Hot Music for Hot People: September 20-The Birthday Boys, Shonen Knife, Weezer

Yeah, that's right, I have basic photoshop skills.

Another month, another post!  To start things off, I have to make an admission.

I haven’t found this past year in music incredibly exciting.  Sure, there has been a lot of good music, it is hard to say that there has been a lot of great music though. At the beginning of 2010 it seemed as though the future were quite bright, a lot of new acts were gaining steam and looking to release their debut albums.  The hot buzz bands this year have seemed to be nothing more than that, hot buzz.

So what is actually out there now?  Hopefully we can explore that over the next three musical acts.

Emerging

The Birthday Boys


The Birthday Boys have been tearing around Ontario for the better part of 2 years now, having just released their debut album, Bad Blood, last year.  The band is exceptionally talented, playing a mainstream style of rock that blends perfectly with their soul and southern influences.

Why should you care?

They’re embarking on a national tour with The Stanfields after just releasing a new single called Daughter’s Man.  It’s a pretty cool video too, these guys seem to enjoy sepia and shaving a lot.  The other reason is that these boys are some of the hardest working musicians out there.  That may be a pretty cliche statement, but they’re already working hard on a second album after just releasing their first late last year.  You won’t find a rock band that incorporates elements of soul and country as well as this one does and their live show is intense.

Speaking of live shows, you can check them out on the following dates:

PETERBOROUGH, ON. – THE RED DOG
THURS. SEPTEMBER 23

FREDERICTON, NB. – CAPITOL
THURS. SEPTEMBER 30 – W/ THE STANFIELDS

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI. – HUNTERS ALE HOUSE
SAT. OCTOBER 2 – W/ THE STANFIELDS

MONTREAL, QC. – L’ESCOGRIFFE
THURS. OCTOBER 7 – W/ THE STANFIELDS

OTTAWA, ON. – GRACE O’MALLEYS
FRI. OCTOBER 8 – W/ THE STANFIELDS

SUDBURY, ON. – SHAUGHNESSEY’S PUB
SAT. OCTOBER 9 – W/ THE STANFIELDS

THUNDER BAY, ON. – CROCKS
SUN. OCTOBER 10 – W/ THE STANFIELDS

WINNIPEG, MB. – PYRAMID
TUES. OCTOBER 12 – W/ THE STANFIELDS

YORKTON, SK. – THE SPOT
WED. OCTOBER 13 – W/ THE STANFIELDS

REGINA, SK. – THE EXCHANGE
THURS. OCTOBER 14 – W/ THE STANFIELDS

CALGARY, AB. – SAIT
FRI. OCTOBER 15 – W/ THE STANFIELDS

VANCOUVER, BC. – MEDIA CLUB
TUES. OCTOBER 19 – W/ THE STANFIELDS

KAMLOOPS, BC. – POGUE MAHONES
WED. OCTOBER 20 – W/ THE STANFIELDS

ST. ALBERT, AB. – TAPHOUSE
THURS. OCTOBER 21 – W/ THE STANFIELDS

EDMONTON, AB. – NEW HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB
FRI. OCTOBER 22 – W/ THE STANFIELDS

SASKATOON, SK. – CAPITOL
SAT. OCTOBER 23 – W/ THE STANFIELDS

THUNDER BAY, ON. – CROCKS
MON. OCTOBER 25 – W/ THE STANFIELDS

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON. – LOP LOPS
TUES. OCTOBER 26 – W/ THE STANFIELDS

LONDON, ON. – CALL THE OFFICE
THURS. OCTOBER 28 – W/ THE STANFIELDS

TORONTO, ON. – THE PISTON
FRI. OCTOBER 29 – W/ THE STANFIELDS

For more information, click here.


Established

Shonen Knife


While the band may have been around for 29 years now, they’re still pumping out music on a regular basis.  Shonen Knife was Japan’s all-female answer to The Ramones; sweet, poppy music with a slight punk edge.  Only one original member is still around, but this hasn’t diminished the power of the knife, in recent years they have actually released more albums than any other period of their existence.

To celebrate the release of their newest album, Free Time, they are embarking upon an international tour:

09.19.2010
Kansas City, MO
09.20.2010
Northfield, MN
09.21.2010
Chicago, IL
09.22.2010
Kalamazoo, MI
09.23.2010
Cincinnati, OH
09.24.2010
Pittsburgh, PA
09.25.2010
New York, NY
09.26.2010
Washington, DC
09.28.2010
Brooklyn, NY
09.29.2010
Milford, CT
09.30.2010
Montreal, ON CAN
10.01.2010
Toronto, ON CAN
10.02.2010
Buffalo, NY
For more details, click here.

INTERNATIONAL

WEEZER


Yes, they’re finally doing it.  Like the kid in high school who knows how to walk the dog but do nothing else with a yo-yo, Weezer are finally giving in to the rest of the school and going back to their (some would say way better) roots.  Dubbed the ‘Blinkerton’ tour, the band will embark upon a multi-city tour to appease all of the 20 and 30 somethings that affectionately remember the days when Pink Triangle and Only In Dreams thinly veiled lyrics were the closest they would get to a woman until the 3200 baud modem was installed on the family computer.

While there aren’t any dates announced yet, the tour is expected to make two dates in each city they stop just in case anyone needs to work early the next day…okay fine, including this guy.  So stay tuned, if you’ve ever wanted to hear River Cuomo’s incredibly soothing, monotone voice in person, singing your (probably) favourite songs, this fall is the time!

For now, let’s all watch Weezer performing Happy Days style.

Talk to ya next month,

-Aaron

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