Monday News Roundup

Blake Sennett during The Elected's performance at KEXP
photo by Brittney Bush Bollay

  • The Ottawa Bluesfest isn’t renowned for spectacular displays of catastrophe, but that’s exactly what happened last night during Cheap Trick‘s performance: a severe thunderstorm decided to crash the party, leveling the stage in under 4 seconds. Miraculously, none of the band members were harmed – and neither was Death Cab for Cutie, who were due onstage next. More good fortune came with word of only three audience member hospitalizations, none with life-threatening injuries. ABC World News Now has the astonishing, apocalyptic video of the incident, and Ottawa Start has a gallery of photos of the destroyed stage.
  • Blake Sennett’s previous comments about the breakup of Rilo Kiley have been confirmed in a clarifying statement made by the guitarist to Spinner:

    Look, all bands have s—. Ours was no different. That’s all I was saying. The rest has been completely editorial. Most of the interview was in reference to me leaving music in general and my reasoning for doing so. Not Rilo Kiley specifically. This interview was supposed to be about the new Elected album I just released, and somehow became the official announcement of Rilo Kiley’s end. Perhaps I chose poorly in using the three inflammatory words all these blogs seem to like so much. So for that I’m sorry. As far as the band being over? We are. Rilo Kiley is officially broken up. It’s sad but it happens.

  • From the ashes of the old comes new beginnings: Reggie Watts has told New York Magazine that a collaboration with ex-LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy is in the works. Says the funnyman: “I think it’s going to be a seven-inch single with a remix on the other side. I would be the vocals and we would probably be doing some kind of a cover. I’m going to guess sometime next year, early next year, or maybe — he’s a fast dude! Maybe he’ll turn one around.”
  • The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been pretty quiet following the release of 2009’s It’s Blitz! and the subsequent supporting tour (that included stops at Sasquatch! and Bumbershoot), but now they’ve broken their silence. Or at least, Karen O has: the frontwoman has announced (via The Creators Project) a “psycho-opera,” described as “an assault on the tragic joys of youth.” Directed by Adam Rapp, the opera will be financed by The Creators Project’s multi-million dollar workshop, The Studio, and is slated for an October premiere at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse.
  • Aside from promoting their new album Build a Rocket Boys!, UK rockers Elbow have also been busy with… making their own beer. The beer takes the name of their new record, and is being brewed by Robinsons of Stockport. The official launch of the brew will be at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival in October. The beer itself is reportedly “a golden ale with a rich rounded body, smooth bitterness, subtle tang of malt and fruity aroma,” rounded out at 4% alcohol. No word on if the drink’s gonna make it Stateside, but it’d be neat!
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