Media Roundup: Hacienda, Voxtrot, Stevie and more!

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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Just announced! The ever prolific Bob Dylan has completed work on his latest album, Together Through Life.  His first studio effort since 2007’s Modern Times is set to be released on April 28th.

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

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Capitol Records President Alan Livingston passed away at 91 years old.  In addition to overseeing the signing of a slew of iconic artists, the influential industry bigwig whelped to ignite the Beatlemania craze of the 1960s.

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If The Libertines or Babyshambles didn’t convince you of Pete Doherty‘s talent, then his first solo release will.  Have a listen for yourself—the forthcoming album, Grace/Wastelands, is streaming on MySpace now!

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New developments in the Phil Spector murder trial may lead to a verdict as early as next week.

Phil Spector and his wall of hairspray

Phil Spector and his groudbreaking Wall of Hairspray

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The feel-good rock and roll of Hacienda is currently being featured in a Daytrotter session.

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Hey shoegazers!  My Bloody Valentine recently announced a handful of rare, upcoming US performances this spring. Also getting ready for the road?  Dinosaur Jr.

My Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine

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Another nail has been hammered into the coffin of major music retailers.  By June, all Virgin Megastores in the US will have closed their doors.

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The Tallest Man on Earth is sure to return to Madison with some fantastic stories since he last opened for Bon Iver in December.  The Swedish singer-songwriter is keeping busy with several solo SXSW performances, including a slot in Roky Erickson‘s Ice Cream Social.  Get tickets for his upcoming Madison gig here!

The Tallest Man On Earth

The Tallest Man On Earth

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Voxtrot’s presence on the indie scene has been greatly missed over the last few years, making the band’s unveiling of a new mp3 download all the more exciting!  The evolution of their sound may surprise you.  What are your thoughts on the new tune?

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Check out these great tips on “green gigging.”

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Hear Stevie Wonder at his funkiest!  A hit-packed live setlist from 1974 is now available for your listening pleasure at Aquarium Drunkard.

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Big thanks to blog reader Natalie, who sent us this new video by The Ropes!  She likes its “retro Peter Bjorn and John
vibe”—what do you think?

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