Category Archives: INDIE MUSIC NEWS

Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith Lobbies for Music Education in Washington

Long before Condoleezza Rice Bill Clinton Mike Huckabee or John Kerry took up politics they picked up a musical instrument As a senator Trent Lott formed a barbershop quartet and the late senator Robert Byrd played a mean fiddle Yet while music education planted these seeds its funding seldom survives…

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Flashback: Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck Play 'Immigrant Song'

Four years ago Jimmy Page inducted his former Yardbirds bandmate Jeff Beck into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist The Led Zeppelin guitarist spoke very warmly about Beck’s brilliant career “We go back to our very early teens” he said “He leaves us mere mortal…

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Band of Horses Frontman Working on New Album

Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell admits he isn’t exactly a take-it-easy kind of guy “Life is asking us to relax and enjoy the good life a bit” he tells Rolling Stone “[But] I just don’t handle that well I have to keep working on plan B and plan C” Even…

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How M.I.A. Made 'Kala'

MIA’s second album was a landmark an agitprop dance record that restyled hip-hop as one big international block party mixing up beatbox riddims playground rhymes left-field samples and gunshots It was also against all odds a hit which spawned a huge single and transformed MIA from a cult heroine to…

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Nine Inch Nails Share Entire 'Self Destruct' Tour Documentary Online

Nine Inch Nails have posted a rare 75-minute documentary covering their 1994-1996 “Self Destruct” tour that’s packed with concert and behind-the-scenes footage Available on the industrial rock group’s Tumblr the doc was initially only available on the 1997 Closure VHS As Reznor notes the film contains some NSFW content and…

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Bobbie Smith, Spinners Singer, Dead at 76

Bobbie Smith lead singer for the Detroit soul group the Spinners died this weekend following complications from flu and pneumonia The Associated Press reports He was 76 and had been diagnosed with lung cancer in November Smith joined the group in 1956 when they were known as the Domingoes a name…

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Psy Will Alter Next Single Over Concerns It Might Offend Arabs

Psy will change the lyrics of the potential follow-up to “Gangnam Style” out of concern they might offend Arabs The song was to be called “Assarabia” or “Assaravia” in English The Associated Press reports  The word is a South Korean slang term used to to express thrills and has no racial or bodily connotations…

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Rob Zombie Looks Forward to 'Monstrously Gigantic' Mayhem Festival

Rob Zombie likes to keep busy As he prepares for the release of his newest film as a director The Lords of Salem this April he’s already making plans for the summer he’ll release a new album and has a headlining gig on this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival…

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Incubus' Brandon Boyd Records Solo Album With Producer Brendan O'Brien

Incubus took five years between albums before releasing 2011’s If Not Now When? According to frontman Brandon Boyd it’s going to be awhile before the band releases another record “Incubus is taking a break It’s going to look like a hiatus by the end of it” he tells Rolling Stone But…

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Rod Stewart's New Album 'Time' Due Out May 7th

Rod Stewart will release a new album Time May 7th on Capitol Records marking his first album of new material in almost 20 years Stewart wrote and produced 11 of the album’s 12 cuts while the iTunes deluxe edition – which you can pre-order starting today – will include three extra songs…

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