<p>She &amp; Him</p>

She & Him

Credit: Sam Jones/Sheandhim.com

Zooey Deschanel 'Never Wanted Your Love' on new She & Him single: Listen

The catchy tune is the first single off their upcoming 'Volume 3'

She & Him, "New Girl" star Zooey Deschanel's cutesy folk pop project with ace guitarist M. Ward, are back with a new summer name, just in time for the end of winter. "Never Wanted Your Love," the duo's first single from their upcoming fourth album, "Volume 3" (It's not a cheeky title; their third album was the holiday-themed lark "A Very She & Him Christmas"). 

Despite lyrics straight out of the Heartbreak Hotel, "Never" is a typically upbeat doodle of a pop song which highlights Deschanel's country-tinged vocals, some nice background harmony work and Ward's muted picking style. 

Listen to it here:


"Volume 3" arrives May 7.

Read Full Post
Watch Phoenix's weird Korean soap opera-themed 'Entertainment' video
Credit: Glassnote

Watch Phoenix's weird Korean soap opera-themed 'Entertainment' video

Music video for K-pop fans

Something something K-pop star, something government conspiracy, something something murder: welcome to Phoenix's music video for "Entertainment", which inexplicably is based around some form of Korean soap opera.

This is not to its detriment, but to its benefit. The video -- which is part B-roll and mostly awesome -- integrates the lyrics to the track in rare parts and then unfolds a bloody murder, a slammin' concert and, perhaps, a mirror into that whole pentatonic thing I was talking about earlier when the single first came out. I like the song better now. Job well done, video

Do you see yourself jumping up and down and clapping on the beat to this, as Phoenix makes its way around the country this summer to promote its new album "Bankrupt!" at 1.3 million music festivals?

"Entertainment" was directed by Patrick Daughters, who was responsible for all of Feist's best and most awesome music videos from "The Reminder," plus clips from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kings of Leon, Muse and Beck. So he gets out of the house every now and then.

"Bankrupt!" is out on April 23.

Read Full Post



Listen: Drake drops new song '5AM in Toronto'

Do you like it better than 'Started from the Bottom?'

Sweaters and suitcases! Drake has new track, and it's legions better than "Started from the Bottom."

"5am in Toronto" appeared on the October's Very Own Soundcloud page at about 1am this morning, but it's got enough biting, raw cuts at the Young Money singer/rapper's rivals to take you through the day. Well, except for "Wildin’, doin’ shit that’s way out of your budget / Owl sweaters and saddle luggage, you gotta love it," that's just funny.

"[I] give these n*ggas the look, the verse and the hook / that's why every song sound like Drake featuring Drake," he raps in these great, looping rhymes, with the backing of producer Boi-1da.

Read Full Post
<p>M83's Anthony Gonzalez</p>

M83's Anthony Gonzalez

Listen: M83 heads to the 'Stars' with new song for Tom Cruise sci-fi 'Oblivion'

Soundtrack cut is epic and a little sad

M83's Anthony Gonzalez has been able to take his star-gazing electronica formula and apply it to a movie that gets where he's coming from. The songwriter is co-composing the music to "Oblivion," and the Tom Cruise-starring film gets a fresh M83 song, "StarWaves" by proxy.

Thus, "Oblivion" gets its own "Clubbed to Death," as it were, epic in scope, a little sad, very intimidating and perfectly crafted. The lead of the film seems to have a lonely and confused role in his life, so he's got a companion in this.

Read Full Post
<p>David Bowie's &quot;The Next Day&quot;</p>

David Bowie's "The Next Day"


Review: David Bowie, 'The Next Day'

66-year-old songwriter's first album in a decade


David Bowie, at first, presents his new album “The Next Day” as a dismantling of his earlier work. With an album design that literally puts a white box over the photo of Bowie’s face on the cover of his album “Heroes,” he turns fans’ “hero” into a blank slate,  The title “The Next Day” is a phrase from a script or the new chapter from a fiction, something one would say after “Reality” strikes. 
But it’s not all introspection and decomposition. It’s about moving around, as Bowie still dons different guises, playing a lot with being old and being young, being of this earth and not and all at once. And from song one, he sounds like he’s working hard, short of the times when he’s not having an outright blast with his dichotomies.
Read Full Post


Exclusive Premiere: Stream Highasakite's dreamy debut EP 'In and out of weeks'

Watch a video and get ready for the Norwegian band's U.S. premiere at SXSW

Highasakite's EP "In and out of weeks" is all at once dreamy and confrontational. The brevity and alarm of the chorus to "Son of a Bitch" is cushioned in melodic guitar lines. "Winner's Don't Come Easy" drips with tittering drums, a natural match for the fast-moving title track, and then takes a turn on dramatic new age triumph of "Whatever That Means."

It's all the parts of what makes bands like Beach House resonate with listeners, with Ingrid Håvik’s washy vocals and '60s-influenced production that makes the room bigger and fuller than this quintet intimates. The HitFix exclusive stream of the mini-album can be heard below.

The enchanting video for "In and out of weeks," the track, is underneath that; it's another kaleidoscopic view into the Norwegian band's compelling musical vision.

Read Full Post
<p>Madeleine Peyroux</p>

Madeleine Peyroux

This Week in New Music: Autechre, The Mavericks, Madeleine Peyroux and more

Mount Moriah, Woodpigeon, Cave Singers, Ivan & Alyosha and other music due

Check out new music from this week and next, from Ivan Alyosha, Brooke Waggoner, the Cave Singers, the Mavericks, Autechre, Mount Moriah, Woodpigeon, Madeleine Peyroux and more.

Read Full Post
<p>From &quot;Ingenue&quot;</p>

From "Ingenue"


Watch: Thom Yorke returns to dancing for 'Ingenue' by Atoms For Peace

Partners make for the best paranoid rock dancing

"Ingenue" is among one of the more paranoid songs of the jittery nine on "AMOK," Atoms For Peace's debut. For the music video, Thom Yorke shakes out his legs and arms again for another dance-centric clip, this time with a partner.

The Radiohead frontman and pro dancer Fukiko Takase are dressed alike, seem to communicate with each other, and sometimes mirror each other's actions while, at others, simply react. It's actually really beautiful and plotted carefully, making the crunchy, weird synth line the second most memorable thing about it.

It was directed by Garth Jennings and choreographed by Wayne McGregor, who also set Yorke to dancing in Radiohead's "Lotus Flower," the vid to launch a thousand gifs. The arm dance around the 4-minute mark in this new one only solidifies Yorke' status as a King of Limbs.

Atoms For Peace is Yorke's "supergroup" with Flea, Nigel Godrich and others. "AMOK" arrived this week.

Read Full Post
<p>Green Day</p>

Green Day

Green Day and Tenacious D added to SXSW lineup

Pop-punk band embracing club shows, plan arenas in wake of Armstrong's rehab

Green Day will soon be playing arenas again, but first they're hitting smaller venues: The pop-punk band has announced their first SXSW appearance plus a handful of club shows.

The trio (plus, y'know, their tour backers and crew) will hit ACL Live on March 15, at the end of the same week Green Day docs "Cuatro!" and "Broadway Idiot" premiere during the film component to South By Southwest.

The band is playing three warm-ups in Texas/the Southwest at smaller spots, you can see all scheduled tour dates below.

Green Day had previously canceled their 2012/2013 tour dates due to frontman Bille Joe Armstrong's stint to rehab. Don't doubt that will play a significant part at least in the discussions around "Cuatro!" which chronicles the making-of the band's trilogy albums from 2012.

Meanwhile, another rowdy crew will be invading the Texas capitol: Tenacious D will be on-hand to support  web comedy series "Ghost Ghirls," which is centered on "the comedic antics of two young female ghostbusters, played by Amanda Lund and Maria Blasucci--a pair of investigators attempting to solve the mysteries behind paranormal phenomena. At the same time, they attempt to convince their clients, some other-worldly visitors and themselves, that they are legit."

The D's Jack Black makes a cameo in the 12-episode, scripted show, which is headed to Yahoo! Screen. There is a watch party scheduled at SXSW on March 13, with Black and Tenacious D cohort Kyle Gass scheduled to comedy-rock.

And speaking of comedy, recently the fest unveiled the comedy lineup, with stand-up, sketch and improv superstars. Fred Armisen, Scott Aukerman, W. Kamau Bell, Michael Cera,  Brett Gelman, Chris Gethard, Tim & Eric, Emily Heller, Moshe Kasher, Kyle Kinane, Ken Marino, Marc Maron, Eugene Mirman, Eddie Pepitone, Sarah Silverman, Jenny Slate, Aisha Tyler, Reggie Watts and many, many more performers are on tap for the fest, which runs over the film, interactive and music dates, March 8-16. However, most headlining comedy events will run over March 9-12.

Here are all of Green Day's currently scheduled tour dates:

Read Full Post
<p>Sam Amidon</p>

Sam Amidon

Song Of The Day: Sam Amidon's 'My Old Friend'

Songwriter signs to Nonesuch

Congratulations to wordsmith, songwriter and damned fine live performer Sam Amidon, who has signed to Nonesuch records. The label will be releasing "Bright Sunny South" on May 14.

The set was produced by Amidon, Doveman (aka Thomas Bartlett) and industry mainstay Jerry Boys, and features Amidon on guitar, fiddle, banjo and piano for his folk- and American roots-based tunes. Bartlett, Shahzad Ismaily, Chris Vatalaro and jazz trumpeter Kenny Wheeler also perform.

Check out the first song to arrive from "South," "My Old Friend," and just let instrumental arrival after verse one just lift this one up.

Read Full Post