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Kate Nash Talks “My Best Friend Is You,” Announces Spring Tour

March 10th, 2010
After releasing her hit 2007 debut Made of Bricks, Kate Nash got sick of her career. “Touring and doing loads of work all the time was a drag, and I became unenthusiastic about it,” says the British indie-pop singer. “I took a lot of time off so that I could do, like, normal things: hang out with friends, watch films, read books.” Now, Nash is ready for round two: her second album, My Best Friend ...

Breaking: La Roux

November 4th, 2009
Who The U.K. synth-pop sensation — it’s scored two Top Five hits in England — consists of striking androgynous singer Elly Jackson and behind-the-scenes beatmaker Ben Langmaid (he refuses to be interviewed or photographed and doesn’t perform live). But Jackson is used to being the center of attention, for her hair — a red, Woody Woodpecker-style pouf — and her piercing voice. Says Jackson, “It’s a massively powerful instrument.” Sounds Like Inspired by Eighties ...

Jim James’ Inspiration for George Harrison Covers LP: Animals

October 19th, 2009
When Jim James released an EP of George Harrison covers in August, he had a specific audience in mind: chickens, pigs and goats. “George was a lover of animals and a vegetarian,” says the singer, who is donating part of the proceeds from Tribute To — which he recorded under the name Yim Yames — to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in upstate New York, which houses 150 abandoned, abused and sick animals. “It just ...

Good Charlotte Return to Rock Roots on Spring LP “Cardiology”

October 19th, 2009
Photo: Wyman/Getty For their fifth album, pop-punk fivesome Good Charlotte are going back to their roots. “The only thing I can hear when I listen to this record is our first two albums,” says frontman Joel Madden. “It’s got that same energy.” He attributes the vibe to the band’s recent hiatus ­after releasing Good Morning Revival in 2007, when the band took a year off from touring and recording. “For the first time since we started the ...

Perez Hilton Talks Ida Maria, Perezcious Label on Eve of Tour

September 9th, 2009
Photo: Graves/Getty Starting tomorrow, Perez Hilton will step out from behind his keyboard and into a crowd of screaming fans. Not his fans, necessarily, but lovers of Norwegian singer Ida Maria, New Zealand chanteuse Ladyhawke and New York glam rockers Semi Precious Weapons. The artists — plus four Sliimy, Julian Perretta, FrankMusik and Eric Hutchinson — are on the bill for Perez Hilton Presents, the first-ever tour that the blogger has curated. “It’s taking the ...

Taylor Swift Performs a “Fearless” Set at Madison Square Garden

August 28th, 2009
Photo: Wargo/WireImage Three hours before hitting the stage for her sold-out gig at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Taylor Swift is jittery with nervous energy. “I’m freaking out,” says the singer, whose 52-date Fearless tour — which launched in April and wraps in October — marks her first headlining run. “I had to force myself to go to sleep last night, because I ran through the set list 400 times in my mind: every single change, ...

Colbie Caillat on “Breakthrough,” Rob Thomas, Dave Stewart Tunes

August 20th, 2009
Photo: Michelson/WireImage Not many people manage to be productive while vacationing in Hawaii, but for Colbie Caillat — who wrote the tunes on her second disc, Breakthrough (out August 25th), in a rented house on Kauai’s Hanalei Bay — relaxing doesn’t equal slacking. “We’d go out boogie-boarding and then come back and write songs,” says the singer, who honed the disc’s mellow, beachy vibe with songwriter and American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi. “We just wanted ...

Raconteurs’ Brendan Benson Mans Vintage Gear For “My Old, Familiar Friend”

July 23rd, 2009
Photo:Strauss/WireImage For his first solo album since 2005, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Brendan Benson unwittingly reached back to something decidedly more anglophilic than the Southern-fried rock he makes with the Raconteurs: Elvis Costello. “It’s that Farfisa!” says Benson, who used the organ on the bouncy “A Whole Lot Better,” a track off the upcoming My Old Familiar Friend. “It’s a tough instrument to use — people instantly say, ‘That sounds like Elvis Costello!’ But I love the ...