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AMC favorite 'Mad Men' features great writing, acting and cinematography, but the soundtrack should not be overlooked. Music plays a major role in the series, ending each episode and sometimes factoring into the plot lines, and it's safe to assume that it's a part of the ad man Don Draper's daily existence. Now, Don isn't exactly a rock 'n' roll guy -- remember the time h
London duo Smoke Fairies are in a boxy cadillac, burning through delta-blues cassettes, headed for a 'Thelma & Louise'-style fiery demise. Well, maybe not ... but that’s what their single “The Three of Us” sounds like.
Last night's season finale of 'SNL' marked Fred Armisen's last episode as a cast member, our sister site ScreenCrush reports, and to mark the occasion, he performed a goodbye song as Ian Rubbish, the Margaret Thatcher-loving British punk character he debuted earlier this season. But that's not all: Midway through the tune -- a jaunty number called 'It's Gonna Be a Lovely Day' -- Armisen was joined onstage by his 'Portlandia' costar, former Sleater-Kinney singer Carrie Brownstein, the first in a string of guest rockers that included Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, Aimee Mann and Michael Penn. Watch it above.
Indie rock was in a state of flux as it approached the end of the 20th century. The guitar-based noise that helped shape the music in the early part of the '90s was disappearing by 1998. Only the warmed-over leftovers and copycats were still around by this point
Last night's (May 18) KROQ Weenie Roast featured a surprise performance by Stone Temple Pilots, who used the event to reveal their new part-time singer: Linkin Park's Chester Bennington. The foursome played a mini-set that included the brand-new track 'Out of Time,' our sister site Loudwire reports, and speaking with the L.A. radio station, STP guitarist Dean DeLeo dished on the nature of the partnership.
Would you believe this relatively normal looking high-school kid would grow up to be a rock star who scared the living crap out of some people? Of course, he wasn't exactly sporting lightly tousled hair and a striped button-down shirt during his controversy-courting performances.
Here’s the thing about the Ramones’ ninth album, ‘Animal Boy,’ which was released in 1986: Even though it falls in the middle of the group’s dismal period that continued until their end, it includes one of their very best songs. Like, ever. The band was on a downward spiral in the mid-‘80s, as they rushed to keep up with music fans’ fickle and changing tastes. Many of the people who gravitated toward the Ramones in the ‘70s because of their two-chord, two-minute assaults were beginning to realize that way too many of the band’s songs sounded the same.
When Marah in the Mainsail, a Minneapolis indie-folk quartet, say their debut EP, ‘Devil Weeds & Dour Deeds,’ is a concept album, comparisons with the Decembrists and Mumford and Sons immediately spring to mind, and rightfully so. But the foursome take a decidedly more aggressive tone than their indie-folk contemporaries, offering bluegrass-folk infused with punk and hardcore influences. The outcome allows them stand out from the pack.