Monday, March 29, 2010

Headlines! Maha, Hold Steady, tribute bands and more

Over the weekend, I didn't catch much music. I'm still in that SXSW overload mode, but that's started to wear off and I'm ready to see some shows. I got to O'Leaver's very late on Saturday and caught Little Black Stereo (picture), who was very good. At one point, Son of 76's Josh Hoyer and Matt Cox hopped onstage and sang Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" with LBS. It was incredible.

But now the weekend is over, it's Monday and that means headlines!

Quickly, before we get to all of the rock music news, here's what I have coming down the pipeline this week: Black Eyed Peas concert broadcast review tomorrow night (read my concert films story), Three Days Grace concert and review on Wednesday evening AND Stir Concert Cove announces its lineup on Thursday evening (let's hope for a hipper lineup this year).

So, that's what you can expect from me, along with the usual random blog posts.

Onto the important stuff...

• If you didn't hear yet, Maha Music Festival announced its headliner for this year: Spoon. It's a good start, and much better than last year's headliner (Dashboard Confessional), but they're going to need to keep filling in the rest of the lineup with good names. Supposedly, we'll get the rest of those names announced next month.

• Today marked the release/leak of a new Hold Steady track, "Rock Problems."

• Spinner documents 20 outrageous tribute bands.

• Adept at graphic design? Local boys It's True need help designing a sticker. If they pick yours, you get a nifty prize.

• Hayley Williams of Paramore (coming to town May 8) covered Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance."

The Gorillaz dropped a video game for "Plastic Beach."

Ricky Martin is gay, apparently.

• Chris Bridges (you know him better as Ludacris) is headed door-to-door to help out the U.S. Census.

• Former Saddle Creek artists, Tokyo Police Club dropped a new mp3 today.

• Note to musicians: Skateboarding is a dangerous sport, especially right before you're about to go on tour. Ask Devendra Banhart, who broke his leg and had to cancel tour dates.

• Who likes drunk girls? LCD Soundsystem, that's who. Or at least, that's what they named their new track.

• Tom Morello from Rage Against The Machine makes an appearance in Cyprus Hill's new video.

• When Bono isn't singing for U2, he does a bunch of other crap, including world-saving and whatnot. He also, apparently, has an investment firm. And it's one of the worst around.

• Inspired by Matt & Kim baring all, Erykah Badu is another in a string of artists getting nekkid in their music videos. (Warning: Badu's video contains blurred out nudity.)

• Check out Weezer's new video for "I'm Your Daddy."

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