As anyone who encountered Janina Gavankar's rework of Kanye West's "Love Lockdown" a couple years ago knows, the actress is as much a shapeshifter as her "True Blood" character Luna Garza. Her new video, "Waiting for Godot," accompanies her genre-jumping track (part choral, part dubstep, part Björk) masterfully, adding a storyline as haunting and complex as the song.
Monday's finale to Crosby, Stills & Nash's international 80-date tour may have been one of the more memorable gigs of the group's career. Concluding a string of five nights at New York City's Beacon Theatre, the trio hearkened to 1969, showcasing the first-ever complete performance of their self-titled debut album.
Chris Porterfield leads Field Report, whose debut album arrives Sept. 11 on Partisan Records. "I think we made a really honest document of a band in a good place," Porterfield, who cut his teeth in Justin Vernon's pre-Bon Iver band DeYarmond Edison, tells Billboard.
There was no elegiac note to be found in Thrice's New York City appearance last month, despite the Best Buy Theater's digital marquee blaring the decisive words FAREWELL TOUR. Thrice had acknowledged as far back as November this would be the last live run "for the foreseeable future." That knowledge alone, without teary goodbyes and overwrought thanks, imbued the show with significance to spare.
Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba has been especially prolific these last ten months, releasing with his band an album of acoustically performed chestnuts, "Damnesia," last summer, then an EP as theHELL, a side project with Angels & Airwaves' Atom Willard. Now he's got Matt Skiba and the Sekrets, his first all-out solo project, and the debut album "Babylon."