• Say Hi To Your Mom

    By: Jessica Grose It's rare that a song title from a band can encapsulate their entire appeal. Brooklyn-based Eric Elbogen (aka Say Hi To Your Mom) has managed to do just that on "As Smart as Geek is Chic Right Now," the final song of his most recent album, Ferocious Mopes. With verbose, clever lyrics, Elbogen croons in a borderline emo voice that falls somewhere between the irony of Stephen Malkmus and the earnestness of Conor Oberst. On his third full-length as alter ego Say Hi To Your Mom, Elbogen conquers neo-new wave territory with some inventive computer play and synthesizer work, and captures something almost Bowie or Eno-esque with eerie, fantastical motifs.

  • Sound of Urchin at CBGB

    Forsaking the standard detached rock star pose, Sound of Urchin instead opted for balls-out rock'n'roll energy at a recent CBGB gig celebrating the release of their latest album, The Diamond, produced by Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger. Seamlessly transitioning from screeching metal to sweet pop, Sound of Urchin -- comprised of members Tomato (lead vocals, drums), Doo Doo Brown (bass), Rev. B-Ill (guitar) and Seahag (guitar) -- had all the feel-good energy of an 80s hair metal band that couldn't care less if their lyrics were comical or their sound was a bit cheesy, as long as it kept the party going. With Tomato holding court at center stage, Sound of Urchin hurled itself through every song on The Diamond, including album opener "Police Helicopters Over Brooklyn," the summer-inspired sugary pop tune that takes on an edge with a fuzz guitar cameo during the chorus.

  • Depeche Mode Working on New Album

    Instead of listening to the slew of recent bands that rip off Depeche Mode, new wave enthusiasts will soon be able to listen to new material from the original semi-suicidal electronic act. Depeche Mode lead singer Dave Gahan and company are currently in the studio working on their first album since 2001's Exciter. According to Pitchforkmedia.com, the band tentatively plans to release their new album in October. Depeche Mode is sharing recording time between Sound Design Studios in Santa Barbara, CA, and an undisclosed New York location; guitarist Martin Gore even played a DJ set in New York last week. For more info on Dave and his depressed minions, click here.

  • Mimi Subordinates Audioslave

    Audioslave, last week's number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart, has been nudged down the chart by the ample bosom of Miss Mariah. The diva's 10th full-length album, The Emancipation of Mimi, the first since her brief hospitalization for a breakdown in 2002, moved back to the number one spot this week. System of a Down moved from fourth to second this week with their latest, Mesmerize. This leaves Audioslave in the three spot. Oasis debuted at number 12 with Don't Believe the Truth, their first album since 2002's Heathen Chemistry.

  • 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.

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