The Oscar-winning doc "20 Feet From Stardom" put a massive limelight onto the singers who helped to back some of the most beloved tracks in popular music history.
Similarly, "The Wrecking Crew" aims to celebrate some of the most vaunted session musicians who amplified an important era in the rock 'n' roll annuls and formed what would be called the West Coast Sound.
The Wrecking Crew was the group of musicians that played some of the Beach Boys' best known songs on record, for Frank Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, Herb Alpert and the Byrds; for great theme songs and jingles, as part of Phil Spector's "Wall Of Sound" formula and beloved Motown records...
As the exclusive TV spot above says, the Wrecking Crew were star-makers by simply being the behind-the-scenes stars themselves. You just may have never met them properly.
Kanye West performed a new song "All Day" during the Brit Awards last week, and today the studio version finally arrived.
Some essential* thoughts:
Mumford & Sons have announced their third full-length album "Wilder Mind," due on May 4.
The 12-song set was produced by James Ford, who has helmed sets for Florence & The Machine and new Taylor Swift besties HAIM.
"Towards the end of the Babel tour, we'd always play new songs during soundchecks, and none of them featured the banjo, or a kick-drum," said singer Marcus Mumford. "And demoing... meant that, when we took a break, we knew it wasn't going to involve acoustic instruments. We didn't say: 'No acoustic instruments.' But I think all of us had this desire to shake it up. The songwriting hasn't changed drastically; it was led more by a desire to not do the same thing again. Plus, we fell back in love with drums! It's as simple as that."
The album cover features an empty park bench: IS IT A METAPHOR?!
The Academy Awards literally built a bridge to present one of its performers during Oscars night.
Common and John Legend performed their Oscar-winning song "Glory" on and around a set created to look like the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., the famous structure featured in the film "Selma" and the starting point of Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic march to Montgomery.
A backing gospel choir kept their choreography solemn and minimal, as Common laid down those award-winning rhymes, "Freedom is like religion to us / justice is juxtaposition in us... Truant livin' livin' in us, resistance is us / That's why Rosa sat on the bus / That's why we walk through Ferguson with our hands up." Legend sang and played at the piano and finished the song singing a cappella.
It was one of the more moving moments at the overall social-conscious Oscars, leaving many attendees in tears, "Selma" star Oyelowo gripping hands with producer and co-star Oprah Winfrey and with the whole house on its feet in a standing ovation.
"Hip-hop has played a big role in social consciousness across the world," Common told me back when he and Legend were first nominated for Best Song at the Golden Globes last year. "I hold my self even more accountable. I always rap about change I wanna see coming. I want to be present and active in that change, and organizations that are creating that change."
"Glory" was "Selma's" only win at the 2015 Academy Awards.
Whenever Tokio Hotel gets ready to play a concert, they gather backstage, circle up, put their hands in the center and give a hearty Power Ranger "Activation!"
If Tokio Hotel is to believed, this is the truth.
We learned that fun nugget and more from our recent HitFix Mix interview, where the four-piece German pop-rock troupe revealed a little more about what makes them nervous and more of their... motivations.
When you flash your boobs at Georg Listing and Tom Kaulitz, for instance, the bassist and guitarist will respectively be almost 100% sure you're flashing at them.
Singer Bill Kaulitz revealed that the band is especially "lazy" in the studio, while Gustav Schäfer admitted that smoking is perhaps one of their most treasured time-killers.
The band last released their album "Kings of Suburbia" and have been promoting singles "Love Who Loves You Back" and "Feel It All"; the music video for the former featured an orgy scene inspired by the German film "Perfume," so we take it rather seriously when the band says that their music video idea for the next shoot could be rather "shocking." Maybe they'll preview their ideas while they're on the road in Europe starting in March?
Watch the Mixtape cut of our interview above, where Bill, Tom, Georg and Gustav recommend a handful of tracks for you to check out (including one of their own songs -- sneaky!). And watch the full interview session below, for more on what Tokio Hotel fights over the most and what it was like the first time they heard themselves on the radio.
Here is Tokio Hotel's HitFix Mix:
I want to say I'm Louise, but I'm actually more of a Linda-meets-Tina type.
You may have a Gene in your life.
We're all a little of "Bob's Burgers" Belchers, inside.
Here is the animated television show combining with the power of Sleater-Kinney, Animated.
"A New Wave" is one of the best songs off of Sleater-Kinney's new album "No Cities To Love," out now.
Are these the new Peanuts dances?
Low City is the combination of producer Abe Seiferth and composer/musician Jeremy Turner and their very talented friends. This may not mean much up front, until you consider Seiferth has been behind the decks for bands like Yeasayer and Reggie Watts; Turner has performed with Arcade Fire, New York's Metropolitan Opera and David Byrne; and their pals are in Bon Iver and Dirty Projectors.
I'm in love with Low City's energizing song "Race Up Race Down" and today we premiere the music video by director Dean Winkler (Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, Nam June Paik), who describes it as "a visual meditation on global warming."
The band's aesthetic "is inspired by the retro-futurism of films like 'Blade Runner,' and Fritz Lang's 'Metropolis'"so maybe that's why I feel like I've been on a trip to space.