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None - August 19th, 2011  

St. Patrick’s Day will arrive a little early - namely this September - when the Dropkick Murphys host the first annual Shamrock-N-Roll Festival, set to take place September 8 and 9 in the band’s hometown of Boston, with several touring shows to follow. In addition to the Murphys, The Mahones, Street Dogs, Chuck Ragan, and several other national and regional acts will perform at the event, which will also include a boxing demonstration and autograph session with boxer “Irish” Micky Ward, who inspired the movie The Fighter… The Black Keys are back in the studio, working on a set that frontman Dan Auerbach has said is much faster and less soulful/rootsy than previous efforts. Fans shouldn’t expect guitar solos, mid-tempo balladry, or more Black Keys’ trademark musings; the next set has a more aggressive attitude, perhaps due in part to its helming production-wise by the equally peppy Danger Mouse… If you’re an Angels and Airwaves fan - and you’re fortunate enough to be near one of the 460 movie theaters that will be participating (no exact word on which ones just yet) - you just might be able to watch the band live on-screen during their upcoming one-night, multimedia event in which the band will perform a trio of songs live from Boston to those aforementioned movie theaters across the country. A moderated question-and-answer session and the premier of the band’s new music video will also be on the program…

Austin, Texas post-rockers Explosions in the Sky have announced a U.S. tour for this fall, which will serve as nifty promotion for the band’s latest album, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care. Kicking off in September at the Rialto Theater in Tucson, Arizona, the tour trek will see Explosions bringing along Baltimore folkrockers Wye Oak as their opening act, and the tour itself will arrive hot on the heels of Explosions’ appearance at the UK’s Green Man festival in Brecon Beacons. Additional shows on the fall schedule for Explosions will include San Diego (9/2), Dallas (9/16), Toronto (10/7), Royal Oak MI (10/8 at the Royal Oak Music Theater), and Minneapolis (10/10)…


Now is a great time to plan ahead for your winter vacation, with lots of deals going on and you getting a major head start on your plans. So why are we pitching travel in a music column? Well, because Weezer are launching their own cruise - dubbed, of course, The Weezer Cruise - which will ship out from Miami,

Florida and will cruise to Cozumel, Mexico, complete with music from Lou Barlow, Wavves, Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr., and of course Weezer themselves. Get all the info, your tix, and bring your sweater on over to…


Greg Dulli’s Twilight Singers will present a special whole-album concert in San Francisco this fall; the band will perform their Blackberry Belle set in its entirety at the Great American Music Hall on September 17… Pearl Jam will kick off a South American tour on November 4 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, wrapping up in Mexico City on November 24… Portugal. The Man will be touring this fall, too, starting a little earlier in California on September 27 to promote their newest set, In the Mountain on the Cloud… Wyclef Jean is being a little cryptic about his next album - he’s titled it Feel Good Music, but is giving fans no clue as to the content of the album or its release date… Mary J. Blige will be releasing a companion set to her sophomore album, My Life, with the October release of My Life Too: the Journey Continues… Replacements founding member and Soul Asylum/ Guns N’ Roses sometimes bass player Tommy Stinson will release his second solo album, One Man Mutiny, on August 30, with part of the album’s proceeds going to the Timkatec Schools in Haiti…

And these artists are releasing their own albums this week… Jeff Bridges’ musical efforts on Jeff Bridges… Gold Leaves’ The Ornament… Azure Ray’s Maria Taylor’s Overlook… The War on Drugs’ Slave Ambient… and CSS’ La Liberacion… and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

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