Shai Halperin has already enjoyed considerable acclaim under his previous moniker, the Capitol Years. His earlier albums earned him tours opening for and playing with an impressive cast of musicians, including the Walkmen, the Pixies, Daniel Johnston and Kurt Vile. Sweet Lights builds on his already considerable success and delivers on big expectations.
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Lili Haydn’s soaring career as a singer-songwriter-violinist has included four critically acclaimed major label records and tours with such luminaries as Sting, Seal and Robert Plant. George Clinton of P-Funk called her “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin.” Today she shares ‘Tyrant,’ a dynamic whirlwind of a single from her forthcoming record ‘I Am a Man.’ One listen to ‘Tyrant,’ and you’ll understand why Hans Zimmer tapped Haydn as the
Following months of rumors, Adele has been confirmed for the soundtrack of the new James Bond film, ‘Skyfall‘ — due in theaters on Oct. 26 — making her part of a lengthy musical tradition that includes artists such as Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Sheryl Crow and Garbage. As Contactmusic reports, Adele tipped her hand last year, when she let slip on a talk show, “I’m going back in the studio
The family of Amy Winehouse paid tribute to the late singer last week, celebrating what would have been her 29th birthday by announcing the impressive total raised by her memorial foundation. Later in the weekend, they paused to say farewell to Winehouse’s mortal remains, burying her ashes in a ceremony held on Sunday (Sept. 16). The burial was held in North London, where a crowd of 70 gathered to watch
Cat Power‘s Chan Marshall directs the video for ‘Cherokee,’ the first single off her latest album, ‘Sun,’ and the result is something along the lines of a ‘Mad Max’ survivalist colony in the desert meets futuristic zombies from ‘The Walking Dead,’ but with the budget of a straight-to-cable B movie. It may be bad, but awesomely so — and the vibe of the clip actually does seem fit with the
If you’re a fan of Bon Iver‘s music and happen to be a talented graphic artist with detailed knowledge of the TV show ‘Northern Exposure,’ today is your lucky day. Band frontman Justin Vernon has taken to the web to enlist fans’ aid in designing his next tattoo, and the image he has in mind was inspired by the CBS series, which was a hit for several seasons in the
Back in June, U.K. rockers Keane spent a day at Nashville’s United Record Pressing plant, a historic facility that’s been churning out slabs of sweet, glorious vinyl since 1962. The building boasts an upstairs apartment that, according to legend, has played host to parties for the likes of Smokey Robinson and Hank Williams Jr., and these days, it’s where engineer Chris Mara holds his ‘Upstairs at United’ sessions. Using vintage
New Order frontman Bernard Sumner expects the band to meet up early in 2013 to discuss the possibility of working on their first new material since ‘Waiting for the Sirens Call,’ which dropped back in 2005.
On their first two albums, the U.K. duo Blood Red Shoes kept it simple, bashing out punky rock tunes that justified a rather literal boot-to-arse interpretation of their name. With their latest, ‘In Time to Voices,’ released earlier this year, they still kick plenty of butt — only this time, guitarist Laura-Mary Carter and drummer Steven Ansell unleash their angst with more delicacy and pop sheen. While Carter and Ansell