Banks Wants to Perform for Aliens and Other Inside Scoop

Banks, 2014
Dan Monick

BANKS was photographed on July 29, 2014 at Siren Studios in Los Angeles, Ca. by Dan Monick.

Banks Opens Up

Corpse Bride director Tim Burton might want to take a meeting with Banks. The Goddess singer-songwriter (born Jillian Banks), 26, tells Overheard that she and her best friend have written a number of short stories based upon a character they call “Inside-Out Girl” whose organs and other innards are on the exterior of her body. “She leaves footprints of blood everywhere, but she’s happy and confident and feels stunning,” says Banks. The singer is also pretty imaginative when it comes to her desire to perform in outer space before an audience of “beings from other planets,” thanks to her fascination with the cosmos.

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Lana Del Rap?
Are eccentric rapper Mickey Avalon, 38, and Lana Del Rey, 29, on the verge of working together? Avalon, who hasn’t released an album since Loaded in 2012, tells Overheard he wants to collaborate with the Ultraviolence singer for his new album, which he is readying for a summer 2015 release. “I really love her voice and her sad songs. I think we would be a perfect fit,” says Avalon. Del Rey’s dark, cinematic music would probably mesh nicely with Avalon’s autobiographical tales of drug addiction and male prostitution. According to an interview she recently gave to ALT 98.7 Los Angeles, one of the first shows she wanted to check out upon moving to L.A. was Avalon’s performance at The Viper Room. So what are they waiting for?

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Forest Whitaker's Singing Sonnet
Former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Mike Byrne has been busy since parting with Billy Corgan's band in June. In addition to touring with rock band Bearcubbin'!, Bryne has been handling the rhythm section on the debut album that Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker's daughter, Sonnet Whitaker, is recording in Los Angeles. A source close to the hush-hush project calls the 18-year-old musician “an exceptional talent," adding: "if Bob DylanKurt CobainPJ Harvey and Tracy Chapman had a love child it would be Sonnet.”  No pressure, Sonnet. Mat Devine from Kill Hannah and Wrongchilde is helping produce the album.

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Cold War Kid Hot Under Collar
On Thursday, Nov. 13, California natives The Cold War Kids played an exclusive acoustic set at a private party showcasing CWK bassist Matt Maust’s artwork in Los Angeles. Singer and guitarist Nathan Willett sat in front of a colorful backdrop of Maust’s abstract pieces, as he sang tracks including "Drive Desperate" and “Hear My Baby Call“ off their newly released album Hold My Home. In the middle of their short set, an annoyed Willet groused about how half the crowd should stop talking in the back of the room. After the performance, Willet hung out with friends in the alleyway outside of the party -- near a Porta Potty -- and talked about rigors of constantly being on the road and the ingeniousness of Metallica’s classic metal anthem “Enter Sandman.” Ryan Cabrera was among the 150 or so guests in attendance.

An edited version of this article first appeared in the Nov. 29 issue of Billboard.



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