• Raconteurs Flesh Out Spring/Summer Tour

    Raconteurs Flesh Out Spring/Summer Tour

    Who: Southern-tinged supergroup of sorts featuring axe-dueling frontmen Jack White and Brendan Benson, plus bassist Jack Lawrence and drummer Patrick Keeler, both of defunct-but-awesome Cincinnati, OH garage rock trio the Greenhornes. What: A 21-date tour sandwiching appearances at Coachella and Bonnaroo in support of the Raconteurs' latest album, Consolers of the Lonely, set to kick off in Vancouver on April 20. Atlanta-based garage rockers the Black Lips will join the outing in May and June and warm stages for nine dates. North Carolina prog rockers Birds of Avalon will open the tour's first half. Should I Go? Yes.

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    Catch the Buzz: Life in Bed

    Who? Veteran Steel City musicians put their own twist on a tasty Whitman's Sampler ofearly-'90s indie and alt-rock: shiny, intricate guitar tangles collide with driving power-chord riffage in a catchy loud-to-soft dynamic, and meet oft-mathematic, chattering rhythms as frontman Bill Merante's whiney laments strike a familiar yet refreshing chord. Their latest: Passed and Presents, out March 25 via Polar Recordings Recommended if you like... Sunny Day Real Estate, Sparta, Minus the Bear Now Hear This: Life in Bed, "1000 Reasons" DOWNLOAD MP3 On the Web: Life in Bed on MySpace

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    U2 Ink 12-Year Contract with Live Nation

    The times are a-changin': As veteran labels scramble to adapt to the evolving music industry and tap other sources of financial gain to recoup lost revenues, U2 have opted to sign a 12-year contract with Live Nation, which will now handle the band's merchandising, digital, and branding rights, as well as touring management. The concert promoter/venue management firm does not get the band's recording contract, though: Bono and crew will continue recording for longtime label home, Universal Music Group. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. "It's not a do or die situation that we have to be involved in the recordings," Live Nation Chairman Michael Cohl said in an interview with Reuters.

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    ATO to Reissue Liz Phair's 'Exile in Guyville'

    After 15 years and mountains of critical acclaim, Liz Phair's lo-fi, female-empowering, and romance-seeking 1993 opus Exile in Guyville will undergo the reissue treatment and release with additional tunes and a DVD June 24 courtesy of Phair's new label, ATO. Four extra songs -- "Ant in Alaska," "Wild Thing" (inspired by the Troggs' hit of the same name), "Say You," and an untitled solo instrumental -- and a DVD documentary will accompany the album's original 18 tracks. Focusing on the indie scene in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood, from which Phair's musical career was born, the DVD features an interview with Phair herself, as well as Windy City luminaries like Ira Glass of NPR's This American Life, actor John Cusack, producer Steve Albini, and members of Urge Overkill. Sick of musical nostalgia?

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    Velvet Revolver to Continue Sans Weiland; 'Juno B-Sides' Out April 8

    After last week's spat between frontman Scott Weiland and drummer Matt Sorum, and subsequent reports of the band's demise, Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash has now come forward, stating the rockers have not split, and will push on despite Weiland's plans to rejoin Stone Temple Pilots for a string of summer gigs. "There will be a third album," Slash told the Daily Star. "We don't know how or when but the core four guys will continue." [Via NME.com] If you're yet to tire of indie cash cow Juno, log onto iTunes April 8 and pick up Juno B-Sides: Almost Adopted Songs, the digital-only sequel to the film's original, chart-busting soundtrack, that features tunes from returning artists like Kimya Dawson, Buddy Holly, and Belle and Sebastian, as well as newcomers like Yo La Tengo. Also featured on Almost Adopted: Protagonist Ellen Page singing a tune penned by film screenwriter Diablo Cody.

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    April Issue on Newsstands Now

    Spin's April issue is on newsstands now and arrives with plenty of goodies from cover to cover. Here, check out our cover story on R.E.M., plus Power Ballots, an article investigating musicians' role and influence on the campaign trail, and Who Earns What, a piece uncovering the income of those working in all facets of the music business. R.E.M.: R.E. BORN It's rare that a band gets the opportunity to grow older and wiser together -- rarer still that one does so by sounding younger and snottier than ever. After losing their way with a string of ho-hum albums, here's how R.E.M. found their noisy deliverance. MORE >> Who Earns What We all know that rock and raps stars can earn tens of millions each year, but what about the others who toil in the business of music? From managers to roadies to bloggers to bus drivers, here's how much they take home.

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    Paramore: Hard Rock's 2008 Artist of the Year

    Joining the likes of Death Cab for Cutie and Wolfmother before them, Franklin, TN's punk mavens Paramore were honored last night (March 27) at Hard Rock's state-of-the-art flagship venue in Orlando, FL with the rock'n'roll establishment's highest respect: The Hard Rock Artist of the Year Award. As 2008's recipient of the esteemed prize, Paramore were presented with a glass-encased photo of the band on the cover of this year's Hard Rock Annual, courtesy of Hard Rock president and CEO Hamish Dodds.

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    New Video: Spinto Band, "Summer Grof"

    There's nothing quite like the cold sting of a water balloon across the face -- especially in the dead of winter. And the six boys of Delaware's Spinto Band definitely know the feeling, sacrificing dignity and warmth for art's sake in the music video for "Summer Grof," a tune off their forthcoming album Moonwink. Conceptualized and directed by former Spinto member Albert Birney and filmed against a snow speckled and wooded rural New England backdrop, the video features slow-motion shots of each band member cringing in anticipation of an execution-style hail of water balloons, and later other random paint and food products.

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    New Stream: Shy Child, "Astronaut"

    With an impressive live show and a few albums worth of bombastic, exploding drums and glitchy keytar seizures, Shy Child have carved a respectable niche all their own in today's eclectic musical arena. And with "Astronaut," a tune off the project's forthcoming album Noise Won't Stop, out courtesy of Kill Rock Stars May 20, the band aren't making any exceptions. With trance-inducing and subwoofer-cracking keys, driving rhythms, a scale-descending and exploding pre-chorus, and frontman Pete Cafarella's robotic vocal delivery, "Astronaut" is characteristically Shy Child, but possibly the band at its best, packing all their musical tricks into just under four minutes. However contrary to popular beliefs, sometimes change isn't good, and Shy Child's latest is a prime example of why. Now Hear This: Shy Child - "Astronaut"

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    Nine Inch Nails Map Summer Tour

    Who: Digital music consumption frontrunner Trent Reznor's industrial and hard rock project Nine Inch Nails. What: A lengthy summer tour across North America in support of NIN's latest album, the instrumental set Ghosts I-IV. The 24-date outing will kick off July 25 at Canada's newest event, Pemberton Music Festival, and conclude Sept. 6 in Inglewood, CA. Should I go:Yes.

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