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Friday, February 22, 2013

Frank Ocean Hints at 'Channel Orange' Follow-Up in 2013

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 12:47 PM

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  • Courtesy of Idolator

Fresh off a Grammy win for his studio debut Channel Orange, Frank Ocean is already “10 or 11 songs” into an as-yet-untitled follow-up to what many critics pegged as one of the best albums of 2012.

Ocean, who was in the UK to appear at the BRIT Awards (where he won the Best International Male Solo award) spent time in the hot seat with Zane Lowe of BBC Radio 1. The interview is one of several that Ocean’s consented to this year, which is rare for the artist: he expects more than the modicum of privacy most celebrities tolerate, and journalists aren’t exactly his high on his list (as he disclosed early - and rather bluntly - into a recent profile by the New York Times).

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Big Night For Fun.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Sunday night’s Grammy Awards were full of great music collaborations and of course, scandalous and skimpy outfits (Regardless of the memo that was sent out asking stars to keep visible skin to a minimum).

Although the dresses and designers of the Grammy’s always hit the headlines hard in the following days, the most exciting part of the Grammy’s for me was seeing Fun. receive two awards.

Fun., consisting of Andrew Dost, Jack Antonoff, and Arizonan Nate Ruess, took home Song of the Year for their hit single, “We Are Young.” They beat out Ed Sheeran, Miguel Pimentel, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Kelly Clarkson in this category.

After winning Song of the Year, Fun. was also honored with winning the Grammy for Best New Artist over Alabama Shakes, Hunter Hayes, The Lumineers, and Frank Ocean.

It was great to see Fun., as well as other indie bands such as Mumford and Sons, take home these prestigious awards in the music industry and see a shift from the typical winners.

Fun. also announced last week a headlining tour with Tegan and Sara titled “Most Nights.” The tour will not be stopping in Tucson, but for those of you interested in seeing this Grammy winning band, there will be a stop at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix on Sept. 10.

For more information on the tour, click here.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Fall Out Boy Reunion Rumors Now Reality

Posted By on Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Despite their best efforts to eliminate the rumors that they were going to reunite, Fall Out Boy has in fact come back together for more musical endeavors.

The band announced on Monday morning that they were making a comeback with a new album titled “Save Rock and Roll.” The full album is set to be released on May 7 and is available for presale on their website now.

Along with the new album also comes a tour. FOB has also released tour dates beginning May 14 in Milwaukee. The tour does include a stop in Phoenix at Marquee Theatre on June 11, but sadly, no stop in Tucson. Tickets for the tour go on sale Feb. 8 and 9.

A single from their new album has been put out to reignite the flame in the love for FOB. The song, titled “My Songs Know What you Did in the Dark (Light Em Up),” is already number two on the iTunes top charts as of today. It is currently only topped by Macklemore’s song, “Thrift Shop.” (Which quite honestly has been overplayed about two months too long if you ask me.)

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Those Postal Service Reunion Rumors Are No Longer Rumors

Posted By on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Those rumors going around about The Postal Service reuniting to perform at Coachella just got a little more realistic.

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In a press release sent out by Sub Pop, which released the band's only album, Give Up, in 2003, the label announced that not only would Sub Pop be putting out the Give Up Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition in various formats on April 9, but that the band would be announcing tour dates soon. (You can bet they won't be returning to Solar Culture Gallery, where they performed their second-ever show on April 5, 2003.) No word yet on whether collaborator Jenny Lewis will be joining the band on the live dates.

From the press release:

Sub Pop is thrilled to share the news that The Postal Service, the much-beloved, long-distance collaboration between Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello, will reunite this spring to celebrate the 10th anniversary and deluxe edition reissue of their universally acclaimed release, Give Up. The Give Up Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition will include the original 10-track album along with 15 bonus tracks (including the 2 brand new songs "Turn Around" and "A Tattered Line of String," a previously unreleased live recording, and every other official recording the band has ever released—as well as cover versions of Postal Service classics by The Shins and Iron & Wine) and was mastered by Grammy nominated engineers Emily Lazar and Joe Laporte. Give Up Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition will be available as a 2xCD, 3xLP and digitally on April 8 in the UK and Europe and April 9 in North America via Sub Pop. A very limited “Loser” edition of the 3xLP will be pressed on colored vinyl.

Fun fact: Give Up is only the second album in the Sub Pop catalog that has sold over a million copies. The other is, of course, Nirvana's Bleach.

Track listing after the jump:

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Resonars, Burger Records Get a Little Love From Spin

Posted By on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 3:30 PM

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Tucson's The Resonars, recently the subject of a Weekly profile by Gene Armstrong, get some love from Spin in a brief piece posted on the no-longer-in-print mag's website today.

Burger Records, which will be releasing the band's new album Crummy Desert Sound on Jan. 29, is putting out a new cassette tape every day in the month of January, and Spin posted preview tracks from three of them: Detroit's The Go; Peach Kelli Pop, who will return to Tucson on March 12 to play a show with The Resonars at Tucson Live Music Space on the way out to SXSW; and The Resonars themselves.

Check out the songs here.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

This Year's "Best Original Song" Nominees Sure to Bore on Oscar Night

Posted By on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 11:17 AM

In the days leading up to the Academy Awards on Feb. 27th, a watercooler conversation on nominees beyond “Best Picture” will likely glaze the eyes of all but a small minority of movie nerds. Then, only a minority of that minority can resist napping through the slow, middle section of a notoriously long-winded telecast to hear the winners of lesser categories like “Best Original Song.”

And coming from someone that’s usually on board for any shenanigans the Oscars pull - the fashion, the acrobats and Angelina Jolie’s leg - the category’s nominees are far from memorable this year and worthy of a bit of head-scratching. Here’s a breakdown of the nominees, which can be streamed in their entirety here courtesy of Fuse.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Relive Amos Lee's Fox Theatre Concert in the Comfort of Your Home

Posted By on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 1:00 PM

You might recall Amos Lee's 2011 performance at the Fox Theatre, which was taped for the PBS show Live from the Artists Den. Lee performed alongside his own band and members of Calexico and the Silver Thread Trio.

The performance is now available for audio download at the Artists Den store and a DVD will be released on March 12. Get your pre-order on now.

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Monday, December 31, 2012

Green Day Reschedules Tour, Disses Arizona (For Now)

Posted By on Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 4:32 PM

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As we all know by now, Green Day was forced to postpone its scheduled 2012-2013 tour dates so frontman Billie Joe Armstrong could enter treatment for substance abuse. The timing couldn't have been worse: He checked himself in just two days before the release of ¡Uno!, the first of three albums released at the tail end of 2012. (The other two are, of course, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!)

Those tour dates included a show at Tempe's Marquee Theatre scheduled for Monday, Dec. 10, which would have been quite a treat for the band's fans, considering the Marquee is a fraction of the size of the venues the band has been playing in for years.

Today, in a press release, Green Day announced the first round of make-up dates for the tour, which are all in the upper Midwest and Northeast, including Canada, and run from March 28 to April 12. While the press release also stated that additional dates on the West Coast will be announced in early 2013, unfortunately, the number of shows the band will be playing in the announced dates rivals the number of shows in that region that were canceled with no make-up dates scheduled. Also notable: All of the venues on the new schedule are arenas, or arena-sized.

Which means that if the band actually ends up performing a show in the Phoenix metro area, it likely will be at a much larger venue than the Marquee. (The band's last Phoenix performance was in August 2009, at the US Airways Center.)

For now, Green Day fans will have to sit back, cross their fingers, and wait for the next round of shows to be announced.

The full press release is after the jump.

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