Larry Fitzmaurice

  • New Toadies MP3:

    New Toadies MP3: "No Deliverance"

    Since Toadies frontman Vaden Todd Lewis spilled the beans to SPIN.com on the '90s alt-rock act's much-anticipated new record, No Deliverance (out Aug. 19), their fervent fan base -- including us here at Spin HQ -- have been anxiously awaiting a sneak peek of the long overdue set. Well, wait no more fans, it's finally here; Lay your ears on "No Deliverance," the first album leak heard outside the studio walls. With bluesy bass figures, Lewis' fuzzed-over, creaky voice, and a noisy, guitar-laden shout-along chorus, the tune surely rocks, but don't expect a recreation of the Toadies' 1994 smash, "Possum Kingdom." Here, the band swap the aforementioned hit's tuneful, melodic heights for grinding guitars and driving, hard rock renderings.

  • Watson Twins Plot North American Tour

    Watson Twins Plot North American Tour

    Who? The Watson Twins, a dulcet duo from Los Angeles, CA consisting of identical twin sisters Chandra and Leigh Watson. Known for exhibiting their own brand of harmonized country, as found on 2006's Southern Manners EP, the pair have collaborated with Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis on her own solo record, Rabbit Fur Coat, and are now gearing up for the June 24 release of their debut studio full-length, Fire Songs.What? A 16-date nationwide tour, set to kick off July 9 in Washington, DC before moving up the East Coast and into Canada, with singer/songwriter Tim Fite co-headlining. After a lone date opening up for M. Ward in Milwaukee, the Twins will rejoin with Fite as they move along the northern border of the U.S., ending their sojourn with a homecoming show in L.A. July 29. Should I go? Sure.

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    Bonnaroo '07 Flashback: Spoon

    With Bonnaroo '08 just days from kicking off, we here at SPIN.com are digging out our tents, sunscreen, and die-hard festival 'tudes to hit this year's installment with full force, bringing those at home complete coverage of the festival's awesome lineup. And while we wait to board our trains, planes, and automobiles for the trip down south, highlights from last year's festival are in constant rotation at Spin HQ. Among them, a video interview with Austin, TX-bred indie rockers Spoon. Watch video of our Peter Gaston chatting up Spoon's Britt Daniel and Jim Eno about the festival's dicey weather conditions and "exceptional crowd," posing next to a port-a-john on Spin's May '07 cover shoot, and Mr. Eno's run-in with the local police -- and we're not talking about the festival headliners fronted by Sting.

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    The Police to Play Final Reunion Show in NYC Aug. 7

    You don't have to wear that dress tonight. Instead, save it for Aug. 7, when the Police will play the final show of their large-scale reunion tour at Madison Square Garden. Don't start lining up in front of the Garden just yet, however. Tickets to the show, which will feature seminal Atlanta, GA-born post-punks the B-52s as the opening act, will only be available June 14 through a pledged donation to local public television outlets Thirteen/WNET and WLIW21. Tickets will be rewarded to $750, $500, $350, and $150 donation levels. Check your bank account balance and snatch up those tickets -- it's for a great cause. More on SPIN.com:Guitarist Andy Summers Considers Sixth AlbumReview: Live at Bonnaroo '07 Pumpkins, Police, Kanye Set for Gore's Gala

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    New iPhone Due July 11

    Just moments ago, gadget guru and Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the latest edition of Apple's iPhone, the iPhone 3G, during a lengthy presentation at the 2008 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco -- and version 2.0 is set to arrive with plenty of perks. Among other specifics, the iPhone 3G features a sleeker design, improved audio and battery capabilities, faster load times, and -- most importantly -- lowered prices. An 8 GB model will cost $199 (down from the previous retail price of $399) while a 16 GB model will set you back $299.

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    New Brazilian Girls Album Due Aug. 5

    On Aug. 5 the eclectic, world music-tinged act know as Brazilian Girls will -- despite their south-of-the-border namesake -- return with the band's most appropriately titled record yet: New York City. As the Big Apple-based trio's third full-length to date, the new set -- according to a Pitchfork report -- will feature contributions from Senegalese singer Baaba Maal and jazz percussionist Kenny Wollesen and his Himalayas. The work of "on hiatus" member Jesse Murphy will be absent; the bassist is taking a break to focus on his new project Sounds for Your Hounds, which he unveiled live for SPIN.com at Coachella '08. New York City tracklisting: 1. "St. Petersburg" 2. "Losing Myself"3. "Berlin" 4. "Strangeboy"5. "Ricardo"6. "I Want Out"7. "L'Interprete" 8. "Good Time" 9. "Internacional"10. "Nouveau Americain"11.

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    My Morning Jacket

    What? It's been a long, strange trip for Louisville, KY's My Morning Jacket. For a decade, frontman Jim James and co. have ventured into various sonic frontiers, from reverb-drenched country to reggae. And tomorrow, the quintet -- on the cover of Spin's May issue -- release their latest and most adventurous outing, the acclaimed set Evil Urges, which finds MMJ exploring the depths of Prince-esque funk, ballroom ballads, and -- most importantly -- good ole Southern rock. Who? My Morning Jacket, founded in 1998, now comprises Jim James (guitar/vocals), Tom ("Two-Tone Tommy") Blankenship (bass), Patrick Hallahan (drums), Carl Broemel (guitars), and Bo Koster (keyboards). After releasing two excellent full-lengths, The Tennessee Fire and At Dawn, they were signed to major label offshoot (and Dave Matthews-founded) ATO Records in 2003.

  • Boy George Plots Summer Tour of North America

    Boy George Plots Summer Tour of North America

    Who? Culture Club-fronting, "Karma Chameleon"-singing, not-exactly-law-abiding singer Boy George, who is known as much for his gorgeous voice as he is for his garish style. What? A 25-date tour beginning in Aspen, CO July 10. From there, George will stop into Las Vegas and California, including a two-date residency at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre. Next, the tour skips north of the border for a handful of dates, runs along America's East Coast, and finally concludes with three shows in the Lone Star State. Should I go? Why not? You're bound to hear songs you recognize, as Boy George and Culture Club sold over 100 million singles and 50 million full-length albums in their 1980s heyday.

  • New Team Robespierre MP3:

    New Team Robespierre MP3: "Billz"

    Dance-rock and socio-political messages have been strange bedfellows since Gang of Four's early 1980s heyday, and with Team Robespierre's "Billz," a tune of their just released EP Bad Habit, the unrest continues as the Brooklyn-based quintet offer a logical extension of Andy Gill's capitalist-baiting tendencies. Team Robespierre lift a page out of the Four's playbook by chanting in unison, "There are things that I want / These are things that we need," before finally admitting, "Good times cost too much." The jarring shouts of "Who needs money?" that end the track might motivate you to start a riot; however, the 8-bit synths and steady drum work will keep your body on the dance floor. Now Hear This: "Billz" (DOWNLOAD MP3) More on SPIN.com: Artist of the Day: Team Robespierre Breeders, Liars, Hold Steady for Brooklyn's Pool Parties

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    Bonnaroo '07 Flashback: Dr. Dog

    With Bonnaroo '08 just one week from kicking off, we here at SPIN.com are already digging out our tents, sunscreen, and die-hard festival 'tudes to hit this year's installment with full force, bringing those at home complete coverage of the festival's awesome lineup. And while we wait to board our trains, planes, and automobiles for the trip down south, highlights from last year's festival are in constant rotation at Spin HQ. Among them, a video interview with indie rockers Dr. Dog. Watch video of our Peter Gaston talking with the hirsute Philadelphia-based crew about catching up on live shows, the burgeoning music scene in the City of Brotherly Love, and, uh, taking off your pants. Now Watch This: Dr. Dog interview at Bonnaroo '07 More on SPIN.com:Spin's Complete Bonnaroo '07 Coverage New Dr. Dog Album Due July 22Dr. Dog Debut New Tunes Live to NYC Fans

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