• Young Buck on the Stand

    As a result of the fracas that took place between rapper Young Buck and civilian Jimmy James Johnson at last November's Vibe Awards, Buck stand trial on an assault charge, a California judge ruled. According to the Associated Press, Buck must appear in court today (June 7) for his arraignment. Buck allegedly stabbed Johnson while trying to defend Dr. Dre. The melee started when Johnson reportedly punched Dre in the face because the good Doctor refused to sign an autograph, setting off a short-lived brawl. According to a New York Post report in January, Johnson claimed that Death Row CEO Marion "Suge" Knight paid him $5,000 and forgave some debt in exchange for throwing the punch. If Buck is convicted of the assault, he could spend up to eight years in prison, whereupon he would emerge as middle-aged Buck.

  • Darkness Got a Case of the Yokos?

    In keeping with rock forefathers the Beatles, ousted Darkness bassist Frankie Poullain claims that he was kicked out of the band due to pressure from singer Justin Hawkins and his girlfriend, who is also the band's manager. "At Darkness HQ, where Justin and his partner reside, I have gradually been frozen out over a long period of time," Poullain told NME.com about his dismissal from the band. Poullain says his work remains on the Darkness' follow-up to 2003's blockbuster Permission to Land. "The second album is incredible," Frankie says. "Co-written by Justin, Dan and myself, I'm convinced it is destined to be a huge success." A recent post on the Darkness' official studio diary begs to differ: "The album will not be delayed by bassist Frankie Poullain's departure as he had elected to perform his parts last.

  • Teenage Fanclub Tour Dates!

    In support of their new album, Man-Made, out today, Teenage Fanclub is announcing a slew of U.S. tour dates. The upcoming shows are as follows: 7/18 Carrboro, NC @ Cats Cradle 7/20 Washington DC @ 9:30 Club 7/22 New York NY @ Bowery Ballroom 7/23 New York NY @ Bowery Ballroom 7/25 Toronto, ON @ Mod Theater 7/26 Detroit MI @ St Andrew's 7/27 Chicago IL @ Metro 7/28 Minneapolis MN @ First Ave. 8/2 Vancouver BC @ Richard's on Richards 8/3 Seattle WA @ Neumos 8/5 San Francisco CA @ Bimbo's 8/6 Los Angeles CA @ Knitting Factory 8/7 Los Angeles CA @ Knitting Factory 8/8 Solana Beach/San Diego CA @ Belly Up

  • Demander

    Spunky New York trio Demander will have to beat off Yeah Yeah Yeahs comparisons with a stick, and not just due to geographic proximity. Lead singer Karen Kanan Corr�a is reminiscent in stage presence and timbre of Karen O. Corr�a's a bit less twitchy live, perhaps because she's got a bass slung around her neck. Where the YYYs have the geek-chic of Brian Chase behind the drum set, Demander has Sivan Harlap, a hard rockin' girl. In guitarist Jared Scott, Demander has a solid back up to Corr�a, just as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner compliments Karen O. But Demander manages to pave its own way. The band's songs are fairly straightforward hard rock, and like the Breeders, Demander structures its songs around innovative bass work from Corr�a.

  • Kings of Leon to Tour with Secret Machines

    Two southern bands, Nashville's Kings of Leon and Dallas-born Secret Machines are teaming up to tour this summer. The Kings are fresh off opening for U2, while the Secret Machines will be opening for Oasis this evening in Berlin. According to Billboard.com, the tour kicks off July 15 in Portland and wraps up in the Kings' hometown of Nashville on August 20. The Kings of Leon are touring to support their latest release, Aha Shake Heartbreak, and the Secret Machines are set to release an EP, The Road Leads Where It's Led, on June 7. Tour dates are as follows: July 15: Portland, Ore. (Roseland Theatre) July 16: Seattle (Moore Theatre) July 17: Eugene, Ore.

  • Brazilian Bowie Seu Jorge Going on Tour, Releasing Album

    The dulcet sounds of Seu Jorge, the troubadour who sang Portuguese versions of David Bowie's songs in The Life Aquatic, will now be readily available outside of Wes Anderson movies. According to Pitchforkmedia.com, Jorge is planning to release a full-length album on September 6th. The lyrical content on the album will be a far cry from Bowie's music. Many of the songs will chronicle Jorge's gritty upbringing in the slums of Brazil. Those fans who are looking for more Ziggy in Portuguese, never fear: The DVD of The Life Aquatic has complete versions of the ten Bowie songs covered in snippets by Jorge in the film.

  • Jack White Marriage Prank?

    Oh, those White Stripes, always shrouded in mystery (and sometimes deceit). A post on the band's official Web site claims that Jack White shared nuptials yesterday (June 1) with model Karen Elson during a small ceremony "on the confluence of three rivers -- the Rio Negro, the Solimones, and the Amazon -- in the Amazon basin in the city of Manaus, Brazil." More specifically, the post continues, "They were married by a Shaman priest on a canoe at the exact point where the three rivers meet." Ian Montone, the band's manager, was the best man, while Meg White served as maid of honor, according to the post. But, as with most Stripes news, there's a bizarre kicker. "This was the first marriage for both newlyweds," claims the last sentence of the announcement. Huh? Didn't this Meg-Jack marriage business get settled years ago?

  • Strokes to Release Album in January

    For those of you waiting with bated breath for the next Strokes album to hit, you can exhale: According to Billboard.com, the third studio album from the New York City boys will arrive in January. Manager Ryan Gentles told Billboard that the new album will be a lot "trickier," and that lead singer Julian Casablancas has learned how to "accept his voice." Now he just has to work on accepting the fact that one of the producers of the new album, David Kahane, used to work with Sugar Ray. We promise it won't ruin your hipster cred, Julian. The band also plans to tour in the weeks leading up to the album's release date. For more info on the Strokes, visit thestrokes.com.

  • Wide Right

    Wide Right's lead singer Leah Archibald could be the daughter of Heart's Ann Wilson. She has a similar timbre to Wilson during her "Barracuda" period, and a similar penchant for hard-bitten hard rock, lady-style. But Wide Right's second album, Sleeping on the Couch, is dominated by lyrical motifs foreign to most indie rock: While most of Archibald's contemporaries are singing about broken hearts and mushroom trips, Archibald sings about the working class life in her hometown of Buffalo, NY, as well as being a single mother, struggling to pay bills, and flattened peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches. The sometimes-downtrodden lyrics could come off as attempting to elicit pity, but Archibald's style is so matter-of-fact and often funny that the listener wouldn't dare feel sorry for her.

  • U2 at Continental Airlines Arena

    U2 at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ 5/18/05 About the Advanced Theory: The theory states that there are certain musicians who were so good when they started that it is impossible that they could ever be bad. Advanced musicians contradict themselves, confuse their core audience by radically changing their sound, rework songs that are sacred to fans, appear in commercials, and generally make everyone upset. But the Advanced always explain that their latest work is their best, infuriating anyone who is still paying attention to their careers. The official Advanced look is a black leather jacket, dark sunglasses, and long hair in the back (a mullet without the irony). Among the Advanced are Bob Dylan, David Bowie, and Lou Reed. In the 1990s, U2 appeared ready to become Advanced-especially Bono, who already had the hair for it.

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