Squeeze the Day for 1/4

Jan 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Music Tonight: Rockers Of Fortune and Fame perform at Baba Budan's in Clifton Heights tonight, finishing off a leg of winter tour dates as they head back to their Syracuse, NY, homebase. The band released a pair of singles and the EP, Earn It, this year, showcasing its hook-ridden, anthemic Pop Rock and sounding like the heir apparent to the throne vacated by Fall Out Boy. OFAF's hyper-catchy Pop Punk has reportedly caught the attention of Seattle-based Panic Records, home to like-minded artists like The Anchor Boys, Lions Lions, Set Your Goals and, soon, Of Fame and Fortune. Below, check out the band's single, "Forevermore," which debuted this past November on Alternative Press' website. —-The band performs at Baba's tonight at around 9 p.m.

Momentous Happenings in Music History for January 4
Who says chivalry is dead? On this day in 2004, a then-59-year-old Ray Davies — legendary frontman for British Rock icons The Kinks — was shot in the leg after he ran after two men who had swiped the purse of a female friend with whom he was walking the streets of New Orleans. Davies was not seriously injured and was treated and released soon after the incident.

Last year, Davies released See My Friends, a surprisingly not-annoying collection of some of his classic songs performed with some high-caliber special guests, including Metallica, Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora, Mumford and Sons and Billy Corgan. Also featured was a collaboration with Alex Chilton of Big Star/Box Tops fame. In one of his final recording sessions, Chilton joined Davies for a cover of "Till the End of the Day," which he had previously recorded with Big Star.

Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers born Jan. 4 include: Actress and former frontman for wild, experimental band Bongwater, Ann Magnuson (1956); acclaimed Country singer Patty Loveless (1957); recent retiree/former R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe (1960); brassy Country chanteuse Deana Carter (1966); and guitarist for pioneering band Joy Division — and later singer/guitarist for equally pioneering New OrderBernard Sumner (1956).

Sumner (also half of Electronic, the Pop band he formed with Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr) is unlikely to re-team with all of his old New Order bandmates anytime soon thanks to a brutal war of words in the press between him and longtime bass partner Peter Hook (Hook told NME Sumner was "a twat and always has been"). While Hook has taken a Joy Division tribute band out on the road with him (and "New Order" has done shows minus Hook), Sumner has moved on and formed Bad Lieutenant, a band similar to New Order featuring JD/NO drummer Stephen Morris and guitarist Phil Cunningham (who also played in New Order for a brief time). Check out the video for Bad Lieutenant's single "Twist of Fate" below in honor of Mr. Sumner's 56th b-day.