Nearly 30 years after the original Germs lead singer died of a drug overdose at the age of 21, the Los Angeles snot-punks have a new lead-singer: actor Shane West. That’s right, the former E.R. star is the new Darby Crash—he of the infamous appetite for peanut butter (spread on his chest) and heroin (injected squarely into his veins). Apparently, bassist Lorna Doom and guitarist Pat Smear (the remaining original members) were so impressed with West’s recent turn as Crash in the biopic, What We Do Is Secret, that they invited him along on their reunion tour. Dr. Barnett—er, West and company will infect the Blender Theater on Aug. 8. [Pre-sale begins today at 10 a.m. and runs until 10 p.m. on Friday, June 20]
Of the many adjectives that could be used describe indie-veteran Robert Pollard, “drunk” and “prolific” are perhaps the most apt. The former Guided by Voices boss just released his third solo album in a year, Robert Pollard Is Off to Business (“If it’s Tuesday, it must be time for another Robert Pollard record,” Spin wrote), and now the guy’s got another band. They’re called Boston Spaceships, and they’re playing the Highline Ballroom on Oct. 1. Along with Bob and his many Budweisers, the Spaceships feature Decemberists drummer John Moen and former GBVer Chris Slusarenko. Oh yeah, and their album, Brown Submarine, hits stores in September. [On Sale: Friday, June 20 at noon]
The 11th annual Black August Hip Hop Project—an event rooted in the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement—touches down at the Nokia Theater once again on Aug. 31. Last year, Mos Def, Ded Prez, and Talib Kweli helped sell out the Times Square venue. This year’s crew includes EPMD, Bilal, Immortal Technique, and many more. [On Sale: Friday, June 20 at noon]
Tickets are still on sale for tonight’s record release party at the B.B. King Blues Club for the Wu-Tang Clan‘s Cappadonna and his new album, Slang Prostitution. Fellow Wu Raekwon will be on hand.[On Sale Now]
Mark your calendars or make something beep to remind you about a high/low cultural mash-up that might’ve made Andy Warhol swoon. On Friday, June 27, bratty garage-rockers Times New Viking foul the Whitney’s Lower Gallery as part of the museum’s Wordless Music Series. Given that these kids actually sing—about drugs, “teenage lust,” and “peace signs fucking” on this year’s Rip It Off, we’re not sure why they’re on the bill. But we’re psyched nonetheless. The American Contemporary Music Ensemble kicks things off at 7 p.m. The show is free with the price of admission.