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Back when The Cocteau Twins played only 5 cities in the US – Columbus being one of them – the news media rolled out the red carpet for their appearance way back in 1985. How strange it must have been to the group.

On a side note, you know who loves Cocteau Twins? Prince. He talks in the latest MOJO Magazine about them being an an unexpected influence on ethereal new ballad TICTACTOE:

“We recorded it in Bryan Ferry’s studio in London, after a night of partying for which the Cocteau Twins was the soundtrack. You can’t understand the words of Cocteau Twins songs but their harmonies put you in a dreamlike state.”

“When I was singing about ‘all you need is love,’ I was singing about something I hadn’t experienced,” John Lennon said in a newly-released interview animated by PBS’ Blank on Blank series. “I’d experienced love for people in gusts, and love for things, trees, things like that, but I hadn’t experienced what I was singing about.”

The reason they got married, he said, was because they “turned out to be romantics. If you love somebody, you can’t be with them enough. There’s no such thing. We don’t want to be apart.”

When you get famous, these are the obsessive types that come out of the woodwork. Everyone knows at least a little bit about Katy Perry, but is it possible that there is someone out there who knows more about Katy than Katy herself? Jimmy Kimmel found out by having Katy play one of her biggest fans in a round of “Who Knows Katy?”

Neil Young played a two-set solo acoustic show in Dallas last week filled with songs, as he does, from throughout his career and a number of covers. Towards the middle of the second set Young was telling the story behind his Martin D-28 guitar when an audience member cut him off by repeatedly yelling “Play it!”

See…Nobody tells Neil what to play, or do, or ask.

Young responded “I don’t think I’m going to play it” and went on to say, “I’m trying to remember the last time I did what somebody told me to do. What is this, a job?…How about you talk, and I’ll listen?” He then offered a fairly hard take on “Harvest Moon” he noted, “Funny — that song is not supposed to be angry, You get what you demand.”

Via JamBase

A raw uncensored look behind the scenes of life on the road with Dearly Beloved, whose new album Enduro, comes out in May. Helping Dearly Beloved on its way to the take-no-prisoners brilliance of Enduro were Rancho de la Luna mainstays Dave Catching (Eagles Of Death Metal) and Chris Goss (Sound City Players), figures familiar to any disciple of the “desert rock” scene that gave the world Kyuss, Masters of Reality and Queens of the Stone Age who both contributed guitar to the new record.

A rigid practice of pilfering old Black Sabbath, Fear and Bad Brains records from the Eagles of Death Metal’s record collection to soundtrack a weed-addled morning desert ritual of archery and axe throwing (“I wouldn’t allow myself coffee until I got 10 bullseyes,” says Chow proudly), after which Higgins would “walk around in the dirt” with a hollow-bodied bass in hand until he came up with three new parts, also no doubt played a hand in hardening Dearly Beloved’s sound up for the new record. Songs in progress were then subjected to the ultimate use-it-or-lose-it test: did it sound good while “racing a car through the desert?”

“If we didn’t feel it in the car, at high speed, it was cast aside,” says Higgins. “People say to us ‘You must not want to be in a van ever again,’ but for us, we’re helplessly drawn to whatever vehicle we have. It’s like home. It’s a place of comfort. And I found while we were in California all that time, we kept looking for excuses to go for a drive. Really, that’s where we listen to and argue about music the most. There’s a clarity that comes with listening to it in your vehicle.”

Edgefest has been a summer festival tradition in Toronto for over 25 years and has featured hundreds of Canadian and International major label and independent acts.  Live Nation and 102.1 The Edge will bring Toronto music fans one of the most anticipated music events of the summer with the Edgefest Summer Concert Series coming to TD Echo Beach, unfolding over three days.

On Tuesday, July 1st, Canada Day celebrations will feature performances from The Sheepdogs, Monster Truck, Matt Mays and Head Of The HerdUSS, Ms Mr, Said The Whale and Bear Hands will take the stage on Friday, July 18th.  The series finale will feature performances with Our Lady Peace, Sloan, I Mother Earth and Eve 6 on Saturday, August 16th.  Each date will also feature a second stage with additional performers to be announced at a later date.

Tickets for the Edgefest Summer Concert Series will go on-sale on Friday, April 25 @ 10am at www.livenation.com and www.ticketmaster.ca.  102.1 listeners will have access to the 102.1 Edge Mega Ticket (includes tickets to all 3 shows) pre-sale starting Tuesday, April 22 @ 10am. Listeners can check out www.edge.ca for more details.

Each concert date on the Edgefest Summer Concert Series will feature live concert performances on two stages along with a wide variety of food and beverage vendors, interactive exhibits and lifestyle displays.  TD Echo Beach is located on the East Island of Ontario Place, just east of the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. TD Echo Beach features a real sand beach and offers guests a spectacular view of the downtown Toronto skyline. It is a general admission venue with no reserved seating and allows fans to get up-close-and-personal to their favourite bands. Echo Beach made a splash with critics and concert-goers alike during its inaugural season in 2011.

   TUESDAY, JULY 01                    FRIDAY, JULY 18                    SATURDAY, AUGUST 16

THE SHEEPDOGS                                    USS                                                             OUR LADY PEACE

MONSTER TRUCK                                  MS MR                                                      SLOAN

MATT MAYS                                              SAID THE WHALE                              I MOTHER EARTH

HEAD OF THE HERD                             BEAR HANDS                                         EVE 6

Edge Emerging Artist Stage                  Edge Emerging Artist Stage            Edge Emerging Artist Stage

The Zolas                                                       Wildlife                                                     + more to be announced…

Royal Canoe                                                  Dear Rouge

   + more to be announced…                     + more to be announced…