Jack White To Debut New Band- U2 Musical Stars Wanted- Mall Ratt- Simon and Garfunkel Reunite- Norma Jean Exit Silverstein Tour- Arsis Anorexia Battle and more

(antiMusic) The Dead Weather, featuring The White Stripes' Jack White and The Kills' Alison Mosshart, along with Jack Lawrence of The Raconteurs and Dean Fertita of Queens Of The Stone Age, will play their first public gig next week at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City on April 14. more

An open casting call has been announced in the US for the upcoming Spider-Man musical, set to run on New York's famed Broadway. The music and lyrics for the show are written by Bono and The Edge of U2. NME has the details here

Carrie Underwood was named entertainer of the year on Sunday at the 44th Academy of Country Music awards, securing her status as country's hottest star on a night that felt like a changing of the guards.more

Simon and Garfunkel have crossed their personal bridge over troubled water and will reunite for a rare concert tour, kicking off in New Zealand and Australia.more

Norma Jean has dropped off their current tour with Silverstein et al. Here's a statement from the band: "There are just too many reasons to list in the wake of us making this decision and we aren't looking to embark on an Internet crusade, that just isn't necessary." more

The upcoming Bon Jovi documentary When We Were Beautiful will be screened at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, despite still being a work in progressmore

Chickenfoot, Paradise Lost, Hot Leg, Crucified Barbara and Tad Morose have been confirmed for the Rockweekend festival, set to take place July 9-11 in Kilafors, Sweden.more

An anonymous buyer has purchased Roy Rogers' famous OM-45 Deluxe Martin guitar for $460,000. The 1930-built Martin is considered one of the rarest and most coveted acoustic guitars in the world. more

Lily Allen's previously unreleased in the U.S. F.U.E.P. is available now on iTunes. Tracklisting: 1. F*** You (Clean Radio Edit) 2. F** Hag 3. Kabul S*** 4. Womanizer (Acoustic Version). What a class act. Or is it yet another attempted contrived controversy?

Warner Music Japan will reissue Rush's first 12 studio albums this June as mini-lp SHM-CDs, according to a posting on the Rush fan site Power Windows more

Silversun Pickups will be releasing their highly anticipated sophomore full-length, Swoon, next Tuesday, April 14 on Dangerbird Records, and have just premiered the official video for first single "Panic Switch" today on MTVU and MTV2. Grammy-nominated director James Frost (Radiohead "House of Cards" / Coldplay "Yellow") took the reigns in guiding the band through a performance-driven act with stark closeups and chilling footage of the band fleeing an unseen enemy. watch it

Catalepsy is writing/recording a new album with Eric Ellis (formerly of Bury Your Dead) as producer and engineer. According to the group, "Expect a very different album than the last. We're done with the whole 'deathcore' genre.more

In a new interview with Noisecreep.com, Arsis mastermind James Malone has revealed that he's been battling a recurrence of anorexia as of late, which explains the group's recent tour cancellations.more

Poison drummer and Jiu-Jitsu black belt Rikki Rockett has cancelled his appearance at the Fearless Fighting Championship on Saturday, April 11 at Wessman Arena in Superior, Wisconsin. He says, "I have an injury that has sidelined me for this one."more

Mall Ratt: Loud & Proud/Mallcore Records announced today the signing of a worldwide deal with Los Angeles hard rockers Ratt. The band is set to begin recording its first new material since 1999's self-titled album this spring.

Brave Citizens has announced a west coast run of dates with Lydia, PlayRadioPlay and Eye Alaska on the Stay Awake Tour launching May 27 at The Epicentre in San Diego, California. more

Larry McDonald, legendary reggae and world music percussionist who has worked with Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Bad Brains and many more, will release the first solo record of his 40-year career this summer on MCPR Music. The album features Toots Hibbert (Toots and The Maytals), Dollarman, and Larry, along with his drum orchestra, playing over 20 different percussive instruments. The "drummical" (as described by Larry) 'Drumquestra' is out 6/2. Listen to "Head Over Heels" here

Youth Group have decided to kick off their stint residing in New York with a 'Live Studio' session which will be aired on April 7th and will then be available on-demand. They'll be performing tracks from their forthcoming new album, The Night Is Ours (out via World's Fair on April 7th), as well as previously released material.more

Hounds.TV has Posted some exclusive photos from the ex-Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr performance at the David Lynch Foundation benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall. Check em out here

"Sailing," the new single from platinum-selling Capitol singer-songwriter Avant, will appear as an iTunes exclusive EP on April 7, 2009. For the iTunes EP, the album version of "Sailing" is combined with three tracks previously unreleased to the domestic market: "Yes," "You Are More" and "Provocative."

George Lynch is selling the 1990 Harley Davidson softail which appeared in the Lynch Mob video for "River Of Love" and was featured in the "Wicked Sensation" album artwork.more

New Jersey ska-punk act Legitimate Business has returned from a period of dormancy with plans to release their new record First World Problems. - more

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