Video of the Day: “Car Crash” by Wakey!Wakey!

Michael Grubbs must know that it’s almost finals week and I need something to cheer me up, because his band, Wakey!Wakey!, just unveiled another new music video.

“Car Crash” is one of my favorites off of their new album and the video features Grubbs’ “One Tree Hill” co-star James Lafferty.

Watch it here!

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Spongebob, Hopscotch and Hops

Earlier this week, the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs unveiled a study claiming that watching R-rated films leads to early alcohol use in teens.

The researchers talked to approximately 3,600 middle-school kids regarding their alcohol consumption.

The results?  Click here to keep reading!

Regina Spektor Meets Radiohead

My dreams are coming true!

Well, maybe not all of them, but Regina Spektor covering a Radiohead song is a good start.

“No Surprises” is a single off Radiohead’s 1997 album, “OK Computer,” and Spektor’s cover was released on iTunes yesterday.

The track was recorded in order to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders, a group that provides medical care to countries ravaged by war and natural disaster.

Anything Spektor does is, in a word, lovely.  I urge you to find another female artist today with such a beautiful, pure voice.

The song is available on iTunes and 100 percent of proceeds will go to the relief group.

Two great artists teaming up for a great cause. What more could you ask for?

About to Pop: A Summer 2010 Entertainment Guide, Vol. 1

Ahh, the joys of summer.

Sunshine, ice cream and air conditioning to combat the heat from said sunshine.  What more could you ask for?  Some summer entertainment, of course.  Whether you’re working this summer, taking classes or just lounging around being a bum, you’re going to need some movies, music and/or outdoor music festivals to make your days a little better and brighter.

I present to you the first in a series of posts that will serve as your guide to everything pop culture for the steamy summer months of 2010.

First up?

Music festivals.

Movement 2010

Location: Hart Plaza, Detroit, MI

Dates: May 29-31

Scene: The Detroit Electronic Musical Festival is a three day long techno fest chock full of beats and after parties

Featuring: Plastikman, Inner City, Model 500

Tickets: Click here for weekend three-day passes, VIP tickets and single day passes

Sasquatch! Music Festival 2010

Location: Gorge Amphitheater, George, WA

Dates: May 29-31

Scene: Emphasis on singer-songwriters, indie bands

Featuring: Vampire Weekend, Laura Marling, Kid Cudi, She & Him

Tickets: Single day, three day passes and camping passes can be purchased here

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

Location: Great Stage Park, Manchester, TN

Dates: June 11-14

Scene: Everything from indie to hip hop to electronica and bluegrass

Featuring: The Dead Weather, Norah Jones, Mayer Hawthorne, The Temper Trap

Tickets: General admission, VIP tickets and total access exclusives here

Summerfest 2010

Location: Marcus Amphitheater, Milwaukee, WI

Dates: June 24-July 4

Scene: The most family friendly of them all, Summerfest includes music, fireworks and shopping

Featuring: Sheryl Crow, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Carrie Underwood

Tickets: Get gate admission tickets here

Pitchfork Music Festival

Location: Union Park, Chicago, IL

Dates: July 16-18

Scene: Indie, hip hop, jazz, experimental

Featuring: Modest Mouse, LCD Soundsystem, Beach House, Neon Indian, Surfer Blood

Tickets: Single day passes available here

Lollapalooza 2010

Location: Grant Park, Chicago, IL

Dates: August 6-8

Scene: Alternative, hip hop, punk

Featuring: Lady Gaga, Phoenix, Spoon, Grizzly Bear, Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys

Tickets: General admission three day pass, VIP pass and travel packages on sale here

Check back in the next few weeks for a rundown of summer films and album releases!

You can’t love me, I’m unloveable…

I like to think I’m a musical connoisseur of sorts…

However, until a few days ago, I’d never heard of Babybird, a British band formed in the mid-1990s.

The group is led by frontman Stephen Jones and their latest single is called “Unlovable,” which features the very loveable Johnny Depp on guitar.

Click here to keep reading!

Bon Iver + Peter Gabriel = Magic

This collaboration was easily the best thing to come out of Record Store Day this year.

Gabriel (left) and Bon Iver (a.k.a. Justin Vernon, right)

The (unlikely) duo teamed up to create an EP covering each other’s songs. Bon Iver’s rendition of “Come Talk to Me” is just as powerful as any of his original songs and Gabriel tackles “Flume” with grace.

While I’m partial to anything Bon Iver touches, I genuinely think the collaboration works.

Released as a split 7-inch EP on Saturday, chances are if you didn’t get it then, you won’t be getting it period. The record had a limited release, but never fear… you can snag the mp3 of both songs on iTunes.

Check out “Come Talk to Me” here:

While Bon Iver recently collaborated with Anais Mitchell for her March release, “Hadestown,” Gabriel just put out an album of cover songs called “Scratch My Back.” There is a rumor that Gabriel is now trying to find artists to cover his own songs, which would be released on an album titled “I’ll Scratch Yours.”

OK, Peter Gabriel…

Video of the Day: “Feral Love” by Wakey!Wakey!

If you follow this blog regularly, I assume you’re pretty much aware that Brooklyn based band Wakey!Wakey! is one of my favorites.

Frontman Michael Grubbs just debuted this video for “Feral Love” on the band’s official website.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Click here to keep reading and watch another amazing video from Wakey!Wakey!

“Ugly Betty” on the big screen? Yes, please!

Less than a week ago, I sat in this very chair weeping because my beloved television series “Ugly Betty” had come to a close after four glorious seasons.

It was in this same chair that I just let out a squeal of excitement upon learning that there is rumor of an “Ugly Betty” feature film in the works.

Actress Ana Ortiz, who portrayed Betty’s sister, Hilda, says that a film is not totally out of the question.

“It’s something that we’ve been talking about,” Ortiz said, citing that America Ferrera is on board. “That woman has so much determination that I can’t imagine anything she puts her mind to not getting done.”

Put your mind to it, America!  Get it done!

I can’t speak for all of us, but I know that you have at least one dedicated Betty fan that is more than willing to publicly proclaim that this NEEDS to happen!