Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Musical Graffiti, 8/31: U2 selects tourmates; O'Riley reworks Elliot Smith

Two quick headlines and then I'm off to go to class, work on my columns, and pick up a couple of CDs that I have on reserve at the library. I'll try to weigh in on some recent listens either tonight or tomorrow afternoon, but for now:

1. U2 has announced the opening acts for the first few shows of the third leg of their Vertigo tour... and the news ain't too pretty.

2. Classical pianist Christopher O'Riley-- perhaps best known in some circles for his two instrumantal piano tributes to Radiohead-- is branching out with a new collection of Elliot Smith songs. And after that: Instrumental piano versions of Nick Drake, REM, and Interpol!

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