Archive for February 24th, 2010

Tour Tracker: James Taylor and Carole King, 30 Seconds to Mars and Steve Miller Band

February 24th, 2010
Photo: Davis/Getty James Taylor and Carole King flesh out their Troubadour tour, 30 Seconds to Mars declare This Is War on a spring trek and Steve Miller Band make plans to spend another summer singing “The Joker” and other hits. Full dates for all three jaunts are below. James Taylor and Carole King May 18 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl June 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center June 23 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center June 25 ...

New Music Report: Local Natives

February 24th, 2010
Rolling Stone blogger Daniel Kreps directs your attention to Local Natives’ self-produced debut disc Gorilla Manor — which checked in on the charts at Number 142 this week — in our weekly spotlight of the best new music. The quintet come from Los Angeles’ Silver Lake district, and like their neighbors the Fleet Foxes, Local Natives excel at multi-part harmonies. But while Fleet Foxes gravitate towards more rootsy, Crosby, Stills and Nash-style harmonics, Local Natives ...

Pickle Defeats “Nickleback” In Facebook Fan Battle

February 24th, 2010
Photo: Pimentel/WireImageFirst, a grassroots Facebook group helped Rage Against the Machine beat The X Factor for the U.K. Christmas Number One. Then, a pair of Facebook campaigns encouraged John Mellencamp to both quit smoking and run for Senate. Now, in what could be the weirdest accomplishment in the history of the social network, a page called “Can this pickle get more fans than Nickleback?” has attracted more fans in the past two weeks than the ...

Public Image Ltd. Announce First U.S. Tour in 18 Years

February 24th, 2010
It’s been 18 long years since John Lydon and his Public Image Ltd. outfit have toured the United States, but ever since Coachella’s organizers announced the band would performing on the festival’s opening night, we’ve had our fingers crossed that the one-off show would turn into a full-fledged tour of North America (We were begging for a PiL reunion back in ‘08.) Now we finally have good news: today Public Image Ltd. revealed a 17-date ...

Ray Davies Nabs Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Killers to Redo Kinks Cuts

February 24th, 2010
Photo: Kane/WireImage Ray Davies has recruited Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, the Killers and Lucinda Williams to help him re-record classic Kinks tracks for a new album due out late 2010, NJ.com reports (via Twenty Four Bit). The genesis of the project dates back to last year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts at Madison Square Garden, where Davies shared the stage with Metallica, who rocked out the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” and “All ...

INXS Recruit Brandon Flowers, Ben Harper to Cover Their Big Hits

February 24th, 2010
For their first album in five years, INXS are “reimagining” their classic hits with different arrangements and singers, including Ben Harper, Rob Thomas and the Killers’ Brandon Flowers. The still-untitled release is slated for the fall. ” ‘Original Sin’ with Rob Thomas almost has a Cuban connection with some Spanish rap in it. That was really exciting,” drummer Jon Farris tells Rolling Stone, adding that Thomas also recorded a version of “Never Tear Us Apart.” He ...

Breaking: Nneka

February 24th, 2010
Who: Nigerian-German artist whose raspy voice, deft rapping and soulful grooves helped her land a Euro club hit with “Heartbeat” last year. Her skills have made fans of Lenny Kravitz and the Roots, who backed her at a New York show. Sounds Like: Nneka’s U.S. debut Concrete Jungle pits hip-hop beats and Afro-funk grooves against lyrics about racism, colonial powers and slavery. On the roots-reggae cut “Africans” she sings “We use the same hatreds to oppress ...

Jeff Beck on New LP “Emotion & Commotion” and Recording the Perfect Guitar Solo

February 24th, 2010
Photo:Mazur/WireImage In Rolling Stone’s new issue, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton sit down for the first time to discuss old rivalries, blues heroes and the secrets of their craft. Here’s more from David Fricke’s conversation with Beck: the guitarist on the orchestral twist on his next album Emotion & Commotion and the art of capturing the perfect guitar solo. Check out all of Rolling Stone’s guitar coverage and join the debate: who’s the best of all ...

On the Charts: Sade’s “Soldier of Love” Hangs On to Number One

February 24th, 2010
The Big News: With no noteworthy new releases to challenge it, Sade’s Soldier of Love remained the Billboard 200’s Number One album for the second consecutive week, selling an additional 190,000 copies. After two weeks, Sade’s first album in over a decade has sold 694,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now continues to be Sade’s only competitor, coming in at Number Two after selling another 144,000 copies, good enough to push ...

Roger Daltrey Wants to Sing the Blues With Jimmy Page

February 24th, 2010
Photo: Mazur/WireImage While Pete Townshend’s ongoing tinnitus problem threatens to dock the Who for the foreseeable future, Roger Daltrey is already lobbying to work with another guitar god who’s on the lookout for a vocalist. “I’d love to do an album with Jimmy Page. He needs a singer to drive him. I’m a great blues singer,” Daltrey told BBC 6Music. “I don’t sing the blues with the Who, but that’s what I used to be before ...