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Pulp announces more U.S. dates on first Stateside tour in 14 years

The announcement of the full Coachella lineup a few weeks ago was a double-edged sword for fans of Pulp, the iconic Brit-pop band who fashion-rock tunes about rave drugs, the British class system, and Gen X ennui barred them from any substaintial Stateside success but still made them cult heroes here.

On the one hand, it was exciting to know that after reforming last year, they would finally be making their way to the U.S. On the other hand, was it going to take a trip to the desert to sing along with frontman Jarvis Cocker on the chorus of “Disco 2000″?

Luckily, the band heard the cries from people in two other cities, and this morning they announced that they’ll be playing an additional pair of shows in the U.S., which makes four sets total if you count the two weekends at Coachella.

The new dates will take them to New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on April 11 and to San Francisco’s Warfield on April 17. The New York show will be the band’s first sojourn to the United States since 1998, when they went on a brief tour in support of their 1998 album This Is Hardcore.

While they never scored any charting hits in the U.S., Pulp’s influence runs deep. READ FULL STORY

Jack White, Insane Clown Posse, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart walk into a bar... No really, it's actually happening

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That sounds like the beginning to a filthy joke about powdered wigs and Faygo, but those three parties are actually getting together for what should be a wild collaboration.

According to the greatest press release ever written by a human, band collector/empire runner Jack White will be producing a new version of a forgotten Mozart ditty called “Leck Mich Im Arsch” (which apparently translates to “Lick Me in the A–” — as Amadeus proved, Wolfie adored a good bawdy joke). To execute the song, White has called on fellow Detroit natives Insane Clown Posse to add new lyrics to the melody that will be played by Nashville garage-metallers JEFF the Brotherhood.

The track will be available on September 13 both digitally and as a seven inch single (it wouldn’t be a White production without some level of vinyl scarcity). The b-side will be a song called “Mountain Girl,” which is apparently an ICP rap about a shotgun wedding and meth addiction.

We haven’t heard the song yet (there is some sort of small preview here), but obviously it’s one of the most awesomely unusual tag-teams to come up in a while. UPDATE: OH WOW.

Then again, considering Alice Cooper is working with Ke$ha and Kid Rock has teamed up with just about everybody, maybe slightly crazy people from Detroit are destined to work in unusual pairings.

Readers, what do you think?

Read more at EW.com:
Insane Clown Posse on loving Ice Cube, hosting Charlie Sheen, and surviving this weekend’s Gathering of the Juggalos: An EW Q&A
Jack White and Karen Elson to divorce, throw party
Bob Dylan, Jack White, Norah Jones recording lost Hank Williams songs

Taylor Swift bumps Paul McCartney to No. 2 on summer ticket-sellers chart

It can’t buy him love, but money can buy Paul McCartney the mightiest summer concert tour.

…Oh, wait. Nope.

TicketsNow has released the numbers for July’s summer concerts in its monthly Entertainment Index, and Taylor Swift’s Speak Now tour sits atop the online marketplace’s list. Her tour accounted for 6.3 percent of all concert tickets sold via TicketsNow last month, bumping Sir Paul McCartney’s On The Run tour to the No. 2-earner spot after it reigned in June.

McCartney’s tour wrapped up its run last week in Cincinnati; meanwhile, Swift will continue her hot streak across North America through November.

Rounding out July’s top five sellers are Katy Perry’s California Dreams tour, Lil Wayne’s I Am Still Music tour and U2′s 360 tour, which wrapped its two-year marathon run on July 30 in Canada.

In the grander scheme of things, T-Swift’s concert clocks in at No. 6 on the list of overall events selling tickets through TicketsNow. The U.S. Open tennis tournament took July’s top honor, accounting for almost one-fifth of all tickets sold on TicketsNow.com.

Tell us how you really feel, guys—is Taylor Swift really the summer’s hottest “ticket to ride?”

Read more on EW.com:

Taylor Swift covers Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself, says ‘Yo!’ very well: Watch it here
Paul McCartney rocks Yankee Stadium with epic concert, duets with Billy Joel: On the scene

U2 break Rolling Stones’ record for highest-grossing tour of all time: Have you seen it yet? Take our poll

U2 break Rolling Stones' record for highest-grossing tour of all time: Have you seen it yet? Take our poll

In one of the few measurable victories Ireland gets over Great Britain, U2 recently surpassed the Rolling Stones’ record for highest-grossing tour of all-time with their U2 360° Tour. Erin, go Brag!

England’s oldest hitmakers previously held the record after raking in $558 million from 2005 to 07 for their A Bigger Bang Tour, but U2—who are still touring behind their 2009 release No Line On the Horizon—are set to take in more than $700 million by the time U2 360 wraps in late July. With 26 shows to go, the Irish quarter are almost ready to get back to saving the world/destroying Broadway. READ FULL STORY

'NOW That's What I Call Love': Hinder's 'Lips of an Angel' for Valentine's Day? Really?!

There are plenty of questionable song choices on NOW That’s What I Call Love (out Jan. 26), which a press release sent this morning bills as “A PERFECT VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT” featuring “20 unforgettable love songs from today’s top artists.” I mean, Hoobastank’s “The Reason”? David Cook’s “Light On”? They might as well have called this thing NOW That’s What I Call Mediocre Adult-Contemporary Rock, am I right?

But one item on the track list really sticks out for me, and that’s Hinder’s “Lips of an Angel.” In case you’re lucky enough to have forgotten it, “Lips of an Angel” is a turgid power ballad about wanting to cheat on one’s current partner with an ex. You know, “My girl’s in the next room/Sometimes I wish she was you.” “Girl, you make it hard to be faithful.” That one. And this is supposed to be romantic?! If your significant other gives you this song about itching to hook up with someone else on Valentine’s Day — or any other day, for that matter — you might be justified in dumping him or her immediately.

I don’t even like Valentine’s Day, but I’m pretty sure “Lips of an Angel” makes a mockery of everything that ridiculous pseudo-holiday stands for. Am I the only one? Watch the song below if you must, click through to the jump for the full lineup of NOW That’s What I Call Love songs, then sound off in the comments section.

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PSA: The Shin is not the Shins

"At first listen," reads a press release which recently landed in my inbox, "The Shin may sound like your average rocking band from Georgia." Actually, at first glance, "The Shin" sounds like a solo project from James Mercer, lead singer of the Shins.

But wait! Turns out The Shin (no s) is in fact a longstanding band from the Eurasian nation of Georgia that’s about to kick off an American tour. It’s not their fault that their name sounds so much like that other moderately well-known act, either. Evidently "Shin" means "home" in the Georgian language, and they put out their first album way back in 1995, years before Mercer changed his indie-pop band’s name from Flake Music.

So just consider this your daily lesson of "Know your indie sensations from your traditional Georgian fusion troupes." A clip of The Shin’s "Chips on the Water" is below — no word on whether it’ll change your life, but nice stuff, if you like that sort of thing. For comparison, the Shins‘ "Australia" video is after the jump.

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Breaking: Keith Urban did NOT dump septic waste all over New York City

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He may not be the ACM Entertainer of the Year, but Keith Urban is the winner of today’s Dave Matthews Band Memorial Poop-Related Press Release Award. From his personal publicist:

"It was reported earlier today that Keith Urban’s tour bus dumped septicwater in the streets of New York City following his performance at WebsterHall this past week. Due to the erroneous nature of this story we feltcompelled to release the following:

Keith Urban neither contracted, leased or owned any type of vehicle (bus orotherwise) located in or around New York City at the time of his performanceat Webster Hall. Any accusations that he was responsible in any way (for thealleged release of septic water into the streets of New York City) areinaccurate and malicious. His tour bus was in fact in Tennessee where itwas being prepared for Keith’s upcoming tour."

We hope that wipes plunges curtails any further discussions about this crappy messy unfortunate rumor.

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