Zac Efron And Taylor Swift Sing ‘Pumped Up Kicks’

Former HSM teeny-bopper Zac Efron and country-bopper Taylor Swift dropped by The Ellen DeGeneres to show off their guitar/singing skills. At least, the guitar skills she attempted to teach him.

Taylor taught him to play the Foster The People megahit “Pumped Up Kicks” and even improvised the lyrics a little for humor’s sake, to play up Ellen’s curiosity on their dating situation. It (roughly) goes:

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Top 6 Indie Bands To Watch For In 2011

Let’s face it, 2010 wasn’t the greatest year for indie bands. Besides Broken Bells, not many emerged, and it was mostly about semi-established bands being rediscovered by the masses. This held true for Florence & The Machine, whose album actually debuted in mid-2009. Also Mumford & Sons, Metric, Arcade Fire, MGMT, Phoenix and Bon Iver, all very known in the indie community previous to 2010, were the talk of award shows, and varying esteemed music lists of last year.

2011 is another story, not only are there the usual hoards of bands trying to make it, some of them have a LOT of potential for the same sort of indie sellout glory that Mumford & Sons achieved. I can only hope that “Little Lion Man” will be replaced by the Sonic-Youth influenced sounds of Yuck, or the experimental wailings tUnE-yArDs or the retro jazz clap ‘n snap of Caro Emerald, whose early 2010 debut has yet to even be released officially in the U.S.

Most of these contenders formed fairly recently and released CDs this year, with the exception of Emerald’s Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Floor.

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Weezer Does Live Cover of “Pumped Up Kicks”

Foster The People are huge in the indie/rock community right now. Their single “Pumped Up Kicks” has earned them two VMA nominations at the upcoming MTV music video awards in the categories Best Rock Video and Best New Artist.

The song has become such a sensation that famed overachievers Weezer recently covered the song during a live show in LA’s Pacific Amphitheatre. Check-ch-check-check-check it out!