Music

A film about CBGB, an iconic and historic New York venue that helped give rise to the punk rock scene, is in the works. Filmmakers Randall Miller and Jody Savin are in the midst of working on a biopic of the famous venue, which helped the careers of bands such as The Ramones, The Talking Heads and Blondie take off. In a recent interview with Sound on Sight, the filmmakers stated that the film will encompass more than just CBGB itself, but an entire musical generation – the underground punk rock music scene, as well as the era of rebellion and expression that followed along.

Matt and Kim and the Beastie Boys may not be too similar in a musical sense, but both groups hail from New York City and now they’ve come together on a remix of “Cameras,” the lead single from Matt and Kim’s latest effort, Sidewalks. You can listen to the Mike D remix of “Cameras” below – let us know what you think of it!

Rise Records scored two hot up-and-coming acts today, with the signing of Man Overboard and Transit. The bands and Rise are wasting no time getting down to business, as both acts have releases planned for 2011.

Named after a vintage Gretsch bass drum pedal, Floating Action is the pseudonym of Black Mountain, North Carolina-based musician, songwriter, and producer Seth Kauffman. Following the 2007 homemade gem Research (released under his own name) and Floating Action’s gorgeously understated self-titled follow-up from 2009, Floating Action will release Desert Etiquette on February 22, 2011. Until then, download Floating Action’s music here.

Carrie Underwood proved she’s still on top of the country music world at Monday’s American Country Awards, capturing the coveted Artist of the Year title among five other awards on the night. Of course, Underwood wasn’t the only American Country Awards winner – you can see all of the American Country Awards honorees below.

Sick of mainstream radio rap? Looking for some legitimate, inspired hip-hop with an unstoppable flow? Then check out the new Joell Ortiz video for “Battle Cry.” This Brooklyn-based rapper is as real as it gets, and as you can see in “Battle Cry,” he’s not bashful about letting people know.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is a progressive band that blends classical music and rock into a truly unique experience. The band is currently on an exhaustive winter tour, which has Trans-Siberian Orchestra playing everything from old favorites to new songs off of the band’s latest disc, Night Castle (download right here).

Trunk Muzik 0-60 doesn’t waste too much time dwelling on haters, although given Yelawolf’s talent and the praise this disc has been attracting, he’s sure to be making plenty of envious peers about which to write on his next effort.

Angels & Airwaves, one of the side projects of Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge, is set to release a movie called Love in March 2011. Love was the name of the band’s latest album, which was released (fittingly, I might add) on Valentine’s Day 2010. Thanks to “corporate underwriting”, according to DeLonge himself, the album was released free of charge.