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(antiMusic) Franz Ferdinand rocker Nick McCarthy is performing shows sitting in a chair after injuring his foot during the British band's North American tour

Lilith Fair, the successful summer North American female-oriented festival created by Sarah McLachlan which ran from 1997 to 1999, will make its return next year, Nettwerk founder Terry McBride has confirmed to Billboard.com.more

Avril Lavigne has been picked to represent Canada as an ambassador at China's forthcoming 2010 World Expo.more

Faith No More have announced plans to release a two disc retrospective compilation collecting greatest hits and rarities. The record is titled The Very Best Definitive Ultimate Greatest Hits Collection and is due out June 8, 2009.

Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, and the Beastie Boys will make their Austin City Limits Music Festival debuts as headliners of the eight edition of the event in Austin's Zilker Park on Oct. 2-4.more

The Capitol Hill Block Party will return once again this summer in downtown Seattle on the weekend of July 24-25. Sonic Youth, the Jesus Lizard, the Gossip, Deerhunter, The Black Lips and The Pains of Being Pure At Heart anchor this year's lineupmore

Check out part two of FMQB's sneak peek at the upcoming broadcast special, Inside Green Day: 21st Century Breakdown. Also, the band announces North American venues and European tour dates.more

Automatic Static 's new EP "The Murder Of California" is now available on iTunes, Amazon.com and most other online retailers. The 6 song release was produced by Shaun Lopez (Deftones, Far) and will capture fans of bands like Foo Fighters, Stone Temple Pilots and Buckcherry. The band features ex-members of Simon Says (Hollywood Records) and is currently scheduling a West Coast tour for June 2009. Myspace link

Yeah Yeah Yeahs have announced a spring tour of the US, which will include stops at the Sasquatch, Bonnaroo and All Points West festivals.more

Four men sentenced to jail for breaching copyright in connection with Pirate Bay should be given a new trial because the judge was biased, according to court documents filed in Sweden.more

One of the most treasured and by far, hardest to find Motley Crue collectable records ever is now available on eBay. Entitled "Unleashed & Unreleased", this 45 PROMO COPY record is sought by every diehard Motley Crue collector and is much harder to find than any Leathur release pressed by the band themselves.more

Sixteen Pearl Jam songs are set to be featured in the season finale of the US television crime drama series 'Cold Case' in Maymore

Nine Inch Nails has announced a number of new European festival appearances for this summer: 24 June 2009: Prague, Czech Republic - 26 June 2009: Milan, Italy [idroscalo] - 05 July 2009: Werchter, Belgium [Rock Werchter] - 18 July 2009: Istanbul, Turkey [Rock N Coke Festival] - 24 July 2009: Budapest, Hungary [Syma Sport and Event Centre]more

Macy Gray backed by former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum and The Cult's Billy Morrison on guitar covered Radiohead's 'Creep' at the Los Angeles premiere of the music documentary film 'The Heart Is A Drum Machine' on Saturday (April 25). Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell also performed with the Guns N' Roses and Cult men on a cover of The Rolling Stones' 'Sympathy For The Devil' more

The dates and venues have been unveiled for this year's Rock The Bells festival featuring The Roots, Big Boi, Common and Nas & Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley. The hip-hop festival will hit ten cities across the US this summer. dates

Swine Flu has claimed another tour victim: Not surprisingly, Impending Doom has cancelled their Mexican tour, which was set to begin this week.more

Ronny Munroe, singer of the legendary band Metal Church, has announced that he has been forced to cancel his appearance at Mexico's Mortal Fest 200more

Wolfmother are set to perform at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles on Friday (May 1)more

Sugarland has been added to the all-star performance line-up for the 2009 CMT Music Awards, which will premiere LIVE on Tuesday, June 16 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT and CMT.com. The superstar duo joins Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Def Leppard.

W.A.S.P. By Request: The organizer of the U.K.'s Hard Rock Hell festival has revealed to Rock Radio that he has persuaded Blackie Lawless of W.A.S.P. to play the band's first-ever request-only set at this year's event, which is scheduled to take place in Decembermore

This Is Hardcore Fest 2009 is slated for August 14, 15, and 16th at the Starlight Ballroom/Club Polaris in Philadelphia, PA. Notably, Reach The Sky and The Suicide File are among the scheduled performers. Check out who else is set to play here

Sparks The Rescue and Purevolume.com team up to give fans an exclusive listen of their new album, Eyes To The Sun, which is set to hit stores everywhere on May 5. The stream will give listeners the opportunity to hear the entire album along with four tracks off their deluxe album which will be offered solely on itunes.check it out here

Miss Kittin (Caroline Hervé) & The Hacker (Michel Amato) are back together again, double the trouble and double the fun, with a brand new album, TWO which will be released on May 19 on Nobody's Bizzness.

All That Remains will appear on a special edition of MTV2's "Headbangers Ball" this Thursday (April 30) at 11 p.m. more

Culted have recently completed work their debut album, Below The Thunders Of The Upper Deep, which will see its international release this July on Relapse Records. more

Snoop Dogg says he didn't hit a man with his microphone during a 2005 concert melee when he took the stand Monday afternoon in a civil trial. He is being sued by Richard Monroe Jr., who claims he was seriously hurt by Snoop and his security guards after he came onstage during a show near Seattle. more

Love Equals Death have called it quits. The band made this statement: "It's been a back and forth battle with everyone here to move on or to let go of this thing we love so much. We here at camp Love Equals Death have decided to let go of Love Equals Death and preserve the good times we had and the hurdles we had to overcome."more

Propagandhi recorded a live session and interview for BBC radio's 'Lock Up' punk show. The show will air on Tuesday April 28th more

Long-defunct extreme metal pioneers Pentagram will reunite for an appearance at the Cumbre del Metal Chileno festival, set to take place June 14 in Santiago, Chile. more

Starsailor are set to perform a string of dates across the US leading up to London's Hard Rock Calling concerts in Hyde Park this summer.more

Beyonce's latest foray into acting scored her the Number One movie at the US box office over the weekend. 'Obsessed' took in $28.6 million. more

After seven months in the studio, former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman has completed work on his ninth album, "Tokyo Jukebox". Produced and arranged by Marty, the new disc reflects the chaotic lifestyle of Tokyo, its unique music and Marty's futuristic interpretation of it. more

Cannibal Corpse will embark on the European Plague Tour in the fall. Direct support will come from Dying Fetus. On the mainland, the package will be completed by Evocation and Obscura, while Trigger The Bloodshed and Annotations Of An Autopsy will support the bands in the U,K. dates

Teenage Bottlerocket will be hitting the studio next month to record their Fat Wreck Chords debut. The band had this to say: "Our recording session at the Blasting Room begins next month. This will be our 3rd record with the studio. We are slated to track the new full length with Andrew Berlin, and mix with Jason Livermore. "more

The Bronx have just rolled out two new videos for their latest release, The Bronx (III). "Knifeman" is an official video, shot in a friend's backyard pool in the UK. Watch It Here and "Past Lives" was put together by a fan in January, the band loved the concept so much they made their own edits to create perfect synch. Look for a Cuba Gooding Jr cameo at the 2:13 mark, no joke. watch it here.

Sepultura and Soulfly (featuring former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera) will share the stage for the first time ever at the Devilside Festival in Germany. current lineup

World Record? Beginning Tuesday, April 28 at 10 am EST, United States soldier Troy Yocum will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for continuous drumming, by drumming for 125 hours in a five day drumming marathon ending on May 3 at 10 am. Watch him attempt it live here.

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