METAL: Ulrich Addresses Lou Reed Collaboration Haters
Lars Ulrich, Metallica drummer and early anti-piracy advocate, spoke to a Washington D.C. radio station about the band's collaborative album with avant garde rocker Lou Reed, which sold barely any copies and was terribly received by critics. Ulrich said, "We told [Lou Reed] all along: 'Listen, there are some very, very, very hardcore metal fans out there that like everything pre-packaged in a particular little box that looks like this, and the minute that you slightly veer outside of that, then they have a hernia.'" Ulrich continued, "In about 900 years from now, people will be able to talk about Lulu face to face with each other without hiding behind masks." [Blabbermouth]
ROCK: Three Legends Hit the Road Together
REO Speedwagon, Ted Nugent and STYX, all Midwestern bands, are set to hit the road together on a 30-date US tour called "The Midwest Rock 'N' Roll Express," which will start in Hidalgo, Texas, on May 1 and finish in Gilford, N.Y., on July 7. STYX guitarist James Young said, "Forget all those TV shows with glee clubs singing rock songs! It's time for mega-platinum Illinois bands STYX and REO Speedwagon in a battle to the end of the Mayan Calendar with the Motor City Madman!" Are there other glee club shows besides Glee? [Blabbermouth]
INDIE: Canadian Guitarist Passes Away
Christopher Reimer, guitarist for Canadian noise-pop outfit Women, has passed away in his sleep at the age of 26. Women have released two critically acclaimed albums and toured with bands like Mogwai and Wire. The cause of death is yet unknown. [National Post]
INDIE: Quirky Songstress Takes Gets the Show on the Road
tUnE-yArDs, the San Francisco outfit fronted by proud weirdo Merrill Garbus, which rocked the faces off many critics last year, is going on tour for a long, long time. They start tonight in Belgium, Brussels, and continue for nearly six months, finishing in Pontiac, Mich. It's pretty likely that they'll make it to your city, so check out the long (and difficult to read) list of tour dates.
ELECTRONIC: UK Dance Duo Back With New Album
London duo Simian Mobile Disco, who formed in 2005 from the ashes of indie rock outfit Simian, is gearing up to put out their third full-length, Unpatterns, on May 14. The group's last release was the techno compilation album Delicacies in 2010, so they've had a while to prep this album. The first single, "Seraphim," will drop on April 9, and the tracklist is out now.
HIP HOP: New York Emcee Gets Big Remix Video
French Montana, honestly my favorite New York rapper right now, who put out the mixtape track "Shot Caller" last year without a label, is back with the remix video for that classic song. He got Diddy and Rick Ross, two of the biggest rappers in the game, on it too, and the video looks magnificent in black and white. Diddy even raps over the beat from "It's All About the Benjamins" in the middle of the song! You couldn't stand on a street in New York last summer without hearing "Shot Caller" coming out of a car, and hopefully it'll be like that again this summer with the remix. Check out the video below: