Klaxons, the British band that stormed the charts at home and iPod playlists around the world a few years back with Myths of the Near Future, is back with a new single, “Flashover”. It’s missing some of the electro-pop elements that embellished their earlier hits, but still has the kind of thumping back-beat that earned them their “dance-punk” reputation. Check it out below.
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Matt Fiander said this past March of Scotland’s Frightened Rabbit: “For all its size and ambition, the band never sound like they’re stopping to admire their own work, never bedding down in what they’ve created. This stuff is propulsive. It’s got somewhere to go, somewhere away from all the near-drowning that goes on here. It’s winter to be sure, but the only way to get through it is to keep on trudging, which is what Frightened Rabbit does beautifully here.” Well, it’s only taken a couple of months since he release of Winter of Mixed Drinks, but the band has finally made their major US television debut.
Isn’t it great when a band you love covers a song you love… and does it well? There are at least 22 different versions of “I’m a Believer”, which Neil Diamond wrote and the Monkees took to No.1 in 1966. Now you can add Weezer’s version to that list, because they have covered it for the Shrek Forever After soundtrack. Covered by Smash Mouth for the first film’s soundtrack, it has sort of become the theme song for the entire franchise of movies. Weezer doesn’t translate “I’m a Believer” into anything other than what it really is, a fun, rockin’ song. While there’s something to be said for when a song is completely re-interpreted into something else, it’s still awesome when somebody plays it straight instead. So, here we have, courtesy of frontman Rivers Cuomo’s tweet, this fan-made YouTube video.
The Detroit duo the Black Keys brought their primal rock to the Letterman stage last night, playing the lead single (“Tighten Up”) off their new album Brothers. Last week PopMatters’ David Gassman said of the album, “thankfully, as the telegraphically back-to-basics cover art would suggest, Brothers finds Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney regaining some of the sweaty basement immediacy that characterized their best work.”
Crystal Castles released their latest album, imaginatively titled Crystal Castles, earlier this week after an early leak forced the release date forward. The Canadian electronic band also promoted the new record this week on Jools Holland’s fine show in the UK.