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Ben Folds – “Phone In A Pool”

Ben Folds has shared another new song from So There, his new collaborative album with NYC sextet yMusic. This one’s called “Phone In A Pool,” and he debuted the track live last month at Bonnaroo, but it sounds so much better in the studio version because you can hear all the intricacies of the classical… More »

By: James Rettig / July 16, 2015 - 9:41 am

Watch Ben Folds And yMusic Play New Song “Phone In A Pool” At Bonnaroo

Back in January, Ben Folds teased his new collaborative album with the NYC classical sextet yMusic, and a few weeks ago he announced that album, So There, will be out in September. He shared “Capable Of Anything” as an official track, but during his Bonnaroo set also played another new track called “Phone In The… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 23, 2015 - 5:25 pm

Ben Folds And yMusic – “Capable Of Anything”

Several months ago, piano man Ben Folds announced that he would be teaming up with NYC classical sextet yMusic for a new orchestral album. Now, that collaboration is finally bearing fruit: So There will be out in September, and today, we get to hear new song “Capable Of Anything.” It’s a lot of fun, a… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 5, 2015 - 2:49 pm

Watch Ben Folds Perform At Michelle Obama & Jill Biden’s Mother’s Day Tea

Ben Folds is exactly the kind of guy you’d want to take home to your mom. Incidentally, he’s also exactly the kind of guy you’d want to serenade a whole group of moms in honor of Mother’s Day — especially if those moms are hyper-emotional because their children are away due to military concerns. So… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 12, 2015 - 3:47 pm

Watch Daryl Hall & Ben Folds Play Their Songs Together On Live From Daryl’s House

Ben Folds stopped by Daryl Hall’s TV show Live From Daryl’s House (which originated as a web series in 2007) to hang out with the Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer and play a few tracks alongside him. They did Folds’ “Annie Waits” and “Landed” and Hall’s tracks “Private Eyes” and “Babs And Babs.” You… More »

By: James Rettig / May 9, 2015 - 1:28 pm

Stream Ben Lee’s New Mixtape Feat. Zooey Deschanel, Ben Folds, Neil Finn, & More

Australian rocker Ben Lee has jumped to a major label with his recent signing to Warner Bros. Records, who will put out his next album, Love Is The Great Rebellion, later in the year. To celebrate the announcement, Lee has put out a mixtape of tracks that he wrote with other people’s voices in mind. More »

By: James Rettig / February 24, 2015 - 6:27 pm

Ben Folds Partners With US Ambassador To Strengthen Cultural Ties With Ireland

Ben Folds is the epitome of a musician aging gracefully. Even if I haven’t played Rockin’ The Suburbs since way back during my awkward, angsty high school years, there are few albums that helped me more when it came to surviving small town trials and tribulations. Folds’ songwriting had a grace and sort of a… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 17, 2015 - 6:19 pm

Watch A Teaser For Ben Folds’ New Orchestral Album With yMusic

Southern piano man Ben Folds and NYC classical sextet yMusic are teaming up for an album this year. No title or release date has been listed, but the trailer below offers a preview of the music and a few details: It will feature nine original songs plus a concerto for piano and orchestra, and they’ll… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 22, 2015 - 5:31 pm

Nashville’s Historic RCA Studio A Saved From Demolition

In its heyday, RCA Studio A hosted an enviable number of early rock and country acts including Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, the Beach Boys, and countless others, and it’s become a huge tourist attraction even though it’s still hosting sessions by Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves. Back in June it was announced that the studio… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / December 23, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Watch Lorde, Disclosure, Alt-J, Skrillex, & More In A Very Austalian Year-End Sketch For Triple J

The Australian radio station Triple J is about to launch its year-end Hottest 100 countdown. And to build up anticipation (or whatever), it put together a comedy sketch that stars as many musicians as possible. It’s pretty obvious that none of these people in were in the same room at the same time, but it’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 17, 2014 - 9:10 am

Watch Ben Folds Join Elton John At Bonnaroo

Ben Folds has covered “Grey Seal” among other Elton John jams throughout his career, and John’s influence is obvious in Folds’ own plucky piano-pop. So it must have been a huge thrill for Folds when John invited him on stage Sunday during his Bonnaroo-closing set to perform “Grey Seal” together. Watch fan-made video of the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 18, 2014 - 9:53 am

Skrillex, Janelle Monaé, Warpaint, Chance The Rapper, Thundercat To Join Forces For Bonnaroo Superjam

Bonnaroo has announced the lineups for a trio of Superjams at this year’s festival. The annual improv sessions have previously featured D’Angelo’s return to the public eye and the one-time-only collision of John Oates, R. Kelly, and Billy Idol, and at least one of this year’s two lineups seems primed to offer something memorable. That’d… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 7, 2014 - 12:10 pm

Watch Liz Phair, Ben Folds, Weird Al Audition For Star Wars’ Cantina Band

In honor of Star Wars Day (“May the fourth be with you, revenge of the fifth…”), CollegeHumor rounded up some musicians to audition for the Mos Eisley Cantina Band. The sketch sees artists assuming Star Wars alter egos like BF-1138 (Ben Folds), Liz Ph’Air (Liz Phair), and Weird Al’Attacka’Duwacca (Weird Al). Reggie Watts, Rick Springfield,… More »

By: James Rettig / May 5, 2014 - 4:26 pm

Bonnaroo Lineup 2014

Like last year, Bonnaroo is announcing the bulk of its fest lineup via a 30-minute B.L.A.M. (Bonnaroo Line-Up Announcement Megathon) webcast. The 2014 reveal is hosted by comedians Hannibal Buress and Taran Killam and features a super jam with the Flaming Lips, Ben Folds, and special guests (I’m guessing Foxygen based on this Instagram). Bonnaroo… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 19, 2014 - 7:01 pm

Bonnaroo To Announce 2014 Lineup With Flaming Lips & Ben Folds Superjam

Bonnaroo has announced the date for when they’ll announce their lineup. If that sounds excessive to you, just wait a moment, because the day of the reveal may actually deserve that announcement of its own. February 19th, preceding the 9PM moment when we find out who will be heading down to Manchester, TN to play… More »

By: Miles Bowe / February 6, 2014 - 4:47 pm

Ben Folds Five Prep Spring LP

Take it away, @BenFolds:

It’s happening fo sho – Day 1 in studio with Robert and Darren through March #NewBenFoldsFiveRecord…— benjamin folds (@BenFolds) January 25, 2012

When, Ben, when?!

Spring release @Andy_Hampshire #NewBenFoldsFiveRecord— benjamin folds (@BenFolds) January 25, 2012

There you have it. More… More »

By: Corban Goble / January 26, 2012 - 3:12 pm

Ben Folds Five – “Tell Me What I Did” (Stereogum Premiere)

According to Ben Folds superfan Scott Lapatine, Ben Folds Five only played their Robert Sledge-penned song “Tell Me What I Did” live once: At Scranton University in April 2000. (Do not ask me how he knows this.) (UPDATE: It was played a few times, actually.) This did not stop Folds from reconvening his old band… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 30, 2011 - 8:56 am

Ben Folds Five – “House”

It’s been a second since we had any news on the Ben Folds front — the last of it was Chatroulette-related, remember Chatroulette?! — but he’s posted a new track on his The Sing-Off profile page called “House.” The Sing-Off of course being NBC’s attempt to parlay some of that The Voice/American Idol mojo. Check… More »

By: Corban Goble / August 24, 2011 - 10:28 am

Ben Folds Covers Merton, Chatroulette Piano Guy

For background: A couple weeks back a guy named Merton started posting videos of himself improvising piano tunes on Chatroulette. NY Mag’s Vulture guessed that Merton was actually Ben Folds. He’s not Ben Folds, but it was enough to get the attention of the real Folds, who paid tribute to Merton at a show Saturday… More »

By: jessica / March 22, 2010 - 2:29 pm

The Soft Bulletin Turns 10

Though they’re clearly still going strong, ten years ago yesterday Oklahoma’s favorite sons released their ninth and generally speaking most beloved album The Soft Bulletin. It was the Flaming Lips’ moody, poppy, deeply atmospheric followup to 1997’s quadruple turntable adventure Zaireeka and it was followed by another critical and commercial success, 2002’s Yoshimi Battles TheMore »

By: brandon / May 18, 2009 - 3:04 pm
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