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Watch Sharon Jones, Alexis Krauss, Santigold, Amanda Palmer, & More Cover Talking Heads Songs For David Byrne Tribute Concert

No matter his level of recognition, David Byrne is forever a guy about town. I’ve brushed past him in the East Village, seen him ride a bike by the Williamsburg Bridge, and the night before flying to Austin for SXSW, I ended up eating dinner next to him at an unassuming Caribbean restaurant. It’s fitting,… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 24, 2015 - 2:05 pm

Watch Glen Hansard Cover Songs: Ohia’s “Hold On Magnolia” (Stereogum Premiere)

“Hold On Magnolia” is the soul-decimating conclusion to Songs: Ohia’s Magnolia Electric Company, the late Jason Molina’s masterpiece of graceful desperation. It’s one of those songs that absolutely flattens you with sadness, an all-time classic in the storied history of weeping country-western laments. So I’m immensely satisfied that Glen Hansard chose to cover it o… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 2, 2015 - 12:16 pm

Red Hot + Arthur Russell Tracklist Features Sufjan Stevens, Robyn, Blood Orange, Hot Chip, & More

For decades now, the Red Hot Organization has been raising money for AIDS awareness by putting together finely curated compilations, and their next one could be amazing. The forthcoming double-CD comp Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell pays tribute to Russell, the pioneering New York musician who died of AIDS-related causes in 1992. Russell… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 15, 2014 - 11:08 am

Hear Eddie Vedder Debut “I Won’t Hold On” In Sao Paulo

On Tuesday night, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder played a solo show at Citibank Hall in São Paulo, Brazil, and from the looks of the setlist, it must’ve been a pretty awesome set. Vedder played a bunch of Pearl Jam songs, brought out Glen Hansard for a generous handful of duets, and played a to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 9, 2014 - 10:06 am

Watch Bono & Glen Hansard Sing Christmas Songs On The Streets Of Dublin

Bono and Glen Hansard surprised shoppers on Grafton St in Dublin tonight, singing Christmas songs to raise money for homelessness. This is the fifth year in a row Bono has busked for charity on Christmas Eve. Watch the U2 frontman sing Slade’s “Merry Xmas Everybody” and “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” below. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 24, 2013 - 3:30 pm

Watch Iron & Wine, Calexico, Kathleen Edwards & Glen Hansard Cover “Fairytale Of New York” On Fallon

Fairytale Of New York,” the 1987 duet from the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl, is the best Christmas song ever recorded, and I will not hear any arguments to the contrary. Last night, a roots-music all-star crew got together on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to cover the song. Iron And Wine’s Sam Beam sang the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 12, 2013 - 10:27 am

Watch Bono Join Glen Hansard At NYC’s The Living Room

Most NYC show-goers have dipped into the Living Room at some point or another: maybe to see a favorite touring singer-songwriter, or a big rock star try a stripped down and intimate set, or to see a friend or sibling, or to ask for directions to Pianos. It’s an institution of the Lower East Side… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 9, 2012 - 2:56 pm

Eddie Vedder, Glen Hansard @ Terrace Theater, Long Beach 7/6/11

Eddie Vedder dropped by the Terrace Theater in support of his solo album Ukulele Songs. Vedder had a few surprises for the crowd as he covered some of his favorite bands like X, Tom Waits, and the Who. The biggest surprise of the evening was when Vedder was joined by fellow Pearl Jam guitarist Mike… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / July 7, 2011 - 10:49 am

Jason Segel Offers Digits, Penis To Swell Season Fans

Oscar-winning ex-lovers Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová invited the actor to perform a very “personal song” with them in LA. Some might say TOO personal! It included his phone number. Watch here and let’s agree not to call. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 20, 2009 - 11:00 am

R.E.M. Joins Patti Smith’s R.E.M. Tribute

If you love R.E.M. and weren’t at Carnegie Hall last night, you should probably do a better job at loving R.E.M. The evening was billed as a tribute to the Athenian eye-smilers, which meant career-spanning covers by everyone from Kyp Malone with Jolie Holland, to Elf Power, to Hootie (the Blowfish were initially an R.E.M. More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 12, 2009 - 2:42 pm

Once Coming To Broadway

Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová’s surprise indie-rock Oscar win likely had a lot to do with a trio of Tony-winning producers acquiring Once’s live theater rights so they could bring the flick to Broadway (possibly for the 2010-2011 season). Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick have been tapped to play the leads. More »

By: brandon / October 17, 2008 - 12:46 pm

Once’s Indie Rockers Win 2008 Best Song Oscar

As far as predicting Best Song awards go, there’s little conventional wisdom to rely on aside from Randy Newman probably being nominated, and a song you probably don’t care about winning. Not so at all this year; no Randy Newman, and a song we’re not entirely apathetic about actually won. Really there was no contest:… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 25, 2008 - 10:25 am