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[new]: Florence + The Machine – Over The Love

By Will Oliver, April 18th 2013 — with 2 comments

I’m pretty nervous about The Great Gatsby film that is coming out. It looks like it could be either really great or really bad, and the fact that it got pushed back months is not a good sign (Gangster Squad). One thing most of us can agree on is that it’s going to have a solid soundtrack, as Jay-Z was the executive producer, and got acts like Jack White, the XX, Andre 3000/Beyonce, and Lana Del Rey.

He also got Florence + The Machine to contribute a new song, and we are able to stream that early thanks to GQ, who have the exclusive stream. The song is called “Over The Love”, and in typical Florence fashion is bombastic and really dramatic, but she delivers..as usual.

Take a listen below.

[Listen]: Beyonce/Andre 3000’s Cover Of Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black”

By Will Oliver, April 29th 2013 — with 1 comment

There’s a lot of good stuff to be found on The Great Gatsby’s soundtrack. I really enjoyed what we heard from The xx, Florence + The Machine, and Lana Del Rey. Probably one of the most anticipated tracks was Andre 3000 & Beyonce’s cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black.”

Mark Ronson, the producer of the Winehouse original premiered the song on his EastVillageRadio show. The first half features Andre 3000, with Beyonce taking over the second half. I’m sorry to say that this cover is not doing anything for me. I don’t think it’s doing any justice to her original either. I like both Andre/Beyonce, but I think this was a misfire.

Listen to a radio rip of the cover below. Beware of the ultra-annoying radio tags. Incase you missed it, EastVillageRadio is who played it…

In addition to Lana Del Rey and Florence + The Machine, we now get to hear The xx’s new song contribution to the soundtrack for The Great Gatsby. It has some slick production and features a sleepy mood setting vibe, with cinematic strings and all. They pulled out all the stops for this one. We can expect to hear this during an important scene during the film’s climax, one would think.

Take a listen below.

[new]: Lana Del Rey – Young and Beautiful (From The Great Gatsby Soundtrack)

By Will Oliver, April 22nd 2013 — with 3 comments

You’ve already made up your mind on Lana Del Rey, so if you’re reading this, you’re either a fan, or just curious enough to add fuel to your fire. It’s fitting that she’s a part of the soundtrack for the upcoming film adaptation of the treasured novel The Great Gatsby. Opinion’s on how the film will turn out seem to be severely polarizing, which usually doesn’t bode too well for a film’s fate. But I am still looking forward to see how it all unfolds, we certainly know that director Baz Luhrmann will deliver something that will be discussed one way or another, that’s for sure.

Last week we saw Florence + The Machine’s contribution to the film’s soundtrack. Now we have Lana Del Rey’s, a song called “Young and Beautiful” which she worked on with Luhrmann. It’s definitely got a big-time sound, floating above cinematic clouds of smoke.

Take a listen below via MIT.

MS MR – Fantasy

By Will Oliver, February 13th 2013 — with 2 comments

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It’s nearly impossible to write about MS MR’s new tune “Fantasy” without pointing out the obvious similarity to Florence + The Machine. They have a knack for writing emotional songs that have a huge energy. The video for “Fantasy” actually reminds me of something almost Sleigh Bells, plus the boy + girl duo aspect also plays a part.

Good tune. It’s the first single off their debut album, Second Hand Rapture, due out May 14.

At The Drive-In @ Lollapalooza (August 5, 2012)

By Will Oliver, August 10th 2012 — with 1 comment

 

At The Drive-In took the stage opposing Florence + The Machine. Florence is cool and all, but come on people. There was no excuse for missing these guys, who are only doing this one-off reunion that is sure to be a rare treat for those of us lucky to be in the audience.

The band didn’t disappoint, bringing us all back to the earlier times in our lives when their music captured our angry minds. Musically it was one of the – if not the most – rocking sets of the festival. The band sounded great, time hasn’t changed their ability to perform together. It makes me curious as to where they will go next.

Lollapalooza Announces 2012 Lineup

By Will Oliver, April 12th 2012 — with 1 comment

There’s a ton of great summer music festivals to consider this summer, and now we can officially share the lineup for the 2012 edition of Lollapalooza.

The headliners are Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Black Sabbath, and Jack White. Then you got Florence + The Machine, At The Drive-In, The Shins, Passion Pit, Sigur Ros, Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, The Walkmen, The Tallest Man On Earth, Toro Y Moi, Dr. Dog,  Justice, The Weeknd, Santigold, Metric, The Temper Tramp, The Head & The Heart, The Big Pink, Alabama Shakes, The Gaslight Anthem, Tame Impala, Neon Indian, Washed Out, Chairlift, Yellow Ostrich, White Rabbits, Sharon Van Etten.

For me, the two big ones are Bloc Party, and Franz Ferdinand, who both haven’t toured in a while. Hopefully this means a new album in the not too soon future from the latter. It’s also going to be cool to witness the return of Black Sabbath, and even At The Drive-In. Overall, it’s a pretty strong lineup from top to bottom, and one that certainly rivals the other big festivals.

For the full lineup, head to the Lollapalooza site. Maybe I will see you there.




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