Broken Bells (Dangermouse/James Mercer) going on tour for the first time ever

Broken Bells (Dangermouse/James Mercer) going on tour for the first time ever

Super-duo Broken Bells (made up of Brian “Dangermouse” Burton and The Shins’ James Mercer) released their self-titled, debut-album last week. The new album, Broken Bells, has already shot to the number-one spot on iTunes and the number-seven spot on Billboard, so the guys decided that they would head out on their first-ever North American tour starting May 18, with support by The Morning Benders.

The band has played a number of stand-alone gigs already in Los Angeles, New York, and most recently at SXSW, and if past ticket sales are any indication, then the newly-announced, 15-date tour should shape up to be a pretty hip event! If you need a more “expert”opinion on why you should go, then listen to US Weekly, who described the show as like “being at a cozy, intimate underground basement party somewhere in Northern California with the best art rock band on the coast providing the soundtrack.”

More information is available at Broken Bells’ website.

05.18.10 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay
05.19.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theatre
05.21.10 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom
05.24.10 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
05.25.10 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
05.26.10 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
05.29.10 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
05.31.10 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater
06.01.10 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
06.02.10 - Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
06.04.10 - Boston, MA - Royale NightClub
06.05.10 - New York City, NY - The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza
06.06.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
06.07.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
06.10.10 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
06.11.10 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club

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Members of Animal Collective, Beauty Pill create new music for D.C. Boombox Event This Saturday (Wayne Coyne suspiciously not invited)!

Hey everyone: stop protesting about Everything Ever on the National Mall for a second. Washington DC-based experimental psych-rock band Bluebrain has a special treat for you this Saturday. With the help of D.C. movers and shakers ReadysetDC, the duo of brothers has called in some awfully big favors from heavy-hitting friends to help compose new music for a good old-fashioned “Boombox Event” that’s fixing to go down this Saturday, April 3 on the capital’s National Mall.

In case you’re an L7 Weenie, here’s how the whole Boombox Happening thing works: fans (e.g. fans of the respective bands involved, fans of experimental music, fans of illicit substance abuse, fans of cherry blossoms, etc.) are asked to bring their own boomboxes, and Bluebrain will supply each fearless freak with a cassette tape. Each tape is part of a giant composite soundtrack featuring music from Chad Clark of Beauty Pill, Brian Weitz of The Animal Collectivez, Maureen Andary, Sean Peoples of Sockets Records, Outputmessage”, Will Eastman, Alfonso Bravo, and of course, Bluebrain. Attendees are then instructed to “hit play, motherfuckers” at the same time for a unique musical/spacial experience as they march across the Mall with its famous cherry blossoms in full bloom. The aforementioned motherfuckers will then be instructed to erase their cassettes (though some will just pretend to do so) and will be promptly booted from the premises so that some angry mob or another can play through. But hey, if you’re going to affiliate yourself with a faction of crazies, they might as well be cool, fun, music-loving crazies, right? Not like those OTHER crazies. They’re just crazy.

Cherry Blossom Boombox Walk
Saturday, April 3rd - 5:30 PM
@ The National Mall, Washington DC
Presented by Bluebrain and ReadySetDC.

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Jóhann Jóhannsson to release And in the Endless Pause There Came the Sound of Bees, tours US

Following his fairly recent couplet of releases built around the theme of the American dystopia and in support of his upcoming album And in the Endless Pause There Came the Sound of Bees, Icelandic knob fiddler Jóhann Jóhannsson will be giving a slight tour of the states in the month of May. Originally released last summer in very limited quantities while Jóhannsson was on tour, his score to Marc Craste’s film Varmints will be getting a proper release through Type come April.

According to the artist’s website, the arrangement for the tour will consist of his usual six-piece ensemble, one of these individuals being long-time live collaborator Matthías Hemstock. The tour commences at New York’s infamous Le Poisson Rouge just before the month of May rears its head. A fitting setting and time for music which carries such warm shades and supple imagery.

Places, dates:

04.30.10 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
05.01.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Littlefield
05.02.10 - Boston, MA - Brattle Theater
05.03.10 - Montreal, QC - L’Astral Theatre
05.04.10 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
05.06.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks
05.07.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
05.08.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
05.11.10 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Theater
05.12.10 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door Theater
05.13.10 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
05.14.10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
05.15.10 - Los Angeles, CA - TBD

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Screaming Females Head into the Studio, Tour with Ted Leo, Just Scream and Scream and Scream and Screeeeeeeam

Let’s start this story out the right way with a quote from the venerable Teen Vogue. Ahem:

Screaming Females is a rock trio from my home state of New Jersey. And like many NJ notables, these two guys and gal know how to rock.

A sterling assessment from an esteemed cultural institution indeed! I wonder if that quote came from a single person or if the Teen Vogue staff just gathered all their iMacs on the Jersey Turnpike and typed in unison. Damn you press release for your lack of specific attribution!

Anyway, in case you hadn’t heard, Screaming Females are two guys and a gal from New Jersey who really know how to rock. How much about rocking do they know, you ask? Well you can find out for your damn self on their upcoming tour with none other than Ted Leo and his Phamous Pharmacists (Not to be confused with Freddy Pharkas Frontier Pharmacist). But if you can’t make it to a show, that’s okay, because once they’re back home in Jersey, Screaming Females are screaming into the studio to record their fourth full-length album, due sometime in autumn. It looks like that state’s gonna have some real good days ahead of them, at least until season two of Jersey Shore pukes back onto the airwaves.

03.31.10 - Austin, TX – Emo’s *
04.02.10 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack’s *
04.03.10 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder *
04.04.10 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade *
04.05.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle *
04.07.10 - Richmond, VA - Gallery Five
04.08.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
04.09.10 - New York, NY - The Fillmore at Irving Plaza *
04.10.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club *

* Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

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Vanilla Ice to stop, collaborate, and perform at Glastonbury?

All right, stop. No seriously, stop, collaborate, and listen, because the media is going nuts reporting that Vanilla Ice has confirmed an appearance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, alongside acts like Animal Collective, Blur, and Neil Young. The “confirmation,” as publications like Spinner and NME are reporting, was made through a post on his MySpace page, but the actual post has apparently been taken down, perhaps because the full lineup for Glastonbury has yet to be announced. (You can see the main stage line up here.)

Assuming the post was legit, Vanilla Ice didn’t actually land a spot to lay down his rhymes on a stage. Instead, according to the original MySpace post, he is scheduled to perform inside one of the bars at the festival on June 24. That makes sense though, when you consider the fact that you’d have to be intoxicated to think it’s funny and ironic to watch him perform.

Glastonbury runs from June 23 to 27 and tickets go on sale at 9 AM on April 11, with or without Ice.

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Members of Refused deny reunion rumors; introduce new band AC4 instead

Last week, defunct Swedish hardcore-punkers, Refused, updated their official website to read “Coming Soon,” causing the internet to temporarily go crazy and wonder if they would be reuniting this year. NME even went so far as to publish a story confirming the reunion, which has since been proved false by an email exchange between Buddyhead’s Travis Keller and former Refused singer, Dennis Lyxzén. According to Lyxzén, himself and fellow former Refused member David Sandström are headed out on a short European tour with their new band, AC4.

So, yes, no Refused reunion it seems, but check out AC4 anyway, alright?

04.07.10 - Bremen, Germany - Tower Musikclub
04.08.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
04.09.10 - Münster, Germany - Gleis 22
04.10.10 - Eisenach, Germany - Schlachthof
04.11.10 - Berlin, Germany - Cortina Bob Berlin
04.12.10 - Kiel, Germany - Schaubude
04.14.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Lilla Hotellbaren

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