Music

Classic Album Cover Remixes Created By a Music-Loving Dad, Starring His Adorable Sons

Take heed Lunchbox dads and fathers of cute Internet dogs: classic album cover remixes starring your two adorable sons are the new thing. Dad Lance Underwood recreates famous album covers and casts his sons Taj and Amar in the roles of musicians such as Bob Dylan, Nat King Cole, Marvin Gaye, and more. Judging by the amount of old-school hip hop, jazz, funk, and soul on his Tumblr, we’d say that Underwood’s sons are getting a fine education in music history. See more of Underwood’s fun album cover remakes, starring his extremely photogenic kids, below. … Read More

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Photos Documenting the Backyard Punk Scene in East LA

East Los, a new photo series by documentarian Angela Boatwright (part of Vans’ Living Off the Wall project, which includes an East Los companion film), invites viewers into the backyard punk scene of East Los Angeles. Revealing a little known side of the Latino community, East Los takes a look at the lifestyle in the clubs and at home, exploring “youth, catharses, and notions of family.” See a preview of the work in our gallery, and visit the artist’s website for more information. … Read More

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Adorable Photos of Metalheads and Their Pet Cats

Musician, jewelry designer, and metal fan Alexandra Crockett looked past the corpse paint to reveal the softer side of menacing-looking metalheads, by way of their pet cats. Due out in May, the adorably evil Metal Cats features the felines that make these musicians, promoters, fans, and others purr. Members of bands like Morbid Angel, Napalm Death, Black Goat, Isis, and Exhumed are featured throughout. A portion of the proceeds from the book will be donated to no-kill shelters in the cities hosting a series of related benefit… Read More

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Valentine’s Day-Worthy Art Inspired by the Talking Heads

The fine folks at Land gallery in Portland are celebrating Valentine’s Day with some arty odes to love, inspired by the Talking Heads. If oversized business suits and avant-garde theatrics make your heart swell, the exhibition Love for Sale will call to you. From the Johnny Marr-backed “(Nothing But) Flowers” to the songs from David Byrne’s 1986 film True Stories, directed by the performer, these valentines reference all the greats from the band. Catch a preview of the show in our gallery, then head to the official website for more information. … Read More

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The Most Emotional Film Scores

“Emotion resulting from a work of art is only of value when it is not obtained by sentimental blackmail,” Jean Cocteau once wrote. When assessing the most emotional film scores, in honor of composer Krzysztof Penderecki’s birthday, today (the Polish musician responsible for the devastatingly affecting work, “Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima”), we stayed clear of overly sentimental and cloying scores, of which there are many. Instead, we explored ten tender abstractions that take us to the heart of each film and remain memorable as solo works of art. Feel free to add to our list, below. … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Lady Gaga

We already knew that Gaga wasn’t afraid to poke fun at herself after her appearances on SNL in 2009 and 2011, but we’ve been discussing the performer’s progressive grip (strangulation) on her public image and her desire to be taken seriously as an artist, so there was some uncertainty as to how much Gaga was willing to let go during last night’s show. In the previous SNL episode, Kerry Washington showed us what a gifted dramatic actress is capable of doing with comedy — even during the show’s more sluggish moments. Gaga followed suit — for the most part. She’s a true performer who has carefully crafted her image, but last night proved that self-aware, goofy side is still there — at least until the strangest sketch of the evening introduced us to a Norma Desmond-ized version of the singer. We feature it all past the break, along with both musical performances. R. Kelly joined Gaga for “Do What U Want” (doing his best pervy calisthenics routine), and “Gypsy” featured a ridiculously excited tambourine player in purple pants. What more could we ask for? … Read More

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Listen to the ‘Breaking Bad’ Theme Song Played With Meth Lab Equipment

The final season of Breaking Bad is upon us. Toronto-based musician Andrew Huang is celebrating with his rendition of… Read More

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Portraits from Brooklyn’s DIY Music and Art Space, the Market Hotel

If you live in Brooklyn, chances are you’ve heard of the Market Hotel. Run by Todd Patrick, the Bushwick venue was a Dominican speakeasy during the 1970s. In recent years, it became a spot for indie music acts of every ilk — including Death Grips, who played with a ten-foot guillotine on stage — but it was never legal. The loft space was also home to about a dozen people. They were recently displaced in order to get the building up to code and resurrect the Market Hotel with legal standing as a new “sustainable, all-ages, open-to-the-community, 7-nights-a-week home for independent music and art.” Photographer Adam Krause, who we first learned about on Cool Hunting, captured their final days at the untamed concert/studio space before its rebirth. Take a closer look in our gallery. … Read More

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