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2014

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The Roots, Perry Farrell set for David Byrne Tribute

December 16, 2014

The Roots, Perry Farrell, Rufus Wainwright and Sleigh Bells frontwoman Alexis Krauss will lead an all-star tribute to David Byrne and Talking Heads at Carnegie Hall on March 23rd. The initial lineup for the show also boasts ZZ Top's...

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Watch David Byrne and Arcade Fire Cover Suicide

August 25, 2014

Arcade Fire added a new dimension to their geographic covers series during their three-night residency at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, recruiting musicians from classic New York City punk bands to join them onstage. Sunday night's gig featured...

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40 Greatest Rock Documentaries

August 15, 2014

The movies started flirting with what would be called "rock & roll" from the very beginning, slapping Bill Haley and the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" onto a scene in the juvenile-delinquent drama The Blackboard Jungle (1955) and co-opting Elvis...

Album Review

Stop Making Sense

July 24, 2014

Talking Heads' 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense was a shocker at the time: No backstage footage, no stoned interviews, no clichés. Just a kickass nine-piece band burning down the house for 90 minutes of art-damaged space funk. Directed by Jonathan...

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Left of the Dial: The Best of Eighties College Rock

May 27, 2014

They came from places like Athens, Georgia, and Manchester, England: Bookish (and often brooding) alt-rock savants whose snarling attitude and sharp wits soon found a home among cool-kid radio stations across the land.

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Talking Heads on 'Stop Making Sense': 'We Didn't Want Bull'

August 1, 2014

"We didn't want any of the bullshit," former Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz says about Stop Making Sense, the band's influential 1984 concert film. "We didn't want the clichés. We didn't want close-ups of people's fingers while they're doing...

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No Compassion: CBGB in the Seventies

May 30, 2014

In the mid-Seventies, a tiny New York City club named CBGB — short for "country, bluegrass and blues" — became the epicenter of the country's punk and New Wave scene. Before the decade was out, countless musicians would spill their sweat and...

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Watch David Byrne Cover Biz Markie

February 26, 2014

If you've ever wondered what David Byrne sounded like yelling, "A fella tongue kissing my girl on the mouth," look no further. As promised, the former Talking Heads frontman went where many drunk karaoke revelers have gone before, covering Biz Markie's...

2013

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Lost Talking Heads Song Resurfaces

December 27, 2013

At a 1976 CBGB gig opening for Television, Talking Heads played an instrumental that had been lost to the history books until just recently. This week, the fan site Talking-Heads.net posted the song, which the group – still a three-piece at the...

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Watch: 'CBGB' Film's First Trailer

August 7, 2013

"50,000 bands and 1 disgusting bathroom." The trailer for CBGB, the movie exploring the history of New York City's most storied venue of the same name, arrived today via The Hollywood Reporter. The two-minute clip gives viewers a look at all the film's...

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Trent Reznor: 'Hesitation Marks' Feels Sparse and Minimal

July 25, 2013

It's been five years since Trent Reznor released a Nine Inch Nails album, but despite the gap, the musical mastermind feels their upcoming album Hesitation Marks is a natural progression. "What fear I had – of 'What does Nine Inch Nails have to...

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20 Killer Rock Star Moves

July 10, 2013

On YouTube, you'll find dozens of people playing guitar with their teeth – yet only one of them is famous for it: Jimi Hendrix. The very best rock star moves will inspire millions of imitators to make fools of themselves. So before you try...

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Sandy Hook Choir Go 'Over the Rainbow'

January 15, 2013

Students from the Sandy Hook Elementary School choir recently teamed with singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson on a version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in tribute to their friends and neighbors killed in a shooting spree December 14th in Newtown,...

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David Byrne Takes Aim at Streaming Music Services

October 11, 2013

After David Byrne declared Monday that the richest one percent are draining New York's cultural resources, the former Talking Heads frontman is leveling similar criticism at the Internet and streaming music services in a new essay for The...

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'CBGB' Soundtrack Will Include Blondie, Talking Heads

August 2, 2013

The CBGB biopic arriving this fall will come with a soundtrack featuring some of the bands that helped pioneer the punk movement in New York City in the Seventies, including Blondie, Talking Heads and the Velvet Underground. Photos: Behind the Scenes...

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Flashback: Talking Heads at CBGB in 1975

July 11, 2013

The Talking Heads were just another young band on the burgeoning CBGB scene in December of 1975 when a tiny camera crew entered the dingy club to capture their brief set. The (then) trio had played their first-ever show that past July as the opening act...

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Q&A: Tom Tom Club's Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth Talk Marriage

July 4, 2013

Some rock & roll marriages last: for an example, see Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club. The couple met at Rhode Island School of Design in 1971 and a year later, they were dating. "I had to use my powers of persuasion,"...

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A Song From Sandy Hook

January 14, 2013

2012

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Talking Heads and Paul Smith Collaborate on Shirt Line

November 14, 2012

The Talking Heads have teamed up with designer Paul Smith for a limited-edition line that celebrates the band's history. The four-piece t-shirt capsule collection features archival material provided by the group's lead singer, David Byrne, including his...

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