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by PopMatters Staff

27 Feb 2012


Arctic Monkeys head out on the road with the Black Keys (interesting pairing) on 2 March for a North American tour. But first they’ve released a new video…

by Joseph Fisher

27 Feb 2012


After a glorious reunion run in 2008, Swervedriver have reunited yet again for another victory lap. However, this time around the band is employing the skills of their original drummer, Graham Bonnar. The dates for the band’s spring 2012 U.S. tour are listed below. Full details are available on Swervedriver’s website. And if you need to brush up on all things Swervie, check out Jon Garrett’s excellent PopMatters piece on these inimitable space travel rock and rollers.

by Sachyn Mital

27 Feb 2012


Tuesday February 28th marks the day that EMI releases the expanded edition of Pink Floyd’s The Wall in both a super expansive Immersion Edition, as a three disc Experience Edition and on two slabs of vinyl! They’ve gone all out for this set—the Immersion Edition is so extensive that comprehending it necessitates a trailer, so check out that video below!

by Comfort Clinton

27 Feb 2012


You might know Courtney Taylor-Taylor from his position as the front man for popular band the Dandy Warhols. However, when not playing guitar or singing for the alternative rock band, he acts as the creator and writer of graphic novel One Model Nation. A music man by trade, Taylor designed the graphic novel to be accompanied by an album that would be released in conjunction with the comic, along with illustrative music videos. One Model Nation was conceived in 2000 by Taylor-Taylor and Donovan Leitch, whose original vision for the series revolved around a fictional German band operating in the year 1977. The pair assert that the music for the series was completed within three days, yet the final development of the storyline took over 10 years to perfect, with the finished result having only recently become available in wide release.

by Comfort Clinton

24 Feb 2012


The recent Grammy Awards show saw its shares of highs and lows. From Nicki Minkaj’s completely unexpected and utterly baffling performance of “Roman Takes a Holiday”, to Adele’s fairly predictable sweeping of pretty much every major category out there. Arguably, the show’s biggest “Aww” moment, however, came on the red carpet. Between E! interrogating artists about what shade of nail polish they were wearing and LL Cool J hyping up the waiting crowd, stood two interviewers of slightly… lower profile (literally). Sophia Grace Brownlee and her cousin Rosie Grace McClelland, who have been featured several times on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and served as correspondents for her at the American Music Awards, represented her show at the Grammys, where they held court with celebrities like Rihanna and Maroon 5.

The pair, who hail from England, rose to fame when a video of them performing Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” took YouTube by storm (it now has over 31 million views). Since then, the precocious pair—Sophia Grace is eight, and Rosie is five, have appeared on Ellen to perform “Super Bass” as well as Keri Hilson’s “Turn My Swag On” and Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”. Sophia Grace acts as the vocals for the duo, while Rosie is her “hype girl”, meaning she dances to Sophia’s songs and provides moral support. While Rosie is a woman of few words, Sophia Grace’s personality is larger than life, with vocals to match, and both girls impress and entertain the audience with their American accent impressions and enthusiastic discussions about Princess costuming.

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