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Billy Corgan Weekend Report: Kid's kick off, Wrestling Pumpkins
Friday, January 25, 2008
While Billy Corgan's a man of many hobbies (including songwriting, poetry and the band break-up/reformation process), who ever would've guessed he dug professional wrestling? As a result of the athletic affinity, the Smashing Pumpkins are teaming with Ring of Honor for an exclusive video on the company's latest Pay-Per-View program. Fans can catch the recent single "Doomsday Clock" permeating the squared circle carnage on ROH's "Undeniable" card, running this weekend (and the rest of January) on iN DEMAND, The DISH Network and TVN cable systems.

"As a longtime fan of Ring of Honor, I am thrilled that our song 'Doomsday Clock' has been chosen to be the theme music for the newest pay-per-view," exclaims Corgan. "To me, the highlight video captures the intensity, passion and stark ambition that is at the core of this groundbreaking promotion, Ring Of Honor, as they continue to set new standards of what is still possible in the impossible."Kid Rock Alternative rock and wrestling fans can also catch a sneak peak of the tag team at the following link: www.smashingpumpkins.com/news_2924.

Kid Rock continues his rollicking plan for salvation via tonight's tour launch behind the new studio CD Rock 'N Roll Jesus (Atlantic). Aside from a rebellious blend of rap and rock, the outing features real life preacher Reverend Run, who reunites with the hell raiser after they previously triple teamed with Aerosmith. Other guests alternate between the Allman Brothers Band's Dickey Betts and The J. Geils Band's Peter Wolf, who will accompany standard backers the Twisted Brown Trucker Band. Run and Wolf are the featured guests Friday and Saturday, respectively visiting Roberts Stadium in Evansville, IN and US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, IL.
Paramore Country goes gospel, Modern rock double bill
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Interscope emotional rockers Jimmy Eat World and Fueled By Ramen pop/punkers Paramore are teaming up this spring, with dates and additional support acts coming very soon. "We're very excited for the upcoming tour with Paramore," says JEW front man Jim Adkins. "We got to know them last December while playing festivals together. They put on a great show and we think it's going to be an awesome bill." For Paramore's Hayley Williams, the feeling seems to be mutual (and then some). "If it all ends tomorrow, we will be happy knowing that we got a tour with the band that gave us a reason to play music."

The lineage between gospel and country music can be traced back to each genre's roots, not to mention the fact that longtime Grand Ole Opry home the Ryman Auditorium was originally a church! As a result of that inspirational assimilation, yesterday and today's top southern stars fit like hand in glove on Songs 4 Worship: Country (Time Life). In classic contexts, expect legendary finger picker Ricky Skaggs, fiery fiddle player Charlie DanielsCharlie Daniels and vocal troupe the Oak Ridge Boys, along with the fresher faced Diamond Rio, Rascal Flatts and Emerson Drive. The unique offering comes under the production prowess of Michael Curtis and Teddy Gentry, the latter of whom was also a member of Alabama.

The Bamboozle Festival might be one of New Jersey's finest alternative festivals, but now the rest of America can catch a glimpse of today's rising rock, punk, emo and dance-laden acts. The Bamboozle Roadshow 2008 features Saves The Day, Armor For Sleep, Set Your Goals and Metro Station, plus rotating openers A Cursive Memory and Lydia. The outing launches March 28 in Seattle and wraps May 10 in Salt Lake City.
Atmosphere TPC's full CD, Atmosphere's ambitious package
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Alternative rap duo Atmosphere is gearing up for its sixth studio CD When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold (Rhymesayers Entertainment). The April 22 CD follows the adventures of front man Slug and producer Ant since 2005's You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having, which debuted at the top spot on the Billboard Indie Chart. Besides being packed with the typical beats and rhymes, the initial packaging for this project includes an illustrated children's story (penned by Slug), plus a DVD with live footage.

Tokyo Police Club may be the master of EPs, but the band is finally turning in an official debut disc. The yet to be titled project comes on the heels of A Lesson In Crime and Smith (Paper Bag), but will find the fellas climbing up the indie ladder rung to Saddle Creek Tokyo Police Club(also the home of Bright Eyes and Cursive). A tour previewing tunes from the project launches March 19 in Indianapolis and wraps April 9 in Cleveland.

Troubadour Tristan Prettyman is gearing up to hit the road with G. Love & Special Sauce, starting on Valentine's Day in Tucson, Arizona. Outside of the tour, she's also putting the finishing touches on the sophomore offering Hello, dropping in March on Virgin. "I have grown so much in the last two years," says the singer/songwriter. "I've gone through so many changes and I think the album definitely reflects that. It's more grown-up, and it just feels legit. I've never been more excited about anything in my life as I am with this record. It is so me."
Cat Power Street Date: Yellowcard on iTunes, Cat Power's covers
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
She may be a bit unstable on stage, but Cat Power is generally consistent with her album release cycle. The soulful indie rock icon turns in a second batch of covers on today's Jukebox (Matador), which finds her gleaning inspiration from a mixture of expected and unlikely muses. While it's easy to imagine her growling along the lines of Janis Joplin come "Woman Left Lonely" or going folk for Joni Mitchell's "Blue," others are a little harder to picture. Will she actually be able to succeed crooning (or cackling through) Frank Sinatra's "New York" or turn classic country for The Highwaymen's "Silver Stallion"?

While the actual results remain to be seen, the singer sure does have an all star backing cast that could potentially make the journey more believable. Along with Dirty Delta Blues, several other famed session players make appearances, including Spooner Oldham (Joplin, Neil Young, Bob Dylan), Larry McDonald (Toots & The Maytals, Taj Mahal), Teenie Hodges (Al Green, Memphis Rhythm Band) Yellowcardand Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Will Oldham). Outside of a standard single disc edition, Jukebox also comes as a deluxe set with five bonus tunes (spanning the seemingly incongruent palette of Nick Cave's "Breathless" and Roberta Flack's "Angelitos Negros").

Yellowcard's digital release Live From Las Vegas At the Palms officially drops today as an iTunes exclusive. The concert was captured last year at Sin City's Palms Pearl Concert Theater, where the farthest seat is a mere 120 feet from the stage (ensuring an intimate setting for the band's classically-tinged alternative rock/punk blend). Faithful who pick up the tracks this week score access to pre-sale tickets for the group's spring tour, which kicks off March 7 in Salt Lake City.
Franz Ferdinand New acts for Noise Pop, Franz frenzy
Monday, January 21, 2008
With time off from a normally exhaustive concert schedule, Franz Ferdinand is hunkering down in Glasgow to demo material for its next disc. Thus far front man Alex Kapranos tells Billboard.com to expect a "dirty pop record" that's loaded with even more attitude than the past two projects, plus the promise of several Russian synthesizers. The untitled disc is slated to drop this summer on Epic, followed by a tour likely to comprise the band's entire dance derived catalogue.

The line-up to San Francisco's Noise Pop 16 continues to swell thanks to recent editions of Stellastarr, The Walkmen, The Dodos, Helio Sequence and MSTRKRFT, along with the indie films "What We Do Is Secret" (starring Shane West and Bijou Phillips) and Jamie Kennedy's comic documentary "Heckler".MSTRKRFT Other already announced acts include Magnetic Fields, The Mountain Goats, The Gutter Twins, Cursive, Blitzen Trapper, Fu Manchu and Saviours. More may be on the way for the six day festival run, which sets up shop from February 26- March 2 across various venues.

Even though The Decemberists are now signed to Capitol, front man Colin Meloy is returning to his indie roots for an April 8 solo release on Kill Rock Stars. Colin Meloy Sings Live! chronicles his 2006 tour outside of band contexts, promising a mixture of familiar favorites, rarities and a pair of unreleased tunes ("Dracula's Daughter" and "Wonder"). Add in some storytelling in between songs and it could be just enough to tide fans over until the band's next full-fledged release (which is likely to be awhile since Meloy also promises a run of solo shows in support of this project).

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