• Luke Temple

    Luke Temple could be the latest in a line of Jeff Buckley interpreters. He sustains the same pretty-yet-despondent tenor, and touches on the same subject matter: abandoned lovers, cruel acts of God, unrequited longing. With his sweet voice and acoustic flair, Temple will have to fend off the comparisons to the current canon of suicidal singer-songwriters (Buckley, Elliot Smith, Nick Drake). But Hold A Match For A Gasoline World has moments of pure giddiness that keep it from being fully mired in the doldrums. The first song off the album, "Someone Somewhere," has the upbeat feeling of Norwegian heartthrob Sondre Lerche's "Two Way Monologue." This spring Temple is releasing his first full-length album, Hold A Match For A Gasoline World . Temple was not always just a musician; he started as a visual artist, and once earned his keep as a candy salesman.

  • Death Cab For Cutie To Perform Live on the OC Tonight; Click To Win a Signed DCFC Poster!

    Many OC fans have an unhealthy obsession with cutie Seth Cohen (Adam Brody), the indie-rock geek with the excellent comic book collection. Well Seth's dreams are coming true on this week's OC, and so can yours. The fictional character's favorite band, Death Cab for Cutie, is going to perform some of the tracks off of their most recent album, Transatlanticism, on the show tonight (April 21). An OC website is offering an opportunity to win a signed Transatlanticism poster--to enter, click here!

  • Summer Festival Update

    This summer brings warm beer in plastic cups, long lines for port-a-pottys and the omnipresent music festival circuit. Stateside, saddle up for Lollapalooza's resurgence. However, the iconic alt-rock fest is no longer a traveling circus--it's only one weekend in Chicago this July 23rd-24th. Lollapalooza promises 70 bands on five stages in Chicago's sprawling Grant Park. For the hippie in you, Manchester, Tennessee's Bonnaroo Festival offers the Dave Matthews Band and ex-Phish guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio headlining on June 10th-12th. Across the pond, the UK offers an amazing two-day extravaganza of indie rock with the Carling Weekend, featuring Hot Hot Heat, Bloc Party, the Pixies, Iron Maiden, and the Foo Fighters. The action takes place in both Reading and Leeds August 26th-28th.

  • Miss Beck?

    If so, click here for an exclusive review of Beck's "secret" show at Hiro Ballroom, NYC...

  • Posthumous Party: Joe Strummer and ODB See New Light

    This spring will see albums from two sorely missed artists from opposite ends of the musical spectrum. Joe Strummer, the former Clash frontman, and ODB, the Wu Tang's most notorious member, will both be releasing previously unheard material. The Strummer release is an album from a pre-Clash band that he led in the mid-'70s called the 101ers. Old Dirty Bastard was working on A Son Unique when he died of a drug overdose last year. The album will be released on June 21st amidst Dirty's post-mortem baby mama drama: According to Billboard.com, ODB's widow and mother of three of his children, Icelene Jones, intends to sue ODB's mother and his former manager for any bling Dirt McGirt might've left behind.

  • Love As Laughter

    After years spent on indie-rock circuit, kicking out garage rock gems with the best of them, Love as Laughter have released a slightly quieter record that still shimmers with all the lo-fi intensity of their early releases (think Built to Spill frontman Doug Martsch's country-fied solo records meets early White Stripes). The bluesy, acoustic-guitar-filled Laughter's Fifth has this formerly west coast band having some truly New York-style adventures. Lead singer Sam Jayne, accompanied by Brandon Angle on bass and Zeke Howard on drums, relocated from the muddy banks of Seattle to the gritty shores of the Empire State in 2004.

  • Beck at Hiro Ballroom, NYC

    Friday, April 15th, 2005 Hiro Ballroom at the Maritime Hotel New York, NY "Kidney for a Beck ticket! "BECK TIX NEEDED will do anything MFM" "Beck Ticket @ Hiro Ballroom, Am Muslim, will eat Pork for ticket" Beck's one-off concert at New York's Hiro Ballroom on Friday night was his first in Manhattan in more than two years, and if the desperate pleas on Craigslist were anything to go by, anticipation was running high. What was initially meant to be an exclusive show for fan club members became a poorly kept secret that ended up frying Ticketweb's computers last Thursday afternoon.

  • Nine Inch Nails Remixed

    One of the most innovative mash-ups in recent memory is 50 Cent's anthemic "In Da Club," layered over Nine Inch Nails' heart-thumping "Closer." To allow for future mash-ups and quality remixes, Trent Reznor is releasing the single "The Hand That Feeds," from the yet-to-be-released album With Teeth, in a format that can be readily altered on the Apple program GarageBand 2. According to MTV.com, Reznor says, "I've now heard a country version of the track as well as an abstract Latin interpretation. I'm interested to see what comes of it, what issues are raised and what the results are." With Teeth is slated for standard release on May 3rd.

  • Dinosaur Jr. Put Together Again

    It seems that the epic indie-rock battles of the early '90s have been quelled, if not entirely resolved: Taking a cue from the recently reunited Pixies, J. Mascis and Lou Barlow are now sharing the proverbial olive branch. Dinosaur Jr. is getting back together for a tour this spring to support the reissues of late '80s classics like You're Living All Over Me and Bug. Dinosaur Jr. will be playing several festival dates including Lollapalooza and Japan's Fugi Rock Festival. The tour kicks off June 8th in London.

  • Mary Timony

    Hometown: Washington, D.C. Discography: 2000, Mountains (Matador) 2002, The Golden Dove (Matador) 2005, Ex Hex (Lookout!) After a spell in airy-fairy land with the ethereal Mountains and The Golden Dove, Mary Timony is returning to her Dischord-ant D.C. roots with an album more girl-punk than Ren-fair. Timony started out her career on Dischord with the seminal girl punk band Autoclave. The band dissolved in 1992, and Timony moved to Boston to attend Boston University, where she joined the second coming of the band for which she is best known: Helium. The band released three albums on Matador in the mid '90s to much critical acclaim. After Helium disbanded, Timony went solo, occasionally participating in collaborations with Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney fame. On songs like Ex Hex's "Silence," Timony sounds like a world-weary Lou Reed lamenting an uncommunicative lover.

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