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News of Note: Ulrich Schnauss Sues Axl Rose, Michael McDonald and Christopher Cross Join The Roots on Jimmy Fallon, Rivers Cuomo Talks Weezer’s Raditude, and Devendra Banhart Schedules Tour Dates by 20watts
Ulrich Schnauss, German electro-gaze composer, is suing Axl Rose for plagiarism

Ulrich Schnauss, a German electro-gaze composer, is suing Axl Rose for plagiarism

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Stereogum reports on Axl Rose‘s latest shenanigans. German electronic musician Ulrich Schnauss has decided to sue him for ripping off two songs. The electro-gaze artist has been making music since the mid-’90s while Rose had been putting Chinese Democracy off for release for Schnauss’s entire career. The tracks in question are Guns n’ Roses’ “Riad N’ The Bedouins” against Ulrich Schnauss’s “Wherever You Are” and “A Strangely Isolated Place.” Axl denies any and all allegations of plagiarism. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Chinese Democracy Fizzles on Opening Day]

Stereogum also reported on Michael McDonald and Christopher Cross‘s performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon yesterday. Joining them were The Roots dressed in captain’s hats along with the studio audience. Stereogum ironically notes that none of the guys imitated on Yacht Rock ever actually owned a yacht. They sang the classic “Ride Like the Wind.” [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Grizzly Bear Collaborate with Michael McDonald]

Devendra Banhart has announced the dates for his upcoming North American tour, Pitchfork reports.  The tour begins after his album, What Will We Be drops on October 27.  If you’re in NYC around Thanksgiving time, check out his November 22 show at Town Hall.  [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Editor’s Pick #179: Devendra Banhart’s “Shabop Shalom” and Collaborations]

Pitchfork interviews Weezer‘s Rivers Cuomo, and sheds light on the band’s upcoming album, Raditutde. If, like us, you are wondering how Lil Wayne ended up on a Weezer track, this is your answer. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Lil Wayne: Rock Star]

— 20 Watts Staff

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