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Weird Al Gets Sound Advice; Episodes With Sleater-Kinney, Haim, Jenny Lewis Coming Soon

Above Average's popular web series Sound Advice with Vanessa Bayer is partnering with IFC's Comedy Crib for a whole new season. Bayer plays the hapless media coach Janessa Slater who insults, pokes and prods at famous musicians in a faux-consultation. Past guests include the likes of Drake, FUN., Haim and St. Vincent, and today… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 24, 2015

Watch Weird Al “Cover” Woody Guthrie On The Late Late Show

Thomas Lennon is the latest guest-host on The Late Late Show until James Corden takes over for Craig Ferguson next month, and he made the most of his brief stint by backing up "Weird Al" Yankovic on an extremely peculiar Woody Guthrie cover. The setup: Now that Yankovic is out of his 32-year record contract,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 17, 2015

The Week In Pop: Fifth Harmony’s Reflection Is The First Great Pop Album Of 2015

People love to hate Simon Cowell -- for pioneering TV singing contests with The X Factor and American Idol and/or for playing the role of resident asshole on those shows -- but give the guy credit for this much: In this era of rampant individualism, he sees the enduring value of a team. We saw… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 12, 2015

Watch Weird Al Insert Himself Into Whiplash

In a new video made for College Humor, Weird Al Yankovic inserts himself into one of the many band practice scenes from the Oscar-nominated film Whiplash. It's kind of like an old Al TV sketch with better technology behind it. A good-natured Al plays his accordion as best he can and goes up against… More »

By: James Rettig / February 9, 2015

Jack White Just Wants To Have Coffee With Weird Al

Tomorrow night, two nights after he brought Loretta Lynn and the Raconteurs to the stage in Nashville, Jack White will headline Madison Square Garden. Run The Jewels will open. And for those of us who aren't anywhere new New York, White will offer a live recording of the album on Pandora, streaming it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 29, 2015

“Weird Al” Yankovic Announces Mandatory World Tour

"Weird Al" Yankovic does not spend a whole lot of time on the road, possibly because it's really, really difficult and expensive to stage like 20 different music-video parodies per show. But after the success of last year's album Mandatory Fun, Yankovic has announced plans to hit the road heavily this summer, hitting practically every… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 20, 2015

The 40 Best Music Videos Of 2014

Next year, YouTube will celebrate its 10th anniversary. For nearly a decade, then, music videos have belonged almost entirely to the internet. Once upon a time, video directors made their work for TV, expecting you to run across their images when you were flipping through channels. By the time YouTube hit its second year, that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 19, 2014

The Week In Pop’s Top 50 Pop Songs Of 2014

Two weeks ago we looked at the year's biggest pop songs; now let's run down the best ones. There will be a lot of overlap, of course, partly because sometimes great songs get popular and partly because sometimes popular songs that initially strike you as insufferable end up wearing you down through sheer persistence. More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 18, 2014

Watch Weird Al Star In A Commercial For Radio Shack, Which Still Exists

Radio Shack and "Weird Al" Yankovic are 1980s pop culture institutions that have survived and thrived to this day. Appropriately, they've teamed up for a new commercial. Yankovic -- who is rocking facial hair again, in case that interests you -- plays a Willy Wonka-like character guiding holiday shoppers through the magical toy land that… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 12, 2014

Watch Weird Al Perform “Lame Claim To Fame” On Craig Ferguson

Weird Al stopped by Craig Ferguson last night to talk with the late-night host and give a performance of Mandatory Fun track "Lame Claim To Fame," which is a parody of North Carolina rockabilly band Southern Culture On the Skids. In his pre-performance interview, Yankovic talked about his album cover and poked fun at… More »

By: James Rettig / October 18, 2014

Weird Al Visits Seth Meyers, Plays Jesus In Award-Winning Short Film

UHF obviously got robbed, but now there's a chance that "Weird Al" Yankovic could star in an Oscar-winning movie. As Billboard reports, Yankovic plays Jesus -- or, rather, he plays an actor who plays Jesus -- in a new short film called The Moving Picture Co. 1914. Frequent Simpsons director Mark Kirkland made… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 1, 2014

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)… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 29, 2014

Watch Awesome Performances From The Simpsons Take The Bowl By Weird Al, Conan O’Brien, & The Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus

The Simpsons took over the Hollywood Bowl last night to celebrate their 25th anniversary and highlight some of the show's best musical moments. Weird Al was there to perform a song about Homer and Marge set to the tune of John Mellencamp's "Jack And Diane," Conan O'Brien did "The Monorail Song" from the famous SimpsonsMore »

By: James Rettig / September 13, 2014

Check Out The New Simpsons Figurines Of R.E.M., Elvis Costello, & Weird Al

For the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons, the merchandising machine behind the show has been going all out with an FXX marathon, Hollywood Bowl concerts, cosmetics, and the release of collectible figures of various guest stars. Today The National Entertainment Collectibles Association and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products announced the fourth wave of… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 9, 2014

George Harrison Tribute Event To Feature Brian Wilson, Wayne Coyne, Brandon Flowers, Britt Daniel, Weird Al, & More

George Harrison is getting his own festival dedicated to his music from the same people who put on Dylan Fest, Stones Fest, and Petty Fest. The festival will take place on September 28th at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre and will be called George Fest. The performer list is long and impressive, including Brian Wilson,… More »

By: James Rettig / September 4, 2014

Watch Weird Al Make Up TV Theme Song Lyrics On The Emmys

We were kind of close when we speculated last week that Weird Al would perform at an awards show. We thought it would be the VMAs because, you know, music, but it turns out that he was preparing for a surprise appearance at tonight's Emmy Awards. He performed in a segment where he made… More »

By: James Rettig / August 25, 2014

Weird Al To Perform At VMAs?

Could Weird Al be a surprise guest at the VMAs tomorrow? A tweet from Grimes makes it seem like it could be a possibility. Earlier today, she said, "!!crap im so proud of my 2 dancers - netsuke is gonna be on stage with beyonce @ the vmas this wknd and nickis dancing w… More »

By: James Rettig / August 23, 2014

Weird Al’s Ice Bucket Challenge Is The Best One Yet

The ALS ice bucket challenge has been inescapable on the internet over the past few weeks. Celebrities like Eddie Vedder, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, and Bon Jovi have all gotten in on the action. The latest singer to do so is "Weird" Al Yankovic, who got iced while sitting next to… More »

By: James Rettig / August 17, 2014

The Week In Pop: La Roux’s Trouble In Paradise Finds Breezy Ways To Brood

Trouble In Paradise is the sound of Elly Jackson letting her hair down. The La Roux singer's aggressive upward spike of follicles has been combed into a gentle waterslide-like swoop, and her second album -- and first without behind-the-scenes bandmate Ben Langmaid -- is accordingly looser and less brusque. She has styled herself less like… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 24, 2014

Weird Al Earns First #1 With Mandatory Fun

The eight-videos-in-eight-days plan worked! "Weird Al" Yankovic has released more than a dozen albums, in a music career that's lasted over 30 years, but none of those albums has hit #1 on the Billboard chart until this morning. Mandatory Fun, Yankovic's latest, sold 104,700 copies in the past week, which is good enough to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 23, 2014
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