Rock

John Mayer Reveals Trailer For ‘New Light’ Video and It’s So Bad, It’s Almost Good: Watch

Just over a week after releasing his “summer bop” jam “New Light,” John Mayer has teased an accompanying visual to be released Friday (May 24), and it’s… interesting. Known for being a bit of a jokester, the singer’s 40-second preview reeks of haphazard satire and cringe-worthy cheesiness. On purpose, of course. “Every once in a while a song comes along so powerful it requires a music video fast,” reads the screen in corny text reminiscent of Microsoft Word Art. “Where literally anything is better than nothing.” In this case, “anything” includes green screens, a grossly outdated kitchen and a retro baggy outfit worn by Mayer. “Is it good?” The text continues. “Define ‘good.’ Is it co...

Panic! at the Disco Unleashes Bombastic New Song ‘High Hopes’: Listen

The new album from Panic! at the Disco is less than a month away, and they’ve just shared the first new sampling of Pray for the Wicked since announcing the project back in March. “High Hopes” has been set free into the streamosphere, and it certainly matches the brassy bombast of 2010s-era music from the Las Vegas-bred band. You’ll be hearing a lot more of it next week if you plan to watch fellow hometown heroes, hockey’s Vegas Golden Knights, on their unprecedented quest to bring the Stanley Cup home to Nevada: It’s featured in the NHL’s promotional campaign for this year’s finals and fits the sports arena vibe quite well. Take a listen below: [embedded content] Panic! has a trio of new songs out now, but it’s lead single “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” that’s getting the commercial spotligh...

Watch a 2-D Video for A Perfect Circle’s ‘TalkTalk’: Exclusive Premiere, Plus Interview

Plus: four facts about the band’s “hologram” album “Eat the Elephant.” It took 14 years for A Perfect Circle to reconvene for new material, but fans didn’t hold it against the alternative band. After Eat the Elephant arrived April 20, it debuted atop such Billboard charts as Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums with 68,000 equivalent album units and also debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, the group’s fourth consecutive studio album to bow in the top five of the chart. The 12-song collection seems like both a return and a departure from APC’s 2000 debut, Mer de Noms, for it retains the act’s moody, introspective aesthetic but expresses it with less guitars and bombast, a result of guitarist Billy Howerdel writing much of the material on piano. When it comes to ...

Dave Grohl Talks ‘Massive Jerk’ Donald Trump: ‘I Am Ashamed of Our President’

Dave Grohl is on the cover of the June 2018 issue of British GQ, where the Foo Fighters frontman and enthusiastic Jaegermeister drinker holds forth on emo rapper Lil Pump’s punk-rock status (“music doesn’t—and shouldn’t—sound like it did when I was 14″), the time he ran away from his dad’s house to pursue a life of rock ‘n’ roll (“I rang my sister and was like, ‘Please come pick me up!’”), and his still-vivid memories of Nirvana (“When Kurt died, every time the radio came on, it broke my heart”). Though Grohl was interviewed in the U.K. and on tour in Argentina, talk inevitably turned to the poisonous U.S. political climate. “Taylor [Hawkins, Foo Fighters’ drummer] and I talked about this the other day,” Grohl told GQ’s Jonathan Heaf. “He said, ‘You need to be president and run for o...

Guns N’ Roses Releases Unseen Video of ‘It’s So Easy’ from 1989

Filmed live in 1989 at Hollywood’s notorious Cathouse rock club, Guns N’ Roses‘ “It’s So Easy” music video didn’t see the light of day until Monday (May 21), when it was finally released. The video remained sealed in vaults for nearly three decades only to be uncovered as part of the digitally restored issue of Appetite for Destruction, the band’s debut studio album from 1987 that remains the best-selling U.S. debut album to date, with more than 30 million copies sold worldwide. The “It’s So Easy” video can be watched exclusively on Apple Music in the “Guns N’ Roses Video Essentials” playlist on Apple Music Hard Rock. The pioneers of American hard rock are reissuing their earliest visuals to recapture their hand-banging classics.

13 Essential Lesser-Known Songs From Tom Waits’ Catalog

Tom Waits has been rolling out remastered versions of his entire catalog, spanning from his days on Asylum Records to his current home on ANTI-. The results are a terrific way to discover or revisit his work, which ranges from sentimental ballads to juke-joint blues to head-scratching sound collages and back again. He began his career as the 1970s’ finest method actor, living on the road and sleeping in seedy motels to cultivate an image as a boozy troubadour. For his first live album Nighthawks at the Diner, Waits went as far as transforming Los Angeles’ Record Plant studios into a smoky after-hours club; according to that album’s producer, Bones Howe, “We set up a bar, put potato chips on the tables. I remember that the opening act was a stripper. Her name was Dewana and her husband was ...

T. Hardy Morris’ ‘Homemade Bliss’ Inspects Everyday Meaninglessness Through a Kaleidoscope: Premiere

Rock ‘n’ roll that originates from Athens, Georgia, that has a dryly inquisitive nature all its own. R.E.M.’s early material seemed less written and performed than chiseled out of wood under mysterious circumstances, and the songs of Neutral Milk Hotel often threw the past, present and future into the same context to beautiful and nightmarish results. And the commensurately Athens-bred T. Hardy Morris is cut from the same cloth. Dude, The Obscure, Morris’ new album due June 22 via New West Records’ imprint and sister label Normaltown Records, was named after a moniker the songwriter considered taking on for himself. It’d be just as well: lead single “Homemade Bliss” deals in existential crises of the most mundane, universal sort, but through terrific ‘60s-tinted glasses. Muses ...

Nick Lowe Covers Bee Gees-Penned Dionne Warwick Track ‘Heartbreaker’: Premiere

With his own sense of sophisticated pop craft, it’s no surprise Nick Lowe might be something of a Bee Gees or Dionne Warwick fan. Those both translate into his version of Warwick’s 1982 Bee Gees-written (and produced) hit “Heartbreaker,” which is part of the new Tokyo Bay/Crying Inside EP with Los Straitjackets that Lowe releases June 15 via Yep Roc Records. Lowe tells Billboard the easygoing, laid-back version of the song is “a soundcheck tune…something we might play before the show. I always thought it was a really, really great song, and like a lot of Bee Gees songs it really has got sort of hidden depth. I’m a great fan of the Bee Gees; You don’t necessarily know what they’re singing about a lot of the time, but they just make this ...

Kurt Cobain Death Scene Photos Will Not be Made Public

The Washington State Court of Appeals has ruled that photographs from the scene of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s death will not be released publicly. KING5-TV reports the court ruled Tuesday (May 15) that the photographs are exempt from Washington state’s Public Records Act and releasing the photos would “violate the Cobain family’s due process rights under the 14th Amendment.” Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, and his daughter who was a toddler at the time of his death, Frances Bean Cobain, filed testimonies to keep the photos from being made public. The ruling comes after Seattle journalist Richard Lee appealed the case’s dismissal. Lee has pursued the release of 55 photos in an attempt to prove Cobain did not die from suicide in 1994, but rather was killed.

Robert DeLong and K.Flay See Every Shade in ‘Blue’ Music Video: Exclusive

Robert DeLong may harp on one color the most on his surging, K.Flay-assisted single “Favorite Color Is Blue,” but its accompanying video — released today exclusively on Billboard — covers the whole spectrum. The highly technical video was helmed by accomplished animators in director Evgenia Strukova and visual effects artist Dmitry Tokoyakov, and includes surrealist images of the two performers spliced with hallucinogenic illustrations, glitching and a vivid color palette. “This video was one of the few times where something felt totally right after the first draft,” DeLong tells Billboard. “The experience was quite a unique one, in that K.Flay and I were set up with a seemingly arbitrary set of instructions for what needed to be filmed in front of a green-screen, and had...

Arctic Monkey’s Give an Electrified Performance Of ‘She Looks Like Fun’ On ‘The Late Late Show’: Watch

Drastically contrasting their mellow, psychedelic performance on The Tonight Show last week (May 11), Arctic Monkeys returned to the stage on Monday night (May 15) on The Late Late Show to give a driving, guitar-heavy performance of “She Looks Like Fun” from their new concept album Tranquility Base Hotel. Singer Alex Turner, looking louche in red pants, a black tailored shirt and tinted aviator glasses, grabbed a guitar and tossed his lanky hair back and forth on the suave track’s boisterous chorus. Crooning like an oily lounge singer, Turner sang the lines “Finally, I can share with you through cloudy skies/ Every whimsical thought that enters my mind/ There’s no limit to the length of the dickheads we can be,” as a horizontal bank of flickering lights flashed behi...

Vicky Cornell Announces Public Vigil for Late Husband Chris Cornell

It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since Chris Cornell‘s death. The Soundgarden/Audioslave singer was found dead in his Detroit hotel room on May 18, 2017, and his widow, Vicky Cornell, announced over the weekend that fans will have a chance to pay tribute to the “Black Hole Sun” singer at a public vigil on Friday (May 18) in Los Angeles. “It is with great emotion I reach out to all of you as the one year anniversary of my husband’s passing approaches,” she tweeted. “Chris was loved, so much, by so many. The children and I are so grateful to you all for being by our sides throughout all of this. Your love has created a close-knit community; more like a family; to grieve with, to provide support, and to help us heal. We could not have...