Tag: Music (1-10 of 42)
BETH IS ALIVE!!!! Well, not really. But the woman who played her on The Walking Dead has returned…and we don’t mean as a reanimated zombie. Emily Kinney debuted her new single “Rockstar” today, and there is only one place you can watch the music video for it. Can you guess where? Yes, here! That was easy, right? READ FULL STORY
Recording an album is tough, but after 20 years of producing music, the most difficult aspect may be keeping the process fresh. The Foo Fighters took that concept to a new level while creating their latest album, due out in November–they toured the United States, recording each song in a different city, hoping that the music scene of the area would influence the track.
But Dave Grohl didn’t just want to record Sonic Highways–he decided to document the experience, interviewing figures important to each city’s musical history for a documentary series that shares the album’s name. In turn, those interviews shaped the album, as Grohl fashioned his lyrics out of the words of his documentary subjects.
So Sonic Highways attempts to be three different things–a history of music in America, the story of what inspired the Foo Fighters, particularly Dave Grohl, and a behind-the-scenes look at the music production process. Having to serve so many masters unfortunately detracts from the ultimate impact of each story thread, but the show’s ambition and actual construction are fascinating enough for anyone interested in American music, Foo Fighters fan or not, that Sonic Highways is still a unique and enjoyable look into the country’s defining musical history.
Juanes will guest star on The CW comedy series Jane The Virgin, EW has learned.
The Grammy winner will play a music producer and smooth-talking ladies’ man who considers producing a demo record for Jane’s pop-music obsessed mother Xiomara (Andrea Navedo). READ FULL STORY
It started with Elmo. A little over a year ago, web entrepreneur Ilya Pozin was working on his computer with his two-year-old daughter perched in his lap. To keep her entertained, he was searching for online Sesame Street videos. He’d put one on, but after each one ended, his daughter would yell out, “More Elmo, Daddy!” — and Pozin would have to go on the hunt for another video. “I’m sitting there thinking, ‘Why am I having to DJ for her every three minutes?'” Pozin says, laughing. “I should be able to just throw on a channel for my daughter that plays videos she loves constantly.”
So he and co-founders Nick Grouf and Tom Ryan built a new web platform, Pluto.TV, to do just that. The platform, which launched today, March 31, essentially sifts through the millions of online videos available on Youtube and elsewhere, finds the best ones, and then put them into channels, and shows on those channels, that run 24/7. It’s like a cable menu for online video. So, for instance, if you’re really, really into cute cat videos (and let’s face it, who isn’t), you can click on Pluto’s Cats channel, and watch a curated list of the best of those — everything from shows on “Big Cats” to “Kitten Zone” — all.day.long., for free. You can also DVR stuff and invite friends via Facebook to watch videos with you (and chat about them) live.
For singer-songwriter Chris Arena, everything changed the night that he heard Alexi Murdoch’s “Orange Sky” on The O.C. In that moment, he decided to walk away from a life filled with touring and paying bars to perform so that he could get a chance to really be heard. Realizing what great television music moments could be, he decided to focus on cinematic music.
“[The O.C.] broke so many good acts,” Arena said. “It almost set the tone for, I feel like, the Grey’s Anatomys and the Dawson’s Creeks; those shows really paved the way for this whole movement of new artists focusing on cinematic music. I just picked a point and focused.”
More specifically, he picked ABC Family’s hit show Pretty Little Liars. “My brother [and] his girlfriend – they’re a little younger than I am – he and his girlfriend and all her friends, they’re obsessed with the show. They would talk about it and geek out on it. I just thought that was a good target. I wasn’t really familiar with the show that much, and I started watching it, and I kind of secretly developed a really strong liking for the show, and I thought it was interesting. It worked out really nicely because they needed a lot of music that dealt with heartbreak and singer-songwriter acoustics. It was a nice match.”
So with that idea in mind, Arena started writing. “I started to write songs based on some of the scenes I’d been watching, and to put it in a polite way, I kind of harassed this one editor at Pretty Little Liars and sent him maybe 10 or 15 fully produced songs,” Arena said. “The first eight or nine didn’t get a response, and then he finally picked up on one, and he said, ‘We’re gonna try it out.’ And they used a 17-second clip of a song called “Babyfish.” They had a lot of people that got on board with the music, and they invited me to the editing bay, and one thing led to another. It worked out pretty well, actually. It was a very organic, natural process in that sense.”
Now, Arena has had six songs featured on Pretty Little Liars, as well as another on the now-canceled spinoff Ravenswood. So how does the process work? Well for starters, Arena is given months to brainstorm, write, and produce his music. For example, he was brought to the studio back in August to watch the Caleb and Hanna breakup scene, which would later air in the show’s Jan. 7 winter premiere. READ FULL STORY
'Bob's Burgers' animates The National singing Thanksgiving song in boatloads of gravy -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
Fans of The National, Bob’s Burgers and, well, gravy, you are in for a treat: The Fox comedy has animated the Brooklyn indie rockers singing “Sailors in Your Mouth,” the wistful ode to the savory sauce that was heard in Sunday’s Thanksgiving episode. That wasn’t the first time that the band and Bob’s Burgers bonded: The National contributed a rendition of “Kill Your Turkey” to last year’s Thanksgiving episode, and Bob’s Burgers writer Scott Jacobson directed the video for The National’s “Conversation 16,” which stars… Bob’s voice actor Kristen Schaal.
Press play for a trippy, drippy journey into Bob’s mouth and beyond. READ FULL STORY
If Bonnie & Clyde had to have a theme song, chances are “Bang Bang” would be an apt title to sum up the doomed duo, who are being revived once more for A&E’s miniseries event this winter.
The four-hour, two-part series (set to air Dec. 8 and 9 on A&E, Lifetime and History) stars Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger as the notorious pair of Depression-era outlaws. In anticipation of the movie event, A&E has just released this video of rockers Nico Vega re-interpreting the classic Nancy Sinatra melancholia “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down),” which was itself a cover of a hit for Cher.
Though the song has been used in film multiple times since Sinatra’s 1966 recording (notably in the opening credits of Kill Bill), Nico Vega’s uniquely rock-tinged cover (available on iTunes) is certifiably haunting. Check out the exclusive video below to get a look behind the scenes as Nico Vega lays down the track, interspersed with some premiere clips of Bonnie and Clyde. It’s bloody fantastic!
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If you’re still recovering from the Oct. 27 episode of CBS’ The Good Wife, appropriately titled “Hitting the Fan,” you’re not alone. It will be remembered as one of the series’ best — a perfect storm of pitch-perfect writing/directing, acting, and score. You could feel it from the opening moments, when Will (Josh Charles) set the firing of Alicia (Julianna Margulies) in motion after learning she planned to leave the law firm and everyone started scrambling to steal clients or keep them. The mood was tense but fun as the actors reveled in the machinations scripted by exec producers Robert and Michelle King as much as their characters. And the music captured it. Watch a clip below.
Film composer David Buckley, who’s scored the show since midway through its first season, said one challenge was not letting the music get ahead of the drama. “An episode like this one, more than ever, the music has a sort of identity that can rise up and then fall back down,” he says. Another challenge: The different tones. “This cue, more than any in any episode — probably, in fact, more than anything I’ve ever done before — was trying to navigate that intricate path of drama and comedy. It was serious. There was energy. There was propulsion. But it could also find nods and winks to the lighter parts of the scene,” he says. “The scripts are so clever, the story lines are so intricate, that really quite swiftly you can be moving from something emotional and personal and perhaps sad to someone with a twinkle in their eye.” READ FULL STORY
'Arrested Development,' 'Elementary,' 'Da Vinci's Demons,' and more: The making of this year's Emmy-nominated music
The Primetime Creative Arts Emmys celebrated behind-the-scenes artists on Sunday — including composers recognized for their work on shows like Elementary, House of Cards, and The Borgias. The characters in the series they work on play more than a small role in shaping the shows’ sounds, as EW learned in talking to the nominees in the music score categories on the carpet ahead of the ceremony, which will air on FXX this Saturday.
Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons won the award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music, while Downton Abbey won for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series, and ReelzChannel’s World Without End snagged the award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special.
Read on to learn more about the making of the music for five shows.
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