Review: Franz Ferdinand Return and the Dapper Crew Wants to Dance
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Scotland’s belovedly louche dance-rock heroes invoke Bowie’s “Fashion” and Talking Heads’ “Houses in Motion” on the title-track single here, which scans as both old-school MDMA clubbing ode and a meta-narrative about making music for tweakers. Ah, youth! It’s a return to form the band never really lost, and if the quiet bits drag, the wit’s sharper than ever. “Lois Lane” waxes tragicomic re: journalistic idealism – “it’s bleak!” makes a fabulous party...

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James Bay Previews Tour, Releases Silky New Ballad ‘Wild Love’
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British singer-songwriter James Bay unveiled a new single, “Wild Love,” his first new song since the release of his 2015 breakout album, Chaos and the Calm. “Wild Love” finds Bay embracing a luscious and textured electronic sound that’s a far cry from the stripped-down folk rock of his debut. The track opens with airy synths and layered vocals washed in effects that build into a sultry, R&B-tinged ballad.  Bay finds room for several spindly guitar lines and imbues his vocals...

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Watch Calvin Harris’ Glitchy ‘Nuh Ready Nuh Ready’ Video
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Calvin Harris teamed with Canadian musician PartyNextDoor on “Nuh Ready Nuh Ready.” The dancehall-tinged cut is embellished by skipping percussion, light synth plunks and stray horn riffs. The music video is a distorted, surreal creation showing PartyNextDoor super-imposed over shots of London. In an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio, Harris praised the PartyNextDoor’s talents as a singer and songwriter, and spoke about being unable to crack his enigmatic exterior. “I didn’t really figure...

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Watch Albert Hammond Jr.’s Heartbreaking ‘Muted Beatings’ Video
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Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. explores the joy and heartbreak of love in the new video for “Muted Beatings.” The track will appear on the musician’s next solo album, Francis Trouble, out March 9th via Red Bull Records.  Fraser Rigg directed the video, which stars Hammond Jr. and actress Portia Doubleday. The pair play a couple deeply in love, though the video’s romantic, sun-soaked sequences are juxtaposed with scenes that are much darker and veer towards the surreal. Early on,...

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See the Wombats’ Cutting, Acoustic Rendition of ‘Lemon to a Knife Fight’
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English rock trio the Wombats performed spare, taut versions of “Lemon to a Knife Fight” and “Turn” in the run-up to the release of their new album, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life. The recorded version of lead single “Lemon to a Knife Fight” is full of buzzing electric guitars and firm percussion, but during their visit to Rolling Stone, the band stripped the song down to its core elements. Without drums and distortion, different elements come to the fore, including...

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See Adam Levine’s Bad Romance in Maroon 5’s New ‘Wait’ Video
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Adam Levine and actress Alexandra Daddario’s relationship unravels in Maroon 5‘s new video for, “Wait.” The track appears on the pop group’s latest album, Red Pill Blues. The David Meyers-directed clip stars opens with the Maroon 5 frontman in a surreal setting. He rises from a coffin and then raises Daddario from the dead as well. Throughout the “Wait” video, Levine and Daddario brawl and makeup.   Meyers brings out this mix of chaos and passion with vivid special effects, showing...

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra Detail Tour, New Album ‘Sex and Food’
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Portland-via-New Zealand psych rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra will release their new album, Sex and Food, April 16th via JagJaguwar. The band also shared a new music video for the record’s first single, “American Guilt.” Director/animator Greg Sharp helmed the clip, pairing the grimy, heavy sounds of “American Guilt” with a vivid junkyard panorama packed with old clothes, half-eaten food, porno mags, children’s toys and briefcases filled with money. “‘American Guilt’ is an attempt to...

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Thursday, 08 February 2018
Huey Lewis and the News Musical in the Works
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The music of Huey Lewis and the News will anchor a new stage musical, Heart of Rock and Roll. Lewis announced the musical on Thursday in a short video that also features Jimmy Kimmel, who announced that he would be quitting his job to star as Lewis in Heart of Rock and Roll. While Lewis tried to explain that the show was not about himself, but rather an original story based on his music, Kimmel remained committed to the role,...

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Hear Rush’s Alex Lifeson Guest on Fu Manchu’s New 18-Minute Psych-Rock Epic
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Rush weren’t the first band to fill an entire album side with a single epic track, but grand, suite-like works such as 1976’s “2112” and 1978’s “Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres” helped make them legends of long-form prog. So it makes sense that after retro-minded SoCal hard rockers Fu Manchu recorded “Il Mostro Atomico” – an 18-minute song set for their new LP, Clone of the Universe – they invited Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson to appear on the track. The full...

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Thursday, 08 February 2018
Rich Robinson Talks Magpie Salute LP, Rules Out Black Crowes Reunion
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In January 2017, Rich Robinson decided to resurrect the music of the Black Crowes during a four-night stand at New York’s Gramercy Theater with a little help from his ex-bandmates Marc Ford and Sven Pipien. They called the group (which also features singer John Hogg and members of Robinson’s solo band) the Magpie Salute. Much to their shock, the shows sold out within minutes and before they knew it over 75 gigs were booked all over America and Europe. “We really...

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Thursday, 08 February 2018
Dictators’ Handsome Dick Manitoba Arrested for Domestic Assault
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The Dictators’ singer Richard “Handsome Dick” Manitoba has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his former girlfriend, Zoe Hansen, NY Daily News reports. Manitoba was charged last week for allegedly choking Hansen at the East Village apartment with which they share access. Hansen and Manitoba also have a teenage son and co-own Manitoba’s Bar in New York. According to the police report, officers observed Hansen “crying, with tears streaming down her face and her body shaking.” She told police, “He bit...

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