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After three days of cloud cover, Firefly’s final outing unfolded entirely in the hot, hot sun. The crowds thickened up, too, which made maneuvering around the muddy paths a bit of a challenge. But if you’re excited about a particular set, you’ll hoof through anything — mud, rain, spilled liquids of questionable origin — to… More »

In 2003, I was sitting at my desk in the offices of SPIN when I got a call from my friend (and later manager, then business partner) Rob Stevenson, an A&R for Island Def Jam. Ron and I first met in 2002, when I was the manager for My Chemical Romance. Geoff Rickly, singer of… More »

2004 was, more or less, the Year Of The Pretty Boy. Or, if not that, the Year Of The Not That Masculine Dude. The Guy Who Has Lots Of Feelings And Dresses Well. Think about it: Kanye put out his high-fashion, post-gangsta The College Dropout; Arcade Fire got emotional on their cathartic Funeral; Usher sang… More »

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Big Talk – “What Happened To Delisa?”

It’s been four years since Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. debuted his solo project, Big Talk. He’s returning this summer with a new album, Straight In No Kissin’, which is preceded by the poppy single “What Happened To Delisa?” It starts off with a Strokes-like guitar riff and vocals, and soon picks up with a… More »

By: Lisa Brown / June 30, 2015 - 12:58 pm

Watch The Killers Cover Kings Of Leon, Who Got Rained Out At Firefly

Saturday night at Firefly was a wash, literally, as festival organizers canceled Kings Of Leon’s headlining set due to an impending thunderstorm. Last night, though, the Killers brought their immense, soaring set to the main stage, which more than made up for the lack of Followills. As a nod to the trouble, Brandon Flowers and… More »

By: Patrick Hosken / June 22, 2015 - 10:41 am

Morrissey: “Obama Seems To Be White Inside”

Morrissey has again shared some political observations with the public in the form of an interview with Alternative Nation. The interviewer asked Morrissey about his past support for Barack Obama and some negative remarks the erstwhile Smiths singer once made about Hillary Clinton. That led to a lengthy, multi-tiered response that involved Moz musing that… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 10, 2015 - 11:57 am

Watch Brandon Flowers Cover The Pretenders With Chrissie Hynde In London

Killers frontman Brandon Flowers rode ’80s new wave sounds to stardom, and he’s always been quick to pay tribute to those who came before him. Last night, Flowers played a show in London to support his really, really great new solo album The Desired Effect. (Seriously, that shit rules, don’t believe what you might read… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 22, 2015 - 9:31 am

Brandon Flowers Says The Killers Are The Best Band From The Last 15 Years

Brandon Flowers has never been one to bite his tongue when it comes to making bold declarations in interviews. In the lead-up to the release of The Desired Effect alone, he sounded off on Kanye West, and said that the last Killers album was not up to par. That last admission doesn’t really track with… More »

By: James Rettig / May 18, 2015 - 9:22 am

Watch A Glittery Brandon Flowers Sing “Lonely Town” On The Late Late Show

On Tuesday, Killers frontman Brandon Flowers will release The Desired Effect, his new solo album of expertly assembled ’80s-pop gems. He’s doing the late-night TV rounds now, and last night, he came to James Corden’s newly rebooted Late Late Show, which appears to boast a very impressive stage-lighting setup. Flowers brought a pretty huge band,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 14, 2015 - 9:10 am

Stream Brandon Flowers The Desired Effect

Killers frontman Brandon Flowers has been wowing us with every pre-release single from his sophomore solo album, The Desired Effect. “Can’t Deny My Love,” “Still Want You,” “Lonely Town,” “I Can Change” — all of them suggested that this Ariel Rechtshaid-produced affair would be way more compelling than that last Killers record. And indeed it… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 12, 2015 - 5:10 pm

The Killers Will Record A New Album Because The Last One “Wasn’t Good Enough” And “We All Know It”

The Killers’ last album, 2012’s Battle Born, wasn’t a disaster. It had a few good moments, and “Runaways” remains my jam. But it was the sort of album that a band makes when it’s getting tired, when it loses interest in its signature sound but can’t figure out where to go from there. Since the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 6, 2015 - 11:43 am

Brandon Flowers – “I Can Change”

When the Killers frontman Brandon Flowers and the great producer Ariel Rechtshaid get together, they make some truly impressive big-budget ’80s-style pop music. Flowers’ new solo album The Desired Effect is out soon, and all the songs we’ve heard — “Can’t Deny My Love,” “Still Want You,” “Lonely Town” — have been winners. Add to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 1, 2015 - 10:11 am

Watch Brandon Flowers Cover INXS’ “Don’t Change” In L.A.

Brandon Flowers is surging full speed ahead with his solo career, and after debuting the excellent lead single “Can’t Deny My Love,” we’ve heard a few more new songs played live, along with a Robert Palmer cover. “Still Want You” followed, and today yet another cover from the Killers frontman has surfaced. Last night at… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 16, 2015 - 3:44 pm

Watch The Smashing Pumpkins Go Electric On Fallon, Acoustic On Good Morning America

Last night, Billy Corgan brought his new lineup of the Smashing Pumpkins to The Tonight Show, where they served as musical guests. This was sort of an all-star lineup of the band, and it included the Killers bassist Mark Stoermer and Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk. Stoermer and Wilk have been playing show… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 3, 2015 - 9:13 am

Watch Brandon Flowers Perform Three New Songs And Cover Robert Palmer In Las Vegas

Earlier this week Killers frontman Brandon Flowers debuted his new single “Can’t Deny My Love” and took it to The Tonight Show. Before all that, he played a gig at Bunkhouse Saloon in his hometown of Las Vegas, where he performed other material from his new solo album The Desired Effect. For instance: Album opener… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 25, 2015 - 1:10 pm

Watch A Black-And-White Brandon Flowers Sing “Can’t Deny My Love” On The Tonight Show

Killers frontman Brandon Flowers worked with producer Ariel Rechtshaid on The Desired Effect, his forthcoming solo album, and we posted the delightfully ’80s first single “Can’t Deny My Love” yesterday. Last night, Flowers appeared on The Tonight Show to sing the song, and he started things off in crisp black-and-white, looking for all the world… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 24, 2015 - 8:43 am

Brandon Flowers – “Can’t Deny My Love”

While the Killers are on hiatus, Brandon Flowers is returning to his solo career, and that means a tilt toward pop. The Killers had plenty of their own big, hooky choruses but still had a brittle rock backbone even during their most high-octane moments. Flowers worked with Ariel Rechtshaid on The Desired Effect, the follow-u… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 23, 2015 - 10:04 am

Brandon Flowers Announces New Solo LP The Desired Effect, Produced By Ariel Rechtshaid

In a hand-written note on his website, Brandon Flowers has revealed that his sophomore album will be called The Desired Effect, and that it will be out on May 18th. As previously reported, the record was made with super-producer Ariel Rechtshaid. “Ariel and I have been collaborating in the studio, working twogether [sic] in the… More »

By: James Rettig / February 24, 2015 - 8:32 am

The Killers & Jimmy Kimmel – “Joel, The Lump of Coal” Video

The Killers have a tradition of releasing a charity Christmas single every year, and this year, they reached out to fellow Las Vegas native Jimmy Kimmel to help out. In the video below, we see the fruits of their collaborative songwriting session. The members of the Killers are no threat to host SNL anytime soon,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 2, 2014 - 9:34 am

Smashing Pumpkins Live Band Now Includes RATM Drummer, Killers Bassist

Smashing Pumpkins have been releasing increasingly promising singles from their upcoming album Monuments To An Elegy, for which Billy Corgan recruited Tommy Lee to bang the drums. Lee won’t be touring with the Pumpkins, but it looks like Corgan has brought in another rock ‘n’ roll lifer to man the drum kit. Rolling Stone report… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 18, 2014 - 2:10 pm

Watch Brian Wilson, Weird Al, Brandon Flowers, Conan O’Brien, & More Cover George Harrison At George Fest

Last night, an all-star cast of artists piled into L.A.’s Fonda Theatre to pay tribute to the late Beatle George Harrison. The event, George Fest, was a benefit for the Jameson Neighborhood Fund and proceeds for this particular show went to Sweet Relief and helping out L.A. area musicians. George Fest featured (deep breath) Bria… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 29, 2014 - 9:22 am

Brandon Flowers Is Recording A Solo Album With Ariel Rechtshaid

Danielle Haim shared the stage with the Killers in San Francisco on Outside Lands weekend, and it looks like she and Brandon Flowers are sharing a producer now too. NME reports that Ariel Rechtshaid, who had a hand in Haim’s Days Are Gone as well as other amazing 2013 releases by Vampire Weekend, Sky Ferreira,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 27, 2014 - 1:57 pm
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