Quiet on the set. Roll cameras. Enter sandman. Metallica will offer a free livestream of their pre-Super Bowl 50 concert on February 6 on their website. If you’re looking for another way to spend your evening, read on. A presidential candidate promised to reunite Pink Floyd, Charli XCX flirts with a puppet in a new video, The Field announced a new album, Pussy Riot defies the government again, Deerhunter and Stereolab join forces to get weird, and a bunch of rad bands are hitting the road this winter to tour.
Metallica‘s hearts are even bigger than their monstrous sound. The four piece are scheduled to play a Super Bowl 50 concert called The Night Before on February 6 in San Francisco… but they want to make sure everyone gets to watch. “We don’t want anyone to be left out!” they wrote on their website, in probably the cutest idea of the year. Turns out they plan on live-streaming the whole thing for free on their website. They’re the master of puppets and our hearts. [Rolling Stone]
We’re all just another brick in the wall, but John Kasich is too special to be lumped in there with the rest of us. The Republican presidential candidate may have come in eighth place at the Iowa caucus, but he could be more popular if the people knew what he was planning on doing: reuniting Pink Floyd. In an interview with CNN, he said his favorite concert was Pink Floyd’s The Wall and he would, “once and for all try to reunite Pink Floyd to come together and play a couple songs.” Maybe that’s part of the deal: come in nearly last place in exchange for free reign to spew ridiculous promises. [Stereogum]
Charli XCX has the most fun out of any current pop star. Maybe it’s because she puts punk in her step. The singer-songwriter is back, but this time she’s having fun in someone else’s video: Mr. Oizo. The French electronic producer and film director brought her on board for his Hand in the Fire EP. The title-track’s video, directed by Meat Dept. for NOODLES, sees her flirt with the infamous Levi’s commercial puppet Flat Eric while driving around at night. So yeah, she’s still having more fun than the rest of us. [Pitchfork]
Winter feels like a haze. That’s why you have The Field to listen to. The moniker for electronic musician Axel Willner comes to life once again for a new LP, The Follower, which serves as the follow-up to 2013’s excellent Cupid’s Head. The six-track release will drop April 1 via Kompakt. Expect plenty of drone-like loops and cathartic hypnosis from minimal electronica. [Pitchfork]
When your country’s prosecutor general has ties to the country’s mafia, things get interesting. That’s exactly what’s at the core of Pussy Riot‘s new video for “Chaika.” The Russian political group protest about alleged corruption from Yuri Chaika having ties to Russia’s mafia. The clip, which sees them torturing and hanging prisoners while dressed as government officials, brings the Dave Sitek-produced track to even deeper feminist roots. It’s disturbing, to say the least. [Rolling Stone]
Stereolab’s Tim Gane announced he would be putting out an album for his new band, Cavern of Anti-Matter. The record is full of awesome guests, one of whom is Bradford Cox of Deerhunter. Gane just shared a video from one of the LP’s cuts, “Liquid Gate,” which is about as colorful and scientific as the band’s name and its special guest would have you predicting. [Stereogum]
Don’t let winter get the best of you. A bunch of kick-butt bands announced tours for the next couple months, many of whom we highly recommend seeing. Our picks from the bunch? Deerhunter‘s long and continued tour, The Front Bottoms‘ tour in March, and Floating Points‘ tour in April. [Consequence of Sound]
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Image Credit: Metallica and Ross Halfin