Foo Fighters

Old Master-Style Still Lifes of the Ridiculous Food Musicians Request on Tour

We’ve looked at the strange and hilarious demands that musicians made in their tour riders before, and artist Henry Hargreaves brought those contractual requests to life in a new photo series. In the style of Old Master paintings, Hargreaves photographed the nibbles pop stars like to stuff their faces with. “I was inspired to create this series after reviewing a few riders from some of the biggest acts in the world, all of which were ridiculous,” the artist wrote for Vice. “What I found most interesting about them is that they offered a glimpse into their larger-than-life personalities.” It’s true. Sinatra lived on booze, New Kids on the Block eat like 12-year-old boys, Axl Rose’s cuisine also makes you want to punch him in the face, and Prince sips tea. Meanwhile, Billy Idol has danced with himself for so long, he’s resorted to chocolate chip cookies and a tub of butter to soothe his weary feet (and soul). Take a closer look in our gallery. … Read More

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The Specifically 21st-Century Silliness of the Rock Hiatus

Last week’s single best headline came from the A.V. Club, who revealed on Thursday, “After four agonizing months, Foo Fighters call off their hiatus.” We weren’t entirely surprised by this news — we can’t imagine Spiritual Forefather of Nice Guys of OK Cupid Dave Grohl depriving his loyal fans of his regal presence for long. Still, the whole thing rather exemplifies the silliness of the “hiatus,” a largely 21st-century phenomenon that used to be called “bands doing other stuff for a while” or “bands taking two years to make an album.” … Read More

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Dave Grohl Reveals the Documentary That Inspired His Music Career

At a Sundance event earlier this week promoting his new music documentary Sound City, I had the chance to ask Foo Fighters frontman (and now filmmaker) Dave Grohl about some of his favorite music documentaries. His thoughtful and wide-ranging answer was interesting enough, I thought, to warrant including in its entirety. … Read More

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Photo Highlights From the 2012 Global Citizen Festival

Yesterday, over 60,000 people gathered at Central Park for the Global Citizen Festival, a massive outdoor concert thrown by the Global Poverty Project, an organization dedicated to ending extreme poverty across the world. Festival-goers were treated to performances from K’naan, Band of Horses, The Black Keys, Foo Fighters, and Neil Young & Crazy Horse, with a surprise appearance by John Legend, who sang just one song: John Lennon’s “Imagine,” in addition to presentations from speakers like Olivia Wilde, Katie Couric and Jeffrey Sachs and short films about the issue of the day. It was a fantastic festival for a very worthy cause. Our intrepid photographer, Gabriela Arp, documented the day — click through to check out her photographs, and if you were there, share your experience in the comments! … Read More

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Neil Young, Foo Fighters to Headline Free Central Park Concert

What’s better than Neil Young, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses, and K’naan playing a free concert in New York City’s Central Park on September 29th? How about all that, plus the news that these acts are coming together for Global Festival, a collaboration between the Global Poverty Project and Goldenvoice that aims… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The Afghan Whigs made their first public appearance in 13 years last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, performing a cover of “See and Don’t See.” Watch them play that song, as well as a web exclusive, “I’m Her Slave,” here, and get even more excited about the reunion tour!

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Interactive Music Mosaics Made from Album Art

Here’s yet another noteworthy addition to our ever-growing reimagined album covers file: Part addictive time waster, part discovery engine, “Musaic,” the brainchild of Australia-born, US-based software engineer Ian Mckellar, uses the opensource API of rdio online music streamers to randomly display album art that is made up of other album art in mosaic form. Meta, right? Click through for a few of our favorite examples, and head over to Mckellar’s site to start clicking around his album art generator (which, it should be noted, is still a work in progress) for yourself. … Read More

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2012 Grammy Awards: The Night’s Weirdest Moments

Last night’s Grammy Awards ceremony was possibly the most awkward product to come out of the music industry since, well, last year’s terrible John Mayer “Jolene” tribute at the Grammys. The inevitable red-carpet polling about Whitney Houston’s death ranged from cringe-worthy to outright ghoulish, and the range of impromptu supergroups was baffling, disturbing, and eccentric, to say the least. From Bon Iver’s mumbled acceptance speech to Brian Wilson’s never-wished-for collaboration with Maroon 5 and Foster the People, the whole night was full of moments that made music lovers scratch our heads and wonder whether the entire show had been pasted together from various YouTube mash-ups. And yet, we could have probably guessed that this ceremony would be bizarre as soon as we glimpsed Nicki Minaj on the red carpet with a fake pope. We count down the weirdest moments of the 2012 Grammys, after the jump. … Read More

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Dave Grohl Is Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Comedy for FX

Those who are familiar with the Foo Fighters’ music video oeuvre (“Everlong”! “Low”!) realize that Dave Grohl is a very funny guy, so perhaps it was only a matter of time before he made his way into the comedy world. Deadline is reporting that the rocker is executive producing a half-hour sitcom for… Read More

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