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April 28, 2009
YEAH YEAH YEAHS SPRING TOUR

The band is going on a mini tour to support their brand new album ‘It’s Blitz’, released on March 31. They will be stopping in at two music festivals during their tour.

Quincy, Washington Sasquatch Festival (May 23)
Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre (26)
Detroit, MI Clutch Cargos (27)
Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall (28)
Minneapolis, MN First Ave (30)
Milwaukee, WI Eagles Club (31)
St. Louis, MO The Pageant (June 2)
Kansas City, MO The Beaumont (3)
Mountain View, CA Live 105 BFD (6)
Manchester, TN Bonnaroo (12)
Jersey City, NJ All Points West (July 31)

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GREEN DAY TOUR ANNOUNCED

Green Day will be back on the road on July 3, 2009 with their first gig scheduled for the Key Arena in Seattle.

The new album ‘21st Century Breakdown’ is just a few weeks away. This will be their first album in 5 years and first tour in 3 years.

‘21st Century Breakdown’ is the 8th studio album for Green Day. It will be released on May 15. [UNDERCOVER]

JULY

03 Seattle, WA Key Arena
04 Vancouver, BC GM Place?06 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
07 Saskatoon, SAS Credit Union Centre
09 Winnipeg, MAN MTS Centre
10 Fargo, ND Fargo Dome
11 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
13 Chicago, IL United Center
14 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
16 Hamilton, ONT Copps Coliseum
17 Ottawa, ONT Scotiabank
18 Montreal, QUE Bell Centre
20 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden
21 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Spectrum
22 Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena
24 Hartford, CT XL Center
25 Albany, NY Times Union Center
27 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
29 Washington DC Verizon Center
31 Nashville, TN Sommet Center

AUGUST

01 Atlanta, GA Gwinnett Center
03 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
04 Miami, Fl American Airlines Arena
05 Orlando, FL Amway Arena
07 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
09 Houston, TX Toyota Center
09 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
11 St Louis, MO Scottrade Center
12 Kansas City, Sprint Center
13 Omaha, NE Qwest Center
15 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
16 Salt Lake City, UT Energy Sol Arena
18 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
20 San Diego, CA Cox Arena
21 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay
22 Phoenix, AZ, US Air Arena
24 Sacramento, CA Arco Arena
25 Los Angeles, CA The Forum

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April 23, 2009
The Killers to Release Cover Album

In addition to tinkering around with songwriting ideas for its next Christmas single, the percussionist admits there have been internal discussions about the long-rumored Killers covers album. Songs already recorded include Bright Eyes cover "Four Winds (U.K. B-side for "Spaceman"), as well as a Cyndi Lauper tune and a version of Murray Head's "One Night in Bangkok." Regarding the latter track, Vannucci says the band "messed around" and recorded it with Louis XIV. He stressed at the very least a street date for the covers project remains far off, if not open-ended. [Billboard]

A cover album from the Killers would be amazing. Even though they haven't made anything as good as their first album in my opinion, I still look forward to anything new they release. Maybe if Brandon Flowers makes friends with Pete Wentz we'll get a Killers cover of "Dance, Dance". Haha.

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April 16, 2009
DAILY DOWNLOAD: GREEN DAY

The daily download is the first single from Green Day's upcoming album 21st Century Breakdown.

Green Day - "Know Your Enemy"

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April 26, 2007
Writers Wanted

I'm looking for people who would like to write for this blog. I tend to fall behind every once and a while and wouldn't mind working with someone on it to keep it updated daily. When updated, it has proven to be quite a successful blog.

E-mail me at thejakeness [at] gmail.com if you're interested.

April 02, 2007
24DOWNLOAD: Linkin Park

Today's track is the new single off Linkin Park's new album, 'Minutes to Midnight'.

Linkin Park - "What I've Done"

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February 22, 2007
NO DOUBT TO MAKE NEW ALBUM

Gwen Stefani says she can't wait to reform with her No Doubt band mates, and hopes to have an album out by summer 2008.

The pop singer has spent recent months promoting her second solo set "The Sweet Escape", and heads out on tour over the summer before giving birth to her second child. And after a busy year, Stefani plans to keep the momentum up with a return to pop-rockers No Doubt.

"I got an idea in my head about what we could do and now that's all I can think about - doing a No Doubt record," She tells radio station Galaxy. [Sound Generator]
Finally, No Doubt will return with some new material. As good as Gwen Stefani's music has been, No Doubt is missed by many. Their album, Tragic Kingdom, was my first album I bought. They're memories and I look forward to 2008.

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HAWTHORNE/POISON JOIN WARPED TOUR

Hawthorne Heights have announced via a MySpace bulletin that they will appear on at least a portion of this year's Warped Tour.

Similarly, Ferret Records have confirmed that metalcore band Poison The Well will also play some dates. A complete list of confirmed acts, as well as what dates they are playing, is below.

The traveling festival will once again run from June to August 2007 all over the U.S. and Canada. The tour, in its 12th year, was founded by Kevin Lyman, who recently co-founded the Taste Of Chaos tour, entering its third year. [AP]

CURRENT WARPED TOUR 2007 LINEUP (bands playing all dates unless otherwise noted)
Agent Orange (8/23-25)
Alesana (Smartpunk Stage)
Alkaline Trio (7/31-8/7)
All Time Low (Smartpunk Stage)
The Almost (6/28-7/15, 7/24-8/25)
Anberlin (Spartpunk Stage)
The Automatic (6/28-7/24)
Bad Religion
Bayside
Big D And The Kids Table
Blessthefall (Smartpunk Stage)
Boys Like Girls
Cinematic Sunrise (Smartpunk Stage; dates TBD)
Coheed And Cambria
Cute Is What We Aim For
Drop Dead, Gorgeous (Smartpunk Stage)
Envy On The Coast (Smartpunk Stage)
Escape The Fate
The Fabulous Rudies
The Fall Of Troy (Smartpunk Stage)
Gallows
Haste The Day (Smartpunk Stage)
Hawthorne Heights (dates TBA)
Hot Rod Circuit
K-Os
The Matches
Meg And Dia
New Found Glory
Norma Jean (7/19-7/22)
Paramore
Pennywise (6/28-7/25, 8/17-25)
Pepper
Poison The Well
Set Your Goals (Smartpunk Stage)
SoTheySay (Smartpunk Stage)
The Spill Canvas
Tiger Army
Underoath (7/24-8/10)
The Unseen
The Vandals (6/28-7/1)

WARPED TOUR 2007 ROUTING (venues TBA):
06/28 San Diego, CA
06/29 Pomona, CA
06/30 Ventura, CA
07/01 San Francisco, CA
07/03 Vancouver, BC
07/05 Calgary, AB
07/07 Salt Lake City, UT
07/08 Denver, CO
07/11 Phoenix, AZ
07/12 Las Cruces, NM
07/13 San Antonio, TX
07/14 Dallas, TX
07/15 Houston, TX
07/18 Atlanta, GA
07/19 Jacksonville, FL
07/20 Tampa, FL
07/21 Miami, FL
07/22 Orlando, FL
07/23 Charlotte, NC
07/24 Virginia Beach, VA
07/25 Washington, DC
07/26 Scranton, PA
07/27 Detroit, MI
07/28 Chicago, IL
07/29 Minneapolis, MN
07/31 Milwaukee, WI
08/01 Cincinnati, OH
08/02 Cleveland, OH
08/03 Philadelphia, PA
08/04 New York, NY
08/05 Englishtown, NJ
08/07 Indianapolis, IN
08/08 Pittsburgh, PA
08/09 Boston, MA
08/10 Buffalo, NY
08/11 Toronto, ON
08/12 Montreal, QB
08/14 St. Louis, MO
08/15 Kansas City, KS
08/17 Boise, ID
08/18 Seattle, WA
08/19 Portland, OR
08/23 Fresno, CA
08/24 Sacramento, CA
08/25 Los Angeles, CA

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RARE ELLIOT SMITH RECORDINGS

Kill Rock Stars have announced they will post-humously release New Moon, a double-disc rarities collection from Elliott Smith, one of pop music's most gifted and troubled singer-songwriters, on May 8. The track list is below:

Disc 1
Angel In The Snow
Talking To Mary
High Times
New Monkey
Looking Over My Shoulder
Going Nowhere
Riot Coming
All Cleaned Out
First Timer
Go By
Miss Misery (early version)
Thirteen

Disc 2
Georgia Georgia
Whatever (Folk Song in C)
Big Decision
Placeholder
New Disaster
Seen How Things Are Hard
Fear City
Either/Or
Pretty Mary K (other version)
Almost Over
See You Later
Half Right


Elliott Smith died on Oct. 21, 2003, and his death is still under investigation. [AP]
Elliot Smith was a great musician, can't wait to hear the rare recordings, they should be epic. His music was a great idea for the movie Good Will Hunting.

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CHRIS CORNELL LEAVES AUDIOSLAVE

Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell has left the group, citing "irresolvable personality conflicts".

Cornell said in a statement, "Due to irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences, I am permanently leaving the band Audioslave. I wish the other three members nothing but the best in all of their future endeavors."

There were hints of the band going their separate ways, when Rage Against The Machine (featuring Brad, Tom and Tim from Audioslave) announced they would reform and play at the Coachella festival in California this April.

Chris Cornell also recorded a solo single as the theme to 'Casino Royale', 2006's James Bond effort, 'You Know My Name'.

The band formed in 2001 after Rage Against The Machine split with their front man Zach De La Rocha in 2000. Cornell's previous band Soundgarden had split after their 1997 Australian tour. He released one solo album in the meantime.

They had three albums in their short career.

Cornell will release his second solo album 'Carry On' on April 28, produced by Steve Lilywhite. There is no word of a Rage Against The Machine recording yet. [Undercover]
I enjoyed the first album from Audioslave, the second, not so much. It's great that Rage Against the Machine is trying to try things out again with a reunion show, time will only tell how it turns out. Best of luck to Chris on his solo career.

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SIRIUS AND XM MERGE

XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio have entered into an agreement to merge.

The deal values the combined company at $13 billion.

The combination of the two companies is expected to offer a great choice of channels to customers, accelerated technology and new benefits to OEM partners.

The management line-up for the new company will be led by Sirius head honcho Mel Karmazin. Gary Parsons, Chairman of XM will chair the joint company. XM's CEO Hugh Panero is expected to exit the company following the merger.

Sirius Radio's core asset is superjock Howard Stern. XM Radio has grabbed headlines by signing Bob Dylan to host one of its programs.

The deal is subject to approval by the FCC but expected to be finalized before the end of 2007. [Undercover]
The FCC is having trouble approving this deal. They're afraid with no other Satellite alternative, XM/Sirius may jack up their prices any time they want. It is against certain laws for this to happen. I hope it doesn't, XN is way better anyway.

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WHITE STRIPES SIGN WITH WARNERS

The White Stripes are set to sign with a major label for the first time, according to Billboard.com.

The band are said to be "close to inking a long-term, multi-million dollar deal with Warner Bros."

The duo were dropped by indie label V2 last month. They, along with Moby and The Crystal Method, fell victim to a massive operational restructure at the company. [Undercover]
Best of luck to the White Stripes with their new record deal. They're money makers for any company, odd that they were dropped from their other label. I mean, sure, get rid of Moby, but the White Stripes? Weird.

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BLOC PARTY SPRING TOUR

Bloc Party have unveiled their second UK tour of 2007 for April - playing some of the biggest shows of their career.

The band released their second album this month "A Weekend In The City" - currently sitting at No. 2 in the UK album charts - and have confirmed plans for their second single release on April 9th to coincide with a new tour.

The London based outfit will hit the road from April 14th for six shows - including two dates in London at the Brixton Academy on April 19-20. The Monday prior they release "I Still Remember". [Sound Generator]

Dates are:

April 2007

14 - Glasgow Academy
15 - Wolverhampton Civic Hall
16 - Plymouth Pavilions
18 - Blackpool Empress Ballroom
19, 20 - London Brixton Academy

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UNDEROATH SPRING/SUMMER TOUR

Underoath is taking to the road for a seven-week tour beginning next Thursday (Feb. 22) at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa. As previously reported, the trek comes on the heels of drummer/vocalist Aaron Gillespie's tour with his side project, the Almost.

The group will be sharing the stage with Taking Back Sunday through April 7 at the House Of Blues in Atlantic City, N.J. Underoath is supporting its most recent Tooth & Nail release, "Define the Great Line," which was recently certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of 500,000 copies.

The band will also play some dates on this year's Warped Tour, despite dropping off the 2006 lineup due to interpersonal conflicts. "Things are better than ever now. We've done three tours since then, so things are good," Gillespie told Billboard.com in January.

The sextet is also scheduled to perform June 30 at the 2007 Cornerstone Festival, the annual Christian music event held in Bushnell, Ill. [Billboard]

Feb. 22: University Park, Penn. (Bryce Jordan Center)
Feb. 23: Ypsilanti, Mich. (EMU Convocation Center)
Feb. 25: Birmingham, Ala. (Boutwell Auditorium)
Feb. 27: San Antonio, Texas (Sunset Station)
Feb. 28: Dallas (Palladium)
March 1: Oklahoma City (Lloyd Noble Center)
March 2: St. Louis (Pageant)
March 3: Milwaukee (Eagles Ballroom)
March 4: St. Paul, Minn. (Myth)
March 6: Des Moines, Iowa (Val Air Ballroom)
March 7: Kansas City, Mo. (Uptown Theatre)
March 8: Denver (Fillmore Auditorium)
March 9: Salt Lake City (Salt Air)
March 10: Las Vegas (House of Blues)
March 11: San Bernardino, Calif. (Orange Pavilion)
March 13: Irvine, Calif. (UCI Bren Events Center)
March 14: San Francisco (The Concourse)
March 15: San Luis Obispo, Calif. (SLO University Rec Center)
March 16: Reno, Nev. (Lawlor Event Center/Univ. of Nevada)
March 17: Boise, Idaho (Theatre at Taco Bell Arena)
March 18: Vancouver (PNE Forum)
March 20: Edmonton (AgriCom Northlands)
March 21: Calgary (Calgary Corral)
March 22: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Prairieland Park)
March 23: Winnipeg, Manitoba (Burton Cummings Theatre)
March 25: Thunder Bay, Ontario (Community Auditorium)
March 27: Ottawa (Congress Centre)
March 28: London, Ontario (Centennial Hall)
March 29: Toronto (Arrow Hall)
March 30: Montreal (Theatre Olympia)
March 31: Moon Township, Penn. (Sewall Center/Robert Morris Univ.)
April 1: Albany, N.Y. (Armory)
April 4: Wilkes-Barre, Penn. (Wachovia Arena)
April 5: Amherst, Mass. (Mullins Center)
April 6: Lowell, Mass. (Tsongas Arena)
April 7: Atlantic City, N.J. (House of Blues)

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December 10, 2006
FALL OUT BOY TALKS ABOUT NEW ALBUM

Fall Out Boy says its third album, "Infinity on High," will surprise its fans -- but hopefully in a good way. Guitarist Patrick Stump tells Billboard.com that the Chicago band's second major label album, the follow-up to 2005's double-platinum "From Under the Cork Tree," cuts a broader swath of styles and flavor than its predecessors.

"From song to song there's a completely different feel, but they all make sense in context," Stump explains. "They've got a few common points, but overall there's a lot of different voices and perspectives and styles. It would be dishonest for us to hold back any of these elements."

Fall Out Boy is telegraphing those new directions with the album's first single, the funky "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race," which was released on Nov. 21 and played live at the American Music Awards ceremony. "It's basically a hip-hop/R&B song, but written as a punk song," says Stump, who came up with the groove while he was doing some production work for Gym Class Heroes.

Stump says he was particularly surprised by some "borderline classic rock" sounds the quartet came up with for the album, which is due Feb. 6 via Island. There's also greater use of piano, he says, as well as strings and horns, though he claims that "we were really restrained about it. At the end of the day the core of the songs is just four guys -- drums, bass and two guitars -- playing. They're just rock songs."

"Infinity on High," which takes its title from a letter Vincent Van Gogh wrote to his brother, also features guest appearances by Jay-Z, who introduces one track, and guitar solos on another by Panic! At the Disco's Ryan Ross and New Found Glory's Chad Gilbert. [Billboard]
I can't seem to get into the new single. It's good that they're trying something new though. They could've just stuck with the style from their last album because it worked, but instead they're experimenting and doing their thing. I do hope they have one or two songs though that sound like their last album. Only time will tell..

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THE SPILL CANVAS STARTING FRESH

South Dakota-based emo-rock act the Spill Canvas have signed to Sire Records. Sire, a division of the Warner Music Group, was originally an independent label until 1976, when they signed a distribution deal with Warner Bros. The label has been the home to many influential artists over the years such as the Ramones, the Smiths and the Cure. Recently, the label was unearthed, and currently houses groups like Against Me!, Armor For Sleep and HIM, among others. The band are currently preparing to enter the studio with Neal Avron (Yellowcard, Fall Out Boy) to record their major-label debut, which should be out in mid-2007. [AP]
This could be good news or it could be bad. I'll guess it's good especially since the Cure and Smiths came from it. The Spill Canvas were smart to get Neal, he has experience with successful bands. Best of luck to them.

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2007 TAKE ACTION! TOUR

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Emery and A Static Lullaby are confirmed to perform during this year's Take Action! Tour. The trek kicks off Feb. 1 at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., and runs through late February. Scary Kids Scaring Kids and Kaddisfly are also slated to perform.

A two-disc CD/DVD compilation, "Take Action Volume 6," will also be released Feb. 6, with proceeds from the project and the tour to be donated to the Youth America Hotline. The set features previously unreleased material from the Honorary Title ("Untouched & Intact"), So They Say ("Break the Silence"), Crash Romeo ("Life Camp"), Drive By ("Accidents") and the Secret Handshake ("Don't Call").

My Chemical Romance and Rise Against, along with past and present bands from the tour, also contributed. The DVD portion contains music videos from the bands.

Take Action!, now in its sixth year, was founded by Hopeless and Sub City Records to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention initiatives. Past performers have included artists Anti-Flag, Hawthorne Heights, Jimmy Eat World and Thrice. [Billboard]
This tour sounds like it's a really good cause. Everyone should attend. I just recently heard a song from my girlfriend of The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, they're pretty good. Make sure to check out the album/dvd as well, it has a lot of bands you'll love.

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MISS YOUR FACE ALBUM STREAM

Emo-rock quartet The Transit War have posted online a full-album stream of their new album, Miss Your Face, out now on Orange Peal Records. [AP]

(STREAM) The Transit War - Miss Your Face
I've never heard of this band, but after sampling a song, they sound like they fit in here. Let me know what you think of them in the comments, they're not doing much for me so far.

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THURSDAY HEADLINING STRHESS TOUR

Rock act Thursday is partnering with artist Derek Hess' clothing company Strhess and PureVolume.com for its winter tour, which will also feature Murder By Death, Fear Before The March Of Flames and Heavy Heavy Low Low. The trek begins Jan. 18 in Hartford, Conn., and wraps Feb. 3 in Lancaster, Pa.

Fans are being asked to submit art that will be a part of the tour; 20 finalists will be featured on Stresstour.com, and a fan vote will decide the winner, whose work will be displayed on the road.

Before the tour, Thursday will play its annual holiday concert Dec. 27 in Sayreville, N.J., with support from Lifetime, From Autumn To Ashes and New London Fire. [Billboard]

Here are the Strhess tour dates:

Jan. 18: Hartford, Conn. (Webster Theatre)
Jan. 19: Wasington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Jan. 20: Norfolk, Va. (NorVa)
Jan. 21: Charlotte, N.C. (Tremont Music Hall)
Jan. 23: Little Rock, Ark. (Village)
Jan. 24: New Orleans (House of Blues)
Jan. 25: Atlanta (Masquerade)
Jan. 26: Tampa, Fla. (State Theatre)
Jan. 27: Tallahassee, Fla. (Floyd's Music)
Jan. 28: Jacksonville, Fla. (Freebird's)
Jan. 30: Pittsburgh (Malls)
Jan. 31: Rochester, N.Y. (Water St. Music)
Feb. 1: Long Island, N.Y. (Crazy Donkey)
Feb. 2: Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (the Chance)
Feb. 3: Lancaster, Pa. (Chameleon Club)

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