Canada’s Whitehorse—comprised of husband and wife duo Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet—are in the midst of a cross-country tour in support of their PopMatters-approved 2012 record The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss. As they make their way across the great white north, the pair is looking forward to a headlining concert at Toronto’s legendary Massey Hall—Canada’s Carnegie Hall, if you want—in early March. To celebrate this enviable gig, the rootsy rockers have recorded half a dozen songs by musicians that have played classic shows at the venue. They’re calling the collection (what else?) the Road to Massey Hall. PopMatters is proud to host an exclusive video from this series, Whitehorse’s dreamy take on Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe”.
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With the start of any new year comes the hope that things will be better culture-wise; that the masses will awaken to and reject the drek that’s promoted year after year and instead reward good, honest artists with the adoration they deserve. This, along with wizards, magick with a “k”, confetti, and a media bonfire is the gist of the new video from art-pop band the Veda Rays. The promo also features a fitting guest appearance from DJ Scott Hardkiss, a musical trend-setter who the powers that be should want on their side (his remix of the Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize?!”—included as a track on the official single—pushed the Lips into the pop realm and made Hardkiss an instant luminary in the indie rock remix world).
The Veda Rays’ EPs, Die Fast and Life Kills are available on Bandcamp.
While the Billboard Music Awards are based on sales and the American Music Awards are determined by public voting, The Grammys are given out because of the opinions of a relatively small but influential group. Often the rarest honor a musician can receive, the Grammy is, for one reason or another, the award that usually means the most to them.
This weekend, The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences will be handing out the gramophones to a smorgasbord of artists with various styles that appeal to vastly different audiences. It’s anybody’s guess as to who will come home a winner, but let’s take a look at the nominees’ odds based on past experiences.
It was Hunter S. Thompson who famously said, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” This still rings as true today as when he said it in 1974, especially in light of the newest video by Vancouver’s Fake Shark Real Zombie. Directed by Cole Walliser (Katy Perry, Pink) and choreographed by Lindsey B of Cee-Lo Green’s “Fuck You” video fame, “Get Weird” sees the freak-pop group hit Venice Beach with zombies, an army of blonde tie-dyeds aping lead singer Kevvy Mental, and anyone who happened to walk by and was willing to sign a release form. There is as much humor in the video as the song, which was taken from their upcoming album Liar. Due February 19th on Light Organ Records, Liar boasts such disparate guest stars as Henry Rollins and Adaline, showing how deeply their weirdness runs. This shit won’t rot your brain, but it might eat it.
From the press release:
The three-hour event will include:
—The announcement of the 2013 Bonnaroo lineup.
—Classic Bonnaroo performances.
—Live in-studio appearances and performances.
—Surprises, giveaways, and hilarity.
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