Media Roundup: Tours and Tracks for the New Year!

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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For the fourth year in a row, B.R.M.C. has made a free mp3 track available to members of their website.  Click here to sign up, and take a listen!

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

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She and….him!? MTV.com is reporting that actress-turned-songstress Zooey Deschanel is engaged to Death Cab for Cutie‘s Ben Gibbard.

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The Notorious B.I.G.‘s biopic, Notorious, will officially hit screens January 16th, but you can catch a clip from the upcoming film right here.

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Jazz trumpet master Freddie Hubbard has passed away at age 70.  The influential musician collaborated with the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Herbie Hancock.

Freddie Hubbard

Freddie Hubbard

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Did you miss out on The Gaslight Anthem‘s recent passionate show at the The High Noon Saloon?  Well, as long as you’ve got some gas in the tank, you’ll have a second chance!  The band just announced a new headlining tour, with more dates on the way.

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Before we thought Rod was sexy, and Ronnie joined the Stones, they rocked together as The Faces.  The band is reported to have reformed and is rehearsing  for a string of tour dates.

The Faces

The Faces

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In other touring news, Drive By Truckers have a slew of new dates with the stage for 2009.  Check them out here.

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The folks at Daytrotter had kind words for upcoming True Endeavors artists, Le Loup.  Check out what they had to say and preview a handful of the band’s moving songs.

Le Loup

Le Loup

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Check out the rad new ’80s-inspired video from South African hip hop artists, Playdoe.

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Here’s your intriguing cover of the week Alejandro Escovedo slows down The Gun Club‘s “Sex Beat,” to achingly eerie Nick Cave-esque results.

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And how about an old Pavement show to close things off this week?  Aquarium Drunkard has a lengthy 1992 Minneapolis show posted for your enjoyment.

Pavement

Pavement

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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