Lifting their name from one of Shakespeare’s most acclaimed plays is an indication that Jersey-bred Titus Andronicus have massive cajones and don’t shy away from grand ambition. Their brand of punk epics recall everyone from Neutral Milk Hotel to Bruce Springsteen. 2010’s The Monitor, loosely based around the concept of the Civil War, is at once sprawling, sloppy, raw and glorious. Putting on one of the best shows of the Pitchfork Weekend, Titus are a wake-up call to synth-pop indie excess and a return to rock that really matters and can make grown men weep.
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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.
POPMATTERS SPONSOR—Platinum and gold-disc Tennessee rockers Paramore blast summer crowds with their alt rock, emo, pop punk sound on their headline Honda Civic Tour throughout the U.S. this summer. Get on your bike/hop in your car/race for the bus/catch a train or a plane or a boat—do what it takes to see the band, along with talented Tegan & Sara, hardcore rockers Newfound Glory, and the sweet songs of Kadawatha—perfect for summer. Before you go, enter the Honda Civic Tour Drive Away with Paramore Sweepstakes. (Tour schedule is posted below the jump).
While you’re securing your ride to this must-see summer concert, check out your chance to win a new ride—a sweet Paramore-customized Civic Si Coupe, or a snazzy MASI Speciale Fixed LTD Drop Bicycle, complete with Paramore’s logo and band autographs (feast your eyes on these prizes, here). You might also win the chance to meet-up with Paramore in California, nab an autographed Fender© Telecaster, make off with an autographed Flip Mino HDTM Video camera by Paramore, or snag Paramour Backpack with signed tour program and CD and more. Enter the contest here.
Fred Phelps’ notorious Westboro Baptist Church, the folks who bring their hateful signs and protests to events like military funerals, decided that they were going to take their act to Comic-Con this year. The result: exactly four Westboro protesters showed up while hundreds of Comic-Con attendees bearing dozens of hilarious signs showed up in counter-protest. See all the pics at Comics Alliance.
Just when it seemed as though Insane Clown Posse couldn’t possibly top themselves, their “Miracles” video appears to have been nothing more than a trailer for the world’s greatest infomercial: The 11th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos has hit the internet by way of over 17 minutes of some of the most curiously constructed foul language this side of a David Mamet play.
The gathering, billed as something of a Wild West with Faygo free-for-all, takes place in mid-August in a place called Cave-in-Rock, Illinois, within spitting distance of Kentucky.
While a 17-minute ad might seem excessive, the lineup boasts so many Juggalo-friendly acts over a four day period, anything shorter clearly wouldn’t have been thorough enough. The roster also includes a handful of “Seriously?!?!?” moments, including Todd Bridges, Slick Rick, Ron Jeremy and ‘80s prop comic Gallagher, who even in his heyday struggled to engage his own audiences in what he clearly believed to be thought-provoking material (“Why do they call ‘em apartments when they’re stuck together?”) when all they really wanted was to see him smash watermelon with a sledgehammer.
There’s also flashlight wrestling, “comradery” and artist seminars, where presumably how magnets work will finally be explained. Suburban kids from Petaluma to Poughkeepsie are packing their makeup kits in rapt anticipation.
Somewhere beyond the grave, Billy Mays is wondering whether he couldn’t have done something to prevent this.