Stories by Kara Manning

Trent Reznor, Karen O Cover Led Zeppelin For The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The red band trailer for David Fincher's English-language adaption of Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is out and it features the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O and Oscar-winner Trent Reznor blasting through a cover of Led Zeppelin's 1970 missile, "The Immigrant Song." The link to the trailer (with song) after the jump.

Gil Scott-Heron Dies At 62

Just a year after staging a remarkable comeback with the 2010 album, I'm New Here, followed earlier this year by a well-received remix collaboration with Jamie xx, the poet, musician, author and activist Gil Scott-Heron died on Friday, May 27, at the age of 62 in a New York hospital. After the jump, a link to a 2007 interview with Scott-Heron from TAS' sister station WFUV, currently up on the NPR Music site.

Sigur Rós Offers Special Digital Version of Heima


Sigur Rós has just released their haunting 2006 documentary Heima digitally for the first time as a special edition in HD with 29 bonus videos, including five exclusive videos that were never available before.

Pulp Returns For First Show, Primavera Sound This Weekend


It's been eight years since Pulp last played together; last night, May 25, Jarvis Cocker and his compadres played a warm-up gig in Toulouse, France in preparation for their gig at Barcelona's Primavera Sound this weekend. Video of opener "Do You Remember The First Time?"  after the jump.

TAS Interview: Danger Mouse And Daniele Luppi

Producer and composer Danger Mouse and his frequent collaborator, Italian composer Daniele Luppi, embarked on a remarkable five-year journey to record a dream project called Rome, an album that reflects their admiration for the classic scores of '60s and '70s Italian cinema, like the dark splendor of Ennio Morricone's spaghetti western oeuvres. Rome, out now, not only features Jack White and Norah Jones, but many of the musicians who played on films like A Fistful of Dollars. The Alternate Side caught up with Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi earlier this month to discuss the long evolution of the album. You can also catch the full interview on Words and Music in Studio A tomorrow, May 26, at 9 p.m. on TAS' sister station, 90.7 WFUV.

Ted Leo And The Pharmacists To Play Kick Off Gig For 4Knots Music Festival On July 9

The Village Voice-sponsored  4Knots Music Festival at South Street Seaport, which takes the place of the long-lived Coney Island's Siren Festival this year, will mark the fast-approaching July 16 event with a "kick off" show featuring Ted Leo and the Pharmacists on July 9. The line-up for the actual festival a week later includes Black Angels, Davila 666 and Oberhofer thus far.

Listen: Arcade Fire's "Culture War" and "Speaking In Tongues"

As The Alternate Side previously reported, Merge Records will re-release Arcade Fire's Grammy-winning album The Suburbs as a CD/DVD on August 2 with previously unreleased tracks. Two of those songs, one featuring David Byrne, debuted last night on BBC Radio 1 and have already invaded the internet. After the jump, check out "Culture War" and "Speaking In Tongues."

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