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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 31 2014 9:32AM

99Rock Music News:  Muse Says Their Live Show Is Inspired By Nine Inch Nails

Muse’s Matt Bellamy (Photo: Alex Rauch)

By Nadia Noir

Primed to rock as headliners as Coachella, Muse has one of the world’s most jaw-dropping live shows that includes a plethora of lights, lasers, and loud instruments.

It’s exactly the way a stadium rock show should be. Many up-and-coming artists are inspired by Muse, but who is Muse inspired by?

Drummer Dominic Howard confessed that they took a lot of live show cues from Nine Inch Nails.

“I’ve always been a huge fan of what NIN have been doing with their live show because they’ve always been a band,” said Howard told VH1. “Over the last ten years or so, who’ve been really on the edge of technology and pushing just the kind of technology that’s available to them at that time and I think all their shows have been really, really inspiring.”

Imagine a double headlining bill with these two bands. That would be an ear-ringing and certain deafness that we’d be willing to live with.

by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 30 2014 1:29AM

99Rock Music News:  Watch Young The Giant Play ‘It’s About Time’ & ‘Crystalized’ On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

By Nadia Noir

Southern California’s favorite indie-poppers, Young The Giant, played two of their hit singles on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Their set included “It’s About Time” and “Crystalized.”

Young the Giant talked about their new album Mind Over Matter in an recent exclusive radio interview with LA's KROQ.

“I think it’s just us trying to figure things out and maybe trying to tell a story for everyone who’s trying to figure their life out,” explained Sammer Gadhia. Guitarist Jacob Tilley explained further: “I think this time around and this batch of writing that we did for this record, all of it was pretty much derived from our experiences of being on the road and growing up as five individuals together and all the challenges that we had to overcome.”
by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 29 2014 2:25AM
2013 Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival - Long Island, NY

99Rock Music News:  Perry Farrell Working On EDM Musical

(Photo by: Jaenette Pelligrini//Getty Images)
By Nadia Noir

Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell is always dabbling in something–or creating full-blown examples of artistic expression like the infamous Lollapalooza.

These days, the provocative singer-songwriter has ambitions to create an EDM musical that he hopes will have a long run in Las Vegas.

According to an interview with Rolling Stone, the musical will take place in Thailand and be calledKind Heaven. A “love story with a very modern scenario,” the audience will get to interact with the show that is set “amidst Thailand’s sex and drug trades, as the government bring sin soldiers to restore order.”

At some point, the love story unravels at a Buddhist monastery, which is where the title of the musical comes from.

Farrell will start testing some of his tracks during DJ sets, but something tells us with Farrell behind the wheel, this musical will come to fruition. Maybe it will star his hot dancer wife Etty Lau?
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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 28 2014 2:17AM

99Rock Music News:  New Politics Get Stuck In Iceland In “Tonight You’re Perfect” Video


New Politics stormed onto the scene last year with their huge single “Harlem” (which landed at #3 on 99Rock’s Top 99 of 2013), and the band has now released a video for their follow up single “Tonight You’re Perfect.”

In the video, the band’s flight out of Iceland get cancelled, then they hit the road, their car breaks down, then proceed to get picked up by a few good looking Icelandic women. You’ll have to watch the video above to see how the rest goes down.
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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 27 2014 4:12AM
Lollapalooza 2013 - Day 1

99Rock Music News:  Trent Reznor Scoring David Fincher’s Upcoming Film ‘Gone Girl’

(Photo: by Theo Wargo//Getty Images)

By Nadia Noir

All hail the sonic superpower of Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor. The band has been pushing their recent masterpiece, Hesitation Marks, but that hasn’t stopped Reznor in re-dabbling in film scores.

In Reznor’s latest endeavor, the musician is working again with producer/composer Atticus Rossand notable director David Fincher on a film called Gone Girl.

The film is based on a novel by Gillian Flynn and tells the story of woman who disappears on her wedding anniversary. Batman himself, Ben Affleck, plays the male lead.

Fincher, Ross and Reznor have already worked together on two films, including The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network which won an Academy Award for Best Score.

by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 26 2014 3:53AM
"Finding Bliss" - 2009 Slamdance Premiere

RNG Morning Show:  Ron Jeremy’s Version Of Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’ Video

(Photo: Courtesy Jason Kempin//Getty Images)

By Nadia Noir

In case you haven’t been disgusted enough today by general humanity, porn perviest film star, legend Ron Jeremy, has re-created Miley Cyrus‘ provocative “Wrecking Ball” video with the creative minds behind SpokenRad.

Jeremy’s portrayal of Cyrus isn’t exactly a tongue-in-cheek parody. He acts out scene-by-scene with a naked, unabashed accuracy.

Like, really completely and creepily naked.

Like, hairy nether regions against a swinging wrecking ball naked.

Just make sure your lunch has had enough time to digest before you watch this.

And don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 25 2014 3:48AM

99Rock Music News:  Nine Inch Nails, QOTSA, Dave Grohl & Lindsey Buckingham to Perform at GRAMMY Finale

Queens Of The Stone Age (Photo Courtesy Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

By Jeremy D. Larson

The 2014 GRAMMY Awards plan to close the night out with a hail of guitars from some of the foremost rockers in the world. To round off what is already a spectacular lineup of performers, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham will perform together and close out the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards this Sunday.

The latest addition of performers comes at the heels of the announcement that Jay Z and Beyoncé will hit the GRAMMY stage, as well. At this point, it’d be easier to say who is not performing at this year’s GRAMMY awards.

As SPIN reports, GRAMMY executive producer Ken Ehrlich was excited about the announcement, saying in a statement that this “is going to turn out to be one of those Grammy moments that people talk about for a long time.”

With all four of these performers have no more than two degrees separation from each other —with Grohl having performed on QOTSA’s Songs for the Deaf and Nine Inch Nails’ With Teeth, and Buckingham having played on Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks for one — the coming together of the four is almost obvious synergy. At least a little more on the nose than when Foo Fighters performed with Deadmau5 in 2012. It will be the first-ever Grammy telecast performance for Nine Inch Nails and QOTSA.

by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 24 2014 2:05AM

99Rock Music News:  Foo Fighters Back At Work On New Album

Foo Fighters (Photo: Courtesy Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

By Nadia Noir

According to a picture posted on the Foo Fighters‘ Instagram, the veteran  band is working on their eighth studio album.

They hint with a picture of their masters, reading “LP 8″ and a caption underneath that says “It’s f**king on.” Two of the tapes appears to say “No Doubt.”

If you don’t believe us, click on this link to see their Instagram picture. Who knows what that means, but maybe a collab is in the works?

Their last album was the Grammy Award winning ,Wasting Light. The Foos told Rolling Stone last Novemeber that their new album would be “badass.”

“We’re doing something that nobody knows about, it’s f**king rad,” said Grohl in the interview. “We begin recording soon, but we’re doing it in a way that no one’s done before and we’re writing the album in a way that I don’t think has been done before.”

by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 23 2014 1:57AM

99Rock Music News:  Ice Cube Talks ‘Ride Along,’ Music, Movies, and The Lakers

"I wanted to do these movies that I loved, that I grew up on. We called them hood classics.”

(Photo: Courtesy Scott Gries/ImageDirect)

By Carlos Delgado

When it comes to legends of Hip Hop, it doesn’t get much bigger than Ice Cube. From his early days as a founding member of N.W.A. to his subsequent and hugely successful solo career, Cube has done it all and more, shaping Hip Hop as we know it along the way. But perhaps most impressive of all was Ice Cube’s ability to transcend the very musical movement he helped create, becoming an accomplished actor, screenwriter, director, and movie producer.

It’s a feat that isn’t lost on Ice Cube. He reflected on his long film career and to talk about his latest project, Ride Along, starring Kevin Hart, Laurence Fishburne, and, of course, Ice Cube himself. He even claims that the N.W.A. era young Ice Cube would be “impressed” with what he has been able to achieve in his near 25 years since he first began acting.

“I would, no doubt,” Ice Cube said. “I ain’t just saying that cause it’s me. That’s how I thought back then. I was a big movie fan.”

Ice Cube made the transition from “movie fan” to movie maker with his portrayal of “Doughboy” in 1991’s Boyz n the Hood. Surprisingly enough, however, Ice Cube wasn’t entirely confident about his ability to deliver onscreen.

“When (director) Jon Singleton approached me to be in Boyz n the Hood, I was like ‘Man, no. What are you talking about?’ Ice Cube admits. “I didn’t want to do it because I didn’t think I was qualified. I’m like, ‘I ain’t no actor. I can’t do what these big-time actors can do on the screen.’ But (Jon) convinced me. ‘I got you. I’ll make sure it’s right. I know you can do it.’ I’m just glad he believed in me.”

Ice Cube also had some help from what he calls “The Lawrence Fishburne School of Acting.”

“(Lawrence) taught me like ‘Do you know who Doughboy is?” Ice Cube recalls. “I was like, ‘yeah, hell if I know anything, I know who Doughboy is.’ So then he says, ‘So what the hell are you trying to act for? Why are you trying to act? Go do Doughboy!’”

Since his acting debut, Ice Cube has been in the movie industry for nearly 25 years, starring in over 20 movies and even forming his own production company, Cube Vision Productions. It’s an experience he calls “fun  and humbling.”

“It’s everything I always wanted it to be,” Ice Cube said. “I wanted to do these movies that I loved, that I grew up on like Car Wash, Uptown Saturday Night, Let’s Do it Again, Hollywood Shuffle… movies that touched me growing up. The movies I always enjoyed to watch a lot. We called them hood classics.”

As successful as his film career has been, though, Ice Cube still find the time and energy to record new music, including his upcoming 10th studio album, Everythang’s Corrupt, due out May 13th.

“I’m a b-boy at heart,” Ice Cube declared. “If I wasn’t doing any movies I’d still be doing music. It’s where I can be the most creative. When you become a part of a movie you just really become part of a big project. It’s like building a house . You can’t really do it on your own. You can really only help with other people to get it done. With a record, it’s the freedom of doing what I wanna do, saying what I wanna say, creating what I wanna create.”

Having been born and raised in L.A., Ice Cube is also a passionate Lakers fans and can often be seen courtside during games . But even he is having a hard time handling the turmoil the Lakers are facing this season.

“You know, even though I knew it was coming; it’s still hard to watch,” Ice Cube admits. “You know you’re going to the dentist but it’s always hard to get that root canal. Even though you know what’s going to happen and after you get it you’re going to feel better, it’s still hard to go through it. That’s where we are right now. We’re getting a root canal.”

But in the end, Ice Cube’s passion lies in filmmaking with the aim of producing movies “that people can watch over and over again. I try to do movies that you can see more than once.”

Ride Along opened (Jan. 17) at theaters everywhere.

by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 22 2014 1:50AM

99Rock Music News:  Interview: Against Me! and Laura Jane Grace Face (and Rock) the World with ‘Transgender Dysphoria Blues’

Against Me! (Photo: Courtesy Ryan Russell/Big Hassle)

By Scott T. Sterling

“Your tells are so obvious/ Shoulders too broad for a girl/ Keeps you reminded/ Helps you to remember where /You come from” – “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”

From the very first line, Against Me!’s sixth full-length album dives right into the heart of frontwoman Laura Jane Grace‘s life experiences around her decision that she would be living as a transgendered woman after spending most of her 30-some years as a man, born Tom Gabel.

Grace channels all of the rage, fear, doubt and bravery that inevitably comes with such a choice into the album’s 10 tracks, which roar by in less than 29 minutes with the precision and energy of the Ramonescombined with taut songwriting chops reminiscent of classic Cheap Trick.

While the album’s emotional core powers Transgender Dysphoria Blues, what shouldn’t be lost in the conversation is that through Grace’s many personal discoveries, Against Me! has produced arguably the best album of their career that is already well in the running for one of the best rock full-lengths of 2014.

“The thing is that having been a band for 17 years is that unfortunately, most of the time people aren’t actually paying attention to the music, and they’re picking out some other inconsequential thing to focus on to talk about in an interview or whatever,” Grace says with a sigh during a recent interview with Radio.com. “And for years, our band was always about what label we were on, and ‘oh, you’re sellouts ’cause you sold to a major label’ or ‘you’re sellouts ’cause you’re on Fat Wreck Chords’ or whatever, and that was always the focus. That completely overshadowed the music for years.

“So now if the focus has shifted to something else, it’s just inconsequential,” she added. “The people who are gonna listen to the music and know what it’s about are those people, and there are always going to be those people. But otherwise, people are gonna focus on things that don’t really matter.”


Still, it’s hard not to be inspired by Grace’s bravery by being so forthright in regards to her transgender status, which has made her something of a new folk hero to many in the LGBT community and beyond.
by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 21 2014 4:35AM

99Rock Music News:  Hear The Dead Weather Go Crazy on New Song ‘Rough Detective’

(Photo: Courtesy David Swanson)

By Shannon Carlin

By the sounds of The Dead Weather’s new song “Rough Detective” there might be something in the water down at Third Man Records.

The new track, which is the B-side to “Open Up (That’s Enough),” has Jack White and Alison Mosshart freaking out, going from soulful pleas of “Don’t make me run, baby” to shouting “Can’t handle it anymore.”


If she didn’t sound unstable enough, halfway through the track Mosshart explodes into a fit of manic laughter that leads White to ask, “What’s happening?”

Damned if we know, Jack. There’s the layers of grinding guitars, pounding drums and ear piecing sirens that are enough to make a person go a little cuckoo. That is, if the song wasn’t so catchy.

“Open Up (That’s Enough)” b/w “Rough Detective” was first released on 7-inch as part of the latest installment of Third Man’s Vault subscription series and is reportedly part of a long-term rollout campaign for the band’s new album, which isn’t expected to drop until 2015.
by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 20 2014 1:03AM

99Rock Music News:  Broken Bells Plays New Song “The Changing Lights” In Paris Piano Shop

(Photo by James Minchin)

Broken Bells‘ James Mercer and Danger Mouse are known for keeping their marketing (and themselves) pretty low profile, but the pair have been tantalizing their fans with well-produced little snippets that are so very sci-fi.

The videos are teasers from their upcoming album,After The Disco, which is essentially what glossy ’70s-style dance floor jams would sound like in space.

Their latest sonic showcase though, is a lot more pared down with the pair playing “The Changing Lights” in subdued black-and-white in a Paris piano shop for La Blogothèque.

After the Disco is out on February 4th via Columbia.

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 19 2014 12:53AM

99Rock Music News:  The Neighbourhood “Part Ways” With Drummer

Drummer Bryan 'Olivver' Sammis has “parted ways” with the band.

The Neighbourhood (Photo by Gabriel Olsen)

The Neighbourhood‘s drummer, Bryan “Olivver” Sammis, has “parted ways” with the band. While there was no explanation (maybe it was Riff Raff’s fault?), his tweet yesterday has him telling the world to do what makes them happy and “never take a moment for granted.”

The band wrote on their Tumblr:

We wanted to let you all know that The Neighbourhood & Bryan “Olivver” Sammis are parting ways. We’ll miss playing music together but wish him the best on his musical journey ahead. We see all the good (via social networks) that the band and the individual members bring into people’s lives. We hope this doesn’t change any of that for you guys. We thank you guys for all the support you’ve given us. Love, the nbhd

Olivver wrote on his Tumblr:

I have prepared a few words.


How are you?

I hope you are well. I truly do.

I hope you do that thing you’ve always wanted to do & talk to that one person who makes you feel butterflies in your stomach.

Well,The Neighbourhood & Myself have parted ways.
I’m so grateful for anyone who has ever supported me, I hope your support for my endeavors continue.
I will continue to make music. I have already started.
I’ve got your back.
Now You Know.
-ØVThe band is currently working on a new album called The Black and The White.

by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 18 2014 12:51AM

99Rock Music News:  Jared Leto, U2, Karen O & Arcade Fire Earn Oscar Nominations This Year

Jared Leto (Photo: Courtesy Gabriel Olsen)

By Shannon Carlin

Jared Leto, Pharrell, U2 and Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are all up for Oscar gold this year at the 86th Annual Academy Awards.

Cut down from a very long list of possible nomineesthat included Beyoncé, Sirvana and Will Ferrell, this year’s Best Original Song nominees include U2 for “Ordinary Love” from the Nelson Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which recently took home the Golden Globe, and “Let It Go” from the Disney animated picture Frozen. That song, which was sung by both the film’s star Idina Mendzel and Demi Lovato, was also nominated for a Golden Globe.

Other acts nominated include first timers likePharrell for his Despicable Me 2 track “Happy,” Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel for “Alone, Yet Not Alone” from the movie of the same name and Karen O for “Moon Song” from the Spike Jonze film Her. Jonze is also the co-writer of the song, which appears in the film.

Last year, Adele took home the award for her song “Skyfall” from the Bond movie of the same name.

There are also some familiar names in this year’s category for Best Score including William Butler, better known as Will Butler from Arcade Fire, who, with his band, and frequent collaborator Owen Pallett — also nominated –helped compose the music for Her.

The documentary, 20 Feet From Stardom, which let’s back-up singers like Darlene Love take center stage, also made the cut, earning a nomination for Best Documentary Feature.

Leto is up for Best Supporting Actor —the same prize he picked up last weekend at the Golden Globes—for his role as Rayon, a transgender woman with AIDS in Dallas Buyer’s Club. He’ll be up  against Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave) and Jonah Hill (Wolf of Wall Street).

by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 17 2014 1:29AM

99Rock Music News:  5 Directions Coldplay Could Go With Their Next Album

(Photo: Courtesy Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

By Robert Ham

Word around the campfire is that Coldplay have been spending some time in an LA recording studio recording their long awaited follow up to 2011′s Mylo Xyloto. That should be great news for the band’s fanbase whose appetites have been stirred up by“Atlas,” their Grammy-nominated track from the The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack.

While there has been no indication about a release date for the LP, when it does finally see the light of day, there will likely be a lot of questions about how it will perform both artistically and sales-wise. Mylo Xyloto evenrtual at No. 1 on the charts in many countries, but its sales paled in comparison to the band’s peak, 2002′s A Rush of Blood to the Head. That disc sold a combined 6.7 million copies in the UK and U.S., whereas Mylo sold about 4 million less.

Granted, that could simply be a reflection of an overall decline in record sales (down 8.4% according to SoundScan), but it seems like even the band’s most ardent supporters had a hard time making sense ofMylo Xyloto‘s knotty concept, much less its tongue-twisting title. Critics, too, looked askance at this effort to combine sky-scraping rock with a 1984-like “artsaves  mankind” storyline.

This is a surprisingly similar story for artists at this point in their careers. Many of Coldplay’s peers and influencers have met similar crossroads, wondering how to either bounce back commercially or at least make a stronger artistic statement with their sixth album. With those in mind, we offer up the five most interesting directions for Coldplay to follow for their hopefully soon-to-be arriving next LP.

1. Go Achtung Baby

Another quartet of stadium-filling, socially-conscious rock stars, U2 were at their lowest ebb after their highest of heights via The Joshua Tree. Try as they did to avoid it, the band were on the verge of becoming the rock star buffoons that they attempted to provide the alternative to. So, how did they respond? They retreated to Berlin and made a weird, glammy, and funky LP layered with weird synthesizer and guitar textures and roundabout rhythms. Coldplay could use a little of that same spirit; an embrace of the fact that being in rock band is a fairly ridiculous career choice. It could be fun  to hear them up that campy aspect of it and strip away as much of the celebrity ego that surrounds bands like theirs. And if they accidentally skip over Achtung and land instead inPop territory, it should at least make for a fascinating failure.

2. Go Hail To The Thief

One of Coldplay’s biggest influences, Radiohead already proved their artistic bona fides via the amazing triple play of OK Computer, Kid A, and Amnesiac, albums that were layered with incident and sound. So when the band went into the studio to track Hail to the Thief, their m.o. was to work quickly and track as much of it as possible live. It’s an attitude that Coldplay could certainly use with their next full-length. As fine as their last few albums were, they were very audibly Pro-Tools aided constructions that have been polished to a blinding sheen. Bring some live-in-the-studio grit to the next album, and take a “first thought, best thought” approach to the songwriting. It’s doubtful any Coldplay fans will go running for the hills if it’s a little (or a lot) rough around the edges.
(Photo: Courtesy EMI)

3. Go Pin-Ups

This idea is a little trickier and could likely be seen as Coldplay just wasting time, but it could also be a lot of fun. At the height of his Ziggy Stardust period, David Bowie knocked out Pin-Ups, a tribute album to the songs that were his “favorites from the ’64-67′ period of London,” according to the album’s liner notes, featuring glammed up covers of artists like Pink Floyd, The Who, and The Kinks. Coldplay has done their fair share of renditions of tracks by influences such as Echo & The Bunnymen and Oasis. Why not knock out a dozen or so in the studio and really show the fans how their signature sound came to be? It could be nice diversion for the band and help get them out of their heads for a little while. Of course, if it ends up being an album full of Radiohead covers, then we’ll have a problem.

4. Go Music For Airports

Here’s a direction that will really mess with the heads of the hardcore Coldplay fans. After releasing five albums of warped glam pop and formless soundscapes, Brian Eno (who helped produce Mylo and Viva La Vida) decided to explore the idea of creating “environmental music suited to a wide variety of moods and atmospheres,” according to the liner notes. Hence, a collection of delicate instrumentals intended to be piped into airport lounges and boarding areas. The point is for Coldplay to follow their collective muse and follow whatever particular musical idea fascinates them. Could be a Timbaland-produced hip-hop/pop hybrid (Chris Martin has been vocal about his love of Justin Timberlake’s solo work), could be a bunch of songs created using only drum machines and synths. The band has the cachet and the money to burn. They shouldn’t be afraid to use either.

5. Go Don’t Believe The Truth

To hell with everything considered above and do like one of Martin’s other favorite bands Oasisand just stay the course. The Brothers Gallagher were stubborn in their adherence to a meaty rock sound, cut through only slightly with the occasional ballad. Nothing, not even the diminishing critical interest and commercial returns, would stop them. Like Oasis, Coldplay is now a legacy band in the UK music market, and their next album is surely a lock to hit at No. 1 on the charts (as all five of their albums already have). Why mess with a good thing?

by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 16 2014 2:28AM

99Rock Music News:  Phantogram Sends Us Spinning With Trippy New Single “Nothing But Trouble”

By Nadia Noir

Dark-edged electro-pop duo Phantogram makes swoony synth-based sounds that sound a little like a lucid dream and a romp through an adult’s only videogame .

Their sexy new track off their upcoming sophomore album, Voices, is a gorgeous soundscape that plays to all of Phantogram’s creative skill and is slightly reminiscent of ’90s trip-hop with some glossy post-punk thrown in.

“Nothing But Trouble” can be downloaded with a pre-order of Voices and is out in February on Republic Records.
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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 15 2014 2:58AM

99Rock Music News:  Behind The Song: Vampire Weekend’s ‘Diane Young’

(Photo: Courtesy Alex John Beck/XL Records)

By Jeremy D. Larson

The story of “Diane Young” starts, as all good stories do, with the torching of a Saab.

On March 18, Vampire Weekend released a video for “Diane Young” featuring a couple of junked Saab 900s just burning away with the New York City skyline in looming in the background. Maybe 10 seconds of footage was slowed down to all 2 minutes and 45 seconds of the band’s  first single from Modern Vampires of the City. Hypnotic and as we we later learned unofficial, the video caused controversy in small corners of the internet where Saab-enthusiasts nest.

“Vampire Weekend Are A Bunch Of Dicks” decried Gawker‘s automotive vertical, Jalopnik, going on to say that the original owners of the Saabs were none too pleased with how their former Saabs were being treated. Lead singer  Ezra Koenig later apologized to the Saabophiles, saying, “I hate the idea that somebody would not know the actual fate (of the cars).”

Fate, incidentally, is something that crops up on “Diane Young,” which of course is a not-so-disguised homonym for “dying young.” Koenig sings in the third verse in fifth gear: “Nobody knows what the future holds/ And it’s bad enough just getting old/ Live my life in self-defense/ You know I love the past ’cause I hate suspense.”

It’s a common theme in pop music , just grabbing hold of the wheel of  life and living . But as Koenig is one of this generation’s master lyricists, there’s more than just platitudes and affirmations: It’s 18th holes, Kennedys, government agents, extended golf championship metaphors and, of course, Saabs.

Funny thing is, there was a time when the whole band wasn’t really sure they wanted the song on the GRAMMY-nominated album.
“That’s pretty typical with us,” Koenig told Radio.com. ”There’s times where people get bummed out about a song, or start to lose their faith, and hopefully its not everybody at the same time.”
(Photo: Courtesy Kevin Winter/Getty Images for CBS Radio)

One thing about “Diane Young” that separates it from most other songs  on the radio this year was that effect on the chorus. You know the one; you’ve tried to do with your mouth.

“I remember right before sitting int he studio with Rostam [Batmanglij] and Ariel [Rechtshaid] — who co-produced the album  with Rostam — right around the time I was really starting to  feel this song was like ‘man there’s something really boring about it,’ and that was right around the time there was the breakthrough of the vocal effect.”

That ‘vocal effect’ makes the song, gives it that singular quality that’s not quite Auto-Tune or vocoder, but this “crazy format-shifting thing” that producer Ariel Rechtshaid and the band cooked up.

Vampire Weekend are nominated for Best Alternative Album for Modern Vampires of the City at this year’s GRAMMY Awards. Tune in January 26 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.

by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 14 2014 8:25AM

99Rock Music News:  Foster The People Release New Track “Coming Of Age” From Forthcoming Album

The band premieres first track off forthcoming album 'Supermodel.'
(Photo courtesy Columbia Records)

(Jan. 13) Foster The People have released a new song titled “Coming Of Age,” the first track off their forthcoming album Supermodel, which is set to hit stores March 14th.

This will be the band’s follow-up to their 2011 album Torches, which featured 99Rock WFRD-FM singles “Pumped Up Kicks,” “Helena Beat,” “Houdini” and “Don’t Stop (Color On The Walls).”

At the beginning of January, the band teased the new song in a quick 45 second video, their first hint at new music since their secret Troubadour show in June 2013.

Foster The People will likely debut a slew of new songs at Coachella 2014, which was announced last week. They’re set to play April 12 & 19 at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio.

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 13 2014 2:31PM

99Rock Music News:  Jared Leto Wins Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor

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By Shannon Carlin

Jared Leto‘s first movie role in six years paid off big time.

At tonight’s (Jan. 12) 71st Annual Golden Globes, the Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman took home the prize for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his role as Rayon, a transgender woman with AIDS, in Dallas Buyers Club.

“I did not use prosthetics,” Leto told the crowd when he got to the stage, letting them know “that tiny little brazilian bubble butt” was all his.

Related: Interview: Jared Leto on ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ and 30 Seconds to Mars ‘Artifact’ Documentary

Leto continued to joke about the work that went into the role. “I had to wax my entire body, including my eyebrows,” he said. “I didn’t have to do full Brazilian. Ladies, you know what I’m talking about. And so do some of you men.”

Ending his speech on a serious note, Leto said: “To the Rayons of the world, thanks for the inspiration.”

When Leto spoke recently with Radio.com, he explained that he put a lot of his focus on finding the right speaking voice for the character.

“I think that when you’re searching for yourself, your identity, the voice is often a place that we focus on,” he said. “It says so much about who we are. For Rayon, she was in a process of discovery and experimentation. The voice is certainly a key into who she was.”

Leto beat out Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave), Daniel Brühl (Rush), Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) and Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips).

Jared Leto as Rayon in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ (Anne Marie Fox/Focus Features)
by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 12 2014 1:09PM

99Rock Music News:  Zedd And Hayley Williams Release Video For Acoustic Version Of “Stay The Night”

Check out this new video  for the acoustic version of Zedd and Paramore‘s Hayley Williams‘ song “Stay The Night.”

The video  features cameos from DJs Dillon Francis,Deadmau5, Skrillex and Alvin Risk, and shows footage from Zedd’s latest US tour that ended at the Shrine Auditorium.

Watch the video for the original track below:

by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 11 2014 2:53PM

99Rock Music News:  Red Hot Chili Peppers to Join Bruno Mars for Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show

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By Scott T. Sterling

While the initial announcement of pop sensation Bruno Mars as the featured halftime performer at this year’s Super Bowl had some questioning his star power to pull off the high-profile performance, he’ll have some additional muscle backing him up with the news  that the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be joining him.

According to the L.A. Times, Mars will formally announce his new Super Bowl partners during TV coverage of the second-round NFL playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints scheduled for tomorrow (Jan. 11).

Related: The Official Guide to Super Bowl XLVIII Concerts

It won’t be much of a commute  for the Chili Peppers, with Anthony Kiedis and the crew also set to headline the massive “Big Hello to Brooklyn” concert happening at the Barclays Center arena the night before (Feb. 1) the big game that will occur at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium. The concert is being presented by sports radio station, WFAN (a Radio.com station), and is already sold out.

The addition of the Red Hot Chili Peppers  to the Super Bowl halftime show only bolsters an already music-packed seven days during “Super Bowl Week” leading up to the game.
by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 10 2014 3:43PM

99Rock Music News:  Paramore and Fall Out Boy Team Up for Summer Tour

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By Annie Reuter

Paramore and Fall Out Boy join forces for what could be the most anticipated summer tour of 2014.

Late last night, a video  leaked announcing the tour, but it was later taken down. This morning (Jan. 9) the video was rereleased with the headline Fall Out Boy + Paramore = Monumentour 2014. In the video, the FOB guys and Paramore graffiti a wall to reveal theMonumentour with special guests New Politics. Watch below.

The tour kicks off June 19 in Hartford, Conn., and extends through Aug. 17 in Concord, Calif. Fall Out Boy took to Twitter to announce the tour and ticket on sale.
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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 9 2014 3:32PM

99Rock Music News:  Neon Trees Drop Dirty New Single ‘Sleeping With a Friend’

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“It’s the sex song that I kinda know how to write,” Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn said.

Neon Trees‘ new single, “Sleeping With a Friend,” is an infectious ode to friends  with benefits.

The first single from the band’s forthcoming third LPPop Psychology (out April 22), “Sleeping With aFriend ” made its radio debut this morning 1/10/14 and is now streaming at Rolling Stone, as well as available now on iTunes.

“It’s the sex song that I kinda know how to write ,” Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn said of the song this morning (Jan. 10) in an interview. “I don’t know how to write an S&M-fueled Rihanna banger because I don’t think our sex lives are… I don’t think most people’s sex lives are ‘Blurred Lines,’ or that kind of swingers party.”

Despite big hits like “Animal” and “Everybody Talks”under his belt, the SoCal punk-turned-New-Waver sees himself still as the awkward kid standing in the corner.

“Sleeping With a Friend” is fairly representative of Pop Psychology, explained Glenn. “It’s the biggest, production-wise, that we’ve ever done,” he said. “We have a wonderful female drummer and she’s gotten a lot of accolades and notice, and I think a lot of the songs feature that really big rhythmic side. We set out to write a pop record that sounds like a band playing it, and I think we did OK.”

Neon Trees will hit the TV  circuit next week with performances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon(Jan. 16) and The Today Show (Jan. 17), but earlier this week, they kept their promo more grassroots with a series of surprise visits to Salt Lake City, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and L.A. In addition to helping with old-school street-team efforts, Glenn met up with fans and played “Sleeping With a Friend” for them straight from his iPod.

Pop Psychology, out April 22, serves as the follow-up to 2012′s Picture Show.

by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 8 2014 11:21AM
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99Rock Music News:  Walk The Moon Working On New Album

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By Nadia Noir

Walk The Moon are known for their fan devotion and their colorful performances which they highlighted in a recent video announcing their second album. The video begins with Walk The Moon covering Talking Heads’ “Burning Down The House ” and fans expressing their joy at being at the show.

Underneath Walk The Moon wrote a note of gratitude to their devoted audience: “Thank you to all of our insanely incredibly awesome fans for being apart of the last 3 years. We’ll see you when we have some newmusic . Enjoy your holidays! Love, NKE+S.”

During the video, font  reminiscent of the band’s infamous face paint splays across the screen and says: “Thank you for joining us on this incredible journey. It’s time to go make another record. Walk The Moon 2.” Sources say that the album is scheduled for tentative release for Spring of this year.

The Ohio-based band said in an interview with RV Mag that the new stuff started as “garage band demos” and that they “had a ton of ideas stored up on the computer ” from their tour, writing songs on the bus, on an airplane, or even at sound check.

“We rented a Masonic Lodge in Northern Kentucky and a couple of us lived there,” elaborated guitarist Eli Maiman. “It was really nice to actually have the space to write. We just set up in the main room and wrote together. We worked on some ideas that we had laying around, but mostly just kind of developed jams that we would feel inspired by on a given day. Worked pretty much at the rate of a song a day so we feel pretty good about that progress.”

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 7 2014 1:17PM

99Rock Music News:  Did Macklemore Help Cure a Six-Year-Old Heart Patient?

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By Annie Reuter

There’s no denying that music  has the power to heal, but do the musicians themselves have the ability to heal the sick? It seems so in the case of Macklemore.

In November, six-year-old AJ Hwangbo was diagnosedwith acute viral myocarditis — an inflammation of theheart’s  muscle wall that can weaken a child’s heart. Hwangbo was taken to Seattle Children’s Hospital where he was treated and grew stronger but emotionally he continued to deteriorate and wouldn’t eat or smile.

“Most of the time he would look right through me,” his mother Yoo-Lee Yea said in a hospital statement. “We didn’t know what was going on in his psyche.”

Related: Go Inside Macklemore’s GRAMMY Nominated Album, ‘The Heist’

Alisa Van Cleave, MD, an advanced care specialist, worked with the family to help AJ recover emotionally. She learned his favorite artist  was Macklemore and when a donor gave the hospital two tickets to Macklemore’s sold-out concert she offered them to his family.

The hospital  then went one step further and contacted Macklemore’s team to set him up with backstage passes.

“It was such a great experience,” his mom said. “Macklemore and his fiancé were so kind and gentle with him. They gave him gifts and joked with him. Macklemore even told AJ that he was planning a surprise visit to the hospital so he would see him again soon.”

by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 6 2014 1:22PM

99Rock Music News:  Vampire Weekend Goes Opera, Covers Andrea Bocelli’s ‘Con Te Patrio’

Photo: (Steve Jennings for Live 105)

By Jeremy D. Larson

In February, Starbucks (via Hear Music /Concord Music Group) will release Sweetheart 2014, the fifth in a series of Valentine’s Day compilations featuring bands covering their favorite love songs. We’ve already heard Jim James covering Bob Marley, and Beck covering John Lennon, and now we haveVampire Weekend covering…opera.

The song “Con Te Patrio”, which is actually “popera” song not an aria from a traditional opera, was made famous in the ’90s by the blind Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, and I know my mom loved it. So did Ezra Koenig, who sings the entire song in Italian under above a little reggae lilt. Listen to Koenig’s tenor voice really for it on the key change below, via Rolling Stone.
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