Archive for August 5th, 2009

Tour Tracker: Steve Martin, Atreyu and Amanda Blank

August 5th, 2009
Photo: Diamond/GettySteve Martin, The Jerk himself, schedules an autumn tour accompanied by his banjo and a bunch of bluegrass songs. Plus, Atreyu join forces with Hollywood Undead for an assault on state fairs and Houses of Blues and Philadelphia rapper Amanda Blank supports her debut disc I Love You with a month-long trek. The complete touring schedule for all three artists, after the jump. Steve Martin Sept. 9 - Nashville, TN @ Grammy Salute to Country ...

New Music Report: Yim Yames and Owl City

August 5th, 2009
In this week’s New Music Report, RS‘ Kevin O’Donnell tackles My Morning Jacket’s Jim James (known here as Yim James) and his George Harrison covers EP Tribute To. James’ interpretations are solid, and his bright, high croon sounds great over the skeletal arrangements. Plus, there’s the major-label debut from Owl City, also known as Minnesota’s Adam Young. His album Ocean Eyes is filled with appealing dreamy electro-pop (vocally he recalls Ben Gibbard in the Postal ...

The New Issue of Rolling Stone: Barack Obama So Far

August 5th, 2009
Photo: Illustration by Shepard Fairey Based on a photograph by Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Images Change-maker or overeager compromiser? The new issue of Rolling Stone, out today, features a roundtable of leading political observers — David Gergen, Paul Krugman and Michael Moore — assessing the first six months of Barack Obama’s presidency. The full story appears on newsstands, but “Report Cards” on Obama’s victories and blunders regarding economic recovery, health care, the environment and education are available ...

Seacrest “Stunned,” Jackson “Shocked” By Abdul’s “Idol” Exit

August 5th, 2009
Photo: Winter/GettyAmerican Idol host Ryan Seacrest took to his KIIS radio show this morning to say he was “stunned” by Paula Abdul’s decision to leave the show after eight seasons, adding that despite whispers to the contrary, Abdul’s abrupt departure is not a publicity stunt. As Rock Daily reported this morning, Abdul announced that she was leaving AI via Twitter after failing to reach an agreement with the show’s producers on a new contract. “First of ...

Chris Brown Sentence for Assault Expected Today; Stay-Away Order From Rihanna Likely Withdrawn

August 5th, 2009
Photo: Elsa/Getty Chris Brown will be formally sentenced today, August 5th in Los Angeles after pleading guilty June 22nd to assault charges stemming from his February 8th altercation with Rihanna. As Rock Daily previously reported, Brown avoided jail time by reaching a plea bargain with the prosecution that will likely result in a sentence of five years probation, about 1,400 hours in “labor-oriented service” and the completion of a domestic violence counseling program. According to CNN, ...

Report: Columbia Pictures Scores Jackson Rehearsal Footage

August 5th, 2009
Photo:Kevin Mazur/AEG Live via Getty Images According to documents that were revealed during the August 3rd hearing over Michael Jackson’s estate, Columbia Pictures, a subsidiary of Sony Pictures, has an offer to purchase the rights for the film featuring Jackson’s This Is It concert rehearsals for $60 million, the AP reports. Final approval of the deal is pending the consent of Jackson’s mother Katherine. Another hearing on the subject has been scheduled for next Monday, ...

Jay-Z Talks “Blueprint 3 ” Album Cover: “It’s Still About Music”

August 5th, 2009
Of all the albums in Jay-Z’s catalog, The Blueprint 3’s cover is the first not to feature a photo of Jay, so naturally people questioned whether the BP3 image — a cluster of white-painted instruments and three red stripes — that first appeared on the rapper’s official Website earlier this week was the real LP artwork. However, Jay-Z confirmed to MTV the photo is the cover for his September 11th Blueprint 3 and gave some ...

Fricke’s Picks: String Dreams

August 5th, 2009
By itself, the first disc of the two-CD set Open Strings: 1920s Middle Eastern Recordings/New Responses (Honest Jon’s) is an essential trip: torrid improvisations by local oud and violin masters such as Nechat Bey, Sami Chawa and Abdul Hussein Khan Shahnazi, recorded by EMI in Egypt, Iran, Iraq and Turkey, nearly 90 years ago. What is now casually dubbed freak folk was then the highest classical music. The performances are terse (they had to fit ...

Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones Form Them Crooked Vultures, Schedule Chicago Show

August 5th, 2009
Photo: Samad/AFP/Getty (Grohl), Wood/Getty(Homme), Harrison/Getty (Jones)Them Crooked Vultures — the long-rumored supergroup involving Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones — seems poised to finally make their grand entrance with a post-Lollapalooza show scheduled for August 9th at Chicago’s Metro. According to ETix, tickets for the concert go on sale Thursday, August 6th at 10 a.m. The band’s logo features the Foo’s “FF” insignia, ...

Smokey Robinson’s Motown Memories

August 5th, 2009
On August 25th, Smokey Robinson will release Time Flies When You’re Having Fun, a new studio album featuring three special collaborations with Carlos Santana, Joss Stone and India.Arie. To mark the return of a soul legend, Rolling Stone chatted with the frequent American Idol guest about writing some of his favorite Motown hits, how he’ll remember his good friend Michael Jackson, and what it was like being paid the ultimate compliment by Bob Dylan. Read ...