Bono: Radiohead are “courageous and imaginative”

June 28, 2008

NME.com

June 28, 2008

According to NME, “U2’s Bono has sent a letter to NME this week (June 25) following the band’s manager Paul McGuinness’s comments regarding Radiohead’s decision to release their last album, In Rainbows, on a pay-what-you-like basis as a download.”

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Rocking in the Free World of America’s Amsterdam: Bonnaroo Recap, 2008

June 28, 2008

By Andrew William Smith, Editor

June 28, 2008

Many who attend Bonnaroo remark on the sheer sensual overload and unique cultural experience—a phenomenon Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder described between songs on the What Stage as America’s Amsterdam. Whether it’s the heat, hippies, and hacky sack or the mud, sweat, and beers, the sheer volume and variety of human expression satisfies most participants and provides plenty of topical fodder for every latter-day Lester Bangs who attends the event under the semi-respectable guise of “working” the weekend as a journalist.

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Boogie the Blue Sky: Afropop Compilation Gives U2 Classics the Dancehall Treatment

June 23, 2008

By Andrew William Smith, Editor

June 23, 2008

The inspirational compilation In the Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2 is an emotionally, politically, and musically important record on many counts.

To begin, it’s the first tribute album devoted to the Dublin four that fully captures the spirit of the songs. In general, tribute albums form a dubious genre at best, and all the previous attempts at U2 tributes were mediocre, shoddy, under-recognized efforts. [Read more]

Evil Urges Ain’t Evil Baby: My Morning Jacket Make Another Masterpiece

June 10, 2008

By Andrew William Smith, Editor

June 10, 2008

With their much anticipated fifth studio album, My Morning Jacket work out some ethical and emotional energy by ever expanding the musical palette, splashing the audio canvas with crunky colors, and serving up some delicious flavors of funk—namely the enigmatic “peanut butter pudding surprise.”

The Jacket’s big-tent approach to genre has generated a career far too big for the tent shows at the Tennessee festival that made them famous. Consistent critical acclaim and a loyal—even hardcore—fanbase have helped ‘em bushwhack a path to freedom where the boys can try pretty much anything. Listening to them purge any prohibitions against their urges, we find our brains galloping across vast geographies to discover various new time zones of sound—and then some.

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Hard Rock Park Can Cure the Anytime Blues

June 5, 2008

By Andrew William Smith, Editor

June 5, 2008

Rock and roll and the rollercoaster share a symbiotic relationship based on thrills, chills, and sheer, shameless fun for its own sake. Thanks to the brand-new Hard Rock Park, rock’s glory and the glee of rollercoasters have found a marriage of genius on 55 acres in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The latest epicenter to brag of the Hard Rock brand brings the communal spirit of rock and roll to a spacious and sunny venue. The $400 million invested to create this playground of pure joy can be seen at every turn, especially in the astonishing attention given to design details. An entire delightful day this summer or coming fall could be devoted to exploring this dazzling place.

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