February 29, 2012


Genre Report: New Album from Punk Supergroup & More

Dan Monick
Dan Monick

PUNK: Supergroup Preps Debut Album
OFF!, the Los Angeles punk supergroup composed of Keith Morris from Black Flag and Circle Jerks, Dimitri Coats from Burning Brides, Mario Rubalcaba of Rocket From the Crypt and Hot Snakes and Steven McDonald of Red Kross, is dropping their debut full-length album (which follows an EP collection). It's self-titled, comes out May 8 and runs 16 tracks in 16 minutes, so you know it's gonna be fast. We're betting it'll be loud too. [AV Club]

COUNTRY: Superstar Joins Shatner in Broadway Debut
Three-time GRAMMY-winner Brad Paisley joined his buddy William Shatner onstage during the final performance of Shatner's one-man show, Shatner's World: We Just Live in It, at the Music Box Theatre in New York City. It wasn't the first time Paisley teamed up with Shatner creatively: Shatner has appeared in two Paisley music videos and Paisley has written two songs for Shatner albums. Hopefully we'll get a collaborative album out of these two sometime soon. [The Boot]

COUNTRY: Tragedy-Stricken Band Leaves Tour in Fans' Hands
Sugarland, the country duo whose stage collapsed at a state fair last summer, killing five fans and injuring many others, are putting their fans in charge of their spring/summer tour. Jennifer Nettles, half of Sugarland, said, "[fans] ... will help form the set list and guide the show. Through texts, handwritten signs, the Internet (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) phone calls made during the show and selections directly from the stage, the fans will become the conductors as well as the audience. If it's on one of our records or if we've played it on a stage it is fair game." [The Boot]

HIP HOP: Rapper-Turned-Psych Rocker Slams Label
Kid Cudi, who took time off from his solo rap career to work on a psychedelic rock project called WZRD with producer Dot Da Genius, slammed his record label for undershipping their album. On Twitter, Cudi wrote, "Ok so just a heads up, my weak ass label only shipped 55k physicals cuz they treated this like some indie side project tax right [sic] off." He went on, "So i apologize on behalf of my weak ass major label. And I apologize for the lack of promo, again, my weak ass major label." [Billboard]

INDIE: Folk Icon Gets Covers Box Set 
Chicago rockers Wilco and English folkster Billy Bragg, who recorded songs based on lyrics by late legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie and released them onto two albums, Mermaid Avenue Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, are set to release a third album in the collection, Mermaid Avenue Vol. 3. They will also release a four-disc box set of the collection to commemorate Guthrie's 100th birthday. The box set also comes with a bunch of great extras, which you can preview here. [Consequence of Sound]