Filed under: News of Note | Tags: Big & Rich, Black Square, bowery ballroom, Bug Jar, Bumbershoot, DD/MM/YYYY, Franz Ferdinand, Gutter Twins, Impose Records, Kid Rock, Mark Lanegan, math-punk, Metric, Mod Club, Modest, Modest Mouse, Motley Crue, News of Note, Our Lady Peace, Shinedown, Soul Risin', Soulsavers, SPIN, The Beatles: Rock Band, The Fray, The Screaming Trees, These Arms Are Snakes, yeah yeah, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Hysteric” MP3
Rolling Stone was in attendance as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs gave a spirited performance on Sunday at Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival. In spite of rainy weather, the band played a diverse set that included songs from all three of their studio albums. The festival continued today with performances from, among others, Franz Ferdinand, Metric and Modest Mouse. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Editor’s Pick #168: Jay-Z Endorses Indie Rock, Where The Wild Things Are: Karen O Movie Music Madness]
If hyperactive math-punk is your thing — and really, how could it not be? — then Toronto’s DD/MM/YYYY have awesome news for you. These heavy-hitting Canadians just signed to Brooklyn’s Impose Records, with plans to rerelease their third LP, Black Square, on cassette and digitally September 15. Even better, they’re expanding their U.S. tour to celebrate, and will play Rochester’s Bug Jar on September 24. Tickets are $10 for ages 18-20 and $8 if you’re over 21; These Arms Are Snakes headline. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Real Estate Play with DD/MM/YYYY]
Stereogum reports that Entertainment Weekly, in its Sept. 11 issue, ranks both the fifty best and five worst songs recorded by The Beatles. On 09/09/09, in honor John Lennon’s favorite number, remasters of the entire song catalogue — as well as The Beatles: Rock Band — drop. EW’s commemorative ranking lists “All You Need Is Love” as both the worst Beatles song ever made and the fiftieth best. This is puzzling, considering the band recorded a lot more than fifty songs in their prolific career. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Editor’s Pick: Beatles Rooftop Performance, 20 Watts Reviews Yim Yames’Tribute To (Remembering George Harrison)]
SPIN reports that Soulsavers opened up their U.S. tour in Portland, Oregon last night, in support of their new album, Broken. Soulsavers, fronted by The Screaming Trees and Gutter Twins lead singer Mark Lanegan, will be playing 15 shows through the month of September. Unfortunately for us, the closest they’ll be coming to Syracuse is NYC’s Bowery Ballroom on the 22nd, and Toronto’s Mod Club on the 25th. Maybe it’s worth the trip though, for you diehards out there. If you were in Seattle, you might have caught them at Bumbershoot, too (see above). [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Daniel Johnston to Play at Mod Club and Elsewhere]
The Fray struggled to garner interest and audiences at the State Fair this weekend. Competing against the likes of mainstream acts like Kid Rock, Big & Rich, Shinedown, and the legendary Mötley Crüe, they failed to play off their momentary “Grey’s Anatomy” fame. But the big break came for Syracuse-based band Soul Risin’, who was asked to replace openers Our Lady Peace at the 11th hour when a family emergency grounded the Toronto band.
— 20 Watts Staff