Larry Fitzmaurice

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    The Gossip Get Romantic on June Release

    It took the Gossip nearly a decade to bust out of relative obscurity with their 2005 album, Standing in the Way of Control, and now they've finally announced details for their next studio effort! The band will release their Rick Rubin-produced album, Music for Men, in the U.S. and U.K. June 22 as a digital download. A physical copy of the record will arrive stateside this coming October, a spokesperson tells The album's first single, "Heavy Cross," is out June 15. "There's a shitload of love songs in there," frontwoman Beth Ditto told about the new record, which the band -- also featuring guitarist Brace Paine and drummer Hannah Blilie -- recorded at Malibu's Shangri La studio. "Writing down the tracklisting, we had about 14 songs and seven had the word 'love' in the title. I had no idea I was so romantic."

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    First Look: Silversun Pickups New Video

    Sometimes, all you need for a great music video are some psychedelic visuals, performance footage, and a killer tune. Case in point: "Panic Switch" from buzzed-about Los Angeles indie rockers Silversun Pickups. Quick shots of the four members in various states of motion flash on the screen, intercut with clips of the band performing the tune, which is on their sophomore effort, Swoon (out April 14).The approach is simple, yet effective -- and the song's pretty awesome, too, right down to its loud but melodic guitars and dreamy chorus about paranoia. Check out the clip below. Then sound off in the comments section. Watch: Silversun Pickups, "Panic Switch"

  • 090403-neil-young.jpg Premiere: Neil Young's Road Trip

    The last time we checked in with Neil Young, he was riding in the back of a limousine in his Wall Street-bashing video for "Cough Up the Bucks." In this clip for "When World Collide," also from his new album Fork in the Road (out April 7), Young moves to the driver's seat -- and you know what that means: ROAD TRIP!The grainy, lo-fi video shows Young hitting the highway in his 1959 Lincoln, which runs on biodiesel and is a plug-in hybrid. As he drives, he sings the tune's alternative fuel-concious lyrics: "Running low off the people's fuel / Riding in something that's really cool / On the proud highway."Check out the video below. Then fill 'er up in the comments section.WATCH: Neil Young, "When Worlds Collide"

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    Conor Oberst, Spoon to Play Merge's 20th Anniversary Fest

    Superchunk members Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance's North Carolina label Merge Records is celebrating 20 years of kicking out the jams with a five-day bash in their home state -- and they've invited some of their best artists to join the party, including Spoon, M. Ward, and Conor Oberst. The party, dubbed XX Merge, will take place July 22-25 at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC -- and will end July 26 with a finale at Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill, NC. It will also feature performances from Superchunk, the Rosebuds, Guv'ner, Polvo, Pipe, the Broken West, and Destroyer. More artists -- both "expected" and "unexpected," according to a statement -- will be added to the bill in the coming weeks. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 8, at 10 A.M. EST on the Cat's Cradle and Merge Records' websites.

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    Free Download: Jimmy Eat World

    Any doubts about the landmark status of Jimmy Eat World's 1999 album Clarity were erased earlier this year: The band sold out a ten-date U.S. tour to celebrate Clarity's 10th anniversary, playing the entire album each night. They're continuing the festivities with next week's release of Clarity Live, recorded during their March 7 tour-closing hometown gig in Mesa, Arizona. Download "A Sunday" from the live album below! On the song, the band recreate the chiming guitars and uplifting vocal melody of the original album version, while the audience sings along loud and clear to its lyrics of regret: "I have to change the course I send myself / Gotta live with that / With that." Check out the track below. Then let us know what you think in the comment section. LISTEN: Jimmy Eat World, "A Sunday" Live(DOWNLOAD MP3)

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    Listen to Neil Young's New Album!

    Next Tuesday, April 7, Neil Young will release his 33rd (that's right, 33rd) solo record, Fork in the Road -- but you can listen to the album in its entirety right now! Visit Young's MySpace page to preview Fork, which is inspired by the rocker's passion for eco-friendly cars and alternative energy sources. Need more Neil? Check out the music video for bluesy Fork track "Cough Up the Bucks," which shows Young as a business man rolling in a limousine, singing the song's title phrase into a cell phone while reading the Wall Street Journal. Yes, we know April Fool's Day was yesterday, but we're not making this up. See for yourself below.

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    New Song: David Byrne Parties with Brazilian Girls

    Sometimes the best way to respond to a record label's demands is to act creatively -- and that's exactly what NYC dance-poppers Brazilian Girls did when their label requested an English-language version of "I'm Losing Myself," from their 2008 record, New York City.Instead of merely going through the motions and re-recording the tune, they got former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne to contribute new vocals. "We immediately resisted the suggestion [from the label]," Brazilian Girls frontwoman Sabina Sciubba tells "Then we thought of David with unadulterated enthusiasm. Besides being fans of his, we felt we were very compatible musically and the song was perfect for him. We sent him the files and he recorded between tours.

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    Soundgarden, Minus Cornell, Play Live in Seattle

    Three-fourths of Seattle's Soundgarden reunited Tuesday night in their hometown, but without singer Chris Cornell, who is about to begin touring for his Timbaland-produced solo album, Scream.

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    New Song: Bat for Lashes, Live!

    On Natasha Khan's second record as Bat for Lashes, Two Suns (out April 7), the British art-pop singer/songwriter weaves a studio-spun tapestry of Kate Bush-esque melodies and hypnotic instrumental loops -- but how does it sound live?Find out for yourself by listening to a concert version of Two Suns opener "Glass" below. The track was recorded during Bat for Lashes'opening set for Radiohead in June 2008 at Nimes, France -- and it captures the album version's essence perfectly, down to the pounding drums and Khan's otherworldly vocals. And the "Mexican wave" that Khan mentions before she launches into the song?That's British slang for "the wave" -- you know, that thing you do at sporting events when you're bored? Stream the song below. Then talk about "the wave" (or whatever else you want) in the comments section. LISTEN: Bat For Lashes, "Glass"

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    Public Enemy and More Acts Added to Bonnaroo Lineup

    More performers have been added to the lineup for this June's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Hip-hop vanguards Public Enemy and West African duo Amadou & Mariam have joined the roster, along with indie rock up-and-comers White Rabbits and Passion Pit, underground rapper Murs, and roots-rocker Ani DiFranco. The lineup for Bonnaroo's comedy venue tilts toward late-night television, including a Jimmy Fallon-hosted variety show, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Aziz Anzari, and a special live Daily Show segment featuring John Oliver and Rob Riggle. The announcement contributes to Bonnaroo's already jam-packed lineup, which includes Bruce Springsteen, Phish, the Beastie Boys, Wilco, and Nine Inch Nails.

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