Kings of Leon have unveiled a new music video for their hit “Temple,” off their latest release, Mechanical Bull. The video mixes performance shots with video of the Followill brothers’ children frolicking around the band’s hometown of Nashville, and yes, it’s as cute as it sounds. The video is a production of Followill cousin, Christopher “Nacho” Followill, who uses his media company, NachoVision to bring Kings of Leon fans behind the scenes footage from the road. Check out the video below. (more…)
Hitting the Web at some point in the last 24 hours, “Supersoaker” ushers in a new era for Kings Of Leon. Generally speaking, fans tend to draw line in the sound of KOL releases between the first three and the two more recent albums, but with “Supersoaker,” a grey area between the two has been reached. The pop sensibilities of their recent hits is as evident as ever, but it’s surrounded by a garage rock vibe and the gravelly delivery of Caleb Followill‘s voice. You can stream the single below.
With the release of “Supersoaker,” fans have begun chattering about the possibility of a new album surfacing in the near future. While KOL have yet to confirm such talk, it seems likely that a major announcement is on the horizon. We’ll keep you updated. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on “Supersoaker.”
Bands of brothers”history is riddled with them. From Creedence Clearwater Revival to the Bee Gees to Kings of Leon to The Beach Boys to Kool & The Gang to Good Charlotte to Pantera to, well, you get the point. Oaklynn, a band out of Dalton, Ga., brings its own exceptional symmetry to this illustrious group. Made up of two pairs of brothers”Josh and Seth Smith and Tripp and Tate Howell”Oaklynn purveys catchy, hook-driven synth rock with gossamer vocals. Fans of Postal Service will love the band’s single Everytime. Over compressed beats, tambourines, digital bleeps, and reverb guitars, Tate Hollowell sings, Every time you come around here lately, you lift me off the ground. Oaklynn’s ethereal songcraft has a similar effect. Next time you need a serotonin surge, give these guys a try.
Brothers Nicholas and Lucas James may have had a wholesome upbringing”home school, Quaker school, Connecticut suburbs”but they didn’t let that corrupt their rock and roll souls. The brothers stood by their hot sauce-lovin’, God-fearin’, skinny jeans-wearin’ values, joining up with likeminded brethren Kevin Clymer and Dean Miller to form Ula Ruth in 2011. Their rock is steeped in distortion, with banged up and bruised grooves. Exhibit A: Empty, a stylish and subversive rocker with zig-zagging guitars engulfed in feedback. Exhibit B: Call To The Lonely, where handclaps, reverb riffs, guttural bass lines and throaty hollers combine for the New England version of Kings of Leon. I always open my mouth instead of walking away, Nick laments. Be glad he does”Ula Ruth’s rebel yell is worth the listen.
It was a big year in the world of music. The past twelve months were filled with huge collaborations, new releases across every genre and some drama as well. The year also brought us lots of new talent to go crazy over, and the loss of some incredibly influential artists. So, let’s review 2011 and highlight the top stories that affected the world of music”from concerts to television; technology to YouTube sensations.
- Jay-Z and Kanye West teamed up to release their much-anticipated collaboration album, Watch The Throne, in the beginning of August. They’re currently on tour across the United States and Canada promoting the album, which has already been certified Platinum.
- Tragedy struck big music festivals in a couple countries, when severe weather caused stages to collapse. Ottawa Bluesfest and Pukkelpop Festival were two of the events affected.
- Ryan Murphy apparently took it personally when artists such as Slash, Kings of Leon and and Foo Fighters didn’t want their songs to be used on Glee. Dave Grohl was especially pissed, calling out Murphy for thinking every artist would want their songs featured on his show.
- Speaking of drama, some artists learned the hard way that Twitter is not all fun and games. For example, rapper The Game almost got himself in trouble with the authorities, when he tweeted a number for fans to call, which happened to be the phone number of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. (more…)