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 dishing out some exclusive news bits.
It might have been an abnormally quiet week for the rock culture, but there have been a couple of big happenings. For instance, on this week’s Billboard 200 Album Chart, a couple of bands made some high debuts and one group in particular refuses to go away.
Chart Topping Albums
The Strokes landed at #4 with their new effort Angels, beating out this week’s other hot debut Vices & Virtues by Panic! At The Disco, who came in at #7. Not only have The Strokes beaten out Panic! At The Disco on the Billboard 200, but they topped the Rock and Alternative Albums Chart as well.
Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More remains in the Billboard 200 top ten for the 53rd straight week, this time grabbing the #8 slot. They also held down the top spot on the Folk Albums Chart, just furthering speculation that Mumford & Sons will never be dethroned from the top spot of that chart. Lastly, for the fifth week in a row, The Foo Fighters’ remain atop the Rock and Alternative Songs Charts with their single “Rope.”
New Bands for 2011 Warped Tour
Ladies and Gentlemen, the 2011 Warped Tour lineup just got a little hotter. Nine new bands have been added to the bill, all of which are headlining acts in their respective sub-genres. Just announced for the summer’s hottest festival are hardcore pop-punk troupe A Day To Remember, alternative hip-hop fused outfit Gym Class Heroes, hardcore metal five-piece August Burns Red, electro-rock duo 3OH!3, punk rock band Against Me!, and metalcore collectives The Devil Wears Prada, Asking Alexandria and Attack Attack! Also, pop rock sensation Paramore will be playing select dates.
The Hazelnut Hang
Sister Hazel, best known for the 1997 smash hit “All For You,” have announced their sixth annual Hazelnut Hang. The three-day event, scheduled to take place from June 3rd to June 5th at The Windjammer in Isle Of Palms, South Carolina, will feature concerts on all three dates. Additionally, there will be meals, a sand castle contest and plenty of interaction time with Sister Hazel, not to mention a special acoustic set featuring the group’s front man Ken Block and rhythm guitarist Andrew Copeland. Tickets are limited.
Super Ball IX with Phish
Phish has also announced a three-day event of their own. The Vermont music legends, whom perhaps the most incredible cult following ever seen in all of mankind, will hold the Super Ball IX – their ninth installment of their festival – from July 1st to July 3rd at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York. In addition to numerous band performances, there will be countless activities, attractions and art installations going on throughout the festival. Tickets for Super Ball IX go on sale April 4th and will be $200.00. Sounds kinda steep, but anyone who purchases tickets will also be treated to a free MP3 download of each set Phish performs at Super Ball IX.
More than a Simple Plan
Everybody’s favorite French Canadian pop punk quintet, Simple Plan, have officially premiered their new song “Can’t Keep My Hands Off You” featuring Weezer front man Rivers Cuomo and damn, is that song catchy as hell! The single, which will appear on Walt Disney’s teen movie Prom, will serve as the leadoff to their upcoming studio album. The effort drops June 21st and a title has yet to be named.
LCD Soundsytem at MSG
And in a closing note, LCD Soundsystem will be playing their last show ever this Saturday Night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Red Bull would like to thank LCD Soundsystem for their contributions to the rock music culture over the past several years. With that said, let’s take one last look at one of their finest videos to commemorate the occasion.
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