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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Velvet Underground Reunite (Well...Sort Of)

The Velvet Underground may be reuniting...but not for a performance unfortunately. Former frontman Lou Reed, bassist Doug Yule and drummer Maureen Tucker will be gathering for a public appearance at the New York Public Library on December 8th to chat with journalist David Fricke about their legacy and impact on the world of music.

The event is one of many in the “Live from the NYPL” that is currently going on and with any library of course comes books...which the band currently is promoting. The Velvet Underground: New York Art is the latest book on the band that contains a collection of handwritten music and lyrics by Lou Reed, designs by Andy Warhol (manager to the band) photographs and a load of other paraphernalia.

More information and tickets can be found HERE

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Deluka's Cascade Gets A "Full On" Remix By Mattie Safer

Ever wonder what Mattie Safer has been doing since he left The Rapture? Well, seems like he's been remixing Deluka for starters.

The band gets a little more dancier (is that possible?!) with a little help from Mattie that will find itself creeping up your iTunes "Top 25 Most Played" tracks very very soon.

Deluka - Cascade (Mattie Safer Full On Remix)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Lilely Looks: Lily Allen - Who'd Have Know

Leave it to Lily Allen to push the button a little bit and bring up her old feud with Elton John in her latest video "Who'd Have Known".

Capturing Elton, serenading him and feeding him pizza is just a small part of this eerie yet intriguing video thats just been released.

I guess a good feud never dies...

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Likely Looks: Fever Ray - Seven

Karin Andersson (aka Fever Ray) takes an "older" approach to her new video for her single Seven and puts on her best sparkly dress to have a dance in a farm in back of a Chewbacca-like character.

A bit odd but SO interesting. Could you expect any less from Fever Ray?

Yes, The Pavement Reunion Is True

Can you believe it? Its been 10 years (a longgggggg wait!) but Pavement is reuniting in 2010 for a New York show in at Central Park Summerstage.

September 21, there!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Nico Vega Announces Support Dates w/ Manic Street Preachers!

After originally booked to support Placebo on their tour tour (which sadly got canceled), Nico Vega has announced that they will be supporting legends in their own right, Manic Street Preachers.

Hoping on the tour for 6 dates, the band will play several West Coast, Cannda and Midwest dates with the band.

Here are the tour dates:

9/21/09 - Neumo's, Seattle, WA
9/22/09 - The Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
9/24/09 - The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
9/25/09 - The Avalon, Los Angeles, CA
9/28/09 - The Bluebird Theatre, Denver, CO
9/30/09 - The Varsity Theatre, Minneapolis, MN

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Likely Listens: Caroline Smith And The Good Night Sleeps

What happens when you mix a fiery red head with a little bit of alt-country? Well, Caroline Smith And The Good Night Sleeps of course!

Hailing from Minneapolis, this trio has a sound that will lure you in upon first lesson. Combining the unique voice of Caroline Smith and a little pop, alt-country and mellow singer-songwriter type vibes all rolled into one make them absolutely wonderful.

With a new album out entitled Backyard Tent Set they will be the band to watch very very soon.

The band will also be on tour this fall and hopefully coming to a city near you! Here are the tour dates:

Sep 16 2009 The Cedar Cultural Center (Caroline Solo Show) Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sep 18 2009 Campus Arts Festival (Caroline Solo Show) Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sep 20 2009 Nomad World Pub Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sep 22 2009 Black Hills Amphitheater Spearfish, South Dakota
Sep 23 2009 The Filling Station Bozeman, Montana
Sep 25 2009 High Dive Seattle, Washington
Sep 26 2009 The Finger Complex Olympia, Washington
Sep 29 2009 The Partisan Merced, California
Oct 1 2009 Armadillo Music (In-store Performance) Davis, California
Oct 1 2009 Sophia’s Thai Kitchen Davis, California
Oct 4 2009 The HangArt Tucson, Arizona
Oct 5 2009 Winning Coffee Company Albuquerque, New Mexico
Oct 6 2009 The Lounge On Elm Street Dallas, Texas
Oct 8 2009 Rice University Houston, Texas
Oct 9 2009 White Water Tavern Little Rock, Arkansas
Oct 10 2009 The House Little Rock, Arkansas
Oct 11 2009 Eighth Street Taproom Lawrence, Kansas
Oct 12 2009 Off Broadway St. Louis, Missouri
Oct 13 2009 KRUI In-studio @ Public Space One Iowa City, Iowa
Oct 13 2009 The Mill Iowa City, Iowa
Oct 16 2009 Pioneer Place On Fifth St. Cloud, Minnesota
Oct 17 2009 Kitty Cat Klub Minneapolis, Minnesota

Kanye West Apologizes On Jay Leno...

After Kanye West's atrocious appearance at Sunday night's VMA he mustered up the courage to apologize on national television to Taylor Swift.

His actions are really irreversible but his apology did seem heartfelt. Even so, this isn't the first time he's been a complete ass on an award show so its clearly a reoccurrence that he doesn't learn from.

Let's also mention how incredible it is that Taylor Swift has branched over from country to win an MTV VMA, which is such an accomplishment. Taylor is a talented, one of a kind star.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Lily Allen Stands Up For The Little Guy...

Good or bad, you have to hand it to Lily Allen for speaking her mind.

This time around. she tackles British music and illegal file sharing and actually does make some valid points. One can argue for or against her but rising to fame on MySpace you must admit she is quite familiar with the workings of how a band blows up in this day and age.

Taking her opinion to her MySpace blog, Lily has written the following:

"I havent written on here for a while but I've taken the time to write this as I think music piracy is having a dangerous effect on British music, but some really rich and successful artists like Nick Mason from Pink Floyd and Ed O'Brien from Radiohead don't seem to think so. Last week in an article in the Times these guys from huge bands said file sharing music is fine. It probably is fine for them. They do sell-out arena tours and have the biggest Ferrari collections in the world. For new talent though, file sharing is a disaster as it's making it harder and harder for new acts to emerge. Heres a link to the article
Mason, O'Brien and the Featured Artists Coalition say that file sharing's "like a sampler, like taping your mate's music", but mix tapes and recording from the radio are actually very different to the file sharing that happens today. Mix tapes were rubbish quality - you bought the real music, because you liked the track and wanted to hear it without the DJ cutting off the end of each song. In digital land pirated tracks are as good quality as bought tracks, so there's not a need to buy for better quality. The Featured Artist Coalition also says file sharing's fine because it "means a new generation of fans for us". This is great if you're a big artist at the back end of your career with loads of albums to flog to a new audience, but emerging artists don't have this luxury. Basically the FAC is saying 'we're alright, we've made it, so file sharing's fine', which is just so unfair to new acts trying to make it in the industry.
You don't start out in music with the Ferraris. Instead you get a huge debt from your record company, which you spend years working your arse off to repay. When you manage to get a contract, all those pretty videos and posters advertising your album have to be paid for and as the artist, you have to pay for them. I've only just finished paying off all the money I owe my record company. I'm lucky that I've been successful and managed to pay it back, but not everyone's so lucky. You might not care about this, but the more difficult it is for new artists to make it, the less new artists you'll see and the more British music will be nothing but puppets paid for by Simon Cowell.
And it's not like there aren't alternatives to illegal downloads anyway. Sites like Spotify give us access to new music and different music without having to rip someone off - you can listen to tracks and see if you like them before you buy them. Then obviously there's MySpace, that streams music and helps acts like me get enough fans to convince record companies to sign us up.
If this sounds like I'm siding with the record bosses, I'm not. They've been naive and complacent about new technology - and they've spent all the money they've earned on their own fat salaries not industry development. But as they start to lose big from piracy, they're not slashing their salaries - they're pulling what they invest in A&R. Lack of funds results in A&R people not being able to take risks and only signing acts they think will work, which again makes British music Cowell puppets.
Is this the way we want British music to go? Now, obviously I'm going to benefit from fighting piracy, but I think without fighting it, British music is going to suffer.
I don't think what's out there is perfect. It's stupid that kids can't buy anything on the internet without credit, forcing them to steal Mum's credit card or download illegally. It's this kind of thing that the record company bosses, artists, broadband providers and government should be sitting down and discussing. I'm off to South America on tour today, but i'm going to be writing British artists, saying just this.
File sharing's not okay for British music. We need to find new ways to help consumers access and buy music legally, but saying file sharing's fine is not helping anyone - and definitely not helping British music. I want to get people working together to use new digital opportunities to encourage new artists."


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Amy Winehouse...The Musical?!!!

It seems to be the new thing...after a movie and everything else under the sun about your life you do a musical...

The latest is that Amy Winehouse: The Musical could be a possibility and will show her rise and fall to stardom complete with booze, drugs, of course BLAKE and even childhood memories.

According to The Sun, her brother Alex stated, "Amy is much better. I think one day there could be a musical of Amy's life...You just don't ever know how far things can go these days - look at all this talk of a JADE GOODY musical."

This would be absolutely bizarre...let's see if it ever sees the light of day.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Nine Inch Nails Announce Their Last Ever Shows

Trent Reznor has changed his mind about Nine Inch Nails' final live show being at Bonnaroo earlier this summer...and he's announced 10 shows to prove it. Playing their last ever shows, the band will hit several different venues in New York and Los Angeles, while playing 2 shows in Chicago at the same venue.

The Horrors are to open all dates...

These tickets are possibly going to be the hottest tickets of the good luck in attempting to score a pair!

Here are the dates:
8/22/09 NY, NY Bowery Ballroom
8/23/09 NY, NY Webster Hall
8/25/09 NY, NY Terminal 5
8/26/09 NY, NY Terminal 5
8/28/09 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
8/29/09 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
9/2/09 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium
9/3/09 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theater
9/5/09 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
9/6/09 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex

Likely Looks: Lily Allen - 22

Lily Allen comes out with her 4th video from "Its Not Me, Its You" for 22 and its a lovely display of late 20 somethings doing the ins and outs of a single life.

The concept is fabulous and so is the dress that Lily is wearing throughout the video (very Hollywood of her...).

Check it out here:

Friday, July 10, 2009

Bloc Party - One More Chance (Alex Metric Remix)

Bloc Party usually have no problem making an incredible track on their own but this time around they've commissioned Alex Metric to do a remix of their track "One More Chance". The result? An absolutely killer remix of the song

They have my vote to keep teaming up...

Bloc Party - One More Chance (Alex Metric Remix)

Thanks to Welikeit.indie

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Michael Jackson's Final Rehearsal Video Surfaces

A video of Michael Jackson's final rehearsal for his "This Is It" 50 date London stint has finally emerged. The footage which was exclusively released to CNN sees Michael performing "They Dont Care About Us" with dancers on stage at the Staples Center.

How he performed like this less than 48 hours before he died just blows my mind...he STILL had it. Michael you are SO missed...

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Lily Allen To Record A Song With Kate Moss?

Kate Moss has been known to randomly sing on her famous friends' records (Primal Scream anyone?) but the latest is that she is dying to record a song with Lily Allen.

"Kate knows it'll be easier to persuade Lily to work with her. She's always making Lily do karaoke with her at home. Lily adores Kate and it seems like she'd do anything she suggests," claims a source close to Kate.

Let's see if it comes through...

Friday, June 26, 2009

Lisa Marie Presley: "He Knew"

A very touchy blog from Lisa Marie Presley, once married to Michael Jackson about his passing titled "He Knew".

"Years ago Michael and I were having a deep conversation about life in general.

I can't recall the exact subject matter but he may have been questioning me about the circumstances of my Fathers Death.

At some point he paused, he stared at me very intensely and he stated with an almost calm certainty, "I am afraid that I am going to end up like him, the way he did."

I promptly tried to deter him from the idea, at which point he just shrugged his shoulders and nodded almost matter of fact as if to let me know, he knew what he knew and that was kind of that.

14 years later I am sitting here watching on the news an ambulance leaves the driveway of his home, the big gates, the crowds outside the gates, the coverage, the crowds outside the hospital, the Cause of death and what may have led up to it and the memory of this conversation hit me, as did the unstoppable tears.

A predicted ending by him, by loved ones and by me, but what I didn't predict was how much it was going to hurt when it finally happened.

The person I failed to help is being transferred right now to the LA County Coroners office for his Autopsy.

All of my indifference and detachment that I worked so hard to achieve over the years has just gone into the bowels of hell and right now I am gutted.

I am going to say now what I have never said before because I want the truth out there for once.

Our relationship was not "a sham" as is being reported in the press. It was an unusual relationship yes, where two unusual people who did not live or know a "Normal life" found a connection, perhaps with some suspect timing on his part. Nonetheless, I do believe he loved me as much as he could love anyone and I loved him very much.

I wanted to "save him" I wanted to save him from the inevitable which is what has just happened.

His family and his loved ones also wanted to save him from this as well but didn't know how and this was 14 years ago. We all worried that this would be the outcome then.

At that time, In trying to save him, I almost lost myself.

He was an incredibly dynamic force and power that was not to be underestimated.

When he used it for something good, It was the best and when he used it for something bad, It was really, REALLY bad.

Mediocrity was not a concept that would even for a second enter Michael Jackson's being or actions.

I became very ill and emotionally/ spiritually exhausted in my quest to save him from certain self-destructive behavior and from the awful vampires and leeches he would always manage to magnetize around him.

I was in over my head while trying.

I had my children to care for, I had to make a decision.

The hardest decision I have ever had to make, which was to walk away and let his fate have him, even though I desperately loved him and tried to stop or reverse it somehow.

After the Divorce, I spent a few years obsessing about him and what I could have done different, in regret.

Then I spent some angry years at the whole situation.

At some point, I truly became Indifferent, until now.

As I sit here overwhelmed with sadness, reflection and confusion at what was my biggest failure to date, watching on the news almost play by play The exact Scenario I saw happen on August 16th, 1977 happening again right now with Michael (A sight I never wanted to see again) just as he predicted, I am truly, truly gutted.

Any ill experience or words I have felt towards him in the past has just died inside of me along with him.

He was an amazing person and I am lucky to have gotten as close to him as I did and to have had the many experiences and years that we had together.

I desperately hope that he can be relieved from his pain, pressure and turmoil now.

He deserves to be free from all of that and I hope he is in a better place or will be.

I also hope that anyone else who feels they have failed to help him can be set free because he hopefully finally is.

The World is in shock but somehow he knew exactly how his fate would be played out some day more than anyone else knew, and he was right.

I really needed to say this right now, thanks for listening.


Such a sad loss to the world of music...and the world in general. R.I.P. Michael.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

The King of Pop has passed at the young age of 50 years old today. This is just so incredibly sad to lose such an important musician that will forever be remembered. Rest in peace MJ...

My thoughts go out to his 3 children and family on this sad sad day.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Likely Looks: Lily Allen - Fuck You

Surprisingly, Lily Allen and her record label managed to make a clean version of "Fuck You", which is quite impressive in itself...but a video too?! Now, that takes the cake...

The video itself doesn't actually feature Lily but its a day in the life with a little twist. Somehow she's got the ability to make people look like they do in crazy circus mirrors and other things courtesy of a green screen.

Check it out here:

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Hole To Reform!

Well...sort of. it is more like the Smashing Pumpkins situation where the main person (because what would Hole be without Courtney Love?!) is in the band and there are some former familiar faces joining in with the project.

After failing to release her solo album "Nobody's Daughter" that has been set to come out for some time now, she will resurrect the name Hole and release and tour under it. The album should be out at the end of 2009 or early 2010...we have yet to find out.

Joining her is her new partner in crime and former Larrikin Love member Micko Larkin and former Hole bassist Melissa Auf der Mar, who also added backing vocals on the record.

Get ready to add some 90's grunge back into your life...

Friday, June 12, 2009

Likely Listens: Deluka Deluka! Hailing from Birmingham but spending a lot of time in Brooklyn, this female fronted 4 piece will knock you out with their gritty electro pop rock.

I was hooked after hearing their first single, "Cascade" where I caught myself singing along after my second listen. Plus, the other songs on the MySpace page are just as good...

They've already gotten love from NME and Dazed And Confused so it seems they are on their way to becoming the next buzz band both here and in the UK.

Download the MP3 for "Cascade" here:
Deluka - Cascade

I think you'll all dig it!

At The Drive In To Reform?!

It seems that it COULD be a possibility according to their former singer, Cedric Bixler-Zavala!

Spilling the beans to Drowned In Sound, Bixler-Zavala said, ""We've been making amends with a lot of the members and having some really good talks with them...I wouldn't mind it [a reformation]. It might happen, we just have to iron out a lot of personal things. A lot of it we've dealt with already and I've apologised for a lot of things I've said and the way it ended... we'll see what happens."

Now THIS would be amazing!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Thom Yorke To Play Solo Gig At Latitude Festival

Thom Yorke is ditching the other guys in Radiohead for one night this summer and playing a solo show at the Latitude Festival in the UK.

On Sunday, July 19, Yorke is set to take the main stage with a set that could be filled with either Radiohead tracks and/or songs from his acclaimed album "The Eraser". We will just have to wait and see.

Likely Looks: Chairlift - Bruises

Chairlift aka "The iPod Nano commercial song band" have taken their well known track "Bruises" and turned it into a video surveillance spectacular! Caroline even sports a plastic bag as her outfit of choice in several scenes.

Its definitely quite a unique video...

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Likely Looks: MGMT - Kids

Ok...can someone PLEASE explain this MGMT video? First off, the kid is going to be traumatized for life. Secondly, what the hell is WRONG with that car seat and last but not least, is this ONE video or TWO???!!!! It seems like they couldn't choose a concept (whatever it was supposed to be anyway) so they decided to go for two and then make them all tie together by making the baby a cartoon in the end.

Just see for yourself...

Kid Cudi and Asher Roth Announce The Great Hangover Tour

Kid Cudi and Asher Roth have teamed up for what should be one of the best summer tours of 2009.

Calling it "The Great Hangover Tour", Cudi and Asher Roth will be kicking things off on July 14th in Boston, MA and touring the country for the next month straight.

Here are the tour dates:

July 14 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
July 15 - New York, NY - Nokia Theater
July 16 - Mariaville, NY - Indian Lookout
July 17 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
July 18 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak
July 20 - Kansas City, MO - Voodoo Lounge
July 21 - Denver, CO - Ogden
July 22 - Salt Lake City, UT - Harry O's
July 23 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
July 24 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Theatre
July 26 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
July 27 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee
July 29 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
July 30 - Austin, TX - Stubbs
July 31 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
August 2 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
August 3 - Norfolk, VA - Norva
August 4 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head
August 5 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

Paul McCartney To Perform First Two Concerts Ever At Citi Field

In 1965, The Beatles played the first ever show at Shea Stadium.

In 2008, Paul McCartney played at Billy Joel's show for the last ever concert at Shea Stadium.

Now, in 2009, Paul will be playing the first ever shows at Citi Field, the new home to the Mets.

The shows will be on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18...rain or shine!

"I am really excited about playing Citi Field - The Beatles were the first to play at Shea Stadium and along with Billy Joel, I was the last to sing at the old Shea," said Paul McCartney. "So to be the first to play this stadium is incredible. I am really looking forward to a buzzing show."

Tickets go on sale Monday, June 15 at 10:00 A.M. ET online exclusively at and by phone at 718-507-TIXX.

If its anything like McCartney's set at Coachella then these could be THE shows of the year.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Exene Cervenka Diagnosed With Multiple Sclerosis

Exene Cervenka, singer for the legendary band X has just released a statement that she is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

"After some months of not feeling 100% healthy, I recently had some medical tests run and the prognosis is that I am suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. Apparently, it has been affecting me for quite some time.

Although this is obviously unfortunate news, I am choosing to see the positive in it.

I, and X as a band, have supported the Sweet Relief charity since the mid-1990's; the irony of this is not lost on any of us. Sweet Relief was started as an aide to uninsured artists by musician Victoria Williams when she herself was diagnosed with MS in 1992.

While this diagnosis will most certainly mean some changes for me, personally, it will not affect my commitments to the current X U.S. tour, nor will it affect my solo album that is slated for release this fall on Bloodshot Records.

My focus will certainly be on maintaining my health–many people remain strong and continue to live their lives as productively as they had before an MS diagnosis and I plan to be one of those people."

What an amazing thing to put a positive spin on it. Here's to her feeling better as soon as possible...

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Likely Looks: Solid Gold - Bible Thumper

Solid Gold are a band you may have heard of but just don't know...yet. Hailing from the Twin Cities (well, just Minneapolis actually...) the band have already made a splash in their hometown, practically selling out the legendary First Avenue club just a couple of weeks ago.

Now they've got a video for their single "Bible Thumper", which is a catchy psychedelic rock track which gets compared to a cross between Hot Chip and Fleetwood Mac (a very daring combination I must say) and is just fantastic overall.

Here is the video directed by John Carlucci:

If you want to catch them on tour then here are the dates:

June 7 - Grand Old Day - Minneapolis, MN
June 11 – Public Assembly - Brooklyn, NY
June 13 - Union Hall - Brooklyn, NY
June 14 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
June 15 - Pianos - New York, NY
June 20 - Rock The Garden - Minneapolis, MN*
July 9 - Hultsfred Festival - Hultsfred, Sweden
July 11 - Lounge On The Farm - Kent, UK
July 12 - Loop Festival - Brighton, UK
July 31 - The Zoo - Minneapolis, MN

Glasvegas To Play MySpace Secret Show In...Vegas

Glasvegas and MySpace have teamed up to actually do something creative instead of the typical Secret Shows we are all used to these days in a certain city.

Clearly playing off the Vegas portion of their band name, Glasvegas are set to do a performance at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel on June 3 (tomorrow) in Las Vegas.

For more information or to possibly attend the show (if you get on line reeeeeeally early!) go to

Should be a good one!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Lady GaGa Creates A Mini Movie Masterpiece

Leave it to Jonas Akerlund to create an absolute masterpiece with Lady GaGa for her new single "Paparazzi". Its got, tradegy, a fallen star and a great comeback. Not to mention its shot beautifully and will pretty much solidify a place for Lady GaGa forever in pop music.

Not to mention the track is great on its own...

On a side note, are the triplets that look like they were in Poison back in the day the 3 Swedish kids from Daisy Of Love?

You need to watch this video. A lot:

Monday, May 25, 2009

Amy Winehouse Cancels London Comeback Show

Well, surprise surprise...Amy Winehouse cancels yet another gig?! Who would have thought...

Amy was supposed to perform at Shepard's Bush Empire on May 31st as a part of Island Record's 50th birthday celebration.

This cancellation comes after a horrendous performance earlier in the month in St. Lucia, where she only performed for an hour and forgot the words to most of her songs. Oh, and did I mention she seemed wasted on stage?!

"Amy would like to apologise to her fans who bought tickets for the show," says a statement released from her record label.

Poor Amy...

If you missed the St. Lucia performance you can watch it here:

Jay Bennett Passes Away In His Sleep

Its a sad day in the music world with the passing of Jay Bennett, who has died at the age of 45.

A former member of Wilco, Bennett worked as a sound engineer and played instruments for the band from 1994 to 2001.

"We are profoundly saddened to report that our friend died in his sleep ... Jay was a beautiful human being who will be missed," read a statement from Bennett's record label, Undertow Music Collective.

You will be missed Jay...

Glastonbury 2009 Line-Up Revealed!

If you have the urge to make the trek to the UK (or were lucky enough to get a ticket), Glastonbury's 2009 lineup has been announced

American legends dominate the headliners for the year (Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen) but the Blur reunion is going to be the one to see more...

Here it is:

Pyramid Stage


Neil Young
The Specials
Lily Allen
Fleet Foxes
Regina Spektor
Gabrielle Cilmi
Bjorn Again
The Rakes
The View
Lady Gaga


Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Dizzee Rascal
Spinal Tap
Eagles Of Death metal
VV Brown


Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Tom Jones
Amadou & Mariam
Tony Christie
Status Quo
Easy Star Allstars

Other Stage


Bloc Party
Ting Tings
Antony & The Johnsons
White Lies
Friendly Fires
The Maccabees
The Whip
Mr Hudson


Franz Ferdinand
Maximo Park
Paolo Nutini
Pete Doherty
The Script
Jason Mraz
Peter, Bjorn & John
Broken Family Band


Bon Iver
Bat For Lashes
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Enter Shikari
Brand New
Art Brut
Boxer Rebellion
In Case Of Fire

John Peel Stage


Jamie T
Jack Penate
Little Boots
VV Brown
The Virgins
F****d Up
Rumble Strips
Dan Black
General Fiasco


Jarvis Cocker
White Lies
Florence & The Machine
Passion Pit
Gaslight Anthem
Temper Trap
Big Pink
The Nightingales


Echo & The Bunnymen
The Wombats
The Soft Pack
Just Jack
Emmy The Great
Twisted Wheel
We Have Band
Wave Machines
Good Books

Jazz World Stage


Q Tip
De La Soul
The Streets
Steel Pulse
Hot 8 Brass Band
Stephanie McKay
The Perceptions
Speed Caravan


Rolf Harris
Warsaw Village Band
Playing For Change
Baaba Maal
Lonnie Liston Smith
Jamie Cullum
Rokia Traore
Erik Truffaz
Jamie Cullum


Black Eyed Peas
Manu Dibango
Roots Manuva
Orquesta Aragon
Linda Lewis
Abdullah Chhadeh and Syriana

Acoustic Stage


Ray Davies
Fairport Convention
Jason Mraz
Scott Matthews
No Crows
Hugh Cornwell
Ben Taylor
Sean Taylor
Karima Francis
John Smith


Kilfenora Ceili Band
Newton Faulkner
Lisa Hannigan
Gary Louris & Mark Olson (Jayhawks)
Bap Kennedy
Hope And Social
Cora Smyth Band


Georgie Fame
Roger McGuinn
Sharon Corr
Beth Rowley
Imelda May
Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Kate Walsh
Martin Harley Band
Lucy Wainwright Roche
London Community Gospel Choir

The Park


Animal Collective
The Horrors
Emiliana Torrini
Noah And The Whale
Special Guests
James Hunter
Golden Silvers
Lay Low


Bon Iver
M Ward
Special Guests
Shlomo & Guests
Horace Andy
Easy Star Allstars
The Memory Band
The Low Anthem
Bombay Bicycle Club
First Aid Kit


Seun Kuti & Fela's Africa 80
Cold War Kids
Alela Diane
Terry Reid
The Rockingbirds
Alberta Cross
Water Aid West Country Community Choir
Tunng & Tinariwen

Queens Head


Kap Bambino
Ebony Bones
Golden Silvers
Alessi's Ark
Liz Green
The Gentle Good
Charlene Soraia
We Have Band
Maximo Park
Smash n' Grab


Jason Mraz
The Big Pink
The Rakes
Rumble Strips
The Virgins
Dan Le Sac Vs Scoobius Pip
Tommy Sparks
The Low Anthem
Team Waterpolo
Hope And Social
Dead Like Harry
Yr Ods
City Stereo
The Mojo Fins
Maura Kincaid
The Slips
Sub Universe


Dan Black
The King Blues
The Shortwave Set
Special Guest
The Wombats
Official Secrets Act
Noah And The Whale
Emmy The Great
Broken Records
Special Guest
Peggy Sue & The Pirates
Marina & the Diamonds
Theoretical Girl
Blue Roses
Guilty Pleasures


Robyn Hitchcock
Magic Numbers
The Aliens
Bombay Bicycle Club
Joe Gideon & The Sharks
Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong
Fight Like Apes
The Capitol Years
Soft Toy Emergency
Priscilla Ahn
Jersey Budd
Two Door Cinema Club
Major Major
Motown 50th Birthday

East Dance


David Guetta
Freeland Live
Layo & Bushwacka!
Easy Star Allstars
Mark Irration
Tom Middleton
The Egg
Paul Woolford
Pama International


2 Many Djs
Pete Tong
La Roux
Tinchy Stryder
Eric Prydz
We Have Band


Calvin Harris
Mr Scruff
VV Brown
Rob Da Bank
Wonky Pop DJs
Kissy Sell Out
Wonky Pop DJs
Ou Est (Cote Ouest Big Band?)

West Dance


Erol Alkan
The Whip
Annie Mac
Skream And Benga
Joe Goddard (Hot Chip)
Nathan Detroit


Josh Wink
DJ Food
Timo Maas
The Japanese Popstars
Hudson Mohawke
Emperor Machine
Jam The Channel


Jodie Harsh
Beat Torrent
Freq Nasty
Dirty Vegas
Filthy Dukes
Don Diablo
Stuart Wilkinson



The Blockheads
British Sea Power
Orkestra Del Sol
Michael McGoldrick, Iain Fletcher
& Andy Dinan
The Puppini Sisters
3 Daft Monkeys
The Mandibles


The Wonder Stuff
Edward II
Eliza Carthy
Badly Drawn Boy
The King Blues
The Lancashire Hotpots
Wheeler Street
The Martin Harley Band


Peatbog Fairies
Seth Lakeman
Will Young
Teddy Thompson
The Mummers
The Destroyers
6 Day Riot

The Glade


Clive Craske
Mum Suleiman
Banco De Gaia
James Monro
Beardyman with The Bays
Tom Real


Sancho Panza
Dr Meaker
Don Letts
Dub Pistols
DJ Fresh
Stanton Warriors
Stereo MCs Sunday
Breakfast with Howard Marks
Hybrid Cinematic set
3 Daft Monkeys
Back to the Planet
Second Class Citizen
Richard 'Kid' Strange and the Party
Steve Hillage Band

Friday, May 22, 2009

Likely Looks: The Kissing Party - King Graves Rd.

It can't get any sweeter than The Kissing Party!

Their new single, 'King Graves Rd' and the video to go along it is just a simple day in the life of the band (with a cool split screen effect) that captures the band as much as it can in the span of two minutes...

Their new release, 'The Hate Album', comes out this summer so stay tuned!

For now, here is the video:

Kissing Party - King Graves Rd. from Lee on Vimeo.

Jay-Z Confirms Leaving His Label, Island/Def Jam

Jay-Z is leaving the very place which launched his career, Def Jam Records. After securing a deal with Live Nation for a pretty penny (or more like a pretty set of millions) he's confirmed that he will not be recording another album for the label.

The deal with Live Nation is for touring, publishing and recording...something these days a label just can't do.

Next up, hopefully a new album...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Likely Looks: Pete Yorn - Don't Wanna Cry

Pete Yorn is back with a new video for his single "Don't Wanna Cry"...and it actually might make YOU cry.

Its a beautiful song and a simple yet to the point video directed by one of The Malloys, which sees Pete looking back at an ex-lover.

Here is the video:

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Kylie Minogue Announces North American Tour

The day just got a little better...because Kylie Minogue has just announced her first EVER North American tour!

When "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" hit she did a few small radio appearances at Christmas shows...but it was never an ACTUAL tour.

Kylie shows are always a production so basically what I am trying to say is it is going to be AMAZING!!!

Here are the dates:

Sep. 30 Oakland, CA (SF Bay Area) Oakland Fox Theatre
Oct. 3 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl (Palms Hotel and Casino)
Oct. 4 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
Oct. 7 Chicago, IL The Congress Theater
Oct. 9 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Oct. 11 New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Kid Cudi Gets Denied By Lily Allen and Andre 3000

Kid Cudi may be the most talked about new guy in hip-hop but that still doesn't give him all the power in the world. Reaching out to Lily Allen and Andre 3000 to collaborate with them, he got rejected.

Here is his blog that explains it all:


Bat For Lashes Does David Letterman

Now, this performance could have gone horribly wrong...but Bat For Lashes AKA Natasha Khan pulled out an absolutely stunning performance.

The performance happened the night of May 1 and I know I am a little late on it but it is just too good not to share.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Austin City Limits Lineup 2009

Here it is!!!! The lineup actually is impressive this year...YAY Lily Allen!!!!!!!!

Pearl Jam
Dave Matthews Band
Beastie Boys
Kings of Leon
Ben Harper and Relentless7
Thievery Corporation
John Legend
The Dead Weather
The Levon Helm Band
Ghostland Observatory
Sonic Youth
Mos Def
Flogging Molly
The B-52s
Lily Allen
Citizen Cope
Arctic Monkeys
The Decemberists
Coheed and Cambria
Andrew Bird
Girl Talk
STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9)
Bon Iver
The Avett Brothers
The Airborne Toxic Event
Medeski, Martin & Wood
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Grizzly Bear
Heartless Bastards
Passion Pit
White Lies
Dan Auerbach
The Walkmen
The Scabs
Reckless Kelly
Blitzen Trapper
The Virgins
Here We Go Magic
K’ Naan
Asleep at the Wheel
Dr. Dog
The Raveonettes
The Knux
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
State Radio
Los Amigos Invisibles
The Felice Brothers
Federico Aubele
Raul Malo
Daniel Johnston
Poi Dog Pondering
Brett Dennen
Henry Butler
Preservation Hall
Sam Roberts Band
The Greencards
Sara Watkins
Walter “Wolfman” Washington
David Garza
John Vanderslice
Zac Brown Band
Todd Snider
School of Seven Bells
The Dodos
Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3
Alberta Cross
Deer Tick
Bell X1
Alela Diane
The Wood Brothers
The Parlor Mob
Rebirth Brass Band
Marva Wright
Terri Hendrix
Lisa Hannigan
The Low Anthem
Sons of Bill
Sarah Jaffe
Cotton Jones
The Henry Clay People
Papa Mali

Santigold Announces North America Tour

With a name change and a bigger fan base, Santigold is setting out on a headlining of the States and Canada with her friends Amanda Blank and Trouble Andrew to support her.

Catching a bit of her set at Coachella, she's one that can deliver live so these shows are a must see...

Here are the dates:

21 San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
22 Sacramento, CA - Empire
24 Eugene, OR - Cuthbert Amphitheatre
25 George, WA - Sasquatch!
28 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
29 Des Moines, IA - Peoples Court
31 Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live

1 Boston, MA - HOB
3 Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix Concert Theatre
4 Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis
6 Philadelphia, PA -The Festival Pier
7 Norfolk, VA - The Norva
9 NY, NY - Terminal 5
10 Washington, D.C. - 9:30 Club
12 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
13 St. Louis, MO - Bacardi B Live
15 Austin, TX - Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre
17 Houston, TX - HOB
18 Dallas, TX - HOB
20 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
21 Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl

Monday, April 27, 2009

Lily Allen Announces UK Tour

Woohoo for UK Lily fans! She's going back for another few dates in the UK in November so get your tickets fast...

November 16 - Sheffield O2 Academy
November 17 -Manchester Apollo
November 20 - Bournemouth BIC
November 21 - Plymouth Pavilions
November 22 -Swindon Oasis
November 24 -Birmingham NIA
November 25 -Glasgow SECC
November 27 -London O2 Academy Brixton

Oh and yes I went to the Lily show on Monday at Roseland and YES I will be posting a review soon.

Likely Looks: Little Boots - New In Town

Little Boots has the power to make people dance!!!!! From the homeless to the gangs, somehow her song "New In Town" just makes people automatically begin doing a choreographed dance mid whatever they were originally doing.

She looks amazing in this blue sequined dress, its fun and it screams Little Boots...

Check out the video here:

Friday, April 24, 2009

Likely Looks: Green Day - Know Your Enemy

Most of us music fans that are my age have grown up on Green Day and remember getting that copy of "Dookie" after hearing "Longview" on the radio...

To this day I still have a soft spot for the band and am really liking the single "Know Your Enemy". The video isn't brilliant but it fits its purpose

Here is the video:

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Paul McCartney at Coachella...WOW

I knew it was going to be a great set for the Coachella crowd probably hoping he would do EVERYTHING Beatles...and he most certainly delivered.

The set list was mind I'm giving myself a little bit of a kick for not making the trip to the desert.

Here is the set list:

Jet / Drive My Car / Only Mama Knows / Flaming Pie / Got to Get You Into My Life / Let Me Roll It (with a coda of Purple Haze) / Honey Hush / Highway / The Long and Winding Road / My Love / Blackbird / Here Today / Dance Tonight / Calico Skies / Mrs. Vanderbilt / Eleanor Rigby / Sing the Changes / Band on the Run / Back in the U.S.S.R. / Something / I’ve Got a Feeling / Paperback Writer / A Day in the Life > Give Peace a Chance / Let It Be / Live and Let Die / Hey Jude

First encore: Birthday / Can’t Buy Me Love / Lady Madonna

Second encore: Yesterday / Helter Skelter / Get Back / Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) > The End


Friday, April 17, 2009

PJ Harvey and John Parish Announce More U.S. Tour Dates

Seeing PJ at SXSW perform with John Parish was just brilliant. Seriously, can she ever NOT be brilliant?! YAY for new tour dates!

Here they are:

June 2 - Centre Stage, Atlanta GA
June 3 - Madison Theatre, Covington KY
June 5 - Warner Theatre, Washington, DC
June 6 - House Of Blues, Boston, MA
June 7 - Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
June 9 - The Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
June 12 - The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL
June 13 - Weesner Amphitheatre, Apple Valley, MN
June 19 - The Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
June 20 - The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA

Amy Winehouse To Write A Poetry Book

St. Lucia seems to have put Amy in a happy place, that's why she is currently penning a book of poetry while she is in the process of writing her third album.

"Amy's been stimulated since living in St Lucia." according to a source to the Daily Star. "She loves the chilled-out Caribbean atmosphere and has found it has encouraged her to write again."

Who was the influence behind the poetry book? Why, Mr. Pete Doherty of course.

Likely Looks: Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll (Live On Jimmy Fallon)

So, obviously with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs having a new album out, "It's Blitz", along come the TV performances.

Unfortunately, I missed SNL but I did catch Jimmy Fallon and I have to say...borrrring. Karen O built herself up to be this exciting stage presence wherever her performed and now she just looks bored. Her dance moves don't even resemble what she once was on stage and the only touch of old Karen O I saw was her pulling the microphone cord slickly through her fingers and pulling it across her torso.

I love the album and I absolutely love this band...but I think Karen O needs to watch some old videos of herself because he new moves just aren't working

Friday, April 10, 2009

Meiko Sets Off On Her First Headlining Tour!

Meiko's been opening up for a load of people and has been on the Hotel Cafe tour...but now its time for a headlining tour! It's her first and it will be a good one!

Here are the dates:

May 2 - Toad Suck Dayz Festival (All Ages) - Conway, AR
May 3 - 3rd & Lindsley (18+) - Nashville, TN
May 4 - The Hummingbird (18+) - Macon, GA
May 5 - Eddie's Attic (All Ages) - Atlanta, GA
May 7 - Canal Room (18+) - New York, NY
May 8 - Jammin Java (All Ages) - Washington, DC
May 9 - Tin Angel (21+) - Philadelphia, PA
May 10 - Stage One (All Ages) - Fairfield, CT
May 11 - Montoe Community College (All Ages) - Rochester, NY
May 13 - Radio Radio (21+) - Indianapolis, IN
May 14 - Blueberry Hill (21+) - St. Louis, MO
May 15 - Shubas (7PM Early Show - 18+) - Chicago, IL
May 15 - Shubas (10:30PM Late Show - 18+) - Chicago, IL
May 16 - People's Court (All Ages) - Des Moines, IA
May 17 - Varsity Theatre (18+) - Minneapolis, MN
May 18 - Majestic Theatre (All Ages) - Madison, WI
May 20 - Walnut Room (21+) - Denver, CO
May 26 - Crocodile Café (21+) - Seattle, WA
May 27 - Doug Fir Lounge (21+) - Portland, OR
May 29 - Hotel Utah Saloon (21+) - San Francisco, CA
May 30 - BuFest Music Festival (All Ages) - Malibu, CA

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

No Doubt Stands And Delivers

No Doubt is backwith their upcoming tour and a new song (well, a cover).

They've really got the best parts of the 80's on lockdown and just released a killer cover of Adam Ant's classic, "Stand And Deliver"

Have a listen and download it here:

No Doubt - Stand And Deliver

Likely Looks: Tori Amos - Welcome To England

So, I missed Tori Amos at SXSW...and I hate myself for it. Therefore, her new video for "Welcome To England" from her upcoming release "Abnormally Attracted To Sin", which comes out May 19th in the U.S. will just have to hold me over.

The scenery is stunning, Tori looks stunning and its just an absolutely beautiful video of Tori in almost a medieval setting.

I love it...and you should too.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Likely Looks: Phoenix "1901" Live On SNL

Blah blah blah its amazing Phoenix made it onto SNL considering what kind of bands they usually choose. That is all dead in the water...but their performance was AMAZING!

Hopefully they get a little more love as their new album "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix" has been on repeat

Here is the performance...enjoy!:

Friday, April 03, 2009

Lindsay Lohan Joins Lily Allen On Stage

During Lily Allen's performance of "Womanizer" last night at the Wiltern, a special guest popped out to do some dancing and barely sing...Lindsay Lohan.

What the point of her coming on stage was? I don't know. Maybe you have a theory...

Monday, March 30, 2009

All Points West Announce 2009 Line-up

The second annual All Points West festival have managed to bring a killer line-up to their 2009 festival.

The festival will take place from July 31-August 2 at Liberty State Park

Here's the line-up:

Friday, July 31: Beastie Boys, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, The National, Fleet Foxes, MSTRKRFT, Q-Tip, The Pharcyde, Organized Konfusion, The Knux, Ra Ra Riot, Seasick Steve, Telepathe, Shearwater, Heartless Bastards, Flying Lotus, College Humor Live, Arj Barker, Eugene Mirman and Bo Burnham.

Saturday, August 1: Tool, My Bloody Valentine, Gogol Bordello, Arctic Monkeys, Neko Case, The Ting Tings, Yelle, Crystal Castles, St. Vincent, Tokyo Police Club, The Cool Kids, Kool Keith, Cage the Elephant, Chairlift, White Rabbits, Electric Touch, The Postelles, Black Gold, College Humor Live, Tim & Eric, Judah Friedlander and Jim Jeffries.

Sunday, August 2: Coldplay, Echo & The Bunnymen, MGMT, The Black Keys, Elbow, Silversun Pickups, Mogwai, We Are Scientists, Ghostland Observatory, The Gaslight Anthem, Etienne De Crecy, Lykke Li, Akron/Family, Steel Train, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, College Humor Live, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Showalter and Todd Barry.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Liam Gallagher Enters The World Of Fashion

The Gallagher brothers have had their share of fashionable moments along their career, which is why I am guessing Liam Gallagher is now branching into fashion with his own line of clothes.

Calling it Pretty Green, Liam planned to give his wearers simple, classic styles similar to what he wears. The line will be entirely limited edition as well which in other words means if you see it and like it then BUY it.

Speaking about the line, Gallagher states, "Clothes and music are my passion. I'm not here to rip anyone off and I'm not doing it for the money either. I'm doing it cuz there's a lack of stuff out there of the things I would wear."

So, if you want to look like Liam (or at least dress like him), you'll have to wait till the line hits stores in June.

Here is a video teaser to go along with it as well:

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Likely Looks: PJ Harvey and John Parish - Black Hearted Love

PJ Harvey can do no wrong in my in point her new video with John Parish for "Black Hearted Love". Jumping up and down on a massive portable blow up castle in a slinky black dress...and then the rain comes...

Just watch this for yourself...its PJ Harvey for fuck's sake

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Why Late Of The Pier Are My New Heroes

These boys don't take any shit basically. A few videos have turned up about the madness that happened when the band played the free Filter SXSW Party at the Cedar Street Courtyard on Friday.

Basically, the show was running over an hour late and staff and security thought it would be OK to pull the plug on them mid song. The tour manager wasn't up for that...plugged it back in and then the chaos started.

Unnecessarily, security decided to push the tour manager back up the stairs aggressively and he had no other choice to fight back. Then the real madness happened when in the middle of "Bathroom Gurgle" one of the band members stopped mid song to get into the mess as well

What you are about to see was sort of about action!:

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Radiohead Really Don't Like Miley Cyrus

I still find it hysterical that Miley Cyrus thinks she has the right to meet every band she likes and they have to be nice to her. Having a crap show on the Disney Channel and a father as a one hit wonder doesn't mean she can be a spoiled brat.

Radiohead of course felt compelled to respond to the shit talk that Miley Cyrus said about the band on the radio the other day along the lines of “Stinkin’ Radiohead!...“I’m gonna ruin them, I’m gonna tell everyone.”

A spokesperson for the band responded to the comment by saying “When Miley grows up, she’ll learn not to have a sense of entitlement.”

Absolutely genius. Its nice to know there is still a sense of cred in this thing we call the music industry...

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Likely Looks: Bat For Lashes - Daniel

Bat For Lashes is back as Natasha Khan emerges with the beautiful single "Daniel".

Channeling the Karate Kid on this one, Natasha Khan fights off loads of people draped in black sheets and then proceeds to hop in a car and still fight them off. You'll just have to see for yourself...

Two Suns comes out on Astralwerks Records on April 6

Monday, March 09, 2009

U2 To Record A Reggae Album?

That's the latest word on the street...

With their new release "No Line On The Horizon" just fresh on the shelves, people are already talking about what is next to come for U2.

Apparently, the band started writing the tracks last year and are aiming for a 2010 release. It doesn't really come as too big of a surprise...I mean, they were signed by Chris Blackwell whi coincidently brought BOB MARLEY to fame in the U.S.

U2 are so stranger to doing experimental albums...Zooropa anyone?

Time will tell on this one...for now we will just have to enjoy "Get On Your Boots" and the other tracks from the new album.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Santigold Performs "Shove It" Live On Jimmy Fallon

Santigold with her brand new name change took to the new late night TV show with Jimmy Fallon to perform "Shove It". The MC Hammer looking gear (and moves as well) on the backup singers/dancers is sort of awesome.

Spank Rock shouted her out as SantOgold though...oops. Didn't you get the note about the LEGAL name change?

Here is the clip:

Monday, March 02, 2009

Looks Like Oasis Won't Be Playing China

Well, it would have been cool, but the Chinese government has pulled the plug on Oasis' two dates in China in April.

According to a statement from the band, "Representatives from the Chinese government have revoked the performance licenses already issued for the band and ordered their shows in both Beijing and Shanghai to be immediately canceled".

Therefore the April 3 date in Beijing and April 5 date in Shanghai are no more.

The reasons behind it? Well, one of them was noted at Noel Gallagher's solo performance at 1997's Tibetan Freedom concert. As a result the government "deemed that the band are ... unsuitable to perform to their fans in the Chinese Republic."

Sorry China!

Monday, February 23, 2009

The White Stripes Perform Together On Conan O'Brien's Last Ever Show!

The White Stripes made a very special appearance together to perform "We Are Going To Be Friends" on the last ever Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

It was nice to see the pair together and performing a little twist on a great track.

Check it out here if you didn't tune in on Friday night...

Monday, February 16, 2009

M.I.A. Has A Baby Boy

Congrats to M.I.A. and her new baby boy! She made it through the Grammys labor free and now has finally popped.

Check out the MySpace blog she posted for her fans:

T O F A N S F R I E N D S O N F A M I L Y . M Y B A B Y I S H E R E







If you didn't catch M.I.A. about to pop on the Grammys then here it is:

Friday, February 13, 2009

Lily Allen - The EPK

Lily Allen's EPK for her new album "It's Not You, It's Me" has been placed on everyone's favorite online video channel, YouTube.

It features tracks for the record and Lily discussing a little bit about the writing process and her songs. Its quite sweet...

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The White Stripes To Play The Last Ever Late Night With Conan O'Brien

The White Stripes and Conan have had a bit of a love affair for a while now. Remember the five night stint the band did to promote "Elephant"?

Well, Conan has asked the duo back to perform at his last show ever in the current time slot on February 20th.

What they will perform, I don't know. Any suggestions?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

PJ Harvey and John Parish - New York Tour Date!!!!

I don't know the other dates but i do know that PJ Harvey and John Parish have announced a live date in New York!

the show will take place on march 26th at Irving Plaza

The ticket pre-sale will be on February 13th.

The tour date comes in support of the duo's second album together titled "A Woman A Man Walked By"

Hopefully more dates to come....!!!!!!!!

UPDATE! There will be two more dates in the U.S. so far, Los Angeles and SXSW.

Here are the additional dates:

March 21 - SXSW
March 26 - El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

Lily Allen's Doing Oprah!

Some things are going right in the land of Lily Allen right now!

After her MySpace Secret Show tonight at the Bowery Ballroom it all go uphill from there as she will doing an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show! I guess changing management was a good thing after all, eh?

Date and time to be announced!

Friday, February 06, 2009

Kings Of Leon Announce U.S. Arena Tour

The Followill boys have come a long way since their first record. Now on record #4, the band has stepped it up and are doing a full fledged arena tour across the country. Hey, if you can sell out Madison Square Garden, you shouldn't have too much trouble elsewhere

Here are the tour dates:

APRIL 2009

19 - Boston, MA - Agganis Arena (On Sale 2/13)
21 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre (On Sale 2/13)
22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Palumbo (On Sale 2/13)
24 - Fairfax, VA - Patriot Center (On Sale 2/20)
25 - Philadelphia, PA - Spectrum (On Sale 2/13)
27 - Norfolk, VA - Constant Convocation Centre @ ODU (On Sale 2/14)
28 - Raleigh, NC - Koka Booth Amphitheatre (On Sale 2/13)
30 - Charlotte, NC - Bojangles' Coliseum (On Sale 2/13)

MAY 2009

04 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre (On Sale 2/14)
05 - Orlando, FL - UCF Arena (On Sale 2/13)
07 - Miami, FL - Bank United Center (On Sale 2/13)
08 - Tampa, FL - Sundome (On Sale 2/13)
10 - Charleston, SC - North Charleston Coliseum (On Sale 2/13)
12 - Cincinnati, OH - National City Pavilion (On Sale 2/14)
13 - Cleveland, OH - Tower City (On Sale 2/13)
19 - Phoenix, AZ - Mesa Amphitheatre (On Sale 2/14)
21 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (On Sale 2/22)

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Likely Looks: Oasis - Falling Down

Oasis has a good swipe at the Royal Family on the latest video for "Falling Down".

Directed by WIZ, the clip shows a fake royal princess being completely snubbed by the band at an event that they are both attending. She goes to shake their hands and gets well...nothing but a stare.

They've even managed to throw in a little bit of real life too with Prince Charles being spliced into the mix at the end.

Here is the video:

Lily Allen To Do MySpace Secret Shows In Support Of "It's Not Me, It's You"

Get ready for next week to be Lily Allen week! So far, she's announced a special deal when purchased the album on MP3 via Amazon for only $3.99.

Plus, she'll be doing 3 MySpace Music Secret Shows in London, Tokyo and New York. The only one confirmed is Tuesday, the day the album is released in the U.S. at Bowery Ballroom.

Stay tuned for this space for details on where to get a wristband etc.

The Black Lips Attempt To Conquer India

Everyone loves a bit of controversy and what band is better to give that to you then The Black Lips. After attempting to conquer India with their music, they ended up practically getting kicks out of the country for their insane on stage antics.

Check out a preview here and stand by for the whole documentary coming soon!

Lux Interior R.I.P.

The legendary Lux Interior, frontman of The Cramps, passed away yesterday at the hospital in Glendale, California at 4:30 AM PST yesterday due to an existing heart condition.

My condolences go out to his family.

Bloc Party Take On Girls Aloud

On a visit to BBC's Live Lounge on January 30th, Bloc Party decided to add a little bit of bubblegum pop in their lives and cover Girls Aloud.

Listen to Bloc Party's take on it here:
Bloc Party - Call The Shots (Girls Aloud cover)

If you want to check out the original, you can watch the video here:


Which one do you like better?

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Florence and the Machines Hearts Kelly Clarkson

Florence and the Machine teamed up with Mark Ronson at the Diesel U:Music Studios to do a lovely cover of Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone". Florence of course adds an absolutely lovely set of pipes to her take on the pop classic.

This song might be covered almost as often as "Umbrella" was back in the day or Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy".

Lily Allen North American Tour Dates Announced!

Lily's back! She'll be hitting the road in support of her album "It's Not Me, It's You" in the U.S. and Canada starting in April.

Support will come from Natalie Portman's Shaved Head.

The tour dates are as follows:

1 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
2 Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern
4 San Francisco, CA - Warfield
6 Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
8 Salt Lake City, UT - In the Venue
9 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
11 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
12 Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
13 Detroit, MI - St. Andrew's Hall
15 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
17 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
18 Philadelphia, PA - TLA
19 Boston, MA - House of Blues
20 New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom
22 Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix Concert Theater

More dates to come!

Monday, February 02, 2009

Bonnaroo Reveals 2009 Lineup

All I can say is Bruuuuuuuuuuce! Bonnaroo has come a long way since it first started...

Here is the lineup:

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Phish (2 Shows)
Beastie Boys
Nine Inch Nails
David Byrne
Al Green
Snoop Dogg
Elvis Costello Solo
Erykah Badu
Paul Oakenfold
Ben Harper and Relentless7
The Mars Volta
TV on the Radio
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Gov't Mule
Andrew Bird
Band of Horses
Merle Haggard
The Decemberists
Girl Talk
Bon Iver
Béla Fleck & Toumani Diabate
Rodrigo y Gabriela
The Del McCoury Band
of Montreal
Allen Toussaint
Coheed and Cambria
Booker T & the DBTs
David Grisman Quintet
Lucinda Williams
Animal Collective
Neko Case
Jenny Lewis
Robert Earl Keen
Citizen Cope
Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
The Ting Tings
Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Kaki King
Grizzly Bear
King Sunny Adé
Okkervil River
St. Vincent
Zac Brown Band
Raphael Saadiq
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Crystal Castles
Tift Merritt
Brett Dennen
Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue
Toubab Krewe
People Under the Stairs
Alejandro Escovedo
Vieux Farka Touré
Elvis Perkins In Dearland
Todd Snider
Portugal. The Man.
The SteelDrivers
The Knux
The Low Anthem
Delta Spirit
A.A. Bondy
The Lovell Sisters
Alberta Cross

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Lily Allen's "The Fear" Goes To #1

Lily Allen has scored his second #1 single with "The Fear" this week. It seems to be a trend now...her first single on each album has went to #1

She ended Lady GaGa's 3 week reign at #1...oh well.

Congrats Lily!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Coachella Line-Up Announced!

So, the Coachella line up is finally announced. No Britney...but it is pretty decent.

Here it is:

FRIDAY APRIL 17: Paul McCartney, Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Beirut, The Black Keys, Girl Talk, Silversun Pickups, The Ting Tings, The Crystal Method, Ghostland Observatory, Crystal Castles, The Airborne Toxic Event, We Are Scientists, N.A.S.A., Patton & Rahzel, M. Ward, The Presets, The Hold Steady, A Place to Bury Strangers, Felix da Housecat, Buraka Som Sistema, Ryan Bingham, Bajofondo, Peanut Butter Wolf, Noah & the Whale, White Lies, The Bug, Alberta Cross, Los Campesinos!, Craze & Klever, Molotov, Switch, Gui Boratto, Steve Aoki, The Aggrolites, People Under the Stairs, The Courteeners, Cage the Elephant, Dear and the Headlights.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18: The Killers, Amy Winehouse, Thievery Corporation, TV on the Radio, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, MSTRKRFT, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Atmosphere, Mastodon, TRAV$DJ-AM, Henry Rollins, Crookers, Turbonegro, Hercules and Love Affair, Superchunk, Glasvegas, Dr. Dog, Drive-By Truckers, Booker T & the DBT’s, Amanda Palmer, The Bloody Beetroots, Surkin, Para One (Live), Calexico, Liars, Bob Mould Band, Zane Lowe, Electric Touch, Blitzen Trapper, James Morrison, Drop the Lime, Glass Candy, Thenewno2, Gang Gang Dance, Billy Talent, Ida Maria, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Zizek, Cloud Cult, Tinariwen.

SUNDAY, APRIL 19: The Cure, My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Throbbing Gristle, Lupe Fiasco, Paul Weller, Peter Bjorn and John, X, Antony & the Johnsons, Roni Size, Public Enemy, Jenny Lewis, Groove Armada, Paolo Nutini, Christopher Lawrence, Lykke Li, The Kills, Okkervil River, M.A.N.D.Y., Clipse, Sebastien Tellier, Fucked Up, Perry Farrell, The Horrors, Late of the Pier, K’naan, Junior Boys, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Supermayer, No Age, Vivian Girls, Shepard Fairey, Themselves, Gaslight Anthem, The Knux, Mexican Institute of Sound, The Night Marchers, Marshall Barnes.

So, who is going to make the trek out to the desert this year?

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Likely Looks: Nico Vega - Burn Burn

Nico Vega just keep better and better in 2009 for me! With their self-titled debut album set to be released on February 3 and a tour with Semi Precious Weapons, they are ready to make a big splash in the music world.

Their new video for their single "Burn Burn" is a twisted version of Leonardo's famous painting "The Last Supper". Directed by the Skinny Directors (they also did the Devandra Bernhart video for "Carmensita"), the clip shows the band destroying instruments, people throwing food...its one supper I know I would like to attend. Who could turn down a good food fight?

Here's the video:

Coachella Will Have No Bowie, Radiohead Or Daft Punk!

Coachella rumors are flying around now almost daily but we can confirm that there will be no Radiohead, no David Bowie and no Daft Punk.

Who is left? Is Britney Spears really going to headline? Hopefully the line up gets released soon!

As long as Jack Johnson doesn't headline again...

Likely Listens: VV Brown

If you've been missing your fix of some new female singers, then here's one to feed your addiction; VV Brown.

Hailing from Northampton, UK, VV is no stranger to writing a good pop tune. She's already penned tracks for the Sugababes and The Pussycat Dolls before deciding to do it all on her own.

A little bit more on the fun side of retro pop...VV Brown is a mix of Amy Winehouse if she hung out with the Pipettes.

Already on the radar with her track "Crying Blood", VV Brown is one of the big artists to watch for in 2009. You'll have to wait till May though when her album "Travelling Like The Light" is scheduled to be released through Island Records.

If you are in the UK, you can catch her supporting the Ting Tings in February and March.

Check out the video for "Crying Blood":

Monday, January 26, 2009

Iggy Pop Really Wants To Sell You Some Insurance

Iggy Pop I guess is pressed for some cash these days. After being the soundtrack to the Royal Caribbean commercials for years with "Lust For Life", he's now ready to sell you some car insurance!

Taking the plunge into promoting Swiftcover Auto Insurance in the UK, its an odd fit and not even Iggy can give it the cool factor. Maybe he should have broken out the peanut butter?!

Likely Looks: The Ting Tings - Thats Not My Name

The Ting Tings have decided their other video for "Thats Not My Name" wasn't good enough so they decided to make one for us fine people in the U.S.

Loads of glow in the dark, a little bit of double dutch and of course Jules in sunglasses and Katie dancing up a storm in the middle of nowhere.

Its a fun video...although I actually prefer the original.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Likely Looks: Coldplay - Life In Technicolor II

Coldplay got a little lazy and decided to replace themselves with puppets for their latest video "Life In Technicolor II".

The kids seem to enjoy it and Chris Martin even has the ability to crowd surf as a puppet...pretty incredible.

Oasis To Play In China!

Oasis have announced they will be bringing their tour to China during the month of April.

Hitting 3 different cities, they will play:

April 3 - Beijing, Capital Gym
April 5 - Shangai, Grand Stage
April 7 - Hong Kong, AsiaWorld Arena

This will be the band's first time playing in the country...

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Lily Allen - Two New Tracks!

Lily, Lily, and more Lily! Here are two new Lily Allen tracks that are on "The Fear" EP and bonus tracks on "It's Not Me, It's You".

"Fag Hag":

"Kabul Shit"

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Lily Allen Performs New Track On BBC 6

Its less than a month away till the release of "It's Not Me, It's You" and songs are slowly pouring in. With the nice little sampler Parlophone offered up the other week and Lily releasing demos ages ago, now she has recently performed "He Wasn't There" live on BBC 6.

Listen to it here!:

Monday, January 19, 2009

Lily Allen Continues Katy Perry Feud

Lily Allen is not a person to get into a feud...and I am sure Katy Perry is regretting ever making that stupid comment about her being the skinnier American version of Lily and the fatter Amy Winehouse.

Lily was recently on Miquita Oliver's show and pulled off quite a good impression of Katy during her interview

Watch it here:

Coachella Line-up (sort of) Revealed

Of course...its a fake but hopefully there will be some actual truth to it. Apparently the Bowie listing is true. I know Moz is confirmed...and thats about it.

As the news comes along it will be posted...

U2 Unveiled "Get On Your Boots"

U2 is well, U2....they don't really need an introduction. Today they decided a special URL to their first single "Get On Your Boots" from their upcoming album "No Line On he Horizon" at

Thoughts? Well, its definitely not typical U2. They took a little bit of a different approach to their typical loud, full of sound pop/orock tracks and brought in a little bit of darkness to the track. Don't get me wrong, its still catchy but its definitely a change.

So far, I like it...I'm not in love but I have listened to it more than once.

The track listing for "No Line On The Horizon" is as follows:

1. No Line On The Horizon
2. Magnificent
3. Moment of Surrender
4. Unknown Caller
5. I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight
6. Get On Your Boots
7. Stand Up Comedy
8. Fez - Being Born
9. White As Snow
10. Breathe
11. Cedars Of Lebanon

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Ting Tings Announce Another U.S. Tour

Seriously, how many times are the Ting Tings going to tour in the U.S.? I mean, it felt like they were playing in New York once a week for the past year...

Well, if you missed them the 30 other times they've come around then here are the tour dates:

March 16 New York, NY Webster Hall
March 18 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
March 19 Philadelphia, PA Sanctuary
March 20 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
March 21 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
March 23 Norfolk, VA NorVa
March 24 Richmond, VA Canal Club
March 26 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
March 27 Miami, FL Ultrafest
March 28 Orlando, FL The Social
March 29 Tampa, FL Orpheum
March 31 Tallahassee, FL Club Downunder
April 2 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay Theatre
April 3 St. Louis, MO Blueberry Hill
April 5 Chicago, IL Metro
April 6 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
April 7 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
April 8 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
April 9 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
April 11 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
April 12 Seattle, WA Crocodile Cafe
April 13 Portland, OR Douglas Fir Lounge
April 15 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Decemberists Offer Free Download To Fans

The Decemberists are offering fans the chance to hear some of their forthcoming material via free download on their official website. Colin took to the official site to tell fans the latest and this is what he had to say:

Adored Mailing List Recipients,

It is our utmost pleasure to offer to you, dear Mailing List Recipient, the first crack at downloading a song culled from our upcoming Long Player, The Hazards of Love, due out on Capitol Records on March 24th. The song in question? It's called "The Rake's Song." Go immediately to to redeem said FREE DOWNLOAD! Share it with your friends! Post it as your Facebook update! Play it for your grandmother!

On second thought, don't play it for your grandmother.

In other news: NPR's World Cafe will be broadcasting a live session from the Decemberists along with an interview with Colin Meloy in the first hour of their show on Thursday, Jan. 15th. You can find your local station and times by scrolling to the bottom & choosing their state under "Find a Program Broadcast Time" at the following link:

Also: check out Colin's new twitter feed for the most up-to-date abstruse information about him and the band: Put that in your proverbial pipe and proverbially smoke it.

The Decemberists

Ohhh The Decemberists are twittering now? Its grounds for multiple checks to his account to see whats going on in his wonderful world.

To get the free download CLICK HERE