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Donald Trump Jr.'s Russia Meeting (Plus Radiohead, Algiers, Kid Rock, and Sufjan Stevens)

Jul 14, 2017

This week we focus on a different Trump causing problems after Donald Jr's. desire to thrust himself into the center of the Russia allegations emerged. We also throw in a little bit of healthcare, race relations, Radiohead, and a worrying new political candidate. More

David Bowie “A New Career In a New Town (1977-1982)” Box Set Announced

Includes Tony Visconti's New Remix of Lodger, Listen to "Beauty and the Beast (Extended Version)"

Jul 12, 2017

Parlophone have already released two excellent and exhaustive David Bowie box sets, Five Years (1969-1973) and David Bowie - Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976). Now the third in the series has been announced, A New Career In a New Town (1977-1982)More

Jul 11, 2017

Sufjan StevensNico MuhlyBryce Dessner (of The National), and James McAlister have all teamed up for a new collaborative album about space and the planets, Planetarium, which came out last month via 4AD. At a concert in Paris yesterday at the Philharmonie de Paris the band fittingly covered David Bowie's 1969 classic "Space Oddity."  More

Watch: David Bowie - “No Plan” Video

Lazarus Cast Album Due Out Friday on ISO/Columbia

Jan 09, 2017

Last January, just before the icon passed away, David Bowie released his final album, an acclaimed 7-song LP entitled Blackstar (but styled as ★) that was our #1 album of 2016More

Listen: Jenny Lewis and Paul Schaffer Cover The McCoys’ “Sorrow” in Tribute to David Bowie

Paul Schaffer and the World's Most Dangerous Band Due Out March 17 via Sire

Jan 06, 2017

Longtime former David Letterman bandleader Paul Schaffer is releasing a self-titled new album with his backing band, The World's Most Dangerous Band, on March 17 via Sire. More

Grammy Nominations Announced: Beyoncé, Drake, Rihanna, and Kanye West Lead the Field

David Bowie and Radiohead Not Up for Album of the Year

Dec 06, 2016

Oh well. After showing signs that they might welcome indie rock artists (or in some cases at least indie rock adjacent artists) into the big categories in recent years, with Album of the Year wins by Beck, Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons, and Daft Punk, and Courtney Barnett being nominated for Best New Artist last year, this year it's business as usual. More

David Bowie BBC Documentary “The Last Five Years” to Chronicle His Final Albums

To Air in January, Plus Watch a New Edit of the "Life on Mars" Video

Nov 04, 2016

The BBC have announced a new documentary on the late David Bowie entitled The Last Five Years. As its title suggests, it chronicles the musician's final years and the recordings of his last two albums: 2013's The Next Day and 2016's Blackstar (styled as ★), as well as getting into Bowie's musical, LazarusMore

Oct 19, 2016

This January, just before the icon passed away, David Bowie released his final album, an acclaimed 7-song LP entitled Blackstar (but styled as ★).  More

Sep 12, 2016

This January, just before the icon passed away, David Bowie released his final album, an acclaimed 7-song LP entitled Blackstar (but styled as ★). The album was tied into a musical entitled Lazarus and now Bowie's final recordings will be released on October 21 via ISO/Columbia Records as part of the Lazarus Cast Album.  More

Listen to an Unreleased Mix of the David Bowie Song “TVC15” from 1976’s “Station to Station”

To Be Included in David Bowie - Who Can I Be Now? (1974 - 1976) Box Set

Aug 31, 2016

Last year the excellent David Bowie box set Five Years (1969 - 1973) was released. It collected Bowie's early albums. As previously announced, now a follow-up box set is planned, entitled David Bowie - Who Can I Be Now? (1974 - 1976).  More

Aug 04, 2016

Since 1992 the Mercury Prize has been awarded to the best British album of the year, meaning an album created by a citizen of the U.K. and Ireland. It's become one of the biggest honors a British musician can receive and can also boost an album's sales in the U.K., especially if it wins. Now this year's nominees have been announced. More

Previously Unreleased David Bowie Album, “The Gouster,” To Be Included in New Box Set

To Be Included in David Bowie - Who Can I Be Now? (1974 – 1976)

Jul 21, 2016

Last year the excellent David Bowie box set Five Years (1969 - 1973) was released. It collected Bowie's early albums. Now a follow-up box set is planned, entitled David Bowie - Who Can I Be Now? (1974 - 1976) and it includes a previously unreleased album, The Gouster. More

Jul 19, 2016

Car Seat Headrest (aka Will Toledo and band), released their new album, Teens of Denial, back in May on Matador. The band performed a session for the Minnesota public radio station The Current, during which they performed a cover of David Bowie's "Blackstar," the title track to the late icon's final album, released this past January.  More

Watch Shearwater Cover David Bowie’s “Lodger” in its Entirety

Recorded for A.V. Club's Undercover Series

May 13, 2016

Usually the way the A.V. Undercover series works is that bands pick a song to cover from a predetermined list, but this time Shearwater approached A.V. Club with the idea to cover the album. As Meiburg explains, he was listening to Lodger a lot last year. It's not the most celebrated of Bowie albums, but was well-liked by Bowie himself, although he didn't tour the album and rarely played any of its songs live. More

Apr 20, 2016

Last night The Flaming Lips stopped The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to cover the late David Bowie's "Space Oddity." Frontman Wayne Coyne performed part of the song on the shoulders of Chewbacca. Before their performance, Coyne shot a funny backstage video where he sang a song that went through some of his musical influences and revealed that he once hit a deer with his car and is actually in the witness protection program.  More

Apr 15, 2016

Today The Flaming Lips have shared the music video of their cover of David Bowie's classic "Space Oddity." More

Mar 30, 2016

Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night to cover the late David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World." Stipe is taking part in this week's two New York City tribute concerts to Bowie. Watch video of his performance below, which just features a very bearded Stipe and a pianist. More

Feb 24, 2016

At the BRIT Awards tonight there was a tribute to the late David Bowie (who passed away in January). It was led by Lorde and she covered "Life on Mars" with help from various musicians who had played with Bowie over the years. More

Watch Iggy Pop and Sharon Jones Perform “Tonight” in Honor of David Bowie at Tibet House Benefit

Pop Also Covered "The Jean Genie" with Members of The Patti Smith Group

Feb 23, 2016

Iggy Pop performed at the Tibet House Benefit at Carnegie Hall in New York last night and he covered one song by his late friend and collaborator David Bowie (who passed away in January) and performed another song he co-wrote with Bowie.  More

David Bowie Tribute Concerts Add Michael Stipe, Cat Power, Pixies, Mumford & Sons, and More

Plus Anna Calvi, Blondie, Amanda Palmer, and Others at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall

Feb 17, 2016

Two tribute concerts to the late David Bowie were actually announced just before his death, but have taken on new meaning following his passing. The Music of David Bowie shows are going down March 31 at Carnegie Hall and April 1 at Radio City Music Hall.  More

Feb 16, 2016

Whether or not Lady Gaga was the perfect performer to lead the Grammys' tribute to the late David Bowie last night is up for debate. While, like Bowie, Gaga has also been adept at creating stage personas and blurring gender lines (and also recently took up acting), the two never worked together and it's unclear if they ever even met (or whether or not Bowie was a Gaga fan).  More

Feb 15, 2016

Last night at Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy Awards party Beck and the surviving members of Nirvana teamed up to cover the late David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World," which Nirvana once covered in their MTV Unplugged episode and on their MTV Unplugged in New York album. Below are some fan videos of the performance. More

Arcade Fire Share Documentary on Their David Bowie Second Line Parade in New Orleans

Watch Win Butler, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Thousands of Bowie Fans Honor the Legend

Feb 11, 2016

Last month Arcade Fire teamed up with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band to hold a second line parade in New Orleans in honor of David Bowie, who passed away in January. Now a brief documentary on the parade has been released. More

Feb 08, 2016

The Harlem Globetrotters showed up at the offices of the A.V. Club and did some basketball tricks for the staff. Tweedy (aka Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer) were about to embark on a cover of Adele's "Hello" for A.V. Club's Undercover series when the Globetrotters crashed their session.  More

Amanda Palmer and Jherek Bischoff to Release David Bowie EP Featuring Neil Gaiman and Anna Calvi

Strung Out In Heaven: A Bowie String Quartet Tribute Due Out Tomorrow, Listen to "Blackstar" Cover

Feb 04, 2016

Amanda Palmer and Jherek Bischoff have teamed up to release an EP of David Bowie covers entitled Strung Out In Heaven: A Bowie String Quartet Tribute. The EP features covers of six Bowie songs and also includes contributions from Anna CalviJohn Cameron Mitchell, and author Neil Gaiman (Palmer's husband).  More

Bono and Trent Reznor Share Their Memories of David Bowie

"David Bowie is my idea of a rock star." - Bono

Jan 27, 2016

Both Bono and Trent Reznor have shared their memories of David Bowie in the new issue of Rolling Stone, which has a big tribute to Bowie in there. More

Listen to David Bowie Impersonate Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, and More in 1985 Recording Session

Bowie Also Does Iggy Pop, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, and Others in "Absolute Beginners" Session

Jan 21, 2016

Back in 1985, when David Bowie was recording his vocals for the theme song to the Julian Temple film Absolute Beginners (which Bowie also acted in), he started messing around in the studio and singing the vocals in the style of other famous singers, including Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, and Anthony Newley. More

Today Has Been Declared “David Bowie Day” in New York City

Mayor Bill de Blasio Has Declared it So

Jan 20, 2016

David Bowie has gotten a lot of tributes since his passing a week-and-a-half ago, but Bill de Blasio, the Mayor of New York City, has declared that today is David Bowie Day in New York City. The news was announced via a post on Bowie's official Facebook page. More

Jan 19, 2016

Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs (and Twilight Singers) has released a cover of David Bowie's "Modern Love." The original song was featured on the late singer's 1983 hit album Let's Dance. The cover is a free download available on Dulli's website or in the player below. Dulli also has a bunch of upcoming tour dates, which are below and include a newly announced February 3rd show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. More

“Blackstar” is David Bowie’s First Ever #1 Album in the United States

Nine Other Bowie Albums Also in the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart This Week

Jan 18, 2016

David Bowie's final album, Blackstar (styled as ★), has become the iconic singer's first album to hit #1 on the Billboard American album charts. He's had plenty of #1 albums in other countries, such as the United Kingdom (where Blackstar also hit #1), but #1 on the U.S. Billboard album charts have proved elusive until now. More

See Photos of Arcade Fire Leading a David Bowie Second Line Parade in New Orleans

Win Butler, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Thousands of Bowie Fans

Jan 17, 2016

This Saturday Arcade Fire teamed up with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band to hold a second line parade in New Orleans in honor of David Bowie, who passed away last Sunday.  More

Jan 14, 2016

Arcade Fire have announced that they will be teaming up with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band to hold a second line parade in New Orleans this Saturday in honor of David Bowie, who passed away on Sunday. It's dubbed "Pretty Things" after the song from Bowie's Hunky Dory album.  More

David Bowie Had Plans for Another Album Just Before His Death

Wrote and Demoed Five More New Songs, Producer Tony Visconti Says

Jan 14, 2016

Even though David Bowie released his final album only two days before his death, he already had plans to record another album before his passing. When Bowie recorded Blackstar (styled as ★) he knew it could be his last record and planned it as a final artistic statement.  More

Jan 13, 2016

At Madonna's concert in Houston last night the singer covered David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" in honor of his passing and of course a fan caught video of the cover. Watch it below. Madonna was wrote a post on Facebook on Monday about what Bowie meant to her and how she snuck out to see one of his concerts when she was 15. That statement is below: More

Listen to David Bowie Take Over BBC Radio 1 for Two Hours in 1979

Guest DJ Set Featured Some of His Favorite Songs at the Time

Jan 12, 2016

On March 20, 1979 David Bowie took over England's biggest radio station, BBC Radio 1, for two hours to play some of his favorite songs at the time on a show called Star Special. The entire broadcast is up on YouTube and in honor of the musical icon's death late Sunday we are posting it below (viaDeep House and Dangerous Minds).  More

Jan 12, 2016

Britt Daniel of Spoon has posted an acoustic cover of David Bowie's 1987 song "Never Let Me Down" (the title track to an album also released that year) in honor of the musical icons death late Sunday. Daniel has slightly altered the lyrics in tribute to Bowie. Check it out below, followed by the video for Bowie's original. More

Jan 12, 2016

EL VY (the project of The National's frontman Matt Berninger and former Menomena member Brent Knopf, who also records as Ramona Falls) performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night. More

Musicians and Actors React to the Death of David Bowie

Bowie Died Two Days After Releasing His Final Album

Jan 11, 2016

As we previously reported this morning, David Bowie passed away yesterday after an 18-month battle with cancer. His death came as something of a shock, as his cancer diagnosis was not made public and on Friday he just released a critically praised brand new album, Blackstar (styled as ★), which was also Bowie's 69th birthday.  More

Brian Eno Issues a Statement on the Passing of David Bowie

Longtime Friends and Collaborators Worked Together on Berlin Trilogy

Jan 11, 2016

Brian Eno has issued a statement on the death of David Bowie. Eno was a longtime friend and collaborator with Bowie, most notably on the Berlin Trilogy of Bowie albums that Eno produced (1977's Low and "Heroes" and 1979's Lodger). They last worked together on 1995's Outside, an album Eno says he and Bowie were considering revisiting. Here's his statement (via BBC): More

Remembering David Bowie

Loving the Alien

Jan 11, 2016

David Bowie has died, at the age of 69.  More

David Bowie R.I.P. - Legend Passes Away from Cancer

Died Two Days After Releasing His Last Album on His 69th Birthday

Jan 11, 2016

David Bowie has died. He passed away yesterday after an 18-month battle with cancer. His death comes as something of a shock, as his cancer diagnosis was not made public and on Friday he just released a critically praised brand new album, Blackstar (styled as ★), which was also Bowie's 69th birthday. The fact that Bowie released an acclaimed and innovative new album only two days before his death is a testament to Bowie's long history of pushing boundaries and confounding expectations. More

Watch: David Bowie - “Lazarus” Video

Blackstar Due Out Tomorrow

Jan 07, 2016

David Bowie is releasing a brand new 7-song LP entitled Blackstar (but styled as ★) tomorrow, Friday, January 8 (which is Bowie's birthday). We've already been treated to the amazing sci-fi video for the album's 10-minute long title track and the album's second single, "Lazarus." Now a video for "Lazarus" has dropped. More

Listen: David Bowie - “Lazarus”

Blackstar Due Out January 8, "Lazarus" Premieres Thursday

Dec 17, 2015

David Bowie is releasing a brand new 7-song LP entitled Blackstar (but styled as ★) on January 8, 2016 (which is Bowie's birthday). We've already been treated to the amazing sci-fi video for the album's 10-minute long title track. Now we have the album's next single, "Lazarus." More

David Bowie Shares Teaser Trailer for Next Single, “Lazarus”

Blackstar Due Out January 8, "Lazarus" Premieres Thursday

Dec 14, 2015

David Bowie is releasing a brand new 7-song LP entitled Blackstar (but styled as ★) on January 8, 2016 (which is Bowie's birthday). We've already been treated to the amazing sci-fi video for the album's 10-minute long title track. This Thursday the album's next single, "Lazarus," will premiere on both BBC 6 Music and NPR. More

David Bowie Shares Strange and Creepy Sci-Fi Themed “Blackstar” Video

Blackstar Due Out January 8, Short Film Out Next Thursday

Nov 19, 2015

David Bowie is releasing a brand new 7-song LP entitled Blackstar (but styled as ★) on January 8, 2016 (which is Bowie's birthday). Following last week's trailer for it, we now have the video for the album's 10-minute long title track. Directed by Johan Renck, the clip is very strange, featuring convulsing dancers, a woman with a tail, a skeleton floating in space, living scarecrows, and Bowie with bandages over his eyes. More

David Bowie Shares Trailer for “Blackstar” Short Film

Blackstar Due Out January 8, Short Film Out Next Thursday

Nov 13, 2015

David Bowie is releasing a brand new 7-song LP entitled Blackstar (but styled as ★) on January 8, 2016 (which is Bowie's birthday). The album's title track will premiere next Thursday (November 19) via a short film/video directed by Johan Renck and now a 30-second trailer for the film has been released and can be watched below. More

David Bowie Confirms Release of New Album, “Blackstar,” Due Out Next January

Blackstar Due Out January 8, First Single Due Out November 20

Oct 26, 2015

Over the weekend The Times of London reported that David Bowie would be releasing a brand new album in January and Bowie has since confirmed the news. The 7-song LP is entitled Blackstar and is due out January 8, 2016 (which is Bowie's birthday). It was recorded at the Magic Shop studio in New York with local jazz musicians. More

Jan 05, 2015

Before closing this past weekend, for the past several months the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago had been providing visitors with an extensive retrospective exhibition on the career of David Bowie. More

Watch: David Bowie - Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)

Nothing Has Changed is Due Nov 18 on Columbia Legacy

Nov 13, 2014

The more things change, the more things stay the same, eh? At least that’s the theme of David Bowie’s new video for “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime).”  More

Listen: David Bowie - “Sue (Or In A Season of Crime)”

Featured on Upcoming Retrospective Compilation

Oct 13, 2014

Over the weekend David Bowie premiered a brand new song titled "Sue (Or In A Season of Crime)." More

Sep 09, 2014

Last year David Bowie returned with his first new album in a decade with The Next Day. More

Apr 24, 2014

On June 16, David Bowie will release a picture disc version of his 1974 classic, Diamond Dogs. More

Under the Radar’s Top 50 Music Videos of 2013

Our Favorite Visuals of the Year

Jan 03, 2014

While the days of watching music videos on television are long gone, over the past several years the visual art form has certainly found second life (like so many other things) as an excellent online commodity. More

Dec 05, 2013

David Bowie’s album The Next Day is the gift that just keeps giving.  More

Nov 13, 2013

On the newly released deluxed edition of his album The Next DayDavid Bowie recruited LCD Soundsystem for a remix of his single "Love Is Lost." More

Nov 07, 2013

David Bowie stars in a short Louis Vuitton film alongside model Arizona Muse. More

Stream David Bowie’s “The Next Day Extra”

Featuring Five Brand New Tracks

Nov 05, 2013

Earlier this year music legend David Bowie returned with his first album in 10 years with The Next Day. More

Oct 31, 2013

Recently, David Bowie pal James Murphy made a Steve Reich-inspired remix of Bowie track “Love is Lost.” Now, the cut has a eerie visual accompaniment. More

Oct 10, 2013

November 5 will see the three-disc release of David Bowie’s The Next Day. Take a listen to James Murphy’s contribution, the hypnotic “Hello Steve Reich” remix of album track “Love is Lost." More

Oct 09, 2013

With a career full of highlights, David Bowie's "Sound and Vision," taken off his 1977 album Low, certainly stands out among the best. More

David Bowie Announces Deluxe Edition of “The Next Day”

Featuring Unheard Tracks and A Remix by James Murphy

Sep 30, 2013

Earlier this year David Bowie released The Next Day, the Thin White Duke's first album in ten years.  More

2013 Mercury Prize Shortlist Revealed

Include David Bowie, Savages, Arctic Monkeys, Laura Marling and More

Sep 11, 2013

The shortlist of nominees for the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize have been announced. More

Jul 16, 2013

David Bowie has premiered a brand new music video featuring his The Next Day track "Valentine's Day." More

David Bowie Was Offered a Role On “Hannibal”

No Word Yet if He’ll Accept

Jun 28, 2013

Apparently, David Bowie was offered a reoccurring role on NBC’s Hannibal. More

Jun 06, 2013

Let’s all just take a moment to acknowledge that the term “earworm” was probably invented to describe Queen/David Bowie masterpiece “Under Pressure.”  More

Catholic League Expresses Disapproval of David Bowie’s “The Next Day” Video

Organization's President, Bill Donohue Issues Response

May 09, 2013

Yesterday David Bowie premiered released a music video for "The Next Day," the title track off his new album. More

May 08, 2013

David Bowie's new video for the title track of The Next Day features Gary Oldman as a lusty priest, Marion Cotillard as a dancehall prostitute, and a whole lotta blood.  More

Apr 26, 2013

Having the luxury of being David Bowie, The Thin White Duke hasn't done a single interview to discuss his new album The Next Day up to or since its release. More

David Bowie Streams “The Next Day”

Listen to in Full on iTunes

Mar 01, 2013

To celebrate his 66th birthday this year David Bowie announced that he would be releasing The Next Day, he first album in 10 years. More

Feb 26, 2013

Next month David Bowie returns with The Next Day, his first album in 10 years. More

Jan 11, 2013

You know you’ve reached a certain level of notoriety when you can release a video, announce an album, and all but shut down the Internet. (Hyperbole, but not by much.) It’s good to be David Bowie, apparently. More

Jan 08, 2013

And now in late night surprises, David Bowie has released a new single. “Called Where Are We Now,” the ballad is a forerunner of The Thin White Duke’s new album The Next Day, due out this March. More

Watch/Listen: The Horrors Cover David Bowie

Wham Bam, Thank You Ma’am

Nov 10, 2011

Dark glam rockers The Horrors recently took their modern polish to David Bowie Classic “Suffragette City.” We have the video/Mp3 More

David Bowie and Blur Become Legos In New “Rock Band” Video Game, Out November 3rd

Other "Block Heads" Include The Hives, Vampire Weekend, Supergrass, and The Zutons

Oct 15, 2009

On November 3rd, David Bowie and Blur will be joining the ranks of Rock Band luminaries The Beatles and Nirvana…with one small difference. More

David Bowie Reissues of 1969 and 1976 LPs

Station to Station Special Edition to Include Live Nassau Performance; Space Oddity Released with Alternative Mixes

Aug 18, 2009

David Bowie's 1976 Station to Station is scheduled for release sometime in the first half of 2010 as a deluxe four-disc special edition box set. The two-disc special reissue of Space Oddity is due out this November. More



Reviews

Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976)

Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976)

Parlophone/Rhino

Oct 21, 2016

Parlophone's latest David Bowie reissue box set has already grabbed some attention for including The Gouster, a rare 1974 album that Bowie later scrapped and remixed as Young Americans. But Who Can I Be Now? has much more going for it, especially for die hard Bowie fans, as a snapshot of Bowie's brief but eclectic "plastic soul" era. More

Arcade Fire Leads a David Bowie Second Line Parade in New Orleans - A Full Report

Jan 17, 2016

Not long after news of David Bowie's death shocked the world last week, Arcade Fire and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band announced a second line parade through New Orleans' French Quarter to honor the late musician. (Traditionally, a New Orleans funeral involves two lines-the first, a somber march to the cemetery; the second parade is an animated, musical celebration of the deceased's life.) More

Blackstar

Blackstar

ISO/Columbia

Jan 08, 2016

Not every examination of a pop record requires an elaborate look at context and character, but anything by David Bowie demands it. In some superficial sense, Bowie's albums are vehicles for abstract character arcs, and each one leads into the next by either following through on previous themes or abandoning them altogether.  More

Nothing Has Changed

Nothing Has Changed

Sony

Dec 04, 2014

David Bowie compilation albums come and go, adding bits and pieces along the way and growing fatter with each new accomplishment in his ridiculously long and fantastic career.  More

The Next Day

The Next Day

ISO/Columbia

Mar 12, 2013

Unlike My Bloody Valentine's similar release of m b v, rumors hadn't even existed of a new David Bowie record before The Next Day's announcement on the artist's 66th birthday. After a decade of fan speculation that Bowie might be done or—worse—dying, it seems our fears were for naught and our patience has been rewarded.    More