The Avett Brothers perform their song "Down with the Shine" and talk to Billboard about their new album "The Carpenter" in the latest session of Billboard's Tastemakers series. The Avett Brothers say the two keys to making recent album were talking things out in addition to recording and the sheer number of shows they've played since 2009's acclaimed "I And Love And You." The band, who saw "The Carpenter" debut in the top five of the Billboard 200 this fall, took to the roof of Mophonics Studio in Manhattan to perform an acoustic trio of songs from the new record. Watch as they play "Live And Die," "February Seven" and "Down With The Shine" for the Billboard Tastemakers video series.
ATTENTION SXSW 2013!!! Join us on Wednesday March 13 from 11am-12pm for an in depth discussion on music in advertising....how the jingle turned into the jam when artists and musicians started writing original music for commercial spots with the same tenacity as they would writing a song for their own album. Joined by Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz and The Tantrums this panel should not be missed. @michaeljfrick @stephanaltman @gabemcdonough @amosnewman
Regina Spektor performs "Ballad Of A Politician" Live at Mophonics NYC "I don't know if I really believe in genre divisions," admits Regina Spektor as she reminisces on the making of "What We Saw From the Cheap Seats," her most recent offering of warm piano pop -- her sixth studio album to date. "I just think that with everything, if you're just experimenting, you can get to play with everything if you're allowed to." Spektor sat down at the keyboard for a three-song Billboard Tastemakers at New York's Mophonic's studio, and discussed the album and more in depth. Full story by Chris Payne, @Billboard
Recently New Zealand's Kimbra and her backing band took to the roof of Mophonics Studio on a fine New York City afternoon to perform album tracks "Two Way Street," "Settle Down" and "Withdraw," R&B-tinged pop gems that exhibit her skin-shivering voice and her penchant for crafting hooks.
The first show Icelandic folk rockers Of Monsters and Men played during their breakout run at SXSW this March was at an Austin, Tex. bike shop packed with singing fans. And though there was perhaps a little more space to maneuver at Mophonics Studio in NYC, the group did not tone down the exuberance one bit as they ran through renditions of "Little Talks," "King & Lionheart," and "Mountain Sound" for their Billboard.com Tastemakers session.
For the first Tastemakers videos of 2012, Alex Trimble (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Sam Halliday (lead guitar), and Kevin Baird (bass) -- also known as Two Door Cinema Club -- abandoned their usual frantic power-pop and scaled back for synth-free acoustic versions of "Undercover Martyn," "Something Good Can Work," and "What You Know" and we happily hung up our dancing shoes.
It's been nearly two years since the Northern Ireland trio released their debut full-length, "Tourist History" (via Glassnote Records. The band hit the festival circuit hard in 2011 in support of the LP, circling the globe with slots at Coachella, Reading and Leeds, Isle of Wight, and Lollapalooza. But it was their gig at Glastonbury that stood as the pinnacle of the band's career thus far, they explained to Billboard Magazine's Lisa Binkert.
In a moment of brilliance that he claims came "straight from the dome", Josh Marcy coins the term "Graypril" (ie. Gray April), to describe the depressing fog that has descended over Venice this month. We expect this to make its way into everyday consciousness like "Gray May" and "June Gloom".