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by Unknown // Saturday, February 26, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

The Strokes claim their new album is "cooler" than any other artist's work.

The group are preparing for the release of long-awaited LP 'Angles' - their first since 2006's 'First Impressions of Earth' - and have promised fans they won't be disappointed by the record.

Guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. said: "I don't think fans will be disappointed. It sounds like a modern Strokes.

"We've been doing this for 10 years now and we all understand ourselves a bit better. This record is testament to our instinct and survival.

"F**k, it's the coolest thing I've heard in a long time."

Recording the album was surrounded by rumours of a rift between frontman Julian Casablancas and the rest of the band, and while Albert admits the recording studio could be tense at times, he is still delighted by what they have created.

He told Q magazine: "Making this album had moments of great frustration. Julian was away finishing his stuff, there was a lot of back and forth. But there were also moments of utter joy.

"That's The Strokes' chemistry. For some reason when these five crazy motherf***ers come together with all their frustrations it manages to create something really unique that people groove on. I'm really proud of this album, it's an explosion of wonderment."

by Unknown // Friday, February 25, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Kiss star Paul Stanley is going to be a father again.

The singer-and-guitarist and his wife Erin have announced they are expecting a baby girl - their third child together.

He told People: "There is nothing greater in life than family, and my accomplishments as a father rank at the top of my successes. Erin and I are blessed with our expectation of the addition of another princess to our family and a new member of the KISS army." The new arrival is due in August and the family, which includes Colin Michael, four, Sarah Brianna, two, couldn't be happier.

And Paul - who also has a 16-year-old son, Evan Shane, from a previous relationship - isn't worried about the impending sleepless nights, despite his advancing years.

The 'Rock and Roll All Nite' singer joked: "I may be 59 but the only rocking chair this rocker is getting ready for is the one for my new baby."

Paul is set for a busy 2011 as KISS are recording their 20th studio album this year.

The group - which is comprised of Paul and bass player Gene Simmons from the band's original line up alongside guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer - are planning to head into the studio in March to start work on the follow-up to 2009's 'Sonic Boom'.

Tommy recently said: "The great news is that we are going in the studio again in the next month or two. We are starting to work on writing some songs, approach it just like we did with 'Sonic Boom' and keep it all in the band in terms of the writing, with no agenda besides writing great rock n' roll songs that we love.

"I'm sure you'll see a spanking new KISS album that's gonna kick some butt soon!"


by Unknown // Friday, February 25, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments


An indie-folk dream came true when Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, John McCauley of Deer Tick and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit joined forces to form a band together called Middle Brother.

Middle Brother played their first show at last year's SXSW in Austin, TX at a tiny, late-night, unannounced event under the name "MG&V." Other than recording the album and rehearsing once, they had never played the songs live.
Whoever stumbled upon this little shindig in the midst of SXSW craziness were some lucky sons of b**ches. The audience was treated to an unforgettable set by a band of musical comrades who are known not only for their incredible songwriting, but for each member's sense of song and performance.

While it seems as if synthesizers and laptops are taking over stages and eating all raw the stuff, Goldsmith, McCauly and Vasquez are leading the pack of young rock songwriters who strive to carry on the tradition of musical legends like Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty. With raw melodic and harmonic tunes and soulful, compassionate and confessional lyrics, these guys are certain make both your heart swoon and your head rock.

The band came to together in mid-2009 when the three realized, after several on-stage collaborations, that they shared the same musical vision. The guys took that vision into the studio to create an album that captures the each of the members' respective talents as well as the real power of the band as a unique trio.

Middle Brother has announced that they will be touring throughout the US in March, beginning in Washington, D.C., on March 2 and ending in Austin, TX on March 19. The band has now added shows in April that will include dates in California from April 3-8.

Additionally, Dawes, Deer Tick, Blake Mills and Jonny Corndawg will be performing full sets on select dates along the way.

Middle Brother's self-titled debut album will available in stores and online through Partisan Records on March 1, 2011. Be sure and check these guys out!

by Unknown // Friday, February 25, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Muse will make their next album in London.

The 'Undisclosed Desires' rockers - Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard - are to regroup in the British capital where they will start work on their sixth album.

Frontman Matt told UK radio station XFM: "We've actually never made a full album in London, we've made bits here occasionally.

"Chris had always lived in Devon, but he's now moved to London so we have all decided to move here because I think it would be great for us all to be in the same city together, living."

The group has previously made records across various studios in the UK, in the US, and their last album 'The Resistance' was recorded in Lake Como Italy, where Matt has a home.

The singer and guitarist - who typically writes all the group's songs - added he thinks living in the same city will help the group bond.

He added: "It would be nice to be based in the same place so we can go out and so we can make an album together and also socialise together at the same time.

"It also means we can make the album over a longer period of time without having to pressurise it all in to a three week studio session, you can spread it out."

Muse were named Best British Band at this week's NME Awards in London.