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Thirty Seconds To Mars is launching its new single, “Up In The Air,” literally.
On Friday (March 1), the Jared Leto-led band will be in Florida to watch the launch of SpaceX’s cargo mission to the International Space Station. The capsule will carry 1,200 pounds of cargo and a copy of the group’s new tune.
On March 18, the band will travel to Houston to NASA’s Mission Control, to conduct a Q&A with Tom Marshburn, an astronaut on the flight, which will be broadcast live on the band’s website. The song will premiere later that day and be for sale on March 19.
“Up In The Air” is the single from the band’s fourth studio album, which will come out later this year. It is the follow-up to 2009's “This Is War.” “Artifact,” a documentary about the making of “This Is War,” will screen at SXSW on March 13. The film won the People’s Choice documentary award at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Ne-Yo are among the first artists to sign on to salute Tim McGraw during “ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night.”
The show will tape April 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the night after the April 7 Academy Of Country Music Awards. It will air later this summer.
Taping a television special the night after the Academy of Country Music Awards has become standard practice for the past four years: previous honorees include Lionel Richie, Brooks & Dunn, and George Strait.
"Ingenue" is among one of the more paranoid songs of the jittery nine on "AMOK," Atoms For Peace's debut. For the music video, Thom Yorke shakes out his legs and arms again for another dance-centric clip, this time with a partner.
The Radiohead frontman and pro dancer Fukiko Takase are dressed alike, seem to communicate with each other, and sometimes mirror each other's actions while, at others, simply react. It's actually really beautiful and plotted carefully, making the crunchy, weird synth line the second most memorable thing about it.
It was directed by Garth Jennings and choreographed by Wayne McGregor, who also set Yorke to dancing in Radiohead's "Lotus Flower," the vid to launch a thousand gifs. The arm dance around the 4-minute mark in this new one only solidifies Yorke' status as a King of Limbs.
Atoms For Peace is Yorke's "supergroup" with Flea, Nigel Godrich and others. "AMOK" arrived this week.
Lots of festival news this week. Next up, the Tribeca Film Festival has announced its opening night premiere for the 12th annual edition of the fest: Tom Berninger's documentary "Mistaken for Strangers," which chronicles Brooklyn-based band The National on tour.
This September I'll be off to the mountains of Colorado for my fifth trip to the Telluride Film Festival. It's been a delightful excursion to start every season over that spread, though even in that short amount of time the crunch of other outlets descending on the space for an early look at potential awards players has been felt (and even I started going at a time when that escalation was already on the rise).
Excitement will be as high as ever this year as the festival celebrates its 40th anniversary with an extra day added to the long Labor Day weekend festivities. Not only that, but a new venue has been announced bearing the name of the fest's most famous regular, director Werner Herzog.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have already secured a headlining gig at this June’s Bonnaroo. Now we’re finding out what the band is doing for the rest of its summer vacation.
The sextet’s six-week tour will include, in addition to B-roo, appearances at The Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Ala.; the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Del.; and Milwaukee’s Summerfest.
The band’s mixing it up this summer: in addition to the festival gigs, and a handful of arena shows, the Heartbreakers will play five nights at New York’s Beacon Theater, May 20-26, and six nights at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theater, spanning June 3-11.
The Heartbreakers are in the midst of recording their first album since 2010’s “Mojo.” The new set will come out next year in Reprise Records.
The tour schedule is below. For more information, go to www.tompetty.com
May 16: Ford Center, Evansville, Ind.
May 17-19: Hangout Music Festival, Gulf Shores, Ala.
May 20, 21,23,25, 26: Beacon Theater, New York
June 3,4,6,8, 9, 11: Fonda Theater, Los Angeles
June 15: Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, Ind.
June 13-16: Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Manchester, Tenn.
June 18: Budweiser Gardens, London, Ont.
June 20: Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Penn.
I think it's safe to say that if you've seen a trailer for "21 & Over," you know what you're in for when you see the film. At 93 minutes, this is a brisk, rowdy bit of fun, and the closest comparison I can make to a recent film is the underseen and underappreciated "Sex Drive," another comedy that took a fairly familiar form and made it work with sheer force of personality. I wasn't terribly surprised by anything in "21 & Over," but I appreciated the energy, the cast, and the near-constant attempts by the film to entertain.
Last year, there was much wringing of hands over the almost complete lack of a moral compass displayed by "Project X," and that seemed to me to be the point of the film. I think there is always a sense by society that each new generation is the one that is going to burn the entire thing to the ground, and that fear is probably exasperated these days by the way pop culture absorbs the attitudes of youth. I am not only confused by much of what appeals to teenagers today, I am actively irritated by it. And again… that's the point. It's not for me. It doesn't speak to me or for me. And when I watch movies about young people just turning 21 right now in the year 2013, I can't relate completely because my own coming of age was in a very different climate. I look at the attitudes to sexuality and technology and a dozen different things and I realize that I am wildly out of sync with them in the details of how we live.
Hey, who needs a third Best Director win? On the heels of his Oscar night disappointment, Steven Spielberg received some solace in the form of a very different, though arguably no less prestigious, cinematic honor: he's been named the the president of the Competition jury at the 66th Cannes Film Festival. (Not that it will have come as a surprise to him, of course: he provisionally accepted the job when it was offered to him two years ago.)
The engravings on Ben Affleck, George Clooney and Grant Heslov's Best Picture Oscars for "Argo" are still fresh and already the gears are spinning across the net on what to expect in the film awards season next year. Of course we were going to pile on.