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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I don't know what it is, but Coachella's second day felt even more crowded and crazy than the first! Audiences kept the energy pumping into the wee hours, and yes, the glow sticks came out. I need a breather after all the excitement, but it's your turn for a taste of the mania. Here are the five big acts that had fans bouncing and clapping all day long (and don't forget to follow me on Twitter for festival updates and celeb sightings — yesterday I snapped photos with Rachel Bilson and Kellan Lutz who was hanging in the H&M tent!).
As much as I love to see one of my favorite bands put out their latest album, the most wonderful thing about the music world is that new artists continue to emerge. A very special few come out of nowhere and manage to blow your mind — so tell me, whose debut do you think is the best breakthrough album of 2009?
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Some of these gifted artists may be bigger than what you consider "indie," but they all captured the spirit of the genre in '09. It's hard to pinpoint why they're just so cool, but they make it seem effortless. Personally speaking, I've been listening to Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by Phoenix and It's Blitz! by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on a repeat loop, but there were plenty of other albums to choose from. Which one is your favorite?
Jack White is a bit of a jack of all trades. Last week his band The Dead Weather released its first album, but that's hardly the only thing on his plate. He's been rocking riotously with former flame Meg White in The White Stripes for more than a decade, jamming with Brendan Benson, Patrick Keeler, and Jack Lawrence of The Raconteurs for about half as long, and popping up occasionally on the big screen in the meantime. That's quite the eclectic résumé. For me, Jack will always mean The White Stripes, but I'm also really digging this Dead Weather CD. How do you take your Jack?
Tuesdays are big in entertainmentville: not only do all the new DVD releases hit Netflix, but new music also pours into stores. So I take a spin through each week's music releases and pick out some albums and tracks worthy of a download.Something unique: The Dead Weather is another of Jack White's projects, and man does this band rock with a dark, sexy style that's completely their own. I like this description I found in a review of the album, Horehound: "All the members' earlier bands, save the Raconteurs, traffic in sex, threat and kink. But none has done so with the devilish abandon these guys achieve together." Right on. There's some rough-sounding rock ("Treat Me Like Your Mother"), some sultry stuff that reminds me of the '70s ("60 Feet Tall"), and plenty of dramatic sensuality ("Rocking Horse"). But the sounds on this album can't be categorized too neatly. It's just a great mishmash of something totally new.
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