RoundUp: Levon Helm In Final Stage Of Cancer

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Levon Helm, legendary drummer for The Band, is in the final stage of his long battle with cancer. His family has posted a message at his website: “Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey.”

Bloom is the fourth full-length album by Baltimore-based Beach House. It’s due out on May 15th- check out “Lazuli”, from the new album.

Three day passes for Lollapalooza have sold out. The festival takes place in Chicago August 3-5.

Roy Buchanan‘s 1952-67 Model Telecaster Fender is up for auction with estimates putting the winning bid between $75,000-100,000. The blues legend was hailed by Rolling Stone as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time.

The Pixies are offering a free download  of four tracks from their Coachella 2004 appearance.

California psychedelic folk rockers Grandaddy have reunited and posted a string of tour dates.

Happy Birthday to Les Pattinson, original bass player of Echo and The Bunnymen, he turns 54 today.

Ted Nugent‘s remarks about President Obama,at the National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis last weekend, may result in an investigation by the Secret Service.

Nugent called the President a criminal and denounced his “vile, evil America-hating administration” which is “wiping its ass with the Constitution.” Nugent ended his remarks by saying: “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop off their heads in November. Any questions?”

Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary, was asked about Nugent’s remarks in yesterday’s briefing and said “We can’t as a general rule police the statements of every supporter.”

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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.