Yeah Yeah Yeahs (formed 2000)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs is a New York art-rock band. The line-up consists of Karen O - singer, Brian Chase - drummer and Nick Zinner - guitarist. In 2006 they were joined by an additional live guitarist, Imaad Wasif.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Early Days
In the late 1990s, Brian Chase and Karen O met at Oberlin College in Ohio. When Karen transferred to New York University, she met Nick Zinner in a bar. Karen and Nick formed a band called Unitard and when the original drummer left, Chase joined the band and they changed their name to Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Their sound is reportedly based on the student bands that Karen and Brian had left behind in Ohio.
In their early days, Yeah Yeah Yeahs supported bands such as the White Stripes and The Strokes and soon earned a name for themselves on the underground New York garage punk revival scene.
The band's debut EP was recorded by Jerry Teel of Boss Hog and released on their own label, Shifty. In the UK, the EP was released by Wichita Records, home of The Cribs and Bloc Party. In the US, it was re-released by Touch and Go Records.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Debut Album Onwards
Yeah Yeah Yeahs' debut album was entitled Fever To Tell and was released in 2003. The lead single 'Maps' received widespread airplay and the video for its follow-up, 'Y Control' was directed by Spike Jonze.
The band's debut DVD release was called Tell Me What Rockers To Swallow. It contained a live performance filmed in San Francisco's the Fillmore venue as well as all of the band's music videos.
Show Your Bones, the band's second album, was released in 2006. The debut single from the album, 'Gold Lion' went to number 18 in the UK Singles Chart. Later that year, Yeah Yeah Yeahs helped to curate an All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Britain.
2007 saw Yeah Yeah Yeahs release the Is Is EP.
It's Blitz is Yeah Yeah Yeahs' third album, released in March 2009 and the lead single from the album was 'Zero'. The album was leaked on the internet prior to its official release so Interscope Records brought its release forward.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Collaborations
Karen and Nick both make a guest appearance on the album Bang Bang Boom Cake, by Tiny Masters of Today.
Karen O worked with Kool Keith on a track called 'Teaser', though the track never got an official release. She also recorded a track with Peaches and Johnny Knoxville for the soundtrack to Jackass II. In 2007, she recorded vocals for a cover of Bob Dylan's 'Highway 61 Revisited' for the soundtrack to I'm Not There.
Having finally finished touring last year's 'Mosquito' album, the group's singer reveals that they're taking a break.
It might be a while before we hear some new material from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, as the band is reportedly “on a bit of a hiatus”.
The group’s iconic lead singer Karen O spoke to NME magazine for its Christmas edition, and said about the hiatus: “We have to wait to get the urge, get that itch. The time needs to be right and we're OK waiting for that, I think.” When the group does start recording, she believes “it'll be like muscle memory, this unspoken thing between the three of us where it all just… locks in.”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O spoke to NME and revealed that her band are on hiatus
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Less-is-more new single from Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer and Oscar nominee
Not many artists have their break-out year after more than a decade in the spotlight. So far 2014 has been shaping up to be pretty great for Karen O - the singer from New York art rockers the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Following widescreen acclaim and an Academy Award nomination for the gorgeous ‘The Moon Song’ - Karen O's contribution to the Spike Jonze film ‘Her’ - the singer/songwriter announced plans to release Crush Songs - her debut solo album outside of the band.
Monday (28 July) saw the premiere of ’Rapt,’ the disarming first single from her upcoming record on Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6 Music radio show. The singer has also released an accompanying music video - shot by husband and director Barnaby Clay - showing the singer submerged underwater in a red dress.
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The inimitable frontwoman is going solo for a brand new album.
Karen O has announced that she'll be releasing her first album of solo recorded material this autumn. Titled Crush Songs, the record will apparently touch on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman's experiences in love and will be released via Julian Casablancas' record label.
Karen has recently made an impact with her solo singing projects, having been nominated for an Oscar for her Her soundtrack song, 'The Moon Song.' The success of her Spike Jonze movie track as well as the strong reception she received performing it live at this year's Academy Awards has probably boosted the 35 year-old singer's solo confidence.
The singer-songwriter revealed the news via her website where she also provided a glimpse at the album's cover art as well as a written explanation of her motives behind Crush Songs. "Uhm when I was 27 I crushed a lot," she writes.
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Outside Lands offer up legendary headliners plus a huge choice of food, beer, wine and art.
The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is back on August 9th - 11th 2013 bringing us the best in art and music as we see the likes of Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails and Red Hot Chili Peppers top this year's bill.
San Francisco hosts this annual festival which has soared in popularity since the first event in 2008. It takes place at Golden Gate Park and, as well as some brilliant bands and artists being on show all weekend, presents some fantastic food and drink offerings from the Bay Area. Food includes everything from mac and cheese and hot dogs to falafel and noodles and there'll be food trucks and special cheese and chocolate stalls good enough to pull you away from the awesome music for a while. There'll also be a wide array of wines and beers to enjoy plus live painting and Levi's Mobile Bike Shop as Outside Lands is all about being eco-friendly and reducing our carbon footprints.
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FYF Fest 2013 presents yet more new acts for its 10th annual weekend this August including comedians Doug Benson, Brett Gelman and Karen Kilgariff.
FYF is an alternative music festival spread over two days - this year, August 25th and 26th - at the LA State Historic Park. This summer we'll see no doubt spectacular headline sets from New Yorkers the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Dublin rockers My Bloody Valentine, as well as performances from MGMT, Devendra Banhart, Les Savy Fav, Holy Ghost!, Deerhunter, New Jersey's Yo La Tengo, chillwave producer Toro Y Moi, the chart hitting Kurt Vile & the Violators and Californian duo Foxygen.
Just announced are some equally brilliant comedy acts (as if you weren't going to have a massive laugh anyway) from the likes of 'Home Movies' writer Brendon Small, 'The League' star Paul Scheer with Rob Huebel, 'Eagleheart' comedian Brett Gelman and former 'Last Comic Standing' contestant Doug Benson.
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The MTV Video Music Awards have been announced, with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Justin Timberlake sharing six nods.
The nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards 2013 have been announced, with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Justin Timberlake leading the field. Armed with their videos for 'Can't Hold Us' and 'Thrift Shop,' the hip-hop duo will square off against JT at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on August 25, 2013.
Both acts received six nominations, with Timberlake getting nods for his 'Suit and Tie' and 'Mirrors' promos. Elsewhere, Bruno Mars appears to have every chance of taking home the prize of 'Video of the Year' with 'Locked out of Heaven,' though Robin Thicke's controversial clip for 'Blurred Lines' and Taylor Swift's 'I Knew You Were Trouble' will also be popular.
The VMAs - one of the biggest events on the pop music calendar - represents the first time a major awards show has been held in Brooklyn. The place has been a mecca for art and culture for years, though the Barclays Center appears to have truly put it on the map.
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The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are evolving and quickly. New album Mosquito may well be the clearest sign yet that their scrappy New York Punk roots were merely one incarnation of this versatile three-piece. Karen O seems to have paid her debt to the likes of PJ Harvey in full. She's no longer a primal force of nature, having morphed into something far more refined and seductive. Just like the tiny insect that held the key to Jurassic Park, Mosquito opens the door to all sorts of possibilities for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
It's by no means a perfect record, although it starts promisingly enough with the raunchy biblical overtones of the funky gospel number 'Sacrilege'. "Fallen for a guy, fell down from the sky"; Karen O sings before the track cranks up the volume to a full handclapping conclusion complete with a choir. It's infectious and fun and picks up where previous record, It's Blitz!, left off. But it's also not indicative of Mosquito's true nature.
That honour goes to the far more sedate and dark 'Subway', which slows the pace of the record to a crawl. While the train noises, which are used as a percussive heartbeat to the track, are a welcome addition, it takes its time to make an impact. Seemingly concerned more with the hypnotic possibilities of the vocal which is intertwined with the instruments, there's a subterranean sense of cool that oozes through your speakers. It's a trick that's repeated on the Dub inspired 'Under The Earth' and again on 'Always'. But ignoring the sudden gear changes, these experiments in sound also lack a sense of immediacy and urgency that have defined much of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs previous work.
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Albums of Note... It’s been a long two years since James Blake released his debut eponymous album and now, the pioneering producer returns with Overgrown, album number two. Peppered with quality collaborations, with hip-hop legend RZA and electronic music’s figurehead Brian Eno, Overgrown is the sound of an artist still trying to find his niche, but releasing high quality, accomplished tracks, whilst he’s on his journey. “Blake really is a talent to behold, as his ingenious moulding together of poles apart genres and production wizardry clearly shows… when you're already as accomplished at all manner of musical exercises as he is then it will obviously be hard to focus all this talent and all this energy into one place.”
Splitting opinion like musical Marmite, John Grant returns with Pale Green Ghosts. This album may sound unrecognisable as Grant, to anyone already familiar with his work. He’s hooked up with Gus Gus’ Biggi Viera and has decamped to Reykjavik. As a result, a new reliance on vintage-sounding synthesisers and a nod to club-land has John Grant sounding like an altogether different proposition to the John Grant of days gone by.“Grant's dyspeptic edge may be blunted, but when called upon the man can make a fine ass post-modern disco song, like we ever doubted that he could, and Blackbelt is a tweaked remix away from the transient world of A Lists, charts and chat shows. Cleverly poignant, its way with knock out disses would give Jake Shears something to think about if it proved to be a permanent change of direction…”