Weezer have announced a smattering of North American dates that will keep them on the road as late as Nov. 10-11 in Orlando, Fla. The geek-rock veterans, whose latest album was 2010′s ‘Death to False Metal,’ start out the trek on July 13 in Buffalo, N.Y., with a handful of July dates and another handful of October and November dates buttressing their Sept. 15 appearance at the Charm City Music Festival in Baltimore, Md.
Dave Matthews Band‘s history with producer Steve Lillywhite has certainly been a mixed bag, but that didn’t stop them from recruiting him to helm sessions for their latest album, ‘Away From the World,’ which drops on Sept. 11. Lillywhite previously worked with DMB on their first three discs — ‘Under the Table and Dreaming,’ ‘Crash’ and ‘Before These Crowded Streets,’ which also happen to be by far their three most successful — before firing him during sessions for their fourth, ‘Everyday.’
Billy Corgan has a lot of trash to talk as he does the promotional rounds for Smashing Pumpkins‘ new ‘Oceania’ album — from his “piss on f—in’ Radiohead” comment to his total dissing of his former bandmates — and his latest target is a big one. Speaking to Fuse, the singer pretty much bashed all bands of the grunge generation, calling them out for not living up to the ideals they supposedly set back in the roaring ’90s.
Twenty-five years in to one of the most successful careers in modern rock, Green Day have announced plans for perhaps their most ambitious project yet: a trilogy of albums titled ‘Uno!,’ ‘Dos!’ and ‘Tre!’ that are due to drop one at a time between September of this year and January of next year.
Cracker frontman David Lowery frequently writes about the music industry for the blog the Trichordist, and his latest article is garnering some real interest. It takes on a recent post by an NPR intern named Emily White who says that she has purchased a grand total of 15 CDs in her life — despite having more than 11,000 songs on her iTunes library. Lowery’s response looks at the economic equation of such actions through the lens of a musician, and in doing so he brings up some very good points.
Green Day reportedly have been forced to cancel plans for a free outdoor concert that was to be held somewhere in Burbank, Calif., on Friday (June 22) after city officials there denied the necessary permits due to concerns over crowd control.
The Smashing Pumpkins rolled into New York’s intimate iHeartRadio theatre on Tuesday night (June 19) for a concert celebrating that day’s release of their new ‘Oceania’ album looking relaxed, refreshed and ready to rock. And that’s exactly what they did right off the bat, opening with a cover of the KISS classic ‘Black Diamond,’ complete with Pumpkins drummer Mike Byrne handling Peter Criss’ vocal part.
Green Day are over the punk opera thing after their last two albums, ‘American Idiot’ and ’21st Century Breakdown,’ went down that path. But they also decided to skip the whole return-to-roots approach on their upcoming three-album frenzy known as ‘Uno!,’ ‘Dos!’ and ‘Tre!’
Happy birthday to Brandon Flowers of the Killers, who turns 31 today. We’re not sure how Flowers plans to celebrate his big day — which he’ll have a little extra time to do, as today is the longest day of the year — but one way we are marking the day is by getting to the bottom of the age-old question: which is the most killer of Killers tracks.
Who knew the front cover art of an album that’s nearly 20 years old could cause such a controversy? The Smashing Pumpkins made their mark on the alternative nation with 1993′s ‘Siamese Dream,’ and in addition to hits like ‘Today’ and ‘Cherub Rock,’ the album featured quite memorable cover art: two adorable little girls with cherub-like faces who looked enough alike to be considered twins.
U2 singer Bono paid musical tribute to the late mother of guitarist the Edge on Saturday during a funeral service at the Presbyterian Church in Dublin, Ireland. Gwenda Evans was in her late 70s when she passed away last Monday (June 11) at St. Francis Hospice after battling an unspecified illness. It’s not known what Bono performed, but he was spotted leaving the church carrying a guitar case.
The Flaming Lips paid musical tribute to Radiohead and their fallen comrade, 33-year-old drum technician Scott Johnson, who was killed Saturday night when a structure above the band’s stage in Toronto, Canada, collapsed just hours before they were set to perform. During the Lips’ own Saturday night gig (as part of the NXNE festival also in Toronto), frontman Wayne Coyne led his band through a cover version of ‘Knives Out,’ the third single from Radiohead’s 2001 album ‘Amnesiac.’
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