Roundup: Queens Of The Stone Age Recording Again, Tori Amos Turns 49

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Beck will perform at the Melbourne Harvest Festival – Saturday November 10, Werribee Park. Tickets are on-sale: today.

The Psychedelic Furs this week released plans for a fall tour of the United States that will see the band on the road from late September through early November, including, as reported earlier this month, a run of 12 concerts with The Lemonheads.

Queens Of The Stone Age are currently recording their sixth studio album as the made known via their Facebook page. The band updated their status with the word “Recording”, which raked in  thousands of ‘likes’.

Ry Cooder’s Election Special is out this week and has been billed by his label as “a wake-up call for the 2012 US election.” On the album, which he produced, Cooder plays mandolin, guitar, and bass and wrote all of the songs.

Tis the season for Politics. In case you missed this, Rock the Vote recently announced that DJ Steve Aoki will headline a live music event in Tampa, Fla., during the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, August 28. It’s been billed as a rave in the middle of the RNC.

The Recording Academy revealed this week that the nominations for the 2013 Grammy Awards telecast will be unveiled in a prime-time special to be held for the first time Nashville.

Happy Birthday Tori Amos. The piano playing icon turns 49 today.

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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.