Category Archives: Today in Music

This Weekend: The Music of PAX

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone unable to hum or whistle the Super Mario Brothers theme song. Rhythm-based games like Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero have been incredibly successful in creating an interactive experience enjoyed by both music and video game lovers alike. Full orchestras performing the epic scores of The Legend of ZeldaRead more…

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Thursday News Roundup

It’s Bon Iver week over here at KEXP, and today’s headlines come bearing the news that the bearded songwriter’s new album has dethroned the likes of Lady Gaga, Eminem, and Adele to climb to the #2 spot on the Billboard Top 200, selling 104,000 copies in its first week of release – that’s nearly aRead more…

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Monday News Roundup

The week begins with the sad news of the death of Clarence Clemons, saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, on Saturday the 18th. Clemons, 69, had suffered a stroke the previous Sunday, but was reportedly in stable condition following two brain surgeries. In addition to his work with the E Street Band,Read more…

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Monday News Roundup 4/25

Enigmatic brother-sister synthpop duo The Knife haven’t released a proper album since 2006’s acclaimed Silent Shout – despite spearheading the noise opera Tomorrow, In A Year and the release of Fever Ray‘s fantastic solo album — but it looks like that’s all set to change. An announcement on the band’s website claims that they’re “currentlyRead more…

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Sonic Youth/Nirvana Documentary 1991: The Year Punk Broke Coming to DVD

In 1991, Sonic Youth embarked on a European club and festival tour that was documented by director Dave Markey. The band’s opening act, a little group known as Nirvana, are also heavily featured, and the film was released on VHS way back in the day. Now, an enhanced special edition of the film is beingRead more…

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Washed Out Signs to Sub Pop

Renowned Seattle label Sub Pop has made another addition to its roster, this time with chillwave laureate Ernest Green’s Washed Out. The reclusive electronic artist has been quiet for much of the past year, after setting the underground scene ablaze with his two critically acclaimed 2009 EPs Life of Leisure and High Times. You mayRead more…

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Monday News Roundup

Arcade Fire have announced a Deluxe Edition of their Grammy-winning 2010 LP The Suburbs that’ll be released June 27. The re-release will be packaged with two new songs, “Speaking in Tongues” and “Culture War”; a DVD of the forthcoming Spike Jonze-directed short film of the same name; and a making-of documentary. Last month, James MercerRead more…

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Sonic Roundup 4/15

Arcade Fire haven’t always been winning Grammys and playing surprise gigs internationally; newly surfaced video shows the band playing a house show in 2002, a full two years before Funeral. The video, which features early cut “My Heart is an Apple,” also snags a sneak peek at fellow Canadian Alden Penner (of The Unicorns) inRead more…

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Read Thom Yorke Replies to Fan Mail

As Letters of Note points out, two responses to Radiohead fan mail have been unearthed. Both are penned by frontman Thom Yorke, one handwritten in ’94 and one typed in ’96. The first, pre-Bends, is a letter in which Yorke muses about someday having their plectrums framed while his bandmates are apparently recording, while theRead more…

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David Byrne Settles Lawsuit Against Former Florida Governor

Last year, David Byrne swept into court against former Florida governor Charlie Crist after Crist used Talking Heads‘ “Road to Nowhere” in an online campaign ad without permission or licenses. Crist removed the ad promptly, but Byrne pursued, seeking a million dollars from the Senate candidate. Now, Byrne has posted on his website that heRead more…

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