Is it too early to get excited for Christmas? The B-52’s Fred Schneider is back, in all his Snuggie-clad glory, fronting a new band called the Superions. The trio have decided to make their debut this October with a yuletide gem entitled “Destination…Christmas!” on Fanatic Records. Singing about Red Dye No. 2 and Santa at the disco is just what you’d expect from Schneider, and I, for one, can’t wait.
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Metal/visual-kei superstars X Japan are performing in the United States for only the second time in their long history this weekend at Lollapalooza 2010. Festival organizer Perry Farrell took a personal interest in booking the Asian superstars for their huge Stateside gig, and to help promote their set he’s released a video where he discusses what fans can hope to see at Lollapalooza with X Japan founder Yoshiki.
Los Angeles’ Vincent Minor (known as Michael Mangia in a previous life) channels the Great American Songbook via Tin Pan Alley and Brill Building in his catchy pop tunes. Case in point is the rather ironically titled piano-driven “Heavy Metal Lover” that PopMatters is premiering today, which will appear on Minor’s upcoming self-titled debut album this September from Social Science Recordings. One hears a bit of Burt Bacharach on this tune too, which is always a good thing. Minor is also a budding entrepreneur, having co-founded the gay speed dating group LA Lords. Along each stop on his upcoming tour, he’ll organize gay speed dating nights to help fund the tour itself. Now, that’s a clever and creative way to try to actually make money during these trying economic times for musical artists.
08/25 - DENVER, CO - Cervantes Masterpiece
09/02 - CHICAGO, IL - The Darkroom
09/10 - BOSTON, MA - PA’s Lounge
09/23 - NEW YORK, NY - Pianos
Minneapolis’ Gasoline Silver are a rawk band drawing influences from ‘70s American punk and a bit of British blues rock. Being a traditional power trio, they like to rock hard and this live clip today gives you a great idea of their overall aesthetic. Frontman Ron Franklin has three prior solo albums to his credit and for his latest endeavor, he’s teamed with Andy Hertel on drums and Josh Misner on synthesizers. Pulling the bass sounds from keyboards instead of a guitar immediately brings to mind the soul sounds of Stax, but also draws on British ‘60s beat like the Small Faces. Gasoline Silver’s self-titled debut will release 7 September via Victorian Pictures.
The quirky multi-talented duo Mates of States just released an all covers record entitled Crushes (The Covers Mixtape). To celebrate they recorded a live cover of the Replacements’ classic “I Will Dare” as part of the A.V. Club’s Undercover series. Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel recruited some help on drums, guitar and even trumpet.