We love it when our friends become successful. Bronze Radio Return have been building their career for years and are finally poised to break big. Last week, they headed down to Tennessee to play the Bonnaroo festival. That was impressive enough, and then there they were today, smiling at us from the Rolling Stone live and backstage photo gallery. Hello gents, and well done.
As someone who doesn’t really follow sports, the Super Bowl kind of snuck up on me this year. And while you’re all getting ready to gorge on chicken wrapped in bacon (yum) and cheering for your favorite team, I’ll be looking forward to one thing, and one thing only: a series of concerts by Foo Fighters, The Roots, and Imagine Dragons which will be streamed live via RollingStone.com. The Roots will kick things off tomorrow night with a program dubbed “The Roots Present Hip-Hop NYC,” featuring appearances by Run-DMC, Busta Rhymes, and more. Friday will bring Imagine Dragons to the stage at 12 a.m. EST, and Saturday belongs to the Foo Fighters.
Perhaps the coolest part of all of this, besides the actual streaming, is that the performances will be taking place on an aircraft carrier stationed in the Hudson River. Check it all out beginning at 11pm EST tomorrow night.
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Sometimes bands get really creative and really bold in their covers. And if you ask me, that’s the way to do it. Take a song and make it your own; none of this relying on what the original artist has already perfected to coast you through to rave reviews. Taking the classic “Con te Partirí²” made famous by Andrea Bocelli, Vampire Weekend does exactly that.
“‘Con te Partirí²’ is one of the greatest love songs of all time,” frontman Ezra Koenig told Rolling Stone. “Its beauty transcends language. Thank you, Mr. Bocelli, for introducing us to this majestic gem.”
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Bob Dylan may have just been named a Legion of Honour by France, but that won’t stop him from reportedly being sued by a Croatian community association out of France. The reasoning? Seemingly racist remarks made in a cover story interview with Rolling Stone last year. When asked about the Civil War era vs present-day America, Dylan had responded by saying:
“This country is just too fucked up about color. It’s a distraction. People at each other’s throats just because they are of a different color. It’s the height of insanity, and it will hold any nation back “ or any neighborhood back. Or any anything back. Blacks know that some whites didn’t want to give up slavery “ that if they had their way, they would still be under the yoke, and they can’t pretend they don’t know that. If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood.”
We’re betting you can guess which line the Croatian community is upset about. Taking action by suing Dylan and the French version of Rolling Stone, the secretary general of the organization, Vlatko MariÄ‡, said it was “an incitement to hatred” and that “you cannot compare Croatian criminals to all Croats. But we have nothing against Rolling Stone magazine or Bob Dylan as a singer.”
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It has been quite a while—6 years in fact—since Andre 3000 has released a full studio album. Outkast‘s 2006 soundtrack for their movie Idlewild, is the last major release by the hip hop/R&B artist. Since then he has only been on featured tracks or his own sporadically released single tracks. This has raised a lot of questions and rumors among his fans, especially as to whether or not there will be an Outkast reunion.
According to Complex.com, Andre 3000 explained in a Rolling Stone interview just where he stands currently as an artist, and frankly, he is not sure. He says that “things are kind of up in the air with me, and some days, I feel like yeah, I’ll do it. Some days, I feel like, I don’t. I don’t know the future of music right now. I have no idea what I do. I honestly don’t.” Andre also mentioned that he feels a judgmental pressure from fans and critics who are watching his every move in the music world “because I don’t do it much, they analyze every word and before, you could’ve had a shitty verse and people just forgot about it. So it’s different now.”
As for a reunion with Outkast, he simply states that he has tuned out all rumors and expectations because “it makes me mad to read it sometimes,” he says, “I don’t read the Internet.”
Meanwhile, Andre’s former Outkast partner Big Boi is set to release his next solo album, coincidentally named Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, on December 11th. Hopefully Andre will get back into the swing of things, and perhaps the two will join forces once again, but as of now, that seems unlikely.
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Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown have added yet another impressive accomplishment to their growing list of achievements, which already includes appearances in Rolling Stone and Guitar Hero. After being selected by members of The OurStage Panel, the band brought their ferocious, bluesy rock to the stage of Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform two songs from their upcoming album Wild Child. Missed the show? Check out the two tunes from their performance below.