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reports from the frontlines of the year’s premiere music festival. Young Love’s singer Dan Keyes fills us in.
Talk about the frustration . . .
I don’t have a badge. I don’t have a bracelet. And I’m playing! It’s ridiculous. Last night, when I went to go see my friends play, I couldn’t even get in because I didn’t have a pass. So I was like, "All right, I’m going down to the east side." That’s where all the real parties are going down – in the warehouses and stuff.
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Mope-rockers Interpol have wrapped recording on their third album, due out early this summer on Capitol – their first for their major label. The foursome, the rightful heirs to the suicide sounds of Joy Division and New Order, told NME about a couple of songs (“Mammoth” and “The Heimlich Manoeuvre”), explained that they’d used more keyboards this time and announced tour dates – in Canada. The reason? Speculation has it that Interpol goes down better in wintry weather, and it stays cold up north at least until August. At least. [NME.com]
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Daniel Craig‘s ice-blue eyes may be of little use to him in an upcoming role. The man best known as Bond is eying a role in the big-screen adaptation of Blindness, the book that helped nab its author José Saramago the Nobel Prize for literature. The story concerns a town whose citizens mysteriously go blind. Julianne Moore is attached, which is good because she’s awesome and bad because her hotness is totally going to waste on a bunch of blind people. [Hollywood Reporter/Reuters]
– Christina Aguilera enjoys role-play in the bedroom. But what she really wants to do is direct. [Yeeeah!]
- Carmen Electra falls at a fashion show. Attention hog! [In Case You Didn't Know]
- My, Fergie, what big…Photoshopping you have… [Egotastic!]
- Giselle Bundchen is photographed in a bikini with no discernable baby bump. Maybe her child-to-be is a model-in-training? [I'm Not Obsessed]
- Jessica Biel takes pictures of paparazzi. Why? Are they hot or something? [Just Jared]
Couldn’t make it to South By Southwest? Not to worry — we’ve got reports from the frontlines of the year’s premiere music festival. Bassist Gordon Moakes fills us in.
Rock Stars and In-Laws…
We saw Amy from Stars, she was on the same flight from Phoenix, so that was nice. It was so late when we got in last night, and we were so hungry, we didn’t go into the fray. Almost certainly we’ll bump into people we know. Also I’ve got family here, in-laws.
Despite their bizarre and occasionally hostile on-screen banter, Paula Abdul says she and her fellow American Idol judge Simon Cowell share a "fun relationship." "He’s actually become a good friend," says Paula. But not that good. Paula says that even though they sometimes flirt together on the show, the thought of hooking up with him is "disgusting" and that she wants him "like a cold sore." "We have fun playing up the chemistry, but there’s also times when I would cross the other side of the street so I wouldn’t have to look at him." Sounds like a great friend! Also, could the "chemistry" she’s referring to be Valtrex? [AP/Yahoo!]
Sensitive songwriter, witty comedian, and part-time bluesman John Mayer has announced the opening act for his upcoming tour: likeminded soul Ben Folds. He also announced his opening-opening acts: rocker Rocco DeLuca, indie-folkie Brett Dennen and just-add-a-beach-and-piano pop star James Morrison. The tour starts June 1st in Ridgefield, Washington, and goes for 38 dates – which is probably just long enough for Mayer to come up with some ideas for a new VH1 comedy show, a feature and in-book contest for Esquire, and a whole line of clothing for hipsters. What a guy. Check his tour dates here.
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Hope Britney‘s suite at that rehab spa has a least a couple of bathrooms – when you pound down 24 cans of Coke a day, tinkle time is always around the corner. Whispers from the West Coast say our most beloved pop-tart is a bit cranky these days. She’s not treating the facility’s staffers with the kind of grace you might expect. But evidently one dude is getting some smiles from the Kojak’d one. It’s said that Spears’ latest sweetie is Jason Filyah, a guitarist for a band called Riva (google ‘em and get back to us). Whatever you do, don’t tell Fed-Ex; that dude still loves her, you know it’s true.
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Kid Rock Assaults Woman Who Refused Sexy-Time
Woman alleges Kid became violent because she wouldn’t stay the night with him. [The Macomb Daily]
Stevie Wonder Sued In Sexual Harassment Snafu
Man claims he was fired after questioning a sexual harassment incident involving the music legend. [TMZ]
Yet Another Brangelina Adoption Is Official
Jolie took home her new three-year-old Vietnamese son on Thursday. [Us Online]
Tracy Morgan’s Craziest Rant Ever
Not as funny as 30 Rock, but twice as good as The Tracy Morgan Show. [College Humor]
Out of Prison, Lohan’s Dad Wants to Make Up
Daddy: "When she sees I’m walking the walk, I’m hopeful she’ll open the door." [CNN]