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Indie band Ra Ra Riot readies second album PDF Print E-mail

Indie band Ra Ra Riot readies second albumNEW YORK (Billboard) - Just as the members of indie-pop band Ra Ra Riot were getting ready to hit the big time in 2007, tragedy struck, with the drowning death of the group's drummer, John Pike.

But the band rebounded, releasing "The Rhumb Line" on Barsuk Records in 2008 and touring extensively. Now the members face another challenge -- releasing a follow-up and sustaining their career.

The list of indie bands felled by the fabled sophomore slump is long and ever-growing. But Ra Ra Riot, whose album "The Orchard" is out August 24, again on Barsuk, seems well positioned to beat the odds.

"Instead of being just super hyped and buzzed about, the band has developed a dedicated fan base," manager Josh Roth says. "They love touring and they love playing live, and I think they are in a great position to just keep growing."

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 August 2010 15:23
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TV on the Radio's Sitek launches solo "Balloon" PDF Print E-mail

TV on the Radio's Sitek launches solo NEW YORK (Billboard) - When Dave Sitek is described as ambitious, it's in relation to the intricate production and instrumentation he employs with his primary band, indie fave TV on the Radio. But Sitek's true ambition, he reveals, is a little more ... blond.

"I was trying to make Madonna's first record," Sitek says, punctuating the statement with a giggle. "I was trying to make something that was clear and bright and fast-paced."

Widely considered a hipster king and a Brooklyn mover and shaker, despite the fact that he now lives in Los Angeles, Sitek says he brought his '80s influences to bear on his forthcoming solo project, "Maximum Balloon," out September 21 on Interscope.

"Nile Rodgers is one of my favorite producers," Sitek says of the man behind such albums as Madonna's "Like a Virgin" and Duran Duran's "Notorious." "I feel like people have a hard time taking the '80s stuff seriously because not enough time has passed, but one day we'll look back and realize how important it was."

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 August 2010 15:30
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Canada rockers Arcade Fire heat up U.S. album chart PDF Print E-mail

Canada rockers Arcade Fire heat up U.S. album chartLOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Montreal rock band Arcade Fire illuminated the top spot on the U.S. pop chart for the first time in its career on Wednesday.

The group sold 156,000 copies of "The Suburbs," its third release, during the week ended August 8, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its previous album, 2007's "Neon Bible," debuted at No. 2 with 92,000 copies.

"The Suburbs" reaped the benefits of a week-long sale in Amazon's MP3 store, where it was priced at $3.99. Apple's iTunes Store offered the set for a standard $9.99. While SoundScan's data do not reveal how many were sold only through Amazon's MP3 store, downloads from all retailers made up 62% of the album's first week (97,000 downloads out of 156,000 total sales). Comparably, "Neon Bible" saw 30% of its first week come from digital sales (27,000 of its 92,000 opening frame).

Last week's No. 1, Avenged Sevenfold's "Nightmare," slid to No. 3 with 45,000. Eminem's "Recovery" held at No. 2 with 152,000.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 August 2010 07:45
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Rock band Weezer honors "Lost" star on new album PDF Print E-mail

Rock band Weezer honors (Reuters) - "Lost" may have just ended its six-season run, but one of the TV show's stars is now immortalized on the new album by rock band Weezer.

A headshot of Jorge Garcia, the larger-than-life comic actor who played Hugo "Hurley" Reyes on the castaway series, adorns the cover of the band's upcoming eighth album. The band went one step further, and called the album "Hurley."

"The important thing was that we wanted that picture of Jorge Garcia face on the cover with no words," frontman Rivers Cuomo said in an email to Reuters. "So we just figured that everyone was going to call it Hurley, so that's how it came to be called Hurley."

The album, due in stores on September 14, marks the band's debut for Los Angeles indie punk label Epitaph Records after a 16-year stint on Universal Music Group's Geffen Records label when it enjoyed such hits as "Buddy Holly," "Beverly Hills" and "We Are all on Drugs."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 August 2010 15:58
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Owl City preps new album; hopes to nab Taylor Swift PDF Print E-mail

Owl City preps new album; hopes to nab Taylor SwiftDETROIT (Billboard) - Adam Young said he's "halfway done" with the next Owl City album, and he's hatching plans for at least one eyebrow-raising collaboration.

"One of my dreams has been to get Taylor Swift to do a song," Young, who remixed John Mayer's "Half of My Heart" (featuring Swift) told Billboard.com.

"I have kind of a cool idea for this sort of hybrid, countryish direction for a new song that would be perfect for her," Young said. "We're hoping for the best. I can't even imagine how busy she is, so if it happens, it's cool. Fingers crossed."

Young -- who recently had to cancel some of his Maroon 5 opening dates due to a kidney stone -- says that he's corresponded via e-mail with Swift "a few times. She says she's a fan, and vice versa, for sure, so hopefully there'll be collaborating."

Young adds that he'd also like to work with Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba, who's "a pal. It would be fun to get his voice on there."

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 August 2010 15:34
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Newsflash Archive

As 2010 the beginning of the tennies comes to a close, it's the time of year to dish out lists and awards.

The first annual Indie Rock and Roll Radio "Space Rocks Awards," awarded by resident-DJ DJ Space, hasn't been without controversy at Space Towers. The winners can collect their Space Rocks by arrangement from the radio station's Second Life headquarters at Indie Rock:

2010 Space Rocks Awards

Album of the year:

1. Interpol - Interpol
2. High Violet - The National
3. The Suburbs - Arcade Fire

Best Debut Album: Sigh No More - Mumford & Sons

Bombed Album Award: Contra - Vampire Weekend

Best Single: All the Eastern Girls - Chapel Club

Best Female Artist: Florence Welch

Best Male Artist: Brandon Flowers

Indie Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Inductee): Radiohead

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