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In this week’s edition of the Rock Report, Foo Fighters dominate the Grammys, Bon Iver gets awkward and Beach Boys leave the sand for the road. Jason Mraz announces his new album and Bonnaroo announces its lineup. Also, an exclusive from High Society about “Shit Band Guys Say.” This, and much more, in the Rock Report.
Foo Fighters Big Night at the Grammys
Adele might have cleaned up this past Sunday at the Grammys, but Foo Fighters kept the house pretty tidy as well! Despite losing Album Of The Year to the “Rolling In The Deep” singer, the quintet took home five Grammys including Best Rock Album for “Wasting Light,” Best Rock Song for “Walk” and Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for “White Limo.” They also performed twice, and Dave Grohl closed out the show by playing guitar alongside Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney.
Awkward Night for Bon Iver
Bon Iver, who spent the past few months dissing the Grammys, had a rather big night. Though the Wisconsin four-piece lost to Adele in the Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year categories, they manage to grab two awards for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album for their self-titled sophomore set. Then Justin Vernon went on stage and proceeded to give the most awkward acceptance speech of the night which can be seen here.
The Beach Boys on Tour
Fresh off their Grammy performance, Beach Boys will reunite for a North American. It’s slated to launch April 24th at the Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater in Tucson, Arizona and runs through July 15th at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Amphitheater in Stateline, Nevada. More dates are expected to be announced.
Jason Mraz and his Big Secret
Jason Mraz has finally revealed his big secret. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter will release his long anticipated fourth studio album “Love Is A Four Letter Word” on April 17th. The 12-track collection will be fueled by the passionate single “I Won’t Give Up,” which has already exceeded over 500,000 sales alone.
Music Festival News
Music campers, hold onto your iPods and lanterns because the line up for the 2012 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has finally been announced! The four-day event, which goes down from June 7th to June 10th in Manchester, Tennessee, will feature 125 bands and over 20 comedians by the time it’s all said and done.
Performing will be Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, Beach Boys, Bon Iver, Foster The People, The Avett Brothers, Alice Cooper, Ben Folds Five, Flogging Molly, The Civil Wars, Young The Giant, Bad Brains, St. Vincent, Skrillex and many more. Stay tuned for more details in coming weeks.
Speaking of festivals, Warped Tour keeps bloating with more and more bands. There have been six new additions to the summer concert series including Born of Osiris, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, Divided By Friday, Motionless In White, Transit and Wax.
High Society Going Viral
Influenced by the “Shit People Say” video phenomenon, the San Francisco-based alternative electro rock troupe decided to use that basic concept to help expand their name. That said, they wrote and shot “Shit Band Guys Say,” a clip that mimics the stereotypical actions and phrases younger rock artists tend to use far too often.
It’s pretty funny and, evidently, 200,000 people seem to think so. In just the two weeks it’s been uploaded on YouTube, it’s received nearly that many views. “It's still pretty crazy to us how it got so popular so fast. The promotion started as simple as our Facebook friends sharing it,” vocalist and bandleader James Guttman explains. But soon, websites posted the video on their homepages and the group even reached out to celebrities, who embraced the clip.
“We were also very specific about what kinds of people we hit up on Twitter when we were trying to get the word out,” the 21-year-old continues. “That resulted in seeing the likes of band members from The Maine, Woe, Is Me, and Trivium, among others, as well as radio & television personalities and even porn stars promoting it themselves, which led to it going viral. We're pumped that people liked enough to give it that kind of love.”
Although High Society pokes fun at artists who spend hours molding their hairstyle or constantly asking girls if they are of legal age, the San Francisco collective have learned that they themselves have a few things in common with the video. “It's funny because I didn't realize how many of those things I actually said until after the video had already been out,” Guttman admits. “I keep catching myself saying things from the video. Maybe I wasn't acting as much as I thought. I prefer cougars though, so the ‘you're 18, right’ line doesn't really apply. I will definitely be doing the ‘Aqua Dragon’ at shows, except it will be with Red Bull, not water.”
Awesome. Check back next week for part II of our exclusive with High Society.
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