Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson stopped by Billboard’s New York offices to play near-finished tracks from the record; Gloria and Emilio Estefan spent time with friends at NYC's London Hotel after a rather explicit interview with Howard Stern; and Blue October fans turned out en masse to catch the band rock Webster Hall.
Skateboard Marketing celebrated its 20th anniversary last week during the CMJ at NYC's Webster Hall. In the crowd were End Records' Andres Katsambas and Freeman Promotions' Jon Freeman. Talk was of RED distributing new albums by Jason Aldean, Mumford & Sons, Anthrax, Radiohead and "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo;" eOne's excitement over the next Overkill album; and if the infamous Al Jourgensen has returned to the studio with Ministry.
Former Cycle Sluts From Hell singer Goddess Mary Raffaele gave model-turned-rocker/author Bebe Buell a priceless profanity-laced introduction before Buell took over the stage at New York's Hiro Ballroom on Oct. 12. Among the audience members cheering Buell on was her actress daughter, Liv Tyler, Showbiz 411 founder Roger Friedman, Niji Entertainment Group's Dean Schachtel and Red's Alan Becker & Luis Alvarenga.
Comedy rockers Steel Panther last week packed New York's Gramercy Theater tighter than a pair of zebra spandex pants as they prepared to drop their new album "Balls Out." The group is also shopping a reality show pilot about the singer's quest to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The crowd included Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis; Universal Republic's John DiMaio and Frank Arigo; and the Agency Group senior VP Ken Fermaglich.
Eclectic rock and soul group the Kin took over New York’s Kingswood Restaurant with its Dinner With Theives performance series. Producer Tony Visconti, singer Kristeen Young and Bon Appetit blogger Sam Dean attended the fete, while DJ DPak mixed Metallica and Lady Gaga. The band, who was in good spirits, is reportedly on the verge of announcing a major-label deal.
Amy Lee doesn't tweet what she ate for breakfast. Her wardrobe doesn't malfunction, and she doesn't sing about teenage dreams. But even in a pop-tart-saturated music world, she and the band Evanescence have more than a chance of once again cracking the Billboard 200's top 10
Anberlin just kicked off their tour with rocker friends Switchfoot, visiting New York's Best Buy Theater. Backstage after the show, Universal Republic Records VP of A&R Nate Albert, ICM booking agent Nick Storch and manager Kyle Griner of Arson Media Group hung out with the band.