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Drummer for Avenged Sevenfold Dies

Jimmy Owen Sullivan, drummer for Avenged Sevenfold, has died aged only 28. Nicknamed ‘The Rev’ (presumably not for conducting...

My Chemical Romance go for Judas Priest.

My Chemical Romance recently talked about the influences affecting their forthcoming album, and dropped respected names like...

Journey: People 'Don't Stop Believin'

Long haired soft rockers Journey released their signature tune in 1981. It was called ‘Don't Stop Believin' (correct, no g),...

Britney Seriously Needs to Let Go

We admit that putting an article on your website listing the ‘Top Bullshit’ stories about you from the past year could be quite...

Iggy Pop wants a Christmas Single

Iggy Pop is at that stage in record production where he’s thinking out loud, and he told someone (I can’t find the original...

Final Fantasy Changes Name

When you name yourself after something, you have to be careful. You can get away with taking a song title, but picking the name...

Anti-Folk Supergroup Release Album

Kimya Dawson was a member of the Mouldy Peaches, the band whose surprising success spearheaded the New York anti-folk scene as...

Kasabian to Channel Nirvana and Floyd

Kasabian are one of the biggest rock bands in Britain, although some people argue it’s by default; personally, we thought the...

Update: Vic Chesnutt has Died

Constellation Records are reporting that Vic Chesnutt has now died. They add "In the few short years that we knew him...

Vic Chesnutt in Coma

According to several reports, now confirmed by his record company, singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt is in hospital in a coma. A...

No More Dresden Dolls

& the creative energy between people have a beginning, a middle, and an end. I’m happy and proud of the way we saw things...

BBC thought Led Zeppelin were Bad

BBC 6 Music is having Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page on for a Christmas Day show, and they’ve had to admit a slightly comical error...

Oh no, Bros for Comeback Gig

If you’re young enough, and lucky enough, to not know who Bros were, then we’ll recap: a terrible but very popular 80s boy band...

Manson Defeats 20 Million Dollar Lawsuit

When Marilyn Manson kicked Madonna Wayne Gacy out of his band, Gacy (real name Stephen Bier), did the trendy thing and sued...

Strokes Man wants to go Weird

Julian Casablancas’ Christmas cover version is getting a surprising amount of airplay this holiday season, and seems to have...

Collaborate with Cuomo

Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo is asking budding producers to aid him in completing a song, and he’ll pay you for the trouble....

Winehouse thrown out of Children's Pantomime

Amy Winehouse has managed to get herself thrown out of a children’s pantomime. She was at a production of Cinderella in Milton...

Doherty Arrested for Drugs. At a Court.

When you’re in court, as Pete Doherty was yesterday morning, it’s generally a good idea to be on your best behaviour, and not...

The Doups - New Single Now Im Going FREE

The Doups, who recently released their first EP "Six O´clock Shadow" and supported Franz Ferdinand in Campo Pequeno, Lisbon...

Interpol to go Orchestral?

Biffy Clyro are the latest rock act to have success roping in violins and other classical instruments to build their sound, and...

Rage Fallout: Bookies Lose, Organisers Win

So now we know that Rage Against the Machine sold 50,000 more copies than the X-Factor’s Miley Cyrus cover, a solid lead to put...

Rolling Stone Lose Plot

U2 as the best album of 2009? Someone tell Pitchfork...

Rage win UK Christmas Number 1

Good god, a campaign has actually achieved something. Mediocre talent show goon Joe McElderry has been beaten to the Christmas...

Kurt's Daughter given new Guardian

We weren’t going to report this, because it’s not really music news, but other music sites are mentioning it and we didn’t want...

Allen Investigated over Drugs. But not...

Well Lily Allen has finally got in trouble over her drug taking. But given that this is Britain in the twenty first century,...

Is Yorke the Indie Bono? Plus Hijinks

The rich nations of the world are trying to explain to the developing nations of the world why the latter shouldn’t be allowed...

Fatboy Slim's Concept Album is Ready

Do you remember us telling you about a concept album by Fatboy Slim and former Talking Head David Byrne? The one about Imelda...

Indie Stars Vogue It Up

When you look at the Horrors, you don’t exactly see style icons, more a load of goths in need of a haircut. And when did capes...

Lil Wayne gets Leaked... by Amazon?

Lil Wayne’s rock album has been put back repeatedly, leading to rumours that it isn’t any good. Luckily for some Lil Wayne...

Morello Joins Rage Campaign

& The X Factor's goofy Christmas single are neck and neck for num one spot on UK chart. England! Now is your time." We know...

Unreleased Elliot Smith Track Free

Elliot Smith was one of those people who, when you played his records back after learning he killed himself, you wondered how...

Green Day to get own Rock Band

Bands have had mixed success when signing up to Rock Band or Guitar Hero: Courtney Love regretted giving up Kurt’s rights once...

Axl Denies Denial

Last week reports came in that Guns n’ Roses singer Axl Rose was involved in a tussle with photographers at Los Angeles...

Coldplay Launch 'End of Decade' Auction

Coldplay have announced their ‘End of the Decade Clearout Sale’, where they’re auctioning on ebay instruments, stage equipment,...

Has Frusciante left Chili Peppers?

Reports are coming in that John Frusciante, the talented but occasionally troubled guitarist, has left the Red Hot Chili...

Karen O Replaces Cyrus at the Grammys

At the Grammys, a Miley Cyrus track has been deemed ineligible for an award (perhaps they’ve heard it), and a Karen O track...

No Third Series for the Conchords

There will be no third series of the comedy show Flight of the Conchords, which followed two spoof musicians on their...

50 Cent wants Susan Boyle?

The Susan Boyle cashing making juggernaut has well and truly hit, with her debut album landing atop the charts on both sides of...

Cat Power to go solo again

Cat Power’s recent work has seen her backed by The Dirty Delta Blues Band, but Cat is pining for those early days in her career...

Brits Campaign for Rage Number 1

The Christmas number one single used to be a fairly big thing in Britain, but that was before talent show tosh X-Factor...

Marilyn Manson Dropped

It must be hard being the number 1 hate figure to Christian America. I mean, you call yourself the God of Fuck, pretend to be...

Flaming Lips Sell Crazy Ornament

Most of us have decorated Christmas trees as kids, some of you probably still do. So what do you really need among the baubles...

Springsteen Campaigns for Gay Marriage

Bruce Springsteen has long been associated with blue collar America, so his presence in a campaign speaks to people politicians...

Granddaddy Man's Free Crimbo Album

Granddaddy are surely one of the most sorely missed alternative acts, so it’s sort of good news that their ex-frontman, Jason...

She and Him Return

Zooey Deschanel’s doe eyed acting in kooky dramas made her a favorite among males of a certain esoteric interest, but raised...

Muppet’s Rhapsody to be Released

By now, surely everyone on the web has seen the YouTube video of the Muppets playing their version of Queen’s Bohemian...

DJs Want to Soundtrack Real Space Flight

& Beyond have made a direct appeal to Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic project to be the soundtrack to their space...

Jay-Z Lyrics Explained

The Awl examines Jay-Z's popular 'Empire State of Mind' and explains that some lyrics aren't about bastkeball players, but...

Fleet Foxes 'Definitely' back for 2010

Fleet Foxes have revealed that they’re back in the studio working on material, and have promised that the new album will be out...

Leona Lewis doing us a Favour?

James Cameron, the man behind the Titanic movie, will soon be releasing his new film ‘Avatar’. It’s rumoured to have cost a...

Brandon Flowers NOT Going Solo

& Age', and will be touring into spring 2010." Way to get a plug for the album in Island.

Weezer Man Hospitalized after Crash

Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has been hospitalized after his tour bus crashed over the weekend. The band was travelling to...

The Chef, the Musician and the Pig

Vegetarians look away now, or get your email heated up ready for some angry letters. Matthew Herbert, a sort of modern art...

Rap Video leads to Prison Sentence

When threatening a murder witness, it’s generally sensible not to record your threats, even if they are in the form of a rap,...

The Nine Inch Nails Online Gear Sale

So, it looks like Nine Inch Nails’ last tour, really was their last ever tour, as they’ve started putting items of their gear...

Morrissey speaks on 'Honourable' Suicide

Morrissey was lead singer of British band The Smiths, a group whose lyrics and sound enabled listeners to wallow in their...

In the Alternate Universe where Rolf is...

The recent news that Rolf Harris had teamed up with Status Quo wasn’t really that surprising, after all, both are past their...

New Arcade Fire in May

Arcade Fire fans can relax a little, they only have to wait a short while longer for the new album. According to Billboard, the...

Cribs Shower Mishap

And now an image for our female / guy readers. When Ross Jarman of the Cribs took a post-gig shower recently, i.e. he was...

Foo Fighters 'not meant to be a career'

Dave Grohl speaks, and the band will be back.

New Pavement Material 'Inevitable'

Scott Kannberg of recently reformed alternative rock royalty Pavement has said that, should their forthcoming tour go well,...

The Killers do another Charity Crimbo Single

The Killers aren’t new to either charity songs or Christmas singles, having teamed up with the AIDs charity (RED) on three...

Carl Barat comes to the Stage

While Pete Doherty is busy mainlining Cillit Bang and offending Germans, fellow Libertine Carl Barat has moved on in his solo...

Snoop Dogg on your Sat Nav?

A lot of rappers have produced branded products, but it’s usually sneakers or scents, or something which might just retain some...

Doherty's Nazi Faux Pas

They take the Second World War every seriously in Germany, as they should. No comedy goose-stepping and camp Wehrmacht officers...

Gorillaz go Pop

Damon Albarn, the voice behind Gorillaz, has spoken about the new album. It’s going to be called ‘Plastic Beach’, although the...

Eminem Kills Credibility for X-Factor?

Over the last few weeks, you’ll have seen us mention X-Factor, the British talent TV show. American readers may wonder why I...

Taio Cruz: Forgiving vs Will Swallow...

Taio Cruz has spoken about Chris Brown’s assault on his then girlfriend Rhianna: "I don't condone what he did," he told the...

Snoop Dogg: Talk Show Host?

When rap legend and language izzleizer Snoop Dogg ventured into pornographic movies, you could believe it, after all, it didn’t...

Hear that Little Drummer Boy Tune

Do you remember a few months ago we reported on how Lindstrom was recording a synthed up version of Christmas standby Little...

New Bridge School Collection

The ‘Bridge School Collection’ albums contain songs played at the yearly Bridge School Concert, a charity event organized by...

My Chemical Romance Insult Britain?

They probably didn’t mean to, but on paper it looks a little that way. In an interview with Rolling Stone, My Chemical Romance...

Gym Class Heroes’ Singer does Aids Record

Travis McCoy, frontman and founder member of Gym Class Heroes, is to release a single on behalf of the charity ‘Staying Alive’....

Depeche Mode Man Ordered to Court over WoW

Ah, World of Warcraft, one of those popular games which encourages you to plug yourself into a basement computer and only come...

McCartney’s Nerves Nearly Split The Beatles

Many performers suffer from nerves before going onstage, but they often channel this adrenaline and fear into their act. Even...

Speech Debelle Quits Label

Earlier this year unheralded jazz r’n’b crossover singer Speech Debelle won the Mercury music prize, but the aftermath has seen...

Little Boots speaks out over Fat Attacks

Little Boots’ neat line in electropop has been overshadowed by the success of the much colder La Roux, but the singer has still...

John Mayer needs a Psychiatrist. Or a...

John Mayer peddles a line in middle of the road drivel that has made him very popular. He’s also a good looking chap, and has...

Pete Doherty was on Life Support

Given that Pete Doherty has taken more drugs than the entire American Swine Flu vaccination program, it’s no surprise that he...

AMA’s Ignore 2009, go all Jackson

&B male artist, while his Number Ones album won in the same album categories. The reason behind this might be the symbolism...

Stones Chase Talent Show Cash

The British pop charts are currently being ruled by terrible talent show The X-Factor. Anyone who performs on it seems to go...

Neutral Milk Hotel Footage

Merge have reissued Neutral Milk Hotel’s two albums on high quality vinyl, and if you have any interest in people who can’t...

U2 to Headline Glastonbury

This year is the fortieth anniversary of Britain’s best known festival: Glastonbury. Associated as much with hippies off their...

Anti-Piracy Poster Girl Digs Giant Hole...

Lars from Metallica was the original poster boy for the anti-piracy lobby. He later admitted that, while he was against people...

Florence and the Machine go for 4 Discs

As is by now traditional with moderately popular alt acts, Florence and the Machine are releasing a new edition of their album...

Jack White to work with Wanda Jackson

The latest entry into Jack White’s quest to work with everybody is Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Wanda Jackson, a woman...

Blur to release Live CD with UK Paper

British Blur fans, you have to buy the Times newspaper this Sunday, because they’re packaging it with a ten track Blur CD of...

Slayer Postpone Tour.

Ah, Slayer, a bastion of old school metal still going strong. Err, maybe not strong: a back injury to bassist Tom Araya had...

U2 turn it up to 11, get Fined.

When they’re not busy saving the world, U2 play a few gigs, and they like to turn things up loud. Unfortunately, the residents...

Beck Swipes Back

A few weeks ago Matt Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces verbally attacked Radiohead, slating their creation of a song dedicated...