Friday Music News

Avery Tare of Animal Collective / photo by Dave Lichterman

  • Avery Tare of Animal Collective has started his own side project, a new band called Slasher Flicks. The band also features former Ponytail drummer, Jeremy Hyman, and ex-Dirty Projectors member Angel Deradoorian. Thanks to some fantastic fans, we have video of their debut performance at Baltimore’s Metro Gallery last night. [Pitchfork]

  • No one can argue with the fact that Freddie Mercury had one of the most energetic and versatile voices of all time. Now this truth is impossible to deny, because a YouTube genius uploaded the Queen hit “Under Pressure” with the isolated vocals of David Bowie and Mercury. Without the iconic base line those two distinct vocals sound even more captivating together. The video was uploaded two years ago, but luckily Open Culture rediscovered this gem. Listen to the magic below. [SPIN]

  • Broken Social Scene performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night. As you may have noticed in several of this week’s news posts, Fallon has had a lot of awesome talent on his show this week – including Portugal. The Man on Wednesday night. Broken Social Scene played their 2002 song “Almost Crimes” and their more recent track (if you consider 2005 recent) “7/4 Shoreline.” Watch both performances below. [Pitchfork]

  • Queens of the Stone Age appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday night to promote …Like Clockwork, but apparently Letterman was so blown away by their performance that he invited them back again last night. This time they played “Down by the Ocean” and Dave was so impressed that he even asked “would it be okay if I told people I’m part of the band?” [SPIN]

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