Jul 22, 2009

First there was Jigga's new hair do and then "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" (which debuted on Billboard's Hot 100 at No. 24). And now this? According to this Reuters news piece, the psychedelic synth duo MGMT will be one of the many musicians appearing on Jay-Z's upcoming, long-awaited LP, The Blueprint 3. More

Jul 21, 2009

If you were to put your head up to a cement mixer for several hours you might get close to the sound of the industrial-tinged experimental rockers A Place to Bury Strangers. Keep at it and eventally you may burst a blood vessel in your forehead or worse. Strangers' type of glorious din requires such a warning label. So it comes with no surprise that the cacophonous New York trio's sophomore longplayer is entitled Exploding Headout October 6th on Mute. More

Jul 21, 2009

If you're making the trek over to this year's Lollapalooza, you won't have to wonder anymore what co-headliner wll fill your ears with wonderful sounds on Saturday night. As we reported yesterday, The Beastie Boys were scheduled to be apart of the Chicago fest's heavy-hitting August 8th lineup, but Adam Yauch's cancerous throat gland tumor forced the group to cancel all their festival engagements and postpone their new LP. Fortunately, the sure-footed Lolla promoters didn't pull hairs over deciding a suitable stand-in: festival-circuit veterans Yeah Yeah Yeahs! More

Jul 21, 2009

In October of 2007, Sufjan Stevens revealed The BQE, a film and orchestral meditation on New York City's very ugly and very congested Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The artsy soiree, replete with five hula hoopers, strings, woodwinds, horns, and Steven's homemade footage debuted at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival. On October 20th, Asthmatic Kitty Records will release The BQE (October 19th on Rough Trade in the U.K.). More

Jul 21, 2009

Every year since 1992 The Mercury Prize has been awarded to the best album recorded by an artist from either the United Kingdom or Ireland. Last year Elbow won it. This morning 2009's nominees were announced. They include Bat For Lashes, Florence and the Machine, Friendly Fires, The Invisible, Glasvegas, The Horrors, Kasabian, and others. More

Jul 20, 2009

British trio Muse is set to release its new album, The Resistance, on September 15th via Warner Bros. This is the follow-up to 2006's Black Holes and Revelations. The Resistance was recorded in Italy, was produced by Muse, and was mixed by Mark 'Spike' Stent (U2, Depeche Mode, Oasis). More

Jul 20, 2009

The BBC has released a new photo of Matt Smith, who is taking over from David Tennant to play The Doctor on Doctor Who, which reveals what the time traveling character will now be wearing. Apparently, despite being the youngest actor to ever play The Doctor, Smith's Doctor will sport a bowtie! Also featured in the photo is The Doctor's new companion, to be played by Karen Gillan. Gillan's character name has also just been revealed by the BBCshe'll be named Amy Pond. More

Jul 20, 2009

Early this morning, The Beastie Boys announced some disheartening news: Adam Yauch (aka MCA) has been diagnosed with a tumor in his parotid or salivary gland. Though it's a cancerous tumor, a press release notes, "luckily it was caught early and is localized in one area, and as such is considered very treatable." Despite this, Yauch must have surgery and "several weeks of additional treatment." All of the band's upcoming shows have been canceled and the release of their upcoming album has been pushed back. More

Jul 20, 2009

Brooklyn synth pop trio Chairlift are testing their road legs after signing to Columbia this past spring. The Chairlift headlining tour (with spazzy U.K. popsters Micachu & The Shapes) commences September 5, at NYC's Bower Ballroom, and will wrap up at London Brixton Academy at the tailend of the Phoenix support segment. More