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For the most part, the MTV Video Music Awards look/sound the best when the tv is muted, and my back is to the screen.

OK Go! rocked the treadmills though.

Wake me up when the Killers are on.


Rhino Records is putting together an Afghan Whigs collection. Greg Dulli and the boys have decided to whip up some new material for the collection. The band is said to be working on four new tracks for the upcoming retrospective cd. You can read more about the Afghan Whigs here.
The opening act for the Evanescence tour has been announced. Revelation Theory will open up all the dates on the upcoming theater tour, including the sold out show at the State Theater on October 13th. Check out Revelation Theory here.
The official Keane date is December 5th at the State Theater. If you purchased tickets for the September 8th show that was postponed, those tickets will be honored on December 5th.


Dashboard Confessional is coming back to town in October. Don't miss Dashboard with special guest Brand New, October 28th at the EMU Convocation Center. You can get presale tickets here, or visit the band's official website.
A new single from the Mars Volta has been posted on the net. "Vermicide" can be enjoyed right here. The band's new forthcoming cd, Amputechture, drops September 12th.
A Gorillaz dvd is scheduled to be released on October 31st. The dvd, Phase 2--Slow Boat To Hades, is jam packed with videos, television appearances, live footage and more. It will be packaged with a bonus cd-ROM that will contain computer and video games.
Everclear will release a new cd, Welcome To The Drama Club, on September 12th. Don't miss the band live October 3rd at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor.
A new documentary called American Hardcore will open in New York and Los Angeles in September. Black Flag, Bad Brains, Circle Jerks, Minor Threat, Gang Green, 7 Seconds, DRI, the Cro-Mags and many others are featured on the film's soundtrack. The soundtrack drops digitally in September, and hits stores on October 10th.
The new Sugarcult cd, Lights Out, will drop on September 12th, but you can check it out right now. The cd is streaming right here. Don't miss Sugarcult at Clutch Cargos on September 22nd.
Primus will drop a couple of new things in the fall. A greatest hits cd, They Can't All Be Zingers, drops on October 17th. That same day, the band will release a separate dvd, Blame It On The Fish. The band will embark on a full length North American tour in November to help spread the word and convert the masses to the sweet sounds of Primus. No dates have been set as of yet.
My Chemical Romance is going to debut the new single, "Welcome To The Black Parade" on the MTV VMA pre-show on Thursday. The pre-show starts at 6:30 and the awards ceremony starts at 8pm. The Killers, Panic! At The Disco, Raconteurs, and the All American Rejects will perform live. Ok Go! will also perform their song, "Here It Goes Again" live ON treadmills, just like their video! Tune in to see if they can make it all the way through without falling off. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, check out the video on youtube.
Keane has started to reschedule the postponed North American tour. The tour will now kick off at the end of September. No makeup Detroit date has been announced yet, but we should have the new date shortly. It looks like the makeup show will take place in early December. Keep it on 89x for official information...we will pass on the date as soon as we get it.


My Chemical Romance debuted three new songs from their upcoming record at the Leeds festival over the weekend. The cd, The Black Parade, is set to drop on October 24th, and the first single from the cd, "Welcome To The Black Parade" will debut on 89x next month. The band recently held a 30 minute video press conference and revealed some details about the cd. The band said they used piano and strings on the new songs, and they described the new cd as a "concept album." And here's the big stunner--Liza Minelli guests on the new record! You can check out the entire press conference here.

My Chemical Romance is heading to Philadelphia next week for an MTV2 2 dollar bill show. The band will film the show next Wednesday, and it will air on MTV 2 on September 16th.
Even though the latest Korn studio cd has been out for less than a year, the band has decided to re-release it next month. See You On The Other Side will be reissued on September 26th. The new version will feature some extra live tracks as well as a bonus dvd and a bonus remix ep titled, Chopped & Screwed.

In other Korn news the band shot a video for the song "Politics" over the weekend, however it won't be finished and ready for viewing until September. In the meantime, you can check out the band's animated video for "Liar" right here.
Papa Roach debuted its new single, "To Be Loved" a couple of weeks ago on 89x. The full length cd, The Paramour Sessions, drops on September 12th, but you'll have the opportunity to hear the disc in its entirety a couple of days before the street date. An official Papa Roach listening party has been scheduled for September 9th at the Rock Room (located above the Emerald Theater) in Mt. Clemens. Keep it on 89x for further information.
Panic! At The Disco played the Leeds festival over the weekend. One song in, vocalist Brendan Urie was pelted with a bottle, and he stumbled to the ground. The band stopped the show for a couple of minutes, and once Brendan steadied and got his bearings, the band resumed their set. After the show Brendan told the British press backstage, "I've got a bruise, but it looks good. It makes me look rugged and tough." And manly too, I'll bet!

Panic will kick off an arena tour of North America in November. They'll be at the Palace on November 21st. Bloc Party will open the show. Keep it on 89x for official ticket information.
A live Radiohead dvd is in the works. The band taped their performance at this summer's Bonnaroo festival, and they are planning to turn that into a dvd. Since the band played a couple of new songs during their Bonnaroo set, Thom Yorke said the dvd will most likely come out after the band's brand new cd. The new cd is expected out early next year.
Two new Portishead songs have been posted on the band's official myspace page. The band is busy working on album number three, which is expected to be released sometime next year.
Depeche Mode has a three disc set coming your way in September. Two of the discs are dvds and the other disc is an audio cd. The dvds will feature a full length live concert that was shot earlier this year in Milan. The audio cd contains a handful of live tracks that were recorded at a couple of different shows from the current tour. Depeche Mode--Live In Milan drops on September 25th.

Depeche Mode is also going to release a greatest hits cd in November. The Best of Volume 1 will feature Depeche Mode hits from the past 25 years and it will also contain one brand new song titled "Martyr." The collection drops on November 14th.
The Clash will release a singles box set in October. The Clash--Singles Box is set to drop on October 31st. The box set will contain 19 singles, along with b-sides, rarities and a 44 page booklet.


Earlier this week Good Charlotte revealed that they've decided to delay the release of their new cd. The cd was due out in the fall, but now it will drop in early 2007. The band says that there's no good reason to hurry and slap together some songs just so they can have it out this year. Instead, they'll spend their time touring North America in the fall, then they'll go back into the studio to finish up the cd. The disc is expected to be released in January or February of next year.

The good news is that Good Charlotte will be in town for an 89x show in October. The band will play Clutch Cargos on October 10th. Keep it on 89x for official ticket information.


Here's a recap of the concert info from yesterday's New Rock News:

The Killers will be in town for an 89x show on October 18th. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am through all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and livenation.com. You can check out the band's official website if you want to get in on an internet presale.

All American Rejects will be in town December 18th at the EMU Convocation Center. Motion City Soundtrack and the Format will open up the show. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am through all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and livenation.com.

Keane has postponed the September 8th show that was scheduled for the State Theater. The lead singer Tom Chaplin has checked himself into rehab. Apparently the entire North American tour is going to be postponed, so for now, hold on to your tickets if you have them. Right now we don't have any more information on a new date, however, when a show is postponed and not canceled, that usually means there is going to be a make up date in the relatively near future. So hang on to the tickets, and we'll pass along any info or new date when anything becomes official.

To read more on Tom Chaplin and his rehab decision, scroll down past the Weezer story below...


Earlier in the summer Rivers Cuomo declared in an interview that Weezer was on hiatus and the band wouldn't make a new record unless it became obvious that they needed to do so. Many, many Weezer fans got all wound up and cried for weeks after hearing the news. Well, dry your eyes, for it appears it was all a big misunderstanding!

Posted on weezer.com is this entry: "Now please, take those 'Weezer split?' headlines and place them firmly into the 'Don't believe the hype' bing. And have yourself a fine afternoon now."
Tom Chaplin, the lead singer for Keane has entered rehab in the U.K. The band recently canceled a couple of appearances citing Chaplin's vocal problems, but now Chaplin is coming clean and admitting he's been struggling with substance issues. He's decided to check himself into rehab, so it appears that the band's fall tour will have to be rescheduled. Keep it on 89x for official information.

From the BBC's website:

Keane frontman Tom Chaplin is being treated for drink and drug problems, the band have confirmed.

In a statement on the band's website, the 27-year-old said the time had come "to get the professional help I need to sort myself out".

Earlier this month the band cancelled shows in Edinburgh, Dublin and Ibiza, saying at the time that the singer was suffering from exhaustion.

They have also postponed a North American tour planned for next month.

Chaplin's statement said: "I've been having to deal with an increasing problem with drink and drugs, and the time has come to get the professional help I need to sort myself out.

"I feel desperately disappointed to be letting down our fans, but I want to get myself right now so that I can be back on the road for the rest of the year."

The band, who played at last weekend's V Festival, said refunds for cancelled concerts should be sought at the point of purchase.

Keane, who also feature drummer Richard Hughes and keyboard player Tim Rice-Oxley, won two Brit Awards last year for best British album, for their debut Hopes and Fears, and best British breakthrough act.

Two years ago, they topped the BBC News website's Sound of 2004 poll of UK critics and broadcasters, which focuses on up-and-coming acts. Their follow-up album, Under the Iron Sea, entered the UK chart at number one in June.


A new Deftones song has been posted on the band's myspace page. "Hole In the Earth" is likely to be the first single from the band's forthcoming cd, Saturday Night Wrist. The long awaited full length disc from the band is slated to drop on October 31st.
Jack White's home in Indian Village is up for sale. The 4 bedroom colonial was built in 1914 for a prominent attorney and was later owned by actress Ann Harding. Now, this piece of Detroit history could be yours for only $930,000! The nearly 6,000 square foot home on Seminole has 4 bedrooms, a library/study, a sunroom, a laundry room with black and white checkered tiling, and--here's the best part--a Secret Garden!!!! You can read up on the rich history of the house and view pictures right here.

Be warned! Apparently you have to be "pre-approved" before they will show the house to you. From the listing: "PLEASE NOTE: This home is shown exclusively by appointment to pre-approved buyers only. Listing agent must be present for all showings. Parties interested in viewing the home should fax pre-approvals or proof of funds to the fax number listed below."
As reported yesterday, the Killers are set to embark on a North American tour in October. The Detroit show is October 18th at the State Theater. According to the band's official website there will be an internet presale starting this Tuesday (August 22nd) through concertmaps. The username is "the killers" and "tickets" is the password. Tickets for the general public will most likely go on sale this Friday. We should have the official word sometime tomorrow, so keep it on 89x, and by all means, check in with the almighty blog tomorrow.

Oh, and you can check out the video for "When You Were Young" right here. It should debut on MTV, Fuse and official internet sites soon, but for now you can see a grainy version that has been posted on youtube.

**Note to Brandon Flowers: lose the 'stache, pretty please???
If you grew up in the 80's and enjoyed films from John Hughes (the Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, etc), you are going to be excited about this. A new film titled, Don't You Forget About Me, is in the works. If you've seen the Breakfast Club, I'm sure I don't need to tell you that the 90 minute documentary takes its name from the Simple Minds song that was featured in the classic film. Don't You Forget About Me (the movie) examines teen high school movies from the 70's and especially the 80's, and tries to explain why these movies helped shape a generation. To make it even more interesting, many of the actors that appeared in these films were interviewed for the documentary (alas, it looks as if there will be no Molly Ringwald), and Simple Minds were also included.

Click here to read more about the movie. I think this statement from the movie's website sums up the magic of John Hughes: "Hughes didn't show how high school was, but how high school felt." Indeed. I can't wait to see this documentary. No release date has been set yet, but we'll keep you posted.
Duran Duran will head back into the recording studio to complete work on a new studio cd. The cd is expected to be released in February or March of next year.

In more Duran Duran news, the band is getting ready to enter the virtual world! Each member of the band will have a character in the Second Life virtual world. I'm not well versed in virtual world happenings, however I have been assured that this is a big deal because they will become the first major band to do this. Duran also has plans to play a virtual concert on the web in a couple of months.

Here's the article from Billboard:

Veteran British pop/rock outfit Duran Duran has no desire to slow down. Despite cruising well past its 25th anniversary as a recording entity, the members of the quintet are raring to hit the road again. Speaking from his villa in France, keyboardist Nick Rhodes tells Billboard.com the band will give total support to its forthcoming album, due in February or March via Epic.

"For us we found that since we got back together, not only have the live shows been a great joy for us, but since we notched up another 50 or 60 under our belt, we got back to the stage where it was really a well-oiled machine again," Rhodes says.

"If you don't play live for six months, nine months or a year even, you lose your efficiency," he continues. We promised ourselves that we would keep trying to play shows even when we hadn't got new things to promote."

At deadline, the only live dates on tap are a Sept. 23 in Warsaw, Poland, Oct. 29 at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans and Nov. 11 at the Bang! Festival in Miami.In November and December, Duran Duran will apply the finishing touches to the as-yet-untitled new album, which is the follow-up to 2004's "Astronaut" (Epic). The set has sold has two million copies worldwide, according to a spokesperson.

"We have got a couple which definitely sound like contenders [for singles] so far, but I like to get everything finished so that we can take an objective view," Rhodes adds. "I listened to Marvin Gaye recently. It made me realize how beautiful some songs from that period can be. It gave me a few ideas, that's for sure."

In the meantime, online gamers will get the chance to catch the band in cyberspace. Beginning next month, each Duran Duran member will immerse their own character, or avatar, in the Second Life virtual world, becoming the first major band to do so. "When I first saw the Second Life site," says Rhodes, "It was a real epiphany for me." The group is aiming to perform their first virtual concert in the coming months.


Tom Delonge and his wife Jennifer welcomed a new baby into the world on Wednesday. They named their seven pound, three ounce bundle of baby boy joy Jonas Rocket. If you're wondering about the name, apparently when the couple's three year old daughter, Ava, found out mom was going to have a baby, she started referring to the unborn baby as "Rocket" so Tom & Jennifer happily obliged when the baby was born.
The Killers are gearing up to release their new cd in October. You've already heard the first single, "When You Were Young" on 89x, and the full length, Sam's Town, will drop on October 3rd. A few days after the cd's release, the band will hit the road for a North American club tour. The tour kicks off October 6th in Los Angeles, and will roll through the State Theater on October 18th. Keep it on 89x for official ticket information.


Mark Hoppus was recently interviewed by a Blink 182 fansite, b182.com. It's a pretty in depth interview, and if you are a fan of Blink, or if you are interested in Mark's new project, Plus 44, I would suggest you click here to read the entire interview. It is a very interesting read.

Here's an excerpt where Mark tells his side of the Blink breakup saga:

Interviewer: The circumstances of Blink's "indefinite hiatus" are still steeped in rumors. Tom has addressed the issue vaguely in some interviews. Could you give us your side of the story and explain exactly what happened, how it happened, and why? It must have been a pretty big deal for the band to have skipped out last minute at the Tsunami Benefit show.

Mark: The whole thing started a few months before the last European tour. We had been talking about and planning a final North American tour on the self-titled album in the spring. Our manager had encouraged it, and pushed us to do it, saying it was a great idea, that it would support the fourth single (Always). We had all agreed. Everyone wanted to tour. The touring we were doing was the most fun I think I have ever had on the road. The shows were awesome, we loved the songs we were playing, the reaction was amazing. The plan was for blink to finish the European tour, have January and February off, then tour in March and April or something like that. We have a fairly large crew (sound guys, guitar techs, tour manager, production crew, lighting crew, etc) that were put on retainer and told they would be working on blink tours at LEAST until the late spring, and possibly beyond. Everyone agreed on it all, and the tour was put together.

Later on, Tom started saying he DIDN'T want to tour, that he was burned out and wanted to stay home. He wanted to cancel the tour. Immediately our manager changed his mind as well. I was at an airport in Singapore, on my way to Nepal, and he called to tell me that he now thought we shouldn't tour. This is a good indication of the relationship between our old manager and blink-182 at that time. By that point, he was basically managing tom. Tom changed his mind on touring, and then our manager changed his too. Strange, right? Angry, I got on the plane and flew to Nepal and Bhutan, later meeting Travis and tom in London to begin the tour.

At the first show, our old manager flew out and sat us all down in the dressing room before the show. He needed to have a meeting about the spring tour. He and tom sat on one side of the room and Travis and I sat at the other. Our old manager did all the talking. He announced that tom was done touring. He needed a break. He was "over playing music" and wanted to be with his family. The spring tour was going to be canceled. Travis and I were in shock. After the tour we were on, there were two months off. Wasn't two months off enough time to go home and relax with your family? Who in the world gets two months off from their job to hang out at home? But it wasn't enough. He needed more time. Much more time. Travis and I said "okay, if you don't want to tour, how about let's stay home and start the next record?" We had a lot of ideas and were ready to start laying them down. And tom could be with his family. He didn't want to do that either. He was burned out and just wanted to stop. We asked him how long he needed, and he said he didn't know. The conversation got heated and lasted for two or three hours. It went around in circles, and the end result was the canceled tour, with no idea when we would be doing anything with blink-182 again. Travis and I told tom and our manager that we weren't willing to sit on our hands for six months, that we still wanted to write and play music. They understood and agreed. A couple of days later, tom told us that he needed six or more months off. Our entire touring crew was told that the six months of work they had been promised was canceled, effective as of the end of the European tour ten days later. That was a couple of weeks before Christmas. The mood on the rest of the tour was sour. Everyone was bummed. Everyone was fired. The whole thing had come to a grinding halt for one person. But the shows were fucking great!

Travis and I were super bummed and angry at the position we were being put in. We understood that tom wanted to be with his family. We all did. We all love our families and want to be with them. At the same time, this is our job. We are so lucky to get to do what we do the way we do. We love our work and want to be out there doing it, and it was being taken away from us. We had no say in it. blink-182 has been a democracy since day one, and toward the end there it wasn't. it was all about one person. it felt ugly. it really did. so we went home and started our six month break.

After Christmas the tsunami hit, and soon after that I called our old manager about the possiblility of doing some kind of benefit show. I felt we needed to do something. I knew we were in Tom's "time off" period, so I said I would do an acoustic set, or Travis and I could try and find a replacement guitarist for one show. I know there are allegations out there that I was booking blink-182 to shows without talking to anyone. This is absolutely not true. I called our old manager, and offered to do it without Tom, but Tom wanted to help the tsunami relief cause, so our old manager booked us to play on the benefit show at the Pond. It had been a long time since we had played, so we set up a few rehearsals the week before the benefit.

At one of the rehearsals, we started talking arguing about our forced break, the greatest hits record, and the possiblility of recording the next album. Tom said on the next blink-182 album, he would ONLY record at his house in San Diego. he would not come to Los Angeles. He wouldn't travel anywhere for the recording. He wanted me and Travis to record our parts up in Los Angeles as we wanted to, then send him the pro tools files down to San Diego for him to work on there. Mind you, on the last blink record, Travis drove down every day from Los Angeles to the studio in San Diego to report his parts. But Tom wasn't leaving his house. This was the point our band was at.

Tom was deciding when we would tour, how we would tour, when we would have time off, when we would record, and how we could record. One person was dictating everything. We told Tom this. Things got hot. We told him if we were going to record the album separately, in different studios, our band was ceasing to be a BAND. The magic in the studio is created when the three of us are there TOGETHER, working on parts, discussing, sometimes arguing, all pushing the album forward. Trying to frankenstein a cd together by mailing each other pro tools files to work in our own private studios was ridiculous. It would lessen the entire album. It would be a terrible cd. We asked Tom if he was ready for the consequences of what that meant? Would we really sacrifice the quality of our music for the convenience of his insistence that he record only at his house in San Diego? We said, "You are trying to control everything, and it's wrong." He said he couldn't be a part of anything he couldn't control, and he left the rehearsal space.

The next day our manager called and informed us that, "as of today, Tom DeLonge is no longer a member of blink-182." He said not to try and call Tom, that he had already changed his number and didn't want to talk to us. And that is how it ended. After 13 years of being in a band together, hundreds of thousands of miles toured, countless shows played, and seven albums released, Tom didn't even call to quit the band. He had his manager do it for him.
An alleged new Linkin Park mp3 has been posted here. The song is tentatively titled, "Qwerty" and the band has played it live a couple of times overseas. You can check out some other multimedia clips of the band on this page. Linkin Park is still chugging away, working on the new cd. No official release date has been set.


Last week the news broke that Blink 182's Travis Barker and his wife Shanna were breaking up. This week, according to gossip site tmz.com, things got even uglier as Travis aired some of the couple's dirty laundry on his myspace page.

Here's the report from tmz:

When Hollywood couples move to Splitsville, it never seems to be a smooth transition. The recent split between Blink 182's Travis Barker and wife and former Miss USA Shanna Moakler is no exception, and now the split has spilled into MySpace.

Shanna "officially" commented on the split last Tuesday on her MySpace page, telling fans that she was devastated by the demise of her marriage. Now, following in her footsteps, Travis Barker has lashed back with a detailed blog on his MySpace page describing in his opinion what life with the Barkers was actually like and what it was that he says wrecked their marriage.

Travis says at one point he found condoms at his house and says "we don't use condoms ever." He talks about her alleged partying and claims that a "normal" day is him and the kids getting up around 7 a.m. while Shanna sleeps in until 2 p.m. The nanny, who he says the kids often call "mommy," gets the kids ready for the day while Shanna takes care of more important things like getting her nails done.

Barker also says his wife didn't tell him about
her turn on "Dancing with the Stars."

In his letter he says that when you're pushed, you push back.

This morning, Shanna issued the following statement to TMZ: "If that MySpace site was truly created by Travis then I'm seriously concerned for his mental well being. The picture he paints is so far-fetched that I can't believe this is his reality. If it is, then I'm truly concerned for him. Perhaps the lifestyle he leads is taking its toll on him. For the sake of our children I hope that he seeks professional help."
The Lostprophets are coming to town in September. Don't miss the band September 14th at the Majestic along with Kill Hannah. Keep it on 89x for official ticket info.


Army of Anyone--the new band featuring Richard Patrick (Filter) and Robert & Dean DeLeo (ex-Stone Temple Pilots)--has set a cd release date. The still untitled debut cd will drop on November 14th. You can check out a couple of new songs on the band's myspace page.
The new Deftones cd, Saturday Night Wrist, will be released on October 31st. The cd boasts 12 new songs, including a very special song called "Mein." Why is "Mein" so special? Serj Tankian (System of a Down) lends his dulcet tones to the song.
It looks like you'll be waiting even longer for the Shins' follow up to 2003's Chutes Too Narrow. The band was supposed to release their new cd in the fall, but instead they've opted to do some live shows this autumn. The new cd now has a January 2007 release date. The Shins are well aware that they are bumming out their fans, but they say the new music will be worth the wait since it is, according to the band, "our best work yet."
Chevelle is back on the road with Nickelback. Once the tour is over they'll go back in the studio to begin work on a new studio cd. The band just posted a live video for "Panic Prone" on their official website. You can check it out here, or here, or even here.
Muse has posted the video for the latest single, "Knights of Cydonia" on the Warner Brothers website. Enjoy it here or here in all its 6 minute and 8 second glory. The band's latest cd Black Holes & Revelations was released back in July.
Here's the official ticket information for the upcoming Evanescence show:

The band will be at the State Theater on October 13th. Tickets are 25 bucks and will go on sale this Saturday morning at 10am. All ages are welcome for this 89x show.


The folks at Baby Rock Records are getting ready to release a "Lullaby Renditions" series. Each disc in the series features new lullaby-tastic interpretations of classic songs by a particular artist. For instance, on August 29th, you'll be able to enjoy "Lullaby Renditions of Radiohead" "Lullaby Renditions of Coldplay" and "Lullaby Renditions of Metallica." Coming in September, Pink Floyd and Tool will get the lullaby treatment, followed by the Cure, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, and the Beach Boys in October. The Pixies, Queens of the Stone Age, Bjork, No Doubt, Smashing Pumpkins and the Beatles will follow in early 2007.
Read an interview with Thom Yorke here.
U2's 1993 home video Zoo Tv--Live From Sydney will be released on dvd on September 19th. There will be two different versions--a single disc version as well as a double disc expanded version. The single version will be exactly the same as the original vhs release while the double disc version will contain bonus footage, a video confessional and more.

U2 is currently in a recording studio working on some new material, although they have not revealed if they are working on a new full length studio cd, or if they're just doing a one-off song for an upcoming soundtrack. Mysterious ways, indeed.
Rhino Records to the reissue rescue once again! The first five cds from the Pogues will be reissued in the U.S. with bonus tracks. Red Roses For Me, Rum Sodomy & the Lash, If I Should Fall From Grace With God, Peace & Love and Hell's Ditch will be reissued on September 19th. All the cds will be expanded, so you'll get the original cd along with bonus tracks, extended mixes, and new liner notes.
Art of Noise is getting the boxed set treatment. On August 22 a four cd set called And What Have You Done With My Body will be released. The boxed set is a must have for fans since most of the songs (41 of the 56 tracks) have not been previously released.

Here's the tracklisting according to pitchfork:

Disc One: The Very Start of Noise
01 Beat Box (One Made Earlier)
02 Once Upon a Lime
03 War (Demo 2)
04 Close to the Edge
05 Confession
06 Moments in Love
07 Signs of Relief
08 Who's Afraid of the Scale
09 So What Happens Now (Take 2)
10 The Subject Has Moved Left
11 It's Not Fair
12 Close to the Edge (Ruff Mix)
13 A Time for Fear (Who's Afraid?)
14 Moments in Bed

Disc Two: Found Sounds and Field Trips

01 Moments in Love (12" B Side Idea)
02 Tears Out of a Stone
03 Samba #2
04 The Chain of Chance
05 Fairlight-in-the-Being
06 Diversions 3
07 Close (to Being Compiled)
08 Diversions 5
09 Damn It All!
10 Structure
11 The Angel Reel: Hymn 1 (Take 2)
12 The Angel Reel: Hymn 3
13 The Angel Reel: Fairground
14 And What Have You Done with My Body, God?
15 Klimax
16 Who Knew?

Disc Three: Who's Afraid of... Goodbye

01 War (Demo 4)
02 The Focus of Satisfaction
03 Moments in Love (7" Master Rejected)
04 It Stopped
05 The Uncertainty of Syrup
06 The Long Hello
07 The Vacuum Divine
08 The Ambassador's Reel: Beat Box
09 The Ambassador's Reel: Medley
10 The Ambassador's Reel: Oobly
11 Goodbye Art of Noise

Disc Four: Extended Play

01 Battle
02 Beat Box
03 The Army Now
04 Donna
05 Moments in Love
06 Bright Noise
07 Flesh in Armour
08 Comes and Goes
09 Moment in Love
10 Diversion Eight, Diversion Two, Closest, Close-Up, Close (to the Edit), Closed
11 Moments in Love (from Battle to Beaten)
12 Love Beat
13 In Case We Sneezed
14 A Time to Hear (Who's Listening)
15 (Do) Donna (Do)


As it turns out, the members of My Chemical Romance weren't involved in an automobile accident last Thursday as I previously reported on the blog. Instead, MCR suffered injuries after their video shoot last week went horribly wrong. The band posted a message on their official website explaining what actually went down. I've posted the message below for your perusal.

Dear Everyone,

Now that the dust has settled and we are healing and moving forward, we felt it best to explain to everyone to some degree what has happened to MCR in the past week. There are tons of rumors and allegations floating around and we want to clear it all up for you. We also want to express our gratitude for the concern, care, and understanding all of our fans and friends have shown us in the past week. Here are the facts for you all and please know that none of the injuries sustained were permanent nor intentional and it really proves that sometimes these things happen and every person should truly value what they have. Last week, while shooting a new video for our new record, 2 of us sustained some damage more than we normally would have. Gerard tore multiple ligaments in his ankle and Bob received a bad burn to the back of his leg. These injuries were sustained on Thursday evening. On Friday morning we drove to San Diego to prepare for our performance at Street Scene that we were very excited about. After seeing doctors, we decided to give it our all and rehearse on Friday night. This proved impossible. The pain was overwhelming and we could not pull through without further injuring ourselves. We hate canceling shows, especially now that we are done recording and just want to play. So there you have it, there were no car wrecks, monster attacks or alien abductions, but there were serious injuries that required this to be the way. We apologize for it coming down so last minute and never wished it to end up that way. We promise to be back in San Diego this year. We miss you all and will see you soon, MCR

Evanescence is getting ready to roll! The new cd, the Open Door, will be released on October 3rd, then two days later the band will launch its North American tour in Toronto. The Detroit dates is October 13th at the State Theater. Keep it on 89x for further ticket information.


The new Beck cd has a title and an official release date. Beck's new, hippity-hoppity cd, The Information, is set to drop on October 3rd.
Panic! At The Disco fired its bass player, Brent Wilson, back in May, and now Wilson is fighting back. Wilson reportedly sent the band a letter demanding royalties he felt he is owed. The letter states that Panic has 14 days to pay up, or Wilson is going to take them to court. It may get even uglier because another report suggests that Wilson may sic the IRS on the band. Yikes.

Story from mtv news:

Former Panic! at the Disco bassist Brent Wilson has had nearly three months to decide exactly what he would do in the wake of his abrupt departure from the band he helped form.And apparently, he's decided to sue. On Monday, Wilson and his lawyer began legal proceedings against his former bandmates, mailing Panic! a letter that gave the group 14 days to pay the ousted bassist the royalties he believes he's owed from sales of the band's A Fever You Can't Sweat Out album. If Panic! does not comply within the two-week deadline, Wilson said, he will take the case to court.

"Basically, I want to get what I deserve: my fair percentage from the album," Wilson told MTV News. "We sent them the letter as a way of saying, 'Look, if you decide to give me the money I deserve — as it's written out in the contract we drew up — then, great. If not, well, we're prepared to go to court.' "While he confirmed the legal action, Wilson declined to tell MTV News the name of his legal representative and said he was amazed that he is already receiving calls for comment on the letter.

"We just started this whole thing, like, three days ago, and honestly, I don't want my lawyer to be flooded with phone calls he wasn't expecting," he said. "But I can promise you that he did send them a letter. We're just preparing for everything that's [occurring] right now, because I want all of this to happen the right way."A spokesperson for Panic! at the Disco said the band has no comment on the matter, and added that this was the first anyone within the group's camp has heard about Wilson's letter.

Wilson said that after he parted ways with Panic! in May, he took several weeks off to let the whole thing blow over — and even after his former bandmates made accusations that he never played a note of music on Fever, he was still unsure about pursuing legal action against them (see "Panic! At The Disco Split Gets Nasty: Band Alleges Wilson Did Not Play On LP"). But now, Wilson said that enough time has passed, which apparently also means that it's high time for him to refute the band's claims.

"I don't understand why they would say I didn't play on the record," he said. "I was there every day at the studio, and I wrote things and I showed [Panic! frontman] Brendon [Urie] how to play certain sections. We had a contract that said that each member got paid individually, so legally I am due my 25 percent from the record."

I don't care what people think of Brent Wilson," he continued. "I honestly don't care if my reputation has suffered from what they've said, or will suffer because of this suit. All I care about is the fact that my supposed friends have f---ed me out of what's legally mine."
Plus 44, the new band featuring ex-Blink members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker, is going to drop their debut cd in the fall. Little Death will be released on October 24th. You can check out the band's website right here.

In sad breakup news, it looks like the rumors were true. It seems as if having a reality show on MTV is bad for marriages. Jessica and Nick, Dave and Carmen, and now Travis and Shanna.
Official ticket info for the Atreyu/From First To Last show:

Atreyu, From First To Last, Everytime I Die, and Chiodos will be in town November 3rd at the State Theater. Tickets go on sale THIS SATURDAY at 10am.


Alice In Chains is going to do a lengthy North American tour in the fall. The tour kicks off in September, and they are scheduled to come through the Detroit area on November 7th. The show will be at the Emerald Theater. Keep it on 89x for further ticket information.

AIC is getting ready to release a double cd called the Essential Alice In Chains. The collection drops on September 5th.
Tool played over the weekend at the Street Scene 2006 festival in San Diego. Things got out of control when the band played its set. The crowd surged forward during the performance and many concert goers got pushed and crushed. After all was said and done, about 100 fans were hurt, and 15 of those fans had to be rushed to the hospital.
My Chemical Romance was involved in a car crash late last week. Details are still sketchy, however it has been confirmed that drummer Bob Bryar sustained the most serious injuries--he suffered possible third degree burns, while vocalist Gerard Way broke his ankle. The band was forced to cancel their appearance at the San Diego Street Scene 2006 festival over the weekend.
Atreyu will hit the road with From First To Last in the fall. The tour kicks October 6th, and it will roll through the State Theater on November 3rd. Keep it on 89x for further ticket information.
A lawyer for Victory Records has responded to the lawsuit and claims that Hawthorne Heights made recently:

"Victory believes there's no merit to the lawsuit and Victory maintains the group is obligated to deliver two more albums to the label, and we'll hold them to it."


Here's a couple of Evanescence links for you to enjoy:

"Call Me When You're Sober" is streaming here.

The video for the single is on MTV's Overdrive.

The band's new cd, the Open Door, drops October 3rd.
Richard Patrick from Filter joined up with the DeLeo brothers (Dean & Robert) from the Stone Temple Pilots earlier this year. They formed a new band called Army Of Anyone, which sonically is sort of a mix of their two previous bands. They've been busy making music for the last couple of months, and now the first song they've put together, "Goodbye", is available for your listening pleasure on the web. The band is busy finishing up work on their full length debut cd, but at this time there is no official release date, although it will probably drop in the late fall or early winter. For now, you can check out "Goodbye" right here.
Well, as it turns out Hawthorne Heights and Victory Records are not gonna be BFF (uh, that means best friends forever, for the unindoctrinated). HH has left Victory, and now they are suing the label. This isn't a total shocker, considering rumors had been swirling about HH and their disgust with the label and their tactics. Earlier in the year HH was involved in a seedy scandal involving a Victory street team e-mail. Turns out (according to the band) the e-mail was written by Victory, yet it brought lots of shame and embarrassment to the band, since they knew nothing about it, and according to them, they wanted no part of it. There are many other reasons the band has decided to leave Victory, so you can check out the band's official statement below.

HH has issued this press statement:

Due to recent events we have decided to leave Victory Records. Our departure is anything but amicable. We have decided to leave Victory, in part due to the actions of the man who sits at the head of the label, Tony Brummel. Tony Brummel is a man that cares more about his ego and bank account than the bands themselves.

Many of you are familiar with the greed driven letters sent out by Mr. Brummel: his manifesto calling rock supporters to arms and virtual declaration of war on hip-hop and Ne-Yo done under the guise of a band message; as well as the "street-team" letter which instructed people to re-arrange our CDs, putting them in higher visibility areas in stores. Unfortunately, the head of street-team, Abby Valentine, who understandably resigned following the incident, took the fall for this. At the time of the letters we were branded as racists by some, all over a letter we did NOT write, targeting a genre which we have NOTHING against whatsoever. Because of these letters, our second album debuted at #3 on the charts, an incredible feat, which would normally be cause for joy, but now is tainted much like Barry Bonds' statistics.

When questioned about the letters Tony was more upset that we had told the press that he actually wrote the letters (not us) because he was more worried about "rumors" surrounding Taking Back Sunday and Thursday's exoduses being justified than the credibility and reputation of his current biggest band. Couple these letters with him threatening the head program director at Q101 in Chicago for putting the new Taking Back Sunday song into rotation to the point in which the program director pulls "Saying Sorry" from rotation and you can see why we would more than question whether or not the head of our label cares about us or his own ego more.

Tony is a man whose greed knows no bounds. After selling more than 1.2 million copies of The Silence In Black and White and If Only You Were Lonely, we have never seen a single dollar in artist royalties from Victory Records. Tony will claim that we have not "recouped," a term used by those in the music business which means the label has spent more money in advertising than has been made by CD sales. In fact questionable accounting practices are the culprit and we are in fact owed substantial amounts of money much like audits from Taking Back Sunday, Thursday and Atreyu have uncovered. You may be wondering, why now? Why did they wait three years before saying something? Why did they sound happy in that interview??? Like being in an abusive relationship, we let certain things slide as we were afraid, as many of the bands on Victory are, to stick our neck out for fear of being "beaten," in this case represented by the threat of not being promoted as has been the case with certain bands on the roster. We're done being abused. The reasons stated above represent the final straw in a huge pile of hay that broke our backs.

Undoubtedly Tony will proclaim that we are ungrateful and our success was due solely to "his" promotional efforts. In reality, promotion is only a portion of the equation in a bands success. Even then, in our case especially, promotional efforts can be attributed the hard work of the band and staff at Victory, many of whom recently resigned or were fired due to differences with Tony. Non-stop touring, dedicated fans and songs (we challenge Tony to sell over 1 million blank CDs) account for the rest of the equation. We've accomplished more in three years than most bands do in a lifetime and for that we are extremely grateful and consider ourselves very fortunate. Our situation with Tony Brummel is indicative of issues that all bands on Victory Records encounter on some level or another. We have decided to remove ourselves from the negative situation so that we can continue to do what we love best and focus on writing and playing music to people that care about what we have created.


Beck has a hip-hop record coming out in the fall. He just posted a video for the song "I Think I'm In Love" on his myspace page, so check it out. There's also a couple of other new clips on his website.
Everclear is gearing up to release a new cd called Welcome to the Drama Club. The cd will drop on September 12th, but you can check out the first single "the Drama King" now on the band's myspace page.


The new Incubus record has a title and a release date. Light Grenades, the 5th cd from the band, will drop on November 20th. Get ready for 12 new songs from Incubus! The first single from the cd should debut on 89x sometime in September. A short club tour will take place in late November and a full-on headline tour will kick off in early 2007.

From mtv.com

It's been nearly three years since Incubus released fresh material, and in that time, the musical landscape has changed appreciably. Have Incubus been out of the game for so long that they're going to have to win back fans? Guitarist Mike Einziger isn't so sure that's the case.

"The musical landscape has changed numerous times since we became well-known," he said. "I feel like we've always existed on the periphery of whatever's happening musically at the time. When our last record [2004's A Crow Left of the Murder] came out, bands like the Strokes were what was happening at that time. People asked me the same question then. Whatever the timing is, whenever our records come out, I feel like we make music that people will still listen to 20 years from now."

People still buy and listen to our records that came out in 1997 and 1999, so I don't worry about that at all," Einziger continued. "Aside from System of a Down, there aren't too many bands which became popular at the same time we did that are still around."

But can Incubus repeat the success of their previous efforts? A Crow Left of the Murder has sold more than 1.1 million copies since debuting at #2 on the Billboard albums chart, while 2001's Morning View also opened at #2 and has racked up sales of more than 2.7 million since.Only time will tell — and we won't have to wait too long: On November 20, Incubus will release their fifth album, Light Grenades, which Einziger said the band finished recording just days ago.

Incubus began recording the LP in spurts about six months ago with Murder producer Brendan O'Brien (Rage Against the Machine, Stone Temple Pilots), but spent only five weeks putting the tracks they'd written to tape, in studios in Atlanta and Los Angeles. Light Grenades will feature 12 cuts, including "A Kiss to Send Us Off," "Quicksand," "Anna-Molly," "Earth to Bella," "Love Hurts" and the title track, which the guitarist promised is a "chaotic series of sonic explosions."

So, what does Light Grenades sound like? According to Einziger, "It's a total mess."

"It sounds like 13 different bands playing 13 different songs," he elaborated. "That's kind of how all our records sound. Every time we're about to start making a new album, I tell myself, 'OK, this one's going to be cohesive,' and it never happens. That's who we are as a band, and that's kind of how we are as people."

We all have acute and collective ADHD [Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder] — at least according to other people — and we all have short attention spans," Einziger continued. "I think we just get bored if we have even two songs that sound alike. That's the way we've always been, and it's the way we'll always be."

He noted that several tracks sound nothing like Incubus' previous material, such as the tune "Dig," which was supposed to be an R&B song, "but we ended up making it slightly more rock, because it got to a point where I thought it didn't sound like us at all," he said.

Einziger said he and the rest of the band — frontman Brandon Boyd, bassist Ben Kenney, drummer José Pasillas and turntablist DJ Kilmore — can't wait to return to the road, and plan to do so this fall. Incubus have tentative plans for a brief club tour around the album's release date that will likely be followed by a more expansive run of theaters in 2007.
Check out the video for "Here It Goes Again" by Ok Go! You won't be disappointed. Reportedly, the band only had to do 15 takes before they were fully synchronized--pretty impressive, since there are no edits!

Of course, Devo did the treadmill thing first back in the early 80's, but it's never a bad idea to add a treadmill into the mix.


Papa Roach will be back with a new cd titled The Paramour Sessions on September 12th. The first single "To Be Loved" is available now exclusively on iTunes. The band will be shooting the video for the single this weekend, but you can check out a video preview right here. And you don't want to do iTunes you can check out a clip of the song here.


Nope, it's not a joke. Johnny Marr has joined Modest Mouse. He's a real member and everything! Here's the report from Rolling Stone magazine:

We’ve known for a while that Modest Mouse leader Isaac Brock and former Smiths guitarist/genius Johnny Marr were collaborating on MM’s next record. But guess what? Marr is now officially a full-on member of Modest Mouse, Brock recently told us. According to Brock, Marr’s membership is so unequivocal, he will tour with MM in support of their next record, tentatively titled We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank and tentatively due this fall. “He made a cautious commitment to write and record with us, and then the tighter we got, he was like, ‘okay, let’s tour too,’” Brock said. “Then he was pretty much a member of the band - not pretty much. He’s a full blown member of the band. It’s really...nice.”

Some backstory: When it came time to start work on the follow-up to 2004’s indie-rock marvel Good News for People Who Love Bad News, Brock found himself sans guitarist and enlisted Marr to help write and record. “I took a long shot really,” says Brock. “I was like, ‘You know, I really like that guy’s guitar playing. There’s no chance in hell he’s going to say yes, but why not give him a call?’ So I did.” Maybe Morrissey should borrow Brock’s little black book? “Eventually it all came together, and it was a really good fit, which I think actually surprised all of us,” Brock recalled. Finally, Marr, Brock and co. went down to Sweet Tea studios in Mississippi (the same joint where Good News was recorded) to lay down tracks for We Were Dead, which Brock describes as a nautical balalaika carnival romp. So what’s the gist? Get ready to have your mind blown by Modest Marr’s crazy-dark sailors-and-gypsies whimsy.


Here's a blurb on Travis Barker and his wife Shanna. This appeared in the gossip column, Page Six:

RUMORS of a possible split between Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker and his wife, Shanna, are heating up. The other night, the two showed up and partied separately at Hollywood hot spot Privilege. The rocker gladly signed autographs for fans, but when Shanna saw him taking a picture with an attractive female, sources say she stormed over, threw her drink on the young woman and her glass at her husband. Barker's rep, Dvora Vener, said, "No comment."