May 2012 Archives

On April 19, I was fortunate to interview Phil Hartnoll of the pioneering electronica band, Orbital. He was in his home in England, me in my office. (The painting behind him was done by his wife, and he was bathed in an odd purple glow, but no matter.) The half-hour interview was recorded via the wonders of Skype and, though ... [Read]

Successfully put all the pieces into place on the "puzzle" at the Electric Guest website and you'll get some exclusive streams -- a pleasantly strummed acoustic version of "This Head I Hold" (I prefer the driving album version) and, better still, "Jenny," a lovely song that, for some reason didn't make it to the album (it should have -- ... [Read]

Kylie Minogue released the video for "Time Bomb," her latest dance music single.  The Australian singer and actress turns 44 on May 28, and she is celebrating "her 25th year in music," according to her official website. In the video, Minogue looks as fit and sexy as ever as she walks around the streets of London. The song's lyrics, though, ... [Read]

Donna Summer's everlasting dance

Posted by Doug Rule
May 17, 2012 2:52 PM |
When I first came out as a college student in the mid-‘90s, the gay dance club in Columbia, Mo., would end the night with Donna Summer’s “Last Dance.”  And why should it be otherwise?  “Yes, it’s my last chance, for romance, tonight,” Summer sang, as the queens sang right along with her – and sized each other up one ... [Read]

Nicki Minaj has released the video for "Right By My Side," featuring Chris Brown. It's the latest single off her new album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. Soundwaves says... Song: Worth listening to, until the next song that sounds exactly like it trots along. Video: Uh, really? You think they could have made it a little less literal and cliche? Follow ... [Read]

The New York City-based The Dig will release their new album, Midnight Flowers, on May 29. We've got a sample of their first single, the soothing, trippy "I Already Forgot Everything You Said." It's really a lovely song. Midnight Flowers is the group's sophomore effort, following its acclaimed 2010 debut Electric Toys. The band is comprised of David Baldwin ... [Read]

The up-and-coming Electric Guest recently appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman. If you missed the performance of their single "This Head I Hold," from their debut album Mondo, we have it here, followed by the song's impressive music video, directed by Keith Schofield, and a behind the scenes video chronicling its making. Their stunning appearance on Letterman: ... [Read]

Nelly Furtado will release her fifth album, The Spirit Indestructible on June 19. The first single -- Big Hoops (Bigger the Better) is available on iTunes now. Here's the video: Get Soundwaves in your inbox. Join our mailing list. Follow @metroweekly ... [Read]

Getting intimate with Hands

Posted by Randy Shulman
May 5, 2012 1:33 PM |
Hands recently released its new EP -- Massive Context -- and to promote, they hiked up into the Santa Monica mountains and performed "an intimate" one-take performance of their song "Forced Fascination." Stick with it for a moment or two, as it actually gets pretty good. Get Soundwaves in your inbox. Join our mailing list. Upcoming Tour Dates 05/26 ... [Read]

The official video for Leah LaBelle's soul-saturated "Sexify" is reportedly coming soon. In the meantime, Epic has released this "lyric video," which is kind of fun to watch, more or less, in a wordy kind of way. Look, at least there are lyrics other than "Oh, oh, baby" and "Uh, uh, baby." And where else are you going to read ... [Read]

Cher Lloyd's video for "Want U Back" is as confectionary as pop gets. We love, love, love it. And by love, we mean we can't stop watching it. “Want U Back” will be available for download on iTunes and other digital services on May 22. Here's the vid. Get Soundwaves in your inbox. Join our mailing list. Follow @metroweekly ... [Read]

Atari Teenage Riot just concluded its American tour and is now heading over to Europe, followed by a South American run. They just released their second installment of a two-part Collapse of History EP on Dim Mak Records. The new video appeared this week. It was shot in a mental institute in the suburbs of Paris. Get Soundwaves in your ... [Read]

Samson & MEN played at the May Day march on May 1, 2012 in New York City. The video quality is a bit sketchy, but the sound is quite good, as they perform "Boom Boom Boom" and "Make Him Pay." At the March, Sampson made the following speech: We are a protest band. We are here in solidarity as feminists, ... [Read]

Chiddy Bang premiered their newest video today. "Mind Your Manners" follows their single "Ray Charles," and is another track off their debut BREAKFAST. The upbeat track samples the buzzed about Swedish group, Icona Pop!. It's an engaging track that features a man in a wolf's head. Get Soundwaves in your inbox. Join our mailing list. Follow @metroweekly Shows and appearances ... [Read]