Posts Tagged ‘Film/TV’

THE AMAZING – ‘THE STRANGEST THING’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

You know a band doesn’t give a shit about hype when their name is pretty effin’ hard to Google. Enter The Amazing, a Swedish music-making machine that proudly lets the music speak for itself. How refreshing.

They’re an act of mystery and allure, crafting songs that sting and rip heartstrings, especially the one below – the hauntingly bittersweet The Strangest Thing — which recently gained exposure from appearing in an episode of Bates Motel.

Listen to the stunning track below.

TIMBERLAKE GETS ROUGH TREATMENT IN NEW ‘TKO’ CLIP

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


JT gets the rough treatment in new TKO clip.

Directed by Ryan Reichenfeld, who has previously shot for Wild Nothing and Pusha T, the seven-minute clip depicts Timberlake in a scary sitch — tied to the back of Riley Keough’s pickup while she goes for a late night spin down a dirt road.

And although it may look like Keough (The Runaways, Magic Mike) and Timberlake make up during a steamy + seductive straddling sesh, the moment doesn’t quite last.

The song comes from Timberlake’s latest album, The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2, and was co-produced by Timberlake, Timbaland and J-Roc.

Watch the sleek video treatment for TKO below.

#RandomFact: Riley Keough is Elvis Presley’s granddaughter.

P!NK GETS GRITTY / MAKES MEMORABLE ACTING DEBUT IN ‘THANKS FOR SHARING’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

P!nk and mom, Judy Moore, at the premiere of Thanks For Sharing

Thoroughly enjoyed the acting debut of Alecia Moore (P!nk) in Thanks For Sharing, an honest and heartwarming film centering around the lives of recovering sex addicts.

P!nk’s on-screen character felt endearing and authentic, and her open energy was undeniably present. It was nice to see such a beloved performer through a different set of lens.

The movie’s theme reminded me of a hidden gem — and one of my personal favorite P!nk records — the emotionally gritty Long Way To Happy. The track was never released as a single, but its potent honesty continues to help those in need.

Says P!nk:

“I know a lot of people that have been abused and/or molested and/or fucked over by someone close to them. And I’m no exception. And that’s that song.”

Long Way To Happy below + the trailer for Thanks For Sharing following.

KAT GRAHAM SHIMMERS ON ‘POWER’ TRACK

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

“I used to be a flower on the wall in the back row/Never was a homecoming queen just a shadow/Now I got a crown ’cause you gave it to me/Cleopatra strong, yeah you found it in me,” sings Kat Graham on her new single Power.

Co-written by Graham, Power is a radio-ready track that shimmers.

Power was produced by Grammy-nomiated production duo The Suspex, who recently wrote + produced Demi Lovato’s smash Heart Attack.

In addition to new music, Graham will also appear on the 5th season of CW’s Vampire Diaries.

Listen to the new track below.

OBSESSED WITH JETTA’S ‘START A RIOT’!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I cannot stop playing this song!

Fact: Indie pop songstress Jetta is f*cking awesome. Especially if we’re basing this opinion solely on her trailblazing track Start A Riot, which has finally been released in the U.S. as part of the long-awaited The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones original soundtrack.

Written by Jetta + James Eliot (Ellie Goulding’s Halcyon), Start A Riot is an obvious gem, a diamond that surfaces through the coals of Jetta’s powerful and soulful vocals, vocals that soar: “My heart aches when I think of you. Let’s run away, let’s start a riot,” she sings.

The UK native initially got her start performing on tour as a backing vocalist for Paloma Faith and Cee Lo Green, and was most recently signed to Lava/Republic Records by Harinder Rana (the man responsible for signing BTB fave, Jessie J).

Listen to the uh-mazing Start A Riot below!

#ARTISTTOWATCH

MUST-SEE: ASHTON KUTCHER’S UNEXPECTED TEEN CHOICE ACCEPTANCE SPEECH! #TRUTH

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

“The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart. And being thoughtful, and being generous. Everything else is crap, I promise you. It’s just crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less. So don’t buy it! Be smart, be thoughtful, and be generous.”

-Chris Kutcher

Thank you, Christopher Ashton Kutcher, for making my day!

NEW QUEEN B!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Beyoncé is ruling soundtracks lately. First came the smooth cover of Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black for the Great Gatsby soundtrack, and now Queen B has contributed the inspirational track Rise Up for the animated film Epic! Not only is she providing material for the soundtrack, she also voices the role of Queen Tara in the film.

(I’ve seen the film and it’s awesome. Aziz Ansari made the movie for me.)

Written by Sia and featuring production from Hit-Boy and Chase N. Cashe, the beautiful song features blissful harmonies backed with touching lyrics: “Some people try to drag you down/ Take it from me, stand and be proud/ You’re a warrior/ You’re my warrior/ Be who you are.”

Listen to Bey’s Rise Up below.

TEGAN & SARA INTERVIEWING CUTIES!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Yay for cute boys + cool musicians!

‘Heartthrob: The Interviews’ features Tegan & Sara interviewing, well, heartthrobs. Such a genius marketing campaign to promote their long-awaited new album Heartthrob, available now.

I could watch these clips all damn day!

PS: Skylar, call me!

A GREAT BIG WORLD FEATURED ON GLEE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Holy shit! The very first artist I interviewed 4 years ago for BiggerThanBeyonce.Com will have his music featured on Glee next week. His music is BEAUTIFUL and extremely HEARTFELT. So happy I could die!

Congrats, Ian Axel & A Great Big World!

UPDATE: The episode aired last night actually. Per adorable memo below.

Yay for incredible indie music getting solid recognition!

Ian and Chad (AKA A Great Big World) are one of the only independent musicians to ever have their original song performed on Glee.

So well deserved!

DAVE GROHL SET TO MAKE DIRECTORIAL DEBUT W/ ‘SOUND CITY’ DOCUMENTARY

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


If I can somehow manage to sneak into The Sundance Film Festival, I will keep you guys up to date, just in case you may need to post my bail. Reason being, I just found out that Dave Grohl will be making his directorial debut at the festival with his new feature documentary film, Sound City.

The film is about the infamous recording studio in Van Nuys, California. As I have seen in my twenty-six years of life, Grohl can literally do no wrong, so I am excited to see what he can do on this side of the arts. Dave perceived the idea for Sound City after he purchased the legendary Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios last year. He also became connected with the studio, as well as introduced to it, while recording that famous little album with Nirvana, Nevermind, back in the stone age of 1990.

While we all anticipate the greatness that Grohl is about to unleash on the world, let us all bask in his glory with some tunes. After the official Sound City trailer, of course.

FIRST LISTEN: CHRISTINA AGUILERA – ‘BLANK PAGE’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

^BiggerThanBeyonce.Com sticker graffiti! Love it!

“Sia and I have done amazing collaborations together. She worked with me on the movie soundtrack ‘Burlesque’, which we got a Golden Globe nomination for. We also did a lot of work on my ‘Bionic’ record that was very sentimental and very intimate and vulnerable feeling, and that’s what I love about working with her. It’s a very natural process and we wrote a beautiful song together called ‘Blank Page’. A lot of people that hear the record say ‘That’s my favorite song on the whole record’. It’s one of those songs that I think everyone can connect to on a certain level.”

-CA

Experience the epicsauce below.

Cannot wait for Lotus!

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VOTE PROPERLY, BIOTCHES

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

JOHNNY DEPP PERFORMS W/ AEROSMITH!

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

As if we didn’t love Johnny Depp enough already, right? From movies to music, is there anything that this man cannot do? On Monday night, Johnny Depp tuned up his ax and joined the notorious Aerosmith onstage at their concert at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. They did an insane cover of Train Kept A-Rollin.

This is every media biz employer’s dream. I must say, Depp can shred.

PASSION PIT DROPS INTOXICATING, SEXY ‘CONSTANT CONVERSATIONS’ CLIP

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Passion Pit’s sophomore effort, Gossamer, is my favorite album of 2012. Hands down. There, I said it. Quite a meaty proclamation, I’m aware. But this album is simply exquisite, taking the electropop outfit to a whole ‘nother level of music-crafting bliss.

On top of the sheer elegance of this project, comes the fact that these boys are seemingly normal and real. Men yearning for something genuine in this messy world. (I met the band a few years back, and they were great guys. Yes, I’m being that person by dropping this factoid. Whatever. I f*cking love this band!)

First video release from the album was Take A Walk, which I simply adored. And now, the just-released cinematic clip for new single Constant Conversations. Directed by Dori Oskowitz, the video features a slew of familiar faces: actor/director Peter Bogdanovich (The Sopranos), actress Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, Stupid, Love), actress Taryn Manning (8 Mile, Hustle & Flow) and actor Roger Guenveur Smith (American Gangster).

The clip is depressingly sexy, vulnerable, honest, and slightly intoxicating.

Enjoy the buzz + my favorite track from the album following.

KATY PERRY IS SUCH A TWINK!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


And even so, I love me some Katy!

“I thought it was important for me to show everything in between. Sometimes, people think we’re perfect, but we know we’re not perfect at all. When you start breaking down the idea, to achieve your dream, [you think you] have to be perfect or flawless or live in a fantasy world. I put everything into the film in the most tasteful way. It’s about how I got there, and the ride along the way, which can be bumpy, but is mostly extremely fun.”

-Miss Thang
On her upcoming docufilmthingy [via Ellen]

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