RoundUp: Bad Religion Take Secular Case To DC, Hot Chip New Video, Happy B-Day James Iha

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Los Angeles band Bad Religion appeared at the Reason Rally over the weekend in Washington, DC. The event was billed as a free nationwide celebration intended to “unify, energize, and embolden secular people nationwide.” Bad Religion’s singer, Greg Graffin (author of Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God) sang the national anthem.

Remember Swervedriver? The British band, formed in 1998, got back together about four years ago. They are performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight in support of their upcoming release If I Could Sleep for A Thousand Years.

The Hunger Games raked in 214 million dollars globally at the box office this weekend. Musician Lenny Kravitz stars in the film as Cinna, the sympathetic stylist to the heroine Katniss Everdeen. Arcade Fire‘s “Abraham’s Daughter” is featured at the end of the movie.

Nada Surf are releasing The Dulictone Files, an unplugged version of their recently released LP.

Goldenvoice, the promoter of the annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, yesterday announced that it had purchased 280 acres of land at the festival site in Indio, Calif.

Mike Mills, former bass player for REM, took over the airwaves of Dave FM in Atlanta last week. During the first hour, he played “It’s a Shame” by the Spinners, Flamin’ Groovies’ “Shake Some Action” and Drivin’ n’ Cryin’s “Scarred But Smarter.”  Check out more on REM, with the Weeping Elvis interview with Bertis Downs (the band’s manager) post break up.

Happy birthday to James Iha. The former guitarist for Smashing Pumpkins is 43 today.

Hot Chip‘s album In Our Heads is out of June 11th. Check out “Flutes” taken from the upcoming release.

 

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Pat Ferrise grew up loving ”the punk rock” and “new wave.” His years at one of the nation’s top college radio stations ultimately led him to a 15-year run as music director of alternative music icon WHFS Washington/Baltimore. Rolling Stone magazine named him of the most influential programmers of the 90s. He’s recorded two albums under the moniker Trampoline for the now defunct SpinArt label. He lives in Baltimore and takes no credit for writing this bio.