Phoenix Working on ‘Bankrupt!’ Follow-Up

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Phoenix have already started working on their follow-up to 2013’s Bankrupt!, singer Thomas Mars tells Rolling Stone. “The way we tour is pretty unique,” explains the frontman. “We go for two weeks, then we stop for two or three weeks. And when we’re back, we don’t really know how to take vacations, so we usually spend time on the record.”
The new project is still in very early stages, adds Mars. “It’s the beginning of something – the base of the pyramid,” he says. “Right now, it could go anywhere. It’s this moment of pure freedom. The possibilities are endless. It’s very exciting.”

In other Phoenix news, the band will appear on PBS’ series Live From the Artists Den on February 1st. The episode, taped last October, will show the band playing for 500 students in a high school gym in Austin, Texas. “It felt like we were in the ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ video,” Mars says. “The whole high school experience in the United States is very exotic for us. We actually thought about doing a whole tour at some point of high school shows, so this was sort of a test to see if it could work.”

Phoenix have a string of shows in the U.K. and France next week, followed by a break until early March, when they hit Australia.

Closing out a festival is no easy task, and Thomas Mars knows it. “Usually on Sunday night people are really tired,” the Phoenix singer told the Lollapalooza crowd last night, kneeling into the front row of a sea of people gathered for the French band’s superb main stage set. “This,” he said to the thousands still hanging on his every word seconds before his band’s ear-candy intro to “1901” kicked in behind him, “is something different.”

By the time Mars and his band took the Bud Light stage around 8:30 p.m., Lollapalooza had oftered up nearly 150 sets over the preceding three days. Phoenix, though, delivered the best performance of the entire weekend. The seeming ease with which the band played their weekend-topping set proved them to be undeniably worthy of the massive stages – and dollars – they now command.

Via Rolling Stone

Mike McCready: New Pearl Jam Album ‘This Year, for Sure’

Mike McCready of Pearl Jam. Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Mike McCready of Pearl Jam. Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

 

Pearl Jam hope to have their next album out “this year, for sure,” guitarist Mike McCready tells Rolling Stone. Preparing to travel to New Orleans, where he will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” and run the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon in support of his close friend Steve Gleason, the former New Orleans Saint, McCready says the bandmembers are “working on demos right now and we’re going to be recording soon.

“What everybody’s been saying is halfway done,” he says of the follow-up to 2009’s Backspacer. “I think that’s true – we have seven songs that are relatively completed. But then we have an additional 15 ready to go aside from any that Eddie brings in, so we’ll weed through those.”

Though he’s reluctant to categorize the album just yet – “because what I can say won’t make any sense until you hear it” – he can offer a few details.

“I would say as a cliché answer it’s kind of a logical extension of what Backspacer was,” he says. “But I think there’s a little bit more experimental stuff going on. There’s a Pink Floyd vibe to some of it, there’s a punk rock edge to other stuff.”

He’s excited to reteam with producer Brendan O’Brien for the fifth time. “We’re excited to get it done, because we’ve kind of been waiting for about two years to do it.”

This Sunday McCready, an avid athlete but not typically a runner, will compete in the half-marathon on behalf of Team Gleason. The former NFL player is suffering from ALS.

The two became friends years ago when a mutual friend brought Gleason backstage at a Pearl Jam show. As Gleason fights his debilitating disease, he has become a hero to McCready.

“He’s the most inspirational person I’ve probably ever met in terms of someone who has a good attitude and is doing something proactive about his predicament. That’s a cool thing to be around,” McCready says. “I look at Steve and I can see his muscles are going, but at the same time he is creating a hospital for ALS patients to better their lives.” Gleason’s organization takes ALS patients on fishing trips and to the Super Bowl, and raises money for innovations in the field.

“Steve is behind all of that kind of stuff tirelessly, as he’s confined to his wheelchair and can only speak now through his computer,” says McCready. “That’s incredibly inspiring.”

Being in one of the most revered bands in the world, McCready gets to meet celebrities from all walks of life, from sports and movies to fellow musicians. After two decades, it’s still a thrill for him, especially as a big sports fan. “It’s always cool when somebody from a football team or baseball team comes to your show. Actors want to be musicians and musicians want to be baseball players,” he says. “Jeff Ament, the bass player, plays basketball. He ultimately wants to do music, but he’s really good at basketball, too. We all want to do what we can’t do, maybe.”

New Arctic Monkeys Record in the Works for 2013 + New Song Live Debut

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Arctic Monkeys set out to play a few gigs this May, and have recently begun working on their fifth studio album. With the band taking a break from the studio and playing their first concert in months, fans watching the show in Ventura got to witness a brand new song: Do I Wanna Know?

NME  quoted frontman Alex Turner  saying that their new music sounds ‘heavier’ and ‘louder’ than their prior material.

Arctic Monkeys performed the brand new song,  Do I Wanna Know, for the first time, at The Ventura Theater, in Ventura CA, on May 22, 2013. Watch the two track’s live debut below:

Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys performs a solo acoustic set live in the KEXP studio. Recorded 8/10/11.

0:42 – Reckless Serenade
10:05 – Suck It and See
14:00 – Love Is a Laserquest

Host: Kevin Cole
Audio: Julian Martlew
Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Scott Holpainen & Justin Wilmore
Editing: Jim Beckmann