Not too long ago, word broke that Conor Oberst was working on a Monsters of Folk-driven sci-fi screenplay. That’s one top of the last Bright Eyes album, The People’s Key, which was heavy on the discussion of reptoids (reptilian aliens from another dimension, for those among us who aren’t Art Bell devotees).
So it’s not much of a surprise that Oberst’s latest video, for Zigzagging Toward the Light from the album Upside Down Mountain, seems to draw on some sci-fi themes. Not only that, but the story from this video will apparently be continued in future music videos as well. All hail Conor Oberst, this generation’s musical Philip K. Dick.
Sam Beam shares the studio with host Laura Shine to talk about life and his new album, Ghost on Ghost. Sam performs Grace for Saints and Ramblers, Naked as We Came and Flightless Bird – American Mouth.
The Black Keys were the musical guests on Saturday Night Live this past weekend, and they ripped through Fever, the first single from their upcoming Turn Blue LP. Dan and Pat also get bonus points for bringing along Richard Swift to handle bass duties.
We just announced the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Stroll, which will be headlined this year by Rodrigo y Gabriela. Rod and Gab also have a new album out next week, 9 Dead Alive. Here’s a live performance video for The Russian Messenger (inspired by Fyodor Dostoyevsky: 1821 – 1881), which is featured on the new record.
When it comes to intimate, interesting – and sometimes downright strange – musical performance videos, La Blogotheque is the leader of the pack. The site’s Take Away Shows feature musicians in unconventional locales performing breathtaking acoustic renditions of their songs.
So when La Blogotheque released a 16-minute film featuring Brandon Flowers of the Killers, Father John Misty and Local Natives each covering songs from the latest Johnny Cash album Out Among the Stars, we got very excited.