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Matchbox Twenty Drummer To Release Solo Album

8/15/2008 5:00pm EDT
The Break And Repair Method
Known best perhaps as an intrinsic part of the wildly successful Matchbox Twenty, Paul Doucette is preparing his first solo release, milk the bee, under the moniker The Break And Repair Method. Set to hit September 16th via bluhammock music, milk the bee sees Doucette taking on the role of frontman with his own exciting brand of emotionally-driven songs and melodies.

Co-produced by Greg Collins (U2, Gwen Stefani), milk the bee was birthed on some of Doucette's rare down time. Paul had secured a deal before even beginning the recording process, as he prepared to enter the studio, Douce...

'Rock Band 2' Setlist Revealed, See The Entire List

7/14/2008 3:35pm EDT
Rock Band 2
Harmonix, the world’s premier music video game company, and MTV Games, a division of Viacom’s MTV Networks, along with marketing and distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc., today revealed at the 2008 E3 Media & Business Summit the song set list for Rock Band 2, the next evolution of the groundbreaking Rock Band music platform. The Rock Band 2 soundtrack will feature over 100 songs with over 80 songs on disc plus an additional 20 bonus tracks which will be made available for free download this fall. This builds upon the unparalleled depth and diversity of Rock Band’s original set list and...

Switches To Tour With She Wants Revenge, Be Your Own Pet & The Virgins

5/18/2008 12:00pm EDT
"Well, the idea was a band, but we're really a neurotic bunch of obsessive compulsive weirdos," Switches singer Matt Bishop says.

The neurotic obsessive-compulsive weirdos, pulled through impressively and way fantastically, and on March 18, 2008 Switches released their debut album, Lay Down The Law, produced by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith) on Interscope.

Strangely, Switches, who now all live in London, came together naturally and easily. Matt grew up in Southend (a low-rent seaside town, something like the old Asbury Park neighbourhood) and formed the band while at college:...

Check Out A Fine Frenzy's New Video For 'Almost Lover'

3/24/2008 6:30pm EDT
A Fine Frenzy
Alison Sudol inhabits a vivid imaginary world populated by siren songs and sailors, sightless creatures and fragile fallen eagles, a place where almost lovers and hopeless dreams are bid a melancholy musical farewell.

And on One Cell in the Sea, Sudol allows the listener inside that often-fantastical world, revealing her inner life via songs Harp magazine praised as "fraught, haunted and beautiful."

One Cell in the Sea is the 14-song debut from A Fine Frenzy, the lineup fronted by 22- year-old singer/pianist Sudol. While A Fine Frenzy's songs are ethereal, the musical and ly...

Video Game Review: 'Singstar' Series Brings Karaoke Home

3/18/2008 12:03pm EDT
Singstar 90s
Oh, the '90s. Too young to be considered hip in an ironic and nostalgic way, it currently sits in the awkward phase, awaiting d-list comedians to show up at VH1 with their best Bill Clinton jokes tucked away for such an occasion. While the decade gave us some spectacular artists like Beck and Nirvana, it also offered the dregs of the musical society with Chumbawamba and MC Hammer. Singstar: '90s has a collection of both worlds, offering the chance to croon along with some of your favorite songs and videos – then cringe at the hilariously bad tunes and their awkward visual pieces.


Defining Greatness: The One-Hit Wonder Scale

2/26/2008 11:14am EST
Vanilla Ice
Probably the most underrated term in the music industry is the "One Hit Wonder." Popularized in the 80s, one hit wonders are either regarded as artists with one hit (like Deee-Lite’s "Groove is in the Heart"), or artists who produced a song that everybody knows (like "Turning Japanese" by The Vapors).

However, the truth of the matter is that one hit wonders actually come in many shapes and sizes. There are hits that are huge one day and laughable the next, there are hits that are mildly spectacular at first but ultimately propel the careers of the artists who recorded them, and there a...

Fan-Chosen Playlist For Mojo HD's 'London Live New Year's Eve Special' Topped By The Killers

12/28/2007 7:30pm EST
The Killers
Over the past month, HD, available on all major cable systems around the country. This holiday program will contain the most popular concert performances from this season's shows in groundbreaking state-of-the-art high definition, 1080i picture and 5.1 sound. London Live New Year's Eve Countdown, hosted by celebrated BBC1 radio and television personality Sara Cox, will serve as a soundtrack and visual focus for fans' high-energy New Year's Eve celebrations.

The winning selections, as voted by London Live fans, are (in order of votes): The Killers ("Bones"); Amy Winehouse ("Reha...

Louis XIV To Release Sophomore Album, 'Slick Dogs And Ponies,' Jan. 29

12/9/2007 11:00am EST
Louis XIV
On January 29, 2008, Louis XIV will release their second full-length album Slick Dogs and Ponies on Atlantic Records. It's been almost three years since their debut The Best Little Secrets Are Kept, and on their self-produced follow-up the San Diego quartet explore new sonic terrain.

The lush, grandiose collection includes string arrangements by world renowned composer David Campbell (as in Beck's dad...I know, right??). What results is a record that demonstrates a devotion to artistic growth, blending classical sensibility with their rock and roll roots.

The debut single, "G...

Sia Releases 4-Song Digital EP; New Full-Length CD In Stores Jan. 8

11/6/2007 1:20pm EST
In celebration of her upcoming full-length release, some people have REAL problems, Sia will release a 4-song digital EP on November 6 previewing tracks from the CD, including the first single, "Day to Soon." The Song will also be available as a free download via Starbucks on November 6 as part of the company's "Song of the Day" campaign.

Originally known as the vocalist for Zero 7 (Simple Things, When It Falls and The Garden), Sia made her first splash as a solo artist when her song "Breathe Me" was featured in the final episode of "Six Feet Under" in late 2005, and which shot to #1 o...

Sia to Preview New LP on Fall U.S. Tour

10/17/2007 2:40pm EDT
Sia is back with her stunning vocals and direct, clever lyrics on her second full-length release, Some People Have REAL Problems. She'll give audiences a glimpse of what the album holds when she hits the road for a tour of the states this fall.

Sia may be best-known from her days with Zero 7 (Simple Things, When It Falls and The Garden), and her solo track "Breathe Me," which was featured in the final episode of Six Feet Under, but one listen to her striking vocals leaves one feeling as if Sia is a beloved old friend.

The new music on Some People Have Problems, including Beck, w...

Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan Returns With 'Hourglass,' Out Oct. 23

10/11/2007 7:10pm EDT
Dave Gahan
"I feel this record has been an amazing opportunity to push the artist in me," says Dave Gahan of his second album Hourglass, due October 23 via Mute/Virgin Records. The record follows the Depeche Mode front man's acclaimed 2003 solo albut Paper Monsters that marked his debut as a full-fledged songwriter.

The album's first single-- the soaring and pulsating "Kingdom"-- hit radio waves August 27. "It's this idea that there's a better place, and it's not up there in the clouds, it's right here," says Gahan. "And it's about becoming more accepting of life and the way it is. I would be lyi...

Emmylou Harris Rarities Take Flight On 'Songbird'; Win The Set

9/19/2007 8:00pm EDT
Emmylou Harris
LOS ANGELES -- 12-time Grammy Award-winner Emmylou Harris retraces the back roads of her remarkable musical journey that spans more than three decades with a highly personalized, far-reaching boxed set spotlighting her favorite tracks and difficult-to-find or previously unreleased gems.

Rhino lets one of the most instantly recognizable voices of any genre call the tunes for this four-CD and one-DVD collection of career favorites, difficult-to-find material and live performances from her days with Gram Parsons and, later, the Hot Band to her bluegrass material and her fascinating concep...

The Thrills To Release Third Album, 'Teenager,' October 23

9/11/2007 7:30pm EDT
The Thrills
Capitol will release Teenager, the third album from acclaimed Irish rock band The Thrills, on October 23rd. The five-piece Dublin band had recorded its two previous albums – 2003's So Much For The City and 2004's Let's Bottle Bohemia – in sunny Southern California, but this time round they opted for The Warehouse (which was a makeshift morgue in a previous incarnation and is rumored to be haunted) in Vancouver, BC's seedy Gastown district.

The change in location imbued the band with a renewed intensity and a fresh perspective on its music. Working with Tony Hoffer (Beck, Air, Smashing...

The Honorary Title To Tour With Cartel; Major Label Debut Due Aug. 28

8/14/2007 10:00pm EDT
The Honorary Title
The Honorary Title is Jarrod Gorbel on lead vocals and guitar, Aaron Kamstra on bass and keyboards, Jon Wiley on guitar, and Adam Boyd on drums.

Based in Brooklyn, the band started in 2003 with Gorbel and Kamstra playing gigs on the New York City club circuit. In 2004 the group released their full-length debut Anything Else but the Truth. On the heels of this critically-acclaimed, Shortlist-nominated album, the group recruited Wiley and Boyd, and The Honorary Title began to tour nationally with such diverse groups as Switchfoot, Taking Back Sunday and AC Newman.

The Honorary Tit...

Liars To Tour With Interpol; New Album Out Aug. 28

7/31/2007 5:02pm EDT
Liars – who released their fourth album "Liars" on Mute August 28, will open for Interpol on their US tour this autumn. "We can't wait to tour with Interpol," says front man Angus Andrew, "They're all really nice guys we share a lot in common with... We're super excited to play with them in venues like Madison Square Garden and The Forum in Los Angeles, as well as some states we've never been to like Florida and Idaho. Most of all, we hope it'll be a really great night out for fans of both bands."

The first single from "Liars," "Plaster Casts of Everything" will be available digitally...

They Might Be Giants Release 'The Else'

7/10/2007 10:00am EDT
Full of musical surprises, lyrical twists and sonic turns, The Else is a return to form for alternative rock legends They Might Be Giants, who started their illustrious career twenty-five years ago.

While The Else finally captures their notoriously talented live band in all their barnstorming glory, the complete effort is an electrifying mix of homebrewed sonic madness and studio mastery. Over a year and a half in the making and recorded on both coasts, the album was created in collaboration with LA producers the Dust Brothers (Beck, Beastie Boys, Hanson) and NYC engineer/producer Patr...

Celebrity Birthdays, July 8

7/8/2007 3:00am EDT
Happy Birthday to "One Tree Hill" actress Sophia Bush (1982), Canadian actress Kathleen Robertson (1975), singer/songwriter Beck (1970), actor Michael Weatherly (1968), "Almost Famous" actor Billy Crudup (1968), country singer Toby Keith (1961), prolific actor Kevin Bacon (1958), actress Anjelica Huston (1951), children's entertainer Raffi (1948), actress Kim Darby (1947), entertainer Steve Lawrence (1935), comedian Marty Feldman (1933; d. 1982), singer Jerry Vale (1932), actor Craig Stevens (1918; d. 2000), bandleader/jazz singer Billy Eckstine (1914; d. 1993), and businessman John D. Rock...

Scissors For Lefty To Release Their Debut Album, 'Underhanded Romance,' June 12

5/8/2007 9:00pm EDT
Scissors for Lefty
Voted "best up-and-coming indie band" by SF Weekly, San Francisco's Scissors for Lefty has been setting off radars in both the US and UK, inciting NME to boast: "ambitious, sarcastic sophisto-pop; quirky, promising, and quite possible awesome." Signed to Rough Trade Records outside of North America (Arcade Fire, the Decemberists, Belle & Sebastian), the group has performed alongside bands such as The Arctic Monkeys, French Kicks, Paul Weller, Dirty Pretty Things, Grandaddy, Metric, Blonde Redhead, Oh No! Oh My!, and Dios Malos, among many others. With each exuberant show, Scissors for Lefty...

They Might Be Giants To Release 'The Else' July 10

5/2/2007 1:07pm EDT
They Might Be Giants
Full of musical surprises, lyrical twists and sonic turns, The Else is a full return to form for alternative rock legends They Might Be Giants, who started their illustrious career twenty-five years ago.

While The Else finally captures their notoriously talented live band in all their barnstorming glory, the complete effort is actually an electrifying mix of homebrewed sonic madness and studio mastery. Over a year and a half in the making and recorded on both coasts, the album was created in collaboration with LA producers the Dust Brothers (Beck, Beastie Boys, Hanson) and NYC engineer...

Hard Rock Hotels And Casinos Launch Limited Edition CD Series Curated By DJ/Producer Mark Ronson

4/18/2007 7:00pm EDT
Mark Ronson
Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos will pay homage to its distinctive music heritage with the launch of a limited-edition CD series, Mark Ronson Presents Hard Rock, curated by DJ/producer Mark Ronson. The debut CD, featuring 14 rock songs hand selected by Ronson, will be available for purchase beginning May 22 at all Hard Rock Hotel and Casino locations, select Hard Rock Cafe Rock Shops and online at Hard Rock partnered with Allido Records and music executive and producer Rich Kleiman, to release the series exclusively for the brand.

Hard Rock has enlisted Ronson to curat...

The Bird And The Bee To Tour With Lily Allen In UK & US

3/13/2007 11:13am EDT
The Bird and the Bee
The Bird and the Bee, the L.A. duo made up of singer Inara George and keyboardist/producer Greg Kurstin, have announced that they will be the opening act for British singer Lily Allen on 22 upcoming concert dates throughout the United Kingdom, United States, and Canada.

Kurstin, a prolific producer and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with Beck and The Flaming Lips, also produced and co-wrote three tracks ("Everything's Just Wonderful," "Not Big," and "Alfie") on Allen's debut Alright, Still, which was just released by Capitol Records in the U.S.

The Bird and the Bee's self-ti...

Modest Mouse Set March 20 Release Date For New Album, 'We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank'

2/26/2007 9:00pm EST
Modest Mouse
The new Modest Mouse album, We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank, is set for release on Epic Records on March 20. The new album was produced by Dennis Herring (Good News for People Who Love Bad News) and recorded in Oxford, Mississippi at Sweet Tea studios and Portland, OR, at Audio Alchemy. We Were Dead is the follow up to the band's 2004 album Good News For People Who Love Bad News which included the hit "Float On," has sold over 1.5 million copies and earned the band two Grammy nominations.

The newly released first single, "Dashboard," has already shot to #8 at Alternative radio ...

The Honorary Title Get On The Tour Bus With Butch Walker

2/19/2007 10:00pm EST
The Honorary Title
Melancholic, Brooklynite folk/pop/punk band, The Honorary Title will be making its major label debut this spring on Warner with Scream and Light Up the Sky. The new release will be their first since the Doghouse Records album Anything But The Truth in 2004.

Jarrod Gorbel (vocals/lyrics/guitars) and Aaron Kamstra (bass/instrumentals) started the band as an acoustic two-piece but have since filled out the line-up to a full outfit. The new album, produced mainly by Rob Schnapf (Elliot Smith, Beck) – with Butch Walker also pitching in for a track – reflects their Elvis Costello, Jeff B...

The Bird And The Bee Named One Of "10 bands On The Horizon In 2007" By The L.A. Times; We Agree!

2/8/2007 2:00pm EST
the bird and the bee
Inara George and Greg Kurstin, alias the bird and the bee, are an army of two. They listen to everything, and answer to no one. They started playing Jazz standards together, and when they were all out of covers, they wrote some songs of their own.

The outcome is their self-titled debut, an indie pop album that sparkles with tunes that recall Everything But The Girl, Broadcast, Jem, and the lush sensuality of jazz and bossa nova. A sweet and semi-psychedelic ode to sun drenched lazy days.

Over the course of 3 years, they whiled away scattered afternoons in Greg's home studio in Ech...

Kevin Devine's "Put Your Ghost To Rest" Out Now; Listen

1/21/2007 9:00am EST
Kevin Devine
Produced by Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck, Guided By Voices, The Vines), Kevin Devine's Put Your Ghost To Rest is a collection of 12 compelling songs showcasing Devine's keen, idiosyncratic observations on a wide range of topics including love, friendship, suicide, drinking and the sorry state of Western civilization.

The Brooklyn, NY-based artist's three previous albums - Split The Country, Split The Street (2005, Triple Crown Records), Make the Clocks Move (2003, Triple Crown Records) and Circle Gets the Square (2001, Immigrant Sun Records) established him as a "perceptive folk po...

BRIT Awards Announces Nominees

1/17/2007 11:18am EST
Muse, Lily Allen and Gnarls Barkley lead the nominations at this year's BRIT Awards. The trio of acts are up for three accolades each. Muse have been named in the British Group, MasterCard British Album, for Blackholes and Revelations, and British Live Act categories.

Gnarls Barkley are up for International Group, International Breakthrough

Act and International Album, for stunning debut St. Elsewhere. Lily Allen - who took the music scene by storm in 2006 - has been put forward for British Female Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act and will also compete with Muse for MasterCard Br...

2006: Year In Music (Pt. 4)

12/31/2006 3:00pm EST
The Darkness
In October, Justin Hawkins, lead singer of The Darkness, announced that he's leaving the band because he can't live the rock 'n' roll lifestyle again after completing rehab... Weird Al Yankovic's White & Nerdy becomes the parody singer's first ever top-ten hit... and legendary NYC nightclub CBGB, where bands like the Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie got their start, closed; Patti Smith was the final act... Beck took things to the next level by releasing his latest album, The Information with sets of stickers so fans could create their own cover art; however, the revolutionary move prompte...

Kiss Frontman Paul Stanley To Release Much Anticipated Solo Album

10/23/2006 11:04am EDT
Paul Stanley
New Door Records/Universal Musical Enterprises are proud to announce the October 24 release of Live to Win, the solo release from iconic KISS frontman Paul Stanley. The voice and songwriting force behind such spans more than three decades and in excess of 100 million records sold worldwide.

Stripping all the legendary bombast away, what becomes starkly clear is that besides rocking relentlessly, the power of human emotion and conviction on Live to Win can rattle not only the walls, but also touch the heart and soul of the listener. "What I wanted to do on this album was sing about my ...

Toadies Singer Releases Third Album With New Band, Burden Brothers, Oct. 31; Hear Two Tracks

10/6/2006 11:02am EDT
Burden Brothers
From the heart of Texas, the Burden Brothers are hard hitting rockers who have been making quite a racket since the release of their debut CD, Buried in Your Black Heart, in 2004. Formed by platinum-selling Toadies vocalist, Vaden Todd Lewis and acclaimed drummer Taz Bentley (Reverend Horton Heat, Izzy Stradlin), the band has shared the stage with the likes of Velvet Revolver, Papa Roach, and Finger 11. The Burden Brothers latest effort, Mercy, featuring the single, "Everybody is Easy (we sink / we swim)" will be in stores on Oct 31.

Mercy took a little over a year from pre-production ...

Jaime Pressly, Hugh Laurie & Others To Appear on 'SNL' This Month

10/3/2006 2:28pm EDT
Jaime Pressly
NBC's Saturday Night Live loads up some of the hottest names in entertainment for its three October shows. October 7 features Emmy nominee Jaime Pressly from My Name Is Earl and U.K. soul singing sensation Corinne Bailey Rae.

October 21 brings Oscar nominee John C. Reilly (Talladega Nights) with music from My Chemical Romance, and October 28 features Golden Globe and SAG Award winner Hugh Laurie (House) and the critically acclaimed music of Beck.