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Lou Reed Will Christen New Venue in New York

March 31st, 2007

Velvet Underground legend Lou Reed will be the first act to perform at the HighLine Ballroom, a new Manhattan concert venue located in the Meatpacking District.

Named after an old West end elevated railway, the Ballroom seats up to 700 people and is scheduled to open its doors on April 30th. It will also host performances from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Mos Def, and Talib Kweli in the months to come.

As for the Reed performance, a limited number of tickets will be sold to the public. Portions of each ticket sold will go to the “Friends of the High Line” charity, dedicated to preserving the High Line rail structure.

More information can be found at www.highlineballroom.com.

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By Robert Huff Posted in News

Jarvis Cocker Invites Local Acts to Open Tour

March 31st, 2007

Jarvis Cocker, the former frontman of Pulp, has issued a personal invitation for local bands to support him on his upcoming tour of North America.

In his blog, he writes “We are playing in North America soon & need support bands for New York (2 shows), San Francisco, Seattle & Vancouver – do you think you could help?”

Cocker has asked to be contacted by any interested bands directly and will handpick opening acts for each of his six Stateside shows.

Jarvis’s self-titled debut album will be released in America on April 3rd.

He will perform in the following cities:

April 22-23 New York, NY Webster Hall
April 27 Indio, CA Coachella Festival
April 28 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
April 30 Seattle, WA Showbox
May 1 Vancouver, BC Commodore

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By Robert Huff Posted in News

Glastonbury Tickets Sale And Line-up

March 31st, 2007

Tickets go on sale April 1st for the giant Glastonbury Festival in the UK running from June 22nd through the 24th, 2007.

The Pyramid Stage Headliners will be Arctic Monkeys, The Killers and The Who. A preliminary list of the bands who will be at the festival has been compiled from various sources. The official line-up will be announced by organizers in early June.

The Glastonbury line-up so far (in alphabetical order) is:

Adjagas
Amy Winehouse
Annuals
Arcade Fire
Arctic Monkeys
Babyshambles
Beirut
Billy Bragg
Bjork
Bloc Party
Bright Eyes
Chas N Dave
Chemical Brothers
Chumbawamba
Corinne Bailey Rae
Credence Clearwater Revival (John Fogerty)
CSS
Cud
Damian Marley
Damien Rice
Dirty Pretty Things
Dr Meaker
Editors
Enter Shirkari
Fatboy Slim
Feluka
Fionn Regan
Ghost Cat
Glastonbury Town Band
Hot Chip
Jamie T
Joss Stone
Kasabian
Kaiser Chiefs
Klaxons
Kubichek!
Larrikin Love
Lily Allen
Liz Green
Madness
Manic Street Preachers
Mark Lanegan
Mika
Paul Weller
Pete Doherty (solo)
Seth Lakeman
Shirley Bassey
Smokey Robinson
Steve Earle
Super Furry Animals
The Earlies
The Epstein
The Good, The Bad And The Queen
The Grim Northern Social
The Fratellis
The Killers
The Kooks
The New Pornographers
The Rakes
The Rumble Strips
The Stooges
The Twang
The View
The Waterboys
The Who
The Wurzels
The Young Knives
Three Daft Monkeys
Tunng
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By Zachary Preston Posted in News

Sinead O’Connor’s New Theology Album Details

March 30th, 2007

Sinead O’Connor has revealed the details of her forthcoming album Theology. The double-disc will be released on June 26th in the US. It includes eight original songs and a few covers.

Theology is an attempt to create a place of peace in a time of war,” said O’Connor.

The first disc, recorded in Dublin, is titled the “Dublin Sessions” and features an acoustic treatment of the songs produced by Irish musician Steve Cooney who is known for his work with The Chieftains.

The second disc, recorded in London, is titled the “London Sessions” and was produced by Ron Tom. Its approach features a full band including drums, bass, guitar, piano, harp, violins, celli, French horn, flute, backing vocals and percussion. Reggae bass legend Robbie Shakespeare makes an appearance.

The Theology tracklisting is:

Disc 1- Dublin Sessions

“Something Beautiful”
“We People Who Are Darker Than Blue”
“Out Of The Depths”
“Dark I Am Yet Lovely”
“If You Had A Vineyard”
“Watcher Of Men”
“33″
“The Glory Of Jah”
“Whomsoever Dwells”
“Rivers Of Babylon”
“Hosanna Filio David”

Disc 2 – London Sessions

“Something Beautiful”
“We People Who Are Darker Than Blue”
“Out Of The Depths”
“33″
“Dark I Am Yet Lovely”
“I Don’t Know How To Love Him”
“If You Had A Vineyard”
“The Glory Of Jah”
“Watcher Of Men”
“Whomsoever Dwells”
“Rivers Of Babylon”
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By Zachary Preston Posted in News

R.E.M. To Reveal New Tunes At Dublin Shows

March 30th, 2007

R.E.M. will unveil songs aimed for their 14th studio album during a five-night run of live dates in Dublin this summer. The shows are set for June 30th, July 1st and July 3rd through the 5th at the Olympia Theatre. It has been over a decade since the band has played new songs live before they appeared on an album.

Released digitally earlier this month, R.E.M.’s new single, a cover of John Lennon’s “#9 Dream,” was the lead track from the Darfur benefit album Instant Karma. The track features original drummer Bill Berry for the first time since he retired from the band in 1997. Read more…

By Zachary Preston Posted in News

Flaming Lips Raise The Curtain On Yoshimi

March 30th, 2007

The Flaming Lips are headed for Broadway with a musical based on its 2002 album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. The project is in its early stages, but Des McAnuff of Jersey Boys, 700 Sundays and Urinetown fame will direct and Aaron Sorkin of The West Wing and Sports Night notoriety will write the play. Read more…

By Zachary Preston Posted in News

Gary Numan Gets Peeled

March 29th, 2007

Gary Numan will release an album culling material from three sessions recorded for the late, great John Peel. The May 7th release will include the likes of “Me! I Disconnect From You,” “Cars,” “I Nearly Married A Human,” “Films” and more. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Radiohead Going Starbucks?

March 29th, 2007

Rumors have surfaced about talks between Radiohead and Hear Music, the Starbucks-owned record label. With Sir Paul McCartney already in tow and sightings of label reps at the studio where Thom Yorke and company were recording their highly anticipated seventh album, it’s apparent that Hear Music may want to add the Oxford-based band to its roster. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

JT Extends FutureSex Tour

March 29th, 2007

Nearing the close of the first leg of his tour, Justin Timberlake has revealed dates extending the FutureSex/Lovesounds-supporting tour into September.

The extended dates are as follows:

Aug. 6: Memphis, Tenn. (FedExForum)
Aug. 7: Atlanta (Gwinnett Center)

Aug. 10: Boston (TD Banknorth Garden)
Aug. 13: East Rutherford, N.J. (Continental Airlines Arena)
Aug. 15: New York (Madison Square Garden)
Aug. 18: Montreal (Bell Centre)
Aug. 20: Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
Aug. 25: Winnipeg (MTS Centre)
Sept. 1: Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay)
Sept. 5: Vancouver (GM Place)
Sept. 7: Portland, Ore. (Rose Garden)
Sept. 8: Tacoma, Wash. (Tacoma Dome)
Sept. 10: Sacramento, Calif. (ARCO Arena)
Sept. 12: San Jose, Calif. (HP Pavilion)
Sept. 16: Los Angeles (Staples Center)
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By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank at No. 1

March 29th, 2007

Isaac Brock and his Modest Mouse compatriots have notched their first chart-topping album with their latest effort, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. Selling 129,000 copies in its first week, it doubled the group’s previous best 7-day sales stretch. Good News for People Who Love Bad News held the mark with 68,000 copies. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News