When you’ve got a big voice, you have to get a bow that’s just as big. In a new episode of “Carpool Karaoke,” James Corden gets to chat (and sing!) with the one and only Sia. If you’re looking for less pop and more rock: Eagles of Death Metal perform live in Paris for the first time since the attacks, Underworld’s new US tour dates, the star-studded list of musicians playing David Bowie tribute shows, Mavis Staples sing a Nick Cave song written specifically for her, Kanye’s alternate version of “Wolves,” and the live rendition of Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz’s newest single.
Sia‘s voice is as huge as her bow. On an episode of the Late Late Show with James Corden, she and the aforementioned host plowed through a bunch of her hits in his “Carpool Karaoke” segment. They joked about her sense of direction, why she wears a wig, and, of course, why she believes in aliens. Check it out above and see if you can match James’ notes on “Chandelier” and “Diamonds.” It sure feels good to be alive in a moving titanium box instead of sitting under a chandelier with diamonds. Too many song puns? Maybe; maybe not. [CBS]
This weekend marked the return of Eagles of Death Metal to the stage since the Paris terror attacks. On Tuesday night of this week, the band performed at Olympia to the survivors of that Bataclan show as well as other fans, staying true to their word that they would return to Paris. So the city of light shines on.[Consequence of Sound]
The dark electronics of Underworld take on a whole new overwhelming sound live. Luckily for those in the US, the band announced a handful of American tour dates for April, including stops in New York City, Oakland, and Coachella. It’s their first official tour in six years. This time, it’s to support their upcoming album, Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future, whose lead single can be heard above. [Consequence of Sound]
It’s hard to cite a single artist who isn’t inspired by David Bowie or the trends he created within music. Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall are throwing tribute shows to the genius on March 31 and April 1 respectively. Michael Stipe, Pixies, Cat Power, Blondie, Mumford & Sons, Amanda Palmer, and more have been announced to perform in addition to The Roots, Laurie Anderson, The Mountain Goats, and other previously announced acts. See the whole lineup here and grab tickets if you’re lucky enough to live nearby. [Pitchfork]
Mavis Staples is ready to revive her sound on upcoming LP Livin’ on a High Note. The M. Ward-produced album featured a bunch of songs written by different artists for the record which she then sings herself. New songs by Nick Cave, tUnE-yArDs, and Justin Vernon can all be heard now. The one above, “Jesus Lay Down Beside Me,” is Cave’s contribution. [Pitchfork]
Kanye West is still(?) working on The Life of Pablo… even though the album already came out. The perfectionist has been hard at work touching up some of the songs, one of which, “Wolves,” has now surfaced. It’s both edgier and softer thanks to guest vocals from Sia, Vic Mensa, and Frank Ocean. All in all, a lot different than the version he debuted on Saturday Night Live last year. [Consequence of Sound]
Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz won’t announce the release date of their upcoming collaborative LP, Collegrove, but they will announce some singles. On The Tonight Show this past Monday, the two performed single “Rolls Royce Weather Everyday,” enlisting The Roots for backup support. Hopefully the whole album isn’t as ominous as this song, though its scattered lyrics are welcome, if only for entertainment. [Rolling Stone]
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