Brandon Flowers' Best Zingers, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

The title for "The Nicest Dude in Rock" may unanimously belong to Dave Grohl, but we're thinking The Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers deserves second place (for being a bit of a cream puff). You will never hear Flowers talk smack about his peers in the future, so enjoy a couple of rare "zingers" from past interviews.

Flowers announced he will be releasing a new solo album by posting a handwritten note to his official site and Instagram followers. The album, titled The Desired Effect, is slated to be released May 18, 2015. This will be Flowers' sophomore solo album, a follow-up to 2010's Flamingo.

There's no sign of new material being released from The Killers, but the band will be headlining Kaaboo Festival in San Diego this September with No Doubt and Snoop Dogg.

Keep reading to find out why Flowers keeps his comments positive. Quotation above via spin.com.


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Blur Talks About Feelings, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

Blur is back: cue countless headlines that begin with "Woo Hoo."

April 28th will mark the band's first new record release in 12 years. The album, titled The Magic Whip, began in a studio in Hong Kong and is heavily influenced by visits to China. The cover art features an ice cream cone, track four is titled "Ice Cream Man" and the the video for their new single "Go Out" features a woman making ice cream from scratch. We sense a theme.

Learn how to make a delicious creamy treat while watching the video below:

Here's what frontman Damon Albarn and his musical-genius cohort Graham Coxon have said about their feelings. Quotation above via theguardian.com.

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Celebrities Continue to Bash Kanye Over Grammy Stunt

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Jena Ardell

Kanye West's biggest character flaw is he can't keep his mouth shut. His little stunt at the Grammys could have been viewed as a self-deprecating parody had he not opened his mouth backstage. Instead, West created more reasons for us to dislike him.

We don't agree with The Guardian who feels West's Grammy rant was "an act of brave solidarity". Beyoncé is far from a struggling artist who needs her voice heard, and interrupting someone's deserved recognition is the lowest form of protest.

The question we have is: who arranges the seating chart for the Grammys? And why was West allowed to sit near the front of the stage after his 2009 incident with Taylor Swift?

We hope that if/when West wins a Grammy in the future, a barrage of musicians--not just Beck and Swift--will rush the stage and thwart his acceptance speech. And then Beyoncé will descend from the ceiling on a golden throne, approach West, take the Grammy from his hands, and walk offstage.

Here's what West said about Beck's win at the E! After Party:
"I don't know what he said, all I know is if the Grammys want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain't gonna play with them no more. Flawless, Beyoncé video. Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé, and at this point, we tired of it."

Beck took the high road: "You can't please everybody. I still love him and think he's genius," Beck said of West. "I aspire to what he does. How many great records has he put out in the last five years, right?"

Celebrities have not been holding back their opinions of West's latest faux pas. Here are the latest disses. Quotation above via Shirley Manson's Facebook page.

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Missy Elliott Explains Her Hiatus, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

Despite what the twitterverse thinks, Missy Elliott never really went M.I.A. She released two singles with Timbaland in 2012 and has been producing and writing songs with other artists like Faith Evans and Monica. Elliott's currently scheduled to appear on a remix of Jack Ü's (Diplo and Skrillex) dance hit "Take Ü There", so get ready to hear her... roar.

Since Elliott hasn't released a solo album in a decade, it's easy to forget this Grammy award-winning artist has collected a total of 166 awards and dropped five platinum albums (one reaching double-platinum status) during her career, but this year's NFL Super Bowl XLIX has placed Elliott back on her throne.

Billboard reported:
"Industry sources suggest Elliott's catalog of songs could earn a sales increase of around 1,000 percent in the week ending Feb. 1, jumping to perhaps 70,000 (or more) downloads sold. That would be up from just 6,000 in the week ending Jan. 25, according to Nielsen Music."

"I think it's cool new kids think I'm a new artist," Elliott tweeted. "That goes to show you that I'm still on [fire] & will rip down stages 20 years later."

Here's what the artist has said about her hiatus. Quotation above via ebony.com.

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Blink-182 Reflects On Happier Times, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell
It seems like all the small things have added up to spell trouble for Blink-182. Earlier this week we mentioned Blink's latest spat and how it will affect their performance at Musink 2015.

"Travis and I and the whole Blink-182 organization have bent over backwards for years to accommodate all of the stuff that Tom wanted to try," Hoppus told Rolling Stone. "It feels humiliating to be in a band where you have to be apologizing for one person all the time. That's how it's felt for a long time."

"It's hard to cover for someone who's disrespectful and ungrateful," Barker said during the same interview. "[For Tom] to say, 'I didn't quit the band' is just not true. It's disingenuous."

"So you can imagine my surprise when a press release went out yesterday--without my knowledge--about the band's future," Tom DeLonge posted on his personal facebook page. "This is new to me. It's not in my nature to fuel negativity about the legacy of the band on something as trashy as the Internet world.

...And even as I watch [Hoppus and Barker] act so different to what I know of them to be, I still care deeply for them. Like brothers, and like old friends. But our relationship got poisoned yesterday. Never planned on quitting, just find it hard as hell to commit."

Here are some quotations from the band during happier times, as they recall what kept them together in past years. Let's hope they stay together for the kids.

Quotation above via rollingstone.com.


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Bjork on Being Bjork, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

Björk's new album, Vulnicura, was released this week--earlier than anticipated--after the album leaked online last week.

Björk has expressed in recent interviews that Vulnicura is her most personal record to date. The album contains subject material that stirs strong emotions and may require some tears and emotional outbursts on stage, Björk' told Pitchfork.

Vulnicura features Venezuelan producer Arca, aka Alejandro Ghersi, who produced six of the songs and co-wrote two songs on the album with Björk.

"I'm sort of doing my own thing," Björk told Spinner in 2007. "I've been quite lucky and I'm not trying to please anyone, and yet people are still interested in me." The same sentiment rings true now.

The Icelandic songstress is slated to perform a series of shows at Carnegie Hall in March and April, before playing Governer's Ball festival in New York in June. Something else to look forward to: the possibility of new SNL impersonations of Björk. We can't forget this gem from Wionna Rider.

Here are Björk's thoughts on being an unconventional woman in the music industry. Quotation above via bjork.fr.

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Chester Bennington Talks About STP and the Sad State of Rock

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Jena Ardell
Whether you're a fan of Linkin Park or not, you have to admit Chester Bennington is doing an excellent job as Stone Temple Pilot's new frontman.

Bennington appeared on STP's "High Rise" EP in 2013, following the departure of frontman Scott Weiland, and it appears he's sticking around to work on new music with the band.

According to STP bassist Robert DeLeo, the band is currently in the studio with Bennington. DeLeo broke the news on twitter earlier this week when he posted a photo with his band mates. STP also announced its first live show of 2015: a stint at Arizona Bike Week in Scottsdale on March 28. (Tickets are only $28!)

Meanwhile, Weiland is creating his own buzz: he just launched a PledgeMusic campaign for pre-orders of his upcoming album (to be released March 31) with his band The Wildabouts. You can hear "White Lightning", a new track via SoundCloud, and for a pledge of $1,750, you can even go paintballing with Weiland.

Here's what Bennington has to say about STP and his beef with today's Rock. Quotation above via theblackoutshowonline.com.

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Carrie Brownstein Talks About Her First Love: Music

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Millennials might not realize that Carrie Brownstein is more than just half of the Portlandia empire, she's the guitar goddess of one of the most-acclaimed bands of the '90s (Sleater-Kinney) and the only woman who appeared on Rolling Stone's 25 Most Underrated Guitarists in Rock history list, on which she was ranked #12.

After a 10-year hiatus, the riot grrrl trio of Corin Tucker (vocals/guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar/vocals) and Janet Weiss (drums) is back: older, wiser and just as badass. Their new album, No Cities To Love, (available January 19), was just awarded a 9/10 by NME.

Here's what Brownstein has said about her first love--music. (It's no secret her second love is Fred Armisen). Quotation above via sfbg.com.

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L7 Is Back, In Illustrated Form

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After 14 years, the princesses of grunge are reuniting--but there's one caveat--they need your support (and email address) in order to embark on their reunion tour! The band recently posted this proposal on their website:

Many of you have asked when we might return for a reunion. Well, it's been 14 years since our last show, longer if you consider our original line up. But we (Donita, Suzi, Jennifer, and Dee), are hearing you, we are talking and we kinda agree! Why the hell not?

Here's the situation..

They say to raise a child it takes a village, well to get interest from promoters for L7 to do reunion shows it's going to take an ARMY. An army of you all. No joke.

Here's what we need..

We need your continued enthusiasm, your spreading the word by "Sharing" our posts, and getting your friends and enemies to "Like" our Facebook page.

First and foremost WE NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESSES above.

We need to reach you all directly. No spam, no problem.

Let's show 'em all! Your love and support will make this happen!

For those about to rock, WE SALUTE YOU!

Love, L7 xo

Here's what L7's Donita Sparks and Jennifer Finch have said about the music industry and their complaints about being in an all-girl rock band. Quotation above via diffuser.fm.

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New Year's Resolutions From Famous Musicians

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Jena Ardell

Another year is coming to an end, which signals the age-old tradition of creating a list of self-improvement and travel aspirations to abandon within a week or so into the new year. On the bright side--if you're pretty enough--you may gain a few extra Instagram followers if you attach said list to a selfie, and then everyone wins.

Here are a few New Year's resolutions famous musicians have made to inspire your own resolution list. Quotation above via flavorwire.com.


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