Gimme News Weekly Wrap-Up: April 10-16

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Friday, April 10:
-- Pet Shop Boys asked to change name by band of dimwits
"They might have gotten to Adam Ant (see the change from "Stand and Deliver" to "Save the Gorilla:), but they'll never get to the Pet Shop Boys."

Monday, April 13:
-- Lily Allen steals hearts at First Ave
"The pounding, electronic opening of "Everyone's At It" began, shadows swaying behind the dramatic white curtain, finally dropping to reveal Lily atop a small set of stairs with huge letter props spelling out her name at the back of the stage. Lights were pulsing and the London beauty danced between the flashes in her short, bird-patterned jumper."
-- Andrew Bird gets intimate at the Current studios
"The Current opened up its UBS Forum for another intimate performance last weekend, this time inviting virtuoso Andrew Bird to perform."
-- MPR's The Local Show changes hands
"...The new Local Show will expand into a two-hour program and will be hosted by Radio Free Current's David Campbell." -- Bonar and Bird stun the State Theatre
"Saturday night's show at the State Theater found its performers so stripped of all performative gimmickry, their virtuosic talents laid so nakedly bare, that the evening's emotional impact was almost oppressive in its weight and force."

Tuesday, April 14:
-- Prince unveils pricey book and iPod set
"Prince unveiled yet another new website yesterday, The Prince Opus, which outlines a new line of products available to a very select group of his wealthiest (or most obsessed) fans."
-- Mischke Mix: Monday, April 13 and Tuesday, April 14

Wednesday, April 15:
-- Phil Spector convicted of 2nd degree murder
"After a lengthy, painful mistrial in 2007; after dozens of inter office memos, lampooning Spector's outrageous in-court hairdos; after being tasered, cuffed and paraded about for over two years, Phil Spector's fate was finally sealed on Saturday afternoon, as a jury found the legendary record producer guilty of 2nd degree murder."
-- Trama releases mixtape, displays artwork at the MOA
"Local rapper Trama announced the launch of his new art website today, bertpaints.web.com, to promote his upcoming exhibit at the Mall of America."
-- Black Dice and Wolf Eyes come to Triple Rock this May
-- Kris Kristofferson stuns the Pantages
"The former Highwayman's fingers have slowed down a little, and more than once he had to fudge a lick when they failed him. But the errors were like scratches on an oft-played record; they're there to remind you how long you've enjoyed the album."

Thursday, April 16:
-- Bon Iver's Justin Vernon joins Sarah Siskind at the Cedar
"Siskind played the Cedar Cultural Center last Saturday night, opening for Bill Frisell, and naturally her set included "Lovin's for Fools." As a surprise, she asked a friend to join her for the song, and Vernon hopped up on stage to sing the song as a duet, with Frisell joining in on guitar."
-- Flyer of the Week: Me and My Arrow
-- Soundset line up announced
"Grab your Kangol, and start arranging rides to and from Shakopee. If last year was any indication, it's going to be a long, loud, sweaty day."
-- Dance Band frontman bows out
"Picked 2 Click funkers Dance Band got a touch of rough news today as Captain Octagon, the charismatic, perpetually semi-nude front man of the heralded local outfit, announced that he will be bowing out of the band he helped start."
-- Solid Gold announce headlining show at First Ave
-- Mischke Mix: Thursday, April 16

From the City Pages:

-- Black Blondie demand attention with their stellar debut
"Although Black Blondie "officially" formed in 2006, Draper and Baron have known each other since they were teens (they're in their late 20s now), and once upon a time played in a youth symphony together (both went on to earn degrees in music from the U of M). As for the band's name, it is indeed an homage to that Blondie, but the "Black" in their name is suggestive of the dark, brooding undertone of their music."
-- Ex-Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell embarks on promising solo career
"Once a third of the triple guitar assault and songwriting juggernaut of nouveau Southern rockers Drive-By Truckers, Isbell stepped away from that band two years ago and subsequently dubbed his new outfit the 400 Unit after a mental treatment facility in Florence, Alabama, where he lives."
-- The Songs We Can't Escape feat. Deradoorian, Green Day, Project Pat, the Thermals & Wavves.

Slideshows:
-- Lily Allen charms First Avenue
-- Andrew Bird live at The Current studios

Next Week's New Releases (April 21):
Art Brut Art Brut vs. Satan [Downtown]
(Official) (MySpace) (Wikipedia)
The Breeders Fate to Fatal EP [self-released]
Camera Obscura My Maudlin Career [4AD]
(Official) (MySpace) (Wikipedia)
Cloud Cult No One Said It Would Be Easy DVD [Rebel Group]
(Official) (MySpace) (Wikipedia)
Cloud Cult "No One Said It Would Be Easy" Trailer (video)
Depeche Mode Sounds of the Universe [Mute/EMI]
(Official) (MySpace) (Wikipedia)
Empire of the Sun Walking on a Dream [Astralwerks]
(Official) (MySpace)
The Horrors Primary Colours [Merge]
(Official) (MySpace) (Wikipedia)
Jane's Addiction A Cabinet of Curiosities (B-sides collection) [Rhino]
(Official) (MySpace) (Wikipedia)
King Khan and the Shrines What Is?! [Vice]
(Official) (MySpace) (Wikipedia)
King Khan and the Shrines "Land of the Freak" (mp3)
Super Furry Animals Dark Days/Light Years [XL Recordings]
(Official) (MySpace) (Wikipedia)


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