Smashing Pumpkins’ music is all over the map — they touch on everything from psych rock and electronica to folk-tinged indie pop, sometimes — but frontman Billy Corgan isn’t shy to say that head-banging metal has always been a major influence. But while he personally is very vocal about the hard-hitting tunes he’s into, he feels that metal as a whole doesn’t get the respect that it deserves in the alternative community.
What were you doing on the night of Aug. 14th, 1997? If you happened to be at the Gold Dollar club in Detroit, Mich. catching a little-known local band opening for Rocket 455 and ‘68 Comeback, you witnessed a historic event: the White Stripes‘ first-ever full live concert. And if you didn’t catch it, now is your chance to check it out, as Third Man Records is releasing a soundboard recording of the gig.
Millions upon millions of fans have seen his penis — and there’s absolutely nothing he can do about it. Luckily, the now 20-something Spencer Elden, who was pictured as the nude baby on the cover of Nirvana‘s multi-platinum 1991 album, ‘Nevermind,’ seems pretty cool about his brush with infamy.
We can’t say they didn’t expect this. The Black Keys were undeniably one of the highlights of the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, hitting the stage to perform their roof-raising hit ‘Gold on the Ceiling’ with none other than A-list actor Johnny Depp, who was on hand to accept the Generation Award for, well, being Johnny Depp.
The Beastie Boys released a slew of amazing videos over the years, but perhaps none more memorable than the one for ‘Sabotage,’ the iconic cops-and-criminals clip for the first single off their 1994 album, ‘Ill Communication.’ Now, in the latest tribute to B-Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch, who passed away earlier this month, a Portland-based filmmaker has reenacted the video with an absolutely adorable twist — he cast his two young boys and their nephew to fill in for Yauch, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Mike “Mike D” Diamond.
The Black Keys have announced more 2012 U.S. tour dates that will bring them back out on the roads of America in October. The brief West Coast trek in support of their latest album, last year’s ‘El Camino,’ kicks off on Oct. 1 in Fresno, Calif., and currently is scheduled through an Oct. 10 gig in Las Cruces, N.M., with Canadian duo Tegan and Sara slated to open all stops.
Smashing Pumpkins fans will have to wait until June 18 for the release of ‘Oceania,’ the band’s first album since 1997′s ‘Zeitgeist,’ but more details are rolling out in advance of the big day. On Friday (April 28), the band unveiled the disc’s front cover artwork and complete track listing.
While in London on Tuesday (March 20) to promote his solo debut, ‘Blunderbuss,’ Jack White confirmed that he hasn’t put everything else on the shelf in order to strike out on his own. “I’m still in a couple of bands, so I’m not missing anything by doing this,” said White, presumably referring to the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather.
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