Entries tagged with: Game of Thrones
Winter is here, but Game of Thrones' new season is coming...in April. For those who can't wait, the final two episodes of Season 4 will be remastered/reformatted for IMAX screens and will be shown in IMAX theaters for one week, January 23 - 29. That makes Game of Thrones the first TV show to screen in IMAX. Additionally, this will be your first chance to catch the trailer for Season 5. Tickets, including ones for NYC's Lincoln Square Cinemas (the only true IMAX screen in the city) will go on sale "later this week." Interest in tickets has already crashed the IMAX website at least once today.
You may remember that the HBO series threw a Season 4 premiere event at Barclays Center last year which sold out in six minutes. Will they do something similar this year? For those who need more Thrones, HBO will reportedly air a special of some sort in February, which is also when Season 4 comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray. You can also pick up George RR Martin's new The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones compendium. Or you can watch a couple maddeningly short teaser videos, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
A record-breaking number of Spider-Men, Wonder Women and preteen titans crammed into the Javits Center for the four-day New York Comic Con -- many of them in their costumed finest.The 2014 NY Comic Con happened over the weekend, bringing record crowds (many of whom dressed for the occasion) to the event -- the NYC edition is finally starting to catch up to San Diego. (
Organizers expect the attendance to surpass 150,000 by the time the convention wraps up on Sunday.
"It's the worst day to wear body paint in the rain," Susan Li, 29, who was covered head-to-toe in pink as X-Men superhero Blink, said Saturday.
"But when you have some hardcore fan recognize you as your character, that makes the two hours of painting yourself worth it."
"It allows me to be who I am inside" Cici James, 30, who owns her own sci-fi bookstore, Singularity, in Brooklyn, said of the chance to dress up in her very form-fitting costume.
Queens resident Julian Keller, 22, spent more than 200 hours with his father to create the perfect General Zod costume, which would have made Superman do a double take. - [NY Daily News]
More (smaller ones) below...
Kristian Nairn aka Hodor is DJing BB King's in NYC Friday night (10/10) as part of New York Comic Con weekend, and apparently people will pay $63 to experience that. Zedd Stark and Trance Rayder will also be DJing and "Costumes encouraged." Nairn and Natalia Tena (who plays wilding Osha) will be on the Comic Con convention floor signing autographs on Thursday and Friday.
In other Game of Thrones news (~mild spoiler alert~), it was recently announced that Tena and Art Parkinson (who plays Rickon, the youngest Stark son) will not be appearing in Season 5 of the hit HBO fantasy series which will air next spring. (Bran and Hodor are also absent from S5.) The new season just started filming this week. You can however see both Parkinson and Charles Dance (aka Tywin Lannister) both appear in the suspiciously GoT-looking new fantasy Dracula Untold which opens on Friday.
Author George RR Martin is releasing a new Game of Thones book on October 28. No, it's not The Winds of Winter, the next chapter in his extremely popular fantasy saga, but a compendium titled The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones. Here's back of the book synopsis:
This lavishly illustrated volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO's Game of Thrones. In a collaboration that's been years in the making, Martin has teamed with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the renowned fan site Westeros.org--perhaps the only people who know this world almost as well as its visionary creator.GRRM will be in NYC to discuss the new book, appearing at 92Y on October 26. Tickets include a signed copy of the book and go on sale today (9/5) at noon.
In other news, Martin seems to be seriously trying to crank out The Winds of Winter now that Game of Thrones is actually catching up to the books. He's not going to write an episode for the upcoming fifth season, like he usually does, so he can devote time to the novel. It is apparently already affecting things on the show -- SPOILER ALERT (kind of) -- as it's been announced that Bran and Hodor won't be in Season 5 at all (their storyline in S4 was largely pulled from A Dance with Dragons, the most recent book in Martin's series). Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor, has said he'll use the time off to continue his DJ tour. Nairn will also be in NYC next month for NY Comic Con.
Some of you might know that Kristian Nairn, who plays fan-favorite, simpleminded bi-syllabic Hodor on Game of Thrones, is also a respected house DJ. He was the resident DJ at Belfast's Kremlin club for 11 years and has DJ'd massive parties in Ibiza and elsewhere. He's combining his two claims to fame for the "Rave of Thrones" DJ tour which is happening across Australia later this summer. It promises a GoT-themed set and "some of the deepest house from all seven kingdoms." Game Of Thrones fancy dress encouraged.
Nairn hasn't mentioned bringing Rave of Thrones to NYC, but he will be here for NY Comic Con, appearing at the NYCC Autographing Area on October 9 & 10. Also there on the same days will be Natalia Tena who plays wilding Osha on Game of Thrones. She's musically minded too, and is lead singer and accordion player in the six-piece "gyp-step" band Molotov Jukebox.
All "Rave of Thrones" dates are listed, along with two new Kristian Nairn DJ mix streams, below...
The National @ Sasquatch 2014 (more by Chris Graham and Rae Graham)
The National kick off their three-night run at Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park tonight (6/17). Tonight's show with Phosphorescent is sold out, but you can still get tickets to Wednesday (6/18 w/ Lord Huron) and Thursday (6/19 w/ MS MR). If you'd like to go to the Thursday show for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets to that show. Details below.
MS MR were just at Bonnaroo where they performed their cover of LCD Soundsystem's "Dance Yrself Clean" as well as their Arctic Monkeys cover and "Bones" which was used memorably in the trailer for S3 of Game of Thrones. The duo are set to begin recording their new album this month. Watch a Billboard video where they talk about that, below.
Speaking of Game of Thrones, S4 just wrapped up on Sunday with an action-packed finale that also had some fans of the book wondering where a certain character was. The National recorded a version of "Rains of Castamere" from Game of Thrones way back in Season 2 of the show. They've only played it live once, according to Setlist.FM. Maybe they'll pull it out at one of this week's shows?
MS MR interview video and contest details below...
by Bill Pearis
We knew Sigur Ros were going to be in Season 4 of Game of Thrones and their appearance happened on last night's (4/13) episode, "The Lion and the Rose," where they were -- I'm treading lightly around spoilers -- part of a very eventful wedding celebration. They sang their version of Lanister anthem "The Rains of Castamere" which was sung by The National during a closing-credits sequence back in Season 1. It was a great episode in what should be a very juicy season. The band were only in the episode for a minute or so, but you can stream the full version of the song below...
by Bill Pearis
Sigur Ros & GoT author George RR Martin: "Shouldn't you be writing 'Winds of Winter'?"
HBO's massive hit fantasy series Game of Thrones returns for it's fourth season this Sunday (4/6), where the the various factions of Westeros are still recovering from events at the end of Season 3. The show has cast a few musicians in seasons past (members of Coldplay and Snow Patrol) and, as mentioned, Sigur Ros will appear in this season at some point. (The show films in the band's native Iceland for its "north of The Wall" scenes.) HBO just announced that Sigur Ros will also contribute to this season's soundtrack, covering "Rains of Castemere" which The National originally performed in the second season.
Folk songs figure into the A World of Ice and Fire novels (on which Game of Thrones is based) but "Rains" and "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" (done by The Hold Steady last year) are pretty much the only ones that recur over and over. Above is a picture of the band hanging with George R.R. Martin at the Game of Thrones S4 premiere. If you want to know more about those two songs and the meaning they play in the series (and are up to date on episodes) The National Post has a pretty good infographic on them. The series hasn't tackled "The Queen Took Off Her Sandal, the King Took Off His Crown" yet, so we have that to look forward to.
While on the subject of Game of Thrones and modern pop, the folks at Rdio have put together playlists based on the main characters on the show Joeffrey, Danerys, Jon Snow, Tyrion, Arya and Hodor. They're kind of obvious if you know the show but thought you might like to know. There's also the "Catch The Throne" mixtape. Can you catch a throne? You'd be crushed!
The Season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones airs Sunday at 9 PM EST on HBO.
As promised, the official Game of Thrones hip-hop mixtape, Catch the Throne, was released this morning. Featuring such rappers as Big Boi, Bodega Bamz, Common, and Wale, the tracks were made from samples from the insanely popular HBO fantasy series. You can stream it below.
If there was any doubt that Game of Thrones is insanely popular, that early screening of the Season 4 premiere at Barclays Center sold out (7000 tickets) almost instantly. Did you get tickets? (Or try?) Meanwhile, you can still get tickets to Arcade Fire at Barclays, and for the event pictured above.
The rest of us will have to wait till April 9 when it airs on HBO. That Catch the Throne hip hop mixtape drops on Friday (3/7) but you can stream Big Boi's contribution, "Mother of Dragons," and watch a couple S4 teasers, below...
this could be you, there'll be an Iron Throne at Barclays
We were just talking about Game of Thrones' season premiere which will air April 9 on HBO. If you'd like to see it two weeks early, Rolling Stone reports it's going to be screened at Barclays Center on March 20. In addition to getting to watch on a giant screen, there will be show costumes and props on display from the current traveling exhibit and a replica of the Iron Throne you can get your picture taken on. Tickets for this "Epic Fan Experience" are currently on AmEx presale and go on sale to the general public Thursday (3/6) at 10 AM. Proceeds go to charity.
You might have seen a replica of the Iron Throne on last week's Parks & Recreation, which Amy Poehler's character bought for Adam Scott's character for their anniversary. It was a brief scene at the end of the episode, but a much longer (and funny) cut of the scene can be viewed below.
by Bill Pearis
HBO's fantasy megahit Game of Thrones will return for Season 4 on Sunday, April 6 and hype is ramping up...and expanding into new areas. On Friday (3/7) they're releasing an ice-and-fire-themed mixtape titled Catch the Throne, featuring Big Boi, Common, Wale, Bodega Bamz, and more. The mixtape features beats made out of music from the show, plus dialogue samples. Says Common in a promo video, "Game of Thrones centers around battles for power, and rap is definitely a battle for power." You can get a preview of the mixtape via that promo video below.
While the nature of the series doesn't allow for as much modern pop to be used in it as, say, True Detective, Game of Thrones does still work it in where applicable. Songs exist within the world of George RR Martin's novels that the show is based on, and The National and The Hold Steady have recorded versions of Westeros' two biggest hits, "The Rains of Castamere" and "The Bear and the Maiden Fair," respectively. And there have been cameos: Will Champion of Coldplay was in the "Red Wedding" band, and Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody was in S3 as well. Sigur Ros' Jónsi, Georg Hólm, and Orri Páll Dýrason will all cameo in S4.
Meanwhile, the new trailer for Season 4 (which is based on the second half of Martin's action-packed A Storm of Swords) uses The Everlove's cover of Siouxsie & the Banshees' "Cities and Dust" and you can watch that below as well...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Wacky witches, scary skeletons and masked madmen took over the streets on Thursday as tens of thousands of people marched in the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade.We already posted one set of pictures from this year's Halloween parade. Here's another. They continue below...
A light drizzle didn't stop curious onlookers and wildly dressed marchers from strutting their stuff along Manhattan's Sixth Avenue in the annual parade, which was canceled last year due to Superstorm Sandy and was put on this year only after an emergency online fundraising campaign netted more than $50,000 in donations.
Opera singer Melanie Gall, wearing an all-black witch costume, complete with a pointy hat, said the parade was a chance for New Yorkers "to really show off." [TribTown]
by Bill Pearis
Sigur Ros @ MSG, March 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Wildly popular HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones is currently filming Season 4 at various locations around Europe. After Season 3 featured bit parts from members of Coldplay and Snow Patrol, the show is continuing to put anthemic bands in cameos, namely Sigur Ros. Though the show films in the band's native Iceland (subbing for The Haunted Forest and other points North of The Wall), Jónsi, Georg Hólm, and Orri Páll Dýrason are in Croatia filming right now -- Dubrovnik is where Kings Landing scenes are filmed. No word on whether they'll contribute a song too, like The National and The Hold Steady did previously.
This is a big year for Sigur Ros television guest appearances, as they were already on an episode of The Simpsons. They are a Breaking Bad and Walking Dead away from a TV cameo EGOT. The band were last in NYC in March and have more North American tour dates this fall, though none in the five boroughs or surrounding area
Game of Thrones' fourth season will air Spring 2014 on HBO.
Kanye West in Sweden, 2011 (more)
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Governor's Ball Day 3
Governors Ball wraps up today on Randall's Island with sets from Kanye West, The xx, Grizzly Bear, Deerhunter, Twin Shadow, Beirut, Bloc Party, and more. Weather looks good again today, and with the right shoes (wellies or ones you never want to wear again) that mud isn't so bad.
Governor's Ball Afterparty at Brooklyn Bowl
If Kanye West's headlining set at Governor's Ball isn't enough excitement for you for one Sunday Night (and if his December run in Atlantic City is any indication, it will be that and more), then head over to Brooklyn Bowl for the last of the Governor's Ball afterparties. This one will feature eight-piece funk/soul group Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Hollis Brown, who last played Brooklyn Bowl with Deer Tick back in December, and BV Austin-approved Shakey Graves. Probably the most diverse Governor's Ball afterparty yet.
Erykah Badu and Yaslin Bey at BAM
Erykah Badu, who played the first day of Governors Ball and BAM with Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) on Saturday, is playing her second BAM show with Yasiin Bey tonight. Wondering what to expect tonight? Check out a video of last night's performance below.
Big Eyes and more at Death by Audio
One of the better artists in town tonight that doesn't have anything to do with Governors Ball, is Big Eyes, whose excellent new album, Almost Famous, is out now. You can catch them at Death by Audio with Pity Party, Apogee Sound Club, and Magnets.
The Luyas & Julian Lynch at Mercury Lounge
Julian Lynch and The Luyas play Mercury Lounge tonight. The show is one of two NYC stops on their collaborative tour where Julian plays in The Luyas who will be his backing band for his set. Sounds pretty cool, and tickets are still available. They'll also play Northside Fest on June 13 at 285 Kent, a show that also features Twin Sister, Ava Luna and Lushlife (tickets).
Willie Nelson @ Wellmont Theatre, 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Willie Nelson at The Surf Lodge
If you happen to be out Montauk way today, you can catch country legend Willie Nelson at Surf Lodge which has to be one of the smaller venues he's played recently. It's also free.
The weather has been a wicked downer, so why not wrap-up your weekend with some dope ass comedy? BV favorite Rob Delaney finishes up his run of shows at Carolines with an 8:00pm show. And don't forget, there are two chances to catch ASSSSCAT 3000 at the UCB Chelsea at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. On the other side of town, UCB East has If You Build It: A Stand-Up Comedy Show with a fantastic line-up featuring Janeane Garofalo, Christian Finnegan, and much much more.
If you don't feel like dealing with Manhattan to get your laugh on, don't forget that Hannibal Buress has a comedy showcase every Sunday night at 9:00pm at the Knitting Factory. Also in Brooklyn, Creaghead and Company take over Union Hall at 8:00pm for a comedy showcase featuring Myq Kaplan, Jena Friedman, Michael Che, and Future People Press Conference featuring Fred Armisen and Mike O'Brien. Good times! - [Klaus Kinski]
Weird Al Karaoke at Muchmore's
If you're looking for something different to do, Williamsburg DIY spot Muchmore's is hosting an all-Weird Al Karoake party. Will you be the one that wants to sing one of his originals? 8 PM, free and all-ages.
Tonight is also the season finale of Game of Thrones. After last week's balls-out insanity, it seems likely to be a little less bloody tonight. Right?
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Sharon Van Etten @ Bowery Ballroom, 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Spank @ UCB
* Schoolboy Q @ S.O.B.'s
* Andy Kozar @ The Stone
* Regional De NY @ Barbes
* Dave Nelson @ The Stone
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Mavrothi Kontanis @ Barbes
* Slavic Soul Party @ Joe's Pub
* Ra Ra Riot @ Apple Store Soho
* 24 Hour Party People @ Videology
* Com Truise, Alex English @ WIP
* Gobby, Tezeo, DJ Tony Lowe @ Glasslands
* Mason Jennings, Charlie Mars @ City Winery
* Jonathan Toubin (DJ Set) @ Bowery Ballroom
* Hey Maseilles, Young Buffalo @ Mercury Lounge
* Abigail Washburn: Post-American Girl @ Joe's Pub
* Archipelago, Belle Mare, Ora Cogan @ Silent Barn
* Kate Nash, Supercute! @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Nadastrom, Sabo, DJ Syres, Cosmo Baker @ Output
* The Dear Hunter, Naive Thieves @ Gramercy Theatre
* Plow United, Iron Chic, The Unlovables @ Knitting Factory
* Jonas Reinhardt, Holy Balm, Alice Cohen @ Shea Stadium
* Dichroics, Circle of Buzzards, Dead Stars @ Saint Vitus Bar
* Prince Rupert's Drops, Sky Picnic, Zoned Out @ Union Pool
* Janeane Garofalo, Andrew Schulz @ Eastville Comedy Club
* Jean Grae, Maggie Serota, Aaron Wolfe @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Howling Hex, Young Boys, Lushes Stranges @ Bowery Electric
* Lost Boy?, Young Buffalo, Big Ups, Life Size Maps @ Big Snow
* Saadi, Mamarazzi, Mokaad, DJ Cheif Boima @ Mercury Lounge
* Goonam, Lowdown 30, No Brain, Brown Rice Family @ 285 Kent
* Warm Soda, White Mystery, Hector's Pets, Open Sex @ Cake Shop
* CALLmeKAT, Kendra Morris, Julia Haltigan @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Yellow Dogs, Nightmare Air, Fan-Tan, Dead Stars @ Death By Audio
* Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Sharon Van Etten @ Beacon Theater
* Ben Vida, Tyondai Braxton, Sara Magenheimer @ Issue Project Room
* Bird Courage, Bill Bartholomew, Vudu Sister, Kennedy @ The Rock Shop
* Chuck Ragan, Rocky Votolato, Dave Hause, Jenny Owen Jones @ Irving Plaza
* Stretch Armstrong, DJ Clark Kent, D-Nice, Tony Touch, Rich Medina @ Santos Party House
* Dietrich Strauss, Chris Eldridge, Julian Lage, Loop Grass, Margo Valiante @ Pete's Candy Store
* Premrock, Dan Dillinger, Mad Dukez & Fresh Kils, Willie Green, Relic, B. Durazzo @ Spike Hill
* Prince Rama, Edan, Brian Degraw (of Gang Gang Dance), Eric Copeland (of Black Dice) @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Vampire Weekend, Alan Alda, Cyndi Lauper, David Cross @ Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
* Viva Mayday, The Harmonica Lewinskies, The Great American Novel, Morningsiders, The Time is an Ocean @ Pianos
* Ray Mazza and The Gutter Bandits, Fulcrum of the Stars, Dida Pelled, Don DiLego, Roses & Revolutions, Nina Scaria @ The Living Room
* Brother Tiger (DJ Set), Chrome Canyon (DJ Set), Dickpic (Pictureplane and DJ Dog Dick), Psychic Twin, Vensaire, Silent Drape Runners, St. Lenox @ Cameo Gallery
Darkstar would have been touring the US this month and would have hit NYC for a show at Glasslands tonight, but they had to cancel their US shows due to "Visa complication." They're currently working on re-scheduling the dates.
Game of Thrones fans surely already know that the HBO series is back for its third season on Sunday (3/31). But you may not know that there is a traveling exhibition of GoT props, costumes and other stuff from the show in NYC, happening at 3 W. 57th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenue). The exhibit is free and open to the public and runs from today through Sunday. Times are listed here.
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Wavves were on The Late Show with David Letterman last night and performed "Demon to Lean On" from their new album, Afraid of Heights. Maybe it's just us but bassist Stephen Pope seems to be channeling Van Halen's Michael Anthony. Check out the video below.
Meanwhile, Django Django appeared on The Tonight Show on Tuesday, performing "Life's a Beach" from their 2012 debut. You can watch that below too.
Marissa Nadler @ MHOW, Feb. 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Some of us at BV are excited for Sunday's third season premiere (3/31) of HBO's Game of Thrones. So is Marissa Nadler who has recorded an all-vocal version of its theme song and you can stream that below. Later this season we'll get to hear The Hold Steady's take on Westeros chart-topper, "The Bear & the Maiden Fair," which will play over the closing credits of one of the episodes (probably the penultimate episode).
The show is, of course, based on George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice & Fire" series of novels, of which there are still two more due. Some fans of the books are irked by the show's mainstream success, and The Axis of Awesome has put that into rock song form and you can watch the video for "Rage of Thrones" below.
MS MR @ BV SXSW 3/16/2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
MS MR wrapped their SXSW run at the BV day party at The Main on Saturday (3/16) and are about to head out with Jessie Ware for a string of dates, including sold-out shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg (4/3) and Webster Hall (4/5). After those dates end, MS MR will launch a headlining tour of their own that includes a stop at Bowery Ballroom on May 15. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (3/22) at noon. They'll play Governors Ball too in June and all upcoming tour dates are listed below.
Some folks have heard MS MR and don't know it, as their stirring, anthemic track "Bones" was used in a trailer for the new season of Game of Thrones which premieres next Sunday (3/31). You can watch that below.
by Bill Pearis
The Hold Steady @ Beekman Beer Garden, Sept. 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Last year, after The National recorded "The Rains of Castamere" for Season 2 of HBO's Game of Thrones, we wondered if Bon Iver might, Season 3, do "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" which is another popular song sung often in George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice & Fire novels. Turns out GoT producers have tapped The Hold Steady to record a version of that tavern favorite, that features music written by the show's composer, Ramin Djawadi.
Audio hasn't been released yet and they haven't announced when it will be used but, if I had to guess, it will be used in Season 3's penultimate episode which is being scripted by George R.R. Martin himself. The track, will, however, be released as a 7" single for Record Store Day. The third season of Game of Thrones (based on the first half of Martin's novel, A Storm of Swords, maybe the most action-packed of the books) premieres March 31 and the trailer can be watched below.
The uniquely talented Corn Mo (who drunkenly threatened to beat me up one New Year's Eve because I touched something on stage during a very drunken Mr. Brownstone show that he was playing Axl Rose at), has released "Arya", a free song on his Bandcamp that you can stream below. Those worried about spoilers take note: the track was inspired by A Clash of Kings.
Speaking of A Clash of Kings, Mashable just exclusively announced that "The George R. R. Martin's series is about to get an official companion app to help you stay on top of what's what."
The "A World of Ice and Fire" app ($1.99) for iOS users will launch Tuesday, providing profiles of 540 characters and 380 places from castles to towns and major houses, along with interactive world maps. A free version of the app is also available, which gives details on only the eight major characters from the first book. Companion guides for books two, three, four and five cost $0.99 each or you can purchase complete access for $4.99.Listen to "Arya" below, and catch Corn Mo live as part of a Sandy benefit at LPR in Manhattan on 11/30, and with El Vez at Littlefield in Brooklyn on 12/5.
The apps also feature anti-spoiler functionality, so it provides information only up to where you are in the book.
We always thought the Lannisters would be Romney supporters...
Neil might not approve but you can stream every single A389 release ever in its entirety at their Bandcamp which is pretty cool. He probably isn't a fan of Eyehategod anyway.
More streaming: give an online listen to Tame Impala's new album Lonerism.
Watch Ty Segall perform on WGN's morning news show... at 8AM. Wonder if he had even been to bed yet?
Axl Rose is giving an extremely rare interview to Jimmy Kimmel on 10/24, though that is unfortunately before Jimmy starts filming in Brooklyn.
Conservative blowhard Glenn Beck loves bombastic UK rockers Muse and wrote an open letter to the band to show them just how much. Needless to say, it is nuts.
Radio biographer and historian Alex Cosper discusses the "expanding definition of indie" at the Sacramento Press.
Music Publishing firm ASCAP has just launched a new program called ASCAP OnStage that will pay musicians royalties when their songs are played live.
Jay-Z played his fourth of eight shows at the Barclays Center last night.
LA via Sri Lanka rapper DeLon traces the reason for him having to drop off a tour with America's Got Talent artist Lindsey Stirling, back to his 2008 criticisms of M.I.A.
by Bill Pearis
The National at Beacon Theater in 2011 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
The soundtrack to Game of Thones: Season 2 comes out June 16, a week after the S2 finale airs on HBO. It's mostly Ramin Djawadi's thunderous score, but does contain The National doing "The Rains of Castamere."
This probably doesn't mean so much to people who have only watched the series, but those who have read the books know it as one of the biggest hits in Westeros (#1 in Casterly Rock two years straight), sung by any minstrel worth his lute. (Minstrel songs, and lengthy descriptions of food are probably the two biggest omisions the series has made from the books thus far.) The lyrics are by Song of Ice & Fire (of which Game of Thrones is based) author George RR Martin, but the National penned the appropriately sorrowful music. You can stream it via YouTube below.
Maybe for the Season 3 soundtrack they can get Bon Iver to sing "The Bear and the Maiden Fair." This Sunday is the penultimate episode of Season 2 of Game of Thrones, which was scripted by Martin himself.