What to Do: Panic! + Bloc Party vs. Raconteurs + Dylan

God just hit me with a double whammy. Panic! at the Disco will open up for headline and have Bloc Party open at the Theater at MSG on November 13-14. The Raconteurs will open up for music legend Bob Dylan on November 13th at Nassau Coliseum.

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Rac/Dylan on Monday, Panic/Bloc Party on Tuesday? Hoooollyyyy crap!

Rest of the Raconteur dates: Thu 11/9 Portland ME Cumberland County Civic Center Sat 11/11 Boston MA Agganis Arena Sun 11/12 Boston MA Agganis Arena Mon 11/13 Uniondale NY Nassau Coliseum Wed 11/15 Amherst MA Univ. of MA Mullins Center Thu 11/16 East Rutherford NJ Continental Airlines Fri 11/17 Fairfax VA Patriot Center Sat 11/18 Philadelphia PA Wachovia Spectrum

VMAs Strike NYC Next Week

And you can attend a free gig with All-American Rejects, Cartel, Rihanna, and New Found Glory at Battery City Park by snagging tickets tomorrow at noon at Tower Records locations and the MTV store at 1515 Broadway. Read on for more details. Link via Jason.

Also, if you’ve got a VMA-related party you know about (especially if it involves Panic! at the Disco, Fall Out Boy, or the Raconteurs) be so kind and drop a line: laura @ themodernage.org.

Here’s to resting up until next week…

vma kickoff

Summer’s Almost Gone

Oh summer, we hardly new ya! Now you’re already slipping away before our very eyes. Wah!

Although I look forward to wearing fall clothing, I’ll kinda miss summer. The outdoor events, the BBQ, the rooftop drinking, open toed shoes, sundresses, etc.

How do you plan on whooping up your last days of summer? By singing the Ataris version of “Boys of Summer” while riding in a convertable with the top down? Oh…is that just me?

Tricia Romano at the Village Voice did a round-up of how the usual NYC suspects spent their days of verano. Yours truly has gone on record by saying my summer was spent being (not-so-secretly) emo. I crack up when I read that. Hahahah.

READ: “Wish You’d Been There” by Tricia Romano

Music of the moment: s/t, Danity Kane; Inside/In Inside/Out, The Kooks

Catch Me “DJing” and Bands Playing on Wednesday…and Emo Sondre Lerche?

Yeah yeah…I’ll be “DJing” aka- hitting “play” on the CD player and my iPod on Wednesday as part of the launch for the new site Haystack. Stop by and say hello! Here are the details:

Wednesday, July 19th
Haystack and Insound Present… @ Club Midway
Ave B between 2nd and 3rd
$7 at the door

8pm – Annie Lin
9pm – Arbor Day
10pm – Cavalier King
11pm – The Yards

Before the show you should definitely check out a FREE Sondre Lerche show that is going on at 7pm at Barnes and Noble as part of some “Upstairs at Union Square” author/musician series they are doing. And then after the show you can head over to Audrey‘s Calling All Kids at Saphire!

Oh btw- on Sondre Lerche, he’s got a new diary entry where he talks about getting beat up as a kid for wearing A-Ha tshirts and his philosophy on wearing eye shadow. Apparently photos of him from a magazine called The Book Los Angeles has caused quite a stir on his message boards, with some hailing his eyeshadow wearing as an indication of “selling out”.

His new entry explains that wearing a little makeup should never spell sell out to anyone. He’s got a point, when was the last time you saw a female pop star being lambasted for wearing some eyeshadow? Equal eyeshadow-wearing rights for all, I say! Besides, he looks hot! It’s fun to see him with a totally different look. Now if only we could get him to do a duet with Patrick Stump…my head would explode.

sondre lerche emo

Seriously, if those kids think that photo is emobad, they should start reading my other site, So More Scene. Then they’ll realize there are far worse offenders than Sondre Lerche.

He also mentions some ultra-awesome girl at his label who gave him the A-Ha tshirt which he wore to the now infamous photo shoot. Wonder who THAT was! 😉 (PS- I don’t work for a record label, so don’t think it’s me!)

My Not-So-Secret Life as a Professional Teenager

It’s not a secret that I have another web site, but I have never come out and said it on The Modern Age. I’ve been blogging on this other site for about 3 weeks. You can read the “about” section to learn the details as to why I needed another site.

It’s called So More Scene.com and all I do is talk about bands like Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, Taking Back Sunday, and My Chemical Romance. If you do not have any remote interest in these bands, do NOT read my new site. And for all you loyal readers, don’t worry–TMA is still my main blog. SMS is just about me having fun!

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Strokes + Pearl Jam + QOTSA = Awesome, Strokes vs. Panic! = Not Awesome

Could a collabo between Casablancas, Vedder, and Homme be in the can as a b-side for “You Only Live Once”? The song? “Mercy Mercy Me” by Marvin Gaye. SPIN.com reports.

In other Strokes news, what in the world is this “Hot or Not” video pitting Panic! at the Disco vs. The Strokes against each other? According to Much Music Panic! is HOT and The Strokes are NOT, calling them “New York City rich kids who have turned out some fair to middling vanity projects in the last few years.” What!? They go on to suggest that The Strokes are also potheads.

Was plugging Panic! part of the deal with getting FOB to be guests at the Much Music Video Awards next week?

WATCH: “Panic! vs Strokes” on “Hot or Not” Much Music

[SOURCE: Strokes MB]

The Music Biz: Where Waving Around Your Private Parts Is Not Grounds for Getting You Fired

The music industry is such a weird place. Why is it that it’s perfectly legitimate to use your naughty bits to sell records? For most people posing in compromising positions is a way to get yourself fired, not a raise. This totally came to mind when I was reading this New York Times article today.

To quote the Times, “college students often post risqué or teasing photographs and provocative comments about drinking, recreational drug use and sexual exploits in what some mistakenly believe is relative privacy.” The article goes on to say how people’s edgy online personas can get in the way of them getting hired for a job.

Then I also read this great post Brandon wrote pondering the merits of releasing nude photos of himself in order to sell albums. For anyone who think that all these “hacks” and “invasions of privacy” are all random acts of embarrassment, well…maye you’re right–but maybe you’re wrong.

I feel like I can’t even turn on my computer anymore without getting an email or reading a blog post about another eyeliner-wearing Warped Tourer self-releasing a photos where he’s flatteringly caught with his trousers down in front of a camera. I know “sex sells” but really, do we have to go down this road?

When will the insanity stop? Seriously, let’s hope this trend is a show-er, not a grower.