The seventh annual Afro-Punk fest will take place this year on August 28 and 29 in Brooklyn, and theyre bringing back the Battle for the Streets Skate and BMX Competition for the second time this year; making its debut at the event will be the Afro-Punk Bites and Beats, which will include food vendor trucks from around the world. But lets get to the music - the lineups been announced, too, and will include sets from Ninjasonik, Jay Electronica, Rocky Business, Reggie Watts, and Toro Y Moi, among others, all rocking out in Brooklyns Commodore Barry Park
The 2011 MuchMusic Video Awards - Canadas answer to Americas MTV Video Music Awards - just took place, with the ubiquitious Lady Gaga snagging two International Video nods. The also ubiquitous Justin Bieber (hmm, do we see a dual tour possibility there?) snagged two awards for himself, for International Video of the Year by a Canadian (for Somebody to Love) and the UR Fave New Artist, a fan-choice award. L.A. group Far East Movement snagged the other International Video Award (for group), and also performed at the event, as did The Cataracs, Dev, Snoop Dogg, and Canadian rockers Simple Plan
A number of modern indie-rockers have teamed up with The Mental Health Foundation and the Mental Health Arts and Film Festival to craft a special album of songs with the purpose of raising awareness about mental health. Two songs are currently available for download at www.fruittreefoundation.com, with a full album on the way shortly; the collaborative group, who are calling themselves Fruit Tree Foundation, include James Yorkston, Jenny Reeve, Idlewilds Rod Jones, and Twilight Sads James Graham, among others
Bummer for soulful modern-pop singer Adele - shes had to cancel her entire North American run of live show dates due to illness. Adele, who snagged a case of laryngitis somewhere along the road, has been told she needs to rest her voice for the next several weeks; she recently apologized to her fans online that shes really frustrated about the stalled schedule, but that theres nothing she can safely do except take the doctors advice
MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
The Roots bandleader/drummer Questlove (aka ?uestlove) just celebrated hitting over a million and a half followers on his Twitter account by teaming up with crazily-famed accordian player (and comedy-rocker) Weird Al Yankovic to record a cover of the classic Madvillain tune Accordian - take a listen to the campy chaos at http://swift.fm/questlove/swift/122617/...
MINI MODERN BUZZ:
The Beach Boys Brian Wilson has announced via Londons Evening Standard newspaper that after he plays a set of Royal Festival Hall concerts in London this year, he may completely retire from touring
Jimmy Gnecco and his band, Ours, have returned - following Gneccos forays into solo albums - and are touring this summer with stops in Nashville (7/7), Vienna VA (7/11), Denver (7/28), and Dallas (8/5)
Bob Dylans added another round of tour dates this summer in the U.S.; the new shows will kick off in Santa Barbara, CA on July 14, and will end up in Bangor, Maine in August
The Smoking Gun just posted the Foo Fighters tour rider, which was penned by the bands tour manager, Gus Brandt, with a humorous approach; the document includes the bands demands alongside coloring book pages, drawings of the Foos, a maze to direct guitarist Chris Shiflett to the catering area, and a word-search puzzle for Catering Donts
This weeks wacky music news part one: former White Stripe Jack White and wife Karen Elson are divorcing (thats the sad part, not the wacky part) - and will be celebrating their divorce with a big party in Nashville - er, okay
And, in wacky music news part two, actor James Franco (Spiderman, 127 Hours) is now set to release an album of (huh?) experimental dance music
A little less huh? and a little more cool! are this weeks new releases Thievery Corporations Culture of Fear Woods Sun and Shade Marianne Faithfulls Horses and High Heels Atari Teenage Riots Is This Hyperreal? Liam Finns latest and Owl Citys deluxe, much-anticipated All Things Bright and Beautiful and thats the buzz for this weeks Modern Rock.
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