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As we count down the hours to the end of 2010, here’s one last look back at the albums that kept me smiling throughout the year. By their very nature, such lists are subjective and I’m sure there will be readers that hated some of the albums on this list as much as I loved them. But such lists are also often about the thrill of discovery and the thought of shining the light on a perhaps overlooked gem. My colleague Katie Hasty posted her excellent Top 10 here. Check that out as well. 1) “Broken Bells,” Broken Bells: Danger Mouse »
By Matt Elias
A few years back at Austin's South by Southwest festival, the MTV News team conjured up five hard-hitting questions to ask the various bands hanging around Austin. Since everything old is new again, we decided to do a little re-gifting at this past weekend's Kroq Almost Acoustic Christmas in Los Angeles.
The radio station's iconic holiday show — better known to regulars as "Acx" and less known as a show where any actual acoustic music is played — boasted a stellar line-up on its second night: Phoenix, Vampire Weekend (who are seasoned pros at this five questions thing), Brandon Flowers, the Black Keys, Florence & the Machine, Neon Trees, Temper Trap, Broken Bells, and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.
Some of those bands were gracious enough to subject themselves to our questionnaire. Of course, this was after we asked them harder questions, like how Phoenix was approached the soundtrack to »
- MTV News
By Kara Warner
For the lucky music-loving Los Angelenos who managed to snag tickets to Kroq's annual Almost Acoustic Christmas concert, the experience was likely one for the record books. For this writer, who does not leave her desk or home nearly enough to take part in musical performances, night two of the 2010 Christmas event has inspired a resolution to go support more musicians and their live shows. The lineup for the second night included Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Broken Bells, Temper Trap, Neon Trees, Florence & the Machine, the Black Keys, Brandon Flowers, Vampire Weekend and Phoenix all on the same bill — truly an all-star cast of envelope-pushing rockers.
But for me, the breakout story of the show was Neon Trees. I knew a few of their songs before going in, but they were by far the standout performance of the entire evening. If there was an award »
- MTV News
8:00 I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown 9:00 No Ordinary Family (repeat) 10:00 Detroit 1-8-7 (repeat) 12:05 Jimmy Kimmel Live (new, with guests Kevin Spacey, Beau Garrett, and Goo Goo Dolls) 8:00 NCIS (new) 9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (new) 10:00 The Good Wife (new) 11:35 The Late Show With David Letterman (new, with guests Paul Rudd and Joanna Newsom) 12:37 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (new, with guest Kirsten Dunst) 8:00 Glee (repeat) 9:00 Glee (repeat) 8:00 Minute to Win It (new) 9:00 The Biggest Loser (new, season finale) 11:35 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (new, with guests Jack Black and Michael Buble) 12:35 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (new, with guest Bette Midler) 8:00 The Vampire Diaries (repeat) 9:00 The Vampire Diaries (repeat) More TV to watch when you read more. 9:00 The Millionaire Matchmaker (new) 10:00 Fashion Show: The Ultimate Collection (new) 11: »
We've premiered quite a few magnificent music videos this year, and some of the best to be seen anywhere just in the past few months, if I dare say. Since there are far too many shot for any one person to see them all, inevitably, all the issues of bias and subjectivity that apply to any list of creative works are compounded here by sheer volume. But, dear reader, the very fact that we've been intimately in the loop with many of the finest pairings of sound and vision in recent months gives us a slight edge in preparing such a list. Admittedly, some of the following videos premiered here on IFC, but all of them earned their place in this list because they rose above the rest with noteworthy execution and immense style.
10. Rachel Goodrich, "Light Bulb"
Rachel Goodrich's vaudeville indie pop tune "Light Bulb," featured in "Weeds," was »
- Brandon Kim
There was no shortage of great new music in 2010. In the pop, hip hop, indie rock worlds and beyond, new artists made a splash while some veteran artists went out on their own and made a name for themselves. So, which of these debuts rocked your world this year? Don't forget to vote on all of my Best of 2010 polls! What Is the Best Breakthrough Album of 2010? Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday Justin Bieber, My World 2.0 Best Coast, Crazy For You Ke$ha, Animal Janelle Monae, Archandroid Broken Bells, Broken Bells Bruno Mars, Doo-Wops & Hooligans Drake, Thank Me Later B.o.B., The Adventures of Bobby Ray Cee Lo Green, The Lady Killer »
Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, Vampire Weekend, Broken Bells, Band of Horses and Kings of Leon are among the nominees for the year's Grammy Awards, which are apparently still happening. In less appealing news, Lady Gaga was also nominated for Album Of The Year (which she will win) and Justin Bieber was nominated for Best New Artist, three words that should never be in the same sentence as his name. (Bieber, by the way, faces off against Mumford & Sons and Florence And The Machine.) Here are the ones you wanted to know about: Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, Jeff Beck & Joss Stone, Kings of Leon, Muse. Album Of The Year: The Suburbs by Arcade Fire, Recovery by Eminem, Need You Now by Lady Antebellum, The Fame Monster by Lady Gaga, Teenage Dream by Katy Perry. There's [...] »
We're slowly inching closer to award season, and tonight we learned who scored nominations for the biggest ceremony in the music industry: the Grammys. Last year was all about the ladies, but this time around the men are stepping up. Eminem got the most nods with eight, including song of the year and record of the year, while newcomer Bruno Mars nipped at his heels with seven nominations (guess he's not just popular among the Glee club). Speaking of the gleeks, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the cast was recognized all on their own, for their "Regionals version" of "Don't Stop Believin'" and best soundtrack. Just because the men came out on top this year doesn't mean the ladies won't be represented. As usual, Lady Gaga got plenty of recognition, along with Katy Perry and Rihanna. Other nominees that got me smiling are Arcade Fire, who picked up »
It’s that time of the year already! The 53rd annual Grammy nominations (for 2011) were announced last night and it’s safe to say that Eminem made a clean sweep popping up in 10 categories. Love the Way you Lie is up for Song and Record of the Tear while Recovery has received nominations for Album and Rap Album of the Year. Just for a quick memory jog, remember who was a big winner at last year’s Grammys? Beyonce! Other big nominees this year include Bruno Mars with seven nominations, and Jay-z, Lady Gaga and Lady Antebellum with six each. John Legend and B.o.B follow closely with five. Katy Perry, who’s performing for VH1 Divas Salute the Troops (Sunday, Dec. 5, at 9/8c), scored four nominations, including one for Album of the Year for Teenage Dream. What’s your take on the nominees this year? Did anyone get left out? »
- Ambika Muttoo
The 53rd Annual Grammy Award nominations were announced Wednesday, Dec. 1 on CBS. The awards themselves air February 13, 2011- and with nominees like these, it's sure to be quite a show.
Nominee Katy Perry was on hand to perform.... and to comment after receiving her Album of the Year nomination. "It's like no other awards show because I feel like you're being recognized by your peers, so when they nominate you, it's kind of like a win," she says. "But if I win, I won't say that."
Eminem received the most nominations with 10. Behind him, Bruno Mars got 7 and Jay-z, Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga each received six nominations. Craig Ferguson was floored by his first nomination in the Spoken Word category - he tweeted, "I just got nominated for a damn Grammy. Take that low self esteem. #f***yeah." Only, you know... without the asterisks.
Song of the Year
Oh to be Danger Mouse. To think that he was a music industry fugitive only a few scant years ago for his "Gray" album mash-up. Now he's apparently producing U2, has worked in a handful of influential rock projects from Gorillaz to "Dark Night of the Soul," Gnarls Barkley to Broken Bell to Beck to Black Keys. And now he gets to work with another savant, Jack White -- on tunes composed with famed Italian producer Daniele Luppi, gathered together for a project called "Rome." The pair had worked previously on efforts for Gnarls, Broken Bells and "Dark Night of the »
- Katie Hasty
Cee Lo Green seemed quiet for a while after blowing minds as one half of Gnarls Barkley with hits like "Crazy" that people from all walks of life embraced. There was the second Gnarls album, but his ubiquitous co-conspirator, Danger Mouse, was all over the place cutting records left and right with Beck, The Black Keys, James Mercer (as Broken Bells), even David Lynch. But no Cee Lo... until he dropped "Fuck You."
And like that, he's a superstar. Vulture caught up with him in his hotel room while he was decompressing before shooting a music video and Cee Lo opened up about having to compromise his raw style to get records made, using a cocaine analogy.
"Left to my own devices, my album would be powder," Cee-Lo declares. "Raw powder. And of course we all know, if you have any kind of common knowledge -- it can't be completely raw. »
- Brandon Kim
The super duo, Broken Bells, aka Danger Mouse (aka producer Brian Burton) and The Shins' James Mercer turned heads with their debut "Broken Bells" this past spring. Then they released an awesome sci-fi video for their single, "The Ghost Inside" featuring Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men," "Firefly") as a darling android.
Today Vulture premiered a second official video for the same song adding Hall & Oates to the list of players who appear in videos for Broken Bells' "The Ghost Inside." Friend of the band director, Matt McCormick, was reminded of Hall & Oates' "Private Eyes" by the song's clapping, so much so that after digging up the 1981 video on YouTube, he "just started playing around with syncing up the visuals from the 'Private Eyes' video with 'The Ghost Inside.' Then he superimposed James Mercer's mouth on the face of Mr. Daryl Hall and called it a day." It's not »
- Brandon Kim
One of the movies that seemed to be getting far and away the most buzz coming out of Tiff this year was John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole. To be honest, I was a little surprised that it didn't end up winning the People's Choice Award, but I guess it's hard to say how it played with the average moviegoers as opposed to just the critics. The movie is based on David Lindsay-Abaire's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a married couple who struggle to come to terms with the loss of their young son in an accident. From what I know, there isn't much more to the plot aside from that, which definitely means it will be a bit of a hard sell. The movie stars Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart, and word on the street is that they both put in heart-wrenching performances. The first trailer definitely promises plenty of tears, »
One of the biggest hits of this year's Toronto International Film Festival was John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole, starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart and Diane Weist. Based on the award winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire, plenty of praise has been heaped upon both the quality of the adaptation and Kidman's performance. Now the first trailer has come online. Hosted by Apple, the tone is pretty much what you'd expect from a film about parents who have lost their young son in an accident. There seems to be a lot of standing and staring involved, but I'm not really sure I would act any differently if I lost a child. Throw in the song "The High Road" by Broken Bells and you have a pretty powerful trailer on your hands and a film that is likely aiming directing at the Oscar race. Check out the trailer below or in HD »
Halloween is only a week away, which means it's high time you spent your weekend in a dark room with an unnerving film flickering before your eyes. Luckily, Hollywood has a solution for you in "Paranormal Activity 2," the follow-up to the surprise haunted house hit from last year. The details of the sequel have been kept under wraps (which works better for this movie, as the surprises are part of the fun and the fear), but if the trailers (and the first film) are any indication, it's going to be yet another dive deep into the minds of some paranoid people inside a probably-haunted house. "Paranormal Activity" director Oren Peli stuck around as a producer for the sequel, so the flick retains its spooky undertones, unnerving "found footage" look and general sense of dread that made the first film so thrilling.
In fact, it works so well that a soundtrack is almost completely unnecessary. »
- Kyle Anderson
U2 are working with producer Danger Mouse on their next album. The Irish group are presently recording their 13th album, which has the working title "Songs of Ascent", with the producer and musician, who is also one half of the groups Gnarls Barkley and Broken Bells.
"We have about 12 songs with him," lead singer Bono told Theage. "At the moment that looks like the album we will put out next, because it's just happening so easily."
Danger Mouse has previously produced albums for The Black Keys, Beck and Gorillaz. The new album by the band is one of three projects they are presently working on. Bono has also previously talked about how the band are making a "club" record with dance/pop producers including will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas, Lady GaGa's producer RedOne and ubiquitous hitmaker David Guetta.
Bono has said the group has "a pile of »
Are they or aren't they? That is the question we continue to ask about Alexander Skarsgård and Kate Bosworth. They've never confirmed they're a couple, but for what has seemed like forever, they've showed many signs that they're more than just friends. About a week ago they were spotted at a Broken Bells concert in L.A., followed by lunch the next day. And just last night, they were together...kinda sorta. Twitter: Follow Marc Malkin and Brett Malec The True Blond hunk and Ms. Bosworth hit Sienna Miller's benefit for the International Medical Corps at L.A.'s Esquire House. Are they a couple? We'll let you be the judge. Here's what we »
The best thing about watching coverage of the baseball playoffs on TBS has nothing to do with the actual broadcasts of the games, as TBS has managed to answer the question, "Can anybody show baseball worse than Fox and Espn combined?" No, the highlight comes during commercial breaks whenever promos for "Conan" come up. They have all been stellar, especially all of the blimp-related gags ("Actually, it's a dirigible"). The entire late night universe is waiting for O'Brien's return, as the numbers across the board have been way, way down since his exit earlier this year. Will Conan's comeback spark a new wave of competition among the venerable after-hours talk show hosts? Here's hoping.
In the meantime, the shows grind on, with a number of sure-fire highlights hitting your television screens this week. "The Late Show with David Letterman" features a visit from Matt Damon (Tuesday, October 12), one of the »
- Kyle Anderson
Alexander Skarsgard and Kate Bosworth continued their string of date nights out at a pub in La on Saturday. The two hit up a Broken Bells concert on Wednesday and shared a romantic lunch last Thursday. Alexander and Kate were matching in their black, white, and dark denim looks for another evening on the town together. He's slated to stick around for the Spike Scream Awards next weekend, where he's a nominee, while she's gearing up to shoot Bff and Baby soon. View 5 Photos › »
- Molly Goodson
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