Archive for December 15th, 2009

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Tour Tracker: Hanson, Yeasayer and Midlake

December 15th, 2009
Hanson have announced a five-night residency at New York’s Gramercy Theater in April 2010, where the brothers will alternately perform one of their five albums in its entirety, including their upcoming new LP. Plus, Yeasayer set out in support of their second disc Odd Blood and Midlake announce their 2010 tour plans. All the dates for all three treks, after the jump. Hanson Apr. 26 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater (Middle of Nowhere) Apr. 27 ...
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Enter to Win a Toshiba Laptop and More in Rolling Stone’s Gift Guide Giveaway!

December 15th, 2009
There’s only a few days left to enter Rolling Stone’s holiday gift guide giveaway. We’re offering you the chance to pick up a snazzy new a Toshiba Laptop U505, a copy of the The Carter (the Lil Wayne documentary that taught us seven very important Weezyisms), a Motorola Cliq phone and a copy of the photo book Street Level: New York Photographs 1987-2007 by Sue Kwon. Check out Rolling Stone’s Great Rock & Roll Gift Guide ...
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Bill Berry Performs on R.E.M.’s Fan Club Christmas Single

December 15th, 2009
R.E.M. fans got a rare surprise for their annual Christmas gift from the band this year: former drummer Bill Berry, who retired from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group in 1997, made a rare appearance with one of his old Murmur bandmates on one of the two songs featured on the 2009 Christmas single sent to members of the R.E.M. fan club, Slicing Up Eyeballs reports. Berry drums while R.E.M.’s Mike Mills sings ...
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The 2009 Readers’ Poll: Your Favorite Album, Song and Artist

December 15th, 2009
Photo: Mazur/WireImage Green Day may have swept Rolling Stone’s Decade-End Readers’ Poll, but it was Pearl Jam who nearly pulled off the hat trick in our 2009 Year-End Readers’ Poll. The Seattle rockers scored best single (”The Fixer”) and best album (Backspacer), but didn’t pull enough votes to nab the Number One artist position — that honor went to Adam Lambert, the American Idol runner-up who scored a Rolling Stone cover and one of the ...
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Lil Wayne Expected to Start Prison Sentence on February 9th

December 15th, 2009
Photo: Kropa/GettyLil Wayne pleaded guilty to felony gun charges in October, and today in Manhattan Criminal Court the multiplatinum MC learned his jail term will likely begin on February 9th, 2010 — the same day he will be sentenced and just eight days after his oft-delayed Rebirth is scheduled for release. According to NBC New York, Wayne will serve between eight months and a full year in prison because police found a loaded 9mm handgun ...
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Iggy Pop Speaks Out About “Raw Power” Gigs, New Stooges Music

December 15th, 2009
Photo: Martingdale/WireImageWhen Rolling Stone’s Andy Greene jumped on the phone with Iggy Pop to chat about the Stooges’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010, the singer opened up about the current Stooges lineup — with James Williamson back on guitar — and the status of new Stooges tunes. Read Pop’s thoughts on the RRHOF here. Five Decades of Raw Power: The Stooges in photos. 
How are things going with James Williamson back ...
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Elliott Smith Reissues Due in April, Free Download of Unreleased “Cecilia/Amanda” Out Now

December 15th, 2009
Elliott Smith’s 1994 debut album Roman Candle and 2004 posthumous LP From a Basement on the Hill will both be reissued by Kill Rock Stars, the label home of Smith’s other independent releases, on April 6th, 2010. To celebrate the releases, Kill Rock Stars is offering up a free download of an unreleased Smith track called “Cecilia/Amanda,” a song that was titled “Time is Ours Now” when recorded by Smith’s high school band Stranger Than ...
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Lil Wayne and Eminem’s “Drop the World” Off Delayed “Rebirth” Leaks

December 15th, 2009
Even though Lil Wayne’s Rebirth was delayed — yet again — songs continue to leak off Weezy’s rap-rock project. Today brings perhaps one of the most anticipated tracks from the oft-postponed LP: “Drop the World,” Wayne’s collaboration with Eminem. Listen to the track over at Nah Right. As Rolling Stone previously reported, Rebirth wrapped up its year of aborted 2009 release dates by pushing back from December 21st to February 1st, or so it stands ...
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Tom Morello Supports Rage’s “Killing in the Name” in U.K. Christmas Sales Battle

December 15th, 2009
Photo: Lauren/FilmMagic In case you haven’t been keeping track of this year’s fight for the Number One Christmas Single in the U.K., a Facebook campaign has been launched to help Rage Against the Machine’s 1992 hit “Killing in the Name” defeat the latest X Factor winner Joe McElderry’s “The Climb.” As we inch toward December 25th and sales continues to be tight between the two competitors, Rage guitarist Tom Morello has lent his support to ...
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Chris Brown Deletes Twitter After “Graffiti” Rant, Stores Say Album Is Overstocked

December 15th, 2009
Just days after Chris Brown used his Twitter to lash out at retailers he accused of “blackballing” his latest album Graffiti, the singer deleted his Mechanical Dummy account. “I wanna thank all my fans for their support,” Brown wrote in his final tweet yesterday. “I love yall. Goodbye!” As Rolling Stone reported, Brown’s ire initially focused on a Walmart store in Wallingford, Connecticut, but Brown expanded his rant to make a blanket statement about how ...