Nate Ruess of Fun. did a four-song set with Brian Wilson on Friday night, including a song, "Saturday Night on Hollywood Boulevard," that will appear on Brian's upcoming album. He also sung "Hold On Dear Brother," "Darlin'," and "God Only Knows." The show will air on PBS next year but you can hit the replies for a stream.
"It's weird to talk about this, but it is interesting when you look at a song like 'Some Nights.' I remember when writing it, the thought was, 'No oneís gonna understand this. This isn't gonna happen. And this is the last chance, and then I gotta go get a real job,'" he said. "The first song on this new album is like the opposite of that, lyrically. You know, 'You got what you wished for. What the fuck are you wishing for now?'
United Nations Free & Equal, the UN human rights office's public information campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, announced that fun. is joining the campaign as equality champion.
Commenting on the announcement, Charles Radcliffe of the UN human rights office said: ďfun. is made up of three incredibly talented musicians who are also great advocates for equality and human rights. Their work with the Ally Coalition is making an important difference in the fight against homophobia and transphobia, and weíre thrilled to partner with them and have their support for the UNís Free & Equal campaign.Ē Free & Equal aims to raise awareness of homophobic and...
Bleachers recently did an acoustic session for a radio station in Philadelphia. You can check out the band perform their new single, "I Wanna Get Better", a cover of Tom Petty's "Don't Come Around Here No More" and a new song called "Shadow" here.
Fun. has hand-picked 10 albums to be bundled up and sold for just $15, including albums they grew up listening to and bands theyíve toured with while out promoting their Grammy award-winning album, Some Nights. The 10 albums "Drop" will be sold exclusively through Groupon.com for 7 days, starting at 9:00 am EST on Friday, February 7th, 2014.
All of the proceeds from this sale will be donated to The Ally Coalition, a non-proﬁt started by the members of Fun. and fashion designer Rachel Antanoﬀ with the purpose of inspiring people to take action for LGBTQ equality. The Ally Coalition works with partner...
Fun.are launching a campaign to raise $250,000 to fund a community health center primarily for at-risk LGBT youth in Detroit. The campaign will be run by The Ally Coalition, an organization co-founded by the band and guitarist Jack Antonoff's sister Rachel.
To be honest, I just tried listening to it a minute ago, because Iíve never actually listened to the whole thing before. So Iím being a little bit cavalier. Maybe Iíd really warm up to it, but I highly doubt it. Itís one of those songs I kept hearing, and I had to keep asking what it was. Then I kept hearing it more and more, and it was frustrating. It became really grating. Itís just one of those things when a song becomes commercialized to such excess. It drives you mad.
Queen will team up with another powerhouse singer at the iHeartRadio Music Festival this weekend. Nate Ruess of Fun. is set to take the stage with the legendary British rock group at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, a source confirms to Billboard.
Taylor Swift will be debuting a new track called "Sweeter Than Fiction (co-written by Jack Antonoff of fun.)" at the September 6th film premiere of One Chance at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Entertainment Weekly has an interview and a exclusive stream of a song written by Jack from fun., for Super Why.
I wanted [the songs] to feel huge and larger than life and epic. I donít know if there really should be much of a difference between a childrenís show and a Bruce Springsteen concert. I think everyone should leave with the same feeling, which is hopefulness.
Before "We Are Young," Some Nights and a Best New Artist Grammy, there was Aim & Ignite, an ambitious ten track album from three friends called fun. Produced by Steven McDonald (Redd Kross, OFF!), Aim & Ignite was heralded as the "the most essential pop album of 2009" by Absolutepunk.net. This four song collection features a studio track from Aim & Ignite, a live rendition of "Take Your Time (Coming Home), a b-side, and a remix of "Walking The Dog" from the RAC collective.
"I think there's a lot of metaphors in [the video] that you could draw with us and the past year we've had, but it's a video that I hope will make people feel very different the next time they go to the airport and give their bag away," guitarist Jack Antonoff said. "It's a very serious video that, on paper, might seem a little tongue in cheek, but at least the way it's written, it's meant to be pretty deep. "And I think that's OK, it's exciting and it's valuable for the fans of the music to know that, that it's not just this giant dream sequence," he continued. "There's a level of sacrifice that...
Fun.'s Some Nights was released one year ago today. It has since been certified platinum and scored the band two Grammy awards, among several other nominations. In case you missed it, read our interview with guitarist Jack Antonoff here.
Our new interview with the two-time Grammy winning fun. can be found here.
Thereís a lot of stuff weíve done this year and weíve gotten really good at just shutting off. Thereís some things that are too big to even think about, and you get to the point in your head where all you can think about while youíre up there is when you used to do really small shows. Now itís the Grammys, but itís still the same thing. The environment is the same. Itís the same emotions. I play guitar the same way, Nate sings the same way, so itís really important in those moments to treat it no different than like playing a club show.
Now, up until this point, Iíve wondered about the longevity of fun.ís insane fame. With Some Nights being Ė in my opinion Ė one of the best pop albums in the last 5+ years, the guys have a lot on their plates. However, coming off of 2 Grammys and an already-platinum record, I think itís safe to say fun. are here to stayÖfor a long time. After seeing their live show, I am certain theyíll stay on top.
Ruess added he's working on a hip-hop project. He can't say who, but he says it's not his hero Kanye West. "I'm just not at liberty to say, so I don't even know why I said it," he said. "But [Kanye] kind of got me off of my ass as far as acknowledging there's great music happening today. I think the older that I was getting, the more jaded I was becoming. I don't want to be a nostalgic listener. There's too much good stuff out there, and I just think it's up to me to work a little harder to find it."