Rock

Jen Ledger Overcomes the Odds in ‘Not Dead Yet’ Video: Exclusive

Jen Ledger is the first to admit her parents weren’t too thrilled when they saw the video for her debut solo single, “Not Dead Yet.” After all, no parent wants to see a massive MMA fighter pummel their little girl in a boxing ring, even if it’s staged. “My mom and dad hated watching it. They definitely don’t love the video for sure,” she says of the clip, premiering exclusively on Billboard today (Aug. 16). “I made it more violent at first, but everyone was like, ‘Ugh!’ I was trying really hard to make it feel real and gritty, but apparently, I went a little bit too far.” Yet the British-born rocker felt strongly about creating a clip that underscored the lyric she had penned for the edgy, empowering anthem. Ledger, who released her eponymous debut EP in April via Hear It Loud/Atlantic, re...

The Mowgli’s Release Glowing New EP ‘I Was Starting to Worry’: Exclusive

California natives The Mowgli’s are trying to spread positivity on their new EP I Was Starting to Wonder. The sunny alt-rockers have made it their mission to use music to combat the cynicism surrounding everyday life. With colorful tracks like “San Francisco” and “I’m Good,” they’ve built a worldwide audience and, in turn, given back to the community by partnering with various charities. It should come as no surprise then that the group was even approached by Disney to write and perform the title track for their brand new show Big City Greens. Building off the backs of their past releases Where’d Your Weekend Go?, Kids in Love, Waiting For the Dawn and Sound the Drum, the group has turned things up on their new EP, which is premiering here on...

Steve Perry Returns With ‘No Erasin’,’ First New Song in 20 Years

Ex-Journey lead singer will release “Traces” on Oct. 5 After hinting about his return on Tuesday (Aug. 14),  long-absent rock singer Steve Perry made good on the promise late Tuesday night as a video for “No Erasin,’ his first new song in 20 years, appeared without fanfare on YouTube.  The mid-tempo song begins, appropriately enough, with the line, “I know it’s been a long time coming,” before going into a tale of “love that won’t go.” The video features Perry performing the song in a studio with a band. Concurrently, the ex-Journey lead singer took to his website to explain his absence and announce his new album, Traces, set for release Oct. 5 on Fantasy/Concord.  “Years ago, I disappeared. There were many reasons, but mainly… my love for music had suddenly left me,” Perry wro...

Decoding the New Video for Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Levitate,’ End of the Duo’s ‘Trench’ Trilogy

Twenty One Pilots has delivered us the final video in their initial Trench trilogy, and it’s hard to say if it brought a sense of closure or just a million more questions.  “Levitate” is the third track released off of the band’s upcoming album, citing the end of “a story from Trench”… which begs the question, what other stories will we be hearing and will they give us more answers? And will someone please confirm if Clancy is Tyler or someone else? If you’re just beginning your investigation, you may want to catch up on “Jumpsuit” & “Nico And The Niners” first. Otherwise, let’s dive into which loose ends were tied up in the latest video. [embedded content] Let’s start with a quick recap of what we already know: In the Trench universe created by Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, DEMA re...

Mick Fleetwood Opens Up About His Rock Photography, Fleetwood Mac’s Tour & Lindsey Buckingham’s Departure

When he’s not out drumming alongside Stevie Nicks and John McVie, Mick Fleetwood is paying homage to his favorite hobby: photography. The 71-year-old rock drummer, who has been taking his own cameras out on the road with him since the early days of Fleetwood Mac, has always had an affinity for a great rock and roll shot. In order to share that with the public, he teamed up with the Morrison Hotel Gallery in 2016 to open a gallery space inside his Maui-based restaurant, Fleetwood’s General Store, which features a rotating array of fine art music photography. On Saturday night (Aug. 4) in Los Angeles, Fleetwood — who is in town rehearsing for the upcoming Fleetwood Mac tour — popped by the Sunset Marquis Hotel in conjunction with the Morrison Hotel Gallery to showcase a selection...

Vampire Weekend Says Fourth Album Is Finished at Lollapalooza 2018

Just days after announcing their move to Sony Music, Vampire Weekend has confirmed that their fourth album is finished and in the process of being mastered. Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig made the announcement during the band’s Saturday night (Aug. 4) set at Lollapalooza in Chicago. The as-yet untitled release follows 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City. Last week, the group’s long-rumored leap to Sony was confirmed in a Sony Corporation financial statement, which named a Vampire Weekend release in a list of “noteworthy projects” for the quarter ending Sept. 30. The band was previously signed to XL Recordings. In late May, Vampire Weekend wrote on Instagram that their follow-up to 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City is “94.5% done.”

Geddy Lee’s Book About Bass Guitars Gets a Release Date

Prog rock forefather and Rush frontman Geddy Lee has announced that he will be releasing a book on Dec. 4, detailing the history behind his bass guitars, according to Louder Sound. Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book Of Bass will also feature interviews from famous bassists like John Paul Jones, Adam Clayton, Robert Trujillo, Bill Wyman, Les Claypool and Bob Daisley. “For the past seven years, Geddy’s dedicated himself to studying the history of the instrument that’s been so essential to his career, collecting hundreds of basses from around the globe, 250 of which are presented here in breathtaking detail with specially commissioned photography by Richard Sibbald,” the 400-page book’s synopsis reads. “Complete with personal commentary from Geddy that showcases his knowle...

Yoko Ono Announces Upcoming Album, Releases New Track ‘Warzone’: Listen

Yoko Ono has a new album on the way. The artist announced the coming of a stripped-down LP called Warzone, and dropped the first single, which bears the same name, on Tuesday (July 24). The album will include reimagined versions of Ono’s past work spanning from 1970 to 2009, with lyrics and messages she finds to be ever relevant — perhaps even more pertinent — in 2018. The music builds on her unique legacy as an activist and artist, using a minimalist sound landscape so that the lyrical content can clearly shine through. “The world is so messed up. Things are very difficult for everybody. It’s a warzone that we are living in…” the 85-year-old Ono said in a statement. The first single includes distorted sounds of machine guns firing and animals cryi...

David Bowie’s First Demo Found In Bread Basket In London

A rock ‘n roll gem has been found in the most unlikely place in South London. David Bowie‘s first ever recording, long believed to be lost to the ages, was recently discovered by a former bandmate in an old bread basket. The “I Never Dreamed” demo is expected to fetch 10,000 pounds ($13,000) at auction in September, according to The Guardian. Although Bowie originally pursued becoming a professional saxophonist, the then 16 year-old [who was born David Jones] was chosen to sing on the demo with his first band, the Konrads, in 1963. Unfortunately, the record label Decca and Rolling Stones manager Eric Easton rejected it, so by the time Bowie started to gain notoriety, no one knew if the musician’s early recordings had survived the test of time. Decades later, K...

Jim James Smolders With ‘Throwback’ and ‘No Secrets’ Performances on ‘Kimmel’: Watch

Jim James stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday night (July 17) for an outdoor performance of soulful rock tracks “Throwback” and “No Secrets.” The songs support the My Morning Jacket frontman’s third solo album Uniform Distortion, out now.  James will be embarking on a solo acoustic tour this winter, beginning Nov. 2 in Los Angeles and wrapping up Nov. 21 in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Longtime touring drummer David Givan will join James on stage, along with support from Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynda Segarra. Tickets to the tour are available here Check out James’ Kimmel performance below.  [embedded content] [embedded content]

System of a Down Members Finally Break Silence About Lack of New Music Since 2005

System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian and guitarist Daron Malakian are finally breaking their silence about why the rock band hasn’t released new music since 2005’s back-to-back albums, Mezmerize and Hypnotize. SOAD officially went on hiatus in 2006, but reconvened four years later for live performances around the globe. Since then, the group — consisting of vocalist Tankian, guitarist/vocalist Malakian, bassist Shavo Odadjian, and drummer John Dolmayan — has continued to tour behind hits dating back to 1998. In a recent interview to promote a new album by his side band Scars on Broadway, Malakian pointed to Tankian for the reason SOAD hasn’t released new music in more than a decade. “I don’t want to throw Serj under the bus — he’s my friend and he’s so...

George Ezra Urges Fans to Boot His Own Song From No. 1 & Crown ‘Three Lions’ for England’s World Cup Team Instead

George Ezra has been sitting at No. 1 on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart for the past two weeks with his song “Shotgun,” but now he’s asking fans to knock him off. Instead, he wants the 1996 song “Three Lions” to take the top spot in honor of England’s soccer team making it to the World Cup semifinals. “I think it’s time we knock it off the No. 1 spot with ‘Three Lions,’” Ezra said in a Twitter video Monday (July 9). “We go out, we download, we stream ‘Three Lions’ and we get it to No. 1. And you know why? It’s ‘cause it’s coming home.” –THIS IS NOT A DRILL –RT & SHARE. LET’S KNOCK SHOTGUN OFF NUMBER ONE WITH THREE LIONS #ItsComingHome —— pic.twitter.com/Wk2AwAPZjc — george E Z R A (@george_ezra) July 9, 2018 “It’s coming ho...