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Psychedelic Furs And Echo & The Bunnymen Map Out Tour

Two ’80s alternative legends, the Psychedelic Furs and Echo & the Bunnymen, will tour together this fall. The Furs will be supporting of their live album, Beautiful Chaos (Greatest Hits Live), due out November 20. The album also features a new studio track, “Alive.” Echo & the Bunnymen also have a recent release, Flowers. In addition, Rhino Records recently released an Echo & the Bunnymen boxed set, Crystal Days 1979-1999, which includes rarities, singles, and live tracks. Furs’ bass player Tim Butler told LAUNCH how the band chooses its setlist. “We play what we know is going to be demanded,… Read more »


Interview: Sydney Sierota of Echosmith

idobi writer Catherine Yi caught up with Echosmith at the end of their latest tour opening up for Tonight Alive to reflect on coming up young, signing with a major label, meeting new fans, and more.


‘The Conjuring’ Actress Vera Farmiga Covers Slipknot’s “Duality” At Rock Academy

While Vera Farmiga may be known for being a horror icon on the silver screen in ‘The Conjuring’ film franchise and ‘Bates Motel’ TV series, she also has a deep-rooted passion and connection to the music industry. Farmiga’s husband, Renn Hawkey, rose to prominence as the synthesizer player of the nu-metal group Deadsy in the mid-90s. The group worked alongside several major players within the genre including a feature with KORN’s Jonathan Davis on the track “The Key to Gramercy Park” as well as Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst directing the music video for the same single. Read more: Looks Like… Read more »


Stein Revives Sire for WB Records

Sire Records, the label that introduced the world to Madonna, Talking Heads and the Ramones, is being resurrected and will officially rejoin the Warner Bros. Records family of labels. Label founder Seymour Stein’s first signing under the new deal is the Von Bondies. Also on the Sire roster are Morcheeba, Guster, the Distillers, Hot Hot Heat, Less Than Jake and the Hives (through a joint venture with Burning Heart/Epitaph). When Roger Ames was named chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group in 1999, Ames’ London Records was merged with Sire Records to create London-Sire. That label closed its doors in… Read more »


First Person w/ Josh Madden playlist for episode 2

Did you miss last night’s episode of First Person w/ Josh Madden? Here was the playlist: The Church – Under the Milky Way Joy Division – Transmission The Damned – Shadow of Love The Magnetic Fields – The Desperate Things You Made Me Do Bauhaus – Andy Warhol (David Bowie cover) Depeche Mode – People Are People Siouxsie & The Banshees – Cities in Dust Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas The Cure – Doing the Unstuck Gerard McMahon – Cry LIttle Sister (The Lost Boys soundtrack) Echo & The Bunnymen – The Killing Moon Nine Inch Nails –… Read more »


The Democratization of the Music Industry

As I write this, iTunes ranks as the 2nd largest seller of music in the U.S. — only Wal-Mart’s physical stores sell more. Digital revenue is real, and there is a lot of it being earned. Sales from iTunes alone can provide a band enough revenue to achieve true financial success. Don’t take my word for it, just look at some of the sales by the following unsigned artists utilizing the Net for both digital distribution and marketing: Kelly sold over 500,000 songs in five months, Eric Hutchinson sold 120,000 songs in three weeks, The Medic Droid sold over 25,000… Read more »


AFI Members Have Another Fire Inside: Side Project Blaqk Audio

For four years, AFI isn’t the only fire Davey Havok and Jade Puget have had inside – they’ve also been trying to flesh out the debut album by their long-pending side project, Blaqk Audio. Now, finally, the LP is good to go.”It’s very different from AFI,” Havok warned us at last weekend’s Live Earth concert in East Rutherford, New Jersey . The album, CexCells, has been in the works since 2003 – around the time Havok and Puget told Rolling Stone that they were hoping to release the project in early 2004. When AFI broke into the mainstream with 2003’s… Read more »


Foo Fighters, Good Charlotte Usher In Summer Concert Season

Baltimore – If you find yourself surrounded by 40,000 fans, 40 bands, three stages and 85 degrees, you’ve apparently waded chest-deep into the summer concert season. For years, folks east of the Mississippi have welcomed the start of that season at the HFStival, now staged in Baltimore after thriving for 15 years as a Washington, D.C., staple. Quite a bit’s changed since WHFS-FM started ushering in the arrival of summer – most notably the station itself, which disappeared from the dial earlier this year. It has since resurfaced as an online entity and also takes over Baltimore’s Live 105.7 on… Read more »


Labels Lining Up Reissue Bonanza

Works by Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and George Harrison are among the major catalog titles slated to be released in the first quarter of 2004. On Feb. 24, Universal Music Enterprises (UME) will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the British Invasion with a multi-disc set on the Hip-O label. UME will also begin a year-long, multi-title campaign feting rock’n’roll’s birth. Rhino delivers “Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath,” an eight-CD set collecting each album issued by the band’s original lineup (plus a bonus DVD) in March. On March 9, Sony catalog division Legacy will honor metal gods Judas Priest… Read more »

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