Not all signs of the record biz's struggle for life are depressing. Thanks to EMI's $1.9 billion merger with Universal Music Group, a few things will get shaken up, including a chance the wretched informercial sludge Now That's What I Call Music! series will be put six feet under.
Last week Chumbawamba, the nonsensically named band responsible for the ubiquitous nonsensically named hit "Tubthumping," announced it was calling it quits after 30 years. The news item drew reactions ranging from "Oh yeah, that 'I get knocked down' '90's band?" to "They were still around?" and also ... More >>
See also: Club Candids: Calvin Harris at Myst See also: Sound Wave Music Festival 2012 Announced for September When Scottish electopop producer and vocalist Calvin Harris appeared in Scottsdale in January, he nearly caused a riot. Thousands of club kids and EDM fans were crushed into the now-defunc ... More >>
There are some weird band names out there, so we let our imaginations go wild to envision what some of these names would literally look like. We chose Radiohead as our jumping off point because love them or hate them, the band is playing at Jobing.com arena tonight, and it's sure to be one of the ... More >>
Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues Want to know what new release discs and platters are moving across the Valley at local record stores? We've got you covered with another installment of What's Selling. Looks like Fleet Foxes are doing pretty well this week, with their heady folk album Helples ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsWarner Music Group artist MadonnaWarner Music Group -- home to acts like Led Zeppelin, Green Day, and Tempe-based indie rock band The Maine -- is for sale. If you think it's tough outbidding other eBay users for a rare record, you should see the bidding battle currently underway ... More >>
Jonathan McNamaraHystoic Vein performs at the Japan Preview Day Show during SXSW 2011.U.S. fans of Japanese Music face one, ever-present obstacle in their quests to discover new J bands: They're not here. Up on the Sun constantly monitors upcoming concerts from Japanese bands. In good years, that ... More >>
Interpol In this week's print edition we ran a story about the the recent reboot of New York City's most fashionable gloom-rockers Interpol. For the piece we caught up with Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino to talk about some of the recent changes the band has undergone. Most notably of which is th ... More >>
Stop the world. Apple has announced that the Beatles catalog is finally available on iTunes, according to Billboard. I love when Christmas comes early.After plenty of rumors went around yesterday about what Apple's big announcement regarding iTunes was going to be, practically everything under th ... More >>
Arcade Fire is an indie band. I don't say that just because they sound like an indie band -- though they do -- but because they're actually signed to an indie label.All three Arcade Fire albums came out on Merge, a North Carolina-based company that was started in 1989 so D-I-Yers Superchunk could ... More >>
What more can be said about May's slate of new releases that hasn't already been said? I have been proclaiming this month as the year's best for new releases, and LCD Soundsystem only solidify that with their newest effort, This Is Happening. The lead single from the album "Drunk Girls" was a war ... More >>
It's never surprising when Lady Gaga makes headlines, and given that Cyndi Lauper has been laying down the law on Celebrity Apprentice, it should come as no surprise that she's making headlines with her own ventures outside of the show. According to feministing, Lauper and Gaga teamed up with the ... More >>
Chris MartinApparently, Chris Martin and his record label, EMI, are not on the same page when it comes to news about when Coldplay's new album coming is out. Martin says it will hopefully be released by Christmas of this year, but EMI says that isn't true. Apparently, when asked whether Coldplay' ... More >>
No, not exactly. The recent controversy over John Mayer's interview with Playboy has been discussed from nearly every angle since the article came out. The journalist who interviewed him, Rob Tannenbaum, said that there was much more to the interview than the tiny blip that got repeated, re-poste ... More >>
Music's big four are launching CMX in the hopes of offering fans more for their digital music download bang -- will it work?As announced Saturday, the Big Four music labels -- Sony, EMI, Warner and Universal -- are all planning a new technology that will allow an album sleeve to be included in di ... More >>
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After 30 years, Apple finally does Yellow Submarine right
Merge and Matador reach 10 years of indie success
Trashman laments the decline of the American record store, and gets his Joan Jett fix
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Where unit-shifting heroes of rock are exposed as the passionless poseurs they really are
The Artist gives a divine performance while saying to hell with the music industry
Famous parting shots from artists formerly "under exclusive arrangement" with their labels