Roundup: Gibson Settles Suit, Grimes Makes TV Debut, Moby Gets “Bourned”

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Gibson Guitar Corp. will pay $350,000 and improve its import controls in exchange for the government deferring prosecution of environmental crimes, the Department of Justice announced this week.

Pearl Jam shot the video for “Alive” this month in 1991. Yikes, time flies.

Baltimore band Matmos are gearing up for their Thrill Jockey debut. The new EP is out this fall, and will also offer packages that include limited edition headphones. More at

Dave Evans, better known as U2 guitarist The Edge, is celebrating his 52 birthday today.

Canadian rapper Drake reveals to New Toronto: “I’m actually spending my summer graduating high school. That’s my main focus after OVO Fest. I only have one credit left, and I’m really excited about that.”

Grimes will make her U.S. TV debut this Tuesday on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

NY indie due Phantogram are again recording their next album in a barn.

According to Reuters, a state prosecutor yesterday demanded a three-year jail term for three women from the punk band Pussy Riot, saying they had abused God when they stormed the altar of a Moscow cathedral and sang a “protest prayer” against the Russian Orthodox Church’s close links to Vladimir Putin

Kate Bush is set to release a new remix of “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” which is rumored to be the closing song for the Olympics.

Smashing Pumpkins postponed  last night’s concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines due to monsoon-like torrential rains

Mobys “Extreme Ways has been re-recorded for the new Bourne film The Bourne Legacy. The new music was recorded partly at Moby’s home studio and partly at Sony Pictures Studios with a 110 piece orchestra. Go behind the scenes with Moby in the studio to see the Orchestra in action.

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Pat Ferrise grew up loving ”the punk rock” and “new wave.” His years at one of the nation’s top college radio stations ultimately led him to a 15-year run as music director of alternative music icon WHFS Washington/Baltimore. Rolling Stone magazine named him of the most influential programmers of the 90s. He’s recorded two albums under the moniker Trampoline for the now defunct SpinArt label. He lives in Baltimore and takes no credit for writing this bio.