The Rock Report No. 10: Radiohead Tops Charts

The Rock Report is a weekly feature that showcases the best rock music news from the past week -- including the biggest and most unforgettable moments in the culture, as well as dish out exclusive news bits. This week covers Radiohead, Mumford & Sons, Dave Matthews Band and Kings of Leon.

Radiohead Goes #1

Radiohead’s The King Of Limbs debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart, making the highest showing for any rock band this week. As a result of their high showing, they grabbed the #1 spot on the Rock and Alternative Albums Charts. Last week’s top-selling rock debuts have fallen off big time. The Strokes Angles went from #4 to #18 and Panic! At The Disco’s Vices & Virtues dropped from #7 to #32.

Rope by Foo Fighters

Some things, however, never change. For the sixth week in a row, the Foo Fighters hold onto the top slot on the Rock and Alternative Songs Charts with “Rope.” Also, Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More, an album that has been on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart for 54 consecutive weeks, clings to the #11 spot of the Billboard 200 and REMAINS the top-selling Folk Album in the country. Again, Sigh No More has been out for 54 weeks and is STILL outselling most new rock albums. That’s insane. Insane, we tell you!

Mumford & Sons

Speaking of that English group that simply refuse to give up their top position on the Folk Albums Chart, Mumford & Sons will return to the United States for a June tour. They’ll be playing select dates in the southeast, beginning on June 3 at The City Market in Kansas City, Missouri and wrapping up June 19 at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, Colorado. Then they head back to Europe for a busy summer and will laugh at us Americans while they still rule the Folk Albums Chart with an iron fist.

Dave Matthews Band Does Festivals

Last month, the Dave Matthews Band announced Atlantic City, New Jersey as the first site of their regional “Caravan” festivals. Now, the second three-day event has been named. The Dave Matthews Band Caravan will stop at Chicago’s Lakeside from July 8 – July 10.

In addition to the Notorious DMB, the Midwest version of the festival will feature Flaming Lips, Amos Lee, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Ben Folds, G. Love & Special Sauce, Michael Franti and many more. Tickets for the event are on sale now. Two destinations still await.

Kings of Leon

Tennessee rock collective Kings Of Leon are on the verge of releasing their own documentary. The Grammy Award winning troupe’s film Talihina Sky is set to make its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival later this month. Talihina Sky documents the four Followill brothers’ early beginnings as tight knit Christian youth from the heart of the Bible belt in the midst of transforming into a mega rock group who struggles with faith and the rock ‘n roll life style. Peep the trailer for yourself, but be warned: there is some puking in the clip.

The Kings Of Leon aren’t the only ones with a documentary out. Back And Forth, the doc featuring Foo Fighters, was premiered at select theatres this week. The film shows the entire scope of the band -- from Dave Grohl’s early demos after Kurt Cobain’s death, thus ending Nirvana to the present recording process of the group’s seventh studio album Wasting Light. The movie will be screened in 80 theatres this month.

While fans will love it, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins isn’t necessarily too keen on it. Apparently, it also details his hospitalization due to drug use from back in 2002. As he told NME, “I think it’s done well and yes, I think because there’s points where you do feel uncomfortable, that’s what makes it interesting for people. Any rock documentary or any documentary, the centerpiece is the hard pair, the painful part.”

R.I.P. Kurt Cobain

This week marks the seventeenth year that legendary music icon Kurt Cobain passed away. Cobain, the front man of Seattle grunge group Nirvana, was found dead at his home April 8, 1994 with his estimated death happening days earlier. The 27-year-old would leave behind his wife, Courtney Love, and their daughter Frances Bean.

Cobain grew up in Aberdeen, Washington in a troubled. While in high school, he met bassist Krist Novoselic and the two would go on to form Nirvana with Aaron Bruckhard in 1987. A handful of drummers would replace him before Dave Grohl became a lock in 1990. Nirvana went on to release three full-length studio albums -- 1989’s Bleach, 1991’s generation defining Nevermind and 1993’s In Utero.

Though Kurt Cobain is gone, he is still remembered. Celebrate the life of Kurt Cobain with us.

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