Jack White has accomplished something in his lonesome that his band’s never could: he’s debuted at the top of the Billboard charts. You’d think White Stripes would have managed this feat, but their highest peak was with Icky Thump, which scored a #2 spot. Blunderbuss, on the other hand, reportedly debuted with 138,000 copies sold, besting an ever-present Adele. This sales debut bests all expectations, and sheds a bright light on hopes for a successful, long lasting solo career from Mr. White.
Plugging away since 1999, The National finally hit mainstream success with the release of their 2010 album High Violet. Of course, this entailed their first world tour, but in the new documentary Mistaken For Strangers, it’s only the backdrop for the relationship between lead singer Matt Berninger and his younger brother Tom, who had no idea that these short videos he was shooting would turn into a public document of their troubled, if still loving brotherhood.
We talk with Israeli rockers Vaadat Charigim about some of their favorite records.
We talk with Yvonne Ambree and Jesse Barnes of Take Berlin about some of the records which influenced the recording of their debut EP, Lionize.
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