THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM brought "The '59 Sound" to the Ed Sullivan Theater last week.
FLEET FOXES: Robin Pecknold seems to be streaming new songs for a side project called White Antelope.
GOLDEN SMOG: Captain's Dead has posted an April 1996 gig to stream or download, featuring the indie supergroup's early work, plus covers ranging from Bowie to Charlie Rich to Brian Wilson to The Nerves.
A.C. NEWMAN talks to PopMatters about the challenge of making a solo record, the elusiveness of writing hit songs, the double-edged sword of critical adulation the role of the Internet in independent music, American literature, modern Swiss sculpture, classic French and Japanese cinema, and 1980s pop music.
THE VON BONDIES talk to BlackBook about neck beards, schools of rock, and the new album.
LONEY DEAR: "Airport Surroundings" is the first single from the Dear John album.
FLAMING LIPS frontman Wayne Coyne gives a status report at CMJ.
THE BEASTIE BOYS have issued a 20th Anniversary edition of Paul's Boutique.
MUSICIANS ON TWITTER, compiled by Pitchfork. UPDATE: Drowned In Sound ups the ante.
SEX PISTOLS: Steve Jones is unemployed. No Future.
JESSICA SIMPSON: Every moment spent pondering her weight is a moment diverted from the fact that her last movie just went direct-to-DVD!
BRITNEY SPEARS: Fmr manager Sam Lutfi is suing the pop wreck and her parents, Jamie and Lynne Spears, for defamation and breach of contract. Coincidentally, Lufti has a debt collection agency on his back.
MADONNA: Alex Rodriguez is not pleased that Madge is parading her 22-year-old Brazilian boy toy around NYC.
CHRISTIAN BALE: Harry Knowles claims to have "the rest... of the story" behind the actor's now infamous on-set rant.
AMY WINEHOUSE is planning to record her next album in Jamaica, where where illegal drugs are known to be widely available.
JUDE LAW: Dude looks like a lady.
DAVID HASSELHOFF: "Don't Hassel The Hoff" proves he can be annoying without singing.
HILARY DUFF & FAYE DUNAWAY are having a little catfight over Duff's recently announced Bonnie & Clyde movie.
WHEN STEPHEN FRY GOT STUCK in an elevator, he posted the news to Twitter, along with a picture, garnering moral support from the Twittersphere.
DEMI MOORE denied adoption rumors on Twitter, too.
AFGHANISTAN: Opium production is likely to decrease this year, according to the UN. Canada has boosted its forces in southern Afghanistan with a new contingent of helicopters and drones, a move to reduce the number of ground convoys used to supply remote bases and to better protect soldiers against Taliban fighters. The postponement of Afghanistan's presidential election puts the constitution to the test.
IRAQ: A woman suspected of recruiting more than 80 female suicide bombers has confessed to organizing their rapes so she could later convince them that martyrdom was the only way to escape the shame.
MANATEES HUDDLE FOR WARMTH: This is CNN.
CROCS plague the streets of Sydney.
ABANDONED BABY KOALA finds Internet stardom in a bucket of water.
SIBERIAN COWS get furry bras to protect their udders against subzero temperatures.