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Thom Yorke 'Probably' Making An Album With Rapper MF Doom
Radiohead's Thom Yorke, fresh off his band's new "The King of Limbs" release, may have another project in the works -- this time, a collaboration with underground rapper MF Doom. The two collaborated back in 2009, when Yorke created a remix of the rapper's "Gazzillion Ear." According to a recent interview with Australia's 3D World Magazine, Doom was quoted as saying, "...we'll probably end up doing a whole record together." ( Pitchfork)
Bob Geldof Suggests Rock is Dead, Rails Against 'Glee' at SXSW Keynote
During his keynote speech today (Mar. 17) at South By Southwest, Bob Geldof suggested that rock'n'roll, which he called "America's great cultural gift to the world," might be over. "Rock'n'roll needs to be against something. It can't just BE," the singer and social activist said. Among other causes, Geldof railed against what he felt were "complacent and smug" music festivals and "the glee-club-ification of my music -- f**k off! I want it back," he declared. Read the full recap of Geldof's keynote at Billboard.biz.
Foo Fighters To Play Gigs In Eight Fans' Garages
Next month, the Foo Fighters will be playing songs from "Wasting Light," the new album they recorded in Dave Grohl's garage, in the garages of eight lucky fans in eight North American cities as part of a sponsorship with BlackBerry and local radio stations. For details of how to enter, check out the full story at Billboard.biz.
Rapper Game Pays Tribute With "All Doggs Go To Heaven (R.I.P. Nate Dogg)'
Two days after the announcement that rapper Nate Dogg had died at 41, fellow California rapper Game has recorded a tribute to the G-Funk god titled "All Doggs Go To Heaven (R.I.P. Nate Dogg)." Game reminisces about getting high in the studio with Nate, Dr. Dre and Kurupt while Nate Dogg's vocal hook from Dre's "The Next Episode" is used as a sample. (Rap Radar)
MTV's '120 Minutes' To Return This Year
MTV's classic "120 Minutes" telecast, dormant since 2003, will be returning to the airwaves. The show, a two-hour look into alternative, college and indie rock, will once again be hosted by original host Matt Pinfield. A counterpart, "120 Seconds," will air online on MTV Hive starting this Friday, while the TV show is set to return later this year. ( The Daily Swarm)
Police To Back Coachella's Wristband Policy
Coachella has announced that the festival's wristband policy will be enforced this year by local police in addition to festival staff. Police checkpoints will be set up within a mile outside the California fest's perimeters to check for the wristbands, which were introduced last year as, effectively, a concertgoer's festival pass. ( The Hollywood Reporter)
(Reporting by Ray Waddell, Jillian Mapes, Gary Graff and Kevin Rutherford)