RIP: Paul Gray, Slipknot bassist

RIP: Paul Gray, Slipknot bassist

From MTV:

Slipknot bassist Paul Gray — one of the group’s founding members — was found dead in an Iowa hotel room early Monday morning (May 24), according to reports. He was 38.

The Des Moines Register reported that police were called to the TownePlace Suites hotel in Urbandale, Iowa, shortly before 11 a.m. after an employee discovered Gray’s body in a room. There was no evidence of foul play, police told the newspaper, but the investigation is ongoing and an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday. A toxicology test will also be done to determine any contributing factors to his death.

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Liars tour slated to make this motherfuck’n summer hype

Liars are hitting the road this summer in support of their latest release, Sisterworld (TMT Review), an album based thematically around the “discarded dreams amassed in LA” and apparently some kind of Lost meets Lord of the Flies photoshoot in a business-casual environment where everyone wears cutoff shorts. (Seriously, check out the promo shots.)

The Los Angeles-based fellas are heading out with Fol Chen by their collective side to rock cities (and the Pitchfork festival) across the United States. Our Canadian friends can expect a performance at what looks to be a date around Pop Montreal time. They can also expect to receive numerous desperate pleas from me, for them, to take me to Pop Montreal.

06.26.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Newtown Barge Park
07.13.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue*
07.14.10 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon*
07.15.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall*
07.16.10 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.17.10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick*
07.18.10 - Newport, KY - The Southgate House*
07.20.10 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In*
07.21.10 - Bloomington, IN - Rhino’s Youth Center*
07.22.10 - St Louis, MO - Firebird*
07.23.10 - Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck*
07.24.10 - Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theater*
09.30.10 - Montreal, QC - Le National

*Fol Chen

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Phosphorescent announces summer tour to last until the end of time

Riding high on the release of their new album, Here’s To Taking It Easy (TMT Review), Phosphorescent have announced a summer tour that will pretty much last them, well, all summer. Fortunately, ringleader Matthew Houck has transitioned Phosphorescent from a one-man band to a full group, because otherwise it would get pretty boring driving across the country all alone.

Here’s To Taking It On The Road:

05.24.10 - Zwolle, Netherlands - Eureka
05.25.10 - Berlin, Germany - NBI
05.27.10 - Nürnberg, Germany - K4
05.28.10 - Vienna, Austria - Fluc
05.29.10 - Freiburg, Germany - E-werk
06.01.10 - Paris, France - L’Espace B
06.02.10 - London, UK - ICA
06.03.10 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
06.04.10 - Glasgow, UK - Captain’s Rest
06.05.10 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds
06.06.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
07.08.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Hudson River Park Pier 54
07.10.10 - Toronto, ON - The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
07.12.10 - Buffalo, NY - Soundlab
07.13.10 - Columbus, OH - The Summit
07.14.10 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
07.15.10 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
07.17.10 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
07.21.10 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
07.22.10 - Austin, TX - The Independent
07.23.10 - Dallas, TX - Kessler Theatre
07.24.10 - Lubbock, TX - The Foundation
07.26.10 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
07.27.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour
07.28.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
07.30.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
07.31.10 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe
08.03.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
08.04.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Mad Planet
08.05.10 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
08.06.10 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio
08.07.10 - Cleveland, OH - The Grog Shop
08.09.10 - Washington DC - Black Cat
08.10.10 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar Club Stage
08.11.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Rittenhouse Square Park
08.12.10 - Providence, RI - Jerky’s Live Music Hall
08.15.10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East (Downstairs)
09.10.10 - Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival
09.11.10 - Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival

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OMG! Gorillas to play UK arena tour!! Wait, what? It’s just some band called Gorillaz? With a ‘z’??

Sigh… well, here we are, reader. Thanks for clicking that headline out there (or scrolling down from another story). I appreciate you sticking this story out with me even though it’s not what I thought it was. Now, first things first. We both need to come to grips with the fact that a bunch of gorillas are, in point of fact, not touring around the United Kingdom at the end of the summer. Sure, that would have been awesome, and we all would have paid good money to see it. And maybe someday, on the back of today’s advancements in genetic science, that dream will be realized and throngs of humans will pack like so many sardines into giant futuristic arenas to hear a cutting-edge band of apes bash-out a completely off-the-wall-awesome cover of “All the Single Ladies.”

But for now, there is at least a silver lining: Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz are embarking on their first ever arena tour — dubbed the “Escape To Plastic Beach” Tour — with dates scheduled across the UK this September and November. Following their recent sell-out performances at Coachella and the Roundhouse in London, the tour will see Albarn and his crew stopping off at Birmingham, Newcastle, and Manchester, and two back-to-back closeout shows in London, with a couple more dates announced so far for November. The live show this time around will feature songs from all three Gorillaz records (Gorillaz, Demon Days and Plastic Beach) being performed by Albarn, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and, of course, the Gorillaz band (featuring animation, artwork, and film as designed by Jamie Hewlett).

Featured artists have yet to be announced, but if recent live Gorillaz shows that have included performances by De La Soul, Roses Gabor, Bobby Womack, Little Dragon, Mos Def, Kano, Bashy and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are any indication, then there probably isn’t much of a chance that we’ll see any actual gorillas playing flying-v guitars. Unless you want to meet me at Chuck E. Cheese’s?

Gorillaz “Escape To Plastic Beach” Tour

09.08.10 - Glasgow, UK - SECC
09.10.10 - Birmingham, UK - NIA
09.11.10 - Newcastle, UK - Metro Arena
09.12.10 - Manchester, UK - Evening News Arena
09.14.10 - London, UK - O2 Arena
09.15.10 - London, UK - O2 Arena
09.22.10 - Dublin, Ireland - O2 Arena
11.08.10 - Paris, France - Zenith
11.14.10 - Milan, Italy - Forum

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Major Lazer wants to party with you (on tour), dagger you all night long (to their new EP).

Major Lazer is a guy who isn’t really a guy. The flying, laser-gun-handed, future-space Jamaican is actually made up of Diplo and Switch, whom I assume have shrunk themselves to minuscule proportions in order to puppet the cartoon commando with a series of levers like some kind of giant automaton. It’s an interesting approach to music production, though it comes with the risk of being murdered by a single mouse.

Major Lazer promises one thing on their tour: lasers. So many god damn lasers. Also, a lot of airhorn. I even have it in good confidence from a reputable source (my brother) that Diplo, at a recent Major Lazer show, spoke the words “Major Lazer” in a robotic voice at least once during and after every song.

Major Lazer will also be burning a new EP, Lazers Never Die. Fully charged with remixes and guest jamz, it’s set to start blasting on July 20. In the mean time, you can download the first track here and check out Daggering 101 (NSFW), starring Skerrit Bwoy (another guy who is not a guy). To see the quirky new dance craze in action, you can watch the Eric Wareheim-directed video for “Pon de Floor” (NSFW, NSFH, maybe even NSFSAIYR).

Lazers Never Die tracklist:

1. Sound of Siren [feat. M.I.A. and Busy Signal]
2. Good Enough [feat. Collie Buddz and Lindi Ortega]
3. Bruk Out (Buraka Som Sistema Mix)
4. Can’t Stop Now (K.L.A.M. Remix feat. Miss Banks)
5. Jump Up (Thom Yorke Remix)

Major Lazer tourdates:

05.26.10 - London, GB - Village Underground
05.27.10 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
05.28.10 - Primavera Sound - Barcelona, ES
06.18.10 - Seoul, South Korea - MILK
06.19.10 - Jakarta, Indonesia - Dance Republic
06.20.10 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Lush Bar
06.23.10 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Pontoon
06.24.10 - Bangkok, Thailand - Bed Supperclub
06.25.10 - Kuala Lampor, Malaysia - Zouk KL
06.26.10 - Singapore - Zouk
06.30.10 - Taiwan, China - Luxy
07.01.10 - Hong Kong Central, Hong Kong - Volar
07.02.10 - Tokyo, Japan - Tokyo Unit
07.03.10 - Osaka, Japan - Osaka Creative Center
07.16.10 - Mariaville, NY - Camp Bisco 9
07.18.10 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
08.07.10 - Los Angeles, CA - HARD Summer
08.13.10 - Oslo, NO - Oya Festival
08.14.10 - Helsinki, FI - Flow Festival
08.15.10 - Budapest, HU - Sziget Festival
08.19.10 - St. Polten, AT - Frequency Festival
08.20.10 - Hasselt, BE - Pukkelpop
08.29.10 - London, UK - Creamfields
08.30.10 - Notting Hill, UK - Carnival
09.05.10 - New York, NY - Electric Zoo

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The Roots find hipper friends than Jimmy Fallon and record with Dirty Projectors

The Roots, who saw their credibility rating decline in a sharp slope once they signed on as the studio band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and became the world’s first lounge-hop band, have been hard at work on their 11th studio album, with the hopes of taking their credibility right back on top!

The album already includes hip cameos by The Monsters of Folk (Jim James, M. Ward, Conor Oberst, and Mike Mogis), who help out on a cover of the Monsters’ “Dear God”; and Joanna Newsom, who provides original vocals (according to Entertainment Weekly) and will also have one of her songs sampled for the track “Right On.” But The Roots are taking it one step further, with drummer ?uestlove taking to Twitter (via P4k) to deliver a revealing picture, provide a video, and make a statement that all allude (okay, they pretty much say outright) to help from Dirty Projectors: “Workin on 2 interludes at the same time w/ the ladies of the Dirty Projectors,” says ?uestlove, who teases us with one of the coolest collaborations of the last couple years (beaten only by this one).

The Roots have also supplied us with a tracklist, and I really want you to see it, so, look below and have faith that one day The Roots won’t be the house-band for a lousy late night show!

How I Got Over:

01. Walk Alone [ft. Truck North, P.O.R.N., Dice Raw, Mercedes Martinez]
02. Dear God 2.0 [ft. Jim James, Monsters of Folk]
03. Radio Daze [ft. Blu, P.O.R.N., Dice Raw, Mercedes Martinez]
04. Now Or Never [ft. Phonte Coleman, Dice Raw]
05. How I Got Over [ft. Dice Raw]
06. The Day [ft. Blu, Phonte Coleman, Patty Crash]
07. Right On [ft. Joanna Newsom, Sugar Tongue Slim]
08. Doin’ It Again [ft. John Legend]
09. The Fire [ft. John Legend, Rick Friedrich]

How I Got Over is set for release June 22 via Def Jam

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