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Why MisterWives Should Be Your New Favorite Indie Band

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You've likely heard MisterWives' upbeat hit "Reflections," but there are many more upbeat, melodic tunes that are sure to get you through your end of Summer slump. I had the pleasure of checking out their set at the Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco last weekend, and I have to say that it was the most fun I've had watching a band in a while. The NYC-based trio - vocalist Mandy Lee, drummer Etienne Bowler, and bassist Will Hehir - formed in late 2012 and released their debut solo album, Our Own House, in February 2015. Their brand of indie pop mixed with ska and reggae influences is evocative of groups like Tom Tom Club, Save Ferris, and most notably, No Doubt. Frontwoman Lee even took a page out of the Gwen Stefani handbook during their performance, dropping to a plank position on stage and doing push-ups while giving an inspirational introduction to the song,
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Lucinda Williams Talks About Her New Album, Adapting Her Dad's Poem and Her Favorite Christmas Music

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Lucinda Williams Talks About Her New Album, Adapting Her Dad's Poem and Her Favorite Christmas Music
Ever since her Grammy-winning fifth album, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, introduced her to mainstream audiences in 1988, Lucinda Williams has been at the top of the nebulously-defined genre of "alt-country." Her instantly-recognizable voice and unique interpretation of country, blues and folk traditions have made her an indispensable part of the scene: If you didn't recognize her forlorn "Are You Alright?" in one of the key scenes of True Detective's first season, you probably cocked your head and said, "Who is that?" anyway. Williams released her 11th album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, this year, and contributed a
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Later... with Jools Holland: Robert Plant, Counting Crows, tUnE-yArDs, Years & Years - liveblog

Join us as we liveblog our way through the penultimate episode of the 45th series of Later... with Jools Holland

10.54pm GMT

The final show of the series is a retro-fest, with performances by Bryan Ferry, Paul Rodgers, and a cosy piano-side chat with Dave Gilmour. There will also be music from rising singer-songwriter Laura Doggett, Swedish newcomer Seinabo Sey, cult Americans the War On Drugs, and a chap who I saw live at Stamford Bridge on the weekend - not kicking a ball around, no, singing in a venue under the stadium: Afrobeats king Fuse Odg.

You cant argue with a lineup like that. Well, you can. But as I - and Mrs D - said, thats the whole point of Later...

10.47pm GMT

Good point, Mrs D, whoever you are - Later... is almost designed to generate a mixture of devotion and loathing because if you love Plant youre bound to hate Stormzy,
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Talking Heads on 'Stop Making Sense': 'We Didn't Want Any Bulls--t'

Talking Heads on 'Stop Making Sense': 'We Didn't Want Any Bulls--t'
"We didn't want any of the bullshit," former Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz says about Stop Making Sense, the band's influential 1984 concert film. "We didn't want the clichés. We didn't want close-ups of people's fingers while they're doing a guitar solo. We wanted the camera to linger, so you could get to know the musicians a little bit."

It was December 1983 when the group filmed three shows at Hollywood's Pantages Theater, while on a tour for Speaking in Tongues that found them playing in an extended lineup with extra percussion,
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Album Review: Lily Allen's 'Sheezus' is sweet and tart

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Album Review: Lily Allen's 'Sheezus' is sweet and tart
Lily Allen has such a sweet voice, but as fans of the British singer know, her words are lethally tart. She may sound like she’s all puppies, rainbows and unicorns, but there’s a dark sense of humor running through almost every song. On “Sheezus,” her first album since 2009’s “It’s Not Me, It’s You,” Allen takes pot shots at her fellow female artists (or, more specifically, those who try to divide them), online trolls, D-list celebrities, and anyone else within arm’s reach. Her trenchant, sharp social commentary often hits its bullseye, but it doesn’t always make for an album that feels like it will have a long shelf life. In fact, “Sheezus” often feels so of-the-moment that it threatens to evaporate into thin air at times. Having said that, few artists seem to understand their place as well as Allen: she is completely confident
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Ranking Mariah Carey's 43 Best Singles, In Honor Of Her 43rd Birthday

It's the effervescent, tiara-obsessed Mariah Carey's 43nd birthday! As I've claimed previously, Mariah is the best kind of crazy celebrity because she's half-aware of her hilarious insanity: "This is a woman who loves winking decadence and snide one-liners as much as any drag queen, but because she's such an unmistakable diva and Leona Helmsley-level snob, she's oblivious to how ridiculous her attitudes and self-absorption sometimes are. That is a very exciting spectrum of nuttiness." Yes, I just quoted myself. I speak the truth!

For Ms. Carey's birthday, let's count down her 43 greatest singles, Ok? I've (regrettably) omitted remix cuts, but I'll note here that the remixes of "We Belong Together," "Dreamlover," and "Heartbreaker" may be even better than the originas. Now, onward.

43. "Bringin' on the Heartbreak"

42. "Breakdown"

41. "Never Too Far"

40. "I Wanna Know What Love Is"

39. "Loverboy"

38. "Crybaby"

37. "Through the Rain"

36. "Thank God I Found You"

35. "I Know What
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Newtown Kids Might Perform Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' On Grammy Preshow

A group of children from Newtown, Conn. who recently recorded a version of "Over the Rainbow" are preparing for a live appearance during the E! Network's Grammy Awards preshow on Sunday.

"American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest will be flying a crew to Connecticut and plans to interview the children via satellite during the E!'s "Live From the Red Carpet" preshow, said Tim Hayes, who co-produced the recording.

The children also will be singing Carly Rae Jepson's hit song, "Call Me Maybe," he said.

The group of 21 kids, some of whom attend Sandy Hook Elementary School, recorded "Over the Rainbow" last month with singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson at the Fairfield, Conn., home of Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, two former members of the Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club rock bands.

Sabrina Post, who runs a performing arts school in Newtown and directs the group, said the kids wanted to do
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Sandy Hook Choir Sings ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ In Tribute Video

One month after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the school’s choir teamed up with Grammy-nominated singer Ingrid Michaelson to record a touching tribute for the lives lost. Watch the emotional video.

Some students at Sandy Hook Elementary School are paying tribute their fallen classmates and teachers, who died on Dec. 14 during the tragic shooting at their school in Newtown, Conn., with a beautiful rendition of the Wizard of Oz classic, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Members of the Sandy Hook choir recorded the tribute song with Grammy-nominated singer Ingrid Michaelson, in honor of the one month anniversary of the tragic shooting.

Sandy Hook Choir Records Song At Home Studio In Connecticut

Ingrid and the kids recorded the song at the house of Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of the musical group Talking Heads and the Tom Tom Club. They are also longtime residents of Connecticut.
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A Song From Sandy Hook

If you were to imagine the studio digs of Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, members of two defining new wave bands -- Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club -- you might not envision a cooler full of juice boxes in the corner. Today, though, the couple welcomed their newest collaborators: 20 school kids from Newtown, Connecticut, all aged in the single digits.

These are the siblings of some of the victims killed by gunman Adam Lanza, whose attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School last December made headlines across the world. For two days this month, the kids -- many of them Sandy Hook students -- will record the Judy Garland classic "Over The Rainbow" in the Tom Tom Club studio (tucked into the couple's Fairfield, Connecticut home), under the eye of Weymouth, Frantz, and Newtown-based vocal coach Sabrina Post.

Album art for 'Over The Rainbow.' Courtesy Tim Hayes.

Speaking by
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Ranking the 10 Best Diamond-Selling Albums By Female Solo Artists

Adele took home every accolade under the sun for her blockbuster sophomore album 21, but she just earned another: The young songstress' album was just certified Diamond, meaning it has sold 10x million copies. The last album to sell 10 million in under two years was 'N Sync's No Strings Attached, which came out in 2000. Wow. You're old.

This got me thinking: There aren't too many female solo acts who've sold 10x million copies of a single album. How do they stack up in quality? I've ranked my picks for the best ten below, and hopefully it'll inspire you to scream and complain. (Note: I haven't included bands with female singers, obviously. Rumours and Tragic Kingdom would surely shake up this list.)

10. Mariah Carey, Daydream (1995)

Mariah's best and biggest singles pepper Daydream: The Tom Tom Club-riffing "Fantasy" is a transcendant roller-coaster ride; the melodramatic "One Sweet Day" remains the biggest charting
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Catching Up With Tom Tom Club's Chris Frantz

In case you didn’t know, David Byrne isn’t the only Talking Heads alum releasing a new album today. In fact, the band’s former rhythm section—the fantastic one-two punch of the husband-and-wife combo that includes drummer Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth—are set to release another collection of songs as the Tom Tom Club. Their new Ep, titled Downtown Rockers, is Tom Tom Club’s first studio release since 2000’s The Good, The Bad, and The Funky. With references to Television, The Velvet Underground and Patti Smith (and of course, Talking Heads), Downtown Rockers’ title track is a celebration of the very scene...
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Tom Tom Club to release its first new material in 12 years

Tom Tom Club, the Talking Heads offshoot featuring Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, will release its first new material in 12 years this September. The Downtown Rockers Ep will hit digital retailers Sept. 4 and physical stores a week later. Weymouth told Rolling Stone that the Ep is an ode to Cbgb, the New York City club the band considers to be its “incubator.” It was one of the first places Talking Heads played, just two months after Weymouth actually got an amp in 1975, an experience she called “intimidating” (a feeling that was no doubt compounded by the club ...
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'Girls' Recap: "She Did" (Season Finale)

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It's taken me a long time to digest the season finale of Girls, aptly titled "She Did." We have a lot to digest from all four of our hot messes. The heartbreak, confusion, laughter and pity all have boiled up until this point, concluding the first season with an interesting series of events and opening up the second season nicely.

|Related: Last week's recap: "Leave Me Alone" |

Marnie has officially moved out of the apartment, prompting the very interesting development that Adam might move in. Yes, we all know that Adam's a complete and total weirdo, but in these last few episodes we've kind of grown to love him and his bizarre flavor of honesty.

Everyone gets a text to come meet Jessa for a mystery party. Even Charlie and Ray are invited, which throws me off a bit because I had no idea that they were such good friends with Jessa.
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'Girls' Recap: "She Did" (Season Finale)

It's taken me a long time to digest the season finale of Girls, aptly titled "She Did." We have a lot to digest from all four of our hot messes. The heartbreak, confusion, laughter and pity all have boiled up until this point, concluding the first season with an interesting series of events and opening up the second season nicely.

|Related: Last week's recap: "Leave Me Alone" |

Marnie has officially moved out of the apartment, prompting the very interesting development that Adam might move in. Yes, we all know that Adam's a complete and total weirdo, but in these last few episodes we've kind of grown to love him and his bizarre flavor of honesty.

Everyone gets a text to come meet Jessa for a mystery party. Even Charlie and Ray are invited, which throws me off a bit because I had no idea that they were such good friends with Jessa.
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Review: Hannah Winds Up Right Back Where She Started In Solid Season Finale For 'Girls'

Season 1, Season 10: "She Did"

Suddenly, everything has changed. That might be the recurring theme of "Girls" across its first season, one that has seen Hannah (Lena Dunham), Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) navigate their early 20s and the curveballs that come with it. As we've said time and again, Lena Dunham's focus on character, combined with a willingness to allow them to be unlikeable, wrong, selfish or simply unsure -- as one tends to be at that pre-adulthood age -- has afforded the show a real resonance that belies its standard sitcom set up. Besides a couple mid-season episodes that wobbled, Dunham's instincts have proven right more often than not, with "Girls" delivering unexpected big laughs and tender moments in the unlikeliest places. And so it's fitting that the season finale reorients the lives of everyone. Well, almost.

Following on the bitter blowout last week,
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Aural Fixation: The Sound of Sex Addiction and Other ‘Shame’-ful Secrets

When it comes to director/screenwriter Steve McQueen and screenwriter Abi Morgan’s film about living a life of secrets (and what it does to those who carry them), much more is said with their characters’ actions than any of the words that pass through their lips. Even more so when it seems most of the words that are said are unreliable and laced with the feeling that they are not simply lies, but lies each are telling themselves. Shame shows us a complicated and layered world that is both enticing and chilling, begging the question – what kind of music would underscore and accompany these distinctive moments? A mix of score (by composer Harry Escott), piano concertos (as performed by Glenn Gould), jazz (John Coltrane and Chet Baker) and popular music (from Tom Tom Club, Blondie and Chic) come together to create a musical landscape that is both sexy and unsettling while also deeply sad, troubling
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Sizzling UK Poster For ‘Shame’; Soundtrack Details Released

  • The Film Stage
I had the pleasure of seeing Steve McQueen‘s Shame for a second time this week, reconfirming it as one of my favorite films of the year. The story of sex addiction, played out by Michael Fassbender, is a masterwork in amping up and then releasing tension, resulting in a stunning experience that isn’t easy to shake.

We have a few new pieces from the film today, the first being the official UK poster, which debuted exclusively on Twitter, also including co-star Carey Mulligan. We also have details for the soundtrack from FilmMusicReporter, which I can’t wait to pick up. It features the score from composer Harry Escott, as well as songs by Blondie, Chic, Tom Tom Club and more. Check out the details below.

Sony Music will be releasing a soundtrack album for the drama Shame. The album features selections from the original score from the film by composer Harry Escott,
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Red Hot Chili Peppers: Pop Geniuses, or a Disgrace to Rock?

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AudioPlayer.setup("http://www.nerve.com/files/players/audio/player.swf", { width: 350 }); Red Hot Chili Peppers: Pop Geniuses, or a Disgrace to Rock? With the band's tenth album out next week, we battle over their legacy.  By Alex Heigl and Dustin Bird The Red Hot Chili Peppers are terrible The Red Hot Chili Peppers' journey from goof-offs to elder statesmen of rock has been a long and checkered one, and say what you want about them, they're a truly successful and influential band at this point. Which is unfortunate, because they are terrible. Their career can roughly be divided into two chunks: the chunk in which they gleefully pickpocketed funk music even as its corpse was still cooling, and their time as tattooed representatives of '90s alternativeness. Neither could be called artistically successful. The band's first record sounds like Tom Tom Club and the [...]
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Look Who's Talking! 'Extra's' Talk Show Roundup

Look Who's Talking! 'Extra's' Talk Show Roundup
Here's "Extra's" roundup of talk show guests for the week of Jan. 10 - 14, including Paula Abdul on "Ellen" and Queen Latifah stopping by "The View." Vince Vaughn stays up late for "Late Show with David Letterman," and Seth Rogen checks-in at the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

Daytime

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show"

Mon 1/10: Dennis Quaid, Nicki Minaj

Tues 1/11: Paula Abdul, Richard Simmons

Wed 1/12: Jenny McCarthy, Chris Harrison

Thurs 1/13: Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks
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Soundgarden Is Getting Back Together, But Don't Expect Guns N' Roses, The Smiths Or *Nsync

On New Year's Day, Soundgarden put aside a decade-plus of acrimony (and Audioslave) and announced that they were re-uniting, for … well, they didn't exactly say why they were doing it, but we'll assume it had something to do with the promise of plum festival headlining slots, sold-out arena shows and, of course, boatloads of cash. Because, really, we can't see any other reason why they'd get back together.

Make no mistake about it: Though Soundgarden's 1997 split lacked the fireworks with which most mega-successful, multi-platinum rock acts tend to implode, it was by no means a friendly thing. Worn out by years on the road and weakened by the internal struggle between frontman Chris Cornell and guitarist Kim Thayil, Soundgarden played their final gig on February 9 in Honolulu, Hawaii, walked off stage and simply disbanded. Since then, nearly every member has said repeatedly that a reunion would never happen, and the
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