The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Spiritualized, HTRK

Your correspondent is back from vacation and back on the interwebs, and my first order of business has been to catch up on the music I missed over the last couple of weeks. (Yes, there are definitely worse jobs to have.) The highlights of this week’s trawl include, first and foremost, a new Spiritualized song that is amazing and beautiful and should be listened to forthwith. Beside that, there’s new HTRK, along with a track from Le1f’s first EP for his new label, Fujiya & Miyagi getting all acid house-y, and, um, the former Gene Ween teaming up with Slash to cover the most ridiculous Bob Dylan song ever. It’s all streaming for free, so click through and listen away! … Read More

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20 Hilarious (And Often Adorable) Photos of Debauched Rock Stars With Cute Kids

Many awesome Stooges-related things have come out of the last week or so, not least the band’s new album (which is actually quite good) and their killer performance at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge. But perhaps most awesome of all is the photo that’s been making the rounds of Iggy clutching two kids in junior versions of his trademark sequined jeans. They look terrified, he looks delighted, and the whole thing is many kinds of awesome. So, in a similar spirit, here’s a selection of other debauched rock stars with cute kids. You’re… Read More

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50 Things You Didn’t Know About Axl Rose

Today, Axl Rose, the king of wailing, bandanna-wearing hard rock, turns 50 years old. It’s been an eventful five decades for Rose, who’s busted up more cars, relationships, and video shoots than most of us will ever see. We’re resisting the urge to pile on the Guns N’ Roses frontman, who has recently taken a beating in the media for everything from his bizarre statements to his appearance, in favor of celebrating with a list of little known Axl trivia, from his crucifix collection to his favorite books. Rock on. … Read More

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A Collection of Offbeat Rock Star Appearances in Animation

Let’s face it. Disney isn’t normally knocking on musicians’ doors, asking them to join the cast of their next animated masterpiece. Yet through the years, artists such as Lou Reed, Marilyn Manson, Tom Petty, and the lovable Donny Osmond (he was a little bit rock and roll, lest we forget!) have lent their voices and talents to a few lesser-known animated films, and cartoon series as well. Whether making an animated cameo, contributing to the soundtrack, or even taking on a completely different character, you’ll find that these ten rock and roll artists have certainly left their mark on the industry. Who did we leave out? … Read More

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5 Albums to Stream for Free This Week: Kate Bush, Saul Williams

It’s Monday, which means it’s time for Flavorpill to forge bravely into the wilds of the Internet in search of five noteworthy and/or excellent records that you can stream for free all week. Here’s the result of our heroic quest — a grab bag that’s stuffed full of tunes, including the latest Kate Bush album, a sort-of-new album from the incomparable Saul Williams, the debut from Canyons (who are soon to become DFA lovers’ favorite new band), a couple of fine live records, and even some bonus links for your listening delectation. Click through and get a piece of the action. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. It’s official: Beavis and Butt-Head is returning to MTV this summer in all new episodes, but what’s unclear is whether the duo will still be in high school or not. [via Gawker]

2. The final season of Friday Night Lights — which has been airing on DirecTV for the past few months… Read More

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American Idol Recapped: The One Where They Sang Rock Duets

Our only prayer during Idol‘s rock and roll night was that a rolling stone the size of Ruben Studdard would just roll over our heads and put us out of our misery. It was all the vehicle Adam Lambert needed to unleash the full horror of his gut-turning squeals. While he yelped out a version of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”, we hoped that a whole lotta stage lighting would come crashing down on his heavily made up face. We also discovered that — surprise — Danny “Hokey Gokey” Gokey and Kris Allen are about as rock and roll as Kirstie Alley is not carb-addicted. Alison “Irahetes” Iraheta was the one bright spot, in our opinion. We haven’t been super jazzed about her in week past, but her performance of Janis Joplin’s “Cry Baby” was spot on (no matter what corn dawg Randy says). Plus, she’s the only girl left and she really needs our love. … Read More

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