a day (for now) at the top of their game. Avicii is dropping bluegrass into his overcaffeinated EDM. Ed Sheeran is hanging out with Taylor Swift and One Direction. What the heck is going on with mainstream folk music today? Now that we're a few years into the pickin'-and-grinnin' takeover of U.S. top-40, the world's vintage-clad pop acts are figuring out where to go next. The Seattle combo the Head and the Heart opens up a bit on "Let's Be Still," its first since 2009's surprise self-titled hit, proving there is life after banjos for these bands.
October 15, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Music industry rule No. 101: Never tick off the headliner inviting you on the road. According to reports, Drake has dropped Future from his upcoming arena trek, a move that could turn into a $1.5-million feud between the two artists. The reason? Disparaging remarks the singsongy  Atlanta rapper made about Drake's latest album during an interview with Billboard, according to the New York Post . In a conversation earlier this month to preview his forthcoming album, “Honest,” Future shared his thoughts on Drake's latest chart-topper, “Nothing Was the Same,” with Billboard associate editor Erika Ramierz.
July 15, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
For filmmaker, painter, author and, more recently, recording artist David Lynch , there are a lot of common threadsconnecting the art forms through which he expresses himself. The making of an album, which Lynch explores in a new video premiering exclusively on Pop & Hiss, typically doesn't involve the cast-and-crew-of-thousands approach typical of filmmaking, while creating painting is by and large a solitary undertaking. But the execution of each has overlapping facets. “I'm a painter, and I like my paintings to have little stories, and music is sort of the same way,” the 67-year-old writer and director said ahead of the July 16 release of his second album, “The Big Dream.” “It could be just a scene, or a short little story.
July 10, 2013 | By Randall Roberts
Los Angeles-born producer DJ Nobody is anything but, as a quick run through his resume confirms. One of the resident DJs of the influential weekly beat club the Low End Theory, the producer born Elvin Estela has been dropping essential tracks since the mid-'00s.  As DJ Nobody, he's responsible for the foundational, influential 2005 full L.A. beat album “And Everything Else” and countless productions and residencies since. As half of the bass-heavy hip-hop killers Bomb Zombies with the rapper Nocando, he's produced some of truly thick L.A. beats.
April 16, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
After former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was pilloried following her death last week with a campaign in England to vault the song “Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead” to the top of the nation's pop chart, an English satirist is using the occasion of Thatcher's funeral on Wednesday, April 17, to reissue a 1979 album skewering the woman also known as “The Iron Lady.” British humorist, music and comedy producer Martin Lewis says he...
March 25, 2013 | By Randall Roberts
The Strokes "The Comedown Machine" RCA Records 1 star One of the key axioms of the acting trade is to never seem desperate for a role. To be a hot commodity, behave like you couldn't care less; those who appear to need a job are at a disadvantage. "The Comedown Machine," the fifth album by New York band the Strokes, exudes nervousness; you can almost see beads of sweat forming on the band's foreheads as it works, and fails, to stay relevant while tossing off harmless 1980s-style ditties.
February 10, 2013 | By August Brown
Kelly Clarkson, the "American Idol" winner who was one of few peers to maintain a major pop career, won the award for pop vocal album at the 55th Grammy Awards, besting a diverse roster of artists including Florence and the Machine, Fun., Maroon 5 and Pink. Clarkson won for her album “Stronger,” her fifth studio full-length, which was widely viewed as a return to form for the Texas-raised vocalist. Bolstered by popular singles, including the title track and “Mr. Know It All,” the album went platinum in America and returned her to the upper ranks of American pop stardom.
December 6, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
Last week Rick Ross revealed " 100 Black Coffins ," his typically imposing contribution to the upcoming soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained. " The album, due out Dec. 18, is the first of Tarantino's soundtracks to feature original songs he commissioned, and today Pop & Hiss brings you an exclusive premiere of another of those tunes: "Who Did That to You?" by John Legend. Co-written and produced by Paul Epworth (of " Rolling in the Deep " fame), "Who Did That to You" presents a grittier sound than we're accustomed to hearing from this smooth-voiced soul star; it finds Legend insisting he's "not afraid to do the Lord's work" over an organ-fueled garage-soul groove.
March 1, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Travis Garland was seated behind the control board at Shortbus Studios in Century City, previewing tracks from his upcoming EP, “Fashionably Late II,” which continues the 23-year-old's reintroduction as a solo artist. He grabbed one of the switches on the sprawling console midway through a lustful R&B jam entitled “Homewrecker” and turned up the volume. As the tempo of the guitar-laden track slowed, the song transformed into a synth-filled futuristic romp that sounded like a formidable pastiche of Drake, Miguel and Justin Timberlake.
February 25, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
It's a taken a while - even longer than the group expected - but the Mavericks reunion album “In Time” finally arrives on Feb. 26. The genre-defying country-rock-Latin-roots band originally was going to put the album out last fall, then decided to hold off so it would coincide more closely with a full-fledged reunion tour that kicks of Monday, Feb. 25, in New York and hits Southern California for several stops in March. The Los Angeles date is March 26 at the El Rey. "We didn't want to just do a reunion tour - we wanted to make a new record, and make a really good new record," lead singer and chief songwriter Raul Malo told The Times last year when the band formally returned to action with a performance at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio.
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