Roundup: Edge’s Mum Passes Away

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Sad news yesterday on the passing of the mother of The Edge from U2.  From The Evening Herald: U2 star The Edge is mourning the death of his beloved mother. The musician’s artist mum passed away on Monday evening, after a short illness.Originally from Wales, Gwenda, who was in her late 70s, had been living in the wealthy north Dublin suburb of Malahide with her husband of five decades, Garvin.

You want sales stats, check these out: Australian solo singer Gotye has received his very first Gold album award for Making Mirrors which was released in January on Universal Republic. Florence and the Machine‘s “Shake It Out”  single has sold more the 2 million copies/downloads.  Adeles 21 now ties Prince and the Revolution’s 1984 Purple Rain soundtrack with 24 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1

Everest are currently camped out in the Washington/Baltimore/Annapolis area wrapping up a residency with the station they describe as “truly musically solid” WRNR. The band is gearing up for the release of their album Ownerless, out June 26th.  Look for them on tour this summer opening for Neil Young and check out the free download of “Raking me over the coals.”

From the Hollywood Reporter: Fox’s animated TV show Family Guy, as part of a expansion of its licensing, has entered a venture with the rock band KISS for a co-branded product line expected to hit store shelves in the fall.

Gary Lightbody, from Snow Patrol is celebrating is 36th birthday.  Rapper, and actor Ice Cube turns 43 today.

David Byrne and St. Vincent  will release their collaboration, Love This Giant, on  September 11. Pitchfork reports it has been in the works for two and a half years. The track “Who” can be downloaded below here.


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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.