Words From Wayne Coyne's Lips

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Jena Ardell

We want some of the Kool-Aid Flaming Lips' frontman Wayne Coyne is drinking with his 20-something-year-old girlfriend and their BFF Miley Cyrus! Haters can spread the mid-life crisis jokes, but we're glad Coyne has found his muses.

"[Miley Cyrus] just goes a million miles an hour and doesn't have much insecurity about it. She has no filter, no limits..." Coyne told Billboard. "Because she influences the way I sing and then I influence the way she sings, we're either ruining each other or helping each other (laughs)."

A dozen pieces of Coyne's artwork will be included in the "The Big Hope Show" exhibit at Baltimore's American Visionary Art Museum on October 3. The exhibit features artwork from several artists who survived personal traumas. This marks the first museum showing of Coyne's artwork, according to a press release from The Flaming Lips' label, Warner Bros. Records.

Here's what the eccentric, psychedelic frontman has said about art and creative expressionism. Quotation above via stereogum.com.


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Jeff Tweedy Reflects On His Career, In Illustrated Form

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What's better than new music? New music for free!

Wilco surprised fans by releasing their ninth studio album as a free download yesterday. The new album, titled Star Wars, contains 11 songs and is (obviously) named after George Lucas' space movie franchise.

"Why release an album this way and why make it free?" Jeff Tweedy posted on Wilco's Instagram. "Well, the biggest reason, and I'm not sure we even need any others, is that it felt like it would be fun."

Wilco's Star Wars is available as a free download for a limited time via the band's website, so we suggest you download it ASAP!

Here's what lead singer Jeff Tweedy has said about his career and Wilco's image. Quotation above via esquire.com.

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Ed Sheeran Explains Himself, In Illustrated Form

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There hasn't been a redheaded male pop star as popular as Ed Sheeran since Rick Astley. (Unless you consider Elton John to be a redhead). But, let's move past his hair color. Sheeran received his Guinness World Records certificate for "the longest climb to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart" this week!

"It took Sheeran 19 weeks to reach No. 1 with his hit single "Thinking Out Loud," between July 5, 2014 and November 8, 2014," Billboard reports. "The record was previously held by Celine Dion, who's single 'Think Twice' took 13 long weeks to make it to No. 1 on the same chart."

Despite Sheeran's commercial success, not everyone is a fan of his music, especially Morrissey. In a recent email interview with Boulder Weekly, Morrissey said, "It's very rare that a record label does something for the good of music. Thus we are force-fed such as Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, which at least means that things can't possibly get any worse."

Here are some things Sheeran has shared about himself. Quotation above via theguardian.com.

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Grouplove Talk About Image, In Illustrated Form

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Grouplove's creative journey to success is how we imagine Andy Warhol's Silver era in present times: 'The Factory' was an artists' colony in Greece, where band members met by happenstance during a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Fast forward past a seemingly effortless transition from obscurity to radio hits; then payoff: a secure future in the music industry, thanks to commercial exposure and incredible live performances. The combination of Grouplove's infectious pop rock songs and high-energy stage presence can turn any venue into a party atmosphere.

The band recently released the official video for their new song, "No Drama Queen" (below). The song will be included on the soundtrack for the upcoming movie Paper Towns, starring model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne.


Here's what Grouplove's Christian Zucconi and Hannah Hooper have said about image. Quotation above via avclub.com.

Zucconi will be performing with his first band, ALOKE, at the Echoplex in Los Angeles on July 17 with GRMLN.

See also: Hannah Hooper of Grouplove Partners With Volcom for a Fashion Line


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Reflections From Michael Jackson

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It's hard to believe Michael Jackson died six years ago. What's even harder to believe is that -- according to TMZ -- Jackson's estate has grossed $2 billion since his death. TMZ speculates that after taxes and debt is factored in, the estate still owes $50 million dollars.

Dr. Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of Jackson, served two years of a four-year jail sentence and was released in 2013. That same year, Wade Robson, who formerly denied allegations that Jackson molested him when he was a child, made this statement on the Today show:

"Michael Jackson was, yes, an incredibly talented artist with an incredible gift. He was many things. And he was also a pedophile and a child sexual abuser." Robson, a dancer, met Jackson when he was seven years old.

In 2014, Jackson's former bodyguards Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard released a tell-all book, defending Jackson. The bodyguards, who worked for Jackson for two years, described him as a loving father.

Despite Jackson's troubled past, fans still mourn his loss and feel his legacy. This week, a photo was released of a storm cloud that resembles Jackson moonwalking.

Here are some reflections from Jackson, detailing his struggles in the spotlight. Quotation above via blankonblank.org.


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When Rock Stars Threaten The Crowd

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Rock stars are generally nice people until someone in the crowd behaves like a douche bag -- then fury is unleashed. When one of the cardinal rules is broken (see below), a rock star will use authority (and a generous amount of f-bombs) to belittle the perpetrator while rallying the rest of the crowd together to defend the victims. Interrupting the show is a small consequence if Johnny Concert Douche needs to be verbally castrated.

Smash Mouth's lead singer, Steve Harwell, recently made headlines for threatening concertgoers after someone threw bread at him at Colorado's Taste Of Fort Collins festival. Yes, some of his threats were a little over-the-top; but why should the lead singer have to babysit the crowd? Concert attendees should know better than to behave badly. Here's a handy guide for you to follow to prevent getting your ass kicked:

-Don't throw anything at the performers
-Don't start fights or behave overly rowdy in the pit
-Don't molest or grope anyone (especially while they're crowdsurfing)
-Don't spit, period.
-Don't shorten Billie Joe Armstrong's set

These lessons were learned while observing the following onstage rants from famous musicians. Quotation above via etonline.com.


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Relevant Complaints From Lester Bangs

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Leslie 'Lester' Bangs is immortalized as being the greatest rock critic ever, but a more critical summary of his life would be this: he was a drug addict who earned a living degrading a profession he always dreamed for himself but never fully achieved.

According to accounts from close friends, Bangs was a highly-opinionated terror during his adolescent and teen years who often amused himself by stealing records and cough syrup (the cause of his demise).

Perhaps Bangs' most redeeming quality was that he refused to conform his views to appease the PR-friendly scene being established within the music industry in the 1970s and 80s. His reviews were equal parts offensive and truthful, but -- more often -- unnecessarily vulgar. Here's an excerpt from his review of Neil Diamond's Hot August Nights that appeared in the March 15, 1973 issue of Rolling Stone:

"...Here on the very front cover is Neil in full flight, working it on out and what is he doing? Pretending to jerk off, that's what. He's pantomiming whanging his clanger, and from the look on his face I'd say he's about to shoot off, and the only bogus part is that he'd like everybody out there to think it's 13 inches long..."

Here are some relevant (and tame) complaints from Bangs. All quotations were sourced from Sue Mathews' 90-minute interview with Bangs on May 13, 1980.

See also: Why Do We Still Care About Lester Bangs?


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Akon Talks About Humanitarianism

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Akon for president in 2016 (please)! The musician/songwriter/producer and activist/philanthropist recently announced he's launching a new "Solar Academy" in Africa as part of his Akon Lighting Africa initiative, which aims to provide electricity to 600 million Africans.

The singer -- who was born in Missouri, but raised in Senegal -- now hopes to install solar microgrids. To date, the Akon Lighting Africa has provided solar electric to over one million households in 14 African countries. Akon's goal is to reach 35 more Africans countries by the end of 2020.

"We actually overachieved," Akon told Al Jazeera. "We started with just creating solar energy for rural areas and households and now were doing solar street lamps all through the countries and also incorporating it within each country, we have put in solar in all the villages and we are also creating a system where we are actually employing locals to maintain it and to keep everything in order."

Akon is also an ambassador for the non-profit organization Peace One Day. Last year, he and actor Jude Law hosted a concert in Goma to promote peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He's what the artist has said about humanitarianism. Quotation above via inquisitr.com.

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Prince Gets Sassy, In Illustrated Form

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Prince is as mysterious as he is musically gifted. The cosmically flamboyant musician abandoned twitter in 2013 after posting only two tweets. (One tweet was about pepper in his salad). If you're a fan hoping to follow him online -- forget it -- all of the social media links on his website are currently broken. Even Prince's recent tour dates have been a mystery.

Recently, Prince was playing short-notice "Hit N Run" gigs announced a day or two prior in Canada. Fans in Toronto were paying up to $270 to see the rock legend perform with his all-female power trio, 3rd Eye Girl, in small venues.

Earlier this month, Prince hosted a Dance Rally 4 Peace at his Paisley Park Studios outside Minneapolis to honor Freddie Gray and show support to protesters in Baltimore. He then traveled to Baltimore to host a surprise 'Rally 4 Peace' concert. You can listen to his political-charged tribute track "Baltimore" below.

Here is a selection of sassy quotations from the legendary musician. Quotation above via rollingstone.com.

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David Letterman Reacts To His Favorite Bands

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There's one thing we've learned while watching Late Night with David Letterman throughout the years: Letterman has great taste in music.

Letterman's Late Night departure hit us particularly hard. His show first aired when many of us were born, which means: he's always been on television throughout our lives. Even if we didn't watch his show every night, his presence was comforting; he was accessible; and a little piece of New York could be broadcast into our living room.

Over the years, we've noticed three tiers of enthusiasm in Letterman's reactions to musical performances on his show. First, was his default send-off: "Thank you very much. Terrific. Nice job. Thanks, folks."

On the next tier, Letterman's honest-to-goodness seal of approval: "Yeah!" he'd say a few times. "How about that? How about that!"

At the peak of his enjoyment, were glimpses of fanboyhood that were sometimes cleverly and covertly masked by Letterman's signature, soft snark. "This is all you want, my friends: Al Green..."

After Green's performance, Letterman was at a loss for words: "Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God... Beautiful, my friend... Oh my God."

Donned in suits, the Foo Fighters performed "Everlong" as Letterman's final musical guests, while a video montage played. His final show marked the end of 33 years of familiarity.

Here are some of our favorite reactions from Letterman throughout his career. Godspeed David Letterman! You will be missed.

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