Unplugging: Trent Reznor wears a suit for the Oscars
Time to wrap up this week in music news with the help of mxdwn.com!
This week's column features an exicting first-time Oscar win, a surprising yet anticipated tribute album en route, a series of upcoming tour dates, some live performance footage, and more.
First things first - here's an ode to two Oscar newbies: Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Attitcus Ross were awarded Best Orignal Score for their 2010 film, The Social Network.
Their win was personally tweeted about almost immediately - surprised? Reznor’s next film-scoring project will be for the upcoming adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which is ironically enough directed by The Social Network's David Fincher, scheduled for a winter release this year.
An impressive tribute album to The Smiths is underway. The album features a multitude of artists including The Wedding Present and Doug Marsch of Built To Spill (just to name a few). Please, Please, Please: A Tribute To The Smiths, is expected to drop in fall 2011. The full-length has a total of 18 tracks covered by 18 diverse and amazing artists. Small town record label American Laundromat Records is producing the album and also offering a bunch of exclusive packages to celebrate.
Viewers got a blast from the past this week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon when 90s R&B boy band Bell Biv DeVoe made an appearance. The crowd went wild when the group showed up in matching green leather vests and sunglasses. Performing their hit classics, "Poison" and "Do Me", the audience sang along to the entire set.
Okkervil River is celebrating their new album, I Am Very Far, very appropriately with a headlining tour. Joining them are Future Islands, Julianna Barwick, and NewVillager. Their new album is due to drop May 10, and the tour kicks off May 31 in Atlanta. The band's also showcasing at SXSW March 16-19, followed by a show in Texas with Arcade Fire, and finally making their way to the start of their tour, which hits major cities throughout the entire nation until the end of June.
For a taste of classic Armenian rock, System of a Down are setting forth on a small North American tour over a spam of a dozen days. With fellow rockers, gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello, the tour kicks off May 10 in Edmonton, with a finale in no other the city of sin; Las Vegas.
Brooklyn-based indie group TV on the Radio is planning some spring and summer tour dates, kicking off close to home, in Philadelphia, then up and down the coast, and a few more US cities before hitting Europe for various music festivals. The tour and performances celebrates the revealing of a new TV on the Radio LP underway.
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross Take Home Oscar - Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross were more than honored to accept the award for Best Orignal Score for The Social Network at the Oscars. Both are first-time winners, so it was more than a big deal.
New Smiths Tribute Album Announced - Fall 2011 marks the expected release date for Please, Please, Please: A Tribute To The Smiths, which features an array of talented musicians, including The Wedding Present, Doug Martsch (Built To Spill) and more.
Bell Biv DeVoe Play Late Night with Jimmy Fallon - Jimmy Fallon's audience got a bit of 90s nostalgia when no other than R&B originals Bell Biv DeVoe took over the stage, rocking the crowd with some of their best songs. Check out the footage from Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
Okkervil River Confirm Headlining Tour - American rockers Okkervil River are due for another tour, this time in celebration of their newest album, I Am Very Far. They're also making an appearance in their hometown, Austin, at SXSW as well as making another pit stop in Texas with Arcade Fire.
System of a Down Announces US Tour with Gogol Bordello - SOAD and Gogol Bordello set out for a small US tour this April, also hitting a few cities in Canada.
TV on the Radio Announce Spring and Summer Tour Dates - Check out TV on the Radio's tour dates for US and Europe in April through July in celebration of their upcoming LP.