Archive for March, 2008

12 More Years of U2, Guaranteed

March 31st, 2008

U2 have have signed a 12-year contract with Live Nation, giving them rights to handle the band’s future merchandising, digital, and branding rights, and touring management.

They do not recieve the band’s recording contract, and instead U2 will continue recording for longtime label Universal Music Group. Financial agreements were not disclosed. Read more…

By Sandra Friedman Posted in News

Joan Jett All The Way

March 31st, 2008

Joan Jett and her label Blackheart Records, which she started herself, will release a Greatest Hits CD/DVD in August.

Jett’s label also manages such bands as The Vacancies , The Eyeliners, and Big Daddy Kane. Read more…

By Sandra Friedman Posted in News

Chess Records: The Movie

March 31st, 2008

A new film in the works will chronicles the rise of legendary Chicago-based record label Chess Records.

Rapper/actor Mos Def will play legendary rock ’n’ roller Chuck Berry, while Beyonce is starring as Etta James in the film. Read more…

By Sandra Friedman Posted in News

M.I.A. – Kala

March 30th, 2008

Sophomore Minx

A microcosm of M.I.A.’s progression from multi-kulti diva to full-on social critic with a backbeat can be found in the unspoken contrast between particular tracks on her debut Arular and her recent follow-up, Kala. Back in 2005, she proved that she could play the hip-hop game at the same level as American boys, hiding pointed criticisms in coy wording: “What can I get for 10 dollar? / Anything you want” was this Sri Lankan girl’s devastating deal. Two years later, her stakes are far higher than just a doubled price: “Do you know that cost of AKs / Up in Africa? / $20 ain’t shit to you / But that’s how much they are.” Read more…

By Adam Blyweiss Posted in Reviews

Grizzly Bear – Friend EP

March 29th, 2008

Revitalizing the Past With the Possibility of An Ambitious Future

Grizzly Bear are officially on a streak after their debut, Horn of Plenty, which made people stand up and take notice and their beautiful masterpiece of a follow up, Yellow House. With this in mind, one could easily be a bit skeptical upon a scanning the track list of their latest EP, Friend. At first glance it appears to be smattering of previously released tracks and covers from indie darlings and up-and-comers. Only slight exploration is needed to disprove this inference. The final Verdict? The streak continues. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in Reviews

The Allman Bros. Cancel Some Shows

March 28th, 2008

Due to Greg Allman’s need to recover from treatment for Hepatitis C, the Allman Brothers have cancelled a string of shows: shows in New York and Florida have been cancelled. They are still on the bill for Bonnaroo (6/14), Mansfield, MA, (Tweeter Center, 8/16), and Philadelphia, PA / Camden, NJ (Susquehanna Bank Center, 8/23). Read more…

By Zachary Preston Posted in News

The Melvins’ Nude With Boots

March 28th, 2008

The Melvins will release Nude With Boots on July 8 via Ipecac Recordings. This album, which is the follow-up to 2006’s (A) Senile Animal, features the same line-up as the previous outing (Buzz, Dale as well as Jared & Coady from Big Business). The eleven track effort was recorded in January 2008. Tour dates are pending. Read more…

By Zachary Preston Posted in News

Nine Inch Nails Summer Tour Dates

March 28th, 2008

Nine Inch Nails have announced tour dates that span the US and Canada this summer. The shows start in the Northwest, loop to the East Coast, and wind up on the West Coast.

Tour dates (so far):

7/25 – Pemberton, BC – Pemberton Festival
7/26 – Seattle, WA – Key Arena at Seattle Center
7/28 – Edmonton, ALB – Rexall Place
7/29 – Calgary, ALB – Pengrowth Saddledome
7/31 – Winnipeg, MAN – MTS Centre
8/2 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
8/5 – Toronto, ONT – Air Canada Centre
8/7 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
8/8 – Worcester, MA – DCU Center
8/12 – Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Civic Coliseum
8/13 – Duluth, GA – Gwinnett Arena
8/15 – Oklahoma, City OK – Ford Center
8/16 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
8/18 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
8/20 – Saint Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
8/22 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
8/23 – Auburn Hills, MI – Palace of Auburn Hills
8/27 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
8/29 – Philadelphia, PA – Wachovia Center
8/31 – Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
9/2 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater
9/3 – Salt Lake City, UT – The E Center Of West Valley
9/5 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena (formerly Oakland Arena)
9/6 – Inglewood, CA – The Forum
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By Zachary Preston Posted in News

Scars on Broadway Deliver First Taste

March 28th, 2008

System of A Down duo Daron Malakian and John Dolmayan have delivered their first piece of material as Scars on Broadway. Following a countdown on their website which ended at 3pm PST, the song “They Say” was unleashed on the world. To the possible dismay of an anxious public, no album release or tour details arrived along with “They Say.” However, attendees of the forthcoming Coachella will have a hint of what’s in store when Scars on Broadway storm the stage on April 26 in Indio, CA. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts I-IV

March 27th, 2008

No You Can’t Take That Away From Me

What does a record label mean to the career of a musician? Do CDs represent the past, present and future economic model for the music industry? What is the value of distribution and promotion? Trent Reznor, making another bold step in line with Radiohead’s name-your-own-price approach of In Rainbows last year, loudly raises each of these questions by releasing his now label-free band Nine Inch Nails’ new album Ghosts I-IV only through online means. Ranging in price from free to $300, fans could choose from five formats offering progressively better assets, from a sampling of the album all the way to DRM-free MP3s of each song, two CDs, a DVD with every song in multitrack format, four vinyl LPs of the material and a high-definition Blu-ray disc. A distribution tactic sans marketing or publicity and yet somehow still epic in proportions, the music of Ghosts I-IV is just as epic.
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By Raymond Flotat Posted in Reviews ,