Edgefest is expanding its horizons! Tell your friends that, alongside the two stellar stages of rock ‘n’ roll bands including Billy Talent, Silversun Pickups, Death From Above 1979, and The Sheepdogs, Edgefest 2012 will also serve up an Electronic Tent for the first time. The clear-span tent will be set up in a club-like fashion, with a stage, bars, and lighting to enhance the experience. The line-up includes DFA79/MSTRKRFT’s JFK doing double-duty along with Morgan Page, Tim Mason, The Stafford Brothers, Carl Louis & Martin Danielle, Jay Fay, and Stereotronique. Edgefest 2012 takes place July 14 at Downsview Park (#DNV).
CAN’T WAIT FOR VACCINES SHOT!
There are a ton of new releases heading our way in the coming months, but the one I’m most excited about is the the second album from The Vaccines. The London four-piece basically resurrected the best elememts of 2000s indie rock on their 2011 debut, What Did You Excpect From The Vaccines. Their touring time in North America was cut short due to throat issues incurred by vocalist Justin Young; with Young healthy once again, the band has completed record number two. The Vaccines Come of Age is slated for a Sept. 4 release, and we’ve got the first sampling of new material with the single “No Hope.” The band will soon get to rub shoulders with another band we hope to see over here in the next year: the resurrected Stone Roses, who have begun playing warm-up shows in 1,500-seat theatres (with Liam Gallagher cheering every move from the sound board) in advance of their European festival dates, including June 29 at Heaton Park in Manchester, where The Vaccines will provide main support for the first of the Roses’ three homecoming shows.
USA… USA… USA!
By the time the rollicking These United States hit the stage at The Garrison on June 22, the band will probably still be on a high from their show earlier in the week opening for Willie Nelson in New Haven, Connecticut. The Brooklyn band are touring behind their self-titled fifth LP and are at their avoid-the-truant-officer best on new tunes like “Born Young.” Speaking of Nelson, he’s just released a cover of Pearl Jam’s “Just Breathe,” one of the standout’s from PJ’s last studio album, 2009′s Backspacer. The track is taken from Nelson’s latest release, Hereos, which features a collaboration with Snoop Dogg, guest spots from his sons Lukas and Micha, some early cowboy tunes, as well as a cover of Coldplay’s “The Scientist.”