The digital archivist who restored the singles catalogs of the Smiths, Joy Division and New Order in a series of blog projects is being strongly discouraged from starting a similar project collecting R.E.M.'s earliest work.
When the Flaming Lips took the stage toward the end of the annual Tibet House benefit show at Carnegie Hall last night, there were none of the mirror balls or laser beams that typically end a Lips show -- but the band had a different surprise in store. After a stunning take on rarely played "Soft Bulletin" track "Feeling You Disintegrate," frontman Wayne Coyne invited composer Philip Glass to the stage's grand piano. "We've been rehearsing with him all day," Coyne said. "And he's pretty f--ing cool."
A coalition of top musicians, including R.E.M. and Pearl Jam, want to know if their music was used by the U.S. military as part of controversial interrogation methods at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Some of the biggest names in rock and roll raised millions of dollars in the nation's capital on Monday with a marathon concert aimed at getting out the vote for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry.
Forty-five minutes into the first presidential debate, Bruce Springsteen wandered into the craft services room of the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia where two dozen roadies and a few members of his E Street Band were silently gathered around a TV. "How we doin'?," he asked, pointing to the screen. There was no response. Next he tried a few inquisitive gestures. Thumbs up? Way up? Down? No one shifted his or her gaze. Finally, smiling wryly in recognition of his relative unimportance, Springsteen pulled up a chair and watched with the others.