The Beta Band Resurrected

Steve Mason is good. - Source

Paul McCartney to play Atlanta benefit concert

Paul McCartney is set to play a benefit concert this summer in an effort to save a historic park in Atlanta. - Source

Dinosaur Jr. @ The Troubadour, West Hollywood 6/23/09

With the excellent Farm, J, Murph, and Lou are back and spry as ever. And with their colossal amp and pedal rigs, they are eardrum rupturing as ever, too. Dinosaur Jr. is touring to show everybody how it's done, yet again, last night playing the second of a sold-out two-night stand at the Troubadour. Tomorrow night they'll rattle teeth and test the mettle of Jimmy Fallon's sound crew, so set your TiVOs. Opening were Long Beach psychedelic punkers and CMJ faves Crystal Antlers, and photographer Andrew Youssef was on hand to snap both. - Source

Not Missing a Beat: Shazam Updates for iPhone 3.0...

The Shazam experience speaks for itself - this application will easily 'impress your friends' by identifying a large percentage... - Source

Sonic Youth Tell Jimmy Fallon "No Way"

A week and change after doing "Sacred Trickster" on Letterman, Sonic Youth skipped over the chance to repeat The Eternal's Yves Klein/Noise Nomads/hipster girl anthem and instead offered Fallon the Thurston-fronted, Lee harmonized "No Way." A game-faced Moore wore shades for the occasion, Gordon a silver (Goo-era?) dress. Mark Ibold, clearly locking in with Ranaldo (when not locking in with Steve), received a favorable bass mix. The flashing lights during the breakdown part? Clearly deserved. Afterward, they're all smiles.Continue reading Sonic Youth Tell Jimmy Fallon "No Way"... - Source

Bjork Streams "New" Album on NPR

Imagine being in that recording studio. - Source

Stone Roses to release five singles this year

Five singles by The Stone Roses are set to be reissued this summer in conjunction with the 20th anniversary reissue of their self-titled debut album. - Source

Flaming Lips offer EP with ticket purchase

The Flaming Lips are set to offer a free digital EP with ticket purchases on select dates on their upcoming tour. - Source

Editors reveal new album release date

Editors have revealed that their forthcoming third album, 'In This Light And On This Evening', will be released on September 21. - Source

Grizzly Bear @ The Wiltern, Los Angeles 6/19/09

Although Trent Reznor's big-upped Grizzly Bear on his defunct (and now refunct) Twitter, he gave the soothing side of indie rock a big kiss in high profile print recently, telling Newsweek:

I saw Sufjan Stevens last year, and I was like, how is his singing that good? The band Grizzly Bear, I think they're excellent. There's a beauty and a musicality there that I wish would have been in vogue in the late '80s, when I was forming bands. The aesthetic I was tuned into was a more dumbed-down kind of thing. Sometimes listening to stuff like they're doing makes me feel irrelevant. That's a nice, healthy kick in the ass. And it's interesting to see there's room for that in what's considered hip these days.

A friend once told me that Trent's similar tweetment of the Horrors' new album gave their sales a massive surge; that said, it's not like you could find an available ticket to the Grizzly Bear/Here We Go Magic L.A. stop even before that Newsweek hit the stands. The slowly-crossing-over Brooklyn outfit is finishing a celebrated cross-country trek tonight in San Francisco, on the heels of last night's show at the Wiltern, Grizzly Bear's largest headlining venue yet. Opening was Luke Temple, whose Here We Go Magic is reportedly beginning to coalesce into a live outfit on par with its hypnotic and worthy debut LP. Thanks to photographer Andrew Youssef for bringing back these photos. - Source