Archive for January, 2007

The Police Play the Grammys

January 31st, 2007

Following much speculation, The Police have confirmed that they’ll reunite to open the 49th annual Grammy Awards on February 11th. Having not performed live since their 2003 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, this event is hugely expected to kick off a reunion tour. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Sandi Thom – Smile…It Confuses People

January 31st, 2007

A Breath of Fresh Air

There’s something instantly likeable about singer-songwriter Sandi Thom. Her debut album, “Smile…It Confuses People,” is big on personality. It’s quirky, energetic and soulful. Read more…

By Jacquie Frisco Posted in Reviews

Dustin Kensrue – Please Come Home

January 30th, 2007

Thrice Frontman Finds His Roots

The concept of a lead singer taking a break to record a batch of stripped down, acoustic tunes is no new idea to the punk or hardcore communities. Although the sound is completely different, past solo attempts are often quick to be dismissed as just that: attempts. Putting aside his duties as lead singer/songwriter for Orange County’s socially conscious powerhouse Thrice, Dustin Kensrue is able to break the mold by creating Please Come Home, a record that is not only sonically different but also worthwhile. Read more…

By Ryan Lewis Posted in Reviews ,

Modest Mouse Reveal Details of New Album

January 30th, 2007

Modest Mouse have revealed details of their forthcoming We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. Their first album with ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, will also feature Shins main man James Mercer on three tracks. The album hits stores March 20th with digital pre-orders available January 30th.

Modest Mouse are currently gearing up to play a few west coast shows and will embark on a world tour upon the album’s release. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Brian Eno to Produce Next Coldplay Album

January 30th, 2007

With a resume that includes producing U2, David Bowie, Talking Heads and Paul Simon, Brian Eno has taken the reigns for Coldplay’s yet-to-be-titled fourth album.

Without going into details of the pairing, Eno did say that the album “will be very original and very different from what they’ve done before.” Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Frank Black – Fast Man Raider Man

January 29th, 2007


Double albums often walk a fine line between ambitious and pompous; just as often, one can be mistaken for the other. Frank Black’s career has had moments of both. On his new double album, Fast Man Raider Man, he’s more comfortable having Memphis session legends, such as Spooner Oldham, Levon Helm, and Al Kooper, surrounding him. In his jovial content, he’s fearless and fun while capturing a perfect mixture of energetic roots rock and the twang and sway of country. Black ambitiously delves deeper into the territory covered on his previous effort, Honeycomb. However, over two discs, the album seemingly fails to move aurally. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in Reviews

mxdwn EXCLUSIVE – Of Montreal Added to Coachella Lineup

January 28th, 2007

We can confirm that Of Montreal will be performing at Coachella. However, the date of the performance and line-up position have not been disclosed. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Sparta – Threes

January 27th, 2007

Three is the Magic Number

Break- ups are never easy. After the painful split of At The Drive In, the members (and the devotion of fans) split into two bands: The Mars Volta and lesser known Sparta. While Team Volta’s trippy Spanish tinged prog rock has a stronger following, Sparta’s third release, the appropriately titled Threes, proves that they’re still in the game. Read more…

By Danielle Reicherter Posted in Reviews

EMI Merges Capitol and Virgin

January 26th, 2007

In an effort to deliver $217 million in annual savings, EMI is merging its North American pop, rock, and urban operations. Capitol and Virgin will now be consolidated to form The Capitol Music Group with Jason Flom–who joined EMI as chairman/CEO of Virgin in November 2005–being named chairman/CEO of the new organization. Capital president/CEO Andrew Slater is stepping down after six years at his post. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Korn and Amy Lee Unplugged

January 26th, 2007

Korn and Amy Lee performing “Freak On A Leash” unplugged will air March 2nd on MTV. The album, Freak On A Leash hits stores March 6th.

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By Matthew Kiel Posted in News