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Devendra Banhart Finishes Up New Full-Length

Jun 26, 2009 Devendra Banhart

Set for a Fall 2009 release, Devendra Banhart’s sixth full-length release is now complete.

Dungen Set to Tour U.S. in Summer

Jun 26, 2009 Dungen

In the wake of their 2008 release, 4, Swedish band Dungen will be returning to the United States in late summer for a slew of dates, including San Diego’s 25th annual Street Scene.

Michael Jackson Dies

Jun 25, 2009 Michael Jackson

The Los Angeles Times and various other news outlets are reporting that Michael Jackson has passed away today. At around 12:26 PM Pacific Time today paramedics arrived at Jackson’s home to find him not breathing and suffering from cardiac arrest. He was rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in a deep coma and has now been pronounced dead.

The Dodos Plan Fall Tour, Reveal Time to Die Artwork

Jun 25, 2009

Under the Radar‘s 2008 favorites The Dodos already announced the release of their third album, Time to Die. It’s coming out Septenber 22nd via Frenchkiss but if you want to read all the juicy details about the Phil Ek-produced LP you’d best read our news story about it. This week the San Francisco trio (now with 21-year-old music school dropout/vibraphone player Keaton Snyder) are announcing a gargantuan U.S. tour around the album’s release. The Ruby Suns are supporting throughout.

Jim James to Release EP of George Harrison Covers

Jun 25, 2009 Jim James

As reported by both Pitchfork and Billboard, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, or rather the mysteriously similar-named musician Yim Yames, is releasing an EP of George Harrison covers. The EP, Tribute To, will be released by ATO on August 4th.

Oscars Expand Best Picture Nominees to Ten

Jun 25, 2009

For those still holding a small grudge over the fact that neither The Dark Knight or WALL-E got any best picture love from this year’s Academy Awards (anyone think the The Reader was that good?), Variety reports that for the first time in 65 years, the Motion Picture Academy will be expanding the field of best picture contenders to 10 for the next awards ceremony.

The Aliens to Release Special Edition Book and Second Album in U.S.

Jun 24, 2009 The Aliens

British band The Aliens have been hard at work, set to inspire a whole new round of extraterrestrial-related music jokes with the release of thier limited-edition book and the U.S. release of sophmore album, Luna, via Birdman.

Phantasmagorical Stills Released of Tim Burton/Disney’s Alice in Wonderland

Jun 24, 2009 Tim Burton

Tim Burton has made a career out of crafting creepiness and wildy imaginative worlds. From the Gothic cityscapes of the original Batman, the foggy grotto of Sleepy Hollow, or Willy Wonka’s candy-coated dream factory, director Tim Burton has moved beyond his German Expressionistic influences to earn labels like ‘Burtonian’ or ‘Burtonesque.’ Fans of the director’s colorful filmography were not surprised when he announced he would tackle an adapation of one of the most cherished fantasy worlds in literature: Lewis Carroll’s sacred cow Alice in Wonderland.

Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon Announces New Project, Volcano Choir

Jun 24, 2009 Bon Iver

A collaboration between Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and members of Collections of Colonies of Bees, Volcano Choir announced today via a press release that their debut album Unmap, is to be released September 22th on Jagjaguwar.