Turns out acting and singing aren’t so different after all. Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is making his debut as a lead in a new film. That’s not the only musician getting some extra spotlight. Michael C. Hall debuted some Lazarus work at the Mercury Prize ceremony this past Thursday, Luke from Gilmore Girls has a secret band, Warpaint dropped a charming video, and Sampha released a dark, brooding music video.
It seems a new album isn’t the only thing on Billie Joe Armstrong‘s plate. The frontman of Green Day was hard at work prepping and filming his first-ever lead role in a film in the last year or two. Ordinary World, a film about a father whose abandoned punk rocker dreams get to be revived, sees Armstrong cast as the main character, a dad named Perry who sees plenty of craziness ensue on his 40th birthday. He penned an original song for the film (which dawns the title of the film) and, by the looks of its first trailer, does pretty well acting in the film, too. It will be released as a DVD and digital download on October 17th. [Rolling Stone]
This past Thursday, Michael C. Hall gave us a look at what we can expect from Lazarus, one of David Bowie‘s final projects before his death. The two worked together on the musical and Hall was (and still is) set to star in the off-Broadway New York production’s leading role. During the 2016 Hyundai Mercury Prize ceremony, Michael C. Hall paid his respects while performing “Lazarus” with help from a backing band. It was an emotional rendition, to say the least, and one that will likely give you goosebumps for the entire day. The original version of the song, which Bowie released at the start of this year, can be heard above. [Nerdist]
Anyone who has seen Gilmore Girls knows there’s another side to Luke. There had to be, right? Turns out Scott Patterson, the actor who played everyone’s favorite semi-grumpy dude on the show, has been fronting a ’70s blues-inspired rock act called GORDON. The band promises “big beats” and “passionate vocals,” both of which he contributes to. Give a listen to “Kristina” above, an original song uploaded to the band’s page. If you’re ready for heavier rock, check it out on their site (or book a live event if you so please). [Consequence of Sound]
We’ve been noticeably excited about Warpaint‘s upcoming album, Heads Up, which drops September 23. Now we have even more reason to be. The indie rock quartet shared a video for “New Song” that sees them waltzing through New York City. Of course, they make it all look fun: hugging, chomping on pizza, dancing on street corners, and singing their own magical pop single. Can we join their band? Please? Maybe we should just watch this video on loop instead since joining the group may prove to be a tad hard. [Rolling Stone]
After a long career of guest appearances, Sampha is finally ready to take the spotlight as the primary artist. The British R&B crooner has a voice of gold, and with his debut LP inching closer every day, he’s released a video for single “Blood on Me.” The clip sees his paranoid lyrics come to life. The three-part video, which was directed by Alex Lill, sees Sampha running in a wheat field, running alongside wild dogs, and impaled by branches after a car crash. Dramatic? Yes, but it’s equally moving, both of which can be said for his music. Check it out above. [Rolling Stone]
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