The Flaming Lips have made the most out of the year so far, playing plenty of shows and releasing their Record Store Day-exclusive album, ‘The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends.’ Now the band reveals that it’s putting the finishing touches on a new studio album that may be released in late 2012.
Punk trio Green Day have been a bit on the serious side since their resurgence in 2004 for the rock opera album ‘American Idiot.’ That trend continued with their last studio release, 2009′s ’21st Century Breakdown.’ However, the band plans to go back to their less serious side with a trilogy of albums, appropriately named ‘¡Uno!,’ ‘¡Dos!’ and ‘¡Tré!’ Singer Billie Joe Armstrong says Green Day are going for more of a straight up rock record. They recently unleashed a sneak peek at the trilogy’s first album, and now they’ve released a trailer for ‘¡Dos!’ as well.
The Black Keys are about to make another appearance on the small screen soon, as the duo will guest star on the Comedy Central hit ‘Workaholics.’ The episode will air on June 19, and according to star Adam DeVine, the Akron, Ohio natives are comedy naturals.
It’s been four years since the Killers released their last album, 2008′s ‘Day and Age.’ The Las Vegas foursome took a year-long hiatus in 2010 and reconvened last year. Since then, the band has been working on its new album, ‘Battle Born,’ and frontman Brandon Flowers recently revealed he even took singing lessons to help prepare himself to record the new disc.
The Smashing Pumpkins broke new ground when they released their double-disc, epic ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’ back in 1995. Now, Pumpkins mastermind Billy Corgan claims that a deluxe edition of ‘Mellon Collie’ could contain material from up to 75 unreleased tracks.
After announcing plans to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most shows played in 24 hours, the Flaming Lips have outlined their master schedule for the big day. The band will perform eight different shows in eight different cities with various support acts.
While it may not be a full-fledged partnership like Metallica and Lou Reed‘s ‘Lulu’ record, the Killers will borrow an element from the former Velvet Underground singer. The Las Vegas dance rockers will sample the bass line from Reed’s psychedelic hit ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ on their upcoming album.
Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins will portray punk legend Iggy Pop in the upcoming film based on the legendary New York club CBGB. Actors have also been cast to play Patti Smith, Dee Dee Ramone and Richard Hell.
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