• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • LCD rocks the O.C.

    If you are a part of the (we're guessing here) relatively small group of people who watch the O.C. and also dig the eclectic post-punk outfit LCD Soundsystem, you probably noticed that at Marisa's jam on last night's episode, the recent LCD single, "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House," set the soundtrack for the pivotal partying scenes. In related news: According to VH1.com, LCD frontman and DFA producer James Murphy had been talking to Britney Spears about collaborating with her on an upcoming project. But don't worry, Murphy's sharp indie edge remains intact: he and Spears did not end up working together. LCD Soundsystem will kick off on a U.S. tour in May.

  • Bloc Party Coming to Your Hood

    Vice Records' post-punk media darlings, Bloc Party, have officially announced more U.S. tour dates. The first time the Party crossed the pond, they sold out all their shows. The frenetic Brit rockers kick things off at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California, on April 30th. Bloc Party will then play a handful of late spring dates in several major U.S. cities in support of their debut album, Silent Alarm.

  • The Good Goodbyes

    Crafted in the harsh southwestern sun, indie-pop journeymen the Good Goodbyes manufacture bright, poppy sounds that betray their desert origins. The Good Goodbyes are something of an indie-rock super group, comprised of two members of the Shins (keyboardist Marty Crandall and bassist Neal Langford), the Busy Signals (which is actually just one guy, Howard Hamilton III), and drummer Ryan Holmes. The band's debut self-titled EP is a fresh take on early '90s sensitive dude rock like Sebadoh and Matthew Sweet. Soft melodic guitars a la Lou Barlow are given a sharp electronic twist (courtesy of Howard Hamilton), lending this EP a layered quality reminiscent of the Walkmen and the Postal Service. On the third track off the EP, "A Million Bees," the GG's claim, "This is not a joke," but then go on to sing about eating cold fries, dropping dope rhymes, and dragonflies.

  • Check out photos from the DIG! DVD release party at Rothko, featuring the Dandy Warhols, Hopewell, the Giraffes and more

    The DIG! party at Crash Mansion last Tuesday night was a perfect way to kick off spring, with bands like the Dandy Warhols, Hopewell, and the Giraffes on the bill. Check the gallery for photos of the band, hipsters swigging Heineken, not to mention lots of sweat and debauchery...

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