The Rolling Stones played another secret gig in Paris on October 29.
The Stones played 12 tracks at the 1,800 capacity venue le Théâtre Mogador, including "Tumbling Dice", "It's Only Rock 'N' Roll (But I Like It)" and "Honky Tonk Women". They also played new single "Doom And Gloom". Watch fan-filmed footage of them arriving at the venue below.
The gig follows the band's first performance in over five years last Thursday (October 25) at the tiny 600-capacity La Trabendo venue.
Bob Dylan's high school yearbook, containing a personal message written by him to a friend, will go up for auction at Christie's in London on November 29.
The yearbook, from 1958, features a photograph of the young Robert Zimmerman pictured as a high-school student at the age of 17, before he left Minnesota for New York. In the yearbook he has written: "Dear Jerry, Well the year's almost all over now huh. Remember the 'sessions' down at Collier. Keep practicing the guitar and maybe someday you'll be great! A friend, Bob Zimmerman."
Cat Power has said she may have to cancel her European tour.
The singer was due to come to the UK for a one-off show later this year to headline London's Roundhouse on December 12. It would be her first UK gig in over four years. The show is part of a full European run of shows that also includes gigs in Amsterdam, Koln, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Milan, Bologna, Zurich, Paris and Brussels.
News from Oliver Gray, who runs The Railway in Winchester, where he has promoted the Uncut Sessions, as a kind of Club Uncut in exile since we quit our original home at London’s Borderline. The Uncut Sessions started a couple of years ago when Oliver booked Richmond Fontaine for two special shows. The first, on what I remember was a rather damp and windswept Saturday afternoon, saw Richmond Fontaine play their brilliant Post To Wire album in its entirety. Their second show, that evening, featured just about every other song the band had ever played, written, recorded, covered or merely just heard, possibly once, blasting out of the radio of a passing car, whistled by a waitress, hummed by a barman or otherwise brought to their passing attention in vague and possibly unremembered ways. The set went on for what people later reckoned was about four hours, although by its end the crowd had in all likelihood have lost all sense of time and the band could have carried on well into the following week without complaint from anyone there.
Hard to believe that Woody Guthrie, conceivably, could still be alive in 2012, given that he’s been gone for 45 years. Yet his incomparable work, especially circa 1939-1949, and the indomitable spirit of that work, a Big Bang of social-consciousness-in-song that set off reverberations down through history – from Dylan and Ochs and the whole early ’60s folk revival and on to Joe Strummer’s righteous punk rebellion – resonates still, as long as repression, corruption, and abuse of power still flourish.
The Ohio University student group responsible for using a track by The National in a pro-Mitt Romney video have apologised to the band.
The group, called Ohio University Students For Romney, used the band's track "Fake Empire", from their 2007 album Boxer, as the soundtrack to an advert promoting the Republican politician's candidacy. The clip was previously able to be viewed via YouTube, but has since been removed by the group after coming under-fire from The National.
Jack White's new song "Blues On Two Trees" featuring the former White Stripes frontman rapping.
The track, which will be released as the b-side to new single "I'm Shakin'", starts off as a typically bluesy garage track White is famous for before the deadpan rhyming starts. “Three trees lying on the side of the road/ One tree barks, ‘Where the hell do we go?'” White raps. Scroll down the page to hear a preview of the song.
The Rolling Stones have confirmed that they will be broadcasting one of their two New Jersey shows live on Sky Box Office in December
The band, who are reuniting for two London shows and a further pair of dates in America, will make their December 15 date at Newark's Prudential Centre available to fans in the UK who will be able to pay £14.95 to see the band on TV. The Sky Box Office broadcast will start at 2AM (GMT) on December 16 with viewers also able to download the show to their Sky planner for viewing at a more convenient time.
The Stone Roses have announced three UK shows in June 2013.
The group will play two nights in London’s Finsbury Park on June 7 and 8 followed by a single show at Glasgow Green on June 15. The supports for the Glasgow show are Primal Scream, Jake Bugg and The View. Supports for London will be announced shortly.
Los Angeles quartet the Allah-Las have the most perfect of backstories for a group making such informed, articulate pop music. Three of the group’s members met while serving time at the legendary LA record store, Amoeba, one of the best ways to learn your craft and do your listening, all while getting paid to schlep CD cases and LP sleeves into the aisles and across the counter. They’ve been playing together since late 2008, slowly chipping away at a vision that’s equal parts genteel psychedelia, ’60s beat movement, and softly strummed, post-Byrdsian jangle-pop.