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Airborne Toxic Event Debut New Songs On Tour

Airborne Toxic Event Debut New Songs On Tour

The Airborne Toxic Event singer-guitarist Mikel Jollett tells Billboard.com while there's plenty of life left in the Los Angeles-based group's 2008 self-titled debut, which recently crossed the 100,000 albums sold threshold, he's already begun looking ahead to the band's sophomore effort.
Alice In Chains Reunion 'Gives Way' To New Album, Tour

Alice In Chains Reunion 'Gives Way' To New Album, Tour

Armed with its first album in nearly 14 years, Alice in Chains singer-guitarist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney tell Billboard.com the band's new album "Black Gives Way To Blue," which is due out September 29 on Virgin/EMI, doesn't stray too far from the Seattle band's influential catalog.
O.A.R. Launches Twitter Songwriting Contest

O.A.R. Launches Twitter Songwriting Contest

Initially turned off by the Twitter phenomenon, O.A.R. frontman Marc Roberge tells Billboard.com his island-vibe roots-rock act is embracing the new social media website for a first-of-its-kind Tweet songwriting contest that will result in a new song being released exclusively via iTunes in October.
Disco Biscuits Flip Styles For Electro-Influenced Album

Disco Biscuits Flip Styles For Electro-Influenced Album

After a few years of prolific songwriting, the Disco Biscuits have emerged with a new as-yet-untitled album, due out in September or October, that bassist Marc Brownstein tells Billboard.com will challenge its jam band-friendly fanbase.
Chickenfoot Video Q&A

Sammy Hagar Stimulated By Chickenfoot

Tired of the tequila-friendly party shows that he's been performing for the last 13 years with his post-Van Halen solo band The Waboritas, Sammy Hagar tells Billboard.com his decision to form Chickenfoot with guitarist Joe Satriani, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith was a challenge he desired as an artist.
Alkaline Trio Get Back To D.I.Y. Roots

Alkaline Trio Get Back To D.I.Y. Roots

Alkaline Trio plans to get back to its roots for the follow-up release to 2008's "Agony & Irony," singer-guitarist Matt Skiba tells Billboard.com.  "We kind of want to make a punk rock record," Skiba says.
Flaming Lips Offer 'Embryonic' Sneak Peek

Flaming Lips Stretching Out For 'Mystics' Follow-Up

Admittedly feeling not so much prolific as just more ambitious, Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne tells Billboard.com his alternative-psychedelic band is planning a late summer street date for its first double album, which is a follow-up to 2006 effort "At War with the Mystics."

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