Welcome to Red Bull’s weekly rock music bulletin, where we will be recalling some of the biggest and most unforgettable moments in the culture, as well as dish out exclusive news bits. This week we’ll be talking about the Billboard Charts, Jared Evan, the Honda Civic Tour, Mumford & Sons and more.
Billboard Charts: Movers and Shakers
This week, Seether obliterated the Billboard Charts. Since Adele is too damn comfortable on her throne, the South African alternative rockers settle for runner-up this week on the Billboard 200 as their latest effort “Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray” debuted at #2.
The sales were also good enough to secure them the #1 spot on the Alternative, Rock and Hard Rock Albums Charts.
For the 13th consecutive week, Foo Fighters hang atop the Alternative and Rock Songs Charts with “Rope,” and evidently, Mumford & Sons still refuses to go away. After a staggering 61 weeks on the Billboard 200, they somehow managed to take the #5 spot and re-claimed top position on the Folk Albums Chart.
Jared Evan: In Love
Jared Evan may be best known for his single “In Love With You,” as it has been used on HBO’s “Entourage” and currently tops the iTunes Singles Chart in Greece, but the genre-bending artist has something ten times cooler for people to check out.
The fusion singer recently shot a video for his latest record “The Light.” It’s a dance-driven rock-flavored track the features emotionally-charged performance painter David Garibaldi, who dances and paints a picture. It will by far be one of the coolest music videos of the 2011.
Eyes Set to Kill
Red Bull has exclusively learned that Eyes Set To Kill -- alongside Maphia Management -- will independently release their fourth studio album “White Lotus” on August 2 with the first track, “The Secrets Between,” being given away as a free download on June 16.
Though details are still scarce, it is known that the effort will feature heavier music and more singing from vocalist Alexia Rodriguez. More on this development in the weeks ahead.
The Honda Civic Tour
The Honda Civic Tour is about to celebrate its 10th Anniversary, so for this year’s installment, the car company brought out the big guns. Headlining the 2011 Honda Civic Tour are legendary pop-punk trio Blink 182 and theatrical punk group My Chemical Romance.
Tapped as opening acts are Manchester Orchestra, Rancid and Matt & Kim. The tour launches on August 5 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey and will conclude on October 15 at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre in San Diego, California.
Members of the Blink 182 and My Chemical Romance fan clubs will have access to special pre-sale packages, available on June 6. As for the general public, they can get their tickets beginning June 10 at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.
Mumford & Sons
They might not be the American version of Mumford & Sons, but Minerva Lions are a new breed of their own. The Brooklyn-based indie folk rockers -- who have only been around for a few months -- will be releasing their six-track EP debut “Great Strides, Priestess & Queen” on June 21st. They are slated to play a couple of New York shows with Dengue Fever and Nicole Atkins. “Megrims” will serve as Minerva Lions’ leadoff single.
Move over Charlie Sheen and Sparks The Rescue; City Lights are now #winning. The up-and-coming Columbus, Ohio-bred rock outfit have just signed with InVogue Records and are planning to drop their debut album “In It To Win It” on July 26th. It’s been three years in the making, but now City Lights can brighten up music heads all throughout the nation with their heavily infectious pop-punk blend.
Living with Lions
Controversy sells, but for Living With Lions, it also comes with a refund. The Vancouver punk quintet’s recently released album “Holy Shit,” which was entirely funded by a Canadian government program called the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings (FACTOR), has received a heavy backlash for their tasteless artwork.
Inside the booklet of “Holy Shit” is a sketch of the birth of Jesus Christ -– except Jesus isn’t human, but instead portrayed as a baby piece of poop wrapped in toilet paper. Furthermore, there is second sketch of the grown-up turd rising up from a toilet -– a blatant knock on Jesus rising from the dead.
On the heels of a heavy criticism from the media, fans and Canadian government, Living With Lions released a joint statement. The band said, “The content of our artwork for our new recording was created out of our passion for satire and absurdist humor.
The lyrical and musical content of this record does not contain any commentary on religion, nor does it use pejorative or malicious voice against any particular group of people (excluding possibly some of our ex-girlfriends).
When the idea came up to simply alter the artwork for ‘Holy Shit’ without having to expedite the repayment to FACTOR, we chose to entirely return the money so that ‘Holy Shit’ can forever remain true to the original format.” And just like that, Canada is $13,248 richer.
Ending on a positive note (for us music heads, at least), the two previously unreleased tracks that are slated to appear on Arcade Fire’s deluxe edition of “The Suburbs” have leaked online. Peep out “Culture War” below!
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