Brandon Flowers Exclusive Web Interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live

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Brandon Flowers stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday to perform "Crossfire" and to sit down with the comedian for an extended web interview to talk about "Flamingo," the future of The Killers, growing up in Las Vegas, '80s new wave, being a bell boy at the Gold Coast Hotel and much more. Hilarious interview, and yes, Jimmy even gets a few laughs out of Brandon who always seems a bit coy and uncomfortable in TV interviews. Watch the four part video interview after the break. And don't forget to get your copy of "Flamingo" this week. The album hit number one in the British album chart last week, beating out Katy Perry. 

September 15, 2010 in Brandon Flowers | Permalink

Watch Brandon Flowers iheartradio.com Performance

Brandon Flowers stopped by the studios of iheartradio.com for a brief interview and to sing a few tracks from his album "Flamingo" that will be released in U.S. stores this upcoming Tuesday. Watch a brief Q&A with Brandon above that is interspersed with fragments of acoustic versions of "Crossfire" and Killers favorite "Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine." Watch a full version of "Hard Enough" and "Crossfire" after the jump.

September 12, 2010 in Brandon Flowers | Permalink

Review: Brandon Flowers at Highline Ballroom in New York City

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There's never such a thing as too much Brandon Flowers. So when the Killers frontman performed for only 45 minutes last week at New York's Highline Ballroom it was simply not enough to satisfy the insatiable appetite of his cheering fans.

But let's be fair. This was not a Killers show. Fans could not expect him to crank out the entire Killers canon and play for two and half hours. This night was all about Brandon and his forthcoming new solo record.

Over the past years, I have seen The Killers perform a bunch of times - from Los Angeles to Berlin, and from Atlanta to Las Vegas. It was fun to see their new wave-ish hot pop fuss turn into neon-lit, arena-sized rock shows that have crowds dizzy on their feet everytime.

In the early Killers days, Brandon told me that there were moments that he suffered stage fright. What helped him was to have his keyboard positioned right on the middle of the stage to keep him steady in his comfort zone.

Over the years, from album to album, and from tour to tour, his keyboard has slowly moved to the side of the stage, giving him a chance to overcome his anxiety and get more comfortable in the spotlight.

Most telling about his first New York solo show on Thursday was the total absence of a keyboard. It was all about Brandon Flowers, front and center. No fuss, no frills. 

If this forthcoming solo album and tour will show us one thing, it is that Brandon Flowers has turned into a versatile, confident entertainer, and that is an accomplishment that must be noted. Even tough at times, he still appears somewhat uncomfortable, it is much more a reflection of his stirring, soul-searching lyrics than his actual state of mind.

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His New York show not only introduced the audience to Flowers, the solo artist, but also revealed the sound of the his much-anticipated album "Flamingo." Musically, it is best described as a mash between "Sam's Town" and "Day & Age," a mixture of gritty Americana and glossy Vegas pop.

Take for example the somber and introverted ballads "On The Floor" and "Magdalena," a song about an annual Mexican pilgrimage, which balanced nicely with "Playing With Fire" and the catchy "Swallow," a song about not falling in love if you can't handle it.

The Henderson, NV singer spiced things up a little by giving the audience a couple of crowd favorites, including a stripped down version of "Losing Touch" and an acoustic version of "When You Were Young," which was absolutely phenomenal (and should be considered for a b-side release one day).

Even though this first New York solo gig was relatively brief, Flowers' new material is compelling and his stage show more personal than ever. Flowers could have opted to take a well-deserved break from touring, but this gig shows that he is more than ready to strike out on his own.

Click here for the entire setlist.

September 1, 2010 in Brandon Flowers | Permalink

Exclusive: Listen to Brandon Flowers "Crossfire" (Chew Fu Fix)

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you know that I have been wondering for weeks about some solid remixes of Brandon Flowers' solo single, "Crossfire." The song is a grand and epic piece of Americana that has all the right ingredients for a great remix. 

New York producer and "serial fixer" Chew Fu put together a fantastic and fiery revamp of the song that he is sharing exclusively with ArjanWrites.com. His new version does everything the song deserves with a blazing and propulsive new production while staying true to Brandon's sublime original. Listen for example to his little glitter dip to extend the song's powerful chorus around the 1:30 minute mark and the quick, intense build up that hits around the 4:40 minute mark. Very nicely done.

Reach up your hands to the burning Nevada sky, close your eyes and dance along during the last days of summer. Thank you to Chew Fu for sharing the hotness. (Click here to pre-order Brandon Flowers "Flamingo" on Amazon.)

September 1, 2010 in Brandon Flowers | Permalink

Listen to Brandon Flowers "Crossfire" (Loose Canons Remix)

Ever since Brandon Flowers' "Crossfire" was released, I've been hoping to hear some great remixes of the song. Finally, a few remakes are surfacing in anticipation of the release of his solo LP "Flamingo that will be out September 14. 

Last week, a snappy house revamp by DJ David Morales surfaced, and today ArjanWrites.com reader Antonio tipped me about the Loose Canons remix, which is officially titled the Loose Canons Rinse Your Body Down remix. 

The crafty producers of this chunky piece of work repackaged Brandon's acapellas in a groovy house beat and added some quirky bells & whistles including a funked up piano riff that loops through the entire remix. Fun mix that provides a fresh new perspective on the original. 

I'm still hoping for that epic Stuart Price remix that I know must be out there in Island's vault waiting to come out. More about Brandon Flowers' show that I saw in New York City on Thursday soon. (Click here to pre-order Brandon Flowers' "Flamingo" on Amazon.com)

August 28, 2010 in Brandon Flowers | Permalink