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Jammy Awards Coming in April

February 28th, 2006

Live improv will have its night on April 20 when the Jammys are held at The Theater in Madison Square Garden. Leading the pack of nominees this year are My Morning Jacket, moe., and Benevento Russo Duo, each nominated for three awards. Performing this year will be Blues Traveler, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Richie Havens, Savion Glover, Angelique Kidjo, and Bettye Lavette. More acts will be announced. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Documentary Finds Eminem Torture

February 28th, 2006

Michael Winterbottom, director of the documentary The Road to Guantanamo, found that the inmates at Camp X-Ray, Guantanamo Bay, are regularly played Eminem records as a form of torture. Winterbottom is claiming that Eminem has grounds to sue the American military over copyright abuse. Eminem has not yet commented on the use of his music or possible legal action. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Stellastarr* and Editors Tour

February 28th, 2006

Stellastarr* and Editors will be co-headlining a month-long North American tour beginning March 20 in Boston and concluding at the Coachella festival in Indio, California. Editors will be supporting their debut release, The Back Room, available March 21. Stellastarr* is supporting their 2005 album Harmonies for the Haunted. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

State Radio – Us Against the Crown

February 27th, 2006


Like a Bump on a Pickle

Peanut butter and jelly? Obvious. Long johns and winter? Necessary. A pop and reggae hybrid? Interesting. Chad Stokes didn’t waste any time after the breakup of his first band, Dispatch. He collected Chuck Fay from Philadelphia and Brian Sayers, a drummer from Stokes’s native Boston, and formed State Radio. The new sound featured on their debut, Us Against the Crown, combines reggae beats with a pop overtone and politically motivated lyrics. While most certainly inspired by Bob Marley, the end product is wholly nostalgic of Dispatch.
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By Jeanette Honig Posted in Reviews

Hank III – Straight to Hell

February 27th, 2006


Bringing Honor To The Outlaw Legacy

A spirited voice of dissent, when made audible at just the right time, can be a powerful agent of change. Hank III (grandson of the legendary Hank Williams, son of Hank Williams Jr.) might be just such a voice. Straight to Hell, Hank’s third “official” full-length release is a scalding-hot reconstruction of modern country music. Songs such as “Smoke & Wine” and the title track “Straight to Hell” sizzle with a flurry of frantic banjos, full-tilt pickin’-and-grinnin’ guitars and just the right amount of pedal steel. Read more…

By Raymond Flotat Posted in Reviews

Richie Hawtin – DE9: Transitions

February 26th, 2006


A Million Little Pieces

Richie Hawtin’s selection of “Plastikman” as a techno nom de plume was a prescient one. Mimicking his cartoon-hero namesake, Hawtin can stretch his dancefloor resources far beyond those of his rivals. Unfettered by any secret identity, Hawtin proudly displays this talent on his third “DE9″ mix, DE9: Transitions. Read more…

By Adam Blyweiss Posted in Reviews

Chinese Democracy Coming Soon?

February 25th, 2006

Now that Axl Rose has begun making a few public appearances and his ten-years-in-the-making album Chinese Democracy has been leaked to the Internet, it seems the possibility of an official release could occur this year. Rose confirmed this recently at a tour launch party for Korn. Songs that were leaked include “Better,” “There Was A Time,” and “IRS.” Despite a cease-and-desist order sent by Rose’s management to the Web sites linking the songs and the radio stations playing the tracks, they can still be heard on select stations.

The band is currently booked to play music festivals this summer. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

The Killers Sued

February 23rd, 2006

Braden Merrick, a man credited with discovering and managing new New Wavers The Killers, is now suing the band for $16 million for breach of contract. He claims the band unfairly fired him after their debut album, Hot Fuss, became a huge success. All four bandmates as well as Robert Reynolds, an attorney, are named as defendants. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

Vines’ Vision Tracklist

February 23rd, 2006

Coming out April 3, The Vines’ upcoming album Vision Valley has the following tracklist:

1. Anysound
2. Nothin’s Comin’
3. Candy Daze
4. Vision Valley
5. Don’t Listen to the Radio
6. Gross Out
7. Take Me Back
8. Going Gone
9. Fuk Yeh
10. Futuretarded
11. Dope Train
12. Atmos
13. Spaceship

The first single for the album will be “Gross Out.” Check out the new video below. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

Gorillaz Cancel Tour Plans

February 23rd, 2006

Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, the two live humans behind cartoon-band Gorillaz, have announced the cancellation of their planned world tour owing to the sky-high price–reportedly over $1.5 million–of a fully animated concert tour. According to Hewlett, “We’ve tried really hard to work out a way but the costs would be just astronomical.” Gorillaz performed with De La Soul and Madonna at this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News