For a guy with a new No. 1 record out, John Mayer has been keeping a relatively low profile. His latest LP, 'Born and Raised,' contains some of his quietest, most laid-back work, and he's been staying off the road to give his vocal cords time to heal following surgery. But that hasn't kept him out of the crosshairs of celebrity controversy.
So, about that NSFW video the Flaming Lips posted earlier this week, and the risque shots featuring an unclothed Erykah Badu and her equally wardrobe-free sister: It turns out it shouldn't have been released after all -- and Badu hasn't been shy about letting everyone know how upset she is with Lips frontman Wayne Coyne.
Usually we get sick of rock stars complaining about celebrity, but we'll let Flea get away with it this time -- and even give the Red Hot Chili Pepper one of this week's best tweets. He does make a good point. So does Neko Case, a habitual Twitterer who confronts another modern dilemma with her latest tweet. And Silversun Pickups singer Brian Aubert considers sharing his talent at a hotel wedding -- does he ultimately do it? The world may never know.
It doesn't take a hipster hippie like Feist to appreciate the beauty of catching nature nut Bon Iver under the big blue skies of Colorado as captured in this picture. The Grammy-winning Bon Iver was sound checking as he prepared for his headlining set at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Morrison, Colo., and show opener Feist recognized a gorgeous moment when she saw it. She snapped this pic, later posting it on her Twitter page for the whole world to see.
Indie pop duo Phantogram opened for the Flaming Lips when the psych rockers rolled through Atlanta, Ga. recently, and singer-guitarist Josh Carter took full advantage of his band's VIP all-access privileges. When the Lips hit the stage of Centennial Olympic Park, Carter was armed with a camera and ready to shoot -- and lucky for us, he's shared some of the results with his Twitter fanbase.
Who would've thought that Ted Leo watches 'Smash'? The indie singer's post about making up lyrics to songs on the NBC drama makes our list of the week's best tweets, along with tweets about Florence + the Machine's leading lady being joined onstage by a little fan in Sydney, Australia and Neko Case's take on the movie 'Mildred Pierce.'
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— matthew caws (@nadasurf) May 25, 2012
Silversun Pickups have had a busy few weeks following the May 8 release of their third album, 'Neck of the Woods,' and all the promotion that goes along with it. Said promotions brought SSPU frontman Brian Aubert and bassist/singer Nikki Monninger to Easy Street Records in Seattle, Wash., on Saturday (May 19) for a free in-store acoustic set that was followed up with an autograph session with fans.