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Woody Allen Bestows Sudden Fame on Little-Known Band

Ellen Mallernee
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06.19.2008

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The trailer of Woody Allen's latest film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, due out September 5, is without dialogue. Instead, an upbeat little Spanish song called "Barcelona" from virtually unknown band Giulia y Los Tellarini plays throughout. In response, the band—which has a modest 222 friends on MySpace and released their first album on iTunes just last month—has gotten a flurry of press recently, with the Hollywood Reporter and Reuters picking up the story stateside.
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Iron Maiden Tribute Album Details!

Ellen Mallernee
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06.19.2008

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Blabbermouth.net reports on Kerrang! magazine's in-the-works Iron Maiden tribute album: "The track listing and details for this world-exclusive release will be revealed next week and the CD will be available free only with the July 19 issue of Kerrang!" To be titled Maiden Heaven, the album is the work of 15 different bands—Machine Head and Dream Theater among others—who've recorded "unique" covers of Iron Maiden's greatest hits. Kerrang! reader Felipe Franco of Bogota, Colombia won a contest to design the album's artwork (at left), which feature's Maiden's longstanding mascot Eddie. Franco told the magazine, "This is the best news! This is the second Iron Maiden artwork contest I've won! I won a competition earlier this year, commemorating Iron Maiden's first Colombian concert at Bogota's Simon Bolivar Park on February 28.Thanks for coming up with contests like this. It promotes art in the metal scene, something that goes hand-in-hand with our way of life. Up the Irons!" Iron Maiden formed in 1975, and have sold over 100 million albums worldwide.
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Kings of Leon Talk Family Fights, Pain Pills, and the New Album

Ellen Mallernee
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06.18.2008

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Kings of Leon singer/guitarist Caleb Followill told Rolling Stone’s Smoking Section this week that he, his two brothers, and his cousin—the members of Tennessee rock band Kings of Leon—have almost completed recording their fourth album at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio. That the Kings are already raring to go with a new album is of note; their last album, the incredible Because of the Times, was released just 14 months ago, and they’ve since been on a heady world tour, opening for Pearl Jam most recently. Caleb also recovered from surgery on his arm this year, following a fistfight with older brother and KOL drummer Nathan.
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Clapton, Trucks, Tedeschi, and Randolph to Guest on New Buddy Guy Album

06.17.2008

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Guitar legend, Grammy winner, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Buddy Guy has recruited some all-star guests for his new album, Skin Deep, due July 22 on Silvertone/Zomba. Eric Clapton guests on Guy’s “Every Time I Sing the Blues,” and slide guitar man Robert Randolph jams on “Out in the Woods” and “That’s My Home.” Blues vocalist Susan Tedeschi pairs with guitar virtuoso husband Derek Trucks on “Too Many Tears,” and Trucks stops in again on the title track. Both “Skin Deep” and “That’s Not My Home” can be previewed on Guy’s MySpace page. Guy, who is 71, last released 2006’s Can’t Quit the Blues. He begins a tour of the United States on July 23 with George Thorogood & the Destroyers.
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Tenacious D to Open for Metallica, Fête The Who

06.16.2008

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While Tenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Gass aren’t exactly planning on sobering up their comedy-rock act for an upcoming gig opening for Metallica, they are adding a somewhat serious component to their act—a tribute to the Who.
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Metallica’s Word Puzzle Solved, Album Title Revealed

06.16.2008

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We reported last week on Metallica having posted some curious artwork on their website. Four illustrations were published without explanation within a couple days of each another, and they appeared to be slowly revealing some text. Each day brought a few more letters, which got fans talking: was Metallica trying to reveal their album artwork or album title? Turns out it’s the latter of the two. On Saturday—also the occasion of their headlining performance at Bonnaroo?Metallica’s album title was shown in full: Death Magnetic.
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Slash Writing Solo Album

06.12.2008

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Velvet Revolver may be stumped about who will be taking the reins of their outfit now that singer Scott Weiland is out of the picture, but Slash isn’t squandering any time—or creative inspiration—in the meantime. The guitarist told Spinner.com that he’s buckling down to work on a solo project.
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M.I.A. Cancels European Tour, Bonnaroo Gig

06.12.2008

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British-via-Sri Lanka hip-hop star and queen bee of all hipsters, M.I.A. has cancelled her entire European tour and her Bonnaroo gig, which had been set for this Friday, citing exhaustion. Though she reportedly told the audience at her McCarren Park Pool show in Brooklyn last Friday that she’d be canceling the tour, she gave official confirmation just yesterday.
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Pearl Jam Hit the Road, Release Bootlegs Along the Way

06.12.2008

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It’s been almost two full years since Pearl Jam released their eighth and most recent studio album, but the band has long been generous with its bootlegs, and this summer?in conjunction with their tour?they’re offering up three options for fans who want to listen in.
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Metallica Confounding Fans with Artwork

06.11.2008

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Metallica, gearing up for their performance at Bonnaroo this weekend and the release of their new album in September, have bewildered fans by adding some curious artwork on the news section of their website.
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