• 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.

  • Be Your Own Pet

    Calling the Nashville-based band Be Your Own Pet "sophomoric" isn't actually an insult--these punk rockin', expletive-spewing kid wonders just graduated from their sophomore year of high school, and no member of BYOP is over 17. Bleach-blond lead singer Jemina Pearl will have to fend off the Debbie Harry comparisons with a stick; and guitarist Jonas Stein bashes out the chords like he's amping a crowd at CBGBs circa 1977. With lyrics like "You've got me on a leash / A damn damn leash / And it's hard enough to be myself," look for BYOP to kick-start the new angry teen's rallying cry. The quartet met at the Nashville School of the Arts. In addition to Abegg, the band members include drummer Jamin Orrall, guitarist Jonas Stein and bassist Nathan Vasquez. As Nashville is a music town, it's not surprising that all four band members have impressive musical pedigrees.

  • Palomar

    Sounds Like: Lush harmonies and pleasing guitars make for a pretty indie-pop package that's irresistible. Palomar sounds like a more thoughtful, esoteric version of their now-defunct-Kindercore almost-labelmates Dressy Bessy (Kindercore went under before they could ever release an album from Palomar). On the final track of their most recent EP, Palomar 3.5, the band covers basic twee territory with lines about carefree days when you, "let it go," because, "spring is in town now." Breezy lyrics aside, Palomar dig in with tracks like "Washington," which recalls Dig Me Out-era Sleater Kinney. Fun Facts: The name Palomar comes from a book band member Rachel Warren read called Black Holes and Time Warps.

  • Interpol

    If, by some improbable twist of fate, you ever get the chance to join Interpol, it might seriously be worth considering. The hours may be a bit harsh--it's a reverse 9 to 5, not including band meetings and tailor appointments--but there's probably no better gig going at the moment: The wine is free and free-flowing, the girlfriends are beautiful, and there's a good chance Robert Smith will play poker with you in the back of your tour bus (he'll win, but it's only a $20 buy-in). Plus, there are endless little dishes of gelato. It is only a few hours after Interpol's performance of "Evil" (from their sophomore album, Antics) on The Late Show With David Letterman, and to celebrate, their label, Matador, has shuttled them to the schmancy downtown Manhattan restaurant Otto.

  • Silent Disco at Glastonbury

    For those old-timers who chanted "Disco Sucks" ad nauseam at the dawn of the '80s, technology has finally granted your wish. England's Glastonbury Festival has announced a revolution in club land--the silent disco. The honchos behind the festival have been battling with local noise restrictions, so they decided to give ravers headphones as not to disturb the surrounding residents. The new technology was pioneered by the Dutch and allows partiers to set the volume of their headsets to their preferred level of groove. The Glastonbury Festival runs from June 24--26.

  • Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band

    Featuring the Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band The New Haven Women's Liberation Rock Band Le Tigre In the liner notes to the first Chicago Women's Liberation Band release, 1972's Mountain Moving Day, the sisters in the band state, "We wanted to make music that would embody the radical, feminist, humanitarian vision we shared." Much like the Chicago Women's Liberation Movement--a collective of women with utopian, socially progressive, feminist aims--the recently released compilation Papa, Don't Lay That Shit On Me has lofty liberal goals which it achieves, but musical goals which fall slightly short. Papa Don't Lay That Shit On Me is a pastiche of female outrage in several genres, including tracks from folk and blues outfits like the original Chicago Women's Liberation Band, its sister-in-crime the New Haven Women's Liberation Band, electronic neo-feminist mainstays Le Tigre, and sp

  • Paul Westerberg Rises Again and the House is Less Crowded

    Paul Westerberg High A new generation of misanthropes can learn what it's like to be depressed, drunk, and freezing one's ass off in Minneapolis--Paul Westerberg of the Replacements is coming out with a greatest hits compilation May 17th. For those consummate Replacements obsessives who think Westerberg was never very good on his own, don't fear: Rykodisc is reissuing the first four Replacements releases from the Twin/Tone label this fall, including the amazingly titled Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take out the Trash. Get your cigarettes and disaffection ready for another rocking onslaught from Westerberg in all his incarnations. House is Empty Crowded House drummer Paul Hester was found dead of an apparent suicide in Melbourne this weekend.

  • The Source:1; Eminem: 0.

    The Source:1; Eminem: 0. In a victory for free speech over corporate media control, Eminem's record company, Shady Records, withdrew the lawsuit against The Source that was launched when the music mag posted snippets from early Eminem songs on its website. The notorious songs, in which Em calls black people "porch monkeys," and "spear chuckers," caused an uproar when they were released two years ago. The lawsuit was withdrawn right before Eminem was supposed to take the stand in the highly publicized case. David Mays, the co-founder and C.E.O. of The Source says, ""It appears that Eminem's 'copyright infringement' lawsuit was nothing more than a strong-arm attempt to silence The Source's constitutional right to freedom of the press."

  • Weezer Tired of Having Sex

    Long awaited new material from Rivers Cuomo and company is debuting this spring, but these waify sensitive types are in for a change of image courtesy of Hugh Hefner. According to VH1.com, Weezer's new video for the song "Beverly Hills," off their forthcoming album Make Believe, was shot at the mecca of meaningless sex: The Playboy Mansion. Apparently the band was less than comfortable with their new surroundings, and Cuomo asks playmates with a sour expression (as he does on 1996's Pinkerton), "Oh why can't I be making love?"

  • Dandys Resurrected

    The Dandy Warhols would have become another mid-'90s flash in the pan were it not for last year's riveting documentary Dig, chronicling the fraught relationship between the Dandy Warhols' frontman Courtney Taylor and the mercurial, drug-addled lead singer of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Anton Newcombe. Riding on the notoriety from that well-received film, the Dandys are releasing their first new album in three years, titled Odditorium or the Warlords of Mars, sometime this summer. Let's hope some of the frenetic charisma of Newcombe has worn off on Taylor--the Dandys need an infusion of inspiration.

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