Incubus will be kicking off their Incubus HQ Live project on July 12, the same day their latest album, If Not Now, When? is set to hit stores. The band is opening a gallery in Los Angeles where the band members will be available (to a point) for eight hours a day through how-to clinics and special performances; ech band member will have their own camera, so that fans can watch them online at incubushq.com. As if that werent enough live exposure, Incubus will also be touring this summer in support of the album, with a start date set for August 17 in Denver, Colorado
Bummer for soulful modern-pop singer Adele - she had to cancel her entire North American run of live show dates due to illness a couple of weeks ago. 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. Those dates are currently being rescheduled, so keep an eye on Adeles website (www.adele.tv) to revise your concert attendance plans
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
Tokyo Police Club are reportedly making plans to start recording some new tunes soon, too. The band has a few shows booked for the summer season, but will mostly be getting the gears moving to work on writing and getting ideas going for what they hope will be their next album next year. No U.S. stops are on the schedule yet, though, although you can catch the band (kinda) nearby in Toronto, Ontario at the Edgefest in Downsview Park on July 9
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:
Portland indie duo Viva Voce just signed to Vanguard Records and have already released their debut album from their new label home, The Future Will Destroy You
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
Alkaline Trio will be celebrating their 15th anniversary tour by inviting one of their greatest musical influences, Smoking Popes, to join them onstage; the two bands will perform together on July 19 and 21 at Los Angeles Troubadour
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
Wacky music news part two, actor James Franco (Spiderman, 127 Hours) is now set to release an album of (huh?) experimental dance music
Jimmy Gnecco and his band, Ours, have returned - following Gneccos forays into solo albums - and are touring this summer with stops in Denver (7/28), and Dallas (8/5), among others
And these musicians are returning this week to offer you their latest releases Brian Enos Drums Between the Bells Basements I Wish I Could Stay Here Old 97s Grand Theater Volume 2 Lloyds King of Hearts 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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