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.
What a week it has been for Bon Iver. The Wisconsin indie troupe’s self-titled sophomore set debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. It was the highest rock showing of the week, which in turn gave them top position on the Alternative and Rock Albums Charts.
Though Death Cab For Cutie tops the Alternative Songs Chart with their single “You Are A Tourist,” Foo Fighters and Mumford & Sons still maintain a presence. For the 18th consecutive week, the Dave Grohl-fronted band remains at #1 on the Rock Songs Chart with “Rope” and Mumford & Sons enjoy another week as kings of the Folk Albums Chart with “Sigh No More.”
Annie Automatic's Debut Album
Annie Automatic will be releasing their debut album “Don’t Look Down” on August 23rd. The full-length comes nearly two years after they dropped the “Fighting Chances” EP. The five-track collection included the single “Nepenthe” and an acoustic cover of “Over The Rainbow” featuring Kaley Cuoco. Prepare for the fun that comes from the colorful lunatic that is Annie Automatic later this summer!
Maynard James Keenan is back on his Puscifer kick! Keenan, the front man for both Tool and A Perfect Circle, will be releasing the rock project’s new effort “Conditions Of My Parole” on October 18th through their own label, Puscifer Entertainment. “Man Overboard” will serve as the leadoff single and will be available for download on July 19th. “Conditions Of My Parole” –- the follow-up to 2007’s “V Is For V*****” -- was recorded in Jerome, Arizona and was produced by Keenan, Mat Mitchell and Josh Eustis.
New Album from Wilco
Speaking of autumn releases, Wilco will be dropping their eighth studio album “The Whole Love” on September 27th. It will be a 12-track collection. “I Might” has been named as the first single. Also, the Chicago alternative rock troupe has announced dates for a fall tour in support of the effort. The trek will kick off September 13th at Murat Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana and is set to conclude on October 5th at Overture Hall in Madison, Wisconsin.
Drop Kick Murphys Headline Hometown Show
The Dropkick Murphys are coming back home to Beantown! The hometown heroes will headline two very important shows at Boston’s Fenway Park on September 8th and 9th where a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund -- an organization that helps to support the state’s families of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Fellow Beantown residents The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have been tapped to perform at both shows. Additional acts will be announced in the weeks to come.
Justin Timberlake's MySpace
MySpace has been sold … again. The social networking site was purchased by Specific Media for an estimated $35 million. That isn’t a small number by any means, but when News Corp. bought MySpace back in 2005, they paid an astonishing $580 million. Also, in an interesting twist, Justin Timberlake will own a stake in the new venture. Just to think, only one year ago, the pop star was a main character in the Academy Award-winning motion picture “The Social Network” -- a movie loosely based on the creation of rival social media site Facebook.
Stephen Colbert and Jack White
Last week, Stephen Colbert documented his weeklong journey where he attempted to convince Jack White, a.k.a. the “Grammy Factory,” into producing a song with him. Through a series of sketches, the comedic news anchor was successful in his bid and ended up recording “Charlene II (I’m Over You)” with The Black Belles -- an all female goth-rock quartet from White’s label Third Man Records. The single, which is the follow-up to Colbert’s restraining order award-winning smash “Charlene, I’m Right Behind You,” is available now on iTunes.
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