Quick Hits: Sound City documentary, Pearl Jam, Billboard Music Awards, Metric, Mumford & Sons, Depeche Mode, Alanis Morissette, STP
May 2, 2012

More details have emerged on Dave Grohl's upcoming documentary on the Sound City recording studio. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film Sound City is indeed directed and produced by Grohl and that Roswell Films, a branch of the Foo FightersRoswell Records, will distribute it. The documentary is being co-produced with Jim Rota, John Ramsay and Therapy studios; Paul Crowder will edit and Mark Monroe (The Cove, The Tillman Story) will write.
     "Sound City is a film about America’s greatest unsung recording studio," Grohl said in a statement. "It was the birthplace of history. It was a witness to history. It was home to a special few, intent on preserving an ideal. An analog church. A time capsule. The last bastion of a craft defied by technology. It was rock ’n’ roll hallowed ground. And it was our best-kept secret. Now I want to tell its story." You can read Grohl's full, handwritten statement here.

Pearl Jam
In a new interview with Billboard, Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard says the band hope they can finish their next studio album by the end of 2012. "We really want to finish a record this year. [It's] now between half and three quarters done, but we got some new material and we're excited about hopefully doing some more work on that later in the year." Gossard adds that Pearl Jam hope their next album will be out in the first half of "if all goes according to plan." Gossard will keep busy with his other band, Brad, while the band will play a handful of shows this summer before Eddie Vedder's postponed solo tour kicks off in the fall.

The Billboard Music Awards have added a number of new performers to the lineup for the May 20 broadcast. Kelly Clarkson, Usher, Linkin Park and Nelly Furtado will all perform at the awards show on ABC. Justin Bieber, LMFAO, The Wanted, Carrie Underwood and Cee Lo Green were already announced for the show.

Metric has announced a North American fall tour in support of their upcoming album Synthetica, due out June 12. The new dates begin in Rochester, NY on September 12 with shows announced up to October 12 in Tempe, AZ.

Mumford & Sons keyboard player Ben Lovett tells the NME the band has finished recording their long-awaited sophomore album. However, he added, "But if we listen back while we're mixing and discover it's shit, we'll just start again. We're not going to put it out until it's good enough."

Depeche Mode hope to release a new album in 2013, according to singer Dave Gahan. Speaking to Spin, Gahan says, "Some of the songs are in really good shape, some need some work, but we're definitely on track." He adds, "We have a deadline of the end of November, and there's no reason we why we won't meet that at the rate we're going." Gahan also said Depeche Mode already has some touring plans lined up for 2013.

Alanis Morissette will release Havoc And Bright Lights, her first album in four years, on August 28 via her new label home of Collective Sounds. Billboard reports the lead single "Guardian" will arrive at radio next week and be available digitally on iTunes as of May 15.

Scott Weiland tells Rolling Stone that Stone Temple Pilots will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album Core by playing the entire album on tour this fall. "I'm looking forward to it," he said. "We're going to play the album in its entirety. I think it'll be really fun, because the one thing that I got tired of was sort of playing the same basic set list every night. It was like, 'the hits.' This way, it's something different, and I think it will be cool." He also says there will probably be another new STP album at some point down the road.

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