After an eight-year drought interrupted only by the release of the Orphans compilation — though the 54-track box set was certainly nothing to sneeze at — a new Tom Waits studio album is finally upon us, and one of the many perks that comes with such an event is the release of new music videos.
The first such video from Bad As Me has just been revealed, and it’s for the romping, stomping, Rolling Stones-saluting “Satisfied.” The black-and-white footage of Waits dancing and flailing around in a yard recalls the Jim Jarmusch-directed video for “It’s Alright With Me,” and proves that, even at the tender age of sixty-one, the guy’s still got moves. (Now if only he and Thom Yorke would agree to a Tom-Thom dance-off.)
The video for “Satisfied” was directed by Jesse Dylan, the eldest son of some guy named Bob.
By now, Fitz and the Tantrums don’t need much in the way of an introduction. The LA musicians made a big splash last year thanks to their dance-tastic debut, Pickin’ Up The Pieces, and its triumphant mix of soul, pop, and rock. They’ve also earned a reputation for putting on fantastic live shows, and their performance tomorrow at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla should add yet another notch to what’s becoming a very large belt.
Of course, traveling around the world and performing can also involve a lot of downtime. We spoke with fetching vocalist Noelle Scaggs about the songs that keep her inspired on the road. You can check out her genre-hopping list below. Continue reading…
By now the internet is ablaze with excitement about Radiohead‘s The King of Limbs. The album was just announced on Tuesday and set for a digital release tomorrow, but in a surprise move, the band went ahead and made it available for download today. Those of you who purchased the album can now log in to your tracking page and start your voracious downloading.
For everyone else, Radiohead just released the video for “Lotus Flower,” the first single from The King of Limbs. The black and white clip — reminiscent of the classic one for Tom Waits’ “It’s Alright With Me” — features Thom Yorke in a bowler hat executing a fascinating array of herky-jerky dance moves, air humping, and general gyrations. Your move, Napoleon Dynamite.
As it does every year, the Coachella Music Festival is about to descend upon Indio, California. From April 16 – 18, the one-horse town will be transformed into an indie music mecca, with hipsters converging from far and wide to soak up the tunes and 115-degree heat.
Coachella can be a terrific time but also a taxing one, so you’ll want to get your mandatory three-day ticket’s worth. To help ensure that you don’t risk all that dehydration and sunstroke for nothing, your friendly neighborhood Owl and Bear have compiled a list of this year’s must-see bands. Continue reading →