Death Cab For Cutie - Rock Report (c) Ryan Russell

Welcome to Red Bull’s weekly rock music bulletin, where we will be recalling some of the biggest and most unforgettable moments in the culture, as well as dish out exclusive news bits.

Rock music proudly held its head high this week on the Billboard 200. Death Cab For Cutie debuts at #3 with their latest studio album “Codes And Keys.” The showing sold enough units to ensure them top position on both the Alternative and Rock Albums Charts.

Coming in at #4 is Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder’s solo offering “Ukulele Songs.” The effort also became #1 on the Folk Albums Chart, dethroning Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More.” Other rock music albums that rounded out the top 10 of the Billboard 200 include My Morning Jacket’s “Circuital,” which debuted at #5, and Flogging Molly’s “Speed Of Darkness,” which debuted at #9.

Other Billboard Tidbits: Foo Fighters remain on top of the Alternative and Rock Songs Charts for the fifteenth week on a row with their single “Rope,” and Seether are still the overlords of the Hard Rock Albums Chart for another seven days with “Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray.”

The Return of 311

Ladies and gentlemen, 311 is back! The reggae-rockers are about to co-headline the 2011 Unity with like-minded fusion band Sublime With Rome, and they are also returning with their tenth studio album “Universal Pulse.” “Sunset In July” has been named at the leadoff single.

Red Hot Chili Peppers in the Studio

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have finally released new details about their upcoming tenth studio album. The full-length, due out August 30th, will be entitled I’m With You and it’s produced by longtime collaborator and music legend Rick Rubin. Also, this is the first record featuring new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. Stay tuned to Red Bull for more information regarding this development in the weeks ahead.

InVogue Records Adds Challenger!

Only a few weeks removed from announcing the acquisition of indie rockers City Lights, InVogue Records has added Wisconsin electro pop-rockers Challenger! To their ever growing roster. The small town duo, comprised of Chris Burton and Mike Potter, are currently working with producer Joel Wanasek on their debut album due out later this summer. For now, fans can get a taste of their indie dance flavor on their EP “PWNZ.”

TV On The Radio Adds Tour Dates

TV On The Radio are looking to beef up their summer! The indie rock group have extended their tour up to the early fall by adding fifteen new dates to their current tour. The extension begins on August 30th at First Ave in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Then the band will run through the east and work their way back west for the final date on September 27th at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, California. Broken Social Scene will be performing with them at half of those dates.

New Material from Tom Freund & Mates of State

Tom Freund will return to the indie scene on August 16th as he drops his sixth solo full-length “The Edge Of Venice.” Produced by John Alagia (Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, John Mayer), the effort is coming off the heels of the singer-songwriter’s latest EP “Fit To Screen.”

Speaking of new material, Mates Of State just completed work on their new studio album “Mountaintops,” which is set for release on September 13th. The collection, which serves to the Connecticut-based indie pop duo’s follow-up to 2008’s “Re-Arrange Us” was recorded over the past year and a half.

Eyes Set Tok Kill

Following up on a report posted two weeks ago, Eyes Set To Kill will be releasing their fourth studio album “White Lotus” on August 9th through a joint venture between their newly formed label Forsee Records and Maphia Entertainment. Fontana will be distributing the effort. “The Secrets Between” was premiered online this past week and currently, a video is in the works for the upcoming leadoff single “Where I Want To Be.”

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