Stories by Kara Manning

Clarence Clemons 1942-2011

The legendary "Big Man" of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, Clarence Clemons, has passed away at age 69. The burly saxophonist suffered a serious stroke on June 12.

Foo Fighters Leak The Best Tour Rider Of All Time

Whether you're a fan of the Foo Fighters or not - and there's much good to be said about the blistering Wasting Light - you can't help but love Dave Grohl and his bandmates for releasing what might be the greatest, tongue-in-cheek (and truthful) tour rider making the rounds today. Entitled "The Field Guide To Food Coloring Book and Activity Pages," the rider has become a huge viral hit on The Smoking Gun and it's pretty funny. Links and highlights after the jump.

Wild Flag Prepare Debut Album, Set Tour Dates


The super ladies of supergroup Wild Flag - Carrie Brownstein, Mary Timony, Rebecca Cole and Janet Weiss - will release their self-titled debut through  Merge Records on September 13 with a first single, "Romance," to precede the release. Tour dates are also set for the summer and fall, with Wild Flag opening for Sonic Youth on August 12 at Brooklyn's Williamsburg Waterfront.

Wye Oak Line Up More Tour Dates With The National And Yo La Tengo

Wye Oak, riding high on what the duo believes (and critics agree) is their best album to date, Civilian, have announced additional summer tour dates opening for The National and Yo La Tengo. They're set to start their previously-announced road trip with Explosions in the Sky in September.

Eleanor Friedberger Releases A Dressy New Video And Plans A Summer Romp

Fiery Furnaces' Eleanor Friedberger releases her solo album, Last Summer, on July 12 via Merge Records and she has a fetching new video for its vivacious first single, "My Mistakes," and a slew of tour dates too. Plus, she'll be playing the Northside Festival this Saturday, June 18, at St. Cecelia's Church in Brooklyn.

Elbow Announce North American Tour This Fall


Elbow, who top the TAS Top 20 album chart this week, will be returning Stateside in September for a two-week tour, including stops at Austin City Limits on September 18 and New York's Terminal 5 on September 25.

Video: Watch Bon Iver's "Calgary"

Bon Iver's masterful sophomore album is out next week, June 21, and the video for the first single "Calgary" has been released. There's fire, water and pretty, sleepless people wandering in the woods. It's all a bit vague too, befitting Justin Vernon's cloaked lyricism.

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