Last month, the indie music world was rocked by the news that Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore were separating after nearly three decades of marriage. Even though Moore and Gordon were splitting, the pair promised that Sonic Youth's South American trek would continue as scheduled, but "plans beyond that tour are uncertain." Given this cloudy forecast for the future of one of indie rock's most beloved and long-running bands, Sonic Youth's gig yesterday at Brazil's SWU Festival may very well be their last performance together.Read More »from Watch Sonic Youth’s (Possibly Final) Concert From Brazil’s SWU Festival
Blog Posts by Daniel Kreps
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Tue, Nov 15, 2011 11:00 AM EST
Ben Rose/WireImage.comAn autopsy of Heavy D to determine the rapper's cause of death has come back inconclusive. The coroner will now wait several weeks for the results of a toxicology report in order to find out why the rapper passed away at 44 years old. "We need to see what's in his system," a coroner's spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times. Heavy D obviously dealt with some weight issues, but investigators believe that wasn't a factor in his death. Instead, they believe that the Overweight Lover's death was "medically related": The rapper had complained about a cough -- which may have been pneumonia -- to a doctor prior to his death on November 6th. Police do not suspect illegal drug use.Read More »from Heavy D’s Cause of Death Still Unknown
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Mon, Nov 14, 2011 5:46 PM EST
Courtney LoveThere was once a rumor going around that Axl Rose kicked a fan out of Guns N Roses show last year because the concertgoer was wearing a shirt with a picture of Slash on it. While that story remains urban legend, a similar situation happened last night during Hole's performance at Brazil's SWU Festival after a fan kept raising a poster of Kurt Cobain in view of the volatile Courtney Love. "You know, I don't need to see a picture of Kurt, a------, and I'm going to have you f------ removed if you keep throwing that up. I'm not Kurt," Love yelled at the crowd. "I have to live with his f------ ghost, his dirt, his kid every day. Throwing that up is stupid and rude, and I'm going to beat the f--- out of you if you do it again." Then, for no reason whatsoever, Love next aimed her rage toward Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters.Read More »from Never, Under Any Circumstances, Show Courtney Love a Picture of Kurt Cobain
Roger Kisby/Getty ImagesIn August, Donald Trump called Mac Miller "the next Eminem" after the young Pittsburgh rapper named his popular single after the real estate mogul. It turns out, The Donald might be right: According to Billboard.biz, Miller is on the verge of topping the Billboard 200 with his new album Blue Slide Park. It's not like Mac is doing it without any competition, since his debut disc is competing against the Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 soundtrack from the Number One spot. With an estimated 180,000 copies sold, Mac's beating the Twilight series, which is amazing considering how those rabid Robert Pattinson fans are already waiting outside of movie theaters to see that movie. Blue Slide Park also stands to become the first independently released hip-hop album since Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle in 1995 to top the charts. So, who is Mac Miller?Read More »from Mac Miller Is Now More Popular Than ‘Twilight’
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Mon, Nov 14, 2011 3:20 PM EST
Lady Gaga is such a nonconformist that she celebrates Halloween midway through November. After a lackluster performance at the MTV European Music Awards, Mother Monster responded with her one-woman rendition of Sleepy Hollow as she sang her new single "Marry the Night" on the U.K. X Factor. Someone has been watching a lot of American Horror Story. So many people pretend to Gaga on October 31st, its fitting that she opted for such a popular costume. While this "Marry" might be Gaga's noteworthy presentation since her egg stunt at the Grammys, like her EMA performance, Gaga herself doesn't do much dancing. There's a reason for that…Read More »from Lady Gaga Loses Her Head and Her Creative Director
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Mon, Nov 14, 2011 1:39 PM EST
Unless you majored in microeconomics or have a subscription to the Wall Street Journal, you might be puzzled as to why this country is in a recession and why people are occupying city parks across the U.S. and who are the 1%. Fortunately, Tay Zonday, the YouTube sensation that gave us the pseudo-smash "Chocolate Rain" four years ago (73 million views and counting!), is back to explain the current economic crisis. In "Mama Economy," Zonday — along with his 8-bit beats, incredibly strange haircut, and deep baritone voice that would make Barry White jealous -- breaks down how this nation found itself in financial turmoil.Read More »from Tay Zonday Explains the Current Economic Crisis Better Than CNBC
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Mon, Nov 14, 2011 11:18 AM EST
National Metal Day (11.11.11) had its share of highlights, from the Black Sabbath reunion to that Tumblr dedicated to Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel. VH1 Classic's The Metal Show saved the best for last though by securing an interview with notorious media hater W. Axl Rose. The last time the Guns N' Roses singer allowed himself to be interviewed was for Billboard in the months following the release of 2008's Chinese Democracy, and even then he only granted the article because he could answer questions over email. That was Rose's first interview in a major music magazine in nearly nine years; this is his first televised Q&A in over a decade.Read More »from Five Things We Learned From Axl Rose’s First TV Interview in a Decade
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Mon, Nov 14, 2011 9:21 AM EST
This weekend's Emma Stone-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live featured musical guest Garth, Kat, and Jan Pockabook, a folk trio who shared a handful of made-up Thanksgiving songs during the Weekend Update. Also, Coldplay were there to perform a pair of tracks from their new album Mylo Xyloto. Even though it wasn't the strongest episode of the season, Stone has been receiving rave reviews for her hosting job, but how did Coldplay fare?Read More »from SNL GPA: Chris Martin’s Folk Side Project Outshines Coldplay
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Fri, Nov 11, 2011 5:35 PM EST
Fifteen months and five Hot 100-topping singles after Katy Perry released her Teenage Dream, the album keeps yielding new music videos. This time it's for "The One That Got Away," which features Perry in some hardcore Benjamin Button makeup. The video is like the ultra-sad opening scene from Up combined with the ultra-confusing final scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey with a whole bunch of flashbacks tossed in.Read More »from Katy Perry Goes All ‘Up’ for ‘The One That Got Away’ Video
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Fri, Nov 11, 2011 4:01 PM EST
The second-worst-kept secret reunion in music was confirmed at 11:11 a.m. PST today as Black Sabbath's original members — Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward — finally confirmed that they are reuniting for a new Rick Rubin-produced album and a long tour in 2012. The band made the announcement at a special press conference at Hollywood's Whisky a Go Go, where Sabbath played their first Los Angeles gig on this date (11/11) in 1970. So far, the band has booked only one concert -- England's Download Festival on June 10, 2012 -- but they'll embark on a massive trek after that. "It's like putting on an old glove. It's fantastic," Iommi said of the reunion.Read More »from Paranoid, Again: Black Sabbath Reuniting for New Album, Tour in 2012
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