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Foster The People Go Acoustic For Fire Escape

In: Donovan, Music

For their sophomore album, Supermodel hitting stores next week, Foster The People is wisely taking a different musical approach. They’d be fools not to. However, no matter how hard they try, I fear they’ll never live up to the success of their breakthrough single, “Pumped Up Kicks.” Don’t you think?

With their new single “Fire Escape,” the band has taken an acoustic lullaby direction. The somber track shows a maturity in their songwriting skills. It’s a perfectly sweet offering. Frontman Mark Foster takes the reins and is the only one to appear in the clip, leaving his bandmates behind. Check out the visual below.

watch the clip after the jump

Lily Allen & Foster The People Debut New Videos

In: Donovan, Music

Both these musical acts premiered brand new clips this week. Since I missed both on their respective release dates, I thought I’d pair them together today.

On the heels of releasing her contribution to the Girls soundtrack, Lily Allen debuted the visual for “Air Balloon.” The track is the second single off her forthcoming album. While “Hard Out There” courted controversy, her latest won’t unless you have a thing against giant mushrooms, zebras and Coachella-appropriate attire. Ironically, there isn’t a balloon of any kind in the video.

Foster the People return with a brand new single, hoping to avoid the dreaded one-hit wonder stigma. “Coming of Age” is the lead cut off their sophomore effort Supermodel. Given the title of their new single, the indie pop band naturally head to high school for the video. It shows scenes of various student intercut of images of the band playing. Check out both clips below.

watch both clips after the jump

Coachella 2014 Lineup Includes Outkast Reunion

In: Donovan, Music

The full lineup for the 2014 Coachella Music Festival has been revealed and it’s a good one. Once again, the hugely popular music pilgrimage will be held in Indio, California over two weekends (April 11-13 and April 18-20) with the same acts playing both weekends. Last year, a hologram image of Tupac performing with Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre stole the show. I can’t wait for what surprises are in store for concertgoers this year.

The biggest draw is no doubt the reunion of Andre 3000 and Big Boi better known as Outkast. The hip hop duo will headline the Friday shows. Muse and Arcade Fire receive the honor of headlining the Saturday and Sunday night shows respectively. Some of the other notable acts heading to Indio include Ellie Goulding, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Lana Del Rey, Pharrell Williams, Haim, GirlTalk, Beck, Empire of the Sun, Pet Shop Boys and Foster The People to name a few. Check out the entire roster below of amazing artists performing under the hot desert sun in April.

check out the full lineup after the jump

Ke$ha & Foster The People Dropped By Radio Stations

In: Donovan, Music

Not surprisingly, in light of the tragic Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks”, has been dropped by radio stations. Given its lyrics, “All the other kids with the pumped up kicks / You better run, better run, outrun my gun … better run faster than my bullet,” it’s the sensitive thing to do.

Also receiving a ‘no play’ status at several stations, especially in the regions nearby the shootings, is Ke$ha’s “Die Young.” Even though it’s a pop dance track about seizing the day, some might misinterpret the title as being inappropriate, reveal a few radio spokespeople. Surprisingly, David Guetta’s “Titanium” with its “bulletproof” line is also getting the axe. I guess you can probably add La Roux’s “Bulletproof” to that list.

On the flip side, several songs have seen an increase in airplay since the tragedy. Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven,” Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings” and Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All,” have all received more requests than normal, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Sound bites featuring words from President Obama’s speech on Sunday night set to the music of Lifehouse’s “Aftermath” and White Lion’s “When The Children Cry” have played on WDAQ in Danbury, Connecticut.

Speaking of commemorative recordings, did you see last night’s moving tribute on The Voice. The show’s judges and contestants performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” while holding cards with names of those who perished from the brutal shootings. Though relatively short, the performance was beyond powerful. Christina Aguilera’s solo was EVERYTHING. I go tingles and shed a couple of tears. When X-Tina utilizes her voice, nothing even comes close. Check out the performance below.

check out The Voice’s moving tribute after the jump

Almost didn’t recognize that handsome boy above? Maybe it’s because he chopped off all his hair. That right there is Jaden Smith, Will Smith’s oldest son who we know best from his remake of the “Karate Kid” and rapping alongside Justin Bieber on a few tracks. Now, Jaden is ready to show us all that he’s growing up with his new music video for “Pumped Up Kicks (Like Me).” Sampling the popular track by Foster the People, Jaden channels his inner skater dude with some of his friends.

Jaden raps, “Everybody want kicks like me / Everybody want chicks like me / Everybody want flicks like me / Everybody trying to get like me.” Aside from the “kicks” reference, no other lyrics or rhymes match the FTP track. The entire video appears in black and white but slowly fades to color as the kids head to the beach and set up a tent. I assume this track will appear on Jaden’s forthcoming mixtape. Check out his latest video below and tell us what you think in the comments.

Check out Jaden’s “Pumped Up Kicks (Like Me)” video after the jump.

Usher Covers Pumped Up Kicks For BBC

In: Donovan, Music

Usher’s seventh studio album just debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. “Looking 4 Myself” is his fourth consecutive chart topper following, “Confessions”, “Here I Stand” and “Raymond v Raymond”. I guess all those promotional appearances paid off. One of those media stops included one across the pond- BBC Radio 1.

I love it when musicians stop over there for their Live Lounge series. Why? Because they are asked to cover a contemporary hit along with performing one of their own singles. I love a good song cover. Typically, the artist sings both songs acoustically, but not in Usher’s case. I wonder why he chose to perform with a full-out band. Not that I complaining. His cover of Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” is wicked. Check it out along with a performance of his single “Scream” below.

check out both performances after the jump

Indie rock band Foster The People just debuted their follow up music video to their smash hit “Pumped Up Kicks“. That song is undoubtedly one of the breakout songs of the year. Rolling Stone magazine included it as part of their Top 50 songs of 2011. Don’t you feel kinda guilty for loving the song considering it’s about a teenager going on a shooting spree? There’s usually one buzzkill who brings up that fact during a party. You know the one.

You may not know Foster the People’s “Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)” but I’m 100% sure you’ve heard it at least a dozen times without ever knowing it. The song is heavily featured in Nissan’s latest commercials. You know the ones where they’re pimping out their Versa Sedan model which claims to have “the most headroom per dollar of any car in America.” Fittingly enough, a car is at the center of the music video.

Funny how it isn’t a Nissan but rather an old beater. You’d think Nissan would’ve given the boys their very own custom one. Perhaps, the car manufacturer didn’t approve of the music video’s concept. It does involve a police car chase, vehicular mishaps and other sorts of shenanigans. Of course, it’s all very comedic. It’s WAY better than any of their commercials. Here’s the quick rundown of the plot of The Daniels-directed music video.

Mark Foster flees with a wad of cash from the DMV. He gets into a car with an Oscar nominated actress (I’ll reveal later). Thinking he’s an instructor, the girl begins to drive in what is now the getaway car. When they run a red light, a pair of cops played by the other two band members, Mark Pontius and Cubbie Fink, begin a hot pursuit. As you can imagine, a lot of things become collateral damage along the way. Watch the clip and see how it ends with some surprising affection.

find out which Oscar nominated actress is in the video after the jump

There is no denying that despite vocal complications and cancelling a few tour dates, Adele had an amazing 2011. She proved herself during countless live performances and with award nominations including a handful of Grammy nods. Now, Rolling Stone just made Adele’s life even sweeter by naming her track Rolling In The Deep the best single of 2011. In a list comprised of 50 tracks that were released this year, Adele topped the list of heavy hitters. Rolling Stone calls it “a breakup scorcher to beat all breakup scorchers.” Here’s more:

This is brokenhearted music that makes you feel like taking on the world – crackling with quiet menace in the intro, then slowly building to that gut-punch refrain of “We could have had it all!” How did such an old-school soul song dominate the charts next to Gaga and Katy Perry? Maybe it’s the hint of hip-hop venom you hear amid the blues-steeped storminess when Adele tells her ex-lover she’ll “lay your shit bare.” Maybe it’s that certain emotions – especially when channeled through a voice this powerful – will always seem timeless.

Adele isn’t the only female singer to hit the list. She joins the likes of Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé in the top ten alone. Check out a few more of Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Singles of 2011 below.

More of Rolling Stone’s “Best Singles of 2011″ list after the jump.

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