Karen O. to Release Solo Album

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman, Karen O has revealed that she will be releasing her first solo album later this year through The Strokes frontman, Julian Casablancas’ record label, Cult Records.

The album, which has been titled Crush Songs shows the songstress getting away from her band, though this would not be the first time that the show had been solely about her.

In the past, O. had contributed to several film soundtracks including Where the Wild Things Are and “The Moon Song” which was featured in the Scarlett Johansson/Joaquin Phoenix film Her; both films were directed by her former flame, Spike Jonze.

There was also that cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigration Song” which she sang with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack and her contribution to Tim Burton’s Frankenstein-inspired film, Frankenweenie (a song titled “Strange Love”).

In a handwritten letter addressed to her fans and potential listeners on her website, O. reveals that the songs had been written when she was 27 years old, a time where she didn’t know if she would ever fall in love, again.

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Fast-forward eight years later, she’s now 35 years old and, in fact, did fall in love again, marrying director Barnaby Clay.

Crush Songs will reportedly be released on September 9. We can only hope that a tour might be in the near future. Maybe she’ll be able to get Casablancas to leave his stomping grounds of New York and California.

Coachella Unveils Weekend One Set Times

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Are you one of the thousands of people who will be heading to Indio, CA this weekend for the first weekend of Coachella?

Well, if you are and even if you aren’t, festival organizers have revealed the full set times for each of the acts that will be taking the stage during the first weekend of the two weekend long events.

This year’s event which will feature Outkast, The Repalcements, Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Lorde, Foster the People, The Arcade Fire, Calvin Harris and many more. Today, the event organizers also revealed that Julian Casablancas and the Pixies have been added to the large line-up.

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As for what times the artists will be performing during the second weekend of the festival, according to the official Coachella Twitter, that information will be released sometime next week. For those unfortunate people who won’t be making it to the festivities, the show will be fully streamed on YouTube during the first weekend and through AXS TV during the second weekend.

Watch the Statue Love Story Unfold in “Instant Crush”

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Yesterday, a clip from Daft Punk’s music video for “Instant Crush” made its way onto the internet after premiering on some show in France. ┬áThe clip featured a statue version of The Strokes’ frontman, Julian Casablancas, who happens to also lend his vocal as well as a guitar solo to the track.

The video tells the story of a love affair, from a far, between two statues in a history museum one which is, of course Casablancas. If you pay close attention to when the Casablancas statue gets moved to the basement, you can make out the Daft Punk helmets in the storage area.

The song comes off Daft Punk’s critically acclaimed and probably one of your favorite albums of 2013, Random Access Memories. “Instant Crush” is the third music video to come off the hit album right behind “Get Lucky” and “Lose Yourself to Dance.”

Check out the video below.