Posted 6 months ago
By Corey Sorenson
EMINEM AND OUTKAST TO HEADLINE AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
NEW YORK (AP) — Looks like Eminem and Outkast are the go-to guys for people running music festivals this year. The two hip-hop acts will be among the headliners at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October. Eminem and Outkast are also starring at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago come August. The Texas event this fall will also feature Pearl Jam, Skrillex, Beck and Lorde — just a few of the acts who will occupy eight stages over the festival which will span two weekends.
PORTUGAL. THE MAN – NATIONAL ZOO
WASHINGTON (AP) — So, what did you do to mark Earth Day? For Portugal. The Man, yesterday was a day to help protect Sumatran tigers. There are only about 400 left in the world. And the indie rock band teamed up with the National Zoo in Washington to release what they call an “endangered song,” named after the big cats. It was pressed onto 400 polycarbonate vinyl records that will degrade and self-destruct after a certain number of plays. The only way to save the song is to “breed” it — by sharing it online. The Smithsonian created a Web site to help track the song’s progress.
JUSTIN BIEBER SEEKS DELAY IN FLORIDA DUI TRIAL
MIAMI (AP) — Justin Bieber’s DUI trial in Florida is set for May 5. But it looks like that won’t happen then. Lawyers for the pop star want a delay in start of the trial, saying they need more time to get ready. The motion filed by the defense says prosecutors have no problem with a delay. A hearing to set a date for trial is set for today. Bieber was arrested January 23 in Miami Beach after what police describe as an illegal street race. He wasn’t charged with drag racing. But he is charged with DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license.
THE NATIONAL CALL OFF CONCERTS BECAUSE OF RUSSIAN CRISIS
UNDATED (AP) — The National are canceling shows in Russia and Ukraine. The band post on their Facebook page they are calling off shows in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev in July and August because of the ongoing political crisis in the region. They say they are hopeful to play there in the future and they “sincerely hope this current instability resolves in a positive, democratic and peaceful way.”
LORDE CALLS OFF AUSTRALIAN TOUR
UNDATED (AP) — Lorde may have been working so hard she’s worn herself out. Lorde is calling off her Australian shows because of a chest infection and general ill health. She tweets she’s been going non-stop since the Grammys in January. She says her parents and her team have told her she needs to take a break. She says she has to “get back to full gollum girl fitness” before playing shows again.
AWOLNATION MARK 79 WEEKS OF “SAIL”
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Bruno of Awolnation would not have picked “Sail” to be a hit. What a hit it was: it just ended its run on the Billboard Hot 100 last month after 79 weeks. Bruno is reluctant to say what the song is about but he admits it’s from a journal entry and he “wasn’t feeling super-optimistic at that point.” He even had a producer tell him “Sail” needed a chorus. Bruno stuck to his guns and didn’t add one. The song crossed over from alternative to pop, and Bruno says the fact that it’s played after a Miley Cyrus song blows his mind to this day. Bruno is working on the follow-up to Awolnation’s “Megalithic Symphony” album for release later this year.
DANI MOZ AND TJ WILKINS LEAVE “THE VOICE”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two-thirds of Team Shakira nearly was wiped out on “The Voice” last night. The bottom three included Tess Boyer and Dani Moz (MOHS) from Shakira’s team and TJ Wilkins from Usher’s team. The show has introduced an “instant save” — a five-minute window in which viewers can tweet who should stay. America voted to keep Boyer.
DEVO’S GERALD CASALE PLANS WINE LAUNCH
LOS ANGELES (AP) — You’d think a wine created by a member of Devo would be a weird deconstructed thing, but no, it’s the real deal. Gerald Casale of Devo has created a wine brand called The 50 By 50, based in California’s Wooden Valley. Next Wednesday, he will launch his first wines: a 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and a 2013 Sonoma Coast Rose’ of Pinot Noir. Casale says he became a fan of wine because he got into California cuisine. He says after going to several California winemaker dinners, “I drank my way to knowledge.”
BON JOVI HELPS ESTABLISH HOUSING DEVELOPMENT FOR LOW-INCOME PHILLY RESIDENTS
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — For some people who used to be homeless or in need of good housing in Philadelphia, Jon Bon Jovi’s biggest hit isn’t music — it’s construction. He was the main backer behind a nearly $17 million project to provide housing for low-income residents and those who had nowhere to live. The JBJ Soul Homes is a four-story building that went up in 18 months. Bon Jovi says the project “is not a handout” but “a hand up.” Residents of the complex will have access to basic medical care, job training and education opportunities.