What's old is new; what was once out is now in -- sometimes it's just too hard to keep track of what is back in style. To that point, are Huey Lewis & the News really making a comeback?
Like many bands from their era (I'm looking at you, Journey), the News are benefiting from a resurgence, due in part from television and film exposure. Last year, they were tapped by Judd Apatow to write the theme to Pineapple Express and then NBC's Chuck used several of their hits to great effect during its second season. They'll likely be playing one of those hits (let's guess "Power of Love") when they appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Friday.
Meanwhile, on the other end of the experience scale, buzzy up-and-comers The Xx have already lost a member due to exhaustion. Following a grueling tour schedule which culminated in a series of shows during CMJ, guitarist/keyboardist Baria Qureshi recently left the group, too exhausted to go on, throwing off the boy-girl split. The West London band makes an appearance on MTV's It's On With Alexa Chung Wednesday, likely as a trio, still on a neverending tour promoting their self-titled debut. It's so hard to be young and fabulous these days.
Finally, Johnny Marr has truly become an indie gun for hire. The highly influential ex-Smiths guitarist famously joined Modest Mouse on their previous release (Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, but has since moved on to UK's The Cribs, lending his craft to their latest release Ignore the Ignorant. The album is getting rave reviews in the UK, giving Marr a Midas Touch rep he hasn't enjoyed since his days in The Smiths (well, maybe The The). Let's hope the brothers Jarman (twins Gary and Ryan, plus younger brother Ross Jarman) enjoy it before Marr finds an even younger band to briefly join.
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