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Mute Math Leak Details of Upcoming Disc

Jonah Bayer
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12.28.2007

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Slung around the neck like a guitar, the keytar has to be one of the most misunderstood instruments in the rock paradigm. Despite that it’s been played publicly by credible artists like Peter Gabriel and Prince, there’s still a dweeby stigma that makes playing it about as hip as wearing socks with sandals. That is until New Orleans, Louisiana-based quintet Mute Math accidentally made the keytar cool. Vocalist Paul Meany used the keyboard-esque instrument extensively and shamelessly on the band’s ambitious, Grammy-nominated debut Mute Math and throughout their swift rise to indie credibility.
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Check Out Photos of Set List from Led Zeppelin Reunion Concert

Ellen Mallernee
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12.27.2007

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We've scored a couple photos of the set list from Led Zeppelin's December 10 concert at London's O2 Arena. Enjoy!
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Rivers Cuomo Turns Years of Alone Time into Solo Album

Ellen Mallernee
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12.27.2007

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Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo told Billboard this week that he hopes to see the release of more of his backlog of solo tracks, of the sort found on this month’s Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo, his debut solo album. Alone features 18 unreleased tracks that the famously reclusive singer wrote from 1992-2007 without the help of his longtime bandmates. There’s a lot to be said about Rivers Cuomo and his alone time. Mainly, that he’s enjoyed quite a bit of it, sometimes for long stretches. During an almost 10-year on-and-off stint as a Harvard English Literature student, Cuomo lived in a single dorm room. At one point, during a semester off, he moved into a tiny apartment under an overpass in Culver City, California, where he painted his walls and ceilings black and barricaded the sunlight from his windows. Cuomo also practices vipassana, a form of meditation that finds him sitting inside his darkened closet twice daily.
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Michael Jackson Set to Thrill Again

Aidin Vaziri
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12.26.2007

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Kanye West, Akon and will.i.am are helping Michael Jackson celebrate the 25th anniversary of his ginormous Thriller album, offering up updated remixes of classic tracks like "Billie Jean" and "The Girl Is Mine." A special edition release, due February 12 on Epic/Legacy Recordings, will also offer an unreleased track from the original sessions called “For All Time,” along with rarities “Someone in the Dark” and “Carousel.” To really make the hardcore fans jump on their tippy-toes and scream, there’s a bonus DVD packing the iconic videos "Thriller," "Beat It," and "Billie Jean,” alongside footage of Jackson's moonwalk-making performance on the 1983 NBC special, "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever."
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Guitar Hero III on Your Cell Phone?

Aidin Vaziri
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12.26.2007

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Feeling like a shut-in ever since Guitar Hero III arrived in your house? Perhaps not anymore. Verizon Wireless has just introduced a mobile version of the game that reportedly carries over the full graphic capabilities, audio quality and addictive action of the full version, offering 15 tracks for players to jam along with including the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Suck My Kiss" and the Scorpions' "Rock You Like A Hurricane." More song packs will be released in the future. The only catch? It doesn't come with a plug-in guitar so the risk of cramping your phone finger is more real than ever. —Aidin Vaziri
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Concert Biz ’07: Veterans Triumph, Sales Down Overall

Jerry McCulley
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12.26.2007

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The Police reunion tour was the year’s biggest concert draw—selling a robust 1.8 million tickets to gross $212 million and climbing, according to Billboard’s BoxScore. Other big winners on the live circuit were Genesis, whose own Turn It On Again reunion gigs netted $129 million in just 46 dates, and Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex LoveShow tour, which sold 1.6 million tickets to gross $126.8 million. Yet North American concert grosses were reportedly down 10.2 percent for the year, while the number of concert attendees fell by 19.2 percent, prompting promoter/AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips to ponder that “consumers are not really supporting breaking and mid-level talent. If this trend continues, who will be the headliners of tomorrow?” 2007’s top ten live draws were rounded out by:
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Stars, Admirers Give Ike Turner Three Hour Musical Farewell

Jerry McCulley
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12.26.2007

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Ten days after Ike Turner passed away in his San Diego County home at 76, the pioneering rock and R&B legend was given a loving musical send-off during a three-hour funeral service at the Greater Bethany Community Church of Refuge in the South Los Angeles community of Gardena. Turner’s daughter Mia told the assembled mourners that “Daddy wouldn’t want any of us crying. He would want us to throw a party.” Ike’s eight-piece Kings of Rhythm dutifully obliged, rocking the sanctuary with renditions of some of Turner’s greatest hits, including lively versions of “Proud Mary” and “Nutbush City Limits.” Eulogies were delivered by Phil Spector, who produced Ike and Tina Turner’s epochal “River Deep, Mountain High,” and fellow rock pioneer Little Richard, who confirmed the deep influence Turner’s “Rocket ‘88”?often cited as the first true rock and roll record?had on his own career: “I took that same introduction and made ‘Good Golly, Miss Molly,’” Richard said. “I took that same thing and made a huge hit.” Turner’s ex-wife Tina, with whom he shared a notoriously stormy relationship, did not attend. ?Jerry McCulley
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Jason Bonham on Zep’s Future: “Time will tell”

Jerry McCulley
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12.26.2007

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In his first extensive comments since Led Zeppelin’s much ballyhooed reunion concert in London, drummer Jason Bonham assured Billboard magazine that he remains uncertain about the band’s future. "I'm still the new guy, and I wouldn't know," Bonham said. "There's been no talks except to Jimmy [Page] and Robert [Plant] and John Paul [Jones], just to say thanks for the best Christmas present I could ask for. It really meant a lot to me." Jason Bonham, son of original Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, continued, "Is it gonna be again? Don't be greedy. Just take it for what you've done and be proud to be part of that. If they do it again, of course I would love to. But that's up to them. Only time will tell. If you'd have asked me a year ago, 'Are they gonna do a date next year?,' I'd have gone, 'No way!' So I was proved wrong once before."
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Grammy-Winning Record Producer Joel Dorn Dies at 65

Aidin Vaziri
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12.20.2007

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Joel Dorn, a famed producer and former Atlantic Records staffer, passed away in New York on Monday from a heart attack. He was 65. Dorn’s most famous recordings were Roberta Flack’s Grammy-winning “Killing Me Softly With His Song” and “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face,” but he had also worked with jazz greats Herbie Mann, Max Roach, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Mose Allison, and Les McCann; as well as the Allman Brothers Band’s “Idlewild South” and Don McClean’s “Homeless Brother.” Dorn also helped Bette Midler rise to stardom by producing her debut album. In more recent years, he oversaw jazz reissues at Columbia and Rhino, and formed an independent label, Hyena Records.
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Alanis Morissette’s New Flavors

Aidin Vaziri
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12.19.2007

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Alanis Morissette has recruited former Frou Frou programmer Guy Sigsworth to produce her forthcoming album, Flavors of Entanglement, due next spring. According to Billboard, Sigsworth will help the Canadian singer-songwriter match everything from “organic instruments to hip-hop beats.” Morissette told the magazine the album deals with personal and political upheaval and includes new tracks such as “Not As We” and “Moratorium.” Sigsworth has previously worked with Madonna, Björk, and Seal. In the meantime, Alanis will appear in the science fiction movie, Radio Free Albemuth, and hit the road starting in January with Matchbox Twenty. ?Aidin Vaziri
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