Album Review


June 9, 2015

Well, here's a supergroup nobody would have predicted. In this corner, Sparks, the 1970s art-rock duo who drove Britannia mad back in the day with endearingly flaky albums like Kimono My House. And in that corner, Franz Ferdinand, the Scottish lads...



The Cure, Franz Ferdinand Promote Access to Live Music for Deaf

June 26, 2014

The Cure, Franz Ferdinand and Alt-J lead a cadre of musicians who have joined the charity Attitude is Everything's new #MusicWithoutBarriers campaign, which seeks to improve deaf and disabled people's access to live music. Robert Smith Explains the Cure's...


Franz Ferdinand Singer Apologizes to Pharrell Over Theft Claims

February 3, 2014

Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos has apologized to Pharrell after accusing the producer of "borrow[ing] a riff" from one of his songs. Last Friday, Kapranos wrote, "Hey @Pharrell - I love your tunes. If you want to borrow a riff, just ask..." and...



Franz Ferdinand Frontman 'Chuffed That We're Still Together'

October 25, 2013

Franz Ferdinand season has returned: After a four-year break, the Scottish crew has spent the past month touring the U.S. in support of its fourth album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. Each night is a raucous celebration of the band's decade-long...


David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys on Mercury Prize Shortlist

September 11, 2013

Arctic Monkeys, David Bowie and Jake Bugg are among a dozen acts included on the shortlist for this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist. The award honors the best British album over the past year as chosen by a panel of British music...


The 10 Most Killer Cover Songs of the Past Decade

September 3, 2013

This century has been a golden age for cover songs. Thanks to YouTube, we're always there whenever a band plays a must-hear version of some recent hit or Eighties classic or forgotten rarity, and after years of downloading and Spotify, the borders between...

Song Review

"Love Illumination"

July 15, 2013

Well, it's about damn time. After four years away, the Glasgow mod boys make their hotly anticipated return with this stomping celebration of fuzz guitar and club-kid lust. And is that an oboe solo? Now that's freaky. "Love Illumination" is much kickier...


Franz Ferdinand Release Two New Singles

June 27, 2013

Franz Ferdinand unveiled two new tracks off their upcoming album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action today, marking their first new songs since the 2009 release of Tonight: Franz Ferdinand. Behind the Scenes at Lollapalooza Released as a double...


Franz Ferdinand Get Spooky with 'Evil Eye'

September 9, 2013

Franz Ferdinand get spooky in their new video for "Evil Eye" as the U.K. rockers pay homage to low budget B-list horror films with plenty of campy gore. Hacked limbs squirt geysers of blood, faces appear on stomachs, a creepy ghoul devours body parts...


Franz Ferdinand Considered Breaking Up

August 19, 2013

Franz Ferdinand's fourth album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, arrives next week, but the record almost never materialized at all. After finishing touring around their 2009 album Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, frontman Alex Kapranos considered...


Beck and Friends Perform 'Song Reader'

July 7, 2013

Beck gathered a solid troupe of friends together at London's Barbican on July 4th for his first-ever full live performance of the material from his 2012 sheet music collection, Song Reader. As Pitchfork reports, Jarvis Cocker, Franz Ferdinand, Beth...


Franz Ferdinand Plan Summer Release for New Album

May 16, 2013

Franz Ferdinand will release their fourth studio album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action on August 27th in the U.S. and August 26th in the U.K. on Domino, NME reports. The Scottish quartet, who broke out with their 2004 hit "Take Me Out," recorded...



Chili Peppers, Sting Voice Support for Jailed Russian Band Pussy Riot

July 31, 2012

Madonna, Sting, Peter Gabriel and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are among the latest music stars to voice their support for members of the jailed Russian punk band Pussy Riot, who are on trial in Moscow for inciting religious hatred after they performed a...


Red Hot Chili Peppers, Avicii Battle Severe Storms at Lollapalooza

August 5, 2012

It was a scene straight out of The Day After Tomorrow: a sea of confused, disgruntled people flooding the streets of Chicago, left to wonder about their fate. The cause of this mayhem: severe thunderstorms, which temporarily forced the evacuation of the...


Franz Ferdinand Fans Pepper Sprayed in Brazil

May 29, 2012

Fans waiting to see Franz Ferdinand at Sao Paulo, Brazil's Independence Park yesterday during the Cultura Inglesa Festival were pepper sprayed and tear-gassed by police, the Brazilian paper Folha reports. While the park had yet to reach its 20,000 person...



Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos Attacks Label Over McDonalds Ad

January 22, 2010

Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos has lashed out at the band's U.S. distributor Epic Records after the label licensed one of the group's songs for a McDonald's ad campaign without getting permission from the band, Stereogum reports. "This:


Album Review


June 22, 2009

If you liked Franz Ferdinand's last album, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, but thought it was missing something —perhaps a futuristic, stoner-friendly electro vibe? —you're in luck. This dub version, mixed by Lee "Scratch" Perry producer Dan Carey,...


Franz Ferdinand Blast Through "Tonight" Tunes at Seattle Opener

April 14, 2009

The Moore Theatre in downtown Seattle is a sit-down venue, but you'd never know it judging from Franz Ferdinand's performance there Monday night. The Scottish quartet's 85-minute set had a road-tight feel, despite the show being the kickoff of the group's...