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Titus Andronicus Cover Classic Rock Hits With Craig Finn And Ted Leo In Brooklyn

This week brings the release of Titus Andronicus’ outstanding new album, The Most Lamentable Tragedy, and to celebrate, the band did a five-night stand at Brooklyn’s Shea Stadium — a run that ended last night, on frontman Patrick Stickles’ 30th birthday. The outsize ambition of the entire concert run was befitting of the album’s unabashed… More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 29, 2015 - 10:22 am

Q&A: Gene Ween On His Billy Joel Tribute Band And Lifelong Love Of The Piano Man

Late last month Billy Joel played New York City’s Madison Square Garden for the 63rd time. Meanwhile, across the river, Aaron Freeman played many of the same tunes to a smaller crowd at Brooklyn’s most upscale bowling alley. It was the Ween co-founder’s fourth time belting out a set of these cover songs — “Pressure,”… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 17, 2015 - 2:10 pm

5 Memorable Sets From Bonnaroo 2015 Sunday

Sundays at festivals can so often be a bittersweet thing. People are starting to get ragged, the festival grounds start to smell of some kind of putrid something, the big climactic headliners may have come and gone. So often, whoever’s left playing that final night, when the work week looms around the corner, has a… More »

By: Ryan Leas / June 15, 2015 - 9:41 pm

Chilly Gonzales Explains What Nicki Minaj Has In Common With Billy Joel And Lionel Richie

Chilly Gonzales seems like a really chill dude, in that he’s a self-proclaimed musical genius, but instead of lording it over us, he shares his knowledge. In the latest installment of his “Pop Music Masterclass,” Chilly breaks down what Nicki Minaj’s brutal ex-side-eying Pinkprint track “Bed Of Lies” has in common with Billy Joel’s “Piano… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 5, 2015 - 1:07 pm

Stream The Art Of McCartney Tribute Album Featuring New Covers By Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Brian Wilson, The Cure, & More

When the Paul McCartney tribute album The Art Of McCartney was announced two months ago, we marveled at the staggering array of rock stars who were lined up to participate, including forebears B.B. King and Allen Toussaint, ’60s peers Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, and Roger Daltrey, and later stars from Billy Joel to Chrissie Hynde… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 12, 2014 - 9:55 am

Tribute Album The Art Of McCartney Includes New Covers By Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Brian Wilson, The Cure

It’s not like the world needed another Beatles tribute. There’s an entire industry devoted to letting you know that the Beatles were the most important band of all time and that Paul McCartney was one of the most important songwriters. But even with that in mind, the lineup of the new McCartney tribute set TheMore »

By: Tom Breihan / September 9, 2014 - 9:22 am

Billy Joel Says Stop Killing Elephants For Pianos

Billy Joel is perhaps the most famous pianist on planet earth, and “Piano Man,” his signature song, has probably done more to romanticize the tickling of ivories than any other piece of music. But Joel would prefer that we stop tickling ivories and started tickling some other substance. Joel has thrown his weight behind a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 18, 2014 - 11:48 am

Watch Q-Tip Play A Previously Unreleased Clip Of Kanye’s Billy Joel-Sampling “Mama’s Boyfriend”

Red Bull Music Academy has finished their month-long residency in New York City, but we’re still getting goodies from some of the events. Today, they’ve released a video of a conversation between Q-Tip and legendary hip-hop journalist and ego trip co-founder Chairman Mao. In the discussion, Q-Tip spoke about his career, did an impression of… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / June 6, 2013 - 12:32 pm

Watch Nirvana & Paul McCartney Debut “Cut Me Some Slack” At 12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief

So last night the unthinkable happened: Paulvana, Nirmacca, Nicartney — whatever they’re calling themselves (Abomination is taken) — performed at the 12-12-12 Concert For Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden. It should go without saying that my criticism/cynicism here is strictly musical and cultural: Whatever fresh hell occurred last night was very much in the… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 13, 2012 - 11:04 am

Win A Billy Joel Complete Albums Collection Box Set

Rejoice! A $200 deluxe edition of Billy Joel’s classic catalog is the latest sweepstakes on the Stereogum prizewagon. To enter, you need be a fan of Stereogum on Facebook and comment with your favorite Billy Joel album via Facebook Connect (do not use your ‘Gum user account on this post — we’ll have to be… More »

By: Corban Goble / November 9, 2011 - 10:59 am

Kanye West – “Moma’s Boyfriend” Live Video

Early this morning/very late last night, Kanye West held a secret show at New York’s the Box. He brought out a some big guests (John Legend, Estelle, Consequence, and Pusha T) and went through old and new tracks, including “Moma’s Boyfriend,” with Legend, below. You’ll have to get around the sound of people talking to… More »

By: jessica / August 13, 2010 - 12:01 pm

Guillemots’ Fyfe Dangerfield Sparks Billy Joel’s First Ever TV Commercial License

It’s not that the Long Island troubadour/Hamptons mascot hasn’t licensed his songs before — Bossom Buddies, Freaks & Geeks, and Dave’s World are a few on the list of Billy’s beneficiaries — but the piano man has never given over his song to an advert until now, and the results are impressive. Upscale UK retailer… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 7, 2010 - 4:30 pm

SNL Sings “Goodnight Saigon”

In a strange and inspired season finale, host Will Ferrell led the entire cast plus Tom Hanks, Norm MacDonald, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Anne Hathaway, Artie Lange, Elisabeth Moss, and Green Day in Billy Joel’s ’82 Vietnam War anthem. Watch at Videogum. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 18, 2009 - 11:31 am

Takka Takka Cover Phil Collins

The second installment of Guilt By Association comes out in February. In case you don’t remember Vol. 1, the compilation featured contemporary indie bands covering so-called “guilty pleasures.” Of course, the problem with these sorts of things is that the “guilty pleasures” have generally written timeless classics that outshine the contemporary band’s not timeless oeuvre. More »

By: brandon / November 20, 2008 - 10:58 am

Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel Duet For Obama

Last night NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom hosted a “Change Rocks” fundraiser for Obama, featuring Class of ’99 Rock Hall inductees the Boss and the Piano Man. Some tickets were priced at $25,000 each (preempting the World Series isn’t cheap). Springsteen has of course played a number of rallies for the senator, but this was Joel’s first… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 17, 2008 - 11:09 am

Paul McCartney Joins Billy Joel For Shea Stadium Goodbye

“I know, I suck,” Billy Joel told a sold-out Shea Stadium Wednesday night, apologizing for scheduling a second Last Play At Shea at the Mets ballpark two days later. I attended the first night (yes I am from Long Island) and the special guests were Tony Bennett, Don Henley, John Mellencamp, and John Mayer, who… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 21, 2008 - 10:55 am

What Made Milwaukee Famous Cover Billy Joel

Chuck Klosterman claims that Glasses Houses is the best Billy Joel album, and that Billy Joel has never been cool. He’s wrong on the first count (it’s the second best), but we can’t dispute the coolness issue (much as we love him/are from Long Island). Maybe Austin indie fencing team WMMF can fix that (no,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 25, 2008 - 2:56 pm

Scenes From The Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame 2008 Induction Ceremony

We know you probably didn’t watch the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony last night. So here’s a quick run down of what you missed:Gamble & Huff, Little Walter, The Ventures, Leonard Cohen, Madonna, and John Mellencamp got inducted.Leonard Cohen was introduced by noted boxing blogger Lou Reed and covered by… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 11, 2008 - 2:34 pm

New Japan For Africa Video – “We Are The World”

“We Are The World” is in the air. We caught a pretty good whiff of it with Jimmy and Ben, but this footage from Japanese television takes USA For Africa to the next level. In fact, the footage you’re about to see is so true-to-life that it got us thinking about a post we did… More »

By: brandon / February 29, 2008 - 11:17 am

Lou Reed, Justin Timberlake & Tom Hanks To Help Rock ‘N’ Roll Congratulate Itself

Good news, gang: now the list of people you didn’t give a shit about getting into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame has a slightly less give-a-shittable list of people inducting them! Madonna will be honored by the legendary Mickey Mousekateer/actress/box-fucker Justin Timberlake; the Dave Clark Five will be inducted by iconic rock expert… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 26, 2008 - 5:12 pm
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