Downtown Berlin's main park was transformed Saturday into a sea of gyrating techno fans, blowing whistles and dancing ecstatically to booming beats as the German capital's Love Parade hit the streets for its 14th year.
As Papa Roach looks forward to Thursday's (July 18) kickoff of the Anger Management tour with Eminem, Ludacris, D12, and Xzibit in Buffalo, N.Y., the hard rock act can't help but think back to last summer's Ozzfest trek, from which the somewhat negative experience of short sets and lackadaisical crowds helped inspire the new "lovehatetragedy" (DreamWorks).
A host of acts from the Thrill Jockey roster will descend on New York Sept. 5-7 to celebrate the eclectic Chicago-based label's 10th anniversary. The event kicks off at Irving Plaza, with performances from Tortoise, Trans Am, Fred Anderson, Bobby Conn, the National Trust, and the Chicago Underground Duo.
On June 6, 1972, a moderately successful left-field musician named David Bowie released an album with a strange and extraordinarily long-winded title. "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars" was a concept album about an alien who comes to a dying Earth and becomes a rock star before being destroyed by his jealous backing band.
Four new films took a shot at knocking "Men in Black II" from its perch atop the box office heap this weekend, but the Will Smith/Tommy Lee Jones film proved too tough to beat and held on to its crown for the second successive week.
Recordings from Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Roy Orbison will be among those featured on a 44-song, two-disc set chronicling the history of Sun Records. Due Aug. 6 from BMG Heritage, "Sun Records 50th Anniversary," which will retail for $21.98, will contain such legendary tracks as Presley's "Mystery Train," Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes," and Sonny Burgess' "Red Headed Woman."
In an emotional coda to his career directing the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), Seiji Ozawa ended 29 years as music director yesterday (July 14) by turning his back to the orchestra and conducting his audience in the first musical piece he encountered in Massachusetts as a young student.
The four-week reign of "The King" on the U.K. singles chart is over. "A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis Vs. JXL (RCA) fell 1-3 on yesterday's (July 14) new sales survey, replaced by teenager Gareth Gates' "Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake)" (S/BMG). On the album chart, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "By the Way" (Warner Bros.) powered straight to No. 1.