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Bayside Selling Benefit T-Shirt For Victims Of Hurricane Sandy

Earlier this week, Hurricane Sandy ripped through the Northeast coast, wreaking havoc on New Jersey, New York City, and all of the surrounding states. Artists and bands have been quick to respond to this disaster, planning various benefit shows, merch specials, and fundraisers. Punk rock band Bayside are among those lending a helping hand.

The Long Island, Queens, and Manhattan natives are selling a limited edition benefit shirt to help their families, friends, and communities who were affected by the hurricane. As stated on their website, “all proceeds will be donated to the Greater New York American Red Cross.” This disaster has been tragic for many, including the members of Bayside, who have lost friends and family members to the storm. So if you’re feeling generous click here to contribute to a good cause.

If you like Bayside, then you might also like OurStage’s own August Ruins.

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The xx Announce Fresh US Tour Dates, Hurricane Sandy Makeups

British indie rock trio The xx have been touring in support of their sophomore effort Coexist for the better part of the past year. Though the group is about embark on a European run that will take them right up to the start of the holiday season (“I need a vacation from this vacation!” – The xx) the group won’t be away from the road for too long.

Last night The xx announced a fresh set of US tour dates for early 2013 through their Facebook. And what better way to beat the winter doldrums than with some sparse, downtempo jams?

News of the dates was accompanied with an announcement that tickets for all Hurricane Sandy related show cancellations in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City would be honored at upcoming dates.

We’ve got the full dates for you right after the jump.

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Discourse & Dischord

The Good

The xx win the Mercury Prize

In case you’re unfamiliar with the Mercury Prize, it’s an annual music award for the best album from the UK and Ireland. This year it went to The xx—and in case you’re unfamiliar with them, they are a trio of black-clad musicians who write muted, muffled songs about desire. The group beat out Paul Weller, Villagers, Mumford & Sons and a slew of other excellent Brit rockers for the top honors, winning $31,000 and all sorts of indie cred.

Eminem and Jay-Z rock Motor City with friends

Hip hop equations rarely get better than this: Slim Shady plus Hova, 50 Cent, Drake, B.o.B., Jeezy and Dr. Dre equals one explosive, expletive-riddled, concert. It all went down in Detroit last week at Comerica Park, where 40,000 ecstatic fans showed up to welcome Eminem back to his hometown. Part one of the two-city Home and Home Tour, Eminem and Jay-Z will next hit Yankee Stadium on September 13-14 to show Hova’s native city some love.

The Bad

T.I. and wife arrested on felony drug charges

Fresh out of jail, rapper T.I. wasted no time breaking the law. Last week he and his new wife, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle were arrested on the Sunset Strip in L.A. after officers found controlled substances, including ecstasy, in their car after a routine traffic stop. Still on probation from his felony weapons charge last year, T.I. could go back to prison if convicted of drug possession. The king is back … in trouble.

Kanye West makes lengthy Twitter apology

Kanye West proved this week that he’s just as verbose with his apologies as he is with his self-glorification. The rapper took to Twitter to say “sahhry” for shutting down Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV VMA’s last year. Quoth Kanye “I wish I could talk to every hater face to face and change there [sic] opinion of me one conversation at a time. I wish they could accept that I’ve grown and only want to do good for the world. I want to help as many people as I can.” The series of Tweets ended with “I’m sorry Taylor.” We think contrite suits him, don’t you?

The Ugly

Morrissey insults 1.3 billion people

In an interview with The Guardian, rock legend Morrissey tapped into his inner (or maybe outer) xenophobe when discussing animal rights in China, igniting a media frenzy. Here’s the quote:

“Did you see the thing on the news about their treatment of animals and animal welfare? Absolutely horrific. You can’t help but feel that the Chinese are a subspecies.”

Hmm, not sure why anyone would be offended by his statement. And yes, that was sarcasm.


Coachella in Review

As the dust settles in the Indio, CA desert, it’s time to reflect upon another amazing experience at Coachella.  This year brought audiences lots of dancing, comfortable weather and some unfortunate cancellations due to the airline chaos caused by the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokwll glacier.  Natural disasters aside, varied acts like Jay-Z, Phoenix and DJ Lance Rock offered festival goers some surprises.  Overall, the three days of music resulted in some hits and misses.  Check it out!

Despite the long lines to get into the festival earlier in the day, She & Him started the day off with a sunny dose of poppy folk.  The always-cute Zooey Deschanel, clad in a baby blue halter dress, did most of the talking between sets.  Although nothing she said was too interesting, her effervescent smile and bright eyes made everyone smile.  Their set finished early, leaving time for the band to come back onstage to play “I Put A Spell On You.”  Zooey belted it out to thunderous applause and cheering.

Jay-Z and Beyoncé

Headliner Jay-Z kicked Friday night off right.  His better half, Beyoncé, graced us with her prescence when she came on stage during his set to sing “Forever Young.”  Even the hugest haters were on their feet cheering so it goes without saying this power couple was on fire.  Earlier in the night, LCD Soundsystem rocked it with an extended version of “All My Friends” and their new “Drunk Girls.”

Saturday got started with a shred-tastic set from rock/ska/punk band RX Bandits.  Bassist Choi destroyed on a drum solo near the end of their show.  What was most refreshing about RX Bandit’s set was seeing their label execs jamming on the side of the stage instead of staring at their Blackberry’s with arms crossed.  No one could deny that RX Bandits melted faces.  And the rock didn’t stop there. Portugal. The Man. picked up the energy right after.  They even had a toddler looking on behind the stage (with sound blocking headphones of course.)  You have to respect parents who can still play!

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