Did your friends bail on you when Radiohead tickets went on sale? Well, now you can get Radiohead tickets and a friend to see them with. Edward Norton is looking for you. Yes, you. Before you run off in a hurry to win, stick around to hear about the Pearl Jam and Soundgarden supergroup Temple of the Dog’s return, Third Eye Blind’s epic prank, Bright Eyes’ gorgeous box disk set, and Ke$ha’s long-awaited return to the scene.
Next week, Radiohead play Madison Square Garden on July 26. The show sold out almost immediately, so don’t be upset if you can’t go—pretty much everyone can’t. One person who did get tickets is Edward Norton, but it turns out he’s looking for a future friend to join him. The Incredible Hulk and Fight Club star posted a contest on Crowdrise (a fundraising website he co-founded) where you can win roundtrip airfare to New York, two nights in a hotel, two VIP tickets to the MSG show with Norton and pals, and a signed limited edition A Moon Shaped Pool vinyl box set, in addition to the backstage meet-and-greet. To enter the contest, you have to donate at least $10 to Conservation International, an organization that “is helping to build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.” Yeah, let that all soak in. The contest ends Thursday at 5 P EST, though, so make sure to hurry and donate. [Pitchfork]
Remember that epic supergroup Temple of the Dog that was barely around for two years? Members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden formed it in 1990 to release some harder material. Their only release, the 1991 album of the same name as their handle, did very well, but they never toured behind it. Now, a whopping 25 years later, they’ve decided to let those songs ring out live. That’s right. Temple of the Dog are going on tour this fall and play five cities. Tickets will go fast, so quickly make your way here to find the tour dates and see how you can snag tickets. [Pitchfork]
Turns out ’90s alt-rock radio stars Third Eye Blind are more relevant that you think. The group played a charity show in Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Tuesday night. When they found out many Republican National Convention attendees would be present, they rearranged their setlist. Third Eye Blind scrapped the hits. Instead, frontman Stephan Jenkins continually rallied against the GOP, asked the crowd to “raise your hand if you believe in science,” and told a story about their gay friend and the importance of LGBT equality. Ultimately, the band launched into the only hit of their set, “Jumper,” which is about a gay man taking his life from the result of LGBT bullying. Trolling in the face of politics has never been so bold. Watch some footage from the set above. [Rolling Stone]
For every type of sadness, there’s a Bright Eyes song to match. Now you can have the best rainbow of emotion on vinyl. Bright Eyes announced a new box set is on the way called The Studio Albums 2000-2011 which, as the title suggests, sees six of their records from that time span in a special, remastered, repackaged edition on vinyl and CD via Saddle Creek. That means 2000’s Fevers and Mirrors, 2002’s Lifted, or, The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground, 2005’s I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, 2007’s Cassadaga, and 2011’s The People’s Key are all a part of it. Best of all, it comes with special photo prints and an essay by the guy who founded Team Love Records with Conor Oberst. Pre-orders can be made now. [Pitchfork]
The day has come that I, now, present to you, Kesha and The Creepies. This project and upcoming tour comes from my deep eternal love of dirty rock & roll and country music. I thrive from making and performing music, and much like a flower with no sun, my soul slowly dies when I don’t get to create and perform. So, for a short ride and in mostly small intimate venues, I will be performing a new creepy creation. It’s been too long. Until I can release my own music I will be reinventing some of my old songs and some of my favorite songs from my musical idols. I’ve hand picked songs from artists that have helped shape who I am and the music I make today. I have missed you, all of you, so if you would like to boogie, come join us. The time has come to get creepy ☠ exclusive fan pre-sale starting NOW!! Go to www.keshasparty.com and use password: FUKTHEWORLD
If you fight for your life, chances are you’ll win. Ke$ha didn’t give up in court after multiple years of battling Dr. Luke in a rape allegation suit. Now, she’s finally ready to reveal new music to her fans via an intimate tour this August. The seven-stop tour sees her and “the Creepies” hitting the road with more “Dirty rock & roll and country music.” According to her, it’s a “creepy creation.” No word on what that means yet, but the odds are in your favor that seeing one of these shows will stick in your memory for a long time. [Rolling Stone]
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