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Kim Shattuck Bolts From The Pixies

December 2nd, 2013 11:29am EST
Kim Shattuck
Bassist Kim Shattuck is leaving The Pixies less than six months after joining the band.

Shattuck joined the group in July following the departure of Kim Deal, but she has now decided to focus her attention on her original group The Muffs.

The 50 year-old star confirmed the news on her Facebook page, writing, "Super disappointed to learn that my time with the Pixies ended today. Amazing experience."

"Looking forward to focusing my attention back on The Muffs and our upcoming new album. All the best to everyone."

Shattuck joined Pixies for their world tour, which kicked off in France in S...

Bassist Kim Deal Quits The Pixies

June 14th, 2013 6:15pm EDT
Kim Deal
Bassist Kim Deal has officially quit The Pixies after 27 years.

Deal joined the band in 1986 and the band confirmed her departure on Friday, saying she's welcome back anytime.

"We are sad to say that Kim Deal has decided to leave the Pixies," said a note on the band's Facebook page. "We are very proud to have worked with her on and off over the last 25 years. Despite her decision to move on, we will always consider her a member of the Pixies, and her place will always be here for her. We wish her all the best."

The bassist is currently touring Europe with her reunited 90s band The Breede...

The Pixies Play 30-Song Fan Gig

November 20th, 2011 6:30pm EST
The Pixies
The Pixies showed their gratitude to their fans on Saturday night by playing a massive 30-song set at a packed venue in Los Angeles.

The rockers added the surprise addition to their Doolittle World Tour at the Music Box in Hollywood and they thrilled fans with scores of their hits.

The two-hour set kicked off with "Bone Machine," which the band failed to finish after breaking down in fits of laughter.

However, the musicians managed to pull themselves together and deliver almost all of their popular tracks.

Bassist Kim Deal told the crowd, "We're doing a lot of songs that we haven't done...

Pixies' Frank Black Launches Own Record Label

November 9th, 2011 2:28pm EST
Frank Black
The Pixies frontman Frank Black has launched his own record label.

The Monkey Gone to Heaven singer recently founded The Bureau and he's now in the process of recruiting new talent with limited resources.

Black tells, "Running a label today isn't that different than at any other time. There's less money floating around, but I think it's a good thing. I think it's more honest. It just puts the pressure on everybody to be good."

The rocker is also hoping his new project will make it easier for him to get his own records made, adding, "More traditional record companies find it a ...

Arcade Fire Get Arty For Coachella

April 17th, 2011 3:03pm EDT
Arcade Fire
Canadian rockers Arcade Fire gave fans something to talk about during their set at the Coachella festival in California by teaming up with an experimental art group to create a bizarre stage show.

The group took to the stage to headline the second night of the Indio, California event on Saturday and they made it a performance to remember by putting together an onstage art installation with members of The Creators Project group.

A large crane held a dark-coloured box the same size as the stage in the air for most of the show and it was gradually raised up until hundreds of balloon-like lan...

Elton John Plays Defiant Show In Tel Aviv

June 19th, 2010 2:00pm EDT
Elton John showed his support for the people of Israel during a performance in Tel Aviv on Thursday when he took aim at artists who had pulled shows in the country in protest of the government's alleged treatment of Palestinians.

The Rocket Man star refused to bow to pressure and follow in the footsteps of musicians like The Pixies and Elvis Costello and scrap his concert in response to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine over the Gaza strip.

In May, rocker Costello cancelled two planned gigs in Tel Aviv on June 30 and July 1, insisting it was "a matter of instinct and consc...

Frank Black: 'Pixies Reunion Is About Money'

February 19th, 2010 7:00pm EST
Frank Black:
The Pixies frontman Frank Black only reformed the band for the bumper pay check - insisting the group's music career is "not about art" any more. The legendary group first split in 1993 and re-grouped in 2004 before parting ways once again in 2008.

Last year the band returned to the music scene with an appearance at the Isle of Wight festival in Britain in June, followed by a string of autumn dates.

And Black admits their ongoing reunion was staged purely for financial reasons.

He tells The Quietus, "We're interested in anything that's going to earn us a fair wage. It's not to s...

Cult Singer Jay Reatard Dead At 29

January 13th, 2010 10:12pm EST
Jay Reatard
Cult singer-songwriter Jay Reatard has died, aged 29. The acclaimed Hang Them All singer, real name Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr., reportedly died in his sleep on Tuesday night. Reatard was found dead at his home in Memphis, Tennessee on Wednesday morning.

A statement from executives at his record label Matador reads, "Jay was as full of life as anyone we've ever met, and responsible for so many memorable moments as a person and artist. We’re honored to have known and worked with him, and we will miss him terribly."

Known for his garage rock sound, Reatard was at the height of his career afte...

Star-Studded Danger Mouse Album Scrapped

May 15th, 2009 12:42pm EDT
Danger Mouse
Super-producer Danger Mouse has been forced to scrap his upcoming collaboration album following a legal dispute with his record company.

The Gnarls Barkley star - real name Brian Burton - teamed up with rockers Sparklehorse and legendary filmmaker David Lynch to produce a 13-track album, featuring contributions from Iggy Pop, The Strokes' Julian Casablancas, The Flaming Lips, and The Pixies.

The CD was to be accompanied by a photography book created by Lynch. But now the record, titled Dark Night Of The Soul, will not be released, following a legal spat with record label EMI.


Have You Heard? Always April

April 22nd, 2009 11:02am EDT
Always April
As a self professed cross between Sonic Youth, PJ Harvey, The Pixies, Fugazi and Incubus, Arkansas' Always April certainly have a shroud of mystery around them. Their glam tinged fuzz rock has a special sound to it, something that is almost impossible to pinpoint.

Perhaps it has something to do with the way the band just puzzlingly formed.

"We have all been playing music in different bands most of our lives and all have come from different big cities around the nation to Salem, Arkansas for completely different reasons," the band states. "We met by sheer coincidence within a two w...

Have You Heard? Postcode

March 20th, 2009 4:42pm EDT
"I guess it's 'alternative rock,' whatever that means," says Postcode guitarist Mikie Daugherty of the bands' music. "It's loud, quiet, beautiful, dischordant, melodic." Daugherty goes on to say, "I think we're pretty varied, hopefully you couldn't accuse us of having a bunch of songs that sound the same. We've been compared to bands like Sonic Youth, The Pixies, The Breeders and P.J. Harvey."

The United Kingdom, more specifically Douglas, Isle of Man, quartet are doing their due diligence in blazing their path in today's scene. There music doesn't regularly fade or slow; it is often u...

Counting Crows To Return To The UK For December Tour

July 28th, 2008 5:00pm EDT
Counting Crows
Counting Crows were the first band in the O2 Wireless Festival's 4-year history to perform in front of a sell-out crowd in London's Hyde Park. Following this achievement, Live Nation is proud to present the band during their much awaited autumn tour of the UK. Featuring special guests Ben Folds and Melee as support, this promises to be a show not to be missed.

Under the banner "Counting Crows – Live from Hyde Park", ticket buyers will be offered a link to download five free live tracks of Counting Crows' spectacular live performance from their recent headlining appearance at their sel...

5 Underrated Guitar Players

June 25th, 2008 9:00am EDT
John Frusciante
Whenever one creates an "underrated" list, it often sparks an argument. Maybe that's because it's such a hard concept to define. Some might say an individual is far too under appreciated, while another might say, "Nope. He's rated right where he should be."

With music it's all about a person's ear and what he or she digs on. After all, there are no statistics to back a person up (unlike a topic such as sports where one might say that the importance of Dennis Rodman's rebounding was overlooked, and he/she would have the 20 boards a game stat right in front of him/her).

In a l...

Concert Review: R.E.M. in Atlanta, GA 6/21/08

June 23rd, 2008 2:27pm EDT
It's been a long wait for the fans of R.E.M. Not so much to see their band play live, but to grab hold of such a high quality piece of work as this year's "Accelerate." Not since the early nineties have they recorded a rock and roll album with such intensity. It seems that since the departure of drummer Bill Berry in 1997, they have drifted aimlessly from album to album. Don't get me wrong…there have been some real gems. But overall, no "big plays." Not until 2008, and what turned out to be one of R.E.M.'s most critically praised releases in years.

For the final stop on their Nor...

'Rock Band' Adds Influential Pixies Album, 'Doolittle,' To Downloadable Music Catalog

June 17th, 2008 6:00pm EDT
Rock Band
Harmonix and MTV Games announced the third album to be added to the Rock Band™ Music Store catalog of downloadable content: The Pixies' Doolittle. On June 24th, one of the most influential rock records of the late '80s will get new life as Rock Band game play. The addition of these Pixies songs pushes Rock Band's online catalog to more than 200 songs available, a DLC milestone with over 12 million tracks sold!

Fledgling Black Francises, budding Kim Deals and diehard gamers alike can now rock out to the original master recordings of one of the Pixies' most eclectic and ambitious relea...

Notes & Quotes

March 12th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi will score a new Canadian performance record when they play in Toronto on Thursday. The concert at the Air Canada Centre will mark the fifth time the band has played the venue on the same tour - the first time any touring act has achieved the feat.

To celebrate the landmark show, the group will give away prizes to fans, including an all-expenses paid trip to London.

"I realize that is a lot of money, but when I say I inherited $800,000, you have to put it into context with a fortune worth $500 million." Tori Spelling insists she's no longer a Hollywood rich kid after gain...

Black Francis To Unveil Soundtrack To 1920 Movie

February 19th, 2008 11:00am EST
Frank Black
Rocker Black Francis has turned movie soundtrack composer - The Pixies star has written a new score for 1920 German silent film The Golem.

Francis - aka Frank Black - will premiere his new soundtrack with a performance at a screening of the expressionist movie at the San Francisco International Film Festival in April.

The concert/screening takes place at the city's Castro Theatre on April 25.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Top 10 Albums Of The 80s

January 30th, 2008 9:33am EST
Michael Jackson Bad
When I first comprised this list, I had all the usual suspects: Thriller, Closer, Daydream Nation, Purple Rain - you know, the albums you see on every other top 10 list for the 80s.

I got about four or five albums when something told me to go back and actually listen to "Thriller" again, from start to finish. Then I listened to Bad¸ Michael Jackson's follow-up, and it became clear that record sales alone doesn't make an album the greatest. Don't believe me? How do you feel about Britney Spears' Oops...I Did it Again - no? You sure? All righty, then.

Yes, sometimes albums are great beca...

Sarah Borges And The Broken Singles Release Sophomore CD

January 27th, 2008 9:30am EST
Sarah Borges
Following 2007's critically acclaimed hit "The Day We Met," roots-punk-rock songstress Sarah Borges and her band The Broken Singles will release a new video for the second single, "Stop And Think It Over."

The song (penned by Reigning Sound founder Greg Cartwright) is from the band's second full length CD Diamonds In The Dark, released on Sugar Hill Records. Produced by Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Pixies, Morphine), Diamonds In The Dark throws away the notion of genre with influences ranging from Hank Williams to Sid Vicious, from Dolly Parton to punk legends X.

The video premie...

Counting Crows To Release 'Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings'

January 27th, 2008 9:00am EST
Counting Crows
On March 25, Counting Crows will release their fifth studio album (and their first in five years), Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings, on Geffen/Interscope.

"Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings" is just your average brilliant, unsparing rock & roll song cycle about the high life and the low life, about sin and whatever the hell follows. This is an album with two distinct yet deeply related halves. Saturday Nights -- the album's angry, electric, dissolute opening salvo -- was produced by Gil Norton (The Pixies, Foo Fighters). The more acoustic and folk-influenced Sunday Mornings was pro...

Notable Quotables

January 13th, 2008 7:00pm EST
Jessica Alba
"I'm anticipating it... 27 was when Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Jim Morrison all died." Jessica Alba fears her next birthday in April will be her last.

"No. I don't like those kind of movies. Everyone knows what's going to happen. Boy meets girl, they fall in love and everybody's out of 20 bucks. I would (only) do it for $20 million." Rapper/actor Ice Cube hates romantic comedies.

"We avoided the paparazzi. May not have been such a good idea. I gave my mom a disposable camera, and she took 14 pictures of her left shoe." Comedian Jimmy Fallon jokes about his recent...

Kim Deal Blasts Classic Rockers' New Music

December 10th, 2007 12:29pm EST
Kim Deal
Pixies star Kim Deal has blasted classic rock bands who strive to make new music - because it's never as good as their old work. The bassist admits she boycotts new music from bands like The Rolling Stones, because she isn't interested in 'moving on' as a listener.

She says, "I heard the last Rolling Stones record was good. The thing is I don't even care if it's the best thing they've ever done, I just wouldn't listen to it. And it's not anything that they're doing wrong. As a listener, I don't want to hear about it."

Deal, who has made no secret of her reluctance to make a new ...

Pavement Top Greatest Indie-Rock Albums Poll

November 20th, 2007 8:37am EST
Cult rockers Pavement have topped a list naming the greatest indie-rock albums of all time The quintet's 1993 release Slanted And Enchanted beat out competition from Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation and Let It Be by The Replacements to top magazine Blender's music poll.

Top 10 Greatest Indie-Rock Albums are:

1. Pavement - Slanted And Enchanted

2. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation

3. The Replacements - Let It Be

4. R.E.M. - Murmur

5. Pixies - Surfer Rosa

6. Arcade Fire - Funeral

7. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground

8. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless


'Rock Band' Set List Finalized

October 29th, 2007 12:31pm EDT
Rock Band
Cambridge, Massachusetts – October 29, 2007 – Harmonix, the leading developer of music-based games, and MTV Games, a division of Viacom’s MTV Networks, along with distribution partner Electronic Arts, announced today the final song list for its highly anticipated music videogame Rock Band. Featuring the most master recordings of any music game ever by the world’s biggest rock artists, Rock Band includes 58 tracks and spans every genre of rock ranging from alternative and classic rock to heavy metal and punk. With multiple instruments and an impressive selection of online and offline game mo...

Frank Black Found Herman Brood Visit 'Too Intense'

September 7th, 2007 11:49am EDT
Frank Black
Cult rocker Frank Black is still haunted by the memory of his recent visit to the home of tragic artist Herman Brood - because the house has remained exactly the same as it was when the Dutchman died in 2001.

The former Pixies frontman - also known as Frank Black - was invited to his idol's Amsterdam home in Holland after Brood committed suicide in the U.S. six years ago.

And Francis, 42, discovered they shared more than just their love of music. He says, "The visit became very odd. 'Here is the medicine for his crabs. Here's where he would paint. Here's where he would shoot speed...

Frank Black Rules Out Pixies Return

September 7th, 2007 9:48am EDT
Frank Black
Rocker Frank Black has ruled out of a reunion album with his Pixies band mates, because the stars have failed to resolve their differences.

The singer reformed the 1980s group in 2004 for an extensive tour, but he admits plans to record a new LP with bassist Kim Deal, drummer Dave Lovering and guitarist Joey Santiago have completely fallen through because the trio does not want to commit to the project.

Black has now decided to focus all his efforts on his solo career. He says, "I could get into all kinds of nastiness but this (his solo career) is a way of saying, 'You don't wan...

Pixies Album Plan Hits Snag

June 26th, 2007 9:45am EDT
Pixies frontman Frank Black has axed plans to record a new album with his cult rock group because the squabbling that originally split the group has returned.

Black reformed the group in 2004 for an extensive tour, but admits that after over two years on the road with his bandmates, he can't commit to a return to the recording studio.

He says, "I don't think that that Pixies record's gonna happen. I mean I could be wrong, I don't know. Just raffling the personalities all in to a recording studio is a problem, you know."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment Ne...

Celebrity Birthdays, June 11

June 11th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Hugh Laurie
Happy Birthday To actor Shia LaBeouf (1986), Canadian actor Joshua Jackson (1978), Flaming Lips drummer Steven Drozd (1969), Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago (1965), "House" star Hugh Laurie (1959), San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana (1956), ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard (1949), "Swamp Thing" actress Adrienne Barbeau, "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" actor Chad Everett (1936), "Young Frankenstein" star Gene Wilder (1933), film composer Carmine Coppola (1910; d. 1991), legendary German actor Max Schreck (1879; d. 1936), and German composer Richard Strauss (1864; d. 1949).

Jeff Tweedy Is 'The Voice Of God'

June 6th, 2007 9:59am EDT
Jeff Tweedy
Wilco front man Jeff Tweedy will guest star as The Voice Of God in an upcoming episode of animated American TV show Lil' Bush.

The singer/songwriter joins Pixies rocker Frank Black, who voices Satan, and Iggy Pop, who stars as Lil' Donald Rumsfeld, in the Comedy Central cartoon.

Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl and Red Hot Chili Peppers also guest on the show, which satirizes U.S. President George W. Bush's administration.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Video Game Review: Major League Baseball 2K7

May 2nd, 2007 12:39pm EDT
The excitement that was next-gen baseball last year was quickly extinguished by Major League Baseball 2K6. This mess of code featured batters that all swung in the same exact choppy animation and fielders that could grab a grounder in the outfield and throw immediately to first with barely any animation between. Let’s not forget the fact that your runners lallygag around the bases slow enough to make the coach from Bull Durham have a heart attack if you didn’t mash the "run" button. Lucky for us, a few people at 2K Sports noticed and decided that they needed an overhaul.

While Major L...

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