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“One more round,” Adam Granduciel yells, hand in the air. He steps back into the batting cage and, just like the last few times, most of the balls he hits go straight up to the top of the net. I’m not entirely sure how one “wins” at a batting cage, but I’m fairly certain that’s not it.
The night before we met, Joseph D’Agostino watched a documentary about Jared Leto’s band 30 Seconds to Mars. Watching Leto and company deal with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit with their label, he says, put into proper perspective any squabbles his band Cymbals Eat Guitars ever had with their label, Barsuk, over advances and deadlines and such.
It’s been a rough couple of years for TV on the Radio, one of the most restless and forward-thinking bands this young century has produced. Shortly after the release of 2011′s Nine Types of Light, the group’s bassist Gerard Smith died of lung cancer. After the remaining members (Dave Sitek, Kyp Malone, Tunde Adebimpe and Jaleel Bunton) finished touring the album, they took an extended break and quietly left their longtime label Interscope.
Inscrutable and defiant, the cover image of David Bowie’s 12th album “Heroes” is one of the most iconic images in all of rock ‘n’ roll. So you can hardly blame Bowie for thinking it was too good to only be used once. The cover of his latest album, The Next Day, is a direct homage to one of the most cherished albums in his lengthy discography. But while Bowie is an innovator in many fields, in this instance he’s actually part of a long tradition of artists using their album art to nod to the past.
Later this month, the legendary underground rock icons/heart-rending poets/drunken screw-ups the Replacements will play their first shows since breaking up onstage in Chicago 22 years ago. (Well, Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson and some other dudes will play some Replacements songs, if you want to get technical about it.)