Music News (5/16-5/22)

The Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds" turns 45 as the band turns 50. Photo courtesy of

Beach Boys may renite for 50th Anniversary

The Beach Boys’ 1966 masterpiece, “Pet Sounds,” turned 45 last week, and Brian Wilson hinted that the band may reunite in the studio to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

In an interview with BBC 6 Music, Wilson said, “I’m considering it.” Though he later went on to say, “I just don’t know if I want to be around those guys, you know? They’re zany guys. They’re crazy.”

“Zany… Crazy?” Don’t get me wrong, I think Brian Wilson’s a genius, but those quotes are coming from a guy who put an enormous sandbox in his living room and plopped his piano down in the middle of it, so he could feel the ocean when he wrote music.

God bless the crazy bastard.

Pearl Jam celebrate their 20th anniversary this summer. Photo courtesy of

Pearl Jam to hold birthday bash

Labor Day weekend will rock in East Troy, Wisc. Pearl Jam have announced they’ll be throwing a 20th anniversary concert in the Midwest town, with the Strokes, Queens of the Stone Age and Mudhoney, among others.

After that show, the band will kick off a Canadian tour in Montreal on Sept. 7, and will wrap up the tour Sept. 25 in Vancouver.

Foo Fighters announce tour

The rockers are heading out for a tour of nine arenas starting in September. The tour starts Sept. 14 in St. Paul, Minn., and wraps up Sept. 26 in East Rutherford, N.J.

PJ Harvey will release paintings and poetry

The sultry songstress has leaked plans to release a large amount of artwork, poems and prose that she has produced over the past two decades.

The ever-enticing PJ Harvey. Photo courtesy of

Before she began her rock career, she was an art student concentrating in sculpture.

“I’d like to release regularly my extraneous works, drawings and writings that aren’t songs, but just other things that I do,” she recently told Spinner.

No concrete plans for the release of the materials are yet set.

Caleb Followill marries

The Kings of Leon frontman married Victoria’s Secret model Lily Aldridge May 12 in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Thurston Moore’s new album streaming

Head on over to and check out the new album from the Sonic Youth frontman, titled “Demolished Thoughts.” The album is his third solo effort, and it was produced by Beck.

Prince, Eagles and Morrissey will headline Hop Farm Festival

July 3 will find the purple one playing the Hop Farm Festival in Kent, England. That will be the third day of the event, which will be headlined by Prince.

Prince returns to England for the first time since 2007. Photo courtesy of

Other performers at the festival include the Eagles, Morrissey, Iggy and the Stooges, Lou Reed, Brandon Flowers and Death Cab for Cutie.

Speaking of Death Cab for Cutie…

You can check out DCFC’s performances of an older song, “Title Track,” as well as their new single, “You Are a Tourist,” at

The performances came from their recent appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Blondie to release new music

Yeah, I know, some of you are saying, “who the **** is Blondie?”

Well, the 80’s singer will release her ninth studio album, “Panic of Girls,” sometime in September, and if you uttered the aforementioned question then you should buy the album.

Paul McCartney readies reissues and new material

The “cute one” is completing work on a disc devoted to covers of standards from the pre-Beatles era.

“It’s my dad’s style of music,” he says. “I’ve wanted to do that kind of thing forever, since the Beatle days.”

McCartney is also planning U.S. concerts this year, as well as reissuing 1970’s “McCartney” and 1980’s “McCartney II.”

Yet there’s more. McCartney is writing new material for what he is calling a “heavier rock” album.

Oh yeah, and he’s getting married. Again.

Dude may look like a lady, but he's entertaining. Photo courtesy of

Steven Tyler opens up about his past in new memoir

In a recent article written by himself in Rolling Stone, Steven Tyler talked about his book, “Does the Noise in my Head Bother You?” and his crazy days of yore…

“Those were the days when AIDS was not yet in the world. You couldn’t die from getting laid. Those were different days. And cocaine! Doctors said it was not addictive.. it was habituating.

“But drugs were nothing new to me. I’d had a lot of practice with drugs; I’d been getting high since I was sixteen… Ray and I would set our alarm for four o’clock, drop acid, go back to sleep, and then wake up at five thirty or six just slammin’.”

Please, kids, don’t try this at home.



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