Request for fans to wear 'formal attire or costumes' at 2014 arena shows has led to debate
By Kyle McGovern
Before Arcade Fire revealed their tirelessly teased "Reflektor" album, the indie-rock giants played a series of small club shows under the guise of the Reflektors and asked fans to abide by a formal attire or costume dress code. Now, the Canadian six-piece have a full-scale North American arena tour planned for 2014, and they're making the same demands.
As Stereogum points out, if you want to get into the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky to see Arcade Fire on March 6, heed this Ticketmaster disclaimer: "NIGHT OF SHOW: Please wear formal attire or costume."
Interactive clip lets users surf through 'Pawn Stars,' 'The Price Is Right,' 'Sports Center' and more
And you thought "I'm Not There" had a lot of Bob Dylans.
Using interactive video technology designed by Interlude, the video — a first for the song that
Rolling Stone magazine declared the greatest rock song of all time — lets users "channel surf" through 16 well-known TV programs, all of whose stars are lip-synching along. The mercurial maestro has released a video for "Like a Rolling Stone" some 48 years after it was released, and it's a multimedia masterpiece. You can watch the video over here.
Singer Michael Stipe was present but opted out of performing during Peter Buck solo show
By Ryan Reed
R.E.M. nearly reunited Nov. 14 during a Peter Buck solo show at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia. The guitarist was accompanied by two of his former bandmates, drummer Bill Berry and bassist Mike Mills, during a performance of the band's twangy 1984 track "(Don't Go Back to) Rockville."
He'll tour with Pearl Jam instead, 'I am still an active member of Soundgarden', he says
'When we started playing, we were Valley kids - we'd never gone over the hill'
By Jonah Weiner
Mike Shinoda is psyched to see Haim tonight. The Linkin Park MC is in a balcony booth at Hollywood's Fonda Theatre, where Haim -- three sisters from the Valley who've been playing music together since they were little kids -- are about to perform to a sold-out crowd. "Bands like Mumford & Sons or fun., they're cool," he says, "but where's the ferocity, you know? These guys are an exception."
Singers channel Everly Brothers' 1958 classic 'Songs Our Daddy Taught Us' for their upcoming duets album
By David Fricke
In 1958, the Everly Brothers interrupted a two-year run of hit singles, including "Bye-Bye Love" and "Wake Up Little Susie," to record a homage to their Tennessee roots, "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us" -- a dozen folk tunes and vintage country laments done with just acoustic guitars and the siblings' precise, keening harmonies.
Two years ago, Green Day singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong "stumbled upon" that album, as he puts it. "I thought, 'Man, what made them want to make this record?'" he says. "It seemed so cryptic that these guys would be doing songs about death, being in jail and lost love.
"I liked the whole concept," Armstrong goes on, "that this was something taught to them, and now it's being taught to me. I thought it would be cool to pass the tradition one more time."
'You don't want to become a greatest hits version of yourself'
By Patrick Doyle
Maynard James Keenan has been busy lately with winemaking and new releases from his bands A Perfect Circle and Puscifer. But his biggest project, Tool, hasn't released an album since 2006's "10,000" Days. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Keenan opened up about what's taken so long.
"I don't write the music. They write the music," he says of his bandmates. "I wait for them to bring music to me. They tend to go back over and over stuff. It's a long process. For a person like me, it can be a very tedious process."
Surely kids singing gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding won't annoy adults
Wacky comedy duo Ylvis have signed a deal to turn their unlikely hit "The Fox (What Does The Fox Say)" into a children's book.
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