Bri Blahg… Punches, Divorces, and Bad Wigs. Music News Round Up 10/15/09

15 10 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)


Some guy punched Leona Lewis during a UK book signing. Why? Not sure.

Oh My God You Guys

Avril Lavigne has filed for divorce. Isn’t she like 15?

Bonus Coverage. She’s petitioned the court to deny her estranged husband spousal support. That’s ok he doesn’t need the money, he’s in Sum 41. Oh that’s cold Avril.

More bonus coverage. Here’s something to ponder…. Who’s the bigger Canadian music star now? Avril or Anvil?

Bizarro Chart

Some clown named Michael Buble is Number 1. Good for him. Number 2? Kiss! Say what you will, but for some bands the Wal-Mart exclusive is career Viagra. The entire Billboard 200 is here. If you dig down far enough you can find out how much people don’t give a shit about Scarlett Johansson as a singer.

But What About Chris Gaines?!

Garth Brooks says he’s putting on his cowgirdle, and coming out of retirement.

Bonus Coverage. My theory is he’s waited this long to give the public time to forget about Chris Gaines. Think again pardner:

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Gig Guide: Monday September 14, 2009

14 09 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

When we chatted up Norweigan pixie Hanne Hukkelburg a couple years back in Austin, we were surprised to turn that she was once in a metal band.

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Bri Blahg… Giant Heat Stroked Lollapalooza Wrap Up

10 08 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)


And that’s it. Lollapalooza 2009 is history. We saw a little of everything this weekend. I swear it was down right chilly Friday. It was raining I know that. Saturday and Sunday were different stories. We got a good lather going by the end of the weekend. Lollapalooza adjusted though. Yesterday the Chicago Fire Department brought in a truck with a giant fan on top to spray mist. This ain’t a bad town if the fire department has a damn misting truck. I’m going to roll through some highlights here. I’m one man though and there’s so much I missed. I saw quite a lot too.


I raced to the BMI stage just in time to catch a wisp of April Smith. She’s somethin’, and a mean dresser too. Smith was kind enough to take us on a tour of the site seeing as how we just got there and all. April received as much as she gave in the form of Lobster Corn Dogs.

After watching nine year old Yuto Miyazawa play “Paranoid” by Sabbath on the Kidzapalooza stage a late Portland, Oregon band Hockey tried to make it work on The Playstation Stage. Unfortunately the power went out and they couldn’t get through their first number. The men were good sports in the media area later and told us about how Bruce Springsteen doesn’t pay attention when you meet him.

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Chairlift Interview at Lollapalooza

8 08 2009

Chailift talk about their journey that started in the desert in 2007 and will continue into the studio to record their follow up album.

Bri Blahg… Lolla Day 2 Early Afternoon. Rock Stars, Skronk Stars, and More Little Kids With Guitars

8 08 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)


Living Things' Lillian Berlin, Lollapalooza 2009

Knocked out an interview with Chairlift at noon today. Nice people. We talked about wearing dresses in the desert because you routed your own tour, remixes, and public school health class and how it might or might not relate to Brave New World. Check out the interview here.

After that, I had a nice rock sized hole in my interview schedule and two choices – sit in a shaded tent and drink beer or go hear some bloody loud music. I’m glad I did…. go listen to bloody loud music.

First up were Living Things. Even though bass player Eve Berlin (The three brothers in the band all have girl names. Oh come on you never look askance at Alice Cooper do you? No you don’t.) blew me off for an interview, my gentle hand of forgiveness was soon pumping fist-like in the air. They even had three female background singers. I feel bad for Living Things because they truly are rock stars without a country. Their gestures are big, and songs like “Bom Bom” and “Oxygen” have those monster festival hooks to match. They have yet to break through and spend much of their time squeezing big ideas onto small stages. Today was their day to shine led by front man Lillian (Lillian?) Berlin. He’s filed away some Jagger, Tyler, and Johansen swagger for just such an occasion.

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Chairlift featuring Solange photo gallery

12 06 2009



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Bonnaroo Thursday Plans

9 06 2009

@BrianBlahg interviewing White Rabbits
White Rabbits Outside The Summit Columbus, Ohio

White Rabbits “Rudie Fails”

We’ve mapped out our shooting schedule for Thursday. We’ll be getting video and stills from Alberta Cross, Delta Spirit, Portugal The Man, Chairlift, People Under The Stairs, Passion Pit, Janelle Monae, White Rabbits (we chatted them up Sunday in Columbus nice blokes, feature coming soon) MURS, The Knux, Low Anthem, and Zac Brown Band. Let the games begin!