Music Newslettes For 4.12.07
• The preliminary lineup for Lollapalooza was inadvertently leaked yesterday. Rolling Stone was alerted to an early advertisement for the festival from a Wisconsin newspaper that contained the roster, so they posted some of it on their blog Wednesday. Running Aug. 3-5 in Chicago’s Grant Park, it is now officially confirmed that the fest will feature The Stooges, Pearl Jam, My Morning Jacket, Muse, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse, TV on The Radio, LCD Soundsystem, Interpol, Patti Smith, Snow Patrol, Regina Spektor, Lupe Fiasco, Femi Kuti, Amy Winehouse, The Hold Steady, Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party (which played the fest two years ago), The Roots, The Black Keys, Kings of Leon , Spoon, Daft Punk, Ben Harper, Yo La Tengo, Sean Lennon, Son Volt, Peter Bjorn and John, Roky Erickson, Tapes N Tapes, Blonde Redhead, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Sparklehorse, Stephen Marley and more. And congrats to Cincinnati’s Heartless Bastards, who are also included in the initial lineup announcement. The Bastards previously played the huge Bonnaroo fest in Tennessee and this year has already seen them play historic venues like Radio City Music Hall, on their tour with Lucinda Williams.
• I swear I never watch American Idol (though I am intrigued by the vote-for-the talentless-teenager acts of sabotage), but last night I flipped to Fox and saw Jennifer “J-Lo” Lopez trying desperately to belt out a tune. I guess she tutored the contestants recently. Lopez is the epitome of a celebrity who can’t sing using every tech trick in the book to try and sound like she can. Hmm, now that I think about it, maybe she is the perfect Idol tutor? Still, it seems a bit like Cincinnati mayor Mark Mallory giving a pitching clinic to a Triple A baseball team.
• Saturday’s show by Texas rockers Flyleaf (think a less annoying Evanescence) at Bogart’s has been cancelled “due to illness.” As we wrote this week, the show was to be part of the return of local hard rockers American Hardcore, who were to open the Bogart’s concert. The band’s Jim Rodgers says he expects AH will be on the bill when it is rescheduled. American Hardcore’s show at the Poison Room Saturday (part of owner Tony Dotson’s birthday extravaganza) is still on. It is their first show back since reconnecting with original singer Dean Alexander.
• Quirky Indie Pop heroes Of Montreal, whose latest video for “Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse” is an absolute trip (love the Glam-meets-Camelot-meets-Mumenschanz outfits!), are the musical guests on Late Night With Conan O’Brien tonight. Hope they wear the costumes! Or at least we hope they wear something. Pitchfork recently announced that they helped facilitate the sale of a fan’s photos of OM frontguy Kevin Barnes naked on stage to Playgirl magazine. Barnes seems thrilled (or at least not totally embarrassed) by the prospect of having his junk on display in the mag. “I’m kind of a little bit flattered that it would get so much attention,” he told Pitchfork. Indie dudes stripping down for Playgirl may be the trend of the moment — Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) also will appear in the mag, though reportedly in a posed layout and, sadly (depending on your lusty tastes), only shirtless and in jean shorts. Who’s next? Whip it out, Robert Schneider of Apples in Stereo!
— Mike Breen