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In this week’s edition of the Rock Report, Bon Iver takes their Grammy hate to new heights, St. Vincent unveils their new music video and Our Lady Peace announces a new album. Also, an exclusive with Ugly Kids Club. This, and much more, in the Rock Report!
Ahead of the Curve
Our Lady Peace, the Canadian rock troupe, perhaps best known for their hits “Clumsy” and “Somewhere Out There,” will release their brand new album “Curve” on April 3rd. Fueled by the leadoff single “Heavyweight,” it is their eighth studio effort and first since 2009’s “Burn Burn.”
Bon Iver and the Grammys
Bon Iver previously expressed their distaste for the Grammys, but now, the band have taken it to a whole other level. In a recent interview with Billboard, front man Justin Vernon revealed that the Wisconsin-based collective declined an invitation to perform at the Awards ceremony, which takes place this Sunday Night, after being asked to collaborate with another artist on stage.
"We just felt like it was such a large stage, we're getting nominated for this record that we made,” Vernon told Bilboard.com. “Me and Brian [Joseph] and a bunch of our fucking friends and we were given accolades for it, and all of a sudden we were being asked to play music that had nothing to do with that. We kind of said 'fuck you' a little bit and they sort of acted like they wanted us to play, but I don't think they wanted us to play."
In other Bon Iver news, the group kicks off a headlining Spring tour April 12th at The Joint in Las Vegas, Nevada. The troupe will also play the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 27th and the Sasquatch Music Festival on May 27th in George, Washington.
Van's Warped Tour
Two weeks into February and thus far, over 50 bands have been attached to the 2012 Van’s Warped Tour. Seven more bands were added this week including CatchingYourClouds, Captain Capa, Champagne Champagne, G-Easy, iwrestledabearonce, Oh No Fiasco and We Are The In Crowd.
Orion Music + More
There’s always room for one more festival. Metallica will launch Orion Music + More -- an annual two-day music, arts and lifestyle festival on June 23rd and 24th at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Headlined by the legendary metal outfit themselves, the event will feature a broad spectrum of artists. Already tagged to the bill are Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Cage The Elephant, The Gaslight Anthem and Modest Mouse. Stay tuned to Red Bull for more details.
St. Vincent's New Video
St. Vincent has put herself on display. Literally. The indie singer-songwriter recently unveiled the official video for “Cheerleader,” off her third studio album “Strange Mercy.” In the clip, a life-like porcelain doll that is Annie Clark is on exhibit and erected in an art studio as she sings with dreary pop track.
Ugly Kids Club Exclusive
Ugly Kids Club are making some pretty cool music. Formed in early 2011, the Nashville, Tennessee-based duo -- comprised of Midwestern songwriters Aleigh Shields and Grammy-nominated rock producer Steve Wilson -- chose this specific moniker to make a statement. “We decided on our name as a stake in the sand saying we don't care if we're the ugly ones -- the ones who aren't concerned with the status quo or the hippest trend or the pressure of trying to stay ahead of some imaginary curve,” Shields explains.
The electro rock duo started their plot for world domination with their recently released self-titled EP. It’s a hypnotic 6-track collection with catchy lyrics and an industrial flair. Highlights include “Justitia,” “My Soul” and a cover of the Talking Heads’ “Burning Down The House.” Every song on the EP also has its own music video.
“We had a rule going into the EP process that none of our songs would be romantic,” Shields explains. “Anyone can write about happy things, you know? Love is cool, and we may eventually write a love song, but life has such a wide array of emotions and situations that consume us that we wanted to explore. So we pulled from concepts in our own lives.”
Although Ugly Kids Club are booking shows in support of the self-titled EP, they already have their eyes to the future. The duo are currently recording new songs in anticipation for a full-length debut and are also working on a film with behind-the-scenes footage, live performances and incorporation of all the songs on the album.
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