On the whole, I'm not a big fan of American indie bands. That's because I am a big fan of hooks, and this is a specialty most of the aforementioned outfits don't seem to have the hang of. I also have a problem with aesthetically challenged musicians, of which there is no shortage among this particular scene. (Enough with the facial hair already!)

An open letter to Scott Weiland:

Dear Mr. Weiland,

Thank you for coming to Vancouver on Monday, May 18. It was fantastic to see you at the Commodore, as opposed to GM Place, which is where you played the last time you were in town. I have been greatly enjoying your new album, "Happy" in Galoshes, and was looking forward to hearing you burn through your solo catalogue.

According to Page Six, Rihanna was spotted at New York's Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge on Monday. The Barbadian R&B star was with a group of friends, but allegedly spent most of the night smooching Aubrey Graham, a Canadian performer familiar to TV audiences as Jimmy Brooks from Degrassi: The Next Generation but better known to hip-hop fans as rapper Drake. The two were seen leaving together at around midnight.

Live Nation announced today that Celtic rockers Great Big Sea will play back-to-back shows at Stanley Park's Malkin Bowl on September 11 and 12.

Vancouverites can expect the usual seafaring fare from the Newfie folk band, as well as tunes from GBS's ninth album, Fortune's Favour.

Tickets go on sale to the masses May 22, but Straight readers who sign up for THE LIST newsletter by tomorrow can get in on our exclusive presale on Thursday (May 21) from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Reserved seating and general admission lawn tix are priced at $59.50 and $37.50 (plus service charges and fees), and are available from Live Nation.

Live Nation announced today that legendary British rocker Elvis Costello, also known as Diana Krall's husband, will perform on Monday, August 24, at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park.

As well as the obligatory hits from the past, Costello will be performing tunes from his upcoming CD, Secret, Profane & Sugarcane, which is scheduled for release on June 2. The album was recorded during a three-day session in Nashville with producer T Bone Burnett, and features an array of Music City's top country and bluegrass players, including dobro ace Jerry Douglas.

Reserved seating and general admission lawn tix are priced at $59.50 and $45 (plus service charges and fees), and go on sale May 22, 10 am, at www.livenation.com/.

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By Nancy Shields

Vancouver Island may be small; however, the music scene is forever growing and the island is bursting with local talent everywhere you look. From surf-pop to metal, Vancouver Island has everything to offer to the music fan. This slideshow is for the many hardworking Vancouver Island bands that deserve recognition for their efforts to keep the music scene alive.

A funny but strangely touching cover of the Billy Joel song, featuring cameos from Paul Rudd, Anne Hathaway, Green Day, and others. Will Ferrell rules.

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You can hear Joel's original here.

Don't get me wrong: unlike most music critics, I've got nothing against Sammy Hagar. He used to seriously rock my teenaged world with Montrose in the '70s, then I thoroughly enjoyed his early solo albums (before he decided he couldn't drive 55), and I even liked a couple of tracks from his mid-'80s stint with Van Halen ("Finish What Ya Started", "Dreams".). I always thought he had a great rock 'n' roll voice.

But enough is enough. Judging by last night's concert at the Commodore with his new "supergroup", Chickenfoot, it's definitely time for Hagar to grab himself a bottle of that premium tequila he so proudly promotes and head off into the Cabo sunset.

If you’re among those who loved Wilco’s Being There and A.M., but never really got hi-falutin’ experimental outings like Yankee Foxtrot Hotel and Sky Blue Sky, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Jeff Tweedy—founder and main man of the Chicago alt-whatever mainstays—went on record late last year as hating both discs. Of course, he also told Billboard that he equally unimpressed with everything Wilco has done, further confusing us all by saying that he’s nonetheless proud of the band’s back catalogue.

The Roots! A sousaphone! Flygirl-style dancers! Jorma Taccone in a duncecap! It all happened last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Too bad about all the bleeping.

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