James Mercer has revived the Shins with a new touring line-up — featuring Crystal Skulls’ Yuuki Matthews, Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer, songwriter Richard Swift, and singer-songwriter Jessica Dobson — and the indie-pop group kicked off an eight-date tour in Eugene, OR on Monday. One highlight from the show: The group tore through a cover of David Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes,” from his 1980 album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps). Check out fan-shot footage (read more via The Shins Return With Hot Bowie Cover | SPIN.com)
Body and Soul,” Amy Winehouse’s final recording, a duet with her hero Tony Bennett, will be released by Columbia Records in September in aid of the Amy Winehouse Foundation. The song was recorded in March of this year at Abbey Road Studios in London for Tony Bennett’s upcoming Duets II album.
The Foundation will be set up by her family to help a number of charities connected with children and young people.
Amy’s father, Mitch Winehouse said, “We wanted to make a positive difference and help a range of causes close to Amy’s heart. This could include help for children in trouble, suffering from health problems, children’s hospices and more.”
Kings Of Leon have urged Caleb Followill to enter rehab to deal with his “out of control” drinking following the frontman’s onstage meltdown in Dallas on Saturday (July 30), according to a report.
The Tennessee band cancelled the remaining dates of their North American tour yesterday (August 1), citing Followill’s “vocal issues and exhaustion”. At the aborted show the singer told fans he was heading backstage to vomit and grab another beer but failed to return for a promised three-song end to the gig.
Kings of Leon have canceled the remainder of their summer tour in the wake of a disastrous show in Dallas on Friday that was cut short after lead singer Caleb Followill left the stage to vomit. According to the Kings’ representative, Followill has been “suffering from vocal issues and exhaustion,” and the band have opted to scrap the tour rather than play subpar gigs for their fans.
Due to the Kings’ touring commitments abroad, their U.S. shows will not rescheduled. Tickets for those gigs will be refunded at point of purchase, or automatically refunded if ordered online. The band will head back out on tour on September 28th with a show at the Rogers Center in Vancouver, a show originally scheduled for September 14th.
Though the band’s official line regarding Caleb Followill’s meltdown in Dallas is attributed to exhaustion, comments from his brothers at the concert and on Twitter suggest that he may be dealing with a bigger issue. When apologizing on Twitter, bassist Jared Followill wrote “there are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be address” and “I know you guys aren’t stupid. I can’t lie. There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.” (via Kings of Leon Cancel U.S. Tour | Rolling Stone Music)
The Strokes‘ debut album Is This It was first released on 7/30/01. To help celebrate this 10th Anniversary, Stereogum asked some of our favorite indie bands to cover each track. The resulting collection, STROKED: A Tribute To Is This It, is a free tribute album!
The Strokes maybe never topped Is This It, but you can’t blame them for that. Part of the record’s appeal is also the youthfulness of it, something you can’t replicate even a year later. That said, they definitely found a way to bottle it on the album itself: If you listen to it now, 10 years later, it sounds as fresh (and vintage) as ever. Which is maybe why its sound continues to surface in 2011 among both shaggy rock groups, yeah, but also kids with keyboards in their bedrooms and folks wearing sunglasses behind their laptops.(Download via Stereogum Presents… STROKED: A Tribute To Is This It - Stereogum)
Snow Patrol are back after 2 years of work in the studio and they will return soon with a new album titled Fallen Empires but firstly we’ll be treated to an EP on September 4th. It’ll be the follow up to their 2008 album A Hundred Million Suns and today, on a glorious lazy Sunday you can get a taste of the new direction that the band told fans to take with an “open mind”. It’s definitely a different direction but it’s still the band fans will have fallen in love over the last 13 years and over the course of their previous 5 releases.
This track was bebuted earlier in the week and dubbed Zane Lowe’s hottest record in the world right now. It has a disco feel with some nice vocal harmonies and funky drum beat throughout not to mention the prominent bass lines. Lead singer Gary Lightbody describes the new material as “different but great.” What do you make of it? Personally I’m in to it and look forward to hearing some more new material from the band, give it a spin for yourselves below. (via Some Kind of Awesome - SKOA - [Listen] Snow Patrol - “Called Out In The Dark”)