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Sonic Youth Get Stolen Guitars Back After 13 Years

September 27th, 2012 10:02am EDT
Sonic Youth
Two guitars stolen from Sonic Youth's truck 13 years ago have been found.

The band was left devastated on July 4th, 1999 when a vehicle housing its collection of one-of-a-kind modified touring gear, including drums and guitars, was stolen in Orange County, California. The truck was later located in Los Angeles, but the equipment was missing.

Fans of the group have helped discover several items from the raid over the years, and guitarist/singer Lee Ranaldo reveals to music website Pitchfork.com that two other pieces have recently been found.

He says, "It's kind of wild. After all this ...
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Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore & Kim Gordon Split After 27 Year Marriage

October 16th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth stars Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon have split after 27 years of marriage.

The alternative rockers announced the news on Friday but insist they remain committed to the band's upcoming tour plans.

A representative for their label Matador Records tells E! News, "Sonic Youth, with both Kim and Thurston involved, will proceed with its South American tour dates in November. Plans beyond that tour are uncertain. The couple has requested respect for their personal privacy and does not wish to issue further comment."

The couple married in 1984 and have a 17-year-old daughter, Coco.
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Lady Gaga Duets With Yoko Ono

October 4th, 2010 11:45am EDT
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga took to the stage with Yoko Ono on Saturday night to duet at a tribute concert for late Beatles legend John Lennon.

Lennon's widow organized three nights of shows in Los Angeles over the weekend to mark what would have been the musician's 70th birthday on October 9th.

Stars including Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore and rapper RZA all appeared at the Plastic Ono Band gig on Saturday night, but the highlight of the evening came when the Poker Face hit-maker joined Ono for a duet.

After the concert Gaga took to her Twitter.com page to tell fans about the show, posting ...
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'Gossip Girl' Recap: It's A Boy, A Wedding & Sonic Youth

October 13th, 2009 8:10am EDT
Gossip Girl
While wedding season may be behind us, Gossip Girl tried to bring some ceremonial bliss to the Upper East Side. But, first things first, there was some relationship drama that needed to be sorted out before anyone could have a 'happily ever after.'

Dan (Penn Badgley) was left all by his lonesome while new movie-star girlfriend Olivia (Hilary Duff) was off on an Asian press/movie tour. While Olivia had left, Georgina (Michelle Trachtenberg) had come back to play, or pounce as the situation might more appropriately be described.

Georgina had gone to Boston to have Scott (Chris Riggi) c...
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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...
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Have You Heard? Postcode

March 20th, 2009 4:42pm EDT
Postcard
"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...
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Record Store Day Is Saturday, April 18

March 8th, 2009 7:00am EDT
Radiohead
The organizers of Record Store Day have been happily overwhelmed by a steady flurry of support and activity from artists, record labels and retailers wishing to participate in the annual event in salutation of the independent music store. This year Record Store Day is set to feature a number of exciting new products made especially for the event from such well-known artists as Radiohead, Wilco, Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams and the Flight of the Conchords, just to name a few.

Wilco plan to release their upcoming DVD as an exclusive release to indie stores and on the band's website on...
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What's Happening Around The Country This Weekend, Courtesy Of Going.com

August 28th, 2008 7:30pm EDT
Sonic Youth
If you're someone who loves to go out then Going.com is the place for you! Find the hottest events, parties, concerts, places of interest and more! There's always something going on!

Here's a sampling of some of the great things that are happening around the good 'ol U.S. of A. this weekend, Labor Day weekend, August 29-September 1, 2008:

New York City:

Sonic Youth, Last Concert At The Pool

Rooftop Films: Looking For Love

N.E.G. Anniversary, Art Event

Midwestern Goodness

Los Angeles:

F Yeah Fest!

Filter Mag Sunset Series: Sunset Social

The Heist

Cinefamily L...
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'Rock Band 2' Setlist Revealed, See The Entire List

July 14th, 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...
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AARP Tour: Bands That Shouldn't Be Touring Anymore

June 24th, 2008 10:25am EDT
Steely Dan
Sometimes it seems like a band just doesn't know when to quit. Just imagine how many times you've heard some classic rock DJ try to pawn off front row tickets to Steely Dan, or how many advertisements you've seen for a free REO Speedwagon show at the naval base followed by fireworks and the Glen Hill retirement community brass band. While I'll admit that the willingness of these groups to play every major outdoor amphitheater each summer showcases their tenacity, it doesn't exactly work wonders for their dignity. After a while, playing to half-empty audiences of drunken suburbanites has to ...
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Journey Into The Elusive Life Of Bob Dylan in 'I'm Not There,' On DVD May 6

April 18th, 2008 10:51am EDT
I
Exploring the multidimensional nature and shifting personae of revered musician Bob Dylan - from the public to the private to the fantastical - I'm Not There debuts on DVD on May 6th from Genius Products and The Weinstein Company.

Featuring the Oscar nominated and Golden Globe winning performance by Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Aviator), I'm Not There weaves together a daring and complex narrative of an ever-elusive American icon. Garnering three awards at the 2007 Venice Film Festival, including Special Jury Prize and Best Actress, Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There was...
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New Live CD/DVD From The Gossip, 'Live In Liverpool,' Out April 15

April 10th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Gossip
Recorded live in concert on July 9, 2007, Gossip - Live In Liverpool brilliantly captures and focuses the stunning ferocity, energy and intensity at the heart of Gossip's groundbreaking meld of sound and politics. This incendiary concert showcase breaks out definitive performances of Gossip signature tunes including the band's UK #1 Indie chart-topping smash, "Standing In The Way Of Control"; the UK Top 40 hit, "Listen Up"; and the #3 UK Indie track, "Jealous Girls" in addition to delightfully provocative covers of Wham!'s "Careless Whisper" and Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody?"

"Goss...
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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...
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Soundtrack To The Quirky New Film 'Juno' Out January 15

December 12th, 2007 5:38pm EST
Juno
Rhino will release the soundtrack for Juno, a comedy from Fox Searchlight Pictures directed by Jason Reitman (Thank You for Smoking) and written by Diablo Cody.

Opening in select theaters December 5, the film's soundtrack mixes classic artists, such as The Kinks and Mott The Hoople, with indie faves Sonic Youth and Cat Power. The soundtrack is currently available as a download from digital outlets and will be available for purchase in stores January 15.

The 20-song collection includes eight songs by Kimya Dawson - a featured solo artist as well as member of the groups The Moldy P...
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'This Is Next' Compilation Series To Highlight The Best Music From Independent Artists

August 27th, 2007 8:05pm EDT
This Is NEXT
This Is NEXT is a new compilation series showcasing today's best independent artists. Based on the model of the popular NOW That's What I Call Music series and inspired by the success of 2004's Garden State soundtrack (which largely featured independent artists and sold over 1 million units), This Is NEXT will be curated biannually by a different label in the ADA stable.

ADA president Andy Allen sums the compilation's relevance best by saying, "Indie music has entered the mainstream. Hollywood and Madison Avenue are increasingly using tracks from indie artists in their projects, and yo...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 25

July 25th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Matt LeBlanc
Happy Birthday to "Joan of Arcadia" actor Michael Welch (1987), "The Jacket" actor Brad Renfro (1982), Cradle of Filth singer Dani Davey (1973), "Friends" and "Joey" star Matt LeBlanc (1967), "Stir of Echoes" actress Illeana Douglas (1965), Sonic Youth singer Thurston Moore (1958), Chicago Bears legend Walter Payton (1954; d. 1999), reggae singer Rita Marley (1946), "Golden Girl" Estelle Getty (1923), saxophonist Johnny Hodges (1906; d. 1970), actress Lila Lee (1901; d. 1973), and silver screen star Walter Brennan (1894; d. 1974).
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs To Release the 'Is Is' EP With Accompanying Live Film

June 16th, 2007 9:00am EDT
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The drunk, the nerd and the goth strike back with their new EP of unbridled older material. It all began with an EP back in 2001, and now the Yeah Yeah Yeahs revisit and revel in the five song format a second time round with "Is Is."

"I fucking love EPs!" says Brian Chase. Songs for the EP were written in 2004 in between touring behind their first record Fever to Tell.

Written amidst one of the most turbulent and emotionally unstable periods in YYYs history, for whatever reason the angst that colored that

point in time translates erotically into a sexually charged body of songs...
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Suzanne Vega To Release 'Beauty & Crime' July 17

June 9th, 2007 4:00pm EDT
Suzanne Vega
Over 20 years into her storied career, singer Suzanne Vega shows that she remains one of the freshest voices in popular music today with the release of Beauty & Crime, her seventh album.

Revolving around the theme of New York, the city where Vega was raised and still lives, the 11 original songs on Beauty & Crime remind those of us who are old enough to remember "Tom's Diner" (complete with its myriad remixes) why we fell in love with Suzanne in the first place. For a younger generation, this new collection of songs fits in nicely among a the latest crop of artists (Feist, Sufjan Stev...
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 28

April 28th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Jessica Alba
Happy Birthday To "Into the Blue" star Jessica Alba (1981), "Bandidas" actress Penelope Cruz (1974), "Lost" actor Jorge Garcia (1973), "Law & Order" actress Elisabeth Rohm (1973), rapper Too Short (1966), golfer John Daly (1966), singer Jimmy Barnes (1956), "CSI" actor Paul Guilfoyle (1955), Sonic Youth founder Kim Gordon (1953), "Battlestar Galactica" president Mary McDonnell (1952), late-night talk show host Jay Leno (1950), prolific film and television actress Ann Margret (1941), Jamaican actress Madge Sinclair (1938; d. 1995), "The Addams Family" actress Carolyn Jones (1930; d. 1983), "...
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The Cribs Hit The Road In Support of New Album

March 9th, 2007 10:09am EST
The Cribs
Wakefield, UK punk rockers, The Cribs, have completed recording their Warner Bros. Records album debut titled, "Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever," scheduled for domestic release on May 22, 2007. The album contains twelve cuts of authentic punk rock, uncomplicated, incredibly melodic, and undeniably infectious. The album was produced by Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, mixed by Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) and includes special guest appearance by Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth.

To celebrate the release of "Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever," the band will play a handful of U...
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Bjork Is Back With 'Volta' May 7

March 7th, 2007 2:08pm EST
Bjork
Musical innovator and icon Björk releases her next studio album Volta on May 7, 2007 on One Little Indian Records/Atlantic Records. Volta is Björk sixth studio album and follows the release of Medulla in 2004.

Featuring ten brand new and original tracks, Volta is entirely written and produced by Björk.

In the role of producer Björk has brought in various other musicians to work on her songs, and Volta features some of her most interesting collaborations so far with Anthony Hegarty (Antony and the Johnsons) singing on two tracks, and Timbaland (Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, etc.) working w...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 3

February 3rd, 2007 3:00am EST
Isla Fisher
Happy Birthday to "The Wedding Crashers" actress Isla Fisher (1976), "Star Wars" saga character actor Warwick Davis (1970), "ER" star Maura Tierney (1965), actor/director Keith Gordon (1961), Sonic Youth co-founder Lee Ranaldo (1956), "The Producers" star Nathan Lane (1956), TV actress/Old Navy spokeswoman Morgan Fairchild (1950), "undefeated" NFL quarterback Bob Griese (1945), Emmy-winning actress Blythe Danner (1943), NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton (1940), television actor Victor Buono (1938; d. 1982), Rat-Packer Joey Bishop (1918), Americana artist Norman Rockwell (1894; d. 1978), and Ge...
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2006: Year In Music (Pt. 2)

December 31st, 2006 1:00pm EST
Billy Corgan
...In April, Billy Corgan announced that Smashing Pumpkins will reunite and begin recording a new album... Rihanna released her sophomore disc, Unfaithful, featuring the single S.O.S., which includes a sample of Soft Cell's Tainted Love... and Cee-Lo and DangerMouse's collaboration, Gnarls Barkley took the U.S. by storm, as their hit single Crazy stormed the charts and took off as one of 2006's most popular tunes.

Bands that released new albums include: The Flaming Lips, Daft Punk, Gorillaz, Blue October, Lacuna Coil, Lamb Of God, Pink, Queensryche, The Vines, Eagles Of Death Metal, Qu...
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Tony Hawk's Project 8 Track List Revealed

October 17th, 2006 1:49pm EDT
Tony Hawk
Activision, Inc. is rocking gamers with an all-star musical line-up for the upcoming Tony Hawk’s Project 8 video game, including the debut of a track from the highly anticipated Plus-44 album, When Your Heart Stops Beating. The track Lycanthrope, is among 56 heart-pounding songs that will be featured in-game from such artists as Wolfmother, Gnarls Barkley and Kasabian. Full List Below!

“The Tony Hawk’s Project 8 soundtrack features an eclectic collection of original and licensed music from punk rock and hip hop to metal,” said Tim Riley, worldwide executive of music at Activision. “T...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 25

July 25th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Matt LeBlanc
Happy Birthday to "Joan of Arcadia" actor Michael Welch (1987), "The Jacket" actor Brad Renfro (1982), Cradle of Filth singer Dani Davey (1973), "Friends" and "Joey" star Matt LeBlanc (1967), "Stir of Echoes" actress Illeana Douglas (1965), Sonic Youth singer Thurston Moore (1958), Chicago Bears legend Walter Payton (1954; d. 1999), reggae singer Rita Marley (1946), "Golden Girl" Estelle Getty (1923), saxophonist Johnny Hodges (1906; d. 1970), actress Lila Lee (1901; d. 1973), and silver screen star Walter Brennan (1894; d. 1974).
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"The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things" Stars Asia Argento and Marilyn Manson; Comes To DVD 6/6/06

May 23rd, 2006 11:59pm EDT
The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things
Amid allegations of Warholian-style literary hoaxes and identity scandals involving "JT LeRoy," The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, adapted from "JT’s" second novel, comes to DVD June 6, 2006.

Seven-year-old Jeremiah (Jimmy Bennett) lived a calm, comfortable life in the care of a loving foster home until the day his birth mother Sarah (Asia Argento) suddenly showed up to reclaim him. Torn from the life he knew, Jeremiah is drawn into his mother’s reckless world of turmoil and depravity, and into a desperate struggle to survive the madness of his surroundings.

JT LeRoy was el...
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 28

April 28th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Happy Birthday To "Into the Blue" star Jessica Alba (1981), "Bandidas" actress Penelope Cruz (1974), "Lost" actor Jorge Garcia (1973), "Law & Order" actress Elisabeth Rohm (1973), rapper Too Short (1966), golfer John Daly (1966), singer Jimmy Barnes (1956), "CSI" actor Paul Guilfoyle (1955), Sonic Youth founder Kim Gordon (1953), "Battlestar Galactica" president Mary McDonnell (1952), late-night talk show host Jay Leno (1950), prolific film and television actress Ann Margret (1941), Jamaican actress Madge Sinclair (1938; d. 1995), "The Addams Family" actress Carolyn Jones (1930; d. 1983), "...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 3

February 3rd, 2006 3:00am EST
Morgan Fairchild
Happy Birthday to "The Wedding Crashers" actress Isla Fisher (1976), "Star Wars" saga character actor Warwick Davis (1970), "ER" star Maura Tierney (1965), actor/director Keith Gordon (1961), Sonic Youth co-founder Lee Ranaldo (1956), "The Producers" star Nathan Lane (1956), TV actress/Old Navy spokeswoman Morgan Fairchild (1950), "undefeated" NFL quarterback Bob Griese (1945), Emmy-winning actress Blythe Danner (1943), NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton (1940), television actor Victor Buono (1938; d. 1982), Rat-Packer Joey Bishop (1918), Americana artist Norman Rockwell (1894; d. 1978), and Ge...
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Sonic Youth Working On New Album For 2006; Reissues Due

January 18th, 2006 8:29pm EST
Sonic Youth
According to their official website, Sonic Youth have finished recording basic tracks with engineer TJ Doherty at legendary Sear Sound Studio. They are now working on recording overdubs, and soon will be mixing their upcoming new LP to be released in 2006. Sear Sound has been the site of recording previous SY albums 'Sister' and 'Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star', and Thurston Moore's 'Psychic Hearts'. Songs recorded in the first days of the sessions include 'Pink Steam', 'Do You Believe in Rapture?', 'Or' and 'Sleepin Around'.

COMING IN EARLY 2006

The reissue of the eponym...
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New CDs This Week (Dec. 6)

December 6th, 2005 11:05am EST
Korn
A number of big names are dropping new albums this week including highly anticipated fresh cuts from Korn, Lil' Wayne and Lindsay Lohan; plus new collections from Eminem, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Don Omar and a whole lot more. Check out this list of noteworthy release (many with reviews) for Tuesday, December 6th, 2005...

Ashanti - Collectables by Ashanti

Carl Craig - Fabric 25

Don Omar - Da Hitman Presents Reggaeton Latino

Eminem - Curtain Call: The Hits

Ennio Morricone - Morricone Happening

God Forbid - Out of Misery

Heather Headley - In My Mind

Ja Rule - Exodus

Jennifer Peñ...
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