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Review: 'Direct Hits' Reminds Us How Great The Killers Have Been And Are

November 18th, 2013 10:35pm EST
The Killers - Direct Hits
Is it just me, or does it seem that artists and bands release their greatest hits compilations (or sometimes a holiday album) when their careers are at a transitional point?  For The Killers, that period of transition seems to be what’s the next career step to take following the underwhelming chart performance of excellent fourth studio LP Battle Born.  Direct Hits serves the purpose to remind fans of the band how great they’ve been since their 2004 breakthrough.  Ordered chronologically, Direct Hits in its standard form features 15 tracks divided in four, three, three, three, and two-song ...
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The Killers' Drummer Recalls Grabbing First Lady Michelle Obama's Butt

August 15th, 2012 11:45am EDT
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The Killers rocker Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. accidentally groped First Lady Michelle Obama when the band was invited to the White House.

The Mr. Brightside hit-makers performed for President Barack Obama and his wife at their official residence as part of Independence Day celebrations in July, 2010.

They were introduced to the couple during the event, and drummer Vanucci, Jr. was stunned when Michelle Obama leaned in for a hug - and he inadvertently grabbed her butt with both hands.

He tells NME magazine, "Playing the White House was great. But I ended up grabbing Michelle Obama's a**. She...
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Brandon Flowers Confirms The Killers Return

January 4th, 2012 10:20am EST
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Rocker Brandon Flowers has confirmed his band The Killers will be back this year with their first album in four years.

The singer released his own record, Flamingo, in 2010 after the band went on hiatus earlier in the year following a tour of its 2008 album Day & Age. Flowers revealed he was "winding down" his solo career to concentrate on his kids following the birth of his third child last year.

Now, he has announced the Mr. Brightside hit-makers are preparing for a chart return and have already recorded several new tracks.

He tells Radio 1's Zane Lowe, "It's just whether it's (rel...
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Estelle And Annie Lennox Turn To Online Fans To Raise AIDS Awareness

December 1st, 2011 12:40pm EST
Estelle
Annie Lennox, actor Jamie Bell and singer Estelle have called on their online fans to help raise awareness of HIV and AIDS.

American Boy hit-maker Estelle is a longtime supporter of the Virgin Unite initiative, which aims to help young people stop the spread of the diseases. To mark World AIDS Day on Thursday, she's penned a special message on her website calling for her followers to highlight the issue.

She writes, "My darlings... Join me, and millions of RED and ONE supporters, to fight for an AIDS Free Generation by 2015. Add your voice. Make a pledge. Get a song from The Killers for...
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Radiohead's 'Paranoid Android' Tops Best Song List

October 14th, 2011 10:49am EDT
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Radiohead's "Paranoid Android" has topped a new list of the best songs of the past 15 years.

The 1997 track beat out Arcade Fire's "Rebellion (Lies)" and "Hey Ya!" by Outkast in the NME.com countdown.

The Strokes' "Last Nite" and "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers also made the top five, while tunes by The White Stripes ("Fell In Love With A Girl"), Hot Chip ("Over And Over"), The Verve ("Bittersweet Symphony") and the late Amy Winehouse ("Rehab") made the top 10.
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Justin Bieber Gets 'Worst Album,' Jonas Brothers Named 'Worst Band' At NME Awards

February 24th, 2011 8:53am EST
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My Chemical Romance were the big winners at the annual NME Awards in London on Wednesday night after picking up two of the night's biggest trophies.

The rockers, who opened the ceremony at the O2 Academy in Brixton, claimed Best International Band and Best Video for "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)."

Other big winners on the night included Muse, who were named Best British Band, while frontman Matt Bellamy was named Hottest Man.

Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro walked away with the Best Live Band honor, Glastonbury was named Best Festival for the third consecutive year and Arcade Fire,...
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'90210' Star Michael Steger Gives Us The Scoop On The Second Half Of The Season

March 9th, 2010 11:00am EST
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West Beverly High is back in session. When “90210” returns on March 9th, we’ll see characters settling old scores and stirring up brand new drama. We spoke with cast member Michael Steger, who has been charming viewers for the past two years as high school journalist and all-around good guy, Navid Shirazi. Michael filled us in on what fans can expect to see this season, and talked about his big plans on and off the show.

When “90210” left off, Navid was recovering after Jasper, the slimy drug dealer pushed him down a flight of stairs. Now, we’ll get to see him take action and devise a plan...
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Coachella 2010 Preview

March 9th, 2010 10:22am EST
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Where else can you see the a-list (and some b-list) celebrities such as Paul McCartney, Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhall, David Hasselhoff, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Bosworth, Paris and Nicky Hilton, Brittany Snow, Dita Von Teese and Zach Braff? Along with musical talents like Jay-Z, The Gorillaz, and about 100 other bands of note?

Well travel out to the middle of the California desert about 3 hours from Los Angeles and you can find them all. Surprised? Well you shouldn't be. On April 16-18 in Indio, Calif., you can find all of the above and more at the 11th annual Coachella Valley Music and ...
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The Killers Scrap More Shows

February 11th, 2010 6:30pm EST
The Killers Scrap More Shows
The Killers have scrapped a number of concerts in Australia just weeks after they axed their tour of Asia - putting the cancellations down to the illness of a family member. The rockers pulled out of their planned performances in Singapore, China, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan and South Korea, and blamed the decision on "unforeseen circumstances."

Now the band's Australian tour has followed suit, with the group axing a show in Sydney on Friday night, as well as an appearance at the upcoming Good Vibrations music festival in Sydney and Perth over the weekend.

A statement from the...
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The 25 Most Important Albums Of The Decade

December 23rd, 2009 11:43am EST
Most Important Albums of the Decade
Pitchfork and Rolling Stone and Spin and all those other outlets have their lists of the best albums of the decade, and you know what? I'm going to let them. There's no point in me trying to come up with that list because there were so many great records to choose from. Who's to say that The Strokes' Is This It? was better than Muse's Absolution or any album by Arcade Fire? You can't! You can't! Best albums are invariably marked by an editor's (or staff's) preference in music. But what about qualifying the most important? I can tell you that Bob Dylan's Modern Times was probably the best re...
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Review: The Killers 'Live From Royal Albert Hall'

November 11th, 2009 11:30am EST
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The Killers put on one heck of a live show each and every time that they go out on stage and perform. Anyone who has been fortunate enough to see them up close and live will likely attest to the fact that The Killers as a whole are stunning, breathtaking and appear to be possessed by the spirit that is their music into putting out the absolute best show possible for their fans. Their live sound makes one realize that they are the real deal and not some band that is all studio magic.

After having spectacular high-def runs in theaters in N.Y.C. and L.A. The Killers are releasing their ...
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DJ A.M., Jay-Z & 93 Exclusive Mixes All Featured In 'DJ Hero'; Win It!

October 15th, 2009 6:30pm EDT
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Hailed in the press as one of the most fun, innovative and highly-anticipated games of the year, Activision Publishing Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) recently dropped the needle on DJ Hero's full set list featuring 93 exclusive mixes from the biggest stars in hip hop, R&B, rock, pop and dance and created by some of the greatest DJs of all time.

On October 27th, living room legends and budding superstar DJs alike will start the party off right with an unprecedented array of talent DJs including DJ A.M., Cut Chemist, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff, J. Period, DJ Shadow and DJ Z-Trip spinning trac...
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Taylor Swift Featured In 'Band Hero'; New Songs Announced

October 2nd, 2009 12:30pm EDT
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Video game players and music fans alike can now get closer to Band Hero's in-game playable character Taylor Swift than ever before, as they can perform as the music icon to her fan-favorite chart-topping hits "You Belong With Me," "Picture To Burn" and "Love Story" in the biggest music event to hit living rooms this holiday season - "Band Hero". Today, Activision puts fans front and center in the concert of a lifetime, as they debut Swift's never-before-seen in-game performances in "Band Hero", the perfect game for family and friends to jam out and sing along to their favorite tunes togethe...
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Pet Shop Boys Release 10th Studio Album, 'Yes', April 21

March 8th, 2009 12:20pm EDT
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One of the most iconic and influential pop acts in the world, Pet Shop Boys return with their tenth album and first for Astralwerks on April 21, 2009. In a career spanning over two decades, the duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have created some of the most beloved and recognizable hits in the world ('West End Girls', 'It's A Sin', 'New York City Boy', etc.), and sold over 30 million records. They've worked with artists like Dusty Springfield, David Bowie, Liza Minnelli, Robbie Williams, Electronic, The Killers and Madonna. In the USA, Pet Shop Boys are the fourth most successful artist in...
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2009's Music Festival Rundown

February 5th, 2009 12:04pm EST
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The music festival season is upon us! Line-ups, dates and venues are continuously being announced for this summer's crop of festivals. Here's the lowdown on some of the biggest American musical smorgasbords:

Warped Tour

Location: U.S. and Canada

Dates: June 26-August 23

Band Highlights: Less Than Jake, NOFX, Forever the Sickest Kids

Celebrating it's 15th anniversary, the Vans Warped Tour is set to begin and end it's journey in California, conquering other locations in the U.S. and Canada in between. In the past few years, the Warped Tour seems to have shied away from big-na...
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How Will We Categorize Our Current Decade of Music?

July 24th, 2008 8:45am EDT
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We all know that the 70s was the decade of classic/arena rock, the 80s was the decade of hair metal/synth pop and the 90s was the decade of grunge/alternative rock. This brings up a question that a lot of music lovers must wonder: how will we categorize our current decade of music?

It's funny how music tends to change every generation. The 70s was the era of classic rock where groups such as Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Lynyrd Skynyrd took over the entire music scene. Next up was the 80s, where both hair metal rockers such as Guns 'N Roses, Def Leppard and Bon Jovi reigned, along with ...
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Young Fans Find Nostalgia In Bruce Springsteen, 'Girls In Their Summer Clothes'

April 18th, 2008 3:27pm EDT
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Bruce Springsteen and the beach are intrinsically linked. Imagine the Bruce of the 1970s chasing girls on a Jersey boardwalk, getting sand stuck in the scruff of his lazy beard and evading the pushers. It's nothing less than the embodiment of Mid-Atlantic state romance. Think The Beach Boys/West Side Story/The Sopranos. Wouldn't that be the life? The fireworks at the beach would be the red, white, and blue blazes that veer, explode and gently descend onto Bruce and Sandy in "4th of July, Ashbury Park." Then at the end of the season, "Atlantic City" would play as you took a pensive late...
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Most Popular Rock Bands of The 21st Century. . . So Far

February 26th, 2008 10:32am EST
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There are many rock bands out there that have evolved over the past eight years, but only a few of them have really made a difference in the music world today. Of course, everyone has different tastes when it comes to rock music, but when researching to see which bands really made an impact on the 21st Century, these five bands seemed to appear wherever I looked.

1. Audioslave: Audioslave caused quite a hype when they first came together. The band consisted of former Soundgarden frontman, Chris Cornell, and former Rage Against the Machine guitarist, Tom Morello, so for anyone who was a...
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Joanna Garcia Discusses Her New Show 'Welcome To The Captain'

February 11th, 2008 2:23pm EST
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At last, some relief from bad reality and game shows. Joanna Garcia stars in "Welcome to the Captain," a new wacky comedy series on CBS, along with Fran Kranz, Chris Klein, Jeffrey Tambor, and Raquel Welch. We talked to Joanna this week and found her to be as bright and fresh as her character on "Captain."

We've just seen the of pilot "Welcome to the Captain." It is a very cute show.

Thank you! I'm excited about it and very proud to be a part of it.

Tell us more about it.

It's kind of a wacky ensemble set in an apartment building. It's a nice backdrop to all these diffe...
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Feist Wins Shortlist Music Prize

February 5th, 2008 4:12pm EST
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Canadian singer Leslie Feist is the winner of the Seventh Annual Shortlist Music Prize for her album The Reminder. Feist is the second female artist to win the prize, following Cat Power who won the award last year. Feist was chosen by a panel of five Listmakers: recording artists Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol) and Ronnie Vannucci (the Killers), journalist Rev. Moose (CMJ), radio DJ Chris Douridas (KCRW) and the hosts of Hunnypot Internet Radio.

In a statement, Listmaker Gary Lightbody called The Reminder “the album of the year for 2007 or any year I can think of: it’s modern and classic...
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Ashlee Simpson Talks About Her New Album 'Bittersweet World', Herself And More

January 24th, 2008 12:12pm EST
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March 2008 will see the release of Ashlee Simpson's third album "Bittersweet World", which she described to Cosmo Girl as a, "fun party album," that's, "silly and quirky". But what does Simpson listen to when she's throwing a party, and what does she do for fun or when she's feeling silly? Starpulse found out by asking the pop star herself, as well as what she thinks about the high standards of beauty set by the media and its affects on women everywhere.

You said in one interview that one thing you love about performing is seeing the joy in people's faces and seeing them sing along to ...
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Fan-Chosen Playlist For Mojo HD's 'London Live New Year's Eve Special' Topped By The Killers

December 28th, 2007 7:30pm EST
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Over the past month, HD, available on all major cable systems around the country. This holiday program will contain the most popular concert performances from this season's shows in groundbreaking state-of-the-art high definition, 1080i picture and 5.1 sound. London Live New Year's Eve Countdown, hosted by celebrated BBC1 radio and television personality Sara Cox, will serve as a soundtrack and visual focus for fans' high-energy New Year's Eve celebrations.

The winning selections, as voted by London Live fans, are (in order of votes): The Killers ("Bones"); Amy Winehouse ("Reha...
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'Rock Band' Set List Finalized

October 29th, 2007 12:31pm EDT
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Cambridge, Massachusetts – October 29, 2007 – Harmonix, the leading developer of music-based games, and MTV Games, a division of Viacom’s MTV Networks, along with distribution partner Electronic Arts, announced today the final song list for its highly anticipated music videogame Rock Band. Featuring the most master recordings of any music game ever by the world’s biggest rock artists, Rock Band includes 58 tracks and spans every genre of rock ranging from alternative and classic rock to heavy metal and punk. With multiple instruments and an impressive selection of online and offline game mo...
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Lucky Seven For Soulja Boy

October 26th, 2007 10:00am EDT
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Hip-hop sensation Soulja Boy has claimed a seventh week at the top of the U.S. pop charts with Crank That (Soulja Boy). The rap anthem has seen off challenges from Kanye West, who briefly interrupted Soulja Boy's chart domination, Timbaland and Britney Spears in its chart reign.

The latest competition comes from Chris Brown, whose Kiss Kiss hit rockets up the new countdown from 22 to number two.

Timbaland's Apologize and Alicia Keys' No One stay put at numbers three and four respectively.

The Killers claim the week's highest debut - their cover of Joy Division's Shadowplay ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 21

June 21st, 2007 3:00am EDT
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Happy Birthday to The Killers singer Brandon Flowers (1981), Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger (1976), actress/singer Juliette Lewis (1973), "The Matrix" director Larry Wachowski (1965), actor Doug Savant (1964), country singer Kathy Mattea (1959), actor Leigh McCloskey (1955), "Dances With Wolves" actor Robert Pastorelli (1954; d. 2004), musician Nils Lofgren (1951), "Family Ties" stars Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter (1947), American musician Brenda Holloway (1946), The Kinks singer Ray Davies (1944), actress Mariette Hartley (1940), "Cocoon" actress Maureen Stapleton (1925; d. 2006), and...
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Scissors For Lefty To Release Their Debut Album, 'Underhanded Romance,' June 12

May 8th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
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Voted "best up-and-coming indie band" by SF Weekly, San Francisco's Scissors for Lefty has been setting off radars in both the US and UK, inciting NME to boast: "ambitious, sarcastic sophisto-pop; quirky, promising, and quite possible awesome." Signed to Rough Trade Records outside of North America (Arcade Fire, the Decemberists, Belle & Sebastian), the group has performed alongside bands such as The Arctic Monkeys, French Kicks, Paul Weller, Dirty Pretty Things, Grandaddy, Metric, Blonde Redhead, Oh No! Oh My!, and Dios Malos, among many others. With each exuberant show, Scissors for Lefty...
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Cult Following For Teeneage Singer Of Play Radio Play Gets Slot On Warped Tour New Album In Stores April 24

April 8th, 2007 2:00pm EDT
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Seventeen year-old Texan, Dan Hunter is the 'poptronica' genius behind PlayRadioPlay (PRP), which has already hit one million plays on MySpace and opened for Fall Out Boy all in the space of a single year. The highly anticipated EP The Frequency will available in stores April 24 And one short month later fans can find him on tour with some of the biggest names in music on Warped Tour.

PRP is often compared to Postal Service and The Smashing Pumpkins, the songs are like the soundtrack to your dreams. On the surface they're like cupcakes - sweet, cute and just bursting with pure happine...
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Sanctus Real Launches Spring Tour April 23 In Nashville During Gospel Music Week

March 30th, 2007 10:01pm EDT
Sanctus Real
Recipient of 2005's Modern Rock Album of the Year GMA Dove Award and 2006's most played artist at CHR radio (R&R), Sanctus Real brings its acclaimed brand of Rock to venues across the Southeast and Midwest on its 14-city spring "The Face of Love Tour." Touring in support of its hit album, The Face of Love, the band will be playing fan favorites, as well as chart toppers from the current album, including the title track, the No. 1 hit "I'm Not Alright" and its current Top 5 radio single, "Don't Give Up."

Launching April 23 in Nashville during Gospel Music Week, the tour features specia...
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Arctic Monkeys And The Killers Win Big At BRITS

February 15th, 2007 10:26am EST
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The Arctic Monkeys and The Killers were the big winners at last night's BRITs winning two awards each. The Arctic Monkeys scooped British Group and MasterCard British Album, for Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not but were not present to collect their statuettes. Full List of Winners Below!

Instead they recorded two video messages, dressed as characters from The Wizard of Oz in one and as the members of 70s band The Village People in the other, thanking organizers for their prizes.

The Killers won International Group and International Album, for Sam's Town, and also perf...
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The Hard Lessons Are The Next Best Thing To Come Out Of Detroit

February 14th, 2007 11:00pm EST
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Somewhere between the rawness of the White Stripes, the power of the Foo Fighters, and the hip factor of Death From Above 1979, is Detroit's most promising new act, The Hard Lessons. Fronted by Detroit's modern incarnation of Ike and Tina, the band's tracks come on like an unexpected face-slap. With a sweaty live show rendering crowds and critics across the country "vanquished and sated," and a critically acclaimed debut album, Gasoline, The Hard Lessons are poised to take over the world. Dangerously exciting and addictively fun (get out a pad and paper), this is rock n roll music!

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