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Green Day Announce Mega Trilogy
The legendary pop-punk group has announced the release dates for a three-album series, titled “!Uno!,” “!Dos!,” and “!Tre!” The first of the trilogy will be out on September 25, 2012. The second and third albums will drop on November 13, 2012 and January 15, 2013.
Green Day said in a joint statement that the band is undergoing the most prolific and creative stage of its existence.
“This is the best music we've ever written, and the songs just keep coming,” they explained. “Instead of making one album, we are making a three album trilogy. Every song has the power and energy that represents Green Day on all emotional levels.”
Rockers to Headline Lollapalooza
Lollapalooza is back for its 16th edition.
The long-standing alt-rock festival announced that Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, Black Keys and Jack White will headline the event, which will take place August 3-5 at Grant Park in Chicago.
Nearly 100 acts have signed on to perform. Some other notable artists on the bill include Florence + The Machine, At The Drive-In, The Shins, Sigur Ros, Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, Gaslight Anthem, Of Monsters And Men, The Walkmen, Santigold, J. Cole, Wale, Moon Taxi and Animal Kingdom.
Go to Lollapalooza.com now to reserve tickets.
New Video From Animal Kingdom
Speaking of Animal Kingdom, the English indie-rock trio is set to release its sophomore album, “The Looking Way,” on May 8 through Boombox and Mom+Pop Music. Along with the announcement, Animal Kingdom unveiled a video for its leadoff single “Strange Attractor,” directed by Ben Strebel.
Jack White on White Stripes Breakup
Jack White has certainly been making the rounds. While he's been on a promotional run for his upcoming solo album “Blunderbuss,” much of the focus has been on last year's breakup of The White Stripes and rightfully so; they were awesome! But now, White appears comfortable enough to provide more details about what went wrong -- or at least he tries to.
White revealed to The New York Times Magazine that the decision to disband relied on his shy, stubborn partner's shoulders.
“There came a point where I said, 'If we’re not doing this, we need to put an end to it right now.' And that’s what she wanted to do,” he told The Times.
White added, “I don’t know what her reasons are. Having a conversation with Meg, you don’t really get any answers. I’m lucky that girl ever got onstage, so I’ll take what I can get.”
Albarn: End of Blur and Gorillaz
When interviewed by The Guardian, Albarn said he didn't believe Blur would release any more records nor play live after their forthcoming performance at the 2012 London Olympics.
“I hope that's the truth: that that's how we end it,” Albarn said. He added, “One thing I've learned, and I'm sure you're exactly the same, is that everything I think I've got totally sorted out, and I know exactly what's going to happen – it never works out that way.”
The same fate might await the Gorillaz. Albarn thinks it's “unlikely” there will be any more Gorillaz records because co-founder Jamie Hewlett feels the band is done.
“Jamie does, which is fair enough,” Albarn says. “I think we were at cross purposes somewhat on that last record, which is a shame. So until a time comes when that knot has been untied...”
Interview: Nine Sons of Dan
Australian pop-rockers Nine Sons of Dan is set to release the single “Diamond Skin.” The song, which comes from the band’s forthcoming EP “The New Kids,” out April 16, is hard-hitting and inspirational.
“It's a song you could put in the final scene of an action movie,” says lead singer Jay Bainbridge, the only American in the group.
“The inspiration of 'Diamond Skin' is really relatable to anyone who is chasing a dream,” he continues. “Our band came from a small town and when you start to get some sort of success you find people who you would have called friends trying to tear you down about it. To me, that shit just really got under my skin.”
“The New Kids” drops June 29 worldwide and features the original track “Villains” and a re-composed version of an earlier record, “You Took My Heart.”
As for the EP's title, it perfectly reflects the band's sentiments.
“’The New Kids’ fits perfect to where we are,” says Bainbridge. “Interesting and loved, but sometimes can be picked on just because we are new."
Well, even the new kids have a popular friend. Last year, Nine Sons Of Dan recorded “She's So Fine” with Justin York, the guitarist for Paramore, which clearly gives them some cool points.
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