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Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker announces solo debut

corin-tuckerImage Credit: Rob Grabowski/RetnaIt’s proving to be an exciting spring for fans of Sleater-Kinney. Last month, guitarist Carrie Brownstein told an IFC interviewer that she hoped the much-missed punk trio would reunite in the studio “sometime in the next five years” — and added that she had recently “started a new band” that also included S-K drummer Janet Weiss. In a subsequent interview with Pitchfork, Brownstein clarified that she and Weiss had done some music for a documentary, not a “new band” per se. She also took that opportunity to hype the latest project from S-K singer Corin Tucker (pictured above in 2006, shortly before Sleater-Kinney’s extended hiatus): “Corin is working on a solo record, which I know is going to be awesome.”

Now it’s official. Venerable indie label Kill Rock Stars announced this morning that it will release Corin Tucker’s solo debut in October 2010. Details are scarce beyond that, but in a Q&A published by the Portland Mercury today, Tucker described the untitled album as “a middle-aged mom record, in a way.” As for that Sleater-Kinney reunion, Tucker said, “The door is open…You know, I’d love to live a long productive life and do a lot of different things,” which does not sound super-promising to me, but who knows.

How psyched are you to hear Corin Tucker’s solo music? What do you think it will sound like? And how likely do you think it is that we’ll have a new Sleater-Kinney album by 2015?

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TLC's T-Boz and Chilli to reunite at Justin Timberlake show

The two surviving members of TLC will perform together at an Oct. 17 “Justin Timberlake and Friends” concert in Las Vegas, People.com reports. This marks the first time Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas have played a U.S. show since 2002, the year when bandmate Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes died in a car crash.

Considering just how hugely TLC’s music loomed over the R&B scene in the ’90s, this is a pretty big deal. I know I still miss TLC a little bit every time “Waterfalls” or “No Scrubs” comes on the radio. So what do you make of this news? Are you scrambling to get tickets to Vegas already? If the October show goes well, do you think that T-Boz and Chilli should keep the reunion going — either as a duo, or with a new third vocalist? Weigh in below.

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Photo credit: TLC: RD DiMaio/Retna Ltd.; Timberlake: Anthony G. Moore/PR Photos

New albums on the way from Circulatory System...and the Olivia Tremor Control?

Circulatorysystemband_lA key item on my "seriously anticipated, possibly mythical projects" wish-list got checked off this month when Circulatory System’s second album finally got an official title and release date. I realize that band’s name may or may not mean much to you, but for fans like me, this is huge. Circulatory System rose from the ashes of the late, great band the Olivia Tremor Control at the close of the ’90s; put out a superb self-titled LP in 2001; then went more or less silent for the next eight years. If Signal Morning, due August 4, is even half as good as Circulatory System’s first album, it’ll be a true gift for anyone who digs psychedelic indie-folk orchestrations and joyous pop melodies. Read on after the jump for the Music Mix’s interview with Circulatory System frontman Will Cullen Hart about the new album — plus one unbelievably awesome tidbit about the future of the Olivia Tremor Control.

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Creed tell EW about their bitter split, happy reunion, and 'aberrant' behavior

Creed_lJust a year ago, the idea of the four members of Creed agreeing to be in the same room together, let alone making another CD, would have seemed preposterous. The post-grunge rockers enjoyed enormous success with their first three albums, selling 25 million records just in America, but split up five years ago following a tour marred by singer Scott Stapp’s alcohol-fueled misbehavior, which included mangling the lyrics to some of their biggest hits at an infamously poor concert in Chicago.

After the band’s demise, Stapp further worried fans by appearing intoxicated on a TV show called Casino Cinema, and later entered rehab. Meanwhile, in a 2006 Rolling Stone article, guitarist Mark Tremonti compared the band’s dying days to the Vietnam War, and said he wouldn’t want to play their songs again.

Cut to last month, and the announcement that the quartet of Stapp, Tremonti, drummer Scott Phillips and bassist Brian Marshall (who left the band after 1999’s Human Clay CD) would reunite for a summer tour, and were already working on a new album. This week, EW sat down for a chat with the band, including a healthy-looking Stapp. After the jump, they talk about their reunion, that last tour, and why it’s important to keep your old hair in a Ziploc bag.

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The return of Sugar Ray: They just wanna fly, again -- this time with 'Cougars'

To the avalanche of recharged late ’90s/early ’00s acts returning this summer (No Doubt, Blink 182, Limp Bizkit, etc), add another name: lite-funky SoCal rockers Sugar Ray.

Following the flatlining of 2003’s In the Pursuit of Leisure and a greatest-hits release in ’05, the band went on informal hiatus, and lead singer Mark McGrath became the jocular, frosted-tips co-host on Extra for nearly four years, among other stand-and-deliver duties (see also: The Pusscat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll). 

Now reunited with original members Craig “DJ Homicide” Bullock, drummerStan Frazier, bassist Murphy Karges and guitarist Rodney Sheppard for an album due July 21 and winkingly titled Music for Cougars, McGrath explains the six-year break to Billboard magazine: "Back in 2003, the writing was on the wall for bands like us. Radio was changing, music was doing what it does, it was justgoing through a cycle. We weren’t selling a lot of records and wewere like ‘You know, maybe we should take a break from the grind ofrecording and touring and see what else is out there.’"

First single "Boardwalk" will hit radio in May, Music Mixers. Are you ready to put your arms around them, baby? Here, a reminder of what you’ve been missing:

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New York Dolls' 'Exorcism of Despair': Stream it exclusively at the Music Mix

Nydolls_lThree years after their first reunion album, New York Dolls are returning for another round. May 5’s Cause I Sez So, produced by the Dolls’ old partner Todd Rundgren, is only the fourth studio album the glam-rock gods have completed over thirty-plus years of ups and downs. And right now, the Music Mix is the only place where you can hear standout track "Exorcism of Despair." Stream this catchy little number below, then tell us what you think of the Dolls’ latest. Cause I Sez So is available for pre-order now.

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The wild story behind classic single 'There She Goes' could be getting even crazier

It’s been 19 years since British indie-rockers the La’s released their first, and so far last, album. And it’s been four since EW told the crazy story behind the band’s classic single, "There She Goes." At the time, enigmatic La’s frontman Lee Mavers promised to finally explain everything "after our new music comes out. Cheers, mate." That new music never arrived. But according to NME.com, Mavers has now asked the Pete Doherty-led Babyshambles if they would back him on a second La’s album. To be honest, the Music Mix is not holding its breath. After all, rare is the situation that gets less weird or screwed-up with the introduction of Mr. Doherty. Then again, there is something pretty mouth-watering about a Mavers-Doherty team-up.

What do you think, Music Mixers? Are you excited about the idea of another La’s album? And, if not, may we politely suggest you watch the clip below and reconsider the matter.

 

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Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunite onstage for David Lynch's 'Change Begins Within' concert

Paulringo_lOn any other occasion, David Lynch and Laura Dern chatting onstage about the making of Blue Velvet would be worthy of full attention. Not so last night at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, when there was a Beatles reunion in the wings. We could hear Paul McCartney tuning up behind the curtain for his headlining set at the David Lynch Foundation’s “Change Begins Within” benefit concert. Ringo Starr had played a rollicking mini-set of his own just a few minutes earlier. Still, there had been no rock-solid confirmation that the two living Beatles would perform together last night. When Dern and Lynch walked off and the curtain went up, it was for Macca to play a Beatles-heavy solo show (full set list after the jump). He was in high spirits and excellent form. But we all got what we were really waiting for at the end of McCartney’s set, when he introduced an old mate named Billy Shears to join him on “With A Little Help From My Friends.” It’s a good thing Radio City has such a powerful sound system. Otherwise you’d never have heard the Fab Two singing that familiar melody together over the crowd’s wild roar.

It made sense that David Lynch, master of the awesomely surreal, was responsible for the fairly surreal, indescribably awesome experience of seeing Paul and Ringo reunite for the first time in over six years. The filmmaker organized last night’s concert to raise awareness and funds for the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace, a charity that works to promote the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Transcendental Meditation technique. This gave the evening special resonance for me, since my favorite Beatles work is the self-titled White Album, written mostly during the band’s 1968 trip to Rishikesh, India, to study TM with Maharishi. Also present at that famed ashram stay were folkie Donovan and jazz flutist Paul Horn, both of whom performed earlier in last night’s crowded bill, as well as Beach Boy Mike Love, who spoke briefly. Other performers, all strong, included Bettye LaVette, Moby, Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, and Lynch’s longtime scorer Angelo Badalamenti. Many of them took time to testify on how TM had changed their lives for the better. Did I mention the surprise walk-ons by longtime meditators Howard Stern (who credited TM with saving his depressive mom’s life) and Jerry Seinfeld (who split sides with some Seinfeldian observations on movie theaters, public restrooms, and marriage)?

All of those performers (well, minus Stern and Seinfeld) came back out for McCartney’s encore, featuring Ringo on drums instead of vocals. Together they banged out Macca rarity “Cosmically Conscious” and Beatles classic “I Saw Her Standing There,” which rocked even harder than it did at this year’s Grammys. It was an impressive moment by any measure. I’ve never practiced any kind of meditation myself, and I’m not sure if the fervent testimonials, glossy pamphlets, and informational short films that the David Lynch Foundation lined up last night are likely to change that. But any movement that can bring that number and caliber of creative minds together must be doing something right.

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Metallica, Run-DMC inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Metallica_rock_hall_fam_l"Welcome to one of the greatest nights in music history," said co-host Jared Cotter at the beginning of Fuse’s TV broadcast of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, demonstrating exactly the sort of grasp of music history you would expect from a former American Idol contestant. It wasn’t. In fact, much of the night felt a little B-list: Ron Wood instead of Mick or Keith, Max Weinberg and Garry Tallent instead of Bruce, Rosanne Cash instead of just about anybody else (nothing against Cash, but surely they could have found a bigger name to induct rockabilly pioneer Wanda Jackson). Poor Spooner Oldham, the quietly dignified classic-soul keyboard legend, had to endure a hammy induction speech from  Hall of Fame-perennial Paul Shaffer.

That’s not to say this wasn’t a worthy bunch of inductees. Little Anthony and the Imperials, Wanda Jackson (how was she not in the HoF already?), Spooner Oldham, Bobby Womack, Elvis sidemen D.J. Fontana and Bill Black, Jeff Beck, Run-DMC, and Metallica all deserve their slots. But the ceremony itself was often tough to sit through. With no apparent time limit on speeches and EVERY SINGLE MEMBER of each act getting to talk, the night dragged on endlessly.

Things finally seemed like they might pick up when Eminem hit the stage to induct Run-DMC. It was a rare public appearance for the rapper, who’s gearing up for a comeback album that’s due this summer. Gaunt and a little subdued, he paid heartfelt tribute with a speech based on a recurring "two turntables and a microphone" theme that didn’t quite make sense (like no other artist in hip-hop history, Run-DMC’s sound was based on having TWO mics). It was a decent-enough set-up for a performance that sadly never came. Earlier they had announced they wouldn’t be performing out of respect for the late Jam Master Jay, a decision that was both admirable and a little disappointing.

It was up to Metallica to wake things up, which, of course, they did. Playing as a five-piece with former bassist Jason Newsted, they tore through "Enter Sandman" (something less predictable might have been nice, guys…) and the entire eight minutes of "Master of Puppets." The night ended with the obligatory "jam session," in this case a megawatt version of the Yardbirds’ "Train Kept a Rollin," featuring Metallica along with former Yardbirds Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, and Ron Wood. It was a fun cap to a mostly slow night, but as usual with these things, all that heavy artillery proved overwhelming. As Paul Shaffer pointed out earlier in the night, sometimes what musicians leave out is more important than what they put in. In this case, they didn’t leave out a single thing.

But what did you think of the ceremony? Is the Hall of Fame still a big deal, or is it getting a little tired?

The Jayhawks get back together for summer show

Country-rockers the Jayhawks are reuniting for a July 10 show headlining the Basilica Block Party in Minneapolis. The band did play in Spain last August but the Minneapolis date will be the first American show to feature singer-songwriter Mark Olson since he departed the outfit back in 1995. According to Billboard.com there are also plans for the Jayhawks to play more shows next year.

To which the Music Mix says, "Hoorah!" The melancholically-inclined ‘hawks were never really what we critic-types like to describe as "big." However, they were responsible for some terrific tunes such as "Waiting for the Sun" and "Blue." Both are included below for your bitter-sweet listening pleasure.

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