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Marilyn Manson's acting career will continue apace on the Starz series American Gods, Deadline reports. The shock rocker is joining for a four-episode run in the show's third season as a Nordic death metal frontman named Johan Wengren. "Bringing his specific energy, wit and boundless enthusiasm for all-things-Neil Gaiman to the role of Johan,…
Author: Tosten Burks
Posted: September 17, 2019, 7:40 pm
There’s an essential roughness to almost everything (Sandy) Alex G puts out. From the seesaw cadences of "Bobby" to the sprightly, confessional "Boy," the young Philly songwriter’s large and varied discography is marked by a persistent splintered edge—a fuzzy mix, or a recurring voice crack, exposing the shabby heart at the
Author: Will Gottsegen
Posted: September 17, 2019, 6:48 pm
Radiohead multi-instrumentalist and film composer Jonny Greenwood has launched a new record label called Octatonic Records, which will focus on recordings by contemporary classical musicians. In a statement posted to the label's website, Greenwood wrote that the project was inspired in part by the "remarkable musicians" he encountered in "the contemporary classical world" while working on…
Author: Maggie Serota
Posted: September 17, 2019, 5:03 pm
Wilco have a new album coming out next month, Ode to Joy, and today they've shared a new single called "Everyone Hides." In an accompanying music video, the band appear to take that dictum literally: about 40 seconds in, the musicians drop everything and launch into an elaborate game of hide and seek across Chicago. "‘Everyone Hides’…
Author: Will Gottsegen
Posted: September 17, 2019, 3:38 pm
Stephen Colbert has joined the growing list of celebrities and artists who are paying tribute to the late Cars frontman Ric Ocasek. On the Monday, September 16 episode of The Late Show, Colbert spoke about a surprise encounter with Ocasek on one of his first visits to New York: "I was just visiting some friends in college. I was…
Author: Will Gottsegen
Posted: September 17, 2019, 2:56 pm
Many musicians paid tribute to Ric Ocasek, who died at age 75 on September 15, by sharing their memories and tales via social media of how The Cars frontman and celebrated producer had influenced them. Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus remembered Ocasek as well, but he did so by sharing a previously unheard cover of The Cars’
Author: Anna Chan
Posted: September 17, 2019, 1:17 pm
Ric Ocasek, the legendary frontman of The Cars, died of heart disease, according to the New York City medical examiner's office. The new wave pioneer, 75, was found unresponsive in his Manhattan townhouse on Sunday, September 15. The ME's office specified that Ocasek died of hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, with a contributing condition of pulmonary…
Author: Tosten Burks
Posted: September 16, 2019, 9:35 pm
Ric Ocasek's family has released a statement following the legendary musician and producer's death. The late frontman of pioneering new wave band The Cars was found unresponsive by his estranged wife, Paulina Porizkova, in his Manhattan townhouse on Sunday, September 15. He was pronounced dead at the scene when help arrived. He was 75. In…
Author: Maggie Serota
Posted: September 16, 2019, 9:17 pm
Anderson .Paak put a characteristically jazzy spin on "Old Town Road" in a recent performance at BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge. Thankfully, it's not another remix—just a cover, and a refreshingly good one at that. Knowing his audience, .Paak took a few moments in the middle of the song to deliver some jokey remarks in a faux-British…
Author: Will Gottsegen
Posted: September 16, 2019, 1:57 pm
Ric Ocasek, the beloved producer, solo artist, and frontman of the Cars, passed away this weekend at the age of 75. Tributes to Ocasek, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year along with the Cars, have poured out from a wide variety of musician and celebrity fans. Notably, Weezer, whose…
Author: Winston Cook-Wilson
Posted: September 16, 2019, 1:27 pm