Today in Music: Denied!

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Tonight Datarock cheers only for Liverpool FC

I’ve already heard a lot of Sasquatch-goers bemoaning M.I.A.‘s recently cancellation due to visa problems. Although she will surely be missed, the British-born Sri Lankan would have been only one of many highlights of the event. The festival at The Gorge still promises Bjork, Beastie Boys, Interpol, Arcade Fire, and many other great bands, so there doesn’t seem much to complain about. However, denied M.I.A. fans may console themselves with the fact that they are not alone. The music news is full of other stories of fans, musicians and others being denied:

  • Canadian hopefuls Handsome Furs, who just released their debut Plague Park on Sub Pop, were denied entrance to the U.S., and, according to Pitchfork, were forced to cancel six scheduled dates. According to the band’s MySpace page, you can thank “the fists of the US Border Protection Services and The Department of Homeland Security” for stymying the visa process.
  • NME has reported the both Elton John and the Norwegian group Datarock have canceled tour dates. Denied fans of the knighted British rock star can thank his promoter, who failed to guarantee the now-nixed shows, while those denied the Norwegian “new rave” experience (I’m guess that there are few fans of both) can blame tonight’s canceled Liverpool performance and the not-to-be-missed Champions League final. Thanks to Badminton Stamps for hosting this song:
  • Datarock – I Used To Dance With My Daddy (MP3)

  • Fans at Brooklyn’s Studio B were denied a full performance by Lady Sovereign but also treated to a bizarre one. As reported on Brooklyn Vegan, the diminutive British rapper performed a few songs half-heartedly and then broke down on stage. While the histrionics may have only been an act to fuel her online video tour diary, Lady Sov told the crowd that she had “just come out of a depression” and that she’s “so broke it’s disgusting,” and then, to the boos of the audience, walked off stage. Witness the breakdown for yourselves:
  • You won’t see John Mayer breaking down after his recent split with Jessica Simpson. In fact, Mayer, who makes a better comedian than musician, seems quite upbeat. Check out his surprisingly humorous schtick on being single, made available from College Humor (via Line Out):
  • Will Bothell’s American Idol finalist, Blake Lewis, be denied on tonight’s final episode? Travis Hay of Ear Candy, a devoted Blake fan, weighs in on the Bon Jovi singing, beat-boxing champ.
  • A recent Entertainment Weekly review called Wilco‘s latest album, Sky Blue Sky, to “the best Eagles album the Eagles never put out” — a claim which Tweedy and co. denied in a recent interview with Spinner, which will be be available on June 1. For further proof, Fluxblog reviewed “Walken” and didn’t mention a thing about the Eagles!
  • Wilco – Walken (MP3)

  • Who wouldn’t want to jump ditches in the General Lee or slide across its glossy orange hood? Apparently a lot of people. Three Imaginary Girls (via TMZ) report that former “Dukes of Hazard” star John “Bo Duke” Schneider unsuccessfully tried to auction the ’69 Charger in hopes a garnering a few million dollars in exchange for this questionably historic cultural artifact.
  • Denial is certainly the theme of The Wombats‘ latest video, “Kill the Director,” in which the young Scousers chant “this is no Bridget Jones” as their potential love lives fizzle. Watch the amusing video here (thanks to The Tripwire) and look for the single on June 25:
  • And here’s another video within our theme today: Lily Allen’s puppet-rific “Alfie.” The luxuries she denies her creepy little brother are certainly for his own good, as you’ll see here:

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