Desert Sessions: Easier Said Than Done

“Easier Said Than Done” from Desert Sessions (Josh Homme’s ongoing collective series) has Homme guiding listeners through the avant-garde song and video. Highlighted by solemn vocals, grand piano, an electric Wurlitzer, drum rolls and “little tiny baby claps,” the tune is from Arrivederci Despair—which was released late last year. Sometimes humorous (with  Homme peeing on a man dressed in a Nazi uniform) and sometimes disturbing …

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A sad goodby to Tom Petty, Queens of the Stone Age get dramatic, HAIM line-dances, and more in music

Artists for Puerto Rico: Almost Like Praying Thoughts and prayers are welcome but action—service, donations, on-the-ground support (or in some instances, policy change)—really makes the most difference. Everyone’s favorite musical historian Lin-Manuel Miranda has done something stellar, and brought an all-star cast with him. Miranda recorded “Almost Like Praying” with Jennifer Lopez, Gloria Estefan, Fat Joe, Luis Fonsi, Camila Cabello, Ruben Blades, Dessa, Marc Anthony …

Queens of the Stone Age: Villains of Circumstance (Live)

Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Dean Fertita were joined by a string quartet for a performance of “Villains of Circumstance” on the BBC’s “Later… With Jools Holland” and the result is stunning. With just the strings and piano, the rendition is sweeping, sexy and dramatic—with Homme’s vocals building beautifully. It’s a dynamic and unexpected performance.