Rogers Wireless and LiveNation present Campus Battle ’09, a competition for Canadian students from 37 universities across the country with a chance to win a private concert with indie rockers Death Cab for Cutie.

Students have until March 1 to cast their vote for their university. Rogers Wireless customers can vote by using Rogers Mobile Internet Browser or by texting BATTLE to 4869. Alternatively, anyone with a Facebook account can visit www.facebook.com/campusbattle/ and pick their university without dicking around on a handset.

London’s The Kills announce a 23-date North American tour, beginning in Indio, CA at the Coachella Arts and Music Festival on April 19th. Midnight Boom, the band’s 3rd full-length album was released last year on Domino Records to wide critical acclaim. Stunning sets at SXSW, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and tours with The Raconteurs and The Black Keys, have made The Kills one of the must see live acts of the past year.

Can you name the original Canadian song that this version is a cover of?

The new version is by Iranian-Swedish artist Arash featuring Pakistani-Persian singer Aneela from Denmark.

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Hint: It's by a white guy who recorded reggae songs.

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The answer is "Informer" by Snow.

Awesome. But I can't help but think this was at least partially inspired by "Boats and Hoes" by Prestige Worldwide's Huff 'N Doback (as featured in the film Step Brothers).

Damn, I want a boat.

Entirely expectedly, the 51st annual Grammy Awards made you wonder who in the hell programs this thing, let alone watches it.

Lowlights included watching poor Stevie Wonder (looking like Riff Raff in cornrows) wondering how he’d sunk to being saddled with the Jonas Brothers, and Kid Rock going the stars-on-45 route with a melody of "All Summer Long" and "Amen".


Watch M.I.A. perform "Swagga Like Us/Paper Planes" with Jay-Z, T.I., Kanye West, and Lil Wayne.

And let’s not even get started on Blink-182 choosing the most milquetoast awards shows on television to announce that they’ve decided to re-form; the weird thing is that they couldn’t have looked less happy about getting back in the saddle.

Erick Purkhiser, better known as Lux Interior, died early Wednesday (February 4) in Glendale, California, of a pre-existing heart condition. He was 62.

As the singer for the Cramps, Purkhiser and his wife Poison Ivy (born Kristy Wallace) pioneered the genre of psychobilly in the '70s. Combining garage rock, rockabilly, and punk into a lowbrow, lo-fi sound all their own, the Cramps recorded and toured, with Lux Interior and Poison Ivy as its only constant members, for close to 35 years.

The band's career arguably peaked in the 1990s, when its song "Bikini Girls With Machine Guns" (1990) hit the Top 40 in the U.K. Inexplicably, the Cramps appeared on Beverly Hills, 90210 in 1995, in a Halloween episode that featured the songs "Mean Machine" and "Strange Love".

Today (February 3) marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Buddy Holly, a giant of rock’n’roll and one of America’s most influential musicians.

I figured I’d try writing something about the anniversary without referring to “American Pie”, but it wound up being pretty much impossible.

Don McLean’s ballad, ostensibly about the plane crash that killed Buddy (but for all intents and purposes a reflection on the maelstrom of the 1960s) has become so ingrained in the Holly myth that it’s become difficult to mention one without the other.

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced the 2009 Juno Awards nominees today, and Nickelback leads the pack.

The Vancouver-based rock band is nominated in five categories, including the Fan Choice award, single of the year, album of the year, group of the year, and producer of the year.

Other multiple nominees include Sam Roberts (with four), Celine Dion (three), and Hedley (three). Visit the official Juno Awards Web site for the full list of nominees.

The awards will be handed out on March 29 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver. The ceremony will be televised on CTV.

Original Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist Billy Powell died early this morning at his home in Orange Park, Florida, apparently due to a heart attack. He was pronounced dead at 1:52 a.m. after paramedics responded to a 911 call in which Powell, who has a history of heart problems, reported having trouble breathing.

Powell is best known for the poignant organ and piano intro to the southern-rock legends' first big hit, "Free Bird", and also for the honky-tonk stylings that accompanied its followup smash, "Sweet Home Alabama". He walked away from the 1977 plane crash that killed six people–including original vocalist Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines–with severe facial injuries.

Backstage at the Commodore after Friday's sold-out show, Randy Bachman gazed in wonder at an undated concert photo that an autograph-seeker had brought to his dressing room. It pictured Bachman jamming with Elvin Bishop and Steve Miller sometime during the '70s. "I bet that was at the Cave!," remarked Bachman's wife, Denise McCann, who just minutes before had joined her hubby and other family members in a rousing rendition (is there any other kind?) of "Takin' Care of Business". For his part, Bachman just stared intently at the snapshot, no doubt wondering what rock 'n' roll stories might lay behind it.

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