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Hear Glee’s Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Michael Jackson Mashup

Nick Zinner is going to be spinning in the coffin he sleeps in after he feeds when he hears this. It’s Glee’s mix of “Heads Will Roll” and “Thriller,” which will appear in the show’s Super Bowl episode. That episode airs after the Super Bowl on Fox, because the lead-in audience potential is huge, obviously. More »

By: jessica / February 1, 2011 - 9:51 am

Karen O – “If You’re Gonna Be Dumb, You Gotta Be Tough”

With Matador’s 21st birthday out of the way and the Pavement reunion coming to a somewhat acrimonious close therein, the gaze of pop cultural nostalgia shifts a few years to the right on the timeline with the pending release of the Jackass movie. Yay? Not really, for me, though watching Steve O and Johnny Knoxville… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 6, 2010 - 10:54 am

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Turn 10 At Secret Project Robot

The between Metropolitan and N. 3rd, in fact, at the small, and according to various reports and tweets, steamy/sweaty Secret Project Robot storefront on Kent Ave., close to Glasslands and the Waterfront and many other sites of summer live-show excellence. This was a semi-secret show in celebration of 10 years of NYC’s own world-beating art… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 23, 2010 - 9:28 am

Maximum Balloon – “Communion” (Feat. Karen O)

Dave Sitek’s Karen O-featuring Maximum Balloon track showed up on the project’s MySpace page. You’ve previously heard “Absence Of Light,” “Tiger,” “If You Return,” and “Groove Me.” “Communion” doesn’t have the same vocal hooks of the latter, but it’s always nice to hear Karen O’s voice. Even if it’s making vague positive affirmations. More »

By: jessica / September 10, 2010 - 5:25 pm

New Yeah Yeah Yeahs Video – “Skeletons”

Almost a year after we first heard It’s Blitz, its “Maps” moment gets lovely video treatment. Karen, Brian, and Nick (dis)appear in the clip as wispy, diaphanous ghosts, or angels, an ethereal effect director Barney Clay achieved by projecting images of the band on plumes of smoke. In its accompanying making-of featurette, Karen tells u… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 26, 2010 - 1:14 pm

The 12 Best Late Night TV Performances Of 2009

It was a tumultuous year for late night laffs, with Jimmy Fallon joining the fray, Conan taking over Tonight only to find awful Leno sink the NBC ship at 10PM, and Letterman enjoying career-high ratings despite (or because of?) a sex scandal. It was, however, a solid year for late night music booking. We regularly… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 21, 2009 - 6:48 pm

10 Years Of ATP In Photos

When the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival first launched, the idea of canonizing an iconic album with a track-for-track live performance was still a novel concept. A decade later the album-recreation bit has become another salable gimmick for non-ATP acts trading on nostalgia to line their post-prime coffers, and even ATP has on occasion conferred the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 14, 2009 - 12:03 pm

Karen O Gets Grammy Nom After Miley Cyrus Disqualified

According to Spike Jonze, Karen and The Kids’ “All Is Love” is now up for a Grammy because Miley’s “The Climb” wasn’t originally written for a movie after all. Funny/weird/great! Let’s hope they perform it. (via 24bit)… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 10, 2009 - 2:15 pm

A-TRAK Remixes Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Taking a break from Where The Wild Things Are-related Karen O news for a moment … When Passion Pit got their hands on “Heads Will Roll” we ended up with so-so Sprockets-style techno. If you recall, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ video for the original included a dancing werewolf, the single’s cover art featuring the same… More »

By: brandon / October 19, 2009 - 2:14 pm

Austin City Limits 2009 In Photos

There was dust, rain, then mud. There was Eddie Vedder, sitting in with Kings Of Leon and calling Perry Farrell up onstage with Pearl Jam during a reportedly monstrous, festival headlining two-hour set. There were Brooklynites and Brits, Dave Matthews and Phoenix, The B-52s and Mos Def, John Paul Jones and Karen O. Basically there… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 5, 2009 - 1:51 pm

Stream The Where The Wild Things Are Soundtrack

You’ve all seen (and cried about) the trailer. Now it’s time to hear (and cry about?) Karen O & the Kids’ Where The Wild Things Are soundtrack. Like the first single “All Is Love” suggested, the collection has a dreamy childlike feel to it. As we mentioned, though, Karen’s Kids include Brian Chase and Nick… More »

By: brandon / September 28, 2009 - 3:04 pm

New Flaming Lips Video – “I Can Be A Frog”

Now that the appearances at ATP and Colbert are out of the way, the Lips can shift to more typically internattable pursuits, like releasing music videos for their forthcoming, 12th album Embryonic. “I Can Be A Frog” features Karen O on “noises,” although the clip has her animal sounds mouthed by a giggly bikini-head instead. More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 22, 2009 - 1:47 pm

Monolith 2009 In Photos

While we were rocking the Catskills, enjoying what Wayne Coyne said was “the greatest collection of underground music ever assembled,” dozens of other great indie bands (and a few hip-hop luminaries) put on a much larger mountain festival in Morrison, Colorado. In its third year Monolith delivered rain from the get-go, but that only served… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 15, 2009 - 5:42 pm

Bumbershoot 2009 In Photos

At Seattle’s biggest music festival, rain is not unexpected; still, the downpours at Bumbershoot ’09 were scary even for this neck of the Pacific Northwest. No bands got electrocuted, but the sound cut out during Black Eyed Peas’ set, so that’s something. Franz Ferdinand and Modest Mouse were huge draws as the three-day event came… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 8, 2009 - 10:34 am

Reading & Leeds Festivals 2009 In Photos

This past weekend, bill-sharing fellows Reading and Leeds were tasked with distracting a nation still reeling from the death of its Oasis. Their secret weapons were unannounced sets by Them Crooked Vultures, the tweet-happy supergroup of Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones, and Josh Homme who introduced his band as “Michael Jackson” because he’s so talentedMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 31, 2009 - 12:40 am

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Replace Beastie Boys At Austin City Limits

Karen and the crew earned their festival-headliner bona fides when subbing for cancer-stricken Beasties at Lolla, so C3 Presents invited ‘em back to pinch hit at ACL, according to the recently updated schedule. (Thanks for the tip, Claire.)… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 25, 2009 - 4:30 pm

New Karen O And The Kids – “All Is Love”

Last week we revealed that Karen O’s Where The Wild Things Are backup band “the Kids” includes YYYs’ Brian Chase and Nick Zinner, Bradford Cox, and two Raconteurs, among others. One of those “others” is the “untrained children’s choir” taking center stage on the soundtrack’s chirpy, childlike (and somehow creepy?) first single “All Is Love.”… More »

By: brandon / August 24, 2009 - 11:52 am

Karen O’s Kids Revealed

She’s billed her Where The Wild Things Are soundtrack collaborators “the Kids.” Turns out the group of helpers includes YYYs’ Brian Chase and Nick Zinner, Bradford Cox, two Raconteurs, and more. Look for the collection 9/29. The first single “All Is Love” is out digitally 8/25. More »

By: brandon / August 20, 2009 - 10:05 am

Lollapalooza 2009 Wrap-Up

If you weren’t talking about the weather in Grant Park this weekend, you weren’t in Grant Park this weekend. And really that would’ve been a shame. It was oppressive at times, but despite — or as these things go, perhaps because of — the inclement weather conditions (APW-styled rain Friday, sweltering heat and humidity the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 9, 2009 - 3:11 pm

All Points West Wet 2009 In Photos

When APW presented its inaugural festival last year, we weren’t alone in taking issue with the experience: lack of food options, a fair but generally recycled undercard which played more like “a bunch of bands opening for Radiohead,” an extremely restricted/overpriced drink situation designed to keep people sober and make them feel uncomfortable by boozing… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 3, 2009 - 9:47 am