• Viva La Libertines

    Heroin-rock chic's most notorious poster boy, Pete Doherty, former member of the Libertines, caught a natural high this week when he learned that robbery charges against him were dropped. According to NME.com, the Crown Prosecution Service chose not to continue pressing robbery and blackmail charges against the beleaguered singer and guitarist. Doherty was initially arrested on charges relating to the alleged assault of filmmaker Max Carlish back in February. Pete has been in and out of the British tabloids over the past year or so, not only for his drug mishaps and frequent arrests, but also for his romance with former heroin-chic poster girl Kate Moss. Doherty is currently making music with his new band, Babyshambles.

  • A Thousand Hipster Hearts Are Broken

    As was reported on April 3rd by The New York Post's Elisa Lipsky-Karasz and the gossip blog Gawker, and then picked up and dutifully reported by the Spin.com news team, the uber-cool pairing of Parker Posey and Ryan Adams had gone the way of the trucker hat. We were then informed by Ryan's publicist that in fact, Parker and Ryan are still together and very, very hip. We apologize for the misinformation. They are currently sitting at an East Village café and splitting a PBR with two straws.

  • Joshin' 'Bout Jesus

    Apparently Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan is still batting for the dark side. A few days ago on the tool fansite, www.toolshed.down.net, Keenan claimed to have "rediscovered Jesus." Maynard found Jesus to be wanting, though, and on Tool's official website, www.toolband.com, Keenan told fans, "I wasn't feeling top notch when I found [Jesus]. The evening prior to the day in question I had over-indulged in a series of bad Molotov shrimp cocktails with a side of Makers Mark and twin strippers...it's very possible that the guy I met wasn't even Jesus at all. For all I know, it was Willem Dafoe." Maybe tomorrow Keenan will overindulge on Old Grandad and realize that Dafoe as the Green Goblin is God.

  • Caribou

    2001, Start Breaking My Heart (Leaf)2005, Up in Flames (Domino) Caribou, formerly Manitoba, ne Dan Snaith, has gone through about as many monikers as he has styles of music. The Canadian-born, London-based producer has hop-scotched through pastoral IDM (or "bucolica") to '70s psych-pop and now, on his third and most mature album, The Milk of Human Kindness, a mix of both, and then some. "Bees" plays like a Sea Change-era Beck meets Chad and Jeremy, while the single, "Yeti," is a zingy chamber-pop-Hari Krishna mash-up.

  • Relationships Between Labels, Radio Under Microscope

    Back in the early '60s, popular radio DJ Alan Freed--the man who coined the term "rock and roll"--pleaded guilty to charges that he took bribes from record companies to play their records. Well, get ready to start hearing about "payola" all over again. New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer served Warner Music Group, the world's third largest record company, with a subpoena last week, the third one they've received since the fall. Spitzer is reportedly investigating independent companies who receive money from major labels in exchange for promoting music at radio stations, essentially eliminating direct contact between the labels and radio.

  • Tooling For Jesus

    Joining the legions of pot-addled fans who have seen immaculate visions during Tool light shows over the years, the band's front man, Maynard James Keenan has found God. According to several internet reports, Keenan joins President Bush and Tammy Faye Baker on the born-again bandwagon. In a letter to the Tool fansite, www. toolshed.down.net, Keenan says that "some recent events have led me to the rediscovery of Jesus." Keenan is the second metal man in some two weeks to embrace the man upstairs: former Korn member Brian "Head" Welch left the band so that he could fully devote himself to Christianity.

  • Sublime Tribute Album To Be Released

    Drunken frat boys all over the country are rejoicing with their 40 Oz. to Freedom: a Sublime covers disc is being released this spring. Contributors to the album include No Doubt, Camper Van Beethoven, Los Lobos and Pennywise. Sublime formed in 1988 in Long Beach, California, and catered to the So-Cal surf and skateboard set. The act disbanded back in 1996 upon the untimely death of lead singer Bradley Nowell. The covers album, called Look at All the Love We Found: A Tribute to Sublime will hit stores on June 26th.

  • A Chip Off the Old Itzhak

    When it comes to the rock-star son of violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, the apple didn't just fall far from the tree--it sunk into the fertile soil of indie rock, grew roots in electronica, and emerged as the axe-wielding frontman of the electronica-infused rock band Something for Rockets. About sixty blocks south of Carnegie Hall where his dad debuted in 1963, Rami Perlman and his as-yet-unsigned band Something for Rockets recently took the stage at New York City's Mercury Lounge to play for a crowd packed with eager fans. The band, which has been building a steady buzz since its debut single--the piano-driven, synth-filled "Might As Well"--began getting heavy rotation on Los Angeles' Indie 103.1, cut its teeth with a month-long residency at L.A.'s famed indie-friendly venue, Spaceland, in January and embarked on its first U.S.

  • Feist

    Hometown: Calgary, Canada Discography: 2005, Let it Die (Cherrytree/Interscope) (Leslie) Feist's debut album, Let It Die, conjures up a picture of her sinewy body splayed out across a grand piano at a nightclub in Marrakesh. To say Feist's voice is sultry would be an understatement: her alto is packed with layers of sensitivity and sensuality, and each song off of Let It Die shows a slightly different facet of her emotional range. The singer currently lives away from her native Canada; Feist is currently a denizen of Paris, as evinced by Gallic touches on several songs. The album is heavily influenced by music of the '70s, with patches of disco and soul woven throughout. "Mushaboom" has a rhythmic piano that sounds like Melanie's disco-era classic "Rollerskate." "Mushaboom" is the most cheerful song on Let It Die.

  • The 22-20s

    Hometown: Linconshire, England Discography: 2003, 05-03 EP (Astralwerks) 2005, 22-20s (Astralwerks) British blokes the 22-20s play classic rock with influences ranging from fellow countrymen the Stones to old-school Mississippi mud-drenched blues. There is an impish quality to much of the 22-20s self-titled full-length debut--recorded with Brendan Lynch of Paul Weller and Primal Scream fame--which most likely comes from the relative youthfulness of the band members. The lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist Martin Trimble is a mere 21 years old, and the band released their first EP on Astralwerks when Trimble was just 18. The spirit of the bluesmen that Trimble and co. channel is most apparent in their lyrics. The band covers well-worn blues territory on "Such a Fool," when Trimble sings about his lost woooo-man.

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