Archive for August 3rd, 2009

Fricke’s Picks: A Drive-By Trucker’s Solo Trip

August 3rd, 2009
Murdering Oscar (and other love songs) (Ruth St.), the new solo album by singer-guitarist Patterson Hood of roaring Georgians Drive-By Truckers, has a knotty back story. Hood was in rough straits in 1994 — recently divorced, without a band — when he began documenting the emotional wreckage in many of these songs: the sexual vengeance in “Screwtopia,” the war with guilt in the title track. The hell wasn’t all his — “Heavy and Hanging” was ...

News Ticker: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kara DioGuardi, Andy Warhol, Slum Village’s Baatin

August 3rd, 2009
Photo: Strauss/WireImage The Red Hot Chili Peppers have tentatively scheduled October ‘09 to reconvene after a two-year hiatus since their tour for 2005’s Stadium Arcadium, drummer Chad Smith told Billboard. “It’ll be two years in September, so now we’re ready,” Smith, who is currently drumming for Chickenfoot, said of the hiatus. While Flea and guitarist John Frusciante will probably bring some musical ideas, the band expects to carve out songs through jamming and improvising. It’s official: Kara ...

Woodstock Promoter Lang Drops Plans for 40th Anniversary Concert

August 3rd, 2009
Photo: Gries/ImageDirect Woodstock promoter Michael Lang has dropped plans for a 40th anniversary concert. Asked why he abandoned the pursuit for a third anniversary concert celebrating the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, Lang simply told Rolling Stone, “Money. No sponsors.” Lang, one of the four partners to stage Woodstock in 1969, had wanted to hold a free concert in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park to coincide with the anniversary in mid-August. Those plans were postponed after he failed to ...

Katherine Jackson To Seek Control of Son Michael’s Estate

August 3rd, 2009
Photo: WireImageMichael Jackson’s mother Katherine Jackson is expected to seek control of her late son’s estate today in court. Last week, Katherine filed a petition against the co-executors named in Michael’s 2002 will for intentionally “keeping her in the dark” when it came to matters like the financial terms of Michael’s AEG Live contract and other dealings, CNN reports. According to Jackson family lawyer Londell McMillan, executors John Branca and John McClain will be questioned ...

Coldplay Soar at All Points West With Anthems, Beastie Boys Cover

August 3rd, 2009
Photograph by Alex Reside for RollingStone.com It’s terribly fashionable to criticize Coldplay but unless trenchfoot is the latest hipster accessory, there wasn’t anyone being fashionable on the third day of All Points West. With the rain and sludge double-whammy demoralizing the thousands of fans in Liberty State Park, the sound of the London-four piece spinning out a decade’s worth of stadium anthems and a few other party favors was just the unpretentious tonic that Sunday ...

Echo and the Bunnymen, The Black Keys Rock the Muddy Masses at All Points West

August 3rd, 2009
Photo: Bedder/GettyNevermind the slew of commemorative cash-ins and merchandise that have emerged in time for the 40th anniversary of Woodstock; Sunday at All Points West almost turned out to be a living, breathing, squelching, real-life re-enactment of the epochal 1969 mud-bath. (Check out the best of All Points West, in photos.) Early arrivals to day three of the festival were first denied entry and subsequently herded into the nearby ferry terminal like poncho-wearing refugees as torrential ...

Newport Folk Festival Turns 50 With Sets From Seeger, Baez, Decemberists and More

August 3rd, 2009
Photo: Ufberg/WireImage “Pete Seeger,” vaunted promoter George Wein said on Saturday, “is the Newport Folk Festival.” It’s hard to argue the point. Fifty years ago, Seeger co-founded the legendary event with Wein while headlining a bill featuring artists like Odetta, Memphis Slim and the Stanley Brothers. Saturday, the 90-year-old Seeger was back onstage leading a 50th anniversary sing-along that included the Decemberists, Gillian Welch, Fleet Foxes and his grandson, Tao. He even played a few solos. ...