Good morning class! Welcome to another exciting day here at Pollstar U. There's a lot to learn, so lets get started.
We're going to do our best to fill your little noggins with all things musical today, beginning with stories about Wayne Coyne's house, Chicago's Riot Fest, Girl Talk (just don't call him a DJ), some musical justice and one of the U.K.'s brightest hitting the road in the States.
And to get you fired up to go see some shows, we've got reviews of gigs by Elbow, Nick Lowe, Stereolab and Weezer.
Rock star cribs come in all shapes and sizes. At home with The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne - New York Times
The Windy City braces for another outing of punk blowout Riot Fest - Chicago Sun-Times
Seems like everyone's talking about Girl Talk. We told you so - Baltimore Sun
Talk about cruel and unusual punishment. An Ohio judge has sentenced a rap fan to classical music - Springfield News-Sun
Duffy continues her one-woman invasion of the U.S., kicking off her headlining tour in San Diego and dismissing comparisons to another blond, British female soul singer (and we told you so on this one too, by the way) - San Diego
Mercury Prize-winning U.K. rockers Elbow convert a skeptical female critic - The Daily Telegraph
Nick Lowe unplugs in Arizona - Phoenix New Times
Boston thinks Stereolab is totally groovy - Boston Globe
Weezer suprises and delights fans in Salt Lake City - Salt Lake Tribune
They Say It's Their Birthday … (Or so says Associated Press)
Nona Hendryx is 64
Jackson Browne is 60
Sharon Osbourne is 56
James Fearnley (The Pogues) is 54
Kenny Garrett is 48
Kurt Neumann (BoDeans) is 47
Gary Bennett is 44
P.J. Harvey is 39
Tommy Shane Steiner is 35
Sean Lennon is 33