Archive for February 18th, 2010

Tour Tracker: B.B. King, Gossip and Barenaked Ladies

February 18th, 2010
At 84 years young, blues legend B.B. King fills out his 2010 schedule through November with evenings spent playing Lucille. Plus, Gossip plot out an eight-date run that starts with a performance at Coachella and Barenaked Ladies hit the road in support of their upcoming album All in Good Time. Full details for all three treks are below. B.B. King Apr. 19 – Denver, CO @ Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre Apr. 20 – Rapid City, SD @ Rushmore ...

Video Roundup: Clips By Paramore, Avril Lavigne and Jack White

February 18th, 2010
A trio of new videos hit the Web today: Paramore’s “The Only Exception,” Avril Lavigne’s contribution to the Alice in Wonderland soundtrack “Alice,” and the Jack White-directed clip for the Black Belles’ “What Can I Do?” What do they have in common? Not much. (And Jack’s Belles clip is somehow darker than Lavigne’s “Alice.”) Check all three out and name the most artistically dazzling in the comments. Paramore – “The Only Exception” Avril Lavigne – “Alice” The ...

Hanson Team With Funk Brother, Michael Jackson Collaborator For June LP “Shout It Out”

February 18th, 2010
Photo: Jiro Schneider Hanson have been striving to integrate the smooth music they grew up on — Billy Joel, Steve Winwood and classic Stax and Motown records — into their pop-rock sound, and on their upcoming fifth album Shout It Out (due June 1st) the trio of brothers push their love of soul and R&B to the next level. Michael Jackson’s horn arranger Jerry Hey and funk brother Bob Babbitt guest on the record, which they ...

The Who’s Future Uncertain as Townshend’s Tinnitus Returns

February 18th, 2010
Photo: Arnold/WireImageTwo weeks ago, during Super Bowl XLIV’s halftime show, the Who rocked out in front of the largest audience of their 46-year career. With 150 million viewers tuning in to the band’s 12-minute medley, the performance was supposed to springboard Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend into a busy 2010. Instead, the Who’s future is uncertain because of Townshend’s returning tinnitus. As the guitarist tells Rolling Stone in our new issue, “If my hearing is ...

OK Go Hire Big Brains for “This Too Shall Pass” Video: Watch a Clip

February 18th, 2010
Rolling Stone has documented OK Go’s woes regarding viral video — their label’s new policy regarding embeddable clips has made it difficult to land another treadmill smash — but the crew hasn’t given up. The video for “This Too Shall Pass” from their latest disc Of the Blue Colour of the Sky will premiere Monday, March 1st, and it will indeed be embeddable. In the meantime, they’re offering up sneak peeks behind the high-concept clip ...

Meet the “American Idol” Top 24 – Minus Ineligible Chris Golightly

February 18th, 2010
Following last night’s completion of Hollywood Week on American Idol, eliminations weren’t scheduled to begin until next week’s episodes. However, just hours after the Top 24 were revealed last night on Fox, AI producers issued a statement saying curly haired contestant Chris Golightly had been deemed ineligible for Season Nine. Producers added that Tim Urban, who initially didn’t make the Top 24 cut, would replace Golightly. Watch the former contestant in the video up top. USA ...

Ticketmaster, FTC Settle Springsteen Ticket Fiasco

February 18th, 2010
Photo: Kambouris/WireImageOver one year after Ticketmaster used what the Federal Trade Commission calls “deceptive tactics” by routing Bruce Springsteen fans to secondary-ticket retailer TicketsNow when regular-priced tickets were still available, the FTC and Ticketmaster (now part of Live Nation Entertainment) reached a settlement today. Initially, Ticketmaster blamed a “glitch” for their error, but in a statement the FTC notes that similar incidents occurred as far back as October 2008. Under the settlement, Ticketmaster promised to ...

Watch The Soft Pack Strip Down New Tracks From Self-Titled LP

February 18th, 2010
After catching Rolling Stone’s eye at SXSW last year, San Diego garage rockers the Soft Pack (formerly the Muslims) have returned with their debut self-titled full-length album and an acoustic set in our offices. Click up top to check out “More or Less” and watch “Down on Loving” and “Come On” after the jump. “Down On Loving” “Come On” [Video: Eric Helton/Matthew Murphy; Editing: Matthew Murphy]

Senator Mellencamp? Grassroots Campaign Urges Rocker to Run

February 18th, 2010
Photo: Squires/WireImage John Mellencamp’s son has already hit Facebook to persuade his father to quit smoking, and now a new grassroots campaign has sprung up to convince the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer to run for Senate, Mediaite reports. Following the resignation of Indiana Democratic Senator Evan Bayh, the “Draft John Mellencamp for Senate!” page started up to convince Mellencamp to run for the open seat. Over 1,500 users have joined the campaign with ...

Courtney Love and Hole Debut “Nobody’s Daughter” in London

February 18th, 2010
Courtney Love took the stage last night at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire, marking the first time in over 11 years that she has performed under the “Hole” moniker. Love’s comeback featured a mix of old favorites alongside new cuts from Hole’s upcoming Nobody’s Daughter, the long-in-the-works album that will finally be released on April 27th on Mercury/Island Def Jam, Rolling Stone reported. We’ve come to expect plenty of controversy from Love-related events in recent years ...