Pop punk rockers Yellowcard recently released the music video for “Hang You Up”, the second single from When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes. The video, directed by Chris Marrs Piliero, features plenty of light-hearted humor and a cute storyline. The real treat though, comes at the 2:35 mark when singer Ryan Key walks up behind drummer LP, who hands him his signature black jacket before he approaches the microphone and straps on his guitar to join the rest of the band. This is a goosebump-inducing moment for any true Yellowcard fan, especially those who eagerly awaited the band’s return after their 2008 hiatus. Yellowcard is officially back.
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Let’s say you knew nothing more about the Hamptons than the area’s tabloid reputation as a vacation destination for rich white people doing the kinds of things rich white people do on shows like Gossip Girl and Royal Pains. If either of those shows had a music festival headlined by real-life actual artists, the headliners would be Vampire Weekend and Bright Eyes, right? Of course they would.
The inaugural MTK (Music to Know) Music Festival just released its real-life actual lineup, and sure enough, the headliners are Ivy League yuppiebeat progenitors Vampire Weekend and Conor Oberst’s Bright Eyes, who eight years ago appeared on the yuletide soundtrack to the distant cousin of Hamptons-based TV shows, The O.C..
Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan’s dealings with drug addiction have been well-documented. Last week, though, Gahan, who has been clean for over a decade, was honored for using his experiences to help others.
On May 6 at the MusiCares MAP concert, Gahan received the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the charity, which helps out musicians who are recovering addicts.
Gahan performed a short set of covers, then was joined by bandmate Martin Gore for Depeche Mode’s classic “Personal Jesus”—itself a song inspired by Priscilla Presley’s support of Elvis during his substance-abusing years.
Here, on Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart”, Gahan summons an eerily affecting invocation of the late Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis. Peter Hook, eat your heart out!
Vieux Farka Touré is one of Africa’s most widely respected young musicians around the world. The son of the late Ali Farka Touré, the Malian guitarist and singer is about to release his third studio album, The Secret, on 24 May via Six Degrees Records. Soulive’s Eric Krasno produced the record, which features collaborations with Derek Trucks, Dave Matthews, John Scofield, Ivan Neville, as well as most notably and Touré final collaboration with his father. Of The Secret, Touré says, “To make this album I had to dig deep into the secrets of my own history and my country’s culture in order to move the music forward. My music is more mature now, more evolved. It digs deeper into the past and pushes harder into the future as a result.” Today, we present the online premiere of “Aigna”, which features the guitar licks of Derek Trucks. You can check out all the tunes come May 24th and at one of Touré‘s upcoming gigs (listed below).
Penelope Cruz ... Volver
Judi Dench ... Notes on a Scandal
Helen Mirren ... The Queen
Meryl Streep ... The Devil Wears Prada
Kate Winslet ... Little Children
Maggie Cheung ... Clean