Cult singer/songwriter Beck turned his star-studded Los Angeles show on Sunday (24Nov13) into a family affair when his father stepped up to conduct the orchestra backing him at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. David Campbell conducted the 61-piece Los Angeles Philharmonic at his son's third Song Reader concert.
They welcomed Jack Black, Childish Gambino, Jarvis Cocker and actor John C. Reilly to the stage, but perhaps the night's highlight came when Oscar winner Anne Hathaway joined Jenny Lewis to harmonise with Beck on the song Last Night You Were a Dream.
Aside from the performances, there were also spoken word moments delivered by lyricist Van Dyke Parks and filmmaker Allison Anders, among others.
British rocker Jarvis Cocker is refusing to celebrate his upcoming 50th birthday because he finds the milestone too depressing. The Pulp frontman turns 50 on 19 September (13), but the singer insists he won't be throwing a big party to mark the special occasion.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "It depresses me. I'm trying to forget about it."
Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker fears he has lost his greatest ever song after a voicemail message containing the melody was erased by a cell phone company. The Common People hitmaker calls his own number and sings into the answering service if a track comes to him while he is out and about.
He was away from the U.K. when he came up with one of his strongest ever melodies, but by the time he arrived back in his native country the message containing the song idea had been automatically deleted.
Cocker tells British magazine Event, "I used to leave myself voicemails when I had ideas. In one case, I was away a week and a half and when I came back it had been deleted. I asked the phone company to access my voice messages, but they wouldn't. I said: 'If I'd been killed and they had an investigation into my murder you'd be able to look through my voicemail. So it must exist.' She said: 'Yeah, but you've not been killed.' So I lost it and maybe it was the greatest song ever."
Stars including Woody Harrelson, Ricky Gervais and John Hurt have taken 'selfie'-style photographs of themselves for a bizarre picture project. Editors at the Guardian Weekend magazine have been investigating the modern phenomenon of self-taken portraits posted online, and they invited celebrities to take part to highlight the wide reach of the obsession.
Dozens of stars obliged by snapping themselves in an unusual location and submitting the image for the feature - with some weird and wonderful results.
Gervais pulls a scary face while lying in a bath, Harrelson's shot shows the back of his head reflected in a mirror, and veteran actor Hurt is staring blankly ahead in the front seat of a car.
Other stars to join in include Daniel Radcliffe, Susan Boyle, Helena Bonham Carter, Tilda Swinton, Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker, Ellie Goulding, Shane Macgowan, and Homeland actor David Harewood.
However, there was one star who refused to take part and gave the magazine editors a piece of her mind instead - British actress Sheila Hancock writes, "I hate people who take pictures of themselves and have no intention of becoming one of them. I abhor the way people look at life through a lens. You shouldn't encourage it in any way. What has happened to The Guardian?"
Singer/songwriter Beck brought his innovative sheet music album to life on stage in London last week (ends07Jul13) with help from stars including Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker and rockers Franz Ferdinand. The Loser hitmaker released his latest record, 2012's Song Reader, only in sheet format, with the album package including instructions so fans could play the tracks themselves.
He played the album on stage in London on Thursday (04Jul13) and enlisted a number of famous friends to interpret his music.
Beck performed at London's Barbican centre with Cocker and Franz Ferdinand, as well as Beth Orton, Charlotte Gainsbourg and The Guillemots, and all the guest stars gave the album's tracks their own spin.
The concert was preceded by a special Song Reader exhibition at the Barbican which featured artwork and a presentation of the best amateur interpretations of the album.
Reunited rockers Pulp are taking the rest of 2013 off after performing a string of comeback concerts over the past two years. Frontman Jarvis Cocker hinted at another hiatus at Christmas (12) when he signed off at the band's triumphant homecoming gig in Sheffield, England by telling the crowd, "This is it, for now."
Earlier this year (13), the Common People hitmakers released their first single in 11 years, the track After You, but Cocker insists fans will have to wait a while for any more new developments.
He tells NME.com, "That (Sheffield show) was a good concert that, it was nice. But those things, you can't keep doing them... But Pulp won't be playing this year."
Pulp reformed in May, 2011 and their big reunion shows included a set at legendary U.K. music festival Glastonbury that summer (11).
Sex Pistols rocker John Lydon and Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie are among the stars who have signed up to host a series of radio shows in Britain over the summer (13). The two musicians will be among a number of famous faces who will take over BBC 6 Music's Sunday Service slot from Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker while he takes a summer (13) break.
Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood will also be among those sharing their favourite records with listeners on the airwaves throughout June (13) and July (13).
Gillespie says of his new radio gig, "It's so important to get people back into record stores discovering new music, so I'm looking forward to spending a few hours on 6 Music playing new stuff from the likes of Savages, Deerhunter, Nick Cave, Parquet Courts, My Bloody Valentine, Kurt Vile and Allah Las."
British rockers Ronnie Wood and Jarvis Cocker will go head to head for a top broadcasting prize at the U.K.'s Sony Radio Academy Awards next month (May13). The Rolling Stones star and the Pulp frontman are both up for the Best Music Programme honour for their popular shows on the British airwaves. Wood has a weekly programme on the Absolute Classic Rock radio station, and Cocker fronts a series for BBC 6 Music.
They will compete against professional broadcasters Zane Lowe, Dermot O'Leary and Lauren Laverne for the trophy.
Wood picked up the Music Radio Personality of the Year prize at the Sony Radio awards in 2011, and Cocker picked up the Rising Star honour the year before (10).
After hearing of his nomination, Wood wrote in a post on Twitter.com, "Thank you Sony Radio Awards... The Ronnie Wood Show/Absolute Radio has just been nominated for Best Music Programme. Great news!"
Former Catatonia singer Cerys Matthews is also in competition against jazz star Jamie Cullum for the Music Radio Broadcaster of the Year award for their BBC radio shows.
The Big Love star admits she has struggled to find love because the men she dates try too hard to impress her by being "cool" and refusing to let her pay for meals.
She tells Britain's Psychologies magazine, "My friends are always telling me I'm intimidating. My dates are probably not being themselves on the date - they're trying to be cool. And I think it's still a problem if a woman earns more than a man. I try to pay for half of dinner and a guy will behave as if I'm trying to prove I have more money than him."
And Sevigny is convinced her busy schedule also complicates her relationships and keeps her from finding the perfect partner.
She adds, "(They) have to have job flexibility and be able to travel when I'm away filming. If they're tied down in New York it's going to be difficult because of my lifestyle. If I'm in Manchester for six months he has to be able to get on a plane and come visit me. You know, at my age, you have to consider these things instead of just being spontaneous."
The 37 year old has previously been linked to British rocker Jarvis Cocker and actors Vincent Gallo and Jason Segel.
The Big Love star recently began dating Charlie Smith, who appeared on The Hills with Pratt, and the couple stepped out together earlier this month (Apr11).
According to America's Star magazine, Smith was on hand to support Sevigny as she hosted a benefit in Santa Monica, California on 7 April (11).
A source tells the publication, "Chloe and Charlie arrived together, and though she was one of the event's hosts, she spent most of her time wrapped up in him. She was beaming."
Sevigny has previously dated British rocker Jarvis Cocker and ended her longterm relationship with musician Matt McAuley in 2007.