The newly-minted Brooklynite is already hard at work in America, collaborating with visual artist and fellow Copenhagen emigrant Eske Kath for a residency this week at Charles Bank Gallery, before playing a week of shows on the west coast supporting Francis and the Lights (and, in San Francisco, Scissor Sisters).
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Mumford & Sons have had a busy year. After VH1 You Oughta Know featured them last July,the band’s debut album Sigh No More was shortlisted for the UK’s Mercury Prize and subsequently scored two Grammy nominations. Even more impressively, the band was invited to perform on the Grammys alongside the legendary Bob Dylan – ” an event that, by some accounts, stole the show. Next month, they’re slated to play Coachella before kicking off a six-date vintage-railcar outdoor-show tour of the American Southwest with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show.
But before all that, they’ll be visiting us again in New York City on April 13 to tape a VH1 Unplugged set presented by our friends at Starburst. Be sure to follow VH1 on Twitter for real-time updates on the day of the taping. And watch their video for “The Cave” above.
Mumford & Sons Unplugged will air on VH1 in June.
Femme Fatale, the seventh studio album from Britney Spears, hits stores today, and the (generally positive) reviews are in, quick to pre-emptively defend Spears against pop haters. “For years, critics have dismissed her as a cipher with a wisp of a voice,” Jody Rosen writes in his four (of five) star review for Rolling Stone before dismantling that strawman in his praise. In the Los Angeles Times, Carl Wilson suggests that “Spears is free to rise above persona games altogether,” while at the same time remaining “dumbfoundingly adept at withholding straight answers about her own feelings or identity.”
In other words, she’s a pop icon – ”maybe the last one standing! Spears’s persona-of-no-persona is hard to be critical about, because there’s no there there. But in the New York Times, Jon Caramanica comes closest:
Nicki Minaj fans have been buzzing about a particular segment of her set supporting Lil Wayne on the “I Am Still Music Tour” since it kicked off less than two weeks ago in Providence, RI: an interlude in which a male fan is brought onstage and, as her verse from Sean Kingston’s “Letting Go (Dutty Love)” plays, given a “lap dance” of sorts by Ms. Young Money. Minaj claims, in introducing the segment, that this is her way of responding to fans who say she gives too much love to her Barbies and not enough to her male fans. (Clearly the type and nature of that love is gender-distinct.)
On Sunday night at the Nassau Coliseum, the setpiece played out in the usual fashion, with one crucial difference: the “lucky fan” was none other than Lil Wayne himself.