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Win Butler photo by Drew Angerer, Wayne Coyne photo by Kirstie Shanley
And just like that, the Rock Feud of 2009 fizzles out. Back in March, Flaming Lips leader Wayne Coyne told Rolling Stone that the Arcade Fire are "pricks, so fuck 'em." (Pretty funny.) Then Win Butler responded with relatively mature lines like, "I hope I was less of a 'prick' then telling Rollingstone that a bunch of people I don't know at all are really assholes." (Not as funny, but more respectable, I guess.)
In the world of rock 'n' roll, this means war! Or something. Like any good internet hype fest, people talked about it in bars for one or...
Pitchfork writers regularly appear on ABC's World News Webcast to chat about notable albums they've recently reviewed. Previously, we saw Amanda Petrusich discussing Bon Iver's Blood Bank, Marc Hogan on M. Ward's Hold Time and the Decemberists' The Hazards of Love, Stephen M. Deusner on Neko Case's Middle Cyclone, Joe Tangari on Amadou & Mariam's Welcome to Mali, Nitsuh
Live music on T.V. this week:
Monday, May 4:
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Keri Hilson with Kanye West NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Lykke Li (rerun) ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Justin Timberlake, the Whip (rerun) NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Adele, the Roots (house band)
Tuesday, May 5:
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Franz Ferdinand CBS: Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Jenny Lewis NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Lily Allen NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, the Roots (house band)
Wednesday, May 6:
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: the National, the Roots (house band) NBC: Tonight Show With Jay...
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Tortoise goes power metal! Well, sort of. On the headbangingly-titled "Prepare Your Coffin", from their forthcoming album Beacons of Ancestorship, the Chicago post-rock institution throws in some flashy riffs that ride the lightning all the way to Valhalla. But, you know, it still sounds like a Tortoise song.
Beacons of Ancestorship is out June 23 on Thrill Jockey. The band is hitting the road this summer in support of the record, including a stop at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago's Union Park. On July 17, Tortoise's set -- along with sets by Built to Spill, Yo La Tengo, and the Jesus Lizard-- will be part of the...
As Coldplay do battle with Joe Satriani in court after the guitar hero claimed the Britpop superstars stole his 2004 song "If I Could Fly" for their smash "Viva La Vida", Cat Stevens (who currently goes by the name Yusuf Islam) is looking to get in on the action. According to UK rag The Sun (via NME), Stevens is now claiming Chris Martin and company actually stole "Viva La Vida" from his 1973 song "Foreigner Suite". (Apparently, the bit in question can be found here, at the 5:15 mark-- seems like a stretch but judge for yourself.) I'm not sure where this leaves Joe Satriani, but the good news is Stevens is not looking to sue Coldplay.
Perhaps Stevens knows the...
Photos by Kathryn Yu. Full set of photos available HERE.
Dark Was the Night is in on its own joke-- who knew?
The recent two-disc indie-rama comp from Red Hot's charity series is a who's who, a statement of unity, and a gracious gesture. It's also polite as...
Springtime is for lovers, and love is in the air for alt-rock stars. The Detroit News reports that White Stripes drummer Meg White will marry Jackson Smith, son of punk legend Patti Smith and the late MC5 guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith. (Via Spinner.) They'll tie the knot May 22 in Nashville, according to The Detroit News. (An email to a representative of the White Stripes asking for confirmation has not yet been returned.) Meanwhile, Trent Reznor will take some time away from fighting with Apple, touring with Jane's Addiction, and updating his consistently hilarious Twitter to get married, MTV reports. The Nine Inch Nails maestro will wed Mariqueen Maandig of the band West...
Whoever books the musical guests on "Late Show With David Letterman" sure has a hankerin' for experimental Brooklyn rock. This Thursday, May 7, the CBS late night staple will welcome Animal Collective to his stage. We hope they get along well with the show's other guests: Norm MacDonald and Leonard Nimoy. What a crowd! Then, on May 20, Dave will welcome Grizzly Bear, according to Grizz frontman Ed Droste's Twitter. They rocked "Late Show" last year with Veckatimest jam "Two Weeks"-- can they top that? The other guest on "Letterman" that night is Stephen Colbert. And we all know how he feels about bears. This could get ugly.
Chamber-pop artiste Patrick Wolf's upcoming album, The Bachelor, promises to be a unique artifact filled with Satan, S&M, and Tilda Swinton. The cover (above) is sufficiently batshit, with Patrick emerging from an oddly-shaped future tent and looking more than ready to release orbs of goth-glam onto an unsuspecting populace.
The Bachelor is due for release in Wolf's native UK and Europe on June 1 via his BloodyChamberMusic imprint, with overseas fans able to invest in the album (and potentially reap profits) via Bandstocks. In the U.S., however, The Bachelor will be released on NYLON magazine's new imprint, NYLON Records, June 2 digitally and August 11...