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On February 24, 2004, music fans worldwide participated in a coordinated act of civil disobedience. Dubbed Grey Tuesday, the digital demonstration was this simple: Hundreds of websites posted a free download of The Grey Album, Danger Mouse’s mashup of the Beatles’ self-titled “White Album” and Jay Z’s The Black Album, and more than 100,000 fa… More »

With After The Disco, the sprawling and ambitious sophomore effort they’ll release next week, Shins frontman James Mercer and superproducer Danger Mouse cement their band Broken Bells as more than just a way to pass the time between other projects — and their other projects are legion. Mercer is coming off a year of promoting… More »

We’re almost (almost!) done reflecting on the year that was, so it’s time to start taking a closer look at the year that will be. For the past several years, we’ve ranked our most anticipated albums. Today the feature returns, bigger than ever, with a whopping 100 records we’re looking forward to hearing, enjoying, debating,… More »

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Broken Bells – “After The Disco” Video

James Mercer doesn’t even look comfortable in a club when everyone else is frozen. That’s my main takeaway from the clip for “After The Disco,” the title track for the newish Broken Bells album. In the video, Mercer and his bandmate Danger Mouse wander through a nightclub landscape full of unmoving figures. Rooms repeat over… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 9, 2014 - 12:18 pm

Broken Bells – “Control” Video

Broken Bells like to add a dose of sci-fi levity to their music videos; consider, for example, the intergalactic adventures of their “Holding On For Life” clip. But the band’s new video for “Control” is the first time they’ve gone full-on Fox Mulder with it, patching together footage of crop circles and UFO encounters and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 28, 2014 - 10:48 am

Watch Broken Bells Live On Letterman Webcast

James Mercer may have reactivated the Shins long enough to record “So Now What,” their song for the soundtrack to Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here, but he’s still keeping busy with Broken Bells, his duo with Danger Mouse. Last night, they were the musical guests on the Late Show With David Letterman, where they… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 24, 2014 - 11:53 am

Watch Broken Bells Take “Control” To Conan

Broken Bells are in California and between Coachella weekends, and amazingly enough, Danger Mouse is not using the moment to produce another kinda-flat album for another arena-rock band. Instead, he and James Mercer appeared on last night’s episode of Conan, performing “Control,” an icy early-’80s-style rocker from their new album After The Disco. Their stage… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 18, 2014 - 8:49 am

Watch Broken Bells Play Fallon

James Mercer and Danger Mouse stopped by Fallon last night to perform a shimmering, low-key version of “Holding On For Life,” the lead single their second album as Broken Bells. Watch below. More »

By: James Rettig / March 8, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Watch Broken Bells Cover The Beatles On Letterman

Danger Mouse, one half of Broken Bells, first found fame for mashing up Jay-Z with the Beatles on the bootleg release The Grey Album, and last night on Letterman, he went back to his roots. Broken Bells were the first band to perform on Letterman’s Beatles week, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles making… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 4, 2014 - 9:24 am

Broken Bells – “Holding On For Life (Baio Remix)”

Keep up, if you can, with all the side-project stuff happening in this post. Broken Bells, if they can still be called a side project, are the side-project duo of Shins frontman James Mercer and producer-to-the-stars Danger Mouse. Meanwhile, for his own side project, Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio DJs and produces lush, tropical dance… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 3, 2014 - 9:21 am

Broken Bells, Flaming Lips, Sting To Play Letterman’s Beatles Covers Week

Everybody’s celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in America, even us. But CBS is celebrating extra hard because they hosted the original Ed Sullivan Show broadcast that helped the Fab Four blow up stateside. Thus, the Grammys went double-Ringo, and the following night they filmed a Beatles tribute special called The Night ThatMore »

By: Chris DeVille / January 31, 2014 - 4:52 pm

Watch Broken Bells Play Kimmel

Broken Bells will release their second album, After The Disco, next week, on the heels of two singles, the title track and “Holding On For Life.” James Mercer and Danger Mouse stopped by Jimmy Kimmel to perform those two songs, and you can watch both of them below. More »

By: Miles Bowe / January 30, 2014 - 11:30 am

Stream Broken Bells After The Disco

So far we’ve heard bits and pieces from Broken Bells’ anticipated sophomore set After The Disco, including “Holding On For Life” (plus its Nick Zinner remix) and the title track. But the fully realized whole is coming our way today. Stream the full album — to my ears, a big step forward for James Mercer… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 28, 2014 - 10:50 am

Broken Bells – “Holding On For Life (Nick Zinner Remix)”

Broken Bells, the duo of Shins frontman James Mercer and producer-to-the-stars Danger Mouse, will drop their sophomore LP After The Disco next month, and the two songs we’ve heard, “Holding On For Life” and the title track, promise bigger beats and slicker textures. If Broken Bells are now making something approaching dance music, then it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 22, 2014 - 10:44 am

Watch Broken Bells Perform “The Changing Lights” For La Blogothèque

Next month, Broken Bells, the side-project duo of Danger Mouse and Shins frontman James Mercer, will release their sophomore album After The Disco. We’ve already posted the title track and “Holding On For Life,” and both of those are very slick and produced songs. So it’s nice to see the duo taking part in french… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 16, 2014 - 1:24 pm

Broken Bells – “After The Disco”

Broken Bells, the duo of Danger Mouse and Shins frontman James Mercer, are close to releasing their new album After The Disco, and we posted the LP’s first single “Holding On For Life” a while back. The duo has now shared the album’s title track, and it’s a light, lithe pop groove — one not… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 7, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Broken Bells – “Holding On For Life” Video (Feat. Kate Mara & Anton Yelchin)

Broken Bells, the duo of Danger Mouse and Shins frontman James Mercer, return early next year with their sophomore album After The Disco, and they’ve brought out some big guns in the short-film video for their first single “Holding On For Life,” the second part of a story that started here. The clip stars Kate… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 21, 2013 - 1:57 pm

Broken Bells – “Holding On For Life”

Broken Bells, the side-project of Danger Mouse and the Shins’ James Mercer, recently revealed they will release their sophomore album After The Disco in January with a teaser video and an eponymous short film. Today we get our first full taste of the music that’s to come by way of theremin-imbued first single “Holding O… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / November 4, 2013 - 1:30 pm

Broken Bells – After The Disco Short Film Part One: Angel And The Fool

Last month Broken Bells, the team of Danger Mouse and Shins frontman James Mercer, teased their sophomore LP After The Disco with a panoramic video. Now comes one in a normal shape, the first chapter of an After The Disco short film penned by Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse), starring Anton Yelchin and Kara Mara,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 29, 2013 - 3:13 pm

Broken Bells Tease New Album After The Disco

Broken Bells, the team of serial collaborator Danger Mouse and Shins frontman James Mercer, released their self-titled debut in March of 2010 and followed with the Meyrin Fields EP a year later. Since then, Danger Mouse has overseen albums by the Black Keys, Norah Jones and Portugal. The Man and entered the studio with U2… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 8, 2013 - 11:30 am
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