Mikael Wood

AFI Revs Up The Rock On 'Crash Course'

AFI Revs Up The Rock On 'Crash Course'

When the members of AFI began work on their 2006 album "Decemberunderground," they "tried really hard not to think about it as the follow-up to a big successful record," guitarist Jade Puget says.
Brendan Benson Seeks Success Without Raconteurs On New Album

Brendan Benson Seeks Success Without Raconteurs On New Album

Brendan Benson says he's willing to do whatever it takes to promote his new album, "My Old, Familiar Friend" (due Aug. 18), but there's one thing he won't allow: a shrink-wrap sticker describing him as a member of the Raconteurs.
Ashley Tisdale's 'Guilty Pleasure' Showcases Edgier Side

Ashley Tisdale's 'Guilty Pleasure' Showcases Edgier Side

Tisdale's new album "Guilty Pleasure," due July 28 from Warner Bros., offers plenty of catchy choruses and lyrics about boys. But it's a more mature, guitar-driven outing than her dance-pop debut, "Headstrong," which has sold 471,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.  
Passion Pit's Geek Chic

Passion Pit's Geek Chic

Passion Pit's Ayad Al Adhamy knows that the speed with which his Boston-based electro-pop group has ascended from MySpace anonymity to buzz-bin ubiquity tends to make for prime backlash fodder. But the keyboardist insists that he and his bandmates aren't especially worried, thanks to one simple fact: They're not pretty boys.

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