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Watch Avril Lavigne’s cringeworthy new video

- April 23rd, 2014

Avril Lavigne is making headlines again – but for all the wrong reasons.

No, it’s not another crappy album, and no, she hasn’t split with Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger – yet.

She has just released her ear-bleeding new single with – and we say this politely – an eye-gouging video for her track Hello Kitty.

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It’s actually hard to put into words how embarrassingly bad it really is. Whether this is a desperate undertaking to channel her inner Gwen Stefani or a feeble attempt to compete with the Mileys of the world, it all comes off in a sad, last-ditch-attempt-to-be-relevent kind of way.

Sporting a Skrillex-type ‘do, Avril does her best Gangnam Style moves with a few Asian girls in the background. Throw in some sushi, cupcakes, candy, colourful props and some horrific dubstep, and you have a cringeworthy classic. The only thing we can think of is that she’s trying to resurrect her career overseas. Some, including fellow scribe Julia Alexander, are even pointing out that the video comes across as possibly racist.

Anyways, here it is – and don’t say we didn’t warn you:

Nine Inch Nails, OutKast tops Pemberton Music Festival lineup

- April 9th, 2014

The Pemberton Music Festival, dormant since 2008, is back with a huge bang.

Nine Inch Nails, OutKast, DeadMau5 and Soundgarden will lead the pack of headliners for the 2014 edition, which takes place in the small farming town of Pemberton, B.C. on Jul. 18-20.

Tickets will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. local time.

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Coldplay, Tom Petty, and Jay-Z toplined the fest six years ago, and attracted 40,000 people. Live Nation put the boots to the event after financial and logistical issues.

Other acts include Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Metric, Modest Mouse, Snoop Dogg, Blondie, Violent Femmes, Matthew Good, Girl Talk, Gord Downie & the Sadies, Grimes, the Flaming Lips and Cage the Elephant.

The festival will also feature a comedy lineup, led by the Trailer Park Boys, Bob Saget, Nick Swardson, Norm McDonald, Doug Benson, Hannibal Buress, Tom Green, Brian Posehn, and Jim Breur.

New Jack White album ‘Lazaretto’ due in June

- April 1st, 2014

This is no practical joke, Jack White fans. The busiest man in rock is set to drop his second solo record this summer.

Lazaretto, the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed 2012 effort Blunderbuss, will be released on June 10, his label Third Man Records announced today.

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The tracklist has not been revealed as yet, but we do know that the title track will be the first single off the album, and will be available later this month. And if you know a little bit about White, you’ll know he goes all out with several different deluxe editions of his records. For the full details, head over to Third Man.

White gave fans a first taste of the album by posting the instrumental song High Ball Stepper on YouTube. Listen below:

And if you, like me, have no clue what a “lazaretto” is, here’s the definition, according to Wikipedia:

A lazaretto or lazaret is a quarantine station for maritime travellers. Lazarets can be ships permanently at anchor, isolated islands, or mainland buildings.

Well, there you go. Anchors away, Jack.

White has already been announced as a headliner at the Osheaga festival in Montreal, which runs from Aug. 1-3.

The Black Keys unveil new song ‘Fever’

- March 24th, 2014

The Black Keys have a fever, but it’s not for more cowbell.

It’s actually for more synths, judging by the sound of their just-released first song from the Akron, Ohio duo’s upcoming eighth album, Turn Blue.

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The single leans less on their usual guitar-drum hooks and more on an ’80s synthesizer-heavy sound. Before you run for the hills, don’t fret – fans will not be diappointed – it’s pretty darn catchy.

Listen below:

The 11-track album Turn Blue is due out on May 13. It’s their first release since 2011′s El Camino.

Here’s the full tracklist:

1. Weight of Love
2. In Time
3. Turn Blue
4. Fever
5. Year in Review
6. Bullet in the Brain
7. It’s Up to You Now
8. Waiting on Words
9. 10 Lovers
10. In Our Prime
11. Gotta Get Away

Eminem, Skrillex, Kings of Leon to headline Lollapalooza: report

- March 20th, 2014

For those anxiously awaiting the official announcement of the Lollapalooza lineup in Chicago next week, it seems the cat is out of the bag — at least for the big acts.

The headliners will include Eminem, Skrillex, Kings of Leon and Arctic Monkeys, according to the Chicago Tribune, citing industry sources.

The marquee artists are familiar with the festival — they’ve all played it before. Eminem headlined in 2011, Kings of Leon did the same in 2009, while Skrillex and Arctic Monkeys have been in the middle of the pack in previous years, and this time around marks the first time they’ve had the big spotlight.

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Lollapalooza, which marks its 10th edition this year, takes place at Grant Park on Aug. 1- 3. Tickets go on sale next Tuesday.

Last year’s lineup, which included Nine Inch Nails, the Cure, the Killers and Mumford & Sons, attracted a capacity crowd of 300,000 fans.