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Thom Yorke To Appear At Paris Climate Change Concert

This December, the eyes of the world will be on Paris as the UN Climate Change Conference convenes there to talk about how we can maybe not make the entire fucking planet uninhabitable. As the conference starts, the nonprofit Pathway To Paris will hold a 12/4 concert at the Paris venue Le Trianon. Thom Yorke… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 13, 2015 - 9:04 am

Watch Patti Smith & Laurie Anderson Induct Lou Reed Into The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Last night, six artists were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in the Performer category. Lou Reed, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill Withers, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band all received honors, and each got a speech and performance dedicated to them. Ringo Starr was inducted… More »

By: James Rettig / April 19, 2015 - 3:07 pm

Patti Smith Announces Second Memoir M Train

Even if you’re not a fan of Patti Smith, her memoir Just Kids deserved all of the attention that it received when it was published in 2010. Sure, it’s an autobiographical work, but it’s also a portrait of Smith’s relationship with the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and an homage to a particularly turbulent and exciting… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 13, 2015 - 12:38 pm

Beck, Dave Grohl, Patti Smith To Appear At Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

Next month, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame will hold its big induction ceremony in Cleveland. The year’s induction class includes Lou Reed, Green Day, and Bill Withers, and the Hall Of Fame has just unveiled its list of who’s inducting whom. Paul McCartney, logically enough, will induct his old bandmate Ringo Starr, while… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 18, 2015 - 9:00 am

Tibet House US Benefit Concert @ Carnegie Hall, New York 3/5/15

Right before Patti Smith abandoned the low, throaty hum of her alto to burst into the growling second half of “Ghandi,” she spit on the Carnegie Hall stage. If it had been anyone else, the act would’ve seemed careless, like an afterthought, an accident maybe. It seemed like an act: not of attrition against the… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 6, 2015 - 12:51 pm

Watch A Scene FKA Twigs Choreographed For New Thriller Catch Me Daddy

Before she found her way to weird-pop stardom, FKA twigs was a dancer, and we see that side of her, to some degree, every time she drops another video. And she’s passing along the sacred knowledge of dance, too. The new British indie film Catch Me Daddy is a thriller about a Pakistani family whose… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 25, 2015 - 12:45 pm

Watch Patti Smith, The Edge, Flea, & Perry Farrell On Mario Batali’s New Web Series Feedback Kitchen

Mario Batali’s new web series Feedback Kitchen puts a bunch of rock stars in the kitchen with the celebrity chef to explore “the overlapping creative processes and influences of chefs and musicians.” All five episodes of the series premiered on DailyMotion today, and the featured guests include Patti Smith, The Edge, Flea, Perry Farrell, and… More »

By: James Rettig / January 26, 2015 - 9:35 am

Michael Stipe Played A Surprise Solo Set And Covered Perfume Genius Last Night

Michael Stipe hasn’t made a ton of music since R.E.M. broke up in 2011, and when he talked to CBS This Morning earlier this month, he was noncommittal about the future of his music career: “I will sing again. […] Not soon … maybe … I don’t know.” Maybe he was just being coy; he’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 30, 2014 - 8:55 am

Lana Del Rey, Lorde, Trent Reznor, Patti Smith Nominated For Golden Globes

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominations for next year’s Golden Globe awards this morning, and the nominees, especially in the musical categories, include a few people who are very familiar in this particular corner of the internet. In the Best Original Song category, three of our best, weirdest female pop stars are u… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 11, 2014 - 9:11 am

Patti Smith To Perform At Vatican Christmas Concert

Patti Smith has been chosen by the Holy See to perform at the Vatican’s Christmas concert in December, which will be held at Rome’s Auditorium Conciliazione and broadcast live on television. As The International Business Times points out (via Pitchfork), the singer met and shook hands with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square during a… More »

By: James Rettig / November 14, 2014 - 9:12 am

Early Speculation For Best Song Oscar Focused On Coldplay, The Lonely Island, Gregg Alexander, Patti Smith

The Oscars take place in about four months, so of course speculation as to who is going to get nominated and eventually take home the big prize has already begun. Early predictions for Best Original Song — which, along with Best Original Score, is the only one we really care about — have focused o… More »

By: James Rettig / October 28, 2014 - 10:43 am

Watch A Squinty Stephen Malkmus Present Ylvis With A Webby Award

Last night brought the 18th Annual Webby Awards, where Ylvis’ captivatingly bizarre video for “What The Fox Say?” won for Best Viral Video. Appearing to hand off the award were Stephen Malkmus and Reggie Watts, who both appeared to have trouble reading the teleprompter, which led to the already stiff dialogue taking on a hilariously… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 20, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Watch Neil Young’s PonoMusic Kickstarter Video With Arcade Fire, Beck, Jack White, & Many More

Yesterday we heard about the impending launch of Neil Young’s PonoMusic through Kickstarter. Now the Kickstarter is live with a promo video featuring a dumbfounding parade of musical luminaries singing Pono’s praises. Watch Arcade Fire, Jack White, Beck, Eddie Vedder, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Foo Fighters, Sting, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Mike D,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 11, 2014 - 5:07 pm

Watch Patti Smith Cover Rihanna’s “Stay” In NYC

With her massive piano ballad “Stay,” Rihanna proved to the universe, beyond any doubt, that she can actually sing. Anyone who has heard Horses already knew that Patti Smith is one of of the most expressive singers in rock history, and it’s easy to see how the sparse desperation of a song “Stay” that might… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 22, 2014 - 10:24 am

Stream The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack

As we noted earlier, the Hunger Games film series has taken over for Twilight not only as the default literary/cinematic obsession for brooding teeny-boppers but as the pipeline for connecting those fans with something resembling alternative music. Whereas the vampires stared longingly to the sounds of Thom Yorke and Bon Iver, the soundtrack for TheMore »

By: Chris DeVille / November 12, 2013 - 6:14 pm

Watch The CBGB Movie Trailer

The Bowery has changed a lot over the past decade. The luxury condo:junkie ratio is literally probably like 100:1. The space that used to be CBGB is now a John Varvatos shop. They sell rocker clothes. I saw a circa-1983 Iron Maiden shirt selling there for $450. Those things are arguably less insulting than the… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 8, 2013 - 10:57 am

Garbage & Screaming Females – “Because The Night” Video

’90s alt-pop professionals Garbage and Jersey basement-punk heroes Screaming Females have an unlikely bond. They toured together last year, and Scremales leader Marissa Paternoster joined Garbage onstage regularly to cover Patti Smith’s “Because The Night” (itself the result of an unlikely Smith/Springsteen alliance). Now they’ve committed that cover to wax, getting together into the studio… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 17, 2013 - 3:32 pm

New Orleans Jazz Fest 2013 Lineup Feat. Phoenix, Frank Ocean

Just yesterday we got the news that French pop gods Phoenix had set a date for their return, and today, we get their first announced US date: at New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival. More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 17, 2013 - 11:18 am

R.E.M. – “Blue” Video (Feat. Lindsay Lohan) (Dir. James Franco)

It’s hard to say why this is just surfacing now, but the movie star and conceptual joker James Franco directed a video for “Blue,” a Patti Smith collaboration from R.E.M.’s 2011 album Collapse Into Now, that band’s final LP before breaking up. The video is full of blurry, double-exposed shots of Los Angeles, and it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 16, 2012 - 1:44 pm

Watch Garbage & Screaming Females’ Marissa Paternoster Cover Patti Smith

Screaming Females are on tour with Garbage — which is a good look — and on Tuesday night in Houston, Garbage’s Shirley Manson brought out Marissa Paternoster to cover Patti Smith’s “Because The Night.” Some decent live footage surfaced on the ‘Tube, so you can check out the performance below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 12, 2012 - 3:56 pm
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