Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Scenesters Channel Their Inner Divas On 'Punk Goes Pop 5'

It’s that time of the year again: when people take words that others have said and twist them around to fit their own individual message. And no, we don’t mean election season; it’s time for another volume of Punk Goes Pop! In the fifth installment of the popular decade-old Fearless Records compilation, we get a mix of tunes from ’80s classics to contemporary chart-toppers. Here are five of our favorites from the upcoming November 6 release. (more…)

Coldplay Release New Video: Introduction To New Comic Book Series

Coldplay have premiered a new music video for their single “Hearts Like Heaven,” featuring footage adapted from their upcoming comic book series. That’s right, Coldplay are making comic books now. The video is an introduction into the fantasy/sci-fi world of main character Mylo Xyloto, which consequently is also the title of both the series and the album that tell the story.

According to StereoGum.com, Mylo Xyloto will be a “six-part miniseries… reportedly [leading] up to a feature film.” The first issue of this series will be making its debut this weekend at the New York City Comic-Con, with the remaining five installments scheduled for production starting in February 2013.

While this is a brand new direction for Coldplay, they are not the first band to go nerd on us. Prog-rock band Coheed & Cambria are almost a decade into their career of creating conceptual albums with accompanying comic books (which are also currently being made into a movie, coincidentally). Perhaps this may have inspired the English lads in Coldplay to pursue their endeavor. Who knows, maybe we’ll see even more conceptual comic book adaptations from other musicians once Mylo Xyloto hits the mainstream market… The Adventures Of Lady Gaga: Radio-Active Warrior Princess From Outer Space… anyone?

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Beyoncé, Eminem, Bruno Mars And More Team Up For Charity

Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa is the latest project from Artists Project Earth, an organization that aims to raise awareness and funds for climate change and disaster relief projects. The vocals of stars including Coldplay, Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beyoncé, Fleet Foxes, Mumford & Sons, and Bruno Mars, combined with the instrumentation of high profile African musicians like Toumani Diabaté and Rokia Traoré, result in a collaboration of epic proportions.  Previous releases from APE include Rhythms Del Mundo: Cuba, Rhythms Del Mundo: Classics and Rhythms Del Mundo: Revival.

Listen to some clips in the player below while you learn more about the project!

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In The Light

Canons

Some bands use music as catharsis, grinding their axe against the injustices of the world. Some use it to broadcast emotion, bearing their hearts for all to see. And maybe some use it to ask questions”to ponder the inner workings of the universe. Canons, out of Tecumseh, Mich., uses music to celebrate their faith. But it’s not all choirs of angels and heavenly trumpets. Their music draws not only from divine inspiration, but from secular bands like Jimmy Eat World and Coldplay. Someday Soon is angular and turbulent, a caveat for those wasting their time here on Earth. Someday we’ll wake up and see the dream is gone, sings Dustin Lolli over crystalline guitars and thrashing drums. If that’s too dark a thought for you, skip over to Take Hold Of My Hand, a power ballad that compels you to wave your lighter in the air. Reverent rock isn’t for everyone, but if the spirit moves you, let there be light.

Sound & Vision: Can Muse Become the Biggest Band in the World?

Move over, Coldplay. And tell U2 the news. Muse is gunning for the latter bands’ longtime job, the one for which the former might be considered naturally next in line: biggest rock band on the planet.

Bono, for one, may have seen this coming. When Muse opened for U2 on U.S. dates of the iconic Irish band’s 360° Tour in September and October of 2009, U2 frontman Bono touted the young English trio as one to watch ” and listen to ” the next biggest thing. Muse deserved the distinction: What other rock & roll band can claim responsibility for inspiring the Twilight saga?

And, finally, thank you to the talented musicians who inspire me, particularly the band Muse ” there are emotions, scenes, and plot threads in this novel that were born from Muse songs and would not exist without their genius.

” Twilight author Stephenie Meyer

But being the muse of a best-selling author and earning plum spots on the soundtracks to the blockbuster films based on her blockbuster book series do not ruling rock Gods make. Muse, though, is about to give it a shot with their upcoming sixth album, The 2nd Law (due October 2), which is receiving perhaps the biggest pre-release marketing push since Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way. (more…)