Everybody join us as we wish a big happy birthday to Ben Gibbard, who is celebrating turning 36 years old today (Aug. 11). The singer is, of course, best known for his work with Death Cab for Cutie, but he's also played with projects as varied as All-Time Quarterback and the Postal Service over the years. He also issued his split-solo album, 'Home Volume V,' back in 2003, and plans on following that up with solo disc 'Former Lives' later this year.
Rock music and summer go together like hot dogs and buns. One without the other is, well ... what's the point? Whether it's cruising in a convertible with the top down and your favorite summer song blasting from your car stereo, getting down to some jams while throwing some meat on the grill or just chilling by the pool with some cool tunes, music is about as necessary as ingredients get come summer time.
It was 25 years ago today (Aug. 1) that fans of the Smiths -- already not the most cheerful lot -- got some terrible news: After just five years together, the band was breaking up. In addition to sparking 25 years of persistent Smiths reunion rumors, the split provided an opportune time to look back at the influential band's stellar catalog, an impressive collection of studio and live albums, compilations, EPs and singles that definitely has stood the test of time.
Let's all give big happy birthday wishes to Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, who is celebrating his 54th birthday today. While the last year hasn't been the easiest for Moore -- the future of Sonic Youth has publicly been put on hold after last fall's announcement that Moore and his wife, SY bassist-singer Kim Gordon, were splitting up after decades of marriage -- it hasn't all been bad news for the indie icon.
What would you say is your all-time favorite Dave Matthews Band song? That's the question we are posing with our latest readers poll, which comes on the heels of some big DMB news. First, the Dave clan announced a Sept. 11 release date for their new album, 'Away From the World,' then followed that up by issuing its first single, 'Mercy,' which received a pretty stellar review on this site.
British rockers Muse are turning a lot of heads with 'Survival,' a just-released tune that is serving as the theme song of the Summer 2012 Olympics in London, England. But that song is just the latest in a lengthy career of great ones -- a career that started with their 1999 debut album, 'Showbiz,' and has since run for a total of five albums and more than two dozen singles over the course of 13 years.
Twenty-five years in to one of the most successful careers in modern rock, Green Day have announced plans for perhaps their most ambitious project yet: a trilogy of albums titled 'Uno!,' 'Dos!' and 'Tre!' that are due to drop one at a time between September of this year and January of next year.
Happy birthday to Brandon Flowers of the Killers, who turns 31 today. We're not sure how Flowers plans to celebrate his big day -- which he'll have a little extra time to do, as today is the longest day of the year -- but one way we are marking the day is by getting to the bottom of the age-old question: which is the most killer of Killers tracks.
The relatively reclusive singer-songwriter Fiona Apple is back out on the road again and doing the media rounds, this time in support of her latest album, 'The Idler Wheel.' Apple even stopped by 'Late With Jimmy Fallon' recently for a performance that included 'Anything We Want,' the second single of 'The Idler Wheel.'