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Kim Shattuck Bolts From The Pixies

12/2/2013 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

6/14/2013 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

11/20/2011 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

11/9/2011 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

4/17/2011 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

6/19/2010 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'

2/19/2010 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...

Have You Heard? Always April

4/22/2009 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

3/20/2009 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

7/28/2008 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

6/25/2008 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

6/23/2008 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

6/17/2008 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...

Top 10 Albums Of The 80s

1/30/2008 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

1/27/2008 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'

1/27/2008 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...

'Rock Band' Set List Finalized

10/29/2007 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...

Celebrity Birthdays, June 11

6/11/2007 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).

Video Game Review: Major League Baseball 2K7

5/2/2007 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...

James Blunt Fall 2006 North American Tour Dates

7/24/2006 12:33pm EDT
James Blunt
James Blunt brings his "Back To Bedlam World Tour" back to North America this fall for an extensive headlining concert tour that will hit 35 cities from coast to coast. Kicking off October 1st in Montreal, the seven-week itinerary is slated to wrap up on November 18th in Las Vegas. Among the highlights of the tour will be Blunt's debut performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York and the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. A limited amount of the best tickets for each show will be available via pre-sale on James' website Pre-sale of tickets for New York will begin July 2...

New Album From Ben Kweller Coming In September

7/20/2006 2:24pm EDT
Ben Kweller
ATO Records is proud to announce the release of Ben Kweller's third album on September 19, 2006. The album, simply titled "Ben Kweller," was produced by Gil Norton (Pixies) and is the follow up to 2004's highly acclaimed "On My Way" and 2002's indie-rock classic "Sha Sha." Like these albums, the new one is brimming with unforgettable melodies and deft craft, while it also expresses a deep, open soulfulness that could only come from one so sensitive as Kweller. Unlike the previous albums, however, every note you'll here on "Ben Kweller" was played by the man himself.

With "Ben Kweller,"...

Celebrity Birthdays, June 11

6/11/2006 3:03am 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).