Merl Saunders, a jazz and rock keyboardist who collaborated with iconic acts including Miles Davis and the Grateful Dead, has died. He was 74. Saunders died Friday at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco of complications due to a stroke, said his son, Merl Saunders Jr. more
The original lineup of Jane's Addiction crammed into tiny Los Angeles Mexican bar La Cita Thursday night (Oct. 23), playing an hour-long set for a privileged crowd and fueling hopes for a full-scale reunion. more
Slash appeared on the Toucher and Rich show on WBCN/Boston this morning, where the ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist heard the new GNR single "Chinese Democracy" for the first time. Slash told the morning duo, "That sounds cool...it's good to hear [Axl's] voice, you know?" He added that he's "curious to hear what the album sounds like." more
Blink-182's "Dammit" along with a trio of songs from Souxsie & the Banshees will be added to Rock Band 2 next week. Other tracks in the selection come from the Psychedelic Furs and Silversun Pickups.more titles being added
An All-American Rejects fan has put together a controversial and potentially funny little video for the band's new single, "Give You Hell," which features a Robot Chicken-style parody of the Highschool Musical crew. The video is somewhat NSFW.more
Slayer recently entered the studio to begin work on their forthcoming album. The band is working on a new album due out next summer.
Julian Pavone is an exceptionally good drummer and he's only four-years-old. Videos of the phenomenon first surfaced two years ago, and now, Pavone is making history as the youngest performer to grace the stage of Whiskey A Go-Go on the Sunset Strip.more
Snow Patrol has premiered the early listening party of their album, A Hundred Million Suns, on MySpace.com over the weekend. So you can go check that out right here.
Not into Snow Patrol? What about The Cure? The Cure's new album titled "4:13 Dream" was made available on the band's official MySpace profile on Saturday October 25, and MySpace users worldwide can stream the entire album for free. Listen here
Enuff Z'nuff were scheduled to play San Diego on Saturday night but the show never came off. Apparently their drummer Randi Scott was shot during a robbery. This according to a post on their message board from the band's new guitarist Tory. We're not 100% sure if Tory was being serious or not but he reports that "on the positive side, [Randi] should make a full recovery and we took some cool new promo shots." Randi and Tory are also bandmates in The Black Mollys check them out here.
His medical woes behind him for now, according to Live Daily, Gregg Allman will head out on the road in late December for his long-delayed first solo dates of the year. more
Rise Against have been forced to cancel their show Sunday and Monday night due an illness which caused frontman Tim McIlrath to lose his voice. more
In Flames have released a limited edition EP featuring the roll out single "The Mirror's Truth" off the quintet's critically-acclaimed full length release, A Sense of Purpose. Also included on the EP are the previously unreleased tracks "Eraser," "Tilt" and "Abnegation." Their MySpace
Mos Def will release his Downtown debut, "The Ecstatic," on Feb. 9, Billboard.com can reveal. The first single, "Life in Marvelous Times," will hit iTunes as an exclusive on Nov. 4.more
Kid Rock and his Made in Detroit apparel line are working with Wayne State University to help start a college scholarship fund for area music students.more
Blue Man Group will be holding auditions at Musicians Institute (www.mi.edu) exclusively for MI students and grads on Tuesday, November 11th from 12-5pm. They are currently seeking percussionists for immediate openings in shows running in New York, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Universal Orlando, Berlin, Oberhausen, Tokyo and Stuttgart. If you qualify, contact Director of Artist and Career Services Todd Berhorst (email@example.com) for more information.
A jury of seven men and five women was sworn in for the murder retrial of music producer Phil Spector and attorneys began searching for six alternates, revealing that the ghost of another trial — the O.J. Simpson murder case — hangs over the current proceedings.more
The new member of Leaves' Eyes and Atrocity is Los Angeles based drummer Seven Antonopolous (ex-Opiate For The Masses). Seven: "I've been a big fan of the bands for a long time. I can't tell you how excited I am to play with such amazing people! more
Homeless man Anthony Silva has claimed a $4,000 reward after finding the waxwork head of Sir Paul McCartney in a bin at Reading, England train station.more
Rob Zombie's brand new song, "War Zone," is available exclusively at the official site for Punisher: War Zone. The original track "War Zone", written for and inspired by the film. The song will also serve as the first single from the soundtrack. About his contribution, Rob Zombie said: "I love writing music for films, rather than just throwing them an unwanted B side or remix. This track was written exclusively for Punisher War Zone. A punishing track for a punishing movie." Grab it here
Dude you're getting a Dull! Universal Music Group is teaming with Dell to give customers the option of adding pre-loaded MP3s from the label's catalog to new computers purchased from the company. The deal does not provide access to the full UMG catalog, but rather a collection of curated playlists organized by various themes
Wu Tang Clan, are dusting off those mics and getting back on the road. The saga continues in Portland at the end of November and wraps up in the middle of January.dates
Necrophobic, welcome their new bassist, Alex Friberg, and have issued an update on their new album: "Necrophobic is from now on a 5 piece strong legion! During 2008 the band did a number of shows as a 5 piece with Erik Danielsson (Watain) as a session member. " more
With a voice as soulful as Otis Redding's, as romantic as Luther Vandross and as purely Jamaican as reggae itself, Beres Hammond has been a consistent hitmaker since the '70s. Those qualities are still on display on his 25th album, "A Moment in Time." - more