Today in Music: Knackered

The Fratellis cancel tour dates
photo by Danilo Corci

Remember when I said that this town was infested with bands? Well, now it seems like they’re dropping like flies. In the latest news to follow cancellations by Lily Allen, The View, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Arcade Fire, now The Fratellis have canceled tour a slew of U.S. tour dates, including their Seattle slot with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, claiming to be “knackered” after their Coachella performance last weekend.

  • Due to serious illness from food poisoning, Muse was forced to cancel their tour dates as well. Also poisoned, tourmates My Chemical Romance. Not to make light of a potentially serious situation, but stay away from that tour bus!
  • Shelves of Vinyl, who apparently share my brain, reports that Beriut has rescheduled their NYC shows after having to cancel them earlier due also to fatigue.
  • At least Britney Spears wasn’t going to let a little bad press (or two young children, an alleged addiction, and a failed marriage) keep her off the stage. Last night at the San Diego House of Blues, Spears, who performed under the moniker The M&M’s, launched into her brief quasi-burlesque performance with “Baby One More Time.”
  • The Beastie Boys revealed to XFM that they gave up on the title “Thick Like Beyonce’s Leg” for their next album and are instead considering “The Mix-Up,” even though it will apparently feature the boys playing their own instruments rather than sampling. When asked about their Live Earth performance scheduled for July 7 at Wembley Stadium, Mike D responded, “our heads are going to explode, which is a real stadium sized feat. Not until the end of the show obviously as we’ll need out heads through the show, but at the end they will explode.”
  • Suggesting a technique that just might keep some of these bands alive, a new Interpol song entitled “The Heinrich Maneuver” leaked to the Internet yesterday. You can read about the song and listen to it now at Spinner.
  • Before he drops off the map, Babyshambles’ Pete Doherty has gone back to rehab. According to Aversion, he’ll get a naltrexone implant to combat his herion addiction.
  • Just so you don’t get knackered yourself, kick back and watch these videos, collected here for you, and a new song by Blue Scholars, hosted by Prefix:

    Blue Scholars – Back Home (MP3)

    Since you can’t see The Fratellis in the US, you might as well watch this video:

    Thanks to Pitchfork for this outstanding Beirut video:

    If you’re anxious for the new Polyphonic Spree album, here’s a video for the title track:

    If you’ve got any interesting music news to share or songs you think we should be listening to, please email us at

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    1. marisa
      Posted May 2, 2007 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

      Will someone tell these bands about pacing themselves??!! Though with what seemed like 50 performances at SXSW, is this any surprise about the Fratellis?? They better start their next tour on the west coast…with a second album.

    2. Posted May 2, 2007 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

      Not to be cynical, ’cause I love them, but I expect the next time they’re in town they’ll be headlining instead of opening.

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    1. […] And finally, you might recall that Muse and My Chemical Romance had to cancel their tour due to food poisoning. It seems that MCR fans called out the offending source of the bands’ salmonella in response rather violently. According to Spinner, the Williamsburg, VA, eatery received death threats from devotees of the band. […]

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