RoundUp: New Snow Patrol, Mars Volta, Keith Richards Surgery

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Snow Patrol will be playing a special “Live on Letterman” event at the Ed Sullivan Theater in Times Square tonight at 8pm in support of their new album Fallen Empires, which is out tomorrow.

Looks very likely there will be a new album from avant guard outfit The Mars Volta in March.  Vocalist and on-stage maniac Cedric Bixler-Zavala has posted a statement on his  YouTube account, “New Volta almost done. Vocals done. Just trying rebutcher it and add bass and finish guitar.”

Hey, what year is it? Van Halen are taking Kool and the Gang out on the road as their opening act on their 2012 Tour.

Power pop hero /producer and co-founder of The Raconteurs, Brendan Benson, has launched  his own Nashville based record label and publishing company, Readymade.

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has undergone laser eye surgery and is “doing very well,” a spokeswoman said over the weekend. More at Reuters.

The iPhone was introduced five years ago today. Wow,  it feels like it’s been out much longer.

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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.