Will Butler of Arcade Fire will release a solo album called Policy on March 10 via Merge Records. Merge released Arcade's first album Funeral in 2004, along with their most recent record, Reflektor. Butler joined Arcade Fire a few years after his brother, Win, started the band in 2001. He plays bass, guitar and percussion.
Noel Gallagher has announced that he's available the weekend the 2015 Glastonbury festival will be taking place. The former Oasis member said if the organizers of the fest want him to play, he's free. In a recent interview with XFM, Gallagher commented on the Foo Fighters saying they would play the Worthy Farm Festival if Oasis and Prince did as well.
The Flaming Lips And Yoko Ono have recorded their own version of John Lennon's holiday classic, "Merry Xmas (War Is Over)." The two parties teamed up to record the song for Amazon's new playlist, "All is Bright." In the original song, which features Lennon and Ono, there is a children's choir heard in the background.
Coldplay's Chris Martin has revealed that Katy Perry, Nirvana and EDM inspired the track "A Sky Full Of Stars," which is featured on their latest release Ghost Stories. "I'll tell you the truth — I was listening to a lot of Katy Perry. A lot of her songs have the same chord sequence the whole time," Martin, 37, said in a new video for Beats by Dre.
U2 fronter Bono had a bicycle accident earlier in the week necessitating surgery. According to ABC, the Irish rocker was under the knife for five hours, having his elbow washed out and an arm bone repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws. The following day he had surgery the next day on his left hand.
Metallica continued their week long residency on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson with a performance of "For Whom The Bell Tolls" on Wednesday night. On the Monday and Tuesday editions of the show the metal band played "Hit the Lights" and "Fuel." During the Monday edition, drummer Lars Ulrich and fronter James Hetfield sat with Ferguson for an interview.
Jonny Greenwood, guitarist for Radiohead, says that the band is currently in the studio, recording the follow up to their 2012 album, King of Limbs. Greenwood said the group is hard at work on new music. "We're currently playing and recording and it's fun to see everyone again, it's been a long time coming, we've been waiting all of us for a long time," he told the BBC.
Marilyn Manson says he's had no part in the Eli Roth (Hostel) directed video that depicts the rape of Lana Del Rey. A rep for the shock rocker told Pitchfork that, despite Roth's assertion, he was not involved. "Manson did not direct this, shoot it, nor was it for a Marilyn Manson video or outtake footage made by him or to be used by him with his music."
Faith No More have released "Motherf****r," the band's first new music since 1997. The cut is available via SoundCloud now. "It feels apt that the first track we're releasing is 'Motherf—er,' a song about accountability," said Roddy Bottum in a press release. "Basically we've created, recorded and mixed a new body of work by ourselves and we're releasing it on our own label."
She & Him have released the music video for "Stay Awhile," a cover of the Dusty Springfield classic. In the video, Zooey Deschanel dances with an invisible partner while M. Ward plays on an invisible guitar on an invisible stool. Stereogum says that the two pull off the solo routines well.
Soundgarden have released a previously unreleased cut "Kristi," recorded during the band's sessions for 1996's Down on the Upside. According to Consequence of Sound, the "morose and monstrous rock anthem has only ever been played live once, during the band's set at Reading Festival 1995."
After 50 hours of sitting stuck on their tour bus in the snow, Interpol is free. The band got stuck on the thruway in Buffalo, the city which was recently hit with several feet of snow on Tuesday, November 18. The band was on their way to Toronto to play a show, which was later canceled. "Finally just started making a move. 50+ hours later. Hoping for some luck today," the band wrote.
Imagine Dragons gave a surprise performance at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, recorded for the Crackle series, Playing It Forward. The internet video streaming service is currently airing the concert. The band played three tunes, their new single "Bet My Life," along with the hits "Radioactive" and "It's Time."
U2 have announced that they'll release Films of Innocence, featuring 11 music videos to go along with the 11 songs featured on their latest album, Songs of Innocence. "Taking the political murals of Northern Ireland as a reference point, U2 pioneered the project to celebrate the unique democratic power of urban art.
Smashing Pumpkins will take Killers' bassist Mark Stoermer on tour with them behind their latest release, Monuments to an Elegy. They'll also be joined by Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk. "We're absolutely thrilled and humbled to have Brad and Mark helping us out with these shows," announced frontman Billy Corgan.