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?
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.
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.
…where the National Anthem might as well be “Talk Dirty To Me.” Where, if ever the American flag goes missing, an Ed Hardeyskull 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.
On Saturday, June 14th, The Daily Rind had the opportunity to interview Lauren Harris in Holmdel, NJ, before her killer set opening for Iron Maiden. The daughter of Maiden bassist Steve Harris, Lauren has been playing to larger crowds than most musicians can ever dream of over the last 3 years, and with her debut album having just come out on Demolition Records, she’s proving herself as a strong artist in her own right. We sat down for a chat on an oppressively humid afternoon literally hours before a thunder storm ripped across the tri-state area. Fitting, considering Lauren’s album title:Calm Before the Storm.
DR: So how has the tour been going so far?
LH: It’s been great! I’ve never played [a big tour in] North America before but it’s really been good and everyone’s been really great.
Cool. And is this your first time on the road overall?
No, I’ve been on tour with Maiden for about 18 months or so now, with some breaks in between, and I’ve toured with Within Temptation, Thunder, The Answer… been doing quite a lot for the last few years
That’s great. Have you had a favorite show so far on this tour?
Wow, you know, my favorite show is gonna be probably tomorrow’s show, ‘cause I’ve never played at The Garden, so it’s gonna be amazing, I can’t wait.
Has anything really crazy happened on the tour?
Nothing that I can probably mention, um but yeah, crazy things happen all the time, especially with the guys, they’re the rock ‘n roll stars.