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Austin City Limits, Iggy Pop and Ozzy

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2009
The best music show on TV, PBS's "Austin City Limits," has announced the lineup of artists for its 35th anniversary season, which starts Oct. 3. The roster is another great mix of established artists and relative newcomers and includes Cincinnati's own Heartless Bastards, who have relocated to Austin.  

The Flaming Lips, Miss California and Going Country

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Oklahoma has become the next state to name an official Rock song — hallucinogenic art rockers The Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize?” (also, coincidentally, the official song of Mitsubishi). It was officially bestowed that honor earlier in the week.  

Afghan Whigs, The Eagles and Booty Dance

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Defunct Cincinnati-bred rockers The Afghan Whigs have a great rare track posted on their MySpace page: a cover of John Lennon's "Woman," originally recorded for a planned (then shelved) Lennon tribute album in the mid-'90s. The group had trouble with the song initially because it was based around a looped sample from The Beatles' McCartney-penned hit "The Long and Winding Road," and Sir Paul refused permission for them to use it.  

Shaming Kanye, Freaking Out to Metallica and Changing the Buffalo Killers' Name

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 15, 2009
After eviscerating The Jonas Brothers (well, their Disney overlords, more precisely) earlier this season, the creators of 'South Park' took on the egomaniacal Kanye West in a recent episode ... and might have actually caused the Hip Hop superstar to reconsider his arrogant ways.  

Santana Likes Weed, Dissing The Slants and Toby Keith Gets Mad (Again!)

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 8, 2009
We're all for marijuana legalization, even though our fanatical liberal/socialist president has already made it clear he won't consider it. But we think the pro-marijuana movement needs to hire a big-time PR firm to help manage its image and unsanctioned spokespeople. Certainly they can do better than Snoop Dogg and Chong?  

Kenny Rogers, AC/DC and Boobs

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Besides his numerous hit singles over the years, Kenny Rogers has given society a lot. He gave the world great roasted chicken. He made grey hair cool way before Anderson Cooper. And his more recent attempts to warn against the potential ill effects of plastic surgery have been incredibly noble.  

Take Your Kid to Work Day, MTV Still Not Playing Music and U2 Is on Edge

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Sure, the younger generation of musicians has the genetics and, more often than not, the chops. But the nepotism going on in the Rock world these days has to have aspiring and veteran musicians everywhere saying, "Brother, can you spare a gig?"  

Jack White, Hannah Montana, Radiohead, 50 Cent

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 18, 2009
There is now no question as to who is the hardest-working man in showbiz. In what appears to be an effort to never spend a second off stage or out of a recording studio, Jack White has formed yet another “side project.” Scary thing is, once again, it’s a fantastic project.  

Dakota Fanning As a Runaway, Beatles Got Game and Country Fans Are Stumped

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2009
We've often wondered if it's even possible to get through the day in these times without using the Internet. But a study by the Country Music Association found that an astonishing 50 percent of all Country music fans don't know a Twitter from a Google because they lack home Web access.  

RNC, Politics and Lennon

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Republicans keep throwing everybody against the wall to see who sticks in terms of a revolutionary leader. Though a hypocritical radio blowhard seems to have emerged the winner, in the recent past the party has slung a plumber and a beauty queen/moose killer at the public to no avail. Our favorite new awkward Republican is Hi-Caliber, a construction-worker-turned-rapper from New Jersey.  

Jamaican, Horizon and Roots

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Looks like Jamaica is about to get a lot less fun. Officials announced recently that there would be a ban on all references to sex and violence on the airwaves. The ban is specifically targeting music; according to the AP, the government plans to "ban any song or music video that depicts sexual acts or glorifies gun violence, murder, rape or arson."  

Feeling No Pain, Limping Back and Downloading Forever

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Put down the morphine: A recent study from Glasgow's Caledonian University says that music can make you feel less pain and stand pain for longer periods of time. Researchers say there is no particular genre that is most soothing; the music is generally that which the subjects claim as their favorite.  

Dark Night, Lips Locked, Ticket Masters

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 11, 2009
The members of Cincinnati-bred/ Brooklyn-based Indie rockers The National did their part to help Barack Obama become president last year with a big concert on Fountain Square, and the band's Bryce Dessner organizes the popular annual Indie/Chamber music MusicNow festival in his hometown each year. The local boys done good have done good again, this time by putting together a major CD compilation featuring some of the biggest names in the Indie world.  

Sundance, The Boss and Phish

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Musicians getting into acting is always a sketchy proposition (the opposite is also true: Joaquin Phoenix, please give up Hip Hop and go back to film immediately). But who would have thought that a musician becoming a talk show host would turn out so wonderfully? Elvis Costello's new talk/variety show 'Spectacle' is a fascinating slice of television airing now on the Sundance Channel (cable subscribers without Sundance can find episodes on their 'On Demand' services).  

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Music News, Tid-Bits and Other Morsels

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 5, 2007
HOT Zeppelin Flying More Than Once? The prospect of a full-fledged Led Zeppelin tour has been the hot music-world rumor for the past few months. Well, it'll never be a "full-fledged" reunion un