<p>Wild Flag (also: love this picture)</p>

Wild Flag (also: love this picture)

Song Of The Day: Wild Flag preview 'Romance' ahead of debut album

Supergroup features members from Sleater-Kinney, Helium, The Minders

Wild Flag delighted me during the Merge showcase at SXSW earlier this year, and I have a feeling they'll delight you, too, with "Romance."

The rock track is culled from the band's forthcoming self-titled debut, due Sept. 12. But these women are no strangers to the indie-rock world.

The group is comprised of Carrie Brownstein, Mary Timony, Rebecca Cole and Janet Weiss; the first and last of those were one-third of now-defunct Sleater-Kinney. Mary Timony, of course, helped head up Helium. Cole was in The Minders. They initially came together for music to Sundance pick "!Women Art Revolution" and continued to write, for this album.


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<p>Weird Al as Lady Gaga</p>

Weird Al as Lady Gaga

Watch: 'Weird Al' Yankovic parodies Lady Gaga in 'Perform This Way'

'Madonna' makes a cameo in this 'Born This Way' revamp

After a brief snafu with Lady Gaga and her handlers, "Weird Al" Yankovic was able to secure his right to pull his famous parody work on Mother Monster's "Born This Way." "Perform This Way" is the result, and now the video is out.

Madonna, er "Madonna," makes a cameo in the wild clip, further drawing out the argument that Gaga's album title track was an "Express Yourself" spin-off (as I concluded in my initial review of the track). But for Gaga defenders, take heed: Weird Al has had Madge in his crosshairs before, so call it even.

However, it's ultimately Yankovic and his "body double's" show, as he shows off the many costume change ideas for the "Famed" singer. I think the peacock is my favorite.

This, after Gaga started donning turquoise body hair.

Al is dropping his 13th album, "Alpocalypse," tomorrow (June 21).


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<p>Bon Iver's Justin Vernon</p>

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon

Credit: Jagjaguwar

Review: Bon Iver's new album 'Bon Iver'

Does this sophomore set sink or swim in all the natural imagery?

Where Bon Iver’s magnificent first album “For Emma, Forever Ago” chronicled a very particular low time and a place for mastermind Justin Vernon, this sophomore set is a fleshier recollection of what happens when he stepped back into the light.

Granted, “Bon Iver” is no summer picnic, but it contains less ache, and more stretching out, and into natural habitats. Fire, ice, soil, lakes, valleys, the moon and stars make up this 10-track map, adorned with city names, which then turns its focus on the rise of a chest, or pools in the eyes of his subjects. These location-specific songs each are little vignettes and moments of Vernon’s shaped into odd poetry and romantics, like mundane daily details turned into outright whoppers.
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<p>Elbow (Garvey seen laughing)</p>

Elbow (Garvey seen laughing)

Interview: Elbow's frontman on U.S. tour, collab with Doves, stage fright

'It'd be cool to say that awards don’t matter, but they f***ing do.'

It was around 5 p.m. U.K. time when Elbow frontman Guy Garvey was pouring himself a drink. He was about to head out for some dinner with his girlfriend and friends, and he seemed much more relaxed than excitable when we talked. It was easy going stuff for a man whose band would be co-headlining one of England’s biggest festivals -- Glastonbury next week, warming up for Coldplay. 

I interviewed Garvey at New York’s Hiro Ballroom back in 2005, three years before the rock troupe would earn the Mercury Prize for “The Seldom Seen Kid.” Garvey remembers the giant dragon that graces that medium-sized room. I remember the sheer number of Scotches he drank just to “get my arse on stage.”
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<p>Stephen Stills' Buffalo Springfield cohort Neil Young and Daniel Lanois, last year</p>
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Stephen Stills' Buffalo Springfield cohort Neil Young and Daniel Lanois, last year

Credit: AP Photo

Interview: Daniel Lanois and Stephen Stills have a chat on the '60s 'Sound'

Check out what the famed producer has to say about the 'lab' and the stage

I'd just like to share with you an entertaining chat that Daniel Lanois had at Bonnaroo this past weekend. (The 'Roo news will end one of these days; today is not that day.)

Famed producer Lanois -- as I previously mentioned -- has helmed and co-helmed some of the greatest albums from U2, Bob Dylan and Peter Gabriel. He's had a slew of great solo sets and collaborations with Brian Eno. And over the weekend, he was seated across from songwriting great Stephen Stills, who was present for his previous band Buffalo Springfield's co-headlining slot at the fest. A few journalists were on hand

"'For What It's Worth' is such an obscure title. How did you get away with that?" Lanois asked Stills.

"It beat 'There's a Man with a Gun Over There,'" he responded, funnily quoting his own song.


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Listen: Morrissey plays three new songs live

Tracks from ex-Smiths frontman's new album; will not be self-released

"Am I moving too fast for you?" Morrissey sings on one of his new songs, "Action Is My Middle Name."

For fans, the ex-Smiths frontman may not be moving fast enough. The legendary singer/songwriter played three new tracks on BBC Radio 2's Janice Long's show last night, and of course the Internet pulls through on posting these suckers. There's "Action," a rocker "The Kid's a Looker" and a more boppy "People Are the Same Everywhere."

Keys abound, heavy guitar artillery line the verses.

These tracks are apparently from Moz' forthcoming, as-yet-untitled album, the follow-up to 2009's "Years of Refusal." According to NME, the only thing stopping him from dropping the set is his label -- or a lack thereof.

"My talents do not lie in DIY," he said. Fair enough. Or is it? Perhaps if he toured America a bit more than he does, he'd line those well-tailored pockets with enough scratch to hire somebody else to start an imprint with decent distribution.

Still, from the sound of these tracks (and, hell, the song titles), I look forward to more.

Morrissey performs right before U2 on June 24 at Glastonbury and is on an extensive UK tour currently. EMI's compilation "The Very Best of Morrissey" dropped in April.


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<p>Bad Meets Evil (Royce 5'9&quot; and Eminem)</p>

Bad Meets Evil (Royce 5'9" and Eminem)

Credit: Shady

Review: Eminem and Royce 5'9" on Bad Meets Evil's 'Hell: The Sequel'

MCs are on about Lady Gaga, swagger, Alf and the death of David Carradine

My live review of Eminem at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival this past weekend, there was a question of if the veteran Detroit rapper could be the villain he aspires to be anymore, if his mainstream mega-hits of “Recovery” and the “ehhh” of “Relapse” made a dent in that perception.

As the Evil half of the Bad Meets Evil project with Royce 5’9”, the answer is yes, yes he can be.
And he brings it out in Nickel Nine, too, as the pair frequently face- and bounce-off each other in the nine-track set “Hell: The Sequel.” It’s a reunion of sorts, after the two friends matched up briefly on Slim Shady’s earliest studio release, beefed, then came back together after the death D12 rhymer Proof. Em’s since signed Royce’s crew Slaughterhouse to his Shady imprint, and this set marking the meeting of the minds.
Granted, a recording project is wildly different from a live festival performance, but what this album and Eminem’s stop-off in Manchester, Tenn., is that they’re both fun, and they’re for the fans.
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<p>Neil Young with Buffalo Springfield at 2011 Bonnaroo</p>

Neil Young with Buffalo Springfield at 2011 Bonnaroo

Credit: AP Photo/Dave Martin

Interview: Neil Young on a country 'Treasure,' next project

Watch: Video of previously unreleased track 'Amber Jean'

Nashville, Tenn. – Neil Young stood talking about friends and pictures to a handful of reporters in the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Ford Theater yesterday. The oversized, black and white photographs were group portraits and individual shots of the International Harvesters, the country group with which he toured over 85 stops during 1984 and 1985. Some from that ensemble – like fiddler Rufus Thibodeaux and steel and slide guitarist Ben Keith, whom Young refered to multiple times as “my brother” – have passed. Others were actually in the room.

As the “Harvest” man --  dressed in a black t-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers -- made his way from photo to photo, he spoke less out of wistfulness, and more with a-matter-of-factness.
“This was the part of my life that was unmistakably the most satisfying, from a musician’s standpoint,” he said, “All these guys are so great. The moment we had together was so precious to me.”
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<p>The Strokes' Julian Casablancas at Bonnaroo Sunday</p>

The Strokes' Julian Casablancas at Bonnaroo Sunday

Credit: Katie Hasty

2011 Bonnaroo Superlatives: Best dressed, Most popular, Biggest drunks

The Head And The Heart, Robyn, Eminem, Arcade Fire, Lil Wayne and more

I am but one woman, so understand that there are time and space restrictions that kept me from attendance at every single one of Bonnaroo's hundreds of shows. But below are some quick hits on superlatives from the Manchester, Tenn., festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Most popular: Ben Sollee. Dude played with My Morning Jacket, Justin Townes Earle, the Low Anthem, Nicole Atkins and even his own solo show.

Biggest pothead: Wavves. Sorry Wiz.

Most likely to succeed: The Head and the Heart. Why don't you have this self-titled debut yet? Everyone at the early tent set was singing along. Sub Pop scored big time with this folk-rock-popper-people. Check back soon for my interview with them.

Best early show you slept through: Alberta Cross. They did, however, have a short set later on Saturday, jerk.

Best late show you should've stayed up for: Ratatat.

Best collaboration: Superjam with Dan Auerbach and Dr. John.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Dr. John and Dan Auerbach at Bonnaroo on Sunday</p>

Dr. John and Dan Auerbach at Bonnaroo on Sunday

Credit: Katie Hasty

Dr. John, Dan Auerbach's Superjam is the reason you go to Bonnaroo

Preservation Hall Jazz Band joined in the collaboration at the 2011 fest

At Bonnaroo this year, at the last day of the fest, one of the hottest collaborations was public knowledge. The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach joined NOLA legend Dr. John in a slot on the schedule appropriately called Superjam. And it was better than super. It's what every festival should aspire to organize.

My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan helped back the big band, which was aided by a pair of serious songbirds, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a seasoned rock ensemble and an enormous back catalog of Dr. John tracks, blues and jazz standards and classic New Orleans sass.

It was a jam in the true sense that there was a general setlist and plenty of time for adjustment between songs, where Auerbach's high guitar volume level and John's sunglasses-cool presence were the only common denominators track-to-track. Smiles abounded, there was no required banter. The two stunned with a dual-take on "St. James Infirmary" and the good doctor took us back to the '60s with "I Walk on Guilded Splinters." A thousand hearts broke to the bluesy umph of "There's a Break In the Road" and the rompy scoundrel “Black John the Conqueror.”


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