Welcome to State of the Union, your weekly recap of 50 Bands, 50 States happenings, both locally and nationally. In this space every Monday we'll tell you what 50 States bands are in town, releasing new music, or just doing something noteworthy.
-- Cali pick FIDLAR is out with a new single AND a new video (should we call it a Fideo? Perhaps a good idea), embedded above. It’s called “AA,” and it’s full of enough Dov Charney-branded ridiculousness to make you want to go to an American Apparel Anonymous meeting directly after. We meet in the basement of the First Baptist Church in Cambridge on Sundays. Sex offenders welcome. This means you, Dov.
-- Colorado’s GAUNTLET HAIR released a new song, “Righteous Black”, in conjunction with the Adult Swim Singles Program. GH, along with groups like the Hives, Wavves, Flying Lotus and Wye Oak, are here to provide you with perfect bowl-packing music in between back-to-back episodes of Aqua Teen Hunger Force and The Eric Andre Show. 2010 California pick BEST COAST released a track for last year’s Singles Program, and no one has sent us a residual check yet. Sigh. You can stream and download it on AS’ website, and you really should check it out-- As Carl from ATHF would say, “it’s badass.”
-- And now, in show news: Maine’s SUNSET HEARTS will be playing at KAH-BANG Festival (I keep trying to write that in lowercase letters, but it’s not working) in Bangor, Maine, on Thursday, August 9. Vermont’s HAPPY JAWBONE FAMILY BAND will be playing at Woodstock 4 in the Boston Common on the 18th. Go see them!