Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament left a fan with a broken nose after playing a basketball game with him and Arcade Fire's Win Butler in New Zealand at the weekend (18-19Jan14). Sherif Hassan was invited to play with the musicians in Auckland during their break from the Big Day Out festival and he admits the game was a little more physical than he'd imagined it would be.
He tells Triple J radio station, "(Ament is) aggressive, I'll tell you that much. He broke my nose. It was actually the last play of the game - the one time I decided to play proper defence. All I heard was Win going off about how the rules are rubbish down here, and throwing balls around and chucking a bit of a hissy fit."
Despite the injury, Hassan insists he has no hard feelings towards Ament and will not be seeking compensation.
He continues, "It was worth it. (Ament) got us all tickets to the Auckland BDO and hooked us up with backstage passes. I got to meet Lorde, Major Lazer and Mac Miller... We got to the front of stage for Pearl Jam, and Eddie Vedder gave me a shout out."
Rapper Snoop Dogg has become a part of the Pokemon universe. The Gin & Juice hitmaker has been transformed into a video game character for his new Pokemon-inspired music video for the song Get Away from his 2013 reggae album Reincarnated.
The promo features an animated Snoop walking through a Nintendo GameBoy Pokemon-themed world and battling DJ/producer Major Lazer using creatures similar to those used in the popular video game.
Getty/Andy SheppardHaving recently topped the U.K. charts and entered the U.S. Top 10 with their debut album Days Are Gone, Los Angeles siblings Haim certainly appear to have justified the hype that was showered upon their sun-soaked soft-rock sound at the beginning of the year. But in case you've been living under a rock over the past twelve months, here's a quick everything you need to know guide to Este, Danielle and Alaina.They've Always Kept It in the FamilyProof that the trio have always kept it in the family, the girls began their music career in a band named Rockinhaim with their father Mordechai on drums and their mother Donna on guitar.They Were Once Valli GirlsDanielle & Este also cut their teeth as part of The Valli Girls, an all girl-group inspired by the likes of Blondie and The Pretenders who appeared on the soundtracks to both The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants and the 2005 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.Julian Casablancas was Their Unofficial MentorAfter inviting Danielle to perform percussion and guitar on his solo tour, The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas then became the band's unofficial mentor, advising them to take a break from playing live and instead concentrate on their songwriting.Este is a Musical ProdigyRenowned for her incredible bass-face performances, Este is also something of a musical prodigy having completed her five-year degree in Ethnomusicology at UCLA in just two years.They Won the BBC's Sound of 2013Pipping the likes of AlunaGeorge, Angel Haze and Laura Mvula to the post, Haim were crowned the winners of the BBC's prestigious industry poll earlier this year to join such illustrious company as Adele, Florence + The Machine and Ellie Goulding.They Like CollaboratingAs well as hooking up with Jessie Ware on their own record, various members have also popped up on tracks this year by Major Lazer ("You're No Good"), Kid Cudi ("Red Eye") and Portugal. The Man ("Purple Yellow Red & Blue")Este Almost Died at GlastonburyDiabetic Este claimed that she feared she was going to die in front of a live audience after she was forced to abandon their first set at this year's Glastonbury when her blood sugar levels ran dangerously low.David Cameron is a FanDavid Cameron tweeted how he was looking forward to listening to their album after the trio dedicated a performance of "The Wire" to the Prime Minister when they both appeared on the BBC's The Andrew Marr Show.
Reunited rockers Fall Out Boy stunned fans attending California's Coachella festival on Saturday (20Apr13) after joining rapper 2 Chainz onstage for a surprise appearance. The unlikely acts came together on the second weekend of the popular three-day event to perform the remix to the band's new track, My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up), with 2 Chainz sharing the microphone with frontman Patrick Stump and even picking up a guitar to strum alongside Joe Trohman.
Introducing the punk stars to the spotlight, the rapper told the crowd, "Not only did I come to save hip-hop, I came to save rock and roll", making a reference to the group's comeback release Save Rock and Roll.
Taking to Twitter.com after the show, Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz wrote, "Thanks 2chainz (sic) for having us out at coachella..."
The hip-hop star later kept himself busy by teaming up with producer Diplo to hit the stage during his Major Lazer set, when he rapped along to the track Bubble Butt.
Thought the raging house party-turned-teenage-riot in Project X was out of control? Wait until you near the pitch for the next big party movie — it's whole new level of debauchery.
The as-yet-untitled movie pitch 20th Century Fox just acquired focuses on the electronic dance music (EDM) scene and will involve one of EDM’s biggest artists, Diplo, Deadline reports. Diplo is an American DJ and music producer and has worked with M.I.A., Beyonce, No Doubt, and Usher, and comprises half of the Major Lazer duo.
Diplo and his business partner Kevin Kusatsu are teaming up with Underground to executive produce the movie that's being described as "8 Mile meets Project X in tone." It will follow three teenagers as they attempt to get into Diplo's electronic music festival.
So basically a grittier, louder, bigger party, with more naked women, drugs, and alcohol, higher stakes, and better music? Bring it on. We just hope entire city blocks don't get destroyed in this movie.
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