March 15, 2012


News Notes: Snoop Buys a Women's Football Team

Theo Wargo
Theo Wargo

Snoop Dogg Buys a Women's Football Team

Because he's clearly too tall, frail and high to play football himself, Snoop Dogg has channeled his love of the All-American sport first into the Snoop Youth Football League, and now into a new women's team. That's right: The Doggfather is now a part owner of the Los Angeles Riderettes, a Lady Arena Football League (LAFL) team. What an appropriate name, right? Can they just bump Tupac's "Ambitions as a Rider" during practice? [HipHopDX]

The Roots Tap James Murphy, St. Vincent, De La Soul for Philly Fest

Philadelphia's finest hip hop and rock group The Roots have recruited James Murphy, St. Vincent, De La Soul, tUnE-yArDs, Shabazz Palaces, Danny Brown and more to play at their annual Roots  Picnic festival on June 2 and 3. [Pitchfork]

Fleetwood Mac's Touring Days Are Over

Mick Fleetwood, the leader and namesake of '70s cocaine-loving rockers Fleetwood Mac, has said that the band will not return to touring. Why? Solo careers are standing in the way. "I don't believe Fleetwood Mac will ever tour again, but I really hope we do," he said. "We were supposed to tour in 2011, but we delayed it for a year to allow Stevie Nicks to support her solo record and for Lindsey Buckingham to do the same with his." [NME]

R.E.M.'s Peter Buck Preps Solo Album

Peter Buck, the founding guitarist for recently defunct indie pioneers R.E.M., has begun work on his debut solo album. His pal Scott McCaughey, a longtime R.E.M. sideman and regular Buck collaborator, said that Buck is considering releasing the album on vinyl only. He also said that it's possible Buck, who never sang with R.E.M., will handle vocal duties, and added that its sound is pretty "out." [Rolling Stone]