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There’s a paradox with some artists — the legends who stand apart from so much of pop music history in such a way that would seemingly make their music untouchable. Nina Simone is one of those artists. Her influence is vast, and her voice is so distinctive that it’d seem impossible to have her music… More »

Given their shared propensity for outward-looking creative excursions and a general excitement about the possibilities inherent in pushing the boundaries of musical genres,  the current collaboration between Greatest Living Songwriter candidate Elvis Costello and crackerjack all-star band the Roots might feel something like an inevitability. Provided enough turns around the firmament, two such massive comets cannot help but collide. Thankfully, the… More »

The first thing to understand about Wise Up Ghost is that it isn’t a vanity project. Yes, the new LP, released yesterday on Blue Note, is a full-length collaboration between Elvis Costello and the Roots. And yes, full-length collaborations between well-known artists sometimes end up as mere historical curiosities (Jay-Z and R. Kelly’s Best OfMore »

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Elvis Costello – “Sparkling Day”

Elvis Costello has been in T Bone-assisted alt-country mode for the last couple of years, so for this unexpected, debonair ballad we have the soundtrack…
Scott Lapatine | August 19, 2011 - 10:01 am

The Strokes – “Taken For A Fool” Video, Elvis Costello Collab B-Side

On July 26th, the Strokes will make an honest single out of Angles' Elvis Costello-indebted "Taken For A Fool." You may also remember that time…
Amrit Singh | July 8, 2011 - 3:43 pm

The Strokes & Elvis Costello @ Madison Square Garden 4/1/11 – “Taken For A Fool”

Before the Strokes even took the stage for their sold-out show headlining MSG, their concert took over NYC Twitter feeds with Elvis Costello's surprise opening…
Amrit Singh | April 2, 2011 - 3:10 am

Video Of Elvis Costello On Colbert & Fallon, Video Of Elvis Costello’s Dad Singing In ’64

Elvis is busy in NYC right now, no surprise, the man tends toward a brisk pace of performance and productivity and NYC is the perfect…
Amrit Singh | November 5, 2010 - 3:08 pm

Elvis Costello’s National Ransom Coming

Elvis Costello’s 2009 album Secret, Profane & Sugarcane touched on bluegrass, R&B, and Americana with producer T-Bone Burnett. This year Costello’s back with similar sound…
jessica | August 16, 2010 - 2:38 pm

Pixies, Gorillaz, Elvis Costello Cancel Israel Gigs

Bands are canceling gigs in Israel following last week’s raid on a group of aid ships heading to Gaza. Elvis Costello posted a carefully-worded letter…
jessica | June 7, 2010 - 5:38 pm

Jack White, Dave Grohl Salute Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney received the third Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song yesterday, an award that went to Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder i…
jessica | June 3, 2010 - 10:27 am

Elvis Costello, U2 Mash “Pump It Up” With “Get On Your Boots”

Here's Bono, taking the steam out of all the "Pump It Up" jokes everyone was making on first hearing about U2's overstuffed bag of sexy
Amrit Singh | December 15, 2009 - 9:42 am

Elvis Costello Jams With The Roots, Colbert

The Roots and Elvis Costello are two tireless acts who are so in love with collaborating. These days you see Elvis join in jams o…
Amrit Singh | November 23, 2009 - 9:54 am

Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… Returns

New episodes start 12/9 on Sundance Channel. This second season at the Apollo will feature Elvis’ Q&A/performances with Bono and the Edge, Bruce Springsteen, Neko…
Scott Lapatine | October 13, 2009 - 12:52 pm

Rosanne Cash Enlists Tweedy, Springsteen, Costello For Covers LP

You know when your parents are like, "What is that garbage you're listening to?" and turn down your Soulja Boy CD and try to tur…
Scott Lapatine | August 28, 2009 - 12:16 pm

Elvis Costello Does “Sulphur To Sugarcane” For Conan

Declan's been had pushing this track via myriad outlets in support of his latest T-Bone Burnett production Secret, Profane & Sugarcane, but this is it…
Amrit Singh | June 24, 2009 - 12:21 pm

Triumph At Bonnaroo Videos Are Here (For You To Poop On)

The Tonight Show's Triumph The Insult Comic Dog was everywhere at Bonnaroo '09 -- backstage, onstage, Tent City, the Discotheque Arcade, Scratch DJ Academy. We…
Scott Lapatine | June 20, 2009 - 2:01 pm

Bonnaroo 2009: Trent Says Goodbye, Bruce Says Merry Christmas

By Scott Lapatine & Amrit Singh Sets from Jimmy Buffet and Bruce Springsteen bookended a day of mellow, familiar dadrock with more mass appeal tha…
Scott Lapatine | June 14, 2009 - 12:40 pm

New Elvis Costello – “The Crooked Line” (Stereogum Premiere)

Secret, Profane & Sugarcane reunites international art thief Declan MacManus with his Coward Brother T-Bone Burnett. T-Bone produced 1986's twangy King Of America (and it…
Scott Lapatine | May 21, 2009 - 12:12 pm

Beasties, Talib Kweli In 30 Rock’s Kidney Song

Steve Earle, Moby, Norah Jones, Michael McDonald, and Tina Fey’s fave Elvis Costello also lent their voices to help Milton Green get a kidney. Watch…
Scott Lapatine | May 15, 2009 - 11:35 am

Elvis Costello Set To Release Secret, Profane & Sugarcane LP

Spectacle host and Jenny Lewis BFF Elvis Costello is following up last year's Momofuku in early June with the mostly acoustic Secret, Profane & Sugarcane.
brandon | March 23, 2009 - 11:59 am

Elvis Costello Fleshes Out His Spectacle With She & Him & Jenny Lewis

Elvis Costello's Sundance Channel show really is a perfectly packaged hour for music nerds. EC is an adept interviewer, and never shy about joining i…
Amrit Singh | February 12, 2009 - 12:59 pm

U2, Killers, Coldplay Team Up For Red(WIRE)

In case you didn't know, yesterday (12/1) was World AIDS Day. To help mark the occasion, Bono added a wing to his organization (RED): RED(WIRE)'…
brandon | December 1, 2008 - 5:45 pm

Feist Looked Like An Angel On A Colbert Christmas

Mostly because she played one, but your Gummys votes suggest you’d think so anyway. Leslie helped Stephen bring some musical cheer to his Xmas special
Amrit Singh | November 24, 2008 - 12:37 pm