Foo Fighters leave David Letterman in tears with emotional performance of “Miracle” — watch

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Wednesday night’s episode of the Late Show with David Letterman featured a full gamut of emotions, from funny to exciting to bittersweet.

Marking the third night of Foo Fighters’ week-long residency on the late-night show, Letterman first employed his musical guests for a quirky faux commercial for the law firm of Grohl, Hawkins, Mendel, Shiflett, Smear, & Associates.

Later, the band hit the stage for their latest all-star performance. This time, they were joined by swamp rock legend Tony Joe White for a stomping rendition of “Polk Salad Annie”. Letterman seemed especially tickled by the performance, remarking of White, “If I were this guy, you could kiss my ass.”

At the request of Letterman, Foo’s also performed one of their own songs for a special web exclusive video. Letterman introduced the band by discussing their relationship, “These gentlemen, we’ve known each other for a long long time now. They have crossed my path in ways unexpected and expected. And, as a result, each and every year they grow to mean more to me as human beings and talents musical artists.” He then relayed a story about taking his four-year-old son skiing, which the ski instructor caught on video and soundtracked with Foo Fighters’ song “Miracle”. “It’s the second song of theirs that will always have great great meaning to me for the rest of my life,” he explained. Following the performance, a teary eyed Letterman proclaimed, “You see what I mean? That’s pretty good!”

Earlier in the week, Foo Fighters teamed with Heart for a performance of “Kick It Out” and Zac Brown to cover Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs”. It all comes in support of the band’s new album, Sonic Highways, due November 10th via Roswell Records.

Cold War Kids announce new album, Hold My Home, stream “First”

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Cold War Kids have announced details of their fifth studio album, Hold My Home, which will arrive October 21st via Downtown Records. It serves as the follow-up to 2013’s Dear Miss Lonelyhearts.

The 11-track album was produced by guitarist Dan Gallucci and frequent collaborator Lars Stalfors (Mars Volta, Matt and Kim) at the band’s personal studio in San Jose, California.

Already we’ve heard the stirring lead single, “All This Could Be Yours”. Now, to coincide with today’s announcement, the band has shared “First”. The track is grand and regaling, a sonically uplifting mix of jittery guitars, handclap rhythms, and dynamic vocal harmonies. Again, Cold War Kids aren’t exactly reinventing the wheel, but rather emphasizing their core strengths of solid, enjoyable guitar rock.

Listen in below:

 

Hold My Home Tracklist:
01. All This Could Be Yours
02. First
03. Hot Coals
04. Drive Desperate
05. Hotel Anywhere
06. Go Quietly
07. Nights & Weekends
08. Hold My Home
09. Flower Drum Song
10. Harold Bloom
11. Hear My Baby Call

The band has also shared the music video for “All This Could Be Yours”, a black-and-white clip of one woman’s journey around a big city. Watch it below.

 

Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda calls CHVRCHES “Disney commercial music,” CHVRCHES respond

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Back in April, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda caused a minor huff when he made comments to Noisey about the homogeneous nature of the modern music landscape. “There’s so much music out there,” he said. “There’s so much stuff that sounds like HAIM or CHVRCHES or Vampire Weekend that I’m full. The thing I’m hungry for is not that. I turn on the rock station in L.A. and it sounds like Disney commercial music.”

Not to be taken lightly, CHVRCHES have responded to Shinoda’s claims in kind. During an interview with joiz at France’s OpenAir St. Gallen festival, multi-instrumentalist Iain Cook said Shinoda’s remarks were “a pointless dig,” adding, “What does he have to gain from saying that?” For her part, singer Lauren Mayberry called “bullshit” on Shinoda’s claims, explaining that it’s no “coincidence that he’s got a record to sell and he mentions several bands everyone is writing about.”  Update: According to CHVRCHESFans, the translation is wrong and Cook actually said “pointless dig,” not “pointless dick.”

Not quite yet done drawing blood, Mayberry also explained that she doesn’t “like being called a corporate sellout by the man who wrote the theme music for the MTV VMAs.” At which point she pretended to drop the mic.

Still, don’t expect CHVRCHES to get drawn into some rap-rock/synthpop feud (unless Shinoda makes his own response). Rather, Mayberry said that Shinoda’s opinion is “not one I would worry about hugely,” adding, “It’s not my kind of music. They’ve been on the radio for how long, and I just don’t listen to that radio station. That’s a smarter move then saying something for a tagline.”

In a similar display of “wisdom beyond their experience,” multi-instrumentalist Martin Doherty said the trio just tries to ignore any outside comments, be it good or bad. “We’ve developed this near super-human ability to block out whatever people are saying about us,” he said. “From the very first day we were in the public domain, we’ve known it’s as important to not listen to the praise as much as it’s not important to listen to the negative comments. Ultimatley, both have the same affect. We’ve been remarkably focused from day one.”

Even though they released the always perfect Hybrid Theory, this isn’t the first instance Linkin Park have been a bunch of fuddy-duddies as of late. In March, the band reportedly got cops to confiscate the weed belonging to Sublime With Rome while that band was on stage. Linkin Park later denied the rumors, but it’s hard to definitively shake the tag of a “narc.”

Watch the full interview below. The discussion about Shinoda begins around the 9:00 mark:

Kan Wakan’s video for “Like I Need You”

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While their name sounds like that of some stuffy chartered accountant, Kan Wakan is a slightly hipper outfit. Back in 2012, producer/multi-instrumentalist Gueorgui Linev started the project as a way to create minimalist classical music. Shortly thereafter, he was joined by singer Kristianne Bautista and producer/guitarist Peter Potyondy, who helped push the sound toward an amalgamation of soul, post-rock, psych-rock, electronic/EDM, and noir jazz.

It was a move that proved to be quite successful for the trio, garnering them praise throughout greater LA and landing them atop several “about to blow up” lists. They eventually faciliated all that local hype into studio sessions with A-list producer Darrell Thorp (Radiohead, Beck, Gnarls Barkley, Air). The result of those six months in the studio is their poignant and striking full-length debut, Moving On, out now via Verve Music Group.

Among the 11-tracks is the infectious lead single “Like I Need You”. Even if you’ve never heard it in full, it might still be familiar, as it soundtracked several TV spots for HBO’s Game of Thrones. Now, the band’s released their own accompanying visuals, and they’ve gone a slightly different direction than dragons and ice zombies. Instead, the clip tells the tale of a dock worker who gets involved into some shady side dealings involving drugs. Not only does it have a gritty, Only God Forgives-esque feel, but the intense clip is actually a perfect interpretation for the sleek, bluesy number.

Watch it below:

 

 

Listen: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ new song “American Dream Plan B”

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Tom Petty previously said that his upcoming 13th studio album with The Heartbreakers, entitled Hypnotic Eye, will be “a straight hard-rockin’ record, from beginning to end.” Judging by the album’s first track, “American Dream Plan B”, Petty and Co. are set to make good on that promise.

Heavy guitar stomps over a straightforward beat, weighty but resilient like the song’s namesake. On the verses, Petty applies a slight snarl to his nasal delivery, with subtle hints of that accent he used on “Breakdown”. The legend sings from the perspective of a younger person facing more modern American challenges, someone who knows “My success is anybody’s guess/but like a fool I’m betting on happiness.”

 

 

Hypnotic Eye is due out July 29th through Reprise Records. Consult the Hypnotic Eye album art above, and find the tracklist below.

Hypnotic Eye Tracklist:
01. American Dream Plan B
02. Fault Lines
03. Red River
04. Full Grown Boy
05. All You Can Carry
06. Power Drunk
07. Forgotten Man
08. Son of My Youth
09. U Get Me High
10. Burnt Out Town
11. Shadow People

Petty and the Heartbreakers will support the record with an extensive U.S. tour that includes stops at Outside Lands and Lockn’ Festival. Check out the updated itinerary below.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 2014 Tour Dates:
08/03 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
08/05 – Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
08/07 – Eugene, OR @ Matthew Knight Center
08/09 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Music Festival
08/12 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
08/14 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
08/15 – George, WA @ The Gorge
08/17 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
08/19 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
08/21 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
08/23 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
08/24 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
08/26 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
08/28 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
08/30 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
09/06 – Arrington, VA @ Lockn’ Festival
09/07 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake PAC
09/10 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
09/13 – Hartford, CT @ XL Center
09/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
09/18 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
09/20 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Ampitheater
09/21 – Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Times Forum
09/23 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
09/25 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
09/26 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
09/28 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
09/30 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Ampitheatre
10/01 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Ampitheatre
10/07 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
10/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum

Led Zeppelin premiere new video for ‘Whole Lotta Love’

A new version of classic 1969 track features on expanded version of ‘Led Zeppelin II’

Published on May 27, 2014

From Led Zeppelin II (Deluxe Edition) – Led Zeppelin’s remastered second album will include additional companion audio with unreleased studio outtakes To be released on multiple CD, vinyl, and digital formats as well as a Limited Edition Super Deluxe Box. Details on all formats are here: http://www.ledzeppelin.com.
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The official music video for Led Zeppelin – “Whole Lotta Love (Rough Mix With Vocal)”
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Website – http://www.ledzeppelin.com

The Strokes will release a new album before they play live again

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Albert Hammond Jr has said The Strokes will release a new album before they tour again.

The guitarist previously stated that the band, who are onfirmed to make their live return at the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York on June 7, will hopefully record a new album next year (2015).
 
Speaking to Gigwise about the band’s live dates and hopes for new material, the guitarist revealed that he expects there will be a new album before the band embark on a full tour again.

“I know that when The Strokes tour again, it will be because we put something out – even though we didn’t tour the last one,” he says. “Doing a few festivals before you put something out is kind of gearing up the big machine, it just kind of helps everyone get ready, mentally, financially and it brings you back to your audience. You can see the audience’s reaction to your music and you just ‘feel’ again.”

Speaking about the Governors Ball show, Hammond continues: “I think it was just that Julian was trying to figure out his solo thing and I don’t know when he’s doing it, but we got this offer and we all agreed on it – but more importantly he agreed on it. He’s the leader of the band, and we usually say yes to playing shows. I imagine that’ll start something, it always does but it’s just too soon. He’s swamped with his solo stuff and I can’t even begin to stress him out with, like, ‘What are doing?’ I know he’s singing a song that we recorded and he’s in the studio trying to do something, so we’ll see.”

Albert Hammond Jr is currently on tour in UK and he has been playing material from The Strokes’ 2013 album ‘Comedown Machine’ in his set. Fan footage of him playing ‘One Way Trigger’ at Newcastle’s O2 Academy 2 on May 6 can be seen here.

Albert Hammond Jr’s UK tour continues throughout May. He will play:

Oxford O2 Academy 2 (May 9)
Birmingham Glee Club (11)
Nottingham The Bodega (12)
Bristol Fleece (13)
London Village Underground (15)