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Coldplay releases new single, track list for 'Ghost Stories'

Posted by Emily Wright March 3, 2014 11:02 AM


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Coldplay may have gone on a touring hiatus, but that didn't mean that the band stopped making music.


Beyonce announces new Destiny's Child single via Facebook

Posted by Emily Wright January 10, 2013 12:29 PM

R&B and pop songstress Beyonce used Facebook to announce that she joined forces with fellow Destiny's Child members Kelly Knowles and Michelle Williams for a new single to be released on the group's greatest hits album called "Love Songs."

The new track is titled "Nuclear" and was produced by Grammy winner Pharrell. The career-spanning CD, which will be released on Jan. 29, will also include hits like "Say My Name" (watch below) and "Cater 2 U."

Mrs. Jay-Z has a lot on her plate this year. She recently celebrated her daughter's first birthday, she's performing during the halftime show at this year's Super Bowl, and she even found time to shoot a racy cover spread for GQ that's garnering lots of attention. The publication crowned her the sexiest woman of the 21st century in its February issue and fans can get a glimpse of her sultry side in the pics.

Do you agree? Check out the photos and let us know in the comments.

The Rolling Stones debut new single, 'Doom and Gloom'

Posted by Glenn Yoder October 11, 2012 04:10 PM

Still cranking up the amps as the band approaches 50 years old, The Rolling Stones aired their new single "Doom and Gloom" on BBC Radio 2 this morning.

The tune opens with a trademark, crunchy Stones guitar riff followed by a churning beat courtesy of Charlie Watts, before Mick Jagger begins squawking about plane crashes, zombies, and economic disparity. It captures the first time Jagger, Watts, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood have collaborated in the studio in seven years.

"Doom and Gloom" gives fans their first peek at the (somewhat unfortunately titled) forthcoming record, "GRRR! Greatest Hits." The new, multi-disc set will be released on Nov. 13 in honor of the band's 50th anniversary and will feature another new song, "One More Shot," to accompany familiar hits like "Gimme Shelter," "Beast of Burden," and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." While the band postponed a 50th anniversary tour to 2013, the album is part of several releases this year, including the documentary "Crossfire Hurricane" (which is not currently scheduled to play Stateside) and a book of photos and memories, "The Rolling Stones: 50."

Take a listen to the new single and tell us what you think.


Listen: Taylor Swift's 'Red' tune, 'Begin Again'

Posted by Rachel Raczka September 25, 2012 10:24 AM


Swift at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Sept. 22.

Following her infectious pop tune of the summer, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," Taylor Swift has released the brand new promotional single from her upcoming album, "Red." The track titled "Begin Again" undeniably has a more mellow feel to the prior, with prominent country strings and an (as usual) revealing opening line: "Took a deep breath in the mirror. He didn't like it when I wore high heels, but I do." The pop-country crooner debuted the song on "Good Morning America" earlier this week, with the plan to debut a new track from her upcoming album each week on the early morning talk show until its official release. Swift's "Red" drops on Oct. 22.

Check out the song below and let us know what you think.

Exclusive: Boston's Passion Pit releases new video

Posted by Katie McLeod July 21, 2012 08:41 PM

Boston-based Passion Pit released the video for their new song "Take A Walk" from their album "Gossamer," which will be in stores on Tuesday.

"Gossamer" has been one of this year's most anticipated albums, and this music video was shot in Boston.

What are your thoughts on this hit song's music video? Is it what you expected? What are your hopes for the band's new album? Leave your thoughts here.

Listen: Dave Matthews Band 'Mercy'

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe July 17, 2012 01:49 PM

Dave Matthews Band is back with new music, unveiling "Mercy," the lead single from the crew's upcoming album, "Away From the World," which is slated for a Sept. 11 release. For the album, the band teamed up with producer Steve Lillywhite, who produced the first three Dave Matthews Band records.


Green Day to release two documentaries, three albums

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe July 10, 2012 11:49 AM

It's been four years since Green Day's last studio effort, "21 Century Breakdown," but judging by the volume of their upcoming creative output, they've been keeping busy.


Bryan Bedder/Getty Images, file

According to Billboard magazine, the pop-punk pioneers are releasing two documentaries to accompany the three albums slated to hit shelves within the next few months.

One doc will chronicle the creation of the band's upcoming albums, "¡Uno!," "¡Dos!" and "¡Tre!" The other film will feature footage from the band's days as an indie outfit before the hit 1994 album "Dookie."

Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong explained the style of the film to Billboard.

"It's not going to be the sitting down, head shot of me going, 'We started out blah blah blah'," Armstrong says. "We wanted to get into lifestyles of rock 'n' roll and playing rock n roll and letting the story kind of tell itself rather than create revisionist (history)."

tags Green Day

Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music set to release collaborative album Aug. 7

Posted by Glenn Yoder June 22, 2012 03:38 PM

The wait is almost over for fans eager to hear the long-awaited collaborative album from the roster of Kanye West's label, G.O.O.D. (Getting Out Our Dreams) Music. Contributor Pusha T told Hot 97 radio station in a July 20 interview that the artists will release the album “Cruel Summer” on Aug. 7, according to Rolling Stone.

If the album's title sounds familiar, it's the same as a short film that West premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last month. Ahead of the G.O.O.D. music family's first performance together, scheduled for July 1 at the BET Awards, take a look at the album's lead single “Mercy,” featuring G.O.O.D. recording artists Pusha T, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, and, of course, Kanye himself.


No Doubt's new album, 'Push and Shove,' to be released September 25

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe June 13, 2012 11:22 AM

No Doubt is back!


Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Tony Kanal, Gwen Stefani, Adrian Young, and Tom Dumont of No Doubt arrive at the 20th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party held at West Hollywood Park on Feb. 26 in West Hollywood, Calif.

The pop-ska quartet has announced on their website that they will drop their new album, "Push and Shove," on September 25 after an 11-year hiatus. The band also revealed that the lead single will be "Settle Down," which is slated to be released on July 16.

The chart-topping crew is teaming up with director Sophie Muller, who has directed No Doubt videos such as "Simple Kind of Life" and "Underneath It All," for their latest visual.

Watch the video for the band's 1997 smash "Don't Speak," and tell us if you plan to check out "Push and Shove" in the fall.

tags No Doubt

Donna Summer, Prince, more songs inducted into National Recording Registry

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe May 23, 2012 01:29 PM


AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File

TIn this May 21, 2008 file photo, Donna Summer performs during the finale of "American Idol" at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Donna Summer's hit "I Feel Love" is joining The Grateful Dead's famous 1977 Barton Hall concert as sounds of cultural significance, among 25 additions that are being announced Wednesday, May 23, 2012 by the Library of Congress as part of its National Recording Registry.

"I Feel Love," one of the disco-era hits of the late Boston-bred diva Donna Summer, is one of 25 sounds saved by the Library of Congress. "Purple Rain" by Prince, "Green Onions" by Booker T and the M.G.'s, " and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" by the Vince Guaraldi Trio are also among the 2011 National Recording Registry inductees.


Beastie Boys sued by record label over sampling

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe May 9, 2012 11:51 AM

As if losing the third member of their crew wasn't enough, the Beastie Boys have been slapped with a lawsuit.


AP Photo/Capitol Records

In this 1989 file photo originally provided by Capitol Records, members of the Beastie Boys, from left, Adam Horovitz, known as Adrock, Michael Diamond, known as Mike D, and Adam Yauch, known as MCA, are shown. Yauch, the gravelly voiced Beastie Boys rapper who co-founded the seminal hip-hop group, died, Friday, May 4, 2012, at age 47 after a nearly three-year battle with cancer. Yauch was diagnosed with a cancerous salivary gland in 2009.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, who lost Adam Yauch a.k.a. MCA to cancer last week, were sued by record label TufAmerica the day before Yauch's death on May 4.


'The Office' star Ed Helms to release bluegrass album

Posted by Glenn Yoder May 3, 2012 02:19 PM


(Aram Boghosian for the Boston Globe)

We've seen Ed Helms show off his banjo chops as Andy Bernard on "The Office," including in this backstage clip. Now the man who was once the boss at Dunder Mifflin is planning the debut album of his bluegrass group The Lonesome Trio, which features two of his former classmates from Oberlin College. Of course, Helms isn't the only fast-picking funnyman. Steve Martin has won two Grammy Awards for his banjo recordings. Martin will join Helms on Saturday, May 5, at a festival Helms organizes, The L.A. Bluegrass Situation.

Twin Shadow announces new album, 'Confess'

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe May 2, 2012 10:45 AM


Josh Haner/The New York Times

Twin Shadow at Fader Fort by Fiat. Wednesday March 16th at The South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, TX.

George Lewis Jr., who dispenses lo-fi pop goodness as Twin Shadow, has announced he will release his second album, "Confess," which will be released by indie label 4ad in the states on July 10. The album will drop in the United Kingdom on July 9.


Marilyn Manson featuring Johnny Depp 'You're So Vain'

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe April 26, 2012 03:29 PM

Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp (yes, the actor Johnny Depp), teamed up to cover Carly Simon's 1972 smash "You're So Vain" (yes, this really happened).


Mariah Carey recording with Randy Jackson and possibly Rick Ross

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe April 25, 2012 12:18 PM

(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Caesars Entertainment)

Attention lambs: Mariah Carey is logging some serious studio time, and through the magic of social media, we're getting a glimpse of who has stopped by to collaborate with the diva on her latest effort.


Jump into Passion Pit

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase March 25, 2009 01:20 PM


Hey, Passion Pit fans, there's a new single up on the band's MySpace page. "The Reeling" is more downtempo than the group's other songs, and not as immediately catchy, but I have high hopes for the album. The Boston electro-pop quintet is releasing its debut full-length, "Manners," on May 26, and one imagines there will be more tunes appearing online.

Passion Pit plays the Paradise June 18. Tickets go on sale March 30 -- get them quick!

It's not me, it's you, and it's streaming now

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase February 3, 2009 11:05 AM

Hey Lily Allen lovers, you can listen to the cheeky British pop star's new album, "It's Not Me, It's You," out next Tuesday, on her MySpace page. I'm listening to it right now, and while so far it seems less lively than her first release, I'm just happy to be back in Lily's orbit. Check for a review of the album in Monday's paper.

(Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Ringing endorsements!

Posted by Matt Shaer December 12, 2006 10:28 AM

In an extraordinary egotistical, self-important turn, I've decided that I'm going to use the next few lines to tell you about 5 things that I'm really enjoying right now. And then I'm going to tell you about one thing that I'm not really enjoying right now.


This is the sort of thing that would be cool if the comments in this blog were turned on: you guys could spend hours telling me how extraordinarily egotistical and self-important I am. And I would be able to relate. Anyway, if you have a serious gripe, please drop a line to, and I'll make an informal comments section in a subsequent post. Keep it clean.

Listening constantly to: "Trompe-l'oeil," the great full-length debut from French-Canadian rock quartet Malajube. If you can stomach music in a foreign language (cough, cough), "Trompe" is a tour de force mash-up of sunny pop, grinding punk-tinged anthems, and hook-laden... well, OK. You get the point. Hoping these guys'll make it to Boston soon. There weren't many albums released this year as smart as "Trompe-l'oeil".


Conspiracy theory that I recently pulled out of thin air: Chan Marshall (above) was denied a Grammy nomination 'cause she's a little crazy. Maybe not so conspiratorial: apparently, the same thing has been happening to Robert Downey Jr. and the Oscars for years. Blogs are great for unsubstantiated rumors!

The new Shins album is really good. Get excited.


Also listening constantly to: the "Stranger Than Fiction" soundtrack. Britt Daniel (above), from Spoon, orchestrated the whole thing; if you close your eyes really hard, you can pretend it's the follow-up to "Gimme Fiction".

Watching over and over again: The new Bob Dylan video, which was first aired on Slate.

I don't think that the Annuals -- the new internet buzz-band of, like, the minute -- are any good. Oh man! Oh yeah! I went there.

Under the matzos tree

Posted by Matt Shaer November 6, 2006 03:15 PM

An interesting music post from Joshua Glenn, by way of the Brainiac blog:

Way back in 2002, shortly after the Ideas section was launched, I interviewed Brookline native Jody Rosen -- now firmly entrenched in Brooklyn, he's a music critic for The Nation and for Slate -- about his then-new book, White Christmas, a fascinating account of how a Jewish songwriter composed what quickly became America's most popular Christmas song. And last year, in another Ideas item, I quoted Rosen's blistering response to an offhand remark that NYT columnist David Brooks made about French rap. I also followed his blog, The Anachronist, which was dedicated to early-early pop music, until he stopped updating it.

Now Rosen is back on my radar with the release of Jewface, a compilation of vaudeville-era Jewish novelty songs (songs largely written by Jewish composers, including Irving Berlin, published by Jewish-owned Tin Pan Alley music firms, and performed by Jewish vaudevillians before cheering Jewish audiences) -- from 1905-1922 that he has collected over the years on wax cylinders and 78s. (The label is Reboot Stereophonic.) This is minstrelsy, Jewish-style: or "coarse ethnic lampoon as ethnic in-group entertainment," as Rosen has put it.


In the preceding paragraph, I purposely left out the adjective between "a" and "compilation" because any adjective used here would have to be a thoroughly dialectical one. Like "Borat," this collection is creepy-yet-hilarious, fascinating-yet-depressing, great-yet-terrible. "Perhaps the Most Offensive Album Ever Made," trumpets the CD cover -- and a couple of the song titles alone -- "When Mose With His Nose Leads The Band," "Cohen Owes Me 97 Dollars" -- make one tend to agree. But like many cultural phenomena that attract and repel simultaneously, I find "Jewface" enchanting; I'm obsessed with it.

Decide for yourself: Take a listen to Ada Jones's 1908 tune "Under the Matzos Tree," here.

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