I’ll Tell You What

There’s a band called J Roddy Walston & The Business. They’re just about the best band I’ve ever seen. Look at them, going bonkers at SXSW. (Thanks for the photo, Brendan.)

J Roddy runs the show, writes catchy songs, plays piano, jumps over piano. The Business is an all-star team, shredders. Together, they’re Baltimore, MD’s own version of The Faces. They play catchy anthemic DUDE ROCK that reminds me of Andrew WK and NRBQ. When Craig Finn says “bar bands,” I think “J Roddy Walston & The Business.”

Here’s the best part: If you’re in NYC this weekend, you can watch these hairy gents go apesh*t FOR FREE on Sunday, June 29. They’re opening for The (mighty) Hold Steady at JellyNYC’s first Pool Party of the 2008 season (2pm, McCarren Park Pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn).

Get there early.

Dizzee With Laughter

If a new video from The Brighton Port Authority, David Byrne of the Talking Heads, and UK grime sensation Dizzee Rascal doesn’t grab attention in the first place, MAYBE the naked people will!?! “Toe Jam,” the latest slab Dizzee lends his rhyming skills to, definitely turns heads — including the talking kind! OH! Yeah, we couldn’t resist.

Musically speaking (as if that really matters, I mean c’mon — naked people?) it’s pretty catchy, and you’ll want to sing and rap along with David and Dizzee, respectively. Of course, the FCC would cringe at this one if it wasn’t for the best part of the clip, those handy dandy censor bars. Keep a look out for how the video uses them to form everything from smiley faces to the best 80s invention not called the Rubix Cube: that’s right, a game of PONG! Incredible, huh?

MP3: Dizzee Rascal – Where’s Da Gs

Au Revoir Simone Serenades Just Art ’08

Everyone’s favorite all-girl, all-key indie pop troupe Au Revoir Simone will grace the stage tonight (albeit for a DJ set) at Just Art ’08 , a combo art show and general shindig hosted by the New York Civil Liberties Union Young Professionals at the PowerHouse Arena in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Proceeds will help the NYCLU, you know, continue to defend and promote the fundamental principles embodied in the Bill of Rights, the U.S Constitution and the New York Constitution, including freedom of expression and religion, and the rights to privacy, equality and due process of the law.

Good cause. Good band. What more could you ask for? Details after the jump.

MP3 : Au Revoir Simone – A Violent Yet Flammable World


Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: Dodos Extend Tour

As they say, travel broadens the mind. But San Francisco world-folk roaddogs The Dodos don’t have to make much effort in that department. After all, their exhilarating music has already been widely praised for its mind-broadening virtues. Still, that won’t keep them from traveling, as the duo recently added a slew of new shows to their already extensive Visiter tour. The new dates will lead drummer Logan Kroeber and guitarist/vocalist Meric Long throughout the US and Europe until October, with stops in England, Germany, and the Netherlands.

MP3: The Dodos – Fools

See all tour dates after the jump.

Bret Michaels IS Atlantic City…

…where the National Anthem might as well be “Talk Dirty To Me.” Where, if ever the American flag goes missing, an Ed Hardey skull cap is waiting in the wings to replace it. Where The Daily Rind felt downright patriotic, listening to Big John‘s boss and Poison‘s baddest dish out down and dirty rock n roll of premium 80s vintage. From power ballads like the book-writer “Every Rose” and “Something To Believe In,” to glam’d-out goodies like “Fallen Angel” and “Nothin But A Good Time” (ed note: they may, or may not, have played these songs — it’s hard to remember Atlantic City ), Bret Michaels and company were downright captivating at The House of Blues. Or, at the very least, they had a room full of Jersey skirts and Philly push-ups eating out of their hands.

Seriously, though, this dude is an American institution — click on the picture over there for video proof. Remember: apple pie, baseball, Chevrolet and glam metal survivors share an equal footing in our book. Rags to riches to rags to riches, you know? Oh, and when he and his band tore into a cover of Lynyrd Synyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” Bret shaking his rump in pocket-less, skin-grafted denim? Cue the waterworks, in 100% appreciation for the finest pursuit in the biz: to play American rock, to play it loud, and to impress throngs of chicks doing it.

Remarkably blurry photos after the jump.