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Kelly Clarkson – My December

January 31st, 2008


Diva-licious

Kelly Clarkson’s third album My December will be best known as an act of defiance. Clarkson dumped her manager and famously stood up to legendary BMG Music chairman Clive Davis (who didn’t like her angry girl act) but she also made a rock album that’s unapologetically rough around the edges. She’s popular with younger girls so it took guts to go this route and she does so with gusto. The album is a testament to her earnestness as an artist who’s come into her own. Read more…

By Jacquie Frisco Posted in Reviews

My Bloody Valentine Headlining Roskilde

January 31st, 2008

Shoegazer legends My Bloody Valentine have been unveiled as the headliners of the 2008 installment of the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. They join Radiohead and The Chemical Brothers at the top of a bill also containing the likes of Holy Fuck and Yeasayer. The festival will take place from July 3-6. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

The Supergrass Hoo Ha

January 31st, 2008

Following up Road to Rouen from 2005, Supergrass will release their sixth album, Diamond Hoo Ha via Parlophone on March 24 in the UK and via Astralwerks on April 15 in the US. The first single, “Bad Blood” will be released earlier that month.

So far, the band only have 4 gigs lined up in support:

March 11 – Edinburgh
March 12 – Liverpool
March 13 – Cambridge
March 14 – London

The tracklist for Diamond Hoo Ha looks like this:

Diamond Hoo Ha Man
Bad Blood
Rebel in You
When I Needed You
345
The Return of Inspiration
Rough Knuckles
Ghost of a Friend
Whiskey & Green Tea
Outside
Butterfly Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Return of the Gnarls

January 31st, 2008

The dynamic duo of Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo Green, also known as Gnarls Barkley, are ever so close to wrapping up their follow-up to the wildly successful St. Elsewhere from 2006. Once again taking inspiration from TV shows of the past, the album will be titled The Odd Couple and see release in April.

Refusing to slow down, Danger Mouse will also have his hands in several cookie jars, including albums from The Black Keys, Martina Topley-Bird and the shortwave set. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

New Billy Bragg

January 31st, 2008

Billy Bragg will release his first album under his own name in six years on April 22. Titled Mr. Love and Justice, it will be released on Epitaph’s Anti-imprint and will feature appearances from Ian McLagan (The Faces) and Robert Wyatt. Love and Justice follows up Bragg’s final Elektra album, England, Half English from 2002. For those who fancy Bragg live, he’ll unveil this new material at SXSW.

Here’s the tracklist:

I Keep Faith
I Almost Killed You
M for Me
The Beach Is Free
Sing Their Souls Back Home
You Make Me Brave
Something Happened
Mr. Love & Justice
If You Ever Leave
O Freedom
The Johnny Carcinogenic Show
Farm Boy Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Anti-Flag Unveil U.S. Tour Dates

January 30th, 2008

Political punk iconoclasts Anti-Flag have announced the dates for a spring tour in support of their upcoming album The Bright Lights of America. The tour will commence on March 28 in Ohio and run through May 4 in New Jersey at Bamboozle Right. A presale for tickets to all dates will take place on January 31 through Ticketmaster. Bright Lights will be released on April 1.

Dates and Venues as Follows:

March 28 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
March 29 Sauget, IL Pop’s Nightclub
March 30 Kansas City, MO Beaumoont
March 31 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
April 1 Austin, TX Emo’s
April 3 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
April 4 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
April 5 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
April 6 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Bamboozle Left
April 7 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
April 9 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
April 10 Seattle, WA The Showbox
April 12 Salt Lake City, UT In the Venue
April 13 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
April 15 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
April 16 Milwaukee, WI The Rave II
April 17 Chicago, IL Metro
April 18 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre
April 19 Cheswick, PA Club Gravity @ Ches-Arena
April 20 Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre
April 23 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
April 24 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
April 25 St Petersburg, FL State Theatre
April 26 Ft Lauderdale, FL Revolution
April 27 Jacksonville, FL Fuel Coffeehouse
April 29 Richmond, VA The National
April 30 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
May 1 Farmingdale, NY The Crazy Donkey
May 2 Worcester, MA The Palladium
May 3 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
May 4 East Rutherford, NJ Meadowlands Sports Complex, Bamboozle Right

Read more…

By Robert Huff Posted in News

Albert Hammond Jr. – Yours to Keep

January 30th, 2008


Childlike Spirit for Adults

Straying from the sounds of both his Gibraltarian-musician father and garage-rock band The Strokes, Albert Hammond, Jr. creates his own romantic indie-pop sound on his solo debut, Yours to Keep. Hammond penned his debut himself, and songs feature contributions from Sean Lennon, Ben Kweller, Fountains of Wayne’s Jody Porter, The Mooney Suzuki’s Sammy James, Jr. and Strokes lead singer Julian Casablancas. Read more…

By Sandra Friedman Posted in Reviews

Gavin DeGraw Announces Sophmore Release

January 29th, 2008

Singer/songwriter and native New Yorker Gavin DeGraw will be releasing his self-titled record on April 15th through J Records. The album will follow up 2003’s Chariot and feature the single “In Love With a Girl”.

DeGraw will also being making the following stops supporting the album this Winter:

2/26 – Gainesville, Fla. -Common Grounds
2/27 – Atlanta – Roxy Theatre
2/29 – Washington, D.C. -9:30 Club
3/1 – Boston – Paradise Rock Club
3/2 – Philadelphia (TLA)
3/4: New York – Bowery Ballroom
3/6 – Chicago – Lakeshore Theatre
3/7- Minneapolis – Fine Line
3/10 – San Francisco – the Independent
3/11 – Los Angeles – Knitting Factory Read more…

By Daniel Kidd Posted in News

Norah Jones Announces A Year Of Rest

January 29th, 2008

Norah Jones has announced that after a year full of touring following the release of her Not Too Late record (released January 07), she is going to be taking this year off. The singer overexerted herself touring and making her acting debut and plans to spend 2008 on hiatus recovering. Read more…

By Daniel Kidd Posted in News

U2 Asks ISPs To Fight Against Piracy

January 29th, 2008

U2’s long standing manager, Paul McGuiness spoke directly to Internet service providers in a speach at the MIDEM music conference in Cannes yesterday (the 28th). He argues that it is their job to cut piracy out by disconnecting constant abusers. Read more…

By Daniel Kidd Posted in News