Gimme News Weekly Wrap-Up: March 27-April 2

Friday, March 27:

-- Prince continues three-night stand on Leno with "Dreamer"

-- T.I. heads to the pokey

"The sentence, which dooms T.I. to a year and a day behind bars, is a handling with kid gloves of the most luxurious virgin suede-- his initial sentence threatened him with over four years in the clink."

-- Montreal's Handsome Furs pack the Entry

"A wild pair, husband and wife duo Handsome Furs sold out the Entry Thursday night and had no trouble entertaining the sardine-packed crowd."

Monday, March 30:

-- The Jayhawks to reunite at the Basilica Block Party

"According to a Jayhawks page on Pollstar, the band has two gigs booked for this year: one at the end of May in Spain (where they also reunited last fall for a show), and one in Minneapolis at the Basilica Block Party on July 10."

-- American Idiot to hit the stage this September

"According to the press release, the play will run for all of September at California's Berkeley Repertory Theater, and will weave a loose narrative out of the album's songs. Kind of gives a whole new meaning to the chorus of "Wake Me up When September Ends," no?"

Tuesday, March 31:

-- Kill the Vultures release new album (MP3 download)

-- Bob Mould delivers intimate performance at the Varsity

"It sounded less like the sort of acoustic configuration hinted at by the show's billing ("An Intimate Evening with Bob Mould") and more like two-thirds of a rock trio rehearsing while waiting for the drummer to show up."

-- New Daughters of the Sun song released

Wednesday, April 1:

-- Gimme Noise is on Twitter!

-- Atmosphere release video for "Your Glasshouse"

-- Hurra Torpedo to join The Darkness on reunion tour

"It's hard to believe that, not too long ago, three lads from Norway were able to dominate the airwaves with a handful of hand-me-down kitchen appliances. But that's what Hurra Torpedo did with their smash cover of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" in 2005, which became an instant internet meme that persists to this day."

-- Rock the Garden, Basilica Block Party lineups announced

Thursday, April 1:

-- 7th St. Entry hosts screening party for Hold Steady live DVD

-- Flyer of the Week: Big Trouble

From the City Pages:

-- Britney Spears-obsessed local artist Scott Seekins pays homage to his dream girl

"Seekins is cultivating a serious Britney Spears obsession. Since 2001, the local artist and quirky fashion hound has devoted nearly every painting to the pop icon. His fixation is all-consuming. And as Spears's Target Center concert date (for which he has already purchased a ticket) approaches, his self-promotion is relentless."

-- Legendary heavy-metal DJ Tawn Mastrey--the disease that took her life

"Best known locally for her work with heavy-rock station 93X, DJ Tawn Mastrey led the kind of life that is usually reserved for fiction."

-- Bob Mould Life and Times review

-- The Songs We Can't Escape: Suckers, Art Brut, the Christmas Lights, Grauwelt & Storm of Corpses


-- Tour Diary: Gospel Gossip on the road

-- Seal serenades the Orpheum on a snowy night

-- Sage Francis, Substance, God Damn Doo Wop Band at First Avenue

Next Week's New Releases (March 31):

-- Abstract Rude Rejuvination [Rhymesayers]

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-- Bat For Lashes Two Suns [Astralwerks]

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Bat For Lashes "Daniel" (video)

-- Doves Kingdom of Rust [Astralwerks]

(Official) (MySpace) (Wikipedia)

-- The Hold Steady Positive Rage (CD/DVD) [Vagrant]

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-- Lady Sovereign Jigsaw [Midget Records]

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Lady Sovereign "So Human" (video)

-- Micachu & the Shapes Jewellery [Rough Trade]


Micachu & the Shapes "Lips" (video)

-- Bob Mould Life and Times [Anti-]

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-- Neil Young Fork In The Road [Warner Bros.]

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