If there's ever proof that an act doesn't need radio or MTV support in order to thrive, it's the enduring team of Emily Saliers and Amy Ray (aka Indigo Girls). For more than a decade, the Girls have consistently sold millions of records, as they've undeniably tried less and less to court industry sectors that will likely ignore their smarter-than-average brand of pop. Instead, they've wisely opted to simply follow their creative muses. With Becoming You, they offer their strongest set in years, as they also revisit the lean, acoustic sound of their salad days. That said, gorgeous, finely crafted tunes like Ray's "Moment of Forgiveness" and Saliers' "Hope Alone" are not retreads. Rather, these songs are far more complex than the artists were capable of 10 years ago. When you have an act that never stops growing, it's no wonder that countless fans follow their every move—without the urging
Wall Of Voodoo guitarist and songwriter Marc Moreland died Wednesday in Paris of kidney failure at the age of 44, Billboard Bulletin reports. Moreland -- a member of one of L.A.'s first punk rock bands, the Skulls -- founded the more sophisticated group Wall Of Voodoo in 1978 with vocalist Stan Ridgway.
Upholding the terms of a January plea bargain that allowed DMX (real name: Earl Simmons) to avoid prison, a New Jersey judge agreed to allow the rapper to lend his voice to public service announcements against animal abuse as part of his sentence for animal cruelty.
Sebastian Bach, lead singer of rock band Skid Row, was charged with making terrorist threats and drug possession after a dispute with a bartender at a restaurant in Middletown, N.J. Bach (real name: Sebastian Bierk) was released yesterday (March 15) on $10,000 bail. He also was charged with disorderly conduct, possession of under 20 grams of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
As first tipped here earlier this month, California-based modern rockers Counting Crows are slated to release their fourth studio album this summer via Geffen. Tentatively titled "Hard Candy," the set was produced by Steve Lillywhite (U2, Peter Gabriel, Dave Matthews Band). It's the follow-up to 1999's "This Desert Life," which has sold 1.1 million copies to date, according to SoundScan.
Modern rock trio Goo Goo Dolls will headline the Pioneer Rock & Roar Concert at the 28th annual Toyota Grand Prix, set for April 13 outside Long Beach, Calif.'s Convention Center. Pioneer will also stage concerts by as-yet-unannounced acts around upcoming auto races in Daytona Beach, Fla. (March 22), Cleveland (July 13), and Denver (Aug. 31).
Contemporary metal act Static-X will be the subject of an upcoming sci-fi action adventure comic book. Due July 24 from Chaos! Comics, "Static-X #1" will find the band's members -- Wayne Static, Ken Jay, Tony Campos, and Tripp Eisen -- recast as cybernetically enhanced enslaved workers for the State, which rules the world.
It is easy to guess why guitarist Nono Presta, bassist Christian Montagne, and drummer Jean Michel Cavallo were mesmerized when they caught Declan O'Shea singing in an Irish pub in 1995. The trio -- which later formed Cyclefly with O'Shea and his brother, guitarist Ciaran O'Shea -- could not turn away from his intense, raspy vocal style. It's a sound that permeates the act's sophomore set, "Crave," due March 26 via Radioactive/MCA.
Having wrapped an extensive tour in support of last year's "Just Push Play" (Columbia), Aerosmith recently convened in Hawaii with frequent collaborator Marti Frederiksen to write some new songs that may see the light of day on a future EP or greatest hits album. The veteran Boston rock outfit is also mulling a live DVD, a network TV special, and a contribution to the soundtrack to the summer film "Spider Man."