Music News - Alternative


ellayelich-101013.jpg Lorde has been announced as one of the headliners for the upcoming Boston Calling fest, which goes down at the city's City Hall Plaza from September 5 to 8. The remaining four headlining acts are the National, the Replacements, Nas with the Roots and Neutral Milk Hotel. Typically, the event features only three headliners.

morrisey-113009.jpg Former Smiths fronter and animal rights activist Morrissey has lashed out at Canadian authorities - in particular the Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, whom he accused of complicity in the slaughter of seals. Writing on the Moz zine, True to You, Morrissey said that he blames the regressive policies of the Canadian government.

DamonAlbarn-080511.jpg Damon Albarn has opened up about his comments to Q magazine on his history of heroin use. The Blur singer admitted to using the drug while spending time in Africa and has now clarified the statement to underscore that he does not condone heroin use.

PuddleOfMudd-042114.jpg Wes Scantlin, fronter for Puddle of Mudd, displayed strange behavior while on stage at a Dallas club late last week. According to TMZ, the singer threw his mic into the audience and then began to insult some concert goers. There was also an exchange of beer throwing, although it is unclear who started it.

Coldplay-100209.jpg Coldplay has released a remix of their single "Midnight" by Giorgio Moroder. "Midnight" was the first music to drop from the band's upcoming album, Ghost Stories, and now the remix is streaming freely via Soundcloud. According to Idolator, Moroder adds his own touch to the song: "Moroder lays a hypnotic click-click-click disco beat below . . ."

Beck-052512.jpg Beck took the stage with Arcade Fire on their Coachella closing Sunday night site, joining the band for a cover of the 1981 Prince tune "Controversy." The guest spot featured Beck wearing an Easter themed Pope Francis bobblehead. Also during Arcade Fire's set, Win Butler announced "some very special guests and we're just going to bring them up up front."

jackwhite-112009.jpg Jack White now holds the record for the world's fastest released single. The ever inventive White recorded the single in the morning at the Nashville headquarters of his Third Man label, shipped the recording to Nashville's United Record Pressing plant and had the albums available for distro by the afternoon.

3Doors-10122009.jpg 3 Doors Down have announced a summer trek set to begin May 30 at Friant, California's Table Mountain Casino. According to fronter Brad Arnold, the trek will be primarily an unplugged event: "The acoustic shows are a blast, and we have an amazing connection with our fans during the performances," Arnold said in a statement. "We are excited to get back out on the road."

GreenDay-110209.jpg Billie Joe Armstrong joined the Replacements on stage to kick off the second weekend of the Coachella festival. According to reports, the Green Day fronter said "Dreams really do come true!" while taking the stage as Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg spent most of his time on a couch, having just suffered a back injury.

RedHotChiliPeppers-050410.jpg Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea is teaming up with former members of The Mars Volta on a new project called Antemasque. The band will release their self-titled debut on July 15, and the band has already released a new single, "4AM." The band has said that they plan on forgoing major label support and will instead release their music independently.

FlamingLips-080211.jpg Flaming Lips' frontman Wayne Coyne and Miley Cyrus have completed work on a pair of Beatles covers. Coyne posted a video clip of a computer screen with a wave file showing and the sound of Cyrus crooning part of the Beatles tune "A Day in the Life" on his Instagram page. The caption read: "Woke up ..fell out of bed.. dragged a comb across my head.. Yep!!!!"

linkinpark.jpg Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda and former president Bill Clinton are traveling to Haiti to support the Sustainable Recycling Solutions program. The two are shown visiting the location of Sustainable Recycling Solutions, a project supported by the Clinton Foundation and co-founded by Shinoda, in a new video posted on Linkin Park's official YouTube page.

Coldplay-100209.jpg Coldplay have confirmed a string of six new tour dates in support of their new release Ghost Stories. The album is due out May 19 and the band kicks off the tour ahead of the release at E-Werk in Cologne, Germany on April 25.

DaveGrohl-060211.jpg Butch Vig has opened up about his work on the new Foo Fighters album, saying that Dave Grohl and company are "almost halfway done." Speaking with Rolling Stone the producer claimed that the album could have a very different feel to Foo's albums of the past.

Soundgarden1-051911.jpg A new crowdsourcing campaign has been launched in an attempt to save the recording console that was used to record Pearl Jam's Ten and Soundgarden's Louder Than Love. The console is housed at London Bridge Studios in Seattle and the studio's own Eric Lilavois spoke on the Neve brand desk with Rolling Stone.