• This week Joe Perry explained to the Chicago Sun-Times his decision to play on last season’s American Idol finale with Sanjaya Malakar. “It was a chance to play on the biggest TV show in America,” Perry said. “A whole new generation of music fans were hopefully introduced to Aerosmith that night.”

Red Jumpsuit Apparatus lead guitarist Elias Reidy recently told Upstage Magazine that he shuns the showers during tour. “Last year, on Warped Tour, I took probably three showers during the whole tour. I go longer than a homeless person would, but not usually any more.”
• Sunday night Gym Class Heroes won Best New Artist at MTV’s Video Music Awards, held live at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. This year the band has sold more than half a million units of their third album As Cruel as School Children. The alt-rock quartet will hit the road with Fall Out Boy this fall.

Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy told The Denver Post this week that Sky Blue Sky, this year’s friendly companion to the band’s more dissonant early albums, wasn’t calculated ahead of time. “We’ve never gone into the studio with any kind of agenda to make a specific type of record,” Tweedy said. “I might have a specific agenda lyrically or in a vague, conceptual sense, but for the most part, Wilco’s records have become what they are by just being.” (For a free MP3 download of Wilco's "Sky Blue Sky," click here.)

Underoath’s DVD 777 has been out for all of a month, and already the Florida-based metal group have moved more than 20,000 copies of the film, which features concert footage and home videos. —Ellen Mallernee