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High-Definition TV

Tue, 23 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

TV on the Radio finally lives up to its long-smoldering ambition with its third album, "Dear Science" (DGC/Interscope), which is out today. This 11-track effort features all of the Brooklyn quintet's so-called experimental hallmarks — Dave Sitek's choppy, layered production; Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone's pyrotechnic harmonies; an insouciant stylistic hybrid that freely borrows from funk and avant jazz, 1950s pop, and 1970s progressive rock; and the band's sober but hopeful worldview — more...



Dance Your Childhood Away

Tue, 16 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Dressy Bessy continues its winning streak of 1960s and 1970s throwback power pop on its new album "Holler and Stomp," which is out today on Transdreamer Records. The Denver quartet isn't going to reinvent the wheel with its guitar crunch or basic power-pop formula, but there is something whimsically appealing about the band's giddy exuberance. That something begins with the engaging charisma of vocalist-guitarist Tammy Ealom, whose brisk delivery and unabashedly trite lyrics make Dressy Bessy's...



Jon Langford Saves Wales With Song

Tue, 16 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Onstage recently in the back room of Schuba's Tavern in his adoptive hometown of Chicago, the singer Jon Langford introduced a song he called the Welsh National Anthem. His band, one of many fronted by the multifaceted guitarist and songwriter, was called Skull Orchard, and played an often rollicking repertoire of songs about Wales. That's where Mr. Langford grew up, and it's where he returns — in spirit, at least — when he convenes the group. In Mr. Langford's imagination, Wales has been...



Jonathan Lethem, Brooklyn's Newest Literary Rock Star

Tue, 16 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Inside every celebrated Brooklyn novelist is a songwriter struggling to break free. At least, it seems that way. Paul Auster has written songs with the band One Ring Zero, which has backed up his daughter Sophie's performances of them. Rick Moody plays in the quirky art-folk outfit the Wingdale Community Singers. Now, Jonathan Lethem, author of "Motherless Brooklyn" and "The Fortress of Solitude," has a new musical side project. "You Are All My People," which comes out today on Bloodshot...



McCarren Park Pool Gets Watered Down

Tue, 26 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

New Yorkers love a perfect summer night under the stars, with a great live band, a steady flow of beer, and several thousand of their neighbors hanging out in a state of suspended urban bliss. That was the scene at McCarren Park Pool a couple of weeks ago when the Chicago rock group Wilco headlined the venue, a 6,000-person-capacity site in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, that has become a staple of the city's warm-weather concert season. Wilco's generous 2 1/2-hour set unfolded before a concrete and...



P.S.1 'Warm Up' Cools Down With Jonathan Kane

Tue, 26 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

As a drummer, Jonathan Kane has worked for such demanding bandleaders as the minimalist godfather LaMonte Young, and Michael Gira of post-punk brutalists Swans. But before all that, Mr. Kane was a teenage blues addict with a fake ID who toured up and down the East Coast with his harmonica-wielding older brother Anthony, in the Kane Brothers Blues Band. It was the 1970s. The combo lasted only a few years, breaking up about the time Mr. Kane reached legal drinking age. One day, on one of his...



Traditional Progressions: Delta Spirit and Obi Best

Tue, 26 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

The Delta Spirit's Matt Vasquez sings with an unabashed passion. On the barnstorming song "Trashcan," from the band's independently released 2007 album "Ode to Sunshine" — which receives a wide release today in a remastered edition from Rounder Records — Mr. Vasquez's alternating gritty howl and soulful wail ride a crest of piano, guitars, and percussion, something akin to the Band on an adrenalized night. Mr. Vasquez's vocal charisma, equal parts plainspoken troubadour and skyward-reaching...



Dungen: Day-Trippers

Tue, 30 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

The Swedish quartet Dungen is one of the more schizophrenic rock acts on the scene these days. Over the course of its previous five albums, the band — primarily the outlet for singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Gustav Ejstes — has constructed swirling paisleys of reverberative, fuzz-drenched psychedelic rock and soft, lilting melodies of foresting folk. And rarely do the two meet. On Dungen's latest album, "4," which is out today on Kemado Records, that Jekyll-and-Hyde split of musical...



Run-DMC, Metallica, Stooges Lead HOF Nominees

Tue, 23 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Run-DMC could "Walk This Way" into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 1980s rap act, along with Metallica and the Stooges, are among the nine nominees for next year's hall of fame class, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced Monday. The other nominees are guitarist Jeff Beck, singer Wanda Jackson, Little Anthony and the Imperials, War, Bobby Womack, and disco and R&B group Chic. The list is notable for the wide range of musical genres represented — hip-hop, metal, punk, disco...



Record Labels Gamble on Memory Cards

Mon, 22 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Could CDs be replaced now by a fingernail-sized memory card? Perhaps not entirely, but SanDisk Corp., four major record labels and retailers Best Buy Co. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are hoping that albums sold on microSD memory cards will at least provide an additional stream of sales. The companies were expected to unveil plans Monday to sell memory cards loaded with music in the MP3 format, free of copy protections. Called "slotMusic," the new format is meant to address two intertwined trends...



Barker, DJ AM Expected To Recover After Crash

Mon, 22 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and celebrity disc jockey DJ AM are expected to fully recover from burns they suffered in a fiery South Carolina jet crash that killed the other four people aboard, one of their doctors said Sunday. Dr. Fred Mullins, medical director of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, said the two suffered second- and third-degree burns but had no other injuries from the crash that one witness described as a fireball shooting across a highway. "Anybody who can survive a...



George Michael Arrested, Apologizes

Mon, 22 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Singer George Michael apologized to his fans Sunday for "screwing up again." Though Mr. Michael didn't talk about an arrest for drug possession — a story that was reported by Britain's Sunday newspapers and Britain's Press Association — it appeared the former Wham! frontman was referring to reports that he had been cautioned by police. "I want to apologize to my fans for screwing up again, and to promise them I'll sort myself out," he said in a statement distributed by his publicists. Mr...



Warner Music Announces Personnel Shake-Up

Wed, 17 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Warner Music Group, the world's third-largest music company, said Tuesday that it has promoted two of its top executives — Lyor Cohen and Michael Fleisher — to the posts of vice chairmen, and that it plans to revamp its international corporate structure, according to a report by Reuters. Mr. Cohen, previously head of Warner Music's American-recorded music, was also named chairman and CEO for recorded music in the Americas and Britain. Mr. Fleisher, previously the chief financial officer, has...



Survivors of the 1990s, Unite

Wed, 17 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

When My Bloody Valentine arrives on the stage of the Roseland Ballroom on September 22 and 23, don't be surprised to see a few grown men crying. The band's September 19 performance at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival at Kutshers Country Club in the Catskills is the British-Irish band's first American show in 16 years. In the interim, My Bloody Valentine has grown from one of the most celebrated "shoegaze" bands of its era into one of the most widely adored rock bands on the planet. A great...



New Britney Spears Album Set for December

Tue, 16 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Britney Spears's second comeback is in full swing: She's due to release a new album in December, on her 27th birthday. "Circus" is set for release December 2, a little more than a year after she released last November's "Blackout," which was perhaps her most critically acclaimed CD, but which came during her infamous year of erratic behavior, rehab, custody battles, and at least one hospitalization. She barely promoted it, and the album — though it was certified platinum — was one of her least...



Sonic Youth Signs With Matador Records

Wed, 10 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

After two decades of fortifying indie credit on a major label (Geffen Records), New York rock monolith Sonic Youth has signed a deal with the independent label Matador Records for the release of its forthcoming album in 2009, the label announced Tuesday. Having fulfilled its contractual obligations to the Universal Music Group — which owns Geffen and dozens of other labels — with 2006's "Rather Ripped," Sonic Youth was known to be shopping its 16th studio album to a proper independent label...



Okkervil River's Jaded Dreams

Tue, 9 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Will Sheff doesn't have a good voice in the traditional sense. His tenor is flat and prone to quavering when he aims for volume or falsetto, which is often. At other times, Mr. Sheff sounds less like he's singing and more like he's speaking, merely allowing the musicality of his words to carry the tune. But every time he opens his mouth, the singer-songwriter powering Austin, Texas's folk-leaning indie pop outfit Okkervil River sounds like he's in the midst of a religious experience. In the 10...



Target To Distribute Aguilera's Greatest Hits

Thu, 4 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Christina Aguilera has become the latest musical act to release an album exclusively through one retailer. The multiplatinum singer announced Wednesday that her greatest-hits CD "Keeps Gettin' Better — A Decade of Hits" will be released only at Target. The CD, out November 11, will feature two new songs as well as rerecorded versions of two other hits, "Genie in a Bottle" and "Beautiful." Ms. Aguilera is following a growing list of acts who have struck exclusive deals with retailers. Wal-Mart...



Nico Muhly Smashes Language Barriers

Fri, 22 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Nico Muhly may not get the kind of attention that is lavished upon some of his collaborators, such as Björk or Rufus Wainwright, but the New York-based composer may be the most buzzed-about musician in the city right now. The prolific Mr. Muhly, who turns 27 on Tuesday, has had his pieces performed uptown (at Carnegie Hall) and downtown (at the Kitchen), created music that was adapted from sources as unlikely as "The Elements of Style," and worked closely for a spell with the almost painfully...



Dave Matthews Band's LeRoi Moore Dies

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

LeRoi Moore, the versatile saxophonist whose signature staccato fused jazz and funk overtones onto the eclectic sound of the Dave Matthews Band, died Tuesday of complications from injuries he suffered in an all-terrain vehicle accident, the band said. He was 46. Moore died at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was admitted with complications that arose weeks after the June 30 wreck, according to a statement on the band's Web site. It did not specify what led to his death, and...



Jennifer O'Connor Sings Her Own Tune

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Jennifer O'Connor has been compared with and held up against so many chanteuses of the 1990s — especially Liz Phair — that it's become a disservice to all parties involved. Surely it's possible for a woman to sing passionately and intimately about her life without having to be equated with another woman simply because of a lazy implication that female experiences are all the same. "I do find it limiting, and I get asked about this thing a lot or just compared to the same people over and over,"...



Music Producer Joan Hyler in Car Wreck

Tue, 19 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Authorities say Hollywood producer and talent manager Joan Hyler was in critical condition after she was hit by a car Friday night on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif. Ms. Hyler, who has represented Bob Dylan and Madonna and is a former president of the nonprofit Women in Film, was hit as she was heading to a home in the area. In a posting on the Web site of UCLA Medical Center, her family says she sustained "severe and multiple injuries." A hospital spokesman says Ms. Hyler remained in...



Shannon McArdle Speaks for Herself

Tue, 19 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Some artists hide behind the scrim of creative license, contending that even the bloodiest confessions are merely the fabric of fictional conceit. Names are changed to protect the guilty. Catastrophic experiences are related by imaginary characters. And everything else is coincidental. Bob Dylan, in his 2004 memoir, implied that his 1974 classic, "Blood on the Tracks," widely assumed to be about his divorce, was in fact based on Chekhov. It took less than half a pint of Belgian wheat beer to...



Laura Cantrell Courts the Country Goddesses

Tue, 19 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

For an increasing number of contemporary musicians romancing the American country and Western idiom, self-expression goes hand in hand with an archival zeal. There is arguably no better local example of this than the Nashville-born, Queens-residing singer, songwriter, and lapsed radio DJ Laura Cantrell. Ms. Cantrell, whose new EP of cover renditions, "Trains and Boats and Planes," draws from such varied musical sources as Canadian folkie Gordon Lightfoot, British post-punks New Order, and...



Hesitant Steps Into the Future: Stereolab and the Walkmen

Tue, 19 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Stereolab has made the musical equivalent of 1960s European art-house cinema for nearly 20 years now. Since forming in London in 1990, the group has melded lounge pop, 1970s-style German rock (better known as "Krautrock"), and electronic music with the sort of dense intellectualism that can be found in graduate student dissertations on political theory. It all makes for a plush cocktail that evokes French New Wave stars such as Alain Delon and Delphine Seyrig, wandering aimlessly around exotic...



Groundbreaking Record Exec Jerry Wexler Dies

Mon, 18 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Jerry Wexler, the feisty Atlantic Records executive who coined the term "rhythm and blues" and produced some of the standout recordings by Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and Wilson Pickett, has died. He was 91. Wexler, who suffered from congenital heart disease, died Saturday at his home in Sarasota, Fla. Along with Sam Phillips of Sun Records, Wexler helped define the role of the modern record producer. He oversaw Charles's rollicking classic "What'd I Say" in 1959 and recorded Bob Dylan's...



Allmans Sue Record Company For iTunes Revenue

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

The Allman Brothers Band has sued a record company to demand a bigger cut of recordings sold through third parties such as Apple's iTunes music service. The Southern rock band filed its lawsuit against UMG Recordings Inc. in federal court in Manhattan on Monday, saying it was the victim of "digital exploitation." The band behind such hits as "Melissa" and "Ramblin' Man" demands at least $13 million and additional royalties from the sales of newly configured compact discs and digital downloads...



Beatles' Management Contract Heads to Auction

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Brian Epstein's copy of his management contract with the Beatles, a pact that proved to be worth millions, is being offered for sale in London next month. The four-page document, signed October 1, 1962, by John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Richard Starkey — Ringo Starr's real name — carries an estimated price of $480,000. The Fame Bureau auction house said Tuesday it had scheduled the sale for September 4 at the Idea Generation Gallery. The contract, also signed by Harold...



Post: Springsteen Will Play Super Bowl

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

A newspaper is reporting that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will rock the next Super Bowl. The New York Post says the Boss and his band will be featured at Super Bowl XLIII on February 1 in Tampa, Fla. A spokeswoman for Mr. Springsteen, Marilyn Laverty, told the Associated Press that she won't comment on the report. An NFL spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Mr. Springsteen and the band just finished a yearlong tour behind their latest album, "Magic."...



The Melvins Won't Go Quietly

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

As strong candidates for the ultimate in rock 'n' roll longevity, bands such as R.E.M., U2, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have found ways to persevere into their third decades as working entities in part by being thoroughly embedded in pop culture's collective subconsciousness. Even an "underground" group such as Sonic Youth, which has never been a steady presence on the radio or television, can be seen as a precursor to a thriving generation of acts that exploded out of its model for moderate...



'Brotherman': The Soul Soundtrack That Almost Wasn't

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Sometimes a cliché isn't a cliché — it's stirringly profound, less for what is imparted than for the eloquence with which it is delivered. Even when a listener knows what to expect in theory from a piece of music, the merits of an offhanded artistry can be surprising. Such is the case of "Brotherman." This original soundtrack recording was destined for the background of a film with the same name, a would-be blaxploitation epic that was never made. Now, more than three decades later, the music...



Voices of Authority

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Johnny Whitney has a voice only a mother could love, though she is more likely to fear what has pushed her son to such extremes. Between 1997 and 2006, as one of two lead singers in the chaotic Seattle hard-core outfit the Blood Brothers, Mr. Whitney screamed and shrieked like a terrorized teenager forever trapped in a horror movie. It was an ideal sound for the Blood Brothers' corrosive worldview and discordant mayhem: Mr. Whitney seemed like a survivor witnessing the end times on the band's...



304 Musicians, One Abiding Spirit

Tue, 5 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

If the experience of listening to music has become an increasingly insular occasion of individuals floating inside the private bubbles of their iPods, then there also exists a movement toward the other end of the spectrum: the concert as a mass public immersion in a tribal sonic ritual. And, no, not at Bonnaroo or Burning Man. Try the banks of the East River in Williamsburg or Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, both of which will host unique events this weekend and next at which scores of...



The Pros & Cons Of Consistency

Tue, 5 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

The difference between an artist staying the same and never changing is miniscule but worth noticing. Artists who stay the same can carve an entire career out of working through their organizing ideas (see: Sonic Youth), whereas artists who never change typically sound retro from the start (see: third-wave ska bands). New albums from Brooklyn's Oxford Collapse and Omaha's Conor Oberst offer two studies of this process in action. "Bits" (Sub Pop), Oxford Collapse's fourth album, which comes out...



Rare Beatles Tape To Be Auctioned

Fri, 1 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

A British auction house said it will sell a tape recording of the Beatles chatting and breaking into giggles during an early recording session. Cameo Auctioneers said the reel-to-reel tape was recorded in 1964 and was recently found by a man clearing out his father's attic. On one part of the half-hour tape, John Lennon and Paul McCartney repeatedly collapse in laughter as they try to complete the ballad "I'll Follow the Sun." The tape also features versions of the songs "I Feel Fine" and...



Cheech and Chong Reunite

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

Now that their feud is up in smoke, Cheech and Chong are high on plans to reunite for their first comedy tour in more than 25 years. Cheech Marin told AP Radio that he and Tommy Chong "looked at each other, going, 'If we're ever going to do something it has to be now, because you're not getting any younger and neither am I.'" They tossed around some ideas and figured a comedy tour would be "the most fun" and "the least hassle," the 62-year-old Mr. Marin said. Messrs. Marin and Chong, who broke...



Jacob the Jeweler Sues Wyclef Jean

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

The company founded by the New York businessman known to rappers as "Jacob the Jeweler" has sued Wyclef Jean, claiming he owes money for watches and jewelry he bought. Jacob & Co., Inc., said in Manhattan court papers filed Tuesday that the hip-hop musician bought several items between March 2002 and January 2006 for $765,100. The company says that Mr. Jean still owes $319,680, despite "repeated demands for payment." The company's founder, Jacob Arabo, was sentenced in June to 2- 1/2 years in...



Impresario Pearlman To Testify Against Inmate

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

Florida prosecutors say imprisoned boy-band impresario Lou Pearlman may testify against a fellow jail inmate accused of gunning down an Orlando police officer. The Orlando Sentinel reported Wednesday that Pearlman provided key information after overhearing conversations with 19-year-old shooting suspect Davin Smith. The teenager and another man have pleaded not guilty in the October killing of police officer Alfred Gordon. Prosecutors say the information Pearlman provided is useful and he may...



Dylan To Open His Vault for New Release

Wed, 30 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

Bob Dylan is opening up his vaults for the first time in three years, according to a report by Reuters. The iconic folk singer's label announced Tuesday that in October it will issue a multidisc album consisting of late-era outtakes, previously unreleased recordings, and live tracks. "Tell Tale Signs," the eighth installment in Mr. Dylan's "Bootleg Series," focuses on albums from the last two decades, ranging from 1989's "Oh Mercy" to 2006's "Modern Times." Columbia Records will release "Tell...



Wolf Parade, Bon Iver Head for the City

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

Three of indie rock's most interesting, idiosyncratic, and celebrated songwriters visit New York this week in the form of Wisconsin's Bon Iver and Montreal's Wolf Parade. The two acts may sound nothing alike — Bon Iver's gentle folk is a world removed from Wolf Parade's charged energy — but they share an interest in traditional, almost old-fashioned songwriting, which helps them achieve the palpable emotional power found in their songs. Bon Iver, the solo outfit for singer-songwriter Justin...



Tehran To Host Western Pop Concert

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

Irish-born singer Chris de Burgh will perform in Tehran in late November alongside Iranian band Arian, Reuters reported today. The concert will mark the first time a Western singer has performed with an Iranian band in Iran since 1979. Western pop music is generally banned by Iranian authorities, and Iranian bands have to get their lyrics approved before broadcasting or performing. Iranians are sometimes exposed to Western music or unapproved songs through the black market, however, and Mr. de...



50 Cent Sues Taco Bell

Fri, 25 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

50 Cent has sued Taco Bell, claiming the fast-food restaurant chain is using his name without permission in advertising that asks him to call himself 99 Cent. The rapper says in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday that the Mexican-themed chain features him in a print ad asking him to change his name to 79 Cent, 89 Cent, or 99 Cent. His real name is Curtis Jackson. The rapper's court papers say the ad is part of Taco Bell's "Why Pay More?" campaign, which promotes items that cost less than a...



Adele, Radiohead Lead Mercury Prize Short List

Wed, 23 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

Albums by Adele and Radiohead are among the 12-strong short list for the U.K.'s 2008 Nationwide Mercury Prize, announced Tuesday. Soul singer Adele, now 20, was nominated for her debut "19," and the short list also includes 18-year-old Laura Marling, whose first CD is called "Alas I Cannot Swim." Led Zeppelin veteran Robert Plant, 59, is also nominated, for his album with Alison Krauss, "Raising Sand." "This turns out to be a remarkably rich year for British music," Simon Frith, chairman of the...



Folk Singer Artie Traum Dies at 65

Tue, 22 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

Artie Traum, a veteran folk songwriter and guitarist who came out of the famous Greenwich Village music scene of the '60s, is dead. He was 65. Jeff Heiman, Traum's manager, said he died Sunday at his home in Woodstock from cancer that spread to his liver. Traum produced and recorded with some of the biggest names in folk and rock, from Bela Fleck to the Band, according to his Web site. He is widely known for playing and recording with his brother, Happy Traum...



Courtney Love Sued Over Nirvana Catalog Sale

Tue, 22 Jul 2008 22:34:41 EST

LOS ANGELES — A business management and accounting firm sued Courtney Love for nearly $1 million today, claiming she failed to pay them a share of profits from the sale of Nirvana's publishing catalog. Ms. Love is the widow of Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain. The five-page lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court this afternoon claims she sold a portion of his share of Nirvana's publishing catalog for $19.5 million. Los Angeles-based London & Co. alleges Ms. Love broke an oral contract to share...



Pitchfork Hosts a Perma-Rock Festival

Tue, 22 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

CHICAGO — As concepts go, the notion of pop acts going onstage to reprise their best-loved albums front to back isn't particularly new. To conclude its 1989 "Green" tour, R.E.M. threw in a surprise set at its Atlanta homecoming show, playing its debut album "Murmur" in original track order as a no-fuss bonus for its fans. These days, however, all quarters of the music industry are looking for ways to generate a marketable buzz as record sales plummet and recorded music becomes an ephemeral...



DMX Arrested Again

Mon, 21 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

Rapper DMX was arrested at a Phoenix mall Saturday on suspicion that he gave a gave a false name and Social Security number to a hospital to get out of paying for medical expenses. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said that when DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, went to Scottsdale's Mayo Clinic in April, he used the name "Troy Jones" and failed to pay a $7,500 bill. DMX's Scottsdale attorney, Cameron Morgan, declined to comment. Mr. Arpaio said his office began investigating the charge...



China Bans Björk, Other Entertainers

Fri, 18 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

China will not allow into the country any foreign entertainers whom it deems a threat to its own national sovereignty, defined as a likelihood to "whip up ethnic hatred," "violate religious policy or cultural norms," or "advocate obscenity or feudalism and superstition," Reuters reported Thursday. The decision was announced in response to a politically provocative act by the Icelandic singer Björk, who shouted, "Tibet, Tibet," to crowds at a concert in Shanghai. China has a history of...



Boy-Band Svengali Ordered To Pay $300M

Thu, 17 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

Former boy-band promoter Lou Pearlman will have to repay victims of his decades-long investment fraud at least $300 million in restitution. A federal judge on Wednesday asked lawyers to draw up the order for his approval. It's unclear whether the creator of the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync will be able to raise those funds while behind bars. He's serving a 25-year sentence on federal fraud charges. Prosecutors also wanted U.S. District Judge G. Kendall Sharp to tack on interest, making the...



Guns N' Roses Releases Song Through Video Game

Wed, 16 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

The first track to be made public from "Chinese Democracy," the much-delayed, much-maligned Guns N' Roses album, will be released through a video game, the BBC reported Tuesday. The song, "Shackler's Revenge," will appear as a selection in Rock Band 2, a game in which users play along to songs with hand-held controllers. The game is slated to be released in September by Harmonix, Electronic Arts, and MTV Games. The release date for the album itself, the follow-up to Guns N' Roses' "The...