News Roundup: Foo Fighters, Britney Spears, Man Man, the Long Blondes
Foo Fighters seek Grammy musicians, Britney hospitalized, Man Man unveil new LP and tour, and Long Blondes slate Couples.
As if the Foo Fighters’ tour machine needs yet another component, Dave Grohl and crew — a hefty one at that! — are seeking string, woodwind, and brass musicians to join the band onstage at the 50th annual Grammy Awards. Musicians are asked to submit 60 second performances to “The Pretender,” the latest single from Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace, to My Grammy Moment’s website before Jan. 20. Good luck fifth grade band members! [Via Billboard.com]
Just as you thought it couldn’t get any worse for ol’ Brit-Brit — especially after this debacle– last night (Jan. 3) the fallen pop star held her sons hostage,refusing to obey court orders and hand them over to father KevinFederline. Later, after a police intervention, Britney was hospitalizedfor being “under the influence of an unknown substance,” and is nowundergoing psychiatric evaluation. Diagnosis: post-traumatic Disneydisorder. [Via MTV.com]
The chaotic live renderings of Philadelphia’s Man Man will unleash across the U.S. this spring in support of Rabbit Habits,the band’s third LP, due April 8 via Anti-. Sadly, however, a few tunesare missing from the tracklisting, including “Peanut Butter SandwichFace.” Guys, what happened? B-side? (Watch the live video and interview!) [Via Pitchfork]
The Long Blondes’ much-mooted sophomore album, entitled Couples,will arrive stateside April 8, one day after it drops in the band’snative England, a spokesperson confirmed to SPIN.com. But there’s more,Pitchfork reports the set was produced by Erol Alkan (Klaxons, Scissor Sisters, Hot Chip), and will be prefaced by first single, “Guilty.”