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Yo Gabba Gabba! Rockin‘ North America

Kristi Kates - August 16th, 2010
Yo Gabba Gabba! Rockin’ North America
The rock-meets-education Nick Jr. TV show Yo Gabba Gabba!, which has featured musical performances from the likes of Weezer, The Aquabats, and The Shins, and Mos Def, Biz Markie, and Jack Black, is taking its live show across the U.S. and now into the fall. Subtitled There’s a Party in My City! the show has already snagged a sold-out debut performance at the White House and a highly-rated album, and will also be doing its part for the cause while on the road, with one dollar from every ticket sold going to the local city’s Habitat for Humanity fund. Dates on the Yo Gabba Gabba! There’s a Party... tour will include stops in Toronto (9/4), Cleveland (10/6), Detroit (10/8), Chicago (10/9), Huntsville AL (10/20), Atlanta (10/23), Los Angeles (11/26), and Houston (12/10), among other stops...
The Fugees’ Wyclef Jean has officially registered as a presidential contender for his homeland of Haiti. His papers are filed, and he’ll be running as a candidate for the Viv Ansanm (Live Together) political party, meaning the proper authorities now have until August 17 to either approve or reject his bid to run. “This is the only president who will dance when Creole hip-hop is being played,” Jean said half-jokingly to a cheering audience in Port-au-Prince...
Legendary singer-songwriter Neil Young has adjusted the third U.S. leg of his fan-acclaimed Twisted Road solo tour in order to focus on areas of the country that have been affected by the long-ranging BP oil spill. The shows will focus on Florida and the Gulf Coast, with a special stop being made at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida on September 23...
Pre-packaged popsters are apparantly the top trend this year for the MTV Video Music Awards nominations, given that Lady Gaga has the most nods with thirteen, including two for Video of the Year. Detroit’s own Eminem is in Gaga’s company with eight nominations, and Florence and the Machine snagged five. A few modern rockers are making the VMAs scene as well - Broken Bells are up for Best New Artist, while Muse, 30 Seconds to Mars, MGMT, and Paramore are nominated for Best Rock Video. And in the Breakthrough Video category, typically a favorite one for modern rock/indie rock musicians, the nominations include Coldplay’s remarkable, chalk-drawn “Strawberry Swing” vid, along with additional vids from Dan Black, The Black Keys, and Gorillaz. The awards will happen September 12 on MTV...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
The Hives have just dropped a brand new EP, Tarred and Feathered, on ILG Records, a disc made up entirely of cover tunes played by the Swedish band. Included will be The Hives’ takes on Zero Boys’ “Civilization’s Dying” and Flash and the Pan’s “Early Morning Wake Up Call.” Get all the details on the EP and The Hives’ tour dates at www.thehivesbroadcastingservice.com...

MINI BUZZ:
In Black Eyed Peas-related news, singer Fergie is said to be contemplating starting work on another of her solo albums (although she’s reportedly not contemplating leaving the Peas)...
Blondie and The Pretenders are the first two acts booked for the A Day on the Green fest in Australia, a touring fest that will hit cities Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney, among others...
Portishead have spent most of their summer in the recording studio, working on their follow-up to their 2008 album, Third...
Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is set to release his own solo album, I Feel Like Playing, which will feature guest appearances from Slash and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea...
Another deluxe reissue of a David Bowie album is on the way this fall - Bowie’s 1976 classic Station to Station is due out in a deluxe and a special edition, complete with all sorts of bonuses, on September 20...
And congrats to Take That singer-slash-Brit-solo artist Robbie Williams, who just married his long-time girlfriend Ayda Field in Los Angeles...
And this week’s new release albums are hoping that they’re special enough for you to purchase right now... ON CD: American Hi-Fi’s Fight the Frequency... Chromeo’s Business Casual... and Klaxons’ Surfing the Void ... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column or your favorite musicians? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com

 
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