• Built To Spill's Ancient Melodies of the Present

    It's been four years since Built to Spill released their last album, Ancient Melodies of the Future. Since then Doug Martsch and co have been touring consistently, and are now gearing up for a new album this fall. To support this nascent recording, Built to Spill is going on a nationwide tour kicking off May 4th in Minneapolis. The boys from Boise will play their final tour date at the Austin City Limits Festival on July 24th.

  • Lollapalooza announces two-day festival in Chicago, July 23-24

    Lollapalooza returns with two-day event with over 60 artists performing on five stages in the heart of downtown Chicago. Headliners are the Pixies, Weezer, Widespread Panic, the Killers, Dinosaur Jr. and Liz Phair, and tickets are $85 for a two-day pass. At a press conference this morning, Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell said that "he'd felt like he had lost a limb" after the cancellation of the 2004 Lollapalooza tour but was excited about the possibility of bringing the festival to Chicago which always "had a heart for the arts." Farrell also said he was excited to build the "Kidsapalooza" area, and the Blue Man Group would be performing there. Check www.lollapalooza.com for a full band listing and updates. Also on the bill: Cake Dashboard Confessional Billy Idol The Arcade Fire G.

  • The Cloud Room

    Puns notwithstanding, there is something euphoric about the Cloud Room. The songs off their self-titled debut album boast synth-pop hooks that should appeal to even the most bass-addicted listener. Even their name is derived from a different kind of euphoria: The band is named for a speakeasy that used to sit atop the Chrysler building in the '20s and '30s. Lead Singer J. of the Cloud Room sounds like a happier Paul Banks of Interpol fame. The comparisons to '80s British post-punkers like Joy Division and New Order are easy to make, but the Cloud Room is also clearly influenced by the dance-rock NYC scene in which they flourished. J., along with Jon Petro on bass, Benjamin Nugent on electric piano and Jason Pharr on drums, rock the party on this precocious debut (released on Gigantic Records this past Tuesday). Catch them in and around their hometown in the months to come.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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