Yes, Conor Oberst is dreamy. But that’s not why you should get The People’s Key, the seventh studio album from Bright Eyes, which drops today. Here’s a sample review from our friends at NPR: “I won’t mince words: This is the best record Bright Eyes has ever made.” So if you’ve enjoyed anything from this folk-tinged indie rock band before, you’ll no doubt enjoy their richer, more philosophical turn here. Full of spoken word moments and references to Rastafarianism and aliens, there’s also just some good, catchy, thought-provoking tunes here that are perfect for road trips.
I almost wanted to have a Kanye
moment last night when Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs
lost to The Black Keys’ Brothers
for Best Alternative Music Album at the Grammys
. Don’t get me wrong—I love the Keys. But I mean, Arcade Fire made one of the best albums of all time! Much like Mr. West, all I needed to do was be patient—the situation was rectified by the end of the night. Arcade Fire pulled off a major upset over Eminem, Lady Gaga
, Lady Antebellum, and Katy Perry
, unexpectedly winning last night’s top prize for Album of the Year. I actually squealed when Barbra Streisand opened the envelope and called their name, because I am a hardcore Arcade Fire fan and have long been bummed about their bad Grammy luck. (Their first two records lost to The White Stripes
for Best Alternative Album.) And the smile on Win Butler’s face in this exit performance of “Ready to Start” is about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.
Since it’s Valentine’s Day, after the jump, I enumerate 10 reasons I love Arcade Fire. Keep reading »
Forget Kim Kardashian and Selena Gomez. Justin Bieber fans have a new person to hate—Esperanza Spalding. Justin was widely favored to win the Grammy for Best New Artist last night, but instead, the award went to Esperanza, who many people hadn’t even heard of her until her name was called. So who is she? After the jump, everything you need to know about Esperanza. Keep reading »
…inside of an egg. That egg. She’s in there. Gaga. When will she hatch? Sometime soon, I assume, as she’s set to perform tonight. [Los Angeles, 2/13/11] Keep reading »
It’s mid-February and award season malaise is already hitting us hard. With the Oscars so close on our radars, it’s hard to get too exited about Sunday night’s annual Grammy Awards. Bashing the Grammys is something of a sport—when the nominations were bestowed in December, we noted how ridiculous it is that many classic albums of 2010 wouldn’t be considered because they dropped after the September 30th deadline and that the nominees in the rock/metal/hard rock categories seemed straight out of the ’90s. But still, you should still watch because, well, you should. After the jump,
five SIX! reasons not to miss the Grammy Awards. Keep reading »