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. This week we’ll be focusing on the constant moving and shaking of the Billboard Charts, the rise of Mexican singer-songwriter Ximena Sarinana, Nick 13’s solo project and We Are Augustines’ debut album.
Moving Up the Charts
After debuting last week at #2 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart last week, Seether dips down to #11, but manages to hold onto the top spot on the Hard Rock Albums Chart with “Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray.”
The other charts they previously reigned over, however, no longer belong to them and that’s because of Foster The People. This pop rock outfit dropped their debut album “Torches,” which premiered at #8 on the Billboard 200 --the highest selling rock artist of the week. As a result, they hit the #1 spot on both the Alternative and Rock Albums Charts.
Some things, however, never change. For the 14th week, Foo Fighters stand strong at the top of the Alternative and Rock Songs Charts with “Rope” and Mumford & Sons are still the kingpins of the Folk Albums Chart thanks to their effort “Sigh No More.”
Ximena Sarinana, who has been doing tour dates with Motown-flavored collective Fitz & The Tantrums, will be releasing her self-titled album on August 2, 2011. This will be the Mexican singer-songwriter’s English-language debut and it’s coming off the heels of her first album, 2008’s “Mediocre,” which earned her a Grammy nomination.
The first single will be “Different,” an indie little ditty that has a muppet-inspired video. It’s quite clever! Peep it below.
Holy cannoli! Since the 2011 edition of The Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival sold out in less than seven days, the concert organizers decided to expand the festival to two weekends next year!
The first three-day event will take place from April 13 through April 15 and the second will go down just a week later on April 20 through April 22. The lineups will be virtually the same. Also, weekend passes for Coachella 2012 go on advance sale beginning June 3, but you only have until June 10 to take advantage of this opportunity. For more info, head to Coachella.com.
Nick 13 of Tiger Army
Nick 13, the front man and guitarist of Tiger Army, is taking a brief vacation from the punk rock world to release his country-flavored solo project. The dynamo will drop his self-titled album on July 7 through Sugar Hill Records -- the Americana label that brought you music from Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs and Nickel Creek. The effort, which will feature both electric and acoustic compositions, has been two years in the making.
But that isn’t the only artist pulling the old switcharoo. Bill Gaal, formerly the bassist of metal group Nothingface, is focusing back on his rock music project In For The Kill and plans to release a sophomore set later on this summer through S6 Records. Though details are scarce, it’s confirmed that ex-Nothingface drummer Chris Houck will be featured on the album. More news on this development in the coming weeks.
We Are Augustines
Brooklyn, stand up! Home borough indie rock trio We Are Augustines will be releasing their debut album “Rise Ye Sunken Ships” on August 23. The group is comprised of ex-Pela members singer/guitarist Billy McCarthy and bassist Eric Sanderson, and complimented by drummer Rob Allen. Some of the tracks to appear on the effort include “The Instrumental,” “Book Of James” and “Headlong Into The Abyss,” which will be iTunes “Single of the Week” beginning June 7. Also, “Chapel Song” will appear on Starbuck’s digital summer sampler mix.
Tom Maxwell, best known for his time in the Squirrel Nut Zippers and the man who wrote their hit record “Hell,” needs your help. The musician is writing a book documenting his time with the band, but more importantly, it will talk about the experiences and interpersonal difficulties he endured when his child was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2006. Fortunately, his son kicked it and completed his treatment last year.
Now, Maxwell is dedicating his time to pen a memoir that will entertain fans and also empower parents who are going through a similar struggle. The former Squirrel Nut Zipper has launched a Kickstarter.com campaign to help spread awareness, so if you have a few extra dollars, please consider helping him out with his mission. His page can be found HERE.
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