Media Roundup: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes In The Music Biz

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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Following the successful side projects of many of the band’s members, The Strokes announced that they have finally begun work on their long-awaited fourth album.

The Strokes

The Strokes

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The Duke Spirit, who have played to Madison fans at several shows over the last year, announced plans to release their next album in an exclusive deal with Target stores. Along with the album’s release will come a clothing line inspired by the band’s frontwoman, Liela Moss.

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Stereogum is streaming Animal Collective‘s 1/20/09 show at the Bowery Ballroom.  Click here to check it out!

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YouTube has begun using “overlay links” allowing users to purchase songs while viewing videos.  Have you tried out this new feature?  Do you like it, or is this kind of advertising too invasive?

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Death Cab For Cutie revealed their latest tour dates!

Death Cab For Cutie

Death Cab For Cutie

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Introducing The Artist Formerly Known As Kanye West!  In strange-yet-true news, the hip hop megastar picks a new moniker for himself.

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True Endeavors artist Michael Franti recently completed a game of 20 questions for PopMatters.com.

Michael Franti

Michael Franti

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For all you musicians out there:  How do you know if it’s time to find yourself a booking agent?  Click here for some advice from HypeBot.

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Pitchfork reports that PJ Harvey recently completed the musical score for a new production of Hedda Gabler, a play starring Mary Louise Parker.

PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey

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Slash can’t party in his rock star lair.  Lawsuit ensues while the rest of the world deals with real problems.

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Read exerpts from Rebels Wit Attitude: Subersive Rock Humorists, as author Iain Ellis details the role of humor in musical rebellion.

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Peter, Bjorn and John announced new North American tour dates!

Peter, Bjorn and John

Peter, Bjorn and John

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Check out TV On The Radio‘s cover of David Bowie‘s “Heroes,” from the upcoming War Child charity album, also featuring Lily Allen, Peaches, Hot Chip, Elbow and many more!

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Media Roundup: Reunions, gossip, and videos galore!

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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Ryan Adams

Check out these posts from Daytrotter.com featuring The Everybodyfields and The Walkmen.

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The folks at stereogum.com posted a handful of great live Ryan Adams vids.

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Check out the gorgeous videos from Priscilla Ahn‘s La Blogotheque session.

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Death Cab For Cutie‘s Ben Gibbard recently treated readers of MOG.com to an interview.

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Rachel Yamagata

Jolie Holland fans will want to check out her interpretation of Willie McTell‘s “Delia.”

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Rachael Yamagata, who recently wowed an enthusiastic Madison crowd at the High Noon Saloon as part of the Hotel Cafe Tour has her own blog on MOG.com. Click to watch her behind-the-scenes vid!

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From the realm of the slightly surreal, Spin.com reports that lo-fi godfathers Pavement are hosting a contest in honor of the release of 1997’s Brighten The Corners expanded edition. What will one lucky contestant win? A $500 IKEA shopping spree with a member of the band! Click here for details.

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Gwen Stefani is taking a break from her solo career and making babies with Gavin Rossdale for a much-anticipated reunion with the group that made her famous. No Doubt will hit the road next year, and even go so far to hint that a new album may not be too far-fetched.

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Richey Edwards

In other reunion news, Blur‘s Damon Albarn has confirmed that the band will come together in 2009 to rehearse and test the waters of a full-fledged reunion.

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Though his body has never been found, Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards has been officially declared dead at the request of his parents 13 years after going missing. The band plans to release a new album next spring that will include previously unreleased lyrics by the provocative, beloved artist. NME has compiled a gallery of photos of Richey with the band.

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