Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs (formed 2000)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs is a New York art-rock band. The line-up consists of Karen O - singer, Brian Chase - drummer and Nick Zinner - guitarist. In 2006 they were joined by an additional live guitarist, Imaad Wasif.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Early Days

In the late 1990s, Brian Chase and Karen O met at Oberlin College in Ohio. When Karen transferred to New York University, she met Nick Zinner in a bar. Karen and Nick formed a band called Unitard and when the original drummer left, Chase joined the band and they changed their name to Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Their sound is reportedly based on the student bands that Karen and Brian had left behind in Ohio.

In their early days, Yeah Yeah Yeahs supported bands such as the White Stripes and The Strokes and soon earned a name for themselves on the underground New York garage punk revival scene.

The band's debut EP was recorded by Jerry Teel of Boss Hog and released on their own label, Shifty. In the UK, the EP was released by Wichita Records, home of The Cribs and Bloc Party. In the US, it was re-released by Touch and Go Records.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Debut Album Onwards

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' debut album was entitled Fever To Tell and was released in 2003. The lead single 'Maps' received widespread airplay and the video for its follow-up, 'Y Control' was directed by Spike Jonze.

The band's debut DVD release was called Tell Me What Rockers To Swallow. It contained a live performance filmed in San Francisco's the Fillmore venue as well as all of the band's music videos.

Show Your Bones, the band's second album, was released in 2006. The debut single from the album, 'Gold Lion' went to number 18 in the UK Singles Chart. Later that year, Yeah Yeah Yeahs helped to curate an All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Britain.

2007 saw Yeah Yeah Yeahs release the Is Is EP.

It's Blitz is Yeah Yeah Yeahs' third album, released in March 2009 and the lead single from the album was 'Zero'. The album was leaked on the internet prior to its official release so Interscope Records brought its release forward.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Collaborations

Karen and Nick both make a guest appearance on the album Bang Bang Boom Cake, by Tiny Masters of Today.

Karen O worked with Kool Keith on a track called 'Teaser', though the track never got an official release. She also recorded a track with Peaches and Johnny Knoxville for the soundtrack to Jackass II. In 2007, she recorded vocals for a cover of Bob Dylan's 'Highway 61 Revisited' for the soundtrack to I'm Not There.

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Karen O to release solo album

26th June 2014 -

 News

Karen O is releasing a solo album this September.The Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman has announced that her debut record, 'Crush Songs', will drop this autumn via The Strokes singer Julian Casablancas' Cult Records.The music was...

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O Announces Solo Album, 'Crush Songs'

25th June 2014 -

 News

Karen O has announced that she'll be releasing her first album of solo recorded material this autumn. Titled Crush Songs, the record will apparently touch on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman's experiences in love and...

Firefly Music Festival

6th March 2014 -

 Festival

Firefly Music Festival first launched in 2012. The Firefly Music Festival is produced by Red Frog Events, an event production company based in Chicago. The company is well-known as the leader and founder of the...

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2nd March 2014 -

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O is set to be joined onstage at Sunday's (02Mar14) Oscars ceremony by Vampire Weekend guitarist Ezra Koenig. The frontwoman will perform the The Moon Song, which has been nominated...

Sweetlife

25th February 2014 -

 Festival

The Sweetlife Music & Food Festival is a party with a purpose. What began in 2010 as a 500-person gathering in the parking lot behind sweetgreen's Dupont location has evolved into an annual celebration of...

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14th February 2014 -

 News

Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O is among the artists who will take the stage at the Oscars next month (Mar14). She will perform her nominated song from Spike Jonze's Her. Other Best Original Song...

U2 will perform at the Oscars

13th February 2014 -

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U2 are set to perform at the Oscars next month.The Irish rockers will take to the stage to perform their track 'Ordinary Love,' which is nominated for best Original Song, at the ceremony at the...

Outside Lands Festival 2013 To Bring You Much More Than Music This Year

29th July 2013 -

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The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is back on August 9th - 11th 2013 bringing us the best in art and music as we see the likes of Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails and...

FYF Fest 2013 Announces More Live Acts For August!

18th July 2013 -

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FYF Fest 2013 presents yet more new acts for its 10th annual weekend this August including comedians Doug Benson, Brett Gelman and Karen Kilgariff.FYF is an alternative music festival spread over two days - this...

MTV Video Music Award Nominees: Will Macklemore Clean Up?

18th July 2013 -

 News

The nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards 2013 have been announced, with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Justin Timberlake leading the field. Armed with their videos for 'Can't Hold Us' and 'Thrift Shop,' the...

As Fans Gather For 'T In The Park,' Police Crack Down On Drugs

12th July 2013 -

 News

The sun is shining, the line-up is terrific; T in the Park 2013 is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary with thousands of fans and seven stages. Performers during the three day festival will include...

Summerfest

24th June 2013 -

 Festival

Summerfest provides the backdrop for the music industry's hottest stars, emerging talent and local favorites to create unforgettable live music experiences in a world-class festival setting. For 11 days, more than 800 bands play across...

FYF Fest

24th June 2013 -

 Festival

FYF Fest saw a massive turnout and a massive line up of fantastic bands. The headliners were My Bloody Valentine and Yeah Yeah Yeah's and MGMT to name a few. The festival was started in...

FYF Fest

24th June 2013 -

 Festival

FYF Fest saw a massive turnout and a massive line up of fantastic bands. The headliners were My Bloody Valentine and Yeah Yeah Yeah's and MGMT to name a few. The festival was started in...

Outside Lands

24th June 2013 -

 Festival

The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is a music festival held annually in San Francisco, California at Golden Gate Park. The first edition occurred from August 22 to 24, 2008, and included over 60...

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Perform Atop Empire State Building

24th June 2013 -

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The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have made history by performing at the top of New York City's Empire State Building for their new music video.The band became the first rock group to play at the summit...

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19th June 2013 -

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs rocker Nick Zinner has reunited with his college bandmates to record a song for charity. The new Challenge of the Future track, titled You Can't Call Off The Dog, will benefit the...

Beady Eye embracing change

10th June 2013 -

 News

Beady Eye's new album is all about ''growth and change''. The band's second record, 'BE', comes out today (10.06.13) and producer Dave Sitek, who worked on it, is excited to see the reaction it gets.In...

Patti Smith Duets With Karen O At Star-studded Benefit Bash

3rd June 2013 -

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Musician Patti Smith surprised a star-studded crowd at an environmental benefit dinner in Los Angeles on Friday (31May13) by taking to the stage for a duet with Yeah Yeah Yeahs rocker Karen O.Tobey Maguire, Cindy...

Kanrocksas Music Festival Cancelled Due To Low Ticket Sales

29th May 2013 -

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An upcoming Kansas music festival set to feature Fun., hip-hop star Kendrick Lamar and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs has been cancelled because of low ticket sales.The Kanrocksas Music Festival, which was also slated to include...

Bobby Womack to perform at Latitude festival

14th May 2013 -

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Bobby Womack has been added to the line-up of this year's Latitude festival.The 69-year-old soul singer is set so appear on the Obelisk Main Stage in Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk, on Sunday July 21 -...

A Week In Music - Yeah Yeah Yeahs Progress From Punky Roots With Mosquito, 30 Seconds To Mars' 'Up In the Air' Comes With A Warning And Daft Punk Break Records With 'Get Lucky'

29th April 2013 -

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Albums of Note... Yeah Yeah Yeahs have returned after a lengthy break, with Mosquito. It’s a marked step in the band’s evolution and a further step away from their punky roots. Mosquito has opened up...

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito Album Review

25th April 2013 -

 Review

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are evolving and quickly. New album Mosquito may well be the clearest sign yet that their scrappy New York Punk roots were merely one incarnation of this versatile three-piece. Karen O...

Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival Announces 2013 Lineup Featuring Paul Mccartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers Plus Many More.

18th April 2013 -

 Press

Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents and Starr Hill presents, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, are very proud to announce the lineup for the sixth annual Outside Lands Music &...

Karen O brands Gaga 'unoriginal'

16th April 2013 -

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O thinks Lady Gaga is unoriginal. The 'Sacriledge' singer doesn't feel any connection with her fellow New York singer, as she feels Gaga doesn't use her influences in the right...

Red Hot Chili Peppers close Coachella

15th April 2013 -

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Red Hot Chili Peppers brought Coachella festival to a close last night (14.04.13).The 'Scar Tissue' band are celebrating 30 years together in 2013 and celebrated with a greatest hits filled set, bringing the three-day festival...

Yeah Yeah Yeah's Mosquito has 'humour'

12th April 2013 -

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The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have added ''humour'' to 'Mosquito'.The indie trio from New York have let their hair down for their fourth studio album after going through a ''dark'' period and aimed to encourage their...

Yeah Yeah Yeahs worry about being 'middle-aged'

11th April 2013 -

 News

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are worried about being a ''middle-aged'' band.The indie trio - comprised of Karen O, Nick Zinner and Brian Chase - are set to release their new album 'Mosquito' later this month,...

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11th April 2013 -

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"My dad sent me a link to the Gangnam Style video last year, and I cried when I saw it, because I was so overwhelmed with emotion... I'd been waiting for Korea to be culturally...

Karen O Arrives For 'David Letterman' Appearance In Surprisingly Low Key Outfit

9th April 2013 -

 Footage

Yeah Yeah Yeahs vocalist Karen O (formally Karen Orzolek) shows up outside the New York studios for 'The Late Show with David Letterman'. She signs an autograph for a fan before rushing towards the door...

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