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  • A long, but interesting article in Salon written by Courtney Love is the most in-depth look at the music industry I've read in a long time.

    Love shows how musicians and bands really don't make as much money as we all think they do, unless they hit it medium to really big.

    In the article, Love also explores the new advantages that musicians have today. They can leave their labels behind thanks to all of the advances (and lower cost) of recording technology and distribution channels, most notably the Internet. (We are planning to publish a whole list of bands that have left big labels to create and distribute their music solo.)

    [Update 2/1/07 1:20am: Love's manager and American Idol's executive producer Nigel Lythgoe say Courtney will not be a judge on American Idol and that Paula Abdul is not being replaced. The story below was written before that news.]

    On a related note, there are rumors swirling around the blogs and the news shows that Courtney Love may be replacing Paula Abdul on American Idol. Wow, if you think about that, it may attract viewers who otherwise haven't really watched the show but may with Courtney Love as a judge. Not just because she is the widow of Kurt Cobain, but also an accomplished musician herself.

    But more than all of that, people will want to see how she judges and how she behaves. People will want to see if she may be on drugs like they have suggested Abdul is on (alcohol is a drug, right?).

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       January 31, 2007    0 Comments     Vote Songs on Hypem   MP3 Policy 
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    It's official!
    Rumors that the legendary rock band The Police, who are among the first trail blazers of alternative rock in the 1980s (when folks like me needed to escape Wham, Motley Crew, Cindy Lauper, Duran Duran) are going to reunite for a performance at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 11 have been confirmed according to the website of the original and only drummer Stewart Copeland.

    The band is reportedly setting up in Vancouver, Canada for rehersals prior to their Feb. 11 reunion performance. This has fueled speculation that the band is planning a reunion tour for this summer to mark the 30th anniversary of the hit single that made them big, "Roxanne".

    Make sure to check back because as soon as a concert tour is announced (if it is), we will send out an email alert to all of our subscribers who choose to receive email alerts. Or subscribe in just seconds to IRC's RSS feed now.


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    The progressive indie rock band Deerhoof has released its new album, Friend Opportunity, on Kill Rock Star/DRA Records, to high critical acclaim.

    Fans of the group will likely not be let down. The band shines on this album in a way they have not before.

    But don't worry - they have preserved their mysterious complexity of song writing and musical mood changes while at the same time cranking it up a notch on experimental rock pop songs like "Matchbook Seeks Maniac", " +81" and "Cast Off Clown."

    Much of the album is representative of their musical styles, and experimentation with different textures and some engineering tricks and switches that give the songs a polished quality while not sounding overly produced or mainstream Top 40.

    First time listeners of Deerhoof are encouraged to listen to the bands other albums like Apples O' or The Runners Four first for a better context for which to listen to Friend Opportunity.

    The songs featured here are for listening only. You can buy Deerhoof's music from any number of downloading sites or buy their CDs online or in the stores.

    If you are already a new fan, or a long-time fan, make sure not to miss the band if they are playing near you.

    Deerhoof's Concert Dates 2007

    Jan 30 2007
    Great American Music Hall
    San Francisco, California

    Feb 1 2007
    Neumo's Crystal Ball Reading Room
    Seattle, Washington

    Feb 2 2007
    Richards On Richards
    Vancouver, British Columbia

    Feb 3 2007
    Wonder Ballroom
    Portland, Oregon

    Feb 4 2007
    W.O.W. Hall
    Eugene, Oregon

    Feb 11 2007
    Black Cat
    Washington, DC, Washington DC

    Feb 12 2007
    Cat‘s Cradle
    Carrboro, North Carolina

    Feb 13 2007
    Grey Eagle
    Asheville, North Carolina

    Feb 14 2007
    Charleston, South Carolina

    Feb 15 2007
    Columbia, South Carolina

    Feb 16 2007
    Jack Rabbits
    Jacksonville, Florida

    Feb 17 2007
    Miami, Florida

    Feb 18 2007
    Tampa, Florida

    Feb 19 2007
    The Social
    Orlando, Florida

    Feb 20 2007
    Common Grounds
    Gainesville, Florida

    Feb 21 2007
    40 Watt Club
    Athens, Georgia

    Feb 22 2007
    Mercy Lounge
    Nashville, Tennessee

    Feb 23 2007
    The Warehouse
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina

    Feb 24 2007
    Sattellite Ballroom
    Charlottesville, Virginia

    Feb 25 2007
    Baltimore, Maryland

    Mar 2 2007
    The Epicentre
    San Diego, California

    Mar 3 2007
    Club Congress
    Tucson, Arizona

    Mar 4 2007
    Rhythm Room
    Phoenix, Arizona

    Mar 7 2007
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Mar 8 2007
    Gypsy Tea Room
    Dallas, Texas

    Mar 9 2007
    Austin, Texas

    Mar 10 2007
    Houston, Texas

    Apr 1 2007
    The Rosemount
    Perth, Western Australia

    Apr 3 2007
    The Annandale
    Sydney, Australian Capital Territory

    Apr 4 2007
    The Zoo
    Brisbane, Australian Capital Territory

    Apr 6 2007
    Great Escape Festival
    Sydney, Australian Capital Territory

    Apr 7 2007
    Corner Hotel
    Melbourne, Australian Capital Territory

    Deerhoof Official website There are some videos, news and tour information, but not much more than that. A little surprising for a great band that has been around for a while.

    Deerhoof Lyrics

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       January 29, 2007    0 Comments     Vote Songs on Hypem   MP3 Policy 
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    After the much publicized "green-screen challenge" with Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central, we are happy to say it has been put to rest. Or has it?

    Regardless, The Decemberists gained a lot of new fans from the Colbert Nation show who are probably to see them live.

    IRC has obtained the quirky indie pop group's most updated concert dates (listed below) to support their latest album, The Crane Wife.

    The gig-packed tour begins March 21 in New Jersey with My Brightest Diamond opening the show. Many of the venues are small, which is reportedly what the band members prefer. (Now there's some real independent thinking). The group will tour through early May.

    Decemberists' Tour Dates:

    03/21 - Jersey City, NJ - Loews Theater
    03/22 - Jersey City, NJ - Loews Theater
    03/23 - Boston, MA - Avalon
    03/24 - Boston, MA - Avalon
    03/26 - North Bethesda, MD - Strathmore Music Center
    03/27 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theater
    03/29 - Wellesley, MA - Wellesley College (students only)
    03/30 - Buffalo, NY - Center for the Arts
    03/31 - Grantham, PA - Messiah College
    04/01 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
    04/02 - Raleigh, NC - Meymendi Concert Hall
    04/04 - Knoxville, TN - Tennessee Theater
    04/05 - Nashville, TN City Hall
    04/06 - Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle*
    04/08 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
    04/09 - Tallahassee, FL - The Moon
    04/10 - Birmingham, AL - Alabama Theater
    04/11 - Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theater
    04/13 - Louisville, KY - Brown Theater
    04/14 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
    04/15 - Champaign, IL - Foellinger Auditorium (University Of Illinois)
    04/16 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
    04/18 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theater
    04/19 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theater
    04/20 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theater
    04/21 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
    04/22 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium
    04/25 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theater
    04/26 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theater
    05/03 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theater
    05/04 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theater
    05/05 - Bellingham, WA - Western Washington University

    Related Links:

    The Decemberists - Official Website

    The Decemberists and Stephen Colbert - Green-Screen Challenge
    The Final Video - "O Valencia"


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       January 28, 2007    0 Comments     Vote Songs on Hypem   MP3 Policy 
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    For many who have waited a good long time for the Coachella tickets to go on sale, the day is finally here. Tickets went on sale this morning via Ticketmaster, online and by phone.

    No official count yet on how many tickets were sold, but with a line-up like they have for the three-day festival, you can bet these tickets will go fast. (here is a promo code on the tickets page that allows you a one year 'free' subscription to Spin magazine when you purchase the three-day pass).

    Here are some friendly reminders to think about before you throw down $250 for the tickets. If you are only planning on going for one day, single day passes are $85 a pop and usually sell out faster than the three-day tickets.

    If you are planning to camp on the site near the festival entrance, there is an additional $45 per day camping fee, plus all kinds of restrictions and regulations (this is not Burning Man folks).

    Or, if you want to stay at an accommodation near the camp grounds, be ready to dish out (at the least) $200 a night (even for one star motels!!).

    Take note that Coachella is not any Woodstock '69 either. It is a commercial event. So all you hard-core-hate-capitalism folks (yeah!) may want to skip this one, or just listen to the webcast, which we will stream from right here on IRC. You also cannot bring any glass containers, booze and a whole bunch of other things. (Info: See links below for details).

    You should be prepared to be searched, and will probably see some people turning around to leave after the security people at the entrance take away their weed and whatever else they think they can smuggle in. The word on the grapevine is that there will be feds at the festival, so be careful and discreet.

    Note: Stay Tuned to IRC as we will releasing fresh band and artist profiles of many of the artists that are scheduled to play at the festival.

    I'll also update you on ticket sales, changes and updates. IRC is working on publishing a cool and comprehensive package that will include line-up changes, MP3s, band profiles, news, discussions, video, streaming audio, podcasts and a live web cast from the festival!!! So bookmark IRC with the bookmarklets below and/or subscribe to the IRC RSS feed.

    Related Links

    Coachella website - Tickets for sale

    View the three-day list of bands and artists


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    The wildly-popular indie pop/rock band The Shins have announced U.S. concert dates and released a long-anticipated follow-up album to their masterpiece Chutes Too Narrow, released in 2003.

    There has been confusion in the blog world this week about the release date of the band's new CD - Whincing The Night Away, and concert dates, venues and locations of the band's upcoming U.S. tour.

    A Tower Records commercial during John Stewart's Daily Show last night (Jan. 25) said the album would be available in the stores this coming weekend (Jan. 27), but the online store and iTunes have had it available for the past two days on their websites.

    So, for everyone out there who doesn't think the album is available yet, it is. You can also head down to your local record store or pre-order the CD on Amazon for a Jan. 30 release date.

    If you are unable to get your hands on it at the moment, you can still listen to samples of each song at any number of music-selling websites, like Amazon or Rolling Stone.

    The CD-only release of the Whincing The Night Away comes with a Digipak and is currently on sale at Tower's website.

    Whincing The Night Away is The Shins best work so far. It is a more structured band, but that does not infringe on the group's famous melodic, meandering harmonies and compelling lyrics.

    It's a safe bet that this album will be one of the biggest albums of 2007 - with songs like "Phantom Limb," "Australia" and "A Comet Appears".

    By the way, the tune "Split Needles," which every Shins fan would eventually want in their collection, is only available online. And, for vinyl lovers, Subpop Records is selling a LP limited edition of the album on their website.

    So now that you have sampled, purchased, and listened to the album, where can you go to see The Shins play live in 2007?

    Well, the band polished off an early '07 U.S. a few days ago in Portland, Oregon and are now reportedly resting up for what is sure to be a busy year for the band.

    Make sure to check back with IRC as we keep close attention to changes, additions and cancellations of concert dates for dozens of artists like The Shins.

    Finally, IRC is trying to verify and clarify what happened to a number of gigs that were booked earlier this month for places like California and are now not listed on the band's website.

    The Shins '07 Concert Dates:

    Here are The Shins' most up-to-date (as of Jan. 26) concert dates and show venues for 2007 (notice the two new London dates).

    February 9 at 8:00 PM
    Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee WI

    February 10 at 8:00 PM
    Congress Theatre - Chicago IL

    February 11 at 8:00 PM
    The Pageant - Saint Louis MO

    February 12 at 8:00 PM
    Liberty Hall - Lawrence KS

    February 13 at 8:00 PM
    Liberty Hall - Lawrence KS

    February 15 at 8:00 PM
    Fillmore Auditorium-Denver CO

    February 16 at 1:00 PM
    In The Venue - Salt Lake City UT

    February 20 at 8:00 PM
    Paramount Theatre-Washington in Seattle WA

    February 21 at 9:00 PM
    McMenamins Crystal Ballroom in Portland OR

    February 25 at 8:00 PM
    Astoria, London, UK

    February 25 at 9:00 PM
    Bush Hall, UK

    JUST IN: The Shins have booked a gig at L.A.'s Gibson Amphitheatre as part of KCRW's 'Sounds Eclectic Evening 6' with Lily Allen.

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    The Kooks announced a blitz two-week spring tour of the U.S. that will start with their performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 29.

    The band's debut album, Inside In/Inside Out, released on Astralweeks, has been one of the hottest-selling debuts for any indie band in years.

    The debut has already gone quadruple platinum in the U.K. and the band is catching on in the U.S. and Europe as one of the hottest new indie rock groups to emerge in recent years.

    Make sure to check the IRC website for an exclusive set of live acoustic gigs featuring songs from their debut album and TWO new songs - “Need To Be” and “Miss You”.

    The Kooks Tour Dates:

    (not all tickets on sale yet. See which are.)

    04/29 – Indio, CA – Coachella
    04/30 – San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
    05/02 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
    05/03 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe
    05/05 – Chicago, IL – Metro
    05/07 – Columbus, OH – The Basement
    05/08 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
    05/10 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
    05/12 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club
    05/13 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club

    Related Links

    The Kooks - Ticketmaster (tickets for the gigs just added are not yet for sale)
    The Kooks - Official website
    The Kooks - Popular fan club - Cool site for fans of the band

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    Fans of AFI on the West coast will be happy to hear that the group has added four new shows to its current tour. Tickets for all shows go on sale this weekend. Exclusive presale tickets go on sale today, 1/25 at 10am here. Use password: WINTER

    March 4th - Bakersfield, CA - Rabobank Arena
    March 6th - Chico, CA - Silver Dollar Fairgrounds
    March 7th - Medford, OR - Medford Armory
    March 9th - Eureka, CA - Eureka Municipal Auditorium

    European Tour Update

    April 24th - Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre
    April 26th - Edinburgh, Scotland - Corn Exchange
    April 27th - Birmingham, England - NIA
    April 29th - London, England - Earls Court
    May 2nd - Amsterdamn, Netherlands – Paradiso -
    May 3rd - Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlacthof
    May 5th - Milan, Italy - Transilvania
    May 8th - Vienna, Austria - Arena
    May 9th - Leipzig, Germany - Haus Auensee
    Stay tuned for more concert announcements or subscribe to one of the feeds at the top right of the page for automatic notifications.

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    No, it's definitely not the Rosie and the Donald slug fest on the national airwaves, but it's getting almost as ugly as the verbal feud between two indie rock bands heats up.

    The whole sordid affair is either an ill-guided argument about what constitutes good music, or a planned public relations stunt.

    The popular emo boy band My Chemical Romance was slammed by the Kasabian's lead singer Tom Meighan, who called the band "clowns" with "make-up". (photo to the left is Gerard Way of MCR)

    In his interview with the New Music Express (the "Rolling Stone magazine of the U.K."), Meighan volleyed an unwarranted series of bitch-slap fireballs at the wildly successful MCR by comparing the band's music to a group of "ventriloquists."

    (photo to the right is Kasabian)

    "[Their music] is weird and dark," Meighan told NME. "They don't have anything positive to say. The only good news is that it won't last. These clowns won't be around for much longer. Their make-up will flake off and the scene will die out. And it can't happen soon enough."

    It didn't take long for MCR to bite back.

    "It was obviously meant as a slam, but it was so poorly worded that it ended up sounding like a compliment!" MCR lead singer Gerard Way told NME. "'Weird and dark?'... that just makes them kinda ignorant. This band has never had a bullshit war ever.
    I haven't found an opponent worthy enough yet. If you're gonna take me on, you'd better have the balls for it! If you're gonna talk shit about us, you'd better have the juice. And we haven't found anybody with the juice yet.”

    Note to IRC feed subscribers: Please remember to visit the website for updates on this and other features, profiles and stories. Updates do not necessarily get individually sent out by the system. You can fire off an email to with any comments, questions or suggestions. :-)

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       January 24, 2007    4 Comments     Vote Songs on Hypem   MP3 Policy 
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    The red-hot U.K. rock band Snow Patrol announced today that the group's drummer, Johnny Quinn, broke his arm snowboarding in the French Alps.

    The band, which has a number of shows in Germany in early February, will replace Quinn with a long-time friend and ex-Therapy drummer Graham Hopkins, according to the following note Quinn posted on the band's official website:

    "I thought it was time that someone from Snow Patrol learnt to snowboard, so I took myself off to Chamonix [France]." Quinn continues, "on the first day, I tumbled down a hill and broke my elbow...the rest of the band did not want to play with another drummer for the upcoming European dates but I didn't want to cancel anymore gigs after last year, so we've asked longtime friend and ex-therapy? [sic] drummer, Graham Hopkins to step in."

    The band has suffered a number of health issues over the past year. They were forced to cancel shows in 2006 after the group's bassist Paul Wilson was injured and singer Gary Lightbody lost his vocal.

    Doctors have reportedly told Quinn his arm needs six weeks to heal properly, but his note insists he will be back in action when the band kicks off their Australian tour.

    The group has already canceled its performance at next week’s Meteor Irish Music Awards.
    Whether the band will perform with Graham or Quinn at the Brit Awards on Feb. 14 is unclear. They have been nominated in the Best British Group and Best British Single categories.

    The band’s manager Jazz Sumner said, "Johnny has said he'll play the Brits, even if he has to go on stage in plaster. But on TV things have to be right.”

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    The popular rock band Evanescene today announced new additions to the U.S. leg of its worldwide, including adding and changing some cities, dates and venues.
    Evanescence, which consists of Terry Balsamo on guitar, Amy Lee on vocals, piano and keyboards, John LeCompt on guitar, Tim McCord on bass and to round it out, Rocky Gray on drums.

    Rock groups Chevelle and Finger Eleven will opening for the band when the tour kicks off on March 16 in Fresno, California. The band will blitz across the U.S. until the final show on April 5 in Glens Falls, N.Y. Tickets go on sale January 27.

    Sources have said that the band is planning to announce more dates for the U.S. slated for late spring or early summer, giving them exposure to bigger markets and arenas across the country.

    In a couple of days, on January 23, the band will kick-off their tour in Japan and play shows in Japan, New Zealand and Australia through February 22.

    The following is the revised show dates and venues (tour dates in bold are those that have been changed or added so check or get your tickets):

    Date City, ST Venue

    Tue 01/23/07 Osaka, JPN Zepp

    Wed 01/24/07 Osaka, JPN Zepp

    Fri 01/26/07 Nagoya, JPN Zepp

    Sun 01/28/07 Yokohama, JPN Blitz

    Tue 01/30/07 Tokyo, JPN Zepp

    Wed 01/31/07 Tokyo, JPN Zepp

    Thu 02/01/07 Sendai, JPN Zepp Sendai

    Thu 02/08/07 Brisbane, AUS Brisbane Entertainment Centre

    Sat 02/10/07 Melbourne, AUS Vodafone Arena

    Sun 02/11/07 Melbourne, AUS Vodafone Arena

    Tue 02/13/07 Adelaide, AUS Entertainment Centre

    Thu 02/15/07 Perth, AUS Challenge Stadium

    Sat 02/17/07 Sydney, AUS Sydney Ent'ment Centre

    Sun 02/18/07 Sydney, AUS Sydney Ent'ment Centre

    Wed 02/21/07 Auckland, NZ St. James Theatre

    Thu 02/22/07 Auckland, NZ St. James Theatre

    Fri 03/16/07 Fresno, CA Selland Arena

    Sat 03/17/07 Las Vegas, NV Pearl @ Palm Hotel

    Mon 03/19/07 Las Cruces, NM Pan American Center

    Wed 03/21/07 Oklahoma City, OK The Ford Center

    Thu 03/22/07 Council Bluffs, IA Mid-America Center

    Fri 03/23/07 Cedar Rapids, IA U.S. Cellular Center

    Sun 03/25/07 North Little Rock, AR Alltel Arena

    Tue 03/27/07 Louisville, KY Louisville Gardens

    Wed 03/28/07 Nashville, TN Gaylord Entertainment Center

    Fri 03/30/07 Norfolk, VA Constant Convoc. Ctr. @ Old Dom.

    Sat 03/31/07 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center

    Mon 04/02/07 Reading, PA Sovereign Center

    Wed 04/04/07 Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center Providence

    Thu 04/05/07 Glens Falls, NY Glens Falls Civic Ctr.

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       January 19, 2007    0 Comments     Vote Songs on Hypem   MP3 Policy 
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    IRC was first indie music website to call attention to Mia Rose (Jan. 9, 2007), and also the first to predict her success.
    Since then, her music career has taken off, and media from Rolling Stone to Pulse have featured her. You're welcome Mia!! ;)
    Here's the original story.

    Don't miss these other sites:

    Indie Rock Concerts - Do you have concert video or want to write a review for IRC? Let us know! Check back or sign up for the feed - much more to come in the next few months.

    Indie Rock Songs - new website dedicated to bringing you the best in indie rock and pop songs, free MP3s, charts, lyrics, MySpace music videos, YouTube music videos and more! Want to contribute? IRC promotes and encourages the best of today's independent artists to hon their skill so that the world can hear the music they create.

    Monkey Types The Bible - Crazy, weird, odd, amazing news, people, videos, photographs and more!


    Album of the Week: The Western States Motel
    The debut CD from Los Angeles based The Western States Motel is getting more play and visitors to its MySpace page, especially after one of their songs was played on the just-cancelled TV show The OC.

    Singer and songwriter Carl Jordan, who is pretty much the band himself, is now in the running to become of the best new indie singer/songwriters of late 2000's.

    Almost every song on the CD is impeccably composed, the lyrics are profound and the overall mood of the album is happy.

    It is one of those 'new' CDs you end up playing over and over again, that you turn up the volume on when your driving (be careful how you do that; I ended up going off a 30-foot cliff at 70 mph and I'm still here!).

    Jordan's music is full of inspiration, beautifully composed, easily a modern-day pop gem reminiscent of The Magnetic Fields, Elliot Smith and The Shins.

    While nearly every track on the album is worthy in its own right, the catchy, feel-good "Rows of Homes" is a wonderfully composed with memorable acoustic rhythms and vocals harmonies backed by melodic keyboard notes that soar to heights of near delirium.
    Don't be surprised if it ends up on a soundtrack to a movie or soundtrack, or television commercial, sometime soon.

    Other notables include "Powerlines", which automatically sounded like Matt Pond PA, which is not a bad thing at all. This is a magnificent song - Jordan's soothing voice and crisp acoustic keys are occasionally coupled with mini electric guitar solos and background hand-clapping.

    The "oooh-oh-oooh" verses in the song sound exactly like the verses from The Shins fantastic song "New Slang" (featured on the Garden State soundtrack). I'm not accusing TWSM of lifting it from them, however, the similarity is striking coincidental.

    The Western States Motel started out scoring soundtracks for "unmade short films...backyard nature documentaries and various VHS" shorts.

    But Jordan's musical talent first got attention when he composed the score for Folsom, Cash and The Comeback, a documentary about Johnny Cash's famous 1968 live performance at the Folsom State Prison in California. The score is featured on Cash's special DVD edition of Walk The Line.

    Anyone planning on taking a long road trip anytime soon may want to bring these songs along with them. We'll have a feature podcast coming out in the spring that are sounds geared for driving and taking long road trips.

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       January 18, 2007    0 Comments     Vote Songs on Hypem   MP3 Policy 
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    Yo La Tengo, arguably one of the most talented, influential and anti-corporate independent rock groups of the past decade, have updated their tour dates for 2007 through March.


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       January 17, 2007    0 Comments     Vote Songs on Hypem   MP3 Policy 
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    The song of the week is one that is well deserving of the honor. If you like edgy, experimental indie pop, check out the quirky Montreal indie band Island's single "Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby".

    The single is on Island's under-rated and brilliant debut album Return to the Sea, which surprisingly was overlooked by many rock critics, and even many of the indie rock bloggers. It didn't even make most of the top album of the year lists you see everywhere in December and January.

    - Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby [mp3]
    - Bonus: Volcanoes [mp3]

    Buy the album or these tracks individually at iTunes, Amazon or anywhere they sell the group's music!

    Islands is a band that is in a perpetual state of flux, formed by Unicorn members Nick Diamonds and J'aime Tambeur. The album is described by Nick as having "some dancehall [sic] influences, some calypso...diverse and sprawling and ambitious...a bit more mature than The Unicorns... more of a Neil Young/Brian Wilson vibe running through it." (quoted from Wikipedia)

    The collaboration on the Return to the Sea project included contributions from members of The Arcade Fire and The Wolf Parade.

    Following the release of the album, the band went on a series of U.S. and Canadian tours during 2006. Earlier in 2005 they had opened for Beck from time to time and Metric. The critics and fans love the group's live shows. They even played some concerts where they had the concert-goers follow them out of the venue and into the streets in the spirit of the Pipe Piper of Hamelin.

    After fans complained enough on blogs and fan sites, the group launched a fairly cool Flash powered official website back in late summer of 2006. The site may be a bit difficult for some (roll the mouse over the name of the band for the sections of the site), but it is a creative and refreshing approach.

    No question that official band sites are getting better all the time. They just need to offer more free downloads, videos, interviews and add-ons like alerts when a concert date is added or changed.

    Since 2006 wasn't that long ago, we have named Return to The Sea one of IRC's Top 20 albums of the year, and the single "Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby," one of the best songs of the year.

    You'd think that a song with such a title would be quirky, angry, mocking or what have you. But it's a true indie gem - oozing with waves of melodies, catchy riffs and memorable chorus harmonies. You may even find yourself tapping your foot. It's a great song to play when stuck in rush hour traffic or you need a picker-upper.

    Warning: If you are a total hard-core indie punk or monster rocker, then you'd probably want to smash this CD if it was in front of you, but chill out my friend, we have plenty on damn good indie rock and punk on this site for you too.

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    Camera Obscura, one of the most popular indie pop bands over the last few years, has released the dates and venues for an ambitious tour across the United States and Australia, kicking off their first show January 17 at The Earl in Atlanta.

    According to their official website, there may be more dates added later.

    If you get a chance to see them, IRC strongly recommends that you get your tickets early; they will sell out just about everywhere and you don't want to be dishing out double the price for concert tickets on eBay.

    Meanwhile, listen to song samples and view the tour dates. You may also want to check out their official homepage, featuring streaming audio and music videos, MP3s and easy-to-use media formats, creating an interactive experience.

    Listen now:

    - If Looks Could Kill (official release in UK/Europe is set for Jan. 29)
    - Let's Get Out of This Country - (one of the song's that got them noticed)

    Note: Support the group and buy Camera Obscura music from or anywhere on the Internet.

    January to March 2007

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    Laneway Festival Melbourne
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    Perth International Arts Centre Perth, Western Australia
    Mar 3 2007 8:00P
    Laneway Festival Brisbane
    Mar 4 2007 8:00P
    Laneway Festival Sydney
    Mar 5 2007 8:00P
    Annandale Hotel Sydney, New South Wales

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    Update: Nov. 26, 2007 - Hey Everyone! See Mia's special note to all of you in the comments section below, and leave your own comment for Mia and other fans to read (spam and inappropriate comments will not be published)

    Fans of Mia Rose! IRC was the first major music blog (Dec. 2006) to recognize the talent, and predict the international fame, of Mia Rose. In the past year, Mia Rose has become a global sensation and more than 75,000 people have come to this website from more than 50 countries worldwide.

    Get news by feed or email about Mia Rose and other great independent musical talents - from indie rock to emo -

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    Don't Miss: See her first YouTube video of a song Mia wrote herself below (scroll down)

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    This story was originally published on Jan. 9, 2007

    As folks who passionately love music, we are always eager to hear fresh and talented musicians who have somehow not shown up on the radar of the music industry.

    Mia Rose, an 18-year-old young woman from the United Kingdom, is so far one of the missed blips on the screen.

    But make no mistake about it, she will become a superstar if managed by the right people. See and hear for yourself. She can even sing magnificently without music.

    The natural ability to sing without music is a big indicator of talent, and Mia does it marvelously.

    Not only is she a talented young singer and guitar player, but Mia also has a spunky personality and she is absolutely adorable.

    But still the overwhelming consensus is that she is going to be a big star if she gets the right label and manager.

    In this music video, which we think is phenomenal, she is clearly a little nervous, but she's 18, so give her a break. All in all, she has begun the journey to international stardom.

    Subscribers and new subscribers: Please check the website periodically for more timely updates on Mia Rose and the global indie music movement.

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