Mumford and Sons announced their new album today and, as expected, it'll be a departure for the group. The album is called Wilder Mind, and it's going to be a plugged in affair, with none of the banjo bonanza and fiddle fire that made them a household name and sparked a deluge of what might be called the "Hey!"-Clap-"Woo!"-Stomp-"Oh!" bands. Evidently, while past Mumford projects have been almost entirely written by Marcus Mumford himself, this was a far more collaborative affair. “We felt that doing the same thing, or the same instrumentation again, just wasn’t for us,” Mumford explained to Rolling Stone.
It's a smart move for the band, which was getting very vocal about how tired it was of its trademark sound, but it's hard to say whether it's an improvement until we hear an actual single. But there's reason to be optimistic. The album was produced by James Ford, who's handled production for bands like Arctic Monkeys, Haim and Florence + the Machine. It'll release on May 4 ... Discuss
Controversial hip-hop star Kanye West has tweeted that the follow-up to 2013’s Yeezus will be called So Help Me God. So, it looks like it will continue Kanye's obsession with Christian imagery, although this one might not be as theologically problematic as Yeezus. On a recent interview with Zane Lowe, Yeezy said that the album was "a joyful noise unto the Lord" and compared it to "'Amazing Grace'—coming out of the worst pain possible and making the most beautiful song possible." So, it's another chapter in Kanye's long, complicated walk with Jesus.
Though there’s no official word yet on a release date, Kanye's been steadily releasing new tracks including "Wolves," "All Day" and the Paul McCartney collaboration "Only One," and last week, he revealed that the record was about 80 percent done. Along with unveiling the title, Kanye also posted a mysterious image (which could possibly be the cover art), which Redditors discovered was an ancient monastic symbol for the Virgin Mary, as well as album art from a metal band called Christian Mistress … Discuss
The Mumford & Sons hiatus appears to be over. The band posted a short video on Twitter, teasing some sort of “big news” that will drop on Monday. In addition to ending a lengthy break, the short clip was notable for another reason: It appears the famously-folk outfit has ditched their acoustic guitars and banjos, and have gone electric ... Discuss
The xylophone is not necessarily considered one of the emblematic elements of rock and roll, but don't tell that to the denizens of the Louisville Leopard Percussionists. They have come here for one purpose, and that purpose is to blow your mind to the stratosphere with the awesome power of their xylophone-fueled rock and roll. Just listen, if you dare, to their sanity-defying cover of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir," "The Ocean" and "Immigrant Song." And lest you doubt that these children of rock be worthy to ascend the mount of Led Zep's face melting riffs, know that Jimmy Page himself shared the video on his Facebook page, saying "Too good not to share. Have a rocking weekend!" Have a rocking weekend indeed, if your brain can even recover from this much rock in one YouTube video. For those about to xylophone, we salute you ... Discuss
The gentlemen of Fun. appear to be exploring their options, what with Jack Antonoff's Bleachers and now, this solo project from lead Fun. man Nate Ruess. This is the first single and music video from his upcoming debut album. It's called "Nothing Without Love" and it features Ruess alternatively drowning and doing a Freddy Mercury impersonation outside an office building. He is joined for both activities by a Forever21 model, who is more subdued about the big, bombastic, very Fun-sounding track than Ruess himself is, but if you're a fan of Fun., you'll be a fan of this song ... Discuss