The all-star cast is touring the country
A new production of the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical Jesus Christ Superstar is hittin’ the road this Summer on a US tour that is being billed as a massive concert tour. In this new production, Incubus singer Brandon Boyd will play Judas Iscariot, former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams will play Mary Magdalene, *NSync‘s JC Chasez will play Pontius Pilate, Sex Pistols front man Johnny Rotten will play King Herod and newcomer Ben Forster will play Jesus Christ. To promote the new show, Brandon and Michelle performed the show’s title track on Good Morning America earlier today. They actually sang the Hell out of the song. JCS is one of my fave musicals, to be honest, so I might have to get tix to see this show when it comes to LA. Read on to learn more. More »
PLUS, watch a video interview with Trent Reznor
Back in February we got to watch video of Nine Inch Nails performing the song Came Back Haunted from their taping of Austin City Limits which will air on PBS tomorrow night, kicking off the show’s 40th season. Today we get to see 3 video performances from this NIN episode of ACL as well as an interview with the man himself, Trent Reznor, filmed during the taping of Austin City Limits last year. Click above to watch the ACL NIN performance of Sanctified, then click below to watch performances of Satellite and Survivalism … as well as a great video interview with Trent Reznor. More »
Yep, even better than 'Let It Go'
The only song that EVERYONE seems to know from the hit Disney film Frozen is the mega power ballad Let It Go, sung expertly by Broadway star Idina Menzel. BUT, Kristen Bell wants to remind us that Frozen features other great songs … particularly the song Do You Want to Build a Snowman? which she sings in the film. Kristen performed the song live recently and did so utilizing the different voices she used in the film (she plays the same character singing the song but uses different voices to show the characters growth over the years). Watch this performance in the video embedded above and see why the world needs to fall in love with this song and this performance and just let Let It Go go already. Kristen Bell, you slayed with this performance, girl. Very well done!! UPDATE: Click HERE to watch this video since Disney appears to have taken it offline from You Tube.
The TV Guide
Last night I made my way to The Roxy on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA to see one of my favorite “bands” in concert. For many years, Rasputina has eluded me when they have played shows here in LA but last night, I finally got to see a show … for the first time in a very long time. I vividly remember the first time I learned of Rasputina‘s existence when they opened up for Marilyn Manson way back in the mid-90′s. I was totally seduced by a trio of women who play rock music on cellos. Rasputina‘s second album How We Quit the Forest remains one of my fave albums of the 90s, absolutely. For various reasons, I’ve missed seeing Rasputina in concert when they’ve played LA in the past few years but at long last, I got to see them last night … and I was not disappointed in the least. More »
On opposite sides of the country
Last night, on opposite sides of the country, singers M.I.A. and Janelle Monaé performed with hologram versions of one another in a pair of live performances orchestrated by the Audi car company. In an effort to promote the release of Audi‘s new A3 model, the singers were hired to perform at events in NYC, NY and LA, CA. In NYC, M.I.A. performed her song Bad Girls with a hologram version of Janelle. In LA, Janelle performed her song Q.U.E.E.N. with a hologram version of M.I.A. (yeah, we’re dealing with a lot of acronyms in this post). Click above to watch a portion of M.I.A.‘s performance with hologram Janelle in NYC to get a taste of how these performances came off. While I am not necessarily a big fan of resurrecting the dead in hologram form (I’m looking at you, hologram Tupac, hologram Michael Jackson, hologram Elvis Presley, etc.), I do think it’s neat to see hologram performances like this where no one is dead. This is really cool, right?
Nope, it's not that leaked song 'Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight'
A few days ago, a previously unreleased Lana Del Rey song titled Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight surfaced online and it was widely speculated that the song might be the first single (or, at least, an album or b-side track) from LDR‘s upcoming new album Ultraviolence. When asked about the track on Twitter yesterday, Lana revealed that Pale Moonlight is a song written “for someone else 4 years ago” … and then she announced that her new single is actually titled West Coast. Click below to see the new photo that LDR released on her official Twitter profile along with the news about her new single and have a listen to Pale Moonlight even tho it sounds like it may not be released officially. More »
'Days in the East'
Drake, Drizzy, Aubrey Graham — whatever you like to call him — just dropped a new song on the Interwebs titled Days in the East and a careful listen to the lyrics of the slowish jam seems to reveal that Drake is making reference to his reportedly ladylove Rihanna. While the title may be a reference to the Scarborough district on the East side of Toronto, he does sing about “waking up in Amsterdam with the boy” (he and Rihanna spent a bit of time in Amsterdam together recently) and also sings “ain’t the first time cause I’ve lost you before” which seems to make reference to the fact that he and Ri Ri were involved before. Click below to hear the song in full and see if you can hear any shout-outs to Rihanna. More »
New Year's Eve 1984
PITNB reader Christine (my girl) pointed me in the direction of this interview of Johnny Marr reminiscing about the time that Madonna opened up for The Smiths back in the early 80′s when she was still an unknown coat check girl at the famed nightclub Danceteria. Altho the video is a few years old and I had heard the story before, it occurred to me that there are others who may have never heard this little bit of odd pop culture coincidence. When the very young British band The Smiths paid their first visit to the US in 1983, they played their first US shows in NYC. On New Year’s Eve, The Smiths played Danceteria and Madonna of all people was the opening act. Watch the video above to hear what Johnny has to say about that fateful night over 30 years ago.
"The album is a palette of different ideas"
In the promo video we saw HERE and in the press release we read HERE, we learned from Tori Amos a lot of new information about her upcoming new album Unrepentant Geraldines (which is due out on May 13). Today, we get to see the FULL interview that Tori gave to promote her new album that gives us MORE amazing insight from Tori about this new era of music. It’s a long read but one that I think Tori fans will be happy to indulge in. Have a look below and learn all that there is to know, at least at this point, about Tori‘s new album Unrepentant Geraldines. More »