The Kurt Vile-Courtney Barnett collaboration — which has produced a fine album, “Lotta Sea Lice” (Matador), and now a national tour — was meant to be, long before the two indie-rock guitarists and songwriters really got to know each other.
The guys who gave us “Motownphilly” in 1991 are making fun of themselves these days in a Geico ad in which they harmonize gross digestive side effects at a pharmacy. “If you’re Boyz II Men,” you make anything sound good,” says the announcer. On a new CD, they also prove they can make already good songs sound very good indeed.
NEW ORLEANS — Fats Domino, the amiable rock 'n' roll pioneer whose steady, pounding piano and easy baritone helped change popular music while honoring the traditions of the Crescent City, has died. He was 89.
“We get a lot of musical advice that is like, ‘Little bands like you don’t release full-length albums. Little bands like you should put out five songs,’ “ said KC Weldon, founder of the rock group The Just Luckies. “But I guess that’s not really our style. We go all the way, always.”
The Eagles’ “Hotel California” will be reissued in a deluxe 40th anniversary edition on Nov. 24, pairing the remastered original studio album with 10 live tracks recorded at the Forum in Inglewood around the time the work was released.
The Heartbreakers knew. When Tom Petty's band gathered backstage a couple of hours before the grand finale of its sold-out, three-night homecoming stand at the venerated Hollywood Bowl last month, capping a remarkably successful 40th anniversary tour, they knew.