• Eclectic Openers for Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones have chosen an eclectic crew tojoin them on their upcoming On Stage tour: Pearl Jam, theBlack Eyed Peas, and John Mayer have been confirmed asopeners for Jagger and his boys. Maroon 5 will also openfor the Stones on select dates. For Pearl Jam, this will be the second time they've toured with the Stones: Eddie Vedder and co openedfor the World's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll band back in '97. For more Rolling Stones tour info,

  • Matt Pond PA (feat. Kevin Devine)

    By: Rebecca Milzoff It's not too often that official band biographies approach anything near the truth. But somehow, Matt Pond PA, the charming indie-pop quintet, lucked out in this realm of bloated praise. His band's bio not only lets us know that one of frontman Matt Pond's ancestors was "a fur trader and an ass-kicker," but, more importantly, that his band specializes in "rocking softly." It's an unusually eloquent-and accurate-way to describe Matt Pond PA, and the band proved it with a stellar performance at Northsix in Williamsburg one recent Saturday night. After commendable opening performances by Soft and, notably, Kevin Devine, a young Brooklynite troubadour with a definite Oberst tremble in his voice, earnest folk-pop, and energetic stage presence (read: sudden Hendrix-esque writhing with guitar on floor), Pond and Co.

  • Anniemal Attack

    Norwegian pop darling Annie is all over the USA. She just finished a new video for her first American single, "Heartbeat," which was produced by fellow countrymen Royksopp and is sure to get your socks rockin'. Annie's debut full-length, Anniemal is due out June 7th on Big Beat records. For more on Annie, check out: www.anniemusic.co.uk

  • The Rock Lexicon

    "I don't read your magazine anymore," says my 36-year-old sister as we ride in a rental car. "I don't read your magazine anymore because all you guys ever write about is emo, and I don't get it." Now, for a moment, I find myself very interested in what my sister is saying. I absolutely cannot fathom what she could possibly hate about emo, and (I suspect) this subject might create an interesting ten minutes of rental-car discussion. Does she find emo too phallocentric? Do the simplistic chord progressions strike her as derivative? Why can't she relate to emo? I ask her these questions, and I await her answer. But her answer is not what I expect. "No, no," she says. "When I say I don't get emo, I mean I literally don't know what it is. The word may as well be Latin.

  • Damon Albarn Extends the Olive Branch

    Following in the footsteps of recent band reconciliations like the Pixies, Damon Albarn of Blur is trying to lure Graham Coxon back to the fold. According to NME.com, Albarn says he's "waiting for Graham to talk to me again. I'd love to see if we could make another record. I miss playing live in something that I grew up in. I do feel it's a shame that we didn't stick to it. Hopefully, we'll play together soon. As musicians, we need to spread peace and love." Both Albarn and Coxon have been occupied with non-Blur endeavors as of late. Albarn has been busy with the Gorillaz while Coxon is busy launching a fairly successful solo career. Albarn shouldn't hold his breath, though, as Coxon told NME earlier this year that a Blur reconciliation is, "Not in the cards."

  • The Headphones

    Headphones sounds a bit like a videogame depicting an epic human struggle. It's not surprising that lead singer Bazan says he was influenced by the Flaming Lips; Headphones has the same eerie feel as Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, although Headphones is more rooted in reality than the Lips tend to be. The most touching song off Headphones is the last track, "Slow Car Crash." Bazan spends the first verses minutely describing said car crash until it becomes painfully clear that the wreck he's discussing has nothing to do with Chevys. "We knew it was over and both looked away," Bazan sings in his soft, searching voice, "Right at each other/ With spare time to say/ Babe, I love you." Though there are three members in the Headphones (Pedro's Bazan and Walsh with Frank Lenz of Starflyer 59), only Bazan and Walsh will be touring this spring. For more info on the tour, click here

  • The Headphones

    Headphones sounds a bit like a videogame depicting an epic human struggle. It's not surprising that lead singer Bazan says he was influenced by the Flaming Lips; Headphoneshas the same eerie feel as Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, although Headphones is more rooted in reality than the Lips tend to be. The most touching song off Headphones is the last track, "Slow Car Crash." Bazan spends the first verses minutely describing said car crash until it becomes painfully clear that the wreck he's discussing has nothing to do with Chevys. "We knew it was over and both looked away," Bazan sings in his soft, searching voice, "Right at each other/ With spare time to say/ Babe, I love you." Though there are three members in the Headphones (Pedro's Bazan and Walsh with Frank Lenz of Starflyer 59), only Bazan and Walsh will be touring this spring. For more info on the tour, click here

  • R. Kelly is "Cooking"

    Just when you thought R. Kelly's sexual references couldn't get any more obvious, his new single, which is # 23 on the Billboard R&B charts this week, is called "Trapped in the Closet (Part 1)." According to Billboard.com, the "Trapped" narrative is a five-part epic, with each song foreshadowing the plot of the next song. "Trapped," along with the single "In the Kitchen," and its staggeringly climactic lyric about tossing salad, will be included on R. Kelly's new album, TP3, which is out on July 5th. At this rate, TP3 will include covert references to sex acts I've never even heard of.

  • Billy Corgan Tour

    Freak out, give in, get tickets to see Billy Corgan. The shiny-domed troubadour of Smashing Pumpkins fame is hitting the road to support his forthcoming solo record, The Future Embrace, out June 21 on Warner. Those who register at billycorgan.com will be advised of a ticket presale running from May 18-20; general tickets go on sale May 21. Billy Corgan tour dates: 6/22, Atlanta, Earthlink 6/24, Washington, 9:30 Club 6/25, Philadelphia, Electric Factory 6/27-28, New York, Webster Hall 6/30, Boston, Avalon 7/2, Toronto, The Carlu 7/5-6, Chicago, Vic Theatre 7/7, St. Louis, The Pageant 7/8, Dallas, Gypsy Tea Room 7/11, San Diego, Soma 7/12-13, Los Angeles, Henry Fonda Theatre 7/15-16, San Francisco, The Fillmore 7/18, Seattle, Moore Theatre 7/19, Vancouver, Commodore Ballroom

  • The Perishers

    It comes as no surprise that the Perishers have supplied the soundtrack for shows like the O.C. and One Tree Hill. The soaring guitars and soft-sung lyrics like, "Oh won't you be my solid ground," would make the perfect background for a particularly poignant scene about Marisa's alcohol abuse or Ryan's time spent in the clink. Maybe it's hard to be self-aware when you're from northern Sweden and it's seventy degrees below zero nine months out of the year and you can only get feedback on your music from moose. At least, I hope that's the Perishers' excuse for being so aggressively mundane.

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