Rob Zombie has a new album out, and he’s getting inspiration from unlikely sources. Turns out he’s a big fan of Elvis. Then again, who isn’t? Read on after Zombie to hear about the return of The Avalanches, Grizzly Bear hitting the studio, Wolf Parade’s new EP, Mitski’s incredible new music video, and items up for auction from TV On The Radio, Thee Oh Sees, and more.
Of all people to choose from, Rob Zombie got the inspiration for his new video from Elvis. In the video for the singer’s newest single, “Get High,” he struts his stuff in front of a giant sign. You can watch it in full here. “I always loved the way Elvis looked on his comeback special standing in front of a giant ‘ELVIS’ sign,” he told Rolling Stone. “So I figured let’s do that, but instead of my name it will say ‘GET HIGH.’ It’s a simple message for everyone.” Fair enough, Rob Zombie. Fair enough. [Rolling Stone]
After nearly 15 years of hype and teasing, The Avalanches will finally be returning. The electronic sample-based group doesn’t have a new album ready to announce (Let’s be real: Will they ever?), but they do have three live shows ahead. Folks at festivals Primavera Sound, Field Day, and Splendour in the Grass will get to see the giants return to the stage. It’s their first time playing live since 2007, though their last DJ set was in 2011. Fingers crossed this means the album will finally, finally, finally see the light of day soon. [Consequence of Sound]
Almost four years since their last release, Grizzly Bear are finally ready to get going on their comeback. The indie rock act announced they will perform at a Bernie Sanders rally in New York City this Sunday. After that, they’re headed to the studio to record “tons of songs” for the follow-up to 2012’s excellent Shields. “We r passionate to make amazing music for years to come! And we are passionate about changing the political system in the US,” they tweeted. Cool, us too. [Pitchfork]
In a recent interview with Exclaim!, Wolf Parade frontman Dan Boeckner answered the question that’s been on everyone’s mind ever since they announced they were reuniting: Will there be new music? Yes, there will. Wolf Parade have a new EP in the works that will tentatively be called Rocky Horror. Fans can hear up to six new songs, likely those on said EP, live at their upcoming reunion shows. There’s a heavy glam vibe on the new stuff, which I’m really diggin’,” he says, adding on that on song “kinda reminded me of early Queen and The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack.” Sweet. [Pitchfork]
Leave it to Mitski to make heartbreak and independence blur into a beautiful video you can’t help but watch over and over again. The powerful singer-songwriter just shared the video for her newest single, “Your Best American Girl,” off her upcoming LP, Puberty 2. Director Zia Anger focuses on the idea of a Japanese girl “never quite fitting in with the genre’s surplus of white American guys.” It’s a struggle those of color can identify with all too well. Props where props are due: Ashley Connor’s cinematography, Caiti Hawkins’ art direction, and Creatures of the Wind’s styling all combine effortlessly for a video that’s endlessly gif-able — and has already been gif-ed. [SPIN]
In the recent months, filmmaker Aaron Aites has been diagnosed with kidney cancer. The man behind films like 2009’s black metal documentary Until the Light Takes Us is struggling to pay all his medical bills. As such, several bands have come together to help. TV On the Radio, Thee Oh Sees, and more are auctioning off collectibles from their stash on eBay in order to raise money, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to Aites’ care. If you’d like to try to get rare vinyl, guitars, and more, head here to donate. [Pitchfork]
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