• Elephants Never Forget

    The musicians who make up the Elephant 6 collective have formed and reformed in several different permutations over the past ten years. With its roots in Athens, Georgia, Elephant 6 artists have included current bands the Apples in Stereo and the Essex Green, and the now-defunct Beulah and Neutral Milk Hotel. While some of the acts have disbanded and rearranged, it looks like the Olivia Tremor Control is reuniting at least for the present. OTC is planning a brief transcontinental jaunt that kicks off in their southern hometown on April 15th. The band's most recent album, Black Foliage: Animation Music, was released in 1999. OTC has no plans to record in the future, but they will reissue some older material on Cloud Recordings later this year.

  • 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.

  • Kaiser Chiefs on a Roll

    It doesn't take E.S.P., or even just good taste in music, to predict that the Kaiser Chiefs would nearly set off a riot at the recent Spin House Live at Spin HQ. The lads from Leeds had the crowd cheering and pogoing along as they played hits like "Everyday I Love You Less and Less" and yes, the chart-busting single off of their full-length debut, Employment, "I Predict a Riot." Ricky Wilson kept things hopping with his coy banter, and, when he ran out of jokes, he passed the mic off to onlookers in the balcony for additional comic relief. Fortunately, the band's performances were far more tasteful than the crowd's stripped-from-the-headlines humor.

  • Billy Corgan "Embraces" New Album

    Listening to the Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream is a bit like waking up on a sunny Saturday and wandering around on Xanax. For fans of Billy Corgan 's dulcet whine, the summer's looking pretty dreamy indeed: Corgan is releasing a new album, called Thefutureembrace on June 21st, as a prelude to a tour of North America. According to the NME, Corgan says the new album will "sum up all my feelings about my life and the world around me in the most beautiful ways I could dream up." He went on to call the new album "a silver lining behind the clouds of modern society." We can all rest easy now that Billy Corgan is going to save the world.

  • Neil Young Recovers from Brain Aneurism

    The reigning critical king of classic rock is in the hospital, recovering from mildly invasive surgery to correct a brain aneurism. After Young, 59, experienced visual disturbances at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, an MRI scan was taken. A burst blood vessel was discovered and surgery planned. Young's agent, Bob Merlis, describes the operation as "a complete success with a total recovery [expected]." Merlis added that the "resumption of normal activities by the 59-year-old rock legend is predicted for the near future." Young had to skip a performance at Canada's equivalent of the Grammys, the Juno Awards, over the weekend.

  • The Zincs

    Hometown � Chicago, Illinois Discography 2003 � Moth and Marriage � (Ohio Gold) 2005 � Dimmer � (Thrill Jockey) Chicago winters must be rough. British ex-pat and current Chicago resident Jim Elkington, lead singer and songwriter for the folky chamber-pop-cum-indie-rock band the Zincs, has a deep, weary baritone that makes every track on the Zincs' new release, Dimmer, sound like a rallying cry for the apathetic. One can picture a dour-looking Brit looking out his window at the sleet and concrete, strumming dissonantly on his guitar, and writing lyrics like "Drink in the afternoon / Nothing's going to happen soon." The richness and vibrato of his voice are similar to the timbre of another classic Midwestern depressive: Smog.

  • Punk World Mourns Another and the Fiery Furnaces Ignite for a Cause

    Punk World Mourns Another So-cal drummer Derrick Plourde, a member of several seminal punk and pop punk acts including Lagwagon and the Ataris, passed away on Wednesday. Though the cause of death has not been officially released, the Ataris website says Plourde died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The lead singer of the Ataris, Kris Roe, wrote an alternatively touching and silly eulogy to Plourde. "Make sure that when you see Keith Moon and John Bonham up there," Roe writes, "that you give them plenty of shit and make them laugh like no one else could do." For more info on Derrick Plourde, click here Fiery Furnaces Ignite for a Cause Jumping on the cause-havin'-bandwagon are the Fiery Furnaces: they've taken up the fight against fur (and hurting puppies).

  • The Books

    Sounds like: A chip off the Chi-town post-post indie rock, electro-acoustic block, shot through with quirky samples and snippets of conversation and set on a bed of strings. The Books are guitarist Nick Zammuto and violinist Paul De Jong, who combine guitar, violin, cello and banjo with sounds culled from their vast sample library, such as a chopped-up spelling bee, the voice of a Japanese flight attendant, and a speech by Winston Churchill. Their upcoming album, Lost and Safe, is out April 19th on Tomlab, a German ambient experimental electronic music label. The Books work mainly in aleatoric music-music in which composition or method of performance is determined by elements of chance or unpredictability (some other examples being John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen). They live and make music (and maintain an annoyingly low profile) in North Adams, Massachusetts.

  • Check out the new Gorillaz video, "Feel Good Inc."!

    Before their new album, Demon Days hits stores on May 9th, the Gorillaz and their cartoon alter egos will be gracing the small screen in the video for the upcoming single, "Feel Good Inc." The inner world of the video ain't so Feel Good, Though-it's a smokestack laden, post-industrial landscape inundated with gray. The song features De La Soul, in their non-animated form, projected on a movie screen behind the 2-D Gorillaz. To check out "Feel Good Inc." click here

  • Guitar Wolf Bassist Dead at 38

    For those wolves and wolf-sympathizers, there will be much howling at the moon in honor of Guitar Wolf bassist Billy. Billy died of a heart attack in Tokyo yesterday. Guitar Wolf, a Japanese punk-rock trio known for exclusively wearing leather and claiming to be descended from actual wolves, just wrapped up a North American tour. The band formed in the late '80s and drew an American audience when Missile Me! was released on Matador Records in 1996. Bass Wolf Billy is survived by Guitar Wolf Seiji and Drum Wolf Toru.

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