With the recent influx and increasing hype of fuzz-caked, femme-fronted garage pop (Vivian Girls, Dum Dum Girls, Best Coast, etc.), it’s easy to forget that bands like The Raveonettes have already been taking that sound in several different directions for the past ten years. They started working with ‘My Boyfriend’s Back‘ songwriter Richard Gottehrer on 2003’s ‘Chain Gang Of Love‘, had Ronnie Spector herself provide guest vocals on 2005’s ‘Pretty In Black‘, and pushed the dreamy surf rock shtick to ear-splitting levels with the wall of noise that was 2007’s ‘Lust, Lust, Lust‘. A decade after their inception, it’s interesting to see a band that has always worn its influences on its sleeves slowly become a badge of honour in their own right for a new crop of young up-and-comers.
Lou Reed has just announced that he will release a live DVD of his historic performance at Lollapalooza in Chicago in 2009. The forthcoming European tour in July features virtually the same band as showcased on the live DVD. The Lollapalooza DVD will be released worldwide in July 2011 by Sister Ray Enterprises. Songs performed on the DVD include Sweet Jane, Senselessly Cruel, Waves of Fear, Paranoia Key of E, and Walk on the Wild Side.
Leeds band the Kaiser Chiefs have announced two low-key UK dates for next month as they begin their return following a prolonged break since the release of 2008 album ‘Off With Their Heads‘.
One of rock and folk music’s iconic singer/songwriters, Paul Simon has released a delicious concoction of blues, gospel and bluegrass inspired tunes on his latest album ‘So Beautiful or So What‘ (Hear Music). This is his first album since the wonderful but under-appreciated ‘Surprise‘ in 2006, and his twelfth solo recording.
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