Sons & Daughters are among the bands to play Bumbershoot
photo by Jim Bennet
- The lineup for the 38th Annual Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival has just grown a bit (and shrunk a little). Band of Horses, Sons & Daughters, and The Black Keys are among the bands newly announced. Ludacris, though, had to bow out. Keep your eyes open for the full lineup, which will be released in July. But don’t wait until then -- you can buy 3-day passes for $80 (a savings of 20%) right now. Got to bumbershoot.org for more details.
- Mia Zapata of Seattle band The Gits was brutally raped and murdered on July 7, 1993. On July 4th of this year, fifteen years later almost to the day, a feature-length documentary titled The Gits opens at the Northwest Film Forum; the documentary chronicles the tragedy and its aftermath. View the trailer.
- Vampire Weekend, you have arrived; you’ve been name-checked in the comic strip Sally Forth. Pitchfork has the comic as well as slew of newly announced Vampire Weekend tourdates. How come nobody cares that the characters in this comic are pirating copyrighted material -- and flaunting it? Maybe the laws don’t extend to people that... you know... don’t really exist.
- Countdown to Sasquatch! Here’s “Ladies of the World”, a new Flight of the Conchords video.
- Thomas Dolby has a new live CD/DVD coming out, and from the looks of it, his stage attire is now a pair of swimming googles and a flashlight taped to his ear. Ah, those budgets were bigger in the 80′s...
- The annual Noise For The Needy festival is almost upon us, Seattle! It takes place June 11-15, and loads of performers are donating their time to help raise money for this year’s beneficiary, Urban Rest Stop. Urban Rest Stop is a non-profit that provides clean, safe and welcoming facilities where individuals and families can use restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. Among the many highlights of the festival schedule are The Black Angels with the Warlocks (Nuemo’s), Two Gallants (The Tractor), and Talib Kweli & Common Market (the Showbox). Check the NFTN website for the full schedule, listing all participating bands and venues.
- Simian Mobile Disco Remix The Go! Team, courtesy of You Ain’t No Picasso.
- The Moldy Peaches have rewritten one of their songs for a high-end resort in the Bahamas. The new version of “Anyone Else But You” touts the virtues of a good game of tennis and a lovely round of golf. Juno - it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Here’s the ad clip, via Rolling Stone. Hmm.
- Scarlett Johansson‘s new CD of Tom Waits covers, Anywhere I Lay My Head, comes out next week. It’s hard to recall an “actress turns singer” event that generated this much hoopla, and it seems largely to be as a result of her chutzpah at taking on music by the iconic Waits. Over at Imeem, you can now preview all the songs. Chances are you have an opinion about it already (heck, we all do); now we can actually hear it, and see if we were right or wrong!