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Bon Iver's Justin Vernon Calls On Fans To Help Design Tattoo

9/17/2012 4:20pm EDT
Bon Iver
Bon Iver star Justin Vernon is giving fans the chance to make a lasting impression on him by designing a tattoo for his left arm.

The musician has called on his devotees to come up with a new illustration based on a TV show, and he promises to have the image inked on his body.

He wants fans to take inspiration from comedy-drama Northern Exposure, the main influence behind the band's name, which is derived from 'bon hiver' - 'good winter' in French.

On his blog, Vernon writes, "I named my band after an episode of Northern Exposure. In the episode a women transforms a gold rush village ...

Bon Iver Crowned 'Worst Hipster Act'

8/25/2012 5:01pm EDT
Bon Iver
Acclaimed folk rockers Bon Iver have been named and shamed in a new magazine poll to find the Worst Hipster Act.

Singer/songwriter Justin Vernon's group top the new LA Weekly list - ahead of tUnE-yArDs and Arcade Fire.

Bright Eyes and Grizzly Bear round out the top five, and MGMT, fun., The Decemberists, Sleigh Bells and The Black Keys also make the top 20.

The magazine's editors describe hipster acts as those performing "retro garage and soul music" and dressed in "vintage garb likely infested with lice."

Alicia Keys Collaborates With Bon Iver

5/1/2012 9:09am EDT
Alicia Keys
R&B star Alicia Keys has traveled to a tiny village in Wisconsin to record with Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon.

The Fallin' hitmaker jetted out to Fall Creek, which boasts a population of around 1,000 people, to collaborate with the cult rocker.

And Vernon, who has also worked with Kanye West, admits he was blown away by the singer's talent.

He tells Vibe magazine, "It's easy to see the pop world trying to take over Alicia. But I see her as someone who is desperately trying to stay on the far left hand of that. She really cares about music and she knows everything."

"It's cool to s...

Tupac Shakur 'Resurrected' During Snoop Dogg's Performance At Coachella

4/16/2012 8:12am EDT
Tupac Shakur
Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre brought Tupac Shakur back from the dead for a show stopping finale to the first Coachella weekend on Sunday night.

Shakur appeared as a hologram on the festival stage after a tribute performance of his hit California Love and the late star 'teamed up' with Snoop on Ain't Nothin' Like A Gangsta Party after an eerie solo rendition of Hail Mary from beyond the grave.

The ghostly apparition drew mixed reactions from those watching the set online, with one fan calling it "wrong on so many levels" and others stunned by the Tupac trick, tweeting, "WTF!"

However, most ra...

Maya Rudolph, Jay Pharaoh & Justin Timberlake Are Hilarious As Beyonce, Jay-Z & Bon Iver On 'SNL' (Video)

2/20/2012 6:00pm EST
Saturday Night Live
Maya Rudolph returned to host Saturday Night Live this past weekend, and one of her funniest skits involved her take on pop star Beyonce.

The Bridesmaids star has been known for her portrayal of singer Whitney Houston on the show in the past, but since Whitney's passing last week Maya opted to take the safer, less controversial route with her impressions (and probably out of respect, too).

With Beyonce featuring in the news recently over the birth of her and rapper Jay-Z's daughter Blue Ivy she seemed the perfect target for the actress to poke a little fun at while not offending anyone ye...

Adele Sweeps; Foo Fighters & Kanye West Dominate The Grammys (Full List Of Winners)

2/12/2012 11:21pm EST
Adele, Dave Grohl and Kanye West
Just as predicted, British songstress Adele dominated the 2012 Grammys, from a rousing performance of her hit "Rolling In The Deep" to sweeping all six categories in which she was nominated.

She picked up the pre-ceremony awards for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Short Form Music Video for "Rolling in the Deep", along with the awards for Record Of The Year ("Rolling in the Deep"), Album Of The Year ("21"), Song Of The Year ("Rolling in the Deep") and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Someone Like You"; but Adele wasn't the only big winner at this year's awards ceremony.

Foo Fighters, Skrillex...

Bon Iver Snubs Grammy Awards

2/5/2012 5:00pm EST
Bon Iver
Cult rockers Bon Iver turned down the chance to perform at the 2012 Grammy Awards after organizers demanded the band team up with a more well-known act.

The "Blood Bank" hitmakers, who are nominated for four Grammys this year, were told they would have to agree to a collaboration if they wanted to play at music's most prestigious awards ceremony.

Frontman Justin Vernon tells, "We wanted to play our music, but were told that we couldn't play. We had to do a collaboration with someone else. And we just felt like it was such a large stage - we're getting nominated for this reco...

PJ Harvey's 'Let England Shake' Named Critics' Record Of The Year

12/19/2011 11:33am EST
PJ Harvey
PJ Harvey's acclaimed album Let England Shake has crowned a triumphant year for the British singer/songwriter after it was named the best record of 2011 by music critics.

Harvey's state-of-the-nation address scooped the prestigious Mercury Prize in September and topped the end-of-year charts in several British publications including Uncut, Mojo, and NME magazines.

And it's now been named UK music critics' album of 2011 in a major poll by record retailer HMV.

More than 30 media outlets were polled for their favorite discs of the last 12 months, and Let England Shake was the runaway win...

Kanye West, Adele, Foo Fighters And Bruno Mars Dominate 54th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations

12/1/2011 8:24am EST
2012 Grammy Nominations
Kanye West, Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars will be the ones to watch at the 54th annual Grammy Awards after each landing a slew of top nominations.

The Stronger rapper leads the way with seven nods - his star-studded collaboration All of the Lights is up for Song of the Year and Best Rap Song, while he also earns a nod in the latter category for his Jay-Z duet Otis. The hip-hop stars' Watch The Throne album will also go head-to-head with West's solo disc, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for Best Rap Album.

Adele is in the running for six honors and her critically-acclaimed project...

PJ Harvey Wins 2011 Uncut Music Award

11/28/2011 12:45pm EST
PJ Harvey
Singer/songwriter PJ Harvey has fought off competition from Radiohead and Paul Simon to land Britain's prestigious Uncut Music Award 2011 for her album Let England Shake.

The war-themed record landed the coveted Mercury Prize in September, and the honors are accumulating for Harvey.

Editors at respected U.K. music magazine Uncut have handed her their top music award ahead of rockers Radiohead, Simon, and other artists including Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes.

Harvey says, "I'm very pleased to get the Uncut Music Award 2011, and it strengthens my desire to carry on pursuing the avenues of wo...

Adele Scores Two Q Awards

10/24/2011 11:35am EDT
Singer Adele celebrated a double delight on Monday when she won two top honors at Q magazine's music awards ceremony.

The soul star was named Best Female Artist and also scooped the Best Song of the year award for her track Rolling in the Deep.

Rapper Tinie Tempah won the Best Male Artist prize, Coldplay took home the best act in the world today honor, and Bon Iver won Best Album for his self-titled disc.

Price Tag hit-maker Jessie J won Best Video for her Do It Like a Dude promo, Biffy Clyro landed the Best Live Act honor, and U2 were named the best band of the last 25 years.

Noel ...

Peter Gabriel Rethinking Covers Album Project

10/10/2011 9:40pm EDT
Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel is re-imagining his "I'll Scratch Yours" covers album project - because so many artists whose hits he covered on his "Scratch My Back" release aren't interested in reworking his songs.

Gabriel recorded orchestral renditions of songs by David Bowie, Arcade Fire, Neil Young and Radiohead among others for the 2010 album and he had hoped the artists would return the favor for a covers album of his own work.

But too many of the acts he honored with orchestral makeovers aren't interested in being part of the project.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I've sort of given up waiting...

Starpulse Exclusive: Elijah Wood Talks 'Wilfred,' DJ'ing, His Love For Whiskey & More (Video)

10/10/2011 12:00pm EDT
Elijah Wood
We caught up with Eljiah Wood at his campaign launch with Bushmills Whiskey to chat about his hit FX series Wilfred, what’s on his iPod and so much more. He even let us in on some of his DJ’ing skills! Check it out!

Starpulse: Tell me all about this partnership with Bushmills Whiskey.

Elijah Wood: I was sort of impressed with the simplicity of the campaign, the fact that it wasn’t overly celebrity driven and really a wide array of creative individuals. And just tying it into that notion of friendship and that also being complimentary into the brand itself—you know Bushmills has been aroun...

Carrie Preston Discusses Her 'True Blood' Role And More

8/21/2008 9:26am EDT
Carrie Preston
Carrie Preston is not only an actor, she has her own production company. So although she is featured in the new HBO series "True Blood" and has a cameo in Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," she is also currently making the indie movie tour with her latest release, "Ready? OK!" We caught up with the classically trained actor in transit and found her to be bright, charming, and a woman of many talents.

Hey Carrie, what's going on?

I'm going to a film festival in North Carolina with a movie that I produced and was in with my husband Michael Emerson ("Lost.")

Tell us about...