Rock and Alternative
Vampire Weekend have debuted a brand new track titled “Arms”, live. The new song was performed during their show at the Metro Theatre in Sydney. This event took place on January 23rd. The song is taken from their forthcoming third album. The new album is set to be released on May 6th in the UK and on May 7th in the US. To listen to the new song, be sure to visit: http://consequenceofsound.net/2013/01/watch-vampire-weekend-perform-a-new-song-arms/.
The Strokes have released a new song, titled “One Way Trigger”. To listen to the new song, visit: http://www.thestrokes.com/thankyou. The song is also being offered as a free download on their website (http://www.thestrokes.com/). The Strokes are set to release a new album later this year.
A recording of Paul McCartney singing “A World without Love” has been unearthed by Peter Asher. The song was written by McCartney and given to Asher for his duo, Peter and Gordon, in order for them to record it. Until now, there was no confirmation if there was a recording of McCartney performing the song. This song had gone to No. 1 in the UK and the US, after it was released in 1964. The version that was discovered includes Paul McCartney singing and playing the acoustic guitar for the song. Some of these same tapes include a recording of McCartney singing an early version of The Beatles’ “I’ll follow the Sun”.
Paramore have recently revealed details of the tracks that will be featured in their upcoming self-titled album. They have already released a trailer for their new album, which can be viewed here: http://www.nme.com/news/paramore/68178. Paramore’s Hayley Williams has mentioned that electronic music and Alt-J have been an influence for this new album. Paramore will be released on April 8th and their new single “Now” will be out on February 24th in the UK. The track listing for the new album is “Fast in My Car”, “Now”, “Grow Up”, “Daydreaming”, “Interlude: Moving On”, “Ain’t It Fun”, “Part II”, “Last Hope”, “Still Into You”, “Anklebiters”, “Interlude: Holiday”, “Proof”, “Hate to See Your Heart Break”, “(One of Those) Crazy Girls”, “Interlude: I’m Not Angry Anymore”, “Be Alone”, and “Future”.
The Vaccines had headlined The Joiners in Southampton on January 22nd, where they played a one-off not-for-profit show in order to raise money and awareness of the venue. The Vaccines played an hour-long set with a selection of songs from their debut album What Did You Expect from the Vaccines? And from their second album Come of Age. The Joiners has played host to bands such as Oasis, Kings of Leon, The Liberteens, etc., in the past. The set was made because the venue has been facing an uncertain future after a dramatic recent drop in ticket sales. The Vaccines had played songs such as “No Hope”, “Wreckin Bar (Ra Ra Ra)”, “Teenage Icon”, and more at this set. They are now set to embark on a UK arena tour this May, which will include the biggest show they have done so far at London’s O2 Arena on May 2nd.
Electronic and Dance
Gold Panda has been working on some new material and it has now been released as the Trust EP. This new EP features microhouse sounds and shows Gold Panda’s progression since his release of Lucky Sinner. To stream the latest EP from electronic music producer, Gold Panda, visit: http://theneedledrop.com/2013/01/gold-panda-trust-ep/.
Swedish House Mafia have announced the full lineup for the highly-anticipated North American part of One Last Tour. The tour includes over a dozen acts that have been booked to open for them. New York will be treated with Pete Tong, AN21, Otto Knows and Armand Van Helden in Madison Square Garden. AN21 and Max Vangeli will be in San Francisco as well. Nero, Alesso, Zedd, Monsta, and more will be at LA’s Masquerade Motel. Swediah House Mafia’s last United States performance will take place at this year’s Ultra Music Festival.
Pop and R&B
Adele has confirmed that she will be performing “Skyfall” live at this year’s Academy Awards, which will be held in Los Angeles. She had posted on her label’s website (XL Recordings) that it was an honor to be nominated and chosen to sing in front of so many people. Adele is also nominated for the Best Original Song category at the awards. Adele had also picked up a Golden Globe award for “Skyfall”. The Academy Awards will take place on February 24th at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Justin Timberlake is set to take the stage during the Super Bowl weekend in New Orleans. Timberlake will perform at the DIRECTV Super Saturday Night event. This event takes place one day before the big game, on February 2nd. This charity event will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. Timberlake has yet to confirm any tour plans to support the release of his next album, The 20/20 Experience.
Carrie Underwood has done a duet with Steven Tyler for Aerosmith’s latest album. The song is titled “Can’t Stop Lovin’ You” and is now a radio single. Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood have sung together in a mash-up of “Undo It” and “Walk This Way” at the ACM Awards, back in 2011. It was said that the decision to add Underwood’s vocals to the song was last minute, yet they worked well for the song.