More than a quarter-century after its release as a double album of amplified noise and feedback, former Velvet Underground leader Lou Reed's "Metal Machine Music" got its first live performance this past weekend from a Berlin avant-garde classical ensemble.
Will Young's "Evergreen"/"Anything Is Possible" (RCA) continues to climb the all-time sales ladder as it begins a third week at the top of the U.K. singles chart. The title is now the 16th biggest-selling single of all time in the U.K., but will face stern competition this week from a new version of the perennial favorite "Unchained Melody" by Gareth Gates, the singer that Young beat in the final of the "Pop Idol" TV show.
Five-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys' performance Friday in London at a building connected to Parliament has drawn the ire of one of Britain's legislators. An invited audience of journalists and schoolchildren saw the 21-year-old Keys sing at Portcullis House in a room often used for lawmakers' committee meetings. Playing a keyboard, the singer performed several songs including her hit single "Fallin'" and a rendition of Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly."
When the head of your record label gives you an ultimatum to either co-write with Los Angeles' current crop of hitmakers or see your career come to a screeching halt, artistic and economic freedoms don't exactly seem too near on the horizon. But in a unique twist of fate, Big Head Todd & the Monsters now have both, roughly two years after facing such an ultimatum from ex-Giant Records boss Larry Jacobson.
Billy Joel and Elton John have postponed the rest of their U.S. concert dates together to allow Joel to recover from an illness. The two were scheduled to play tonight (March 18) at Madison Square Garden; at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., on March 20, 22, 28 and 30; and at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J., on April 4, 8, and 11.
The full slate of summer dates for the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"-related Down From the Mountain tour has been confirmed. The North American trek is set to begin June 25 in Louisville, Ky., and close Aug. 4 at the dramatic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo.
R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck overturned a breakfast trolley, mistook a stranger for his wife, and scuffled with crew members after getting drunk aboard a trans-Atlantic flight last April, prosecutors said at his trial in London today (March 18). Prosecution lawyer David Bate said Buck behaved like a "drunken lout" aboard the Seattle-to-London flight. The 45-year-old guitarist denies charges of being drunk on an aircraft, committing assault, and damaging British Airways crockery.
Remix albums -- such as Jennifer Lopez' chart-topping "J to Tha L-O! (Epic), Destiny's Child's "This Is the Remix" (Columbia), and Limp Bizkit's "New Old Songs" (Interscope) -- are seen as a moneymaking scheme designed to bilk hardcore fans, according to the lastest Billboard.com poll. Of 8,467 voters, 40% said that remix albums are just a way to extract more cash from big fans of an artist.
Singer/songwriter Pete Yorn has sketched out a spring North American tour that is a mix of headlining and festival appearances, and tentative dates opening for Weezer. As previously reported, dates with Elbow supporting kick off April 2 in Santa Ana, Calif.; the prospective Weezer tour would begin April 23 in Edmonton.
From the minute "Out for Me" kicks off this debut disc, it's clear that Ultrapull is ready for the radio. The quartet's music is filled with power chords, catchy refrains, and easy harmonies—instantly likeable tunes ideally suited for a party in a friend's basement or a top-down drive in a convertible. On tracks like "Lose It," "Boomerang," and "Breathe," Ultrapull hits the nail on the head with an accessible rock sound akin to a sunnier Green Day or a less flippant Blink-182. Unfortunately, the set is uneven: Several harder numbers are fine but lack a certain punch, and the handful of quieter near-ballads feel like they're trying too hard. Overall, vocalist Dale Everett and guitarist Gerard Garcia have done an admirable job writing