January 18, 2005

Sound Tribe Sector 9 : Artifact

Five years since the release of their last studio effort, Offered Schematics Suggesting Peace, Georgia bred Sound Tribe Sector 9 is back with the self-produced Artifact, a refreshing and insightful glimpse into the ever-evolving musical entity. Capturing over two years of dedicated in-studio work, Artifact clearly depicts the band

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Glastonbury Festival Taking 2006 Off

Glastonbury, Britain’s biggest open-air rock festival, is to take a year off in 2006 to give a rest to both the long-suffering villagers and organizer Michael Eavis’ cows. The festival renowned for mud and merriment in the genteel countryside of the west country has been held at Eavis’ farm since 1970.

“It’s a good chance for the cows, the farm, the farm workers and the villagers to recover,” Eavis said. “It’s been tough on the cows. This will be like a fallow year in farming terms.”

When Glastonbury was first held on Eavis’ farm near Pilton in Somerset, about 1,500 hippies paid one pound each to hear a handful of bands, including Marc Bolan’s T-Rex.

From small beginnings, the event expanded rapidly, but as the festival grew in popularity, so did the problems. Villagers were soon complaining that their tranquil corner of England had been hit by vandalism, theft, litter and deafening noise.

The festival was cancelled in 2001 after crime and crowd-control problems a year earlier. It was reinstated in 2002 with tightened security, including a giant “super-fence” and relations with the locals have improved markedly.

Eavis had additional good news to offer 150,000 fans that pour into the site every year for three days of rock’n’roll excess — he has found a spring on the farm that will supply enough water to quench thirsts and clean mud-spattered bodies.

But he insisted: “The mud really only arrives once in every five years. We would like to coincide our next year off with a wet year.”

Glastonbury 2004 was headlined by Oasis, Muse and former Beatle Paul McCartney. Eavis declined to say who will headline this year’s festival, to be held June 24-26, although he says the main acts are all confirmed.

Source billboard.com.

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Brian Wilson, Elvis Costello Sign On For South By Southwest

The revival of Brian Wilson’s long dormant “Smile” album will be the subject of an all-star panel discussion at this year’s South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Wilson will be on hand for the March 18 panel in Austin, Texas, alongside longtime lyricist Van Dyke Parks, producer Mark Linette and author David Leaf.

Leading the list of newly confirmed acts is Elvis Costello, who will be making his first appearance at South by Southwest. Also new to the lineup are Ambulance Ltd, Lou Barlow, the Soundtrack Of Our Lives, Bloc Party, Vic Chesnutt, the Dears, the Donnas, Kathleen Edwards, Hot Hot Heat, Isis, Kings Of Convenience, Ulrich Schnauss, Magnolia Electric Co., Sleater Kinney, Nada Surf and Stephen Malkmus.

They join previously confirmed artists such as Robert Plant, Doves, Beth Orton, Fatboy Slim, Mavis Staples and Billy Idol.

Source billboard.com.

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Kings Of Leon Set Tour Dates For ‘Heartbreak’

Tennessee-based rock act Kings Of Leon will hit the road in North America later this month in support of its sophomore album, “Aha Shake Heartbreak.” Already out in the United Kingdom, the RCA set is due Feb. 22 in the United States.

As previously reported, the band will be in Park City, Utah, on Friday (Jan. 21) playing an ASCAP-sponsored showcase at the Sundance Film Festival. A handful of other West Coast dates will follow before the band heads to Japan for the Sonicmania Festival, which will also feature Good Charlotte, Marilyn Manson, the Mars Volta and Dogs Die In Hot Cars, among others.

On the day of and the day after the set’s release, Kings Of Leon will be in New York to play the city’s Irving Plaza and Webster Hall, respectively. Eastern and Midwest U.S. dates follow, with a sole Canadian stop March 2 in Toronto.

Here are Kings Of Leon’s tour dates:

Jan. 21: Park City, Utah (Harry O’s)
Jan. 25: Seattle (Neumo’s)
Jan. 26: Portland, Ore. (Aladdin Theater)
Jan. 28: San Francisco (Slim’s)
Feb. 5: Tokyo (Makuhari Messe)
Feb. 6: Osaka, Japan (Intex)
Feb. 17-18: Nashville (Exit/In)
Feb. 22: New York (Irving Plaza)
Feb. 23: New York (Webster Hall)
Feb. 25: Philadelphia (Theatre Of Living Arts)
Feb. 26: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Feb. 27: Boston (Paradise Rock Club)
March 2: Toronto (Opera House)
March 3: Chicago (Metro)
March 5: Minneapolis (Fine Line Music Cafe)
March 8: St. Louis (Mississippi Nights)
March 12: Austin, Texas (La Zona Rosa)
March 13: Dallas (Gypsy Tea Room)
March 17: New Orleans (House Of Blues)
March 18: Atlanta (Coca Cola Roxy Theatre)
March 19: Birmingham, Ala. (Workplay Theatre)

Source billboard.com.

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