The Black Keys' latest video, for "Howlin' For You," is such a perfect parody of a B-movie trailer that you may actually forget you're not watching a preview. It helps that the catchy single has showed up in commercials (notably for The Vampire Diaries), but this time it tells a brand-new story. Watch as badass assassin Alexa Wolff turns a town upside down by plowing through the men and lookin' for trouble in what could be a cheap knockoff of a Quentin Tarantino movie. (Bonus: watch for celeb cameos from Shaun White, Christian Serratos from Twilight, and more.) Music videos as fake trailers, they're so hot right now.
We're winding down 2010 by reflecting on the year's best entertainment (did you get to vote on all my polls?), but now it's our turn! It seems like yesterday I was sharing my Summer jams, but now that it's December, I'm reflecting on all the music that made my year rock. Here are my top 10 albums of 2010!
2010 was another year of infectious songs. The kind of tunes that you can't avoid, whether you're listening to the radio, at the movies, or watching TV. The songs run the gamut from rock to hip-hop to straight up pop, but which of these inescapable singles is the best of 2010?
Don't forget to vote on all of my Best of 2010 polls!
We may be saying goodbye to Summer, but we won't soon forget all the hot songs that defined this idyllic season (especially because some of them are such earworms they'll never get out of your head). A couple weeks ago, I asked you what your Summer jam was, but now I'm going to peel back the curtain and tell you what I've been listening to nonstop.
From some of the catchiest, cheesiest tracks to some brand-new indie material, I've been trying to mix up my iPod selections to have the most fun soundtrack of Summer. See — and listen to! — each of my favorite Summer songs when you read more
It's July! That means we're halfway through 2010 and, therefore, halfway through the movies, TV, and music that the year has to offer. I've been reminiscing to sift through my favorites so far, and though it wasn't easy, I've come up with my top six. That's two albums, two films, and two new shows that caught my attention (one for each month!). Take a look and tell me what's been an entertainment highpoint for you this year.
If you can't get enough of those talking E*Trade babies, then I've got a special Wednesday morning treat for ya. Just yesterday I was gushing over The Black Keys' new album, Brothers, but the first video from the album makes me love the duo even more. In the video for "Tighten Up," the guys let a pair of adorable little boys lip-sync their hearts out for some playground lovin'. It's a refreshingly adorable change of pace from most of the videos we see these days, and seeing those sweet faces paired with Dan Auerbach's voice is almost too good. Check it out when you read more
Saddle up: Good news for Band of Horses fans who loved their previous two albums: their latest, Infinite Arms, contains more of their signature swooning rock. There's nothing insanely different here, but it's still comforting and gorgeous, particularly the single "Factory." Lead singer Ben Bridwell's mournful voice sparkles on the track "Compliments," while the album winds down with rainy day songs like "Neighbor" and "For Annabelle."
Blues brothers: The rocker duo that is The Black Keys gives us 15 more tunes on their new album Brothers. It's a solid blend that includes a few slow ballads, a little jamming, and plenty of toe-tappers. The guys have a badass way of singing about heartbreak, never losing that swagger. A solid effort from start to finish, it's the kind of album that stays on track and keeps your attention. My picks are the catchy "Ever Lasting Light", the jazzier "She's Long Gone", and "Howlin' For You."
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With Eclipse hitting theaters in just a little over a month, fans have been anxiously anticipating the soundtrack to accompany the third film in the Twilight saga. We won't get a chance to hear the tunes until June 8, but today the full track listing has been released!
I'm a fan of the New Moon soundtrack, and its follow-up sounds equally promising. Muse is back for another go, but the rest of the list are newbies to Twilight. I'm particularly excited to see Sia's name in the midst of rockers like The Black Keys, Beck, and The Dead Weather and also stoked to see a contribution from Florence and the Machine. The biggest head-scratcher here might be Vampire Weekend; aside from the obvious tongue-in-cheek similarities, the band's music seems a bit too uptempo for the dark subject matter. That said, I'm looking forward to hearing what they came up with. Check out the full playlist and tell me what you think!
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