Green Day will play a new version of “21 Guns” tonight at the Grammy Awards with the cast of Berkeley Rep’s American Idiot, which, not so surprisingly, is opening its show on Broadway April 20. The new “21 Guns” features a different arrangement of the song (arranged by Tom Kitt, who is credited with the Berkeley Rep show’s arrangements and musical supervision, and is produced by Billie Joe Armstrong) than the album version and includes the American Idiot cast. It’s available via a new 21 Guns EP and the video premieres on AOL Music tomorrow. Green Day is nominated for three 2010 Grammy Awards, including two for “21 Guns (“Best Rock Song” and “Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals”) and one for 21st Century Breakdown, which was nominated for “Best Rock Album.” The Grammys air on CBS tonight at 8 p.m.
Hooray for Everything (self-released)
Impressive debut from this punk trio that has only been playing together for about a year. Singer Faith is sweet voiced but snarly, with lyrical highlights that include a hilariously pointed send-up of the kind of guys who want to marry a RealDoll. Sitting solidly at the more melodic, poppy end of the punk spectrum, this is as accessible as punk gets. Highly recommended.
At the Knockout (3223 Mission St., San Francisco) on February 2. 9 p.m., free
The Way We Ran (Talking House Records)
With a unique blend of rock, folk, pop, and indie, The Way We Ran is a mature, well-balanced album. It’s skillful but not pretentious, and deceptively simple. With lyrics that range in tone from charmingly self-deprecating to downright conceited, Franks comes across as refreshingly direct and pretty funny. With this much musical diversity, many listeners will probably find something to love here.
At Bottom of the Hill (1233 17th St., San Francisco) on February 1. 8:30 p.m., $10
Bring Me the Hammer (self-released)
Experimental world-folk duo Glass House, featuring Mark Vickness and David Worm, make the kind of music that the Bay Area’s substantial population of liberal, New Age-influenced citizens love. With earnest lyrics and an overall tone that’s very, very serious, this EP isn’t for everyone, but will no doubt strike a chord with its target audience.
At Noe Valley Ministry (1021 Sanchez St., San Francisco) on January 30. 8:15 p.m., $16
San Francisco “indie dance rock electro pop duo” Super Adventure Club will hold a residency at Hotel Utah. Throughout the month of February, the band — Michael Winger and sometime Express contributor Jake Wood — will play every Saturday with bands such as Two Left Feet, Please Do Not Fight, Tiger Cat, and Blammos. They’ve even created a promotional video. Check it out:
Former Oakland lesbian bar Velvet has been transformed into a new venue called Lounge 3411. The new business — located at 3411 MacArthur Blvd. (near the Taco Bell at 35th Ave.) — focuses on roots reggae, comedy, and local bands; features a full-service bar, dance floor, stage, and DJ booth; and will be open Thursday through Saturday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Here’s the schedule so far: Roots Shack Thursdays (started last night, continues every Thursday) hosted by DJ Selecta Kurious, The Get Down Stand Up Comedy Night (this Saturday and every fourth Saturday), and Bands of the Bay hosted by Dan Eagan (every third Saturday of the month).
Vinnie’s Bar in Concord will host a day of live music on Sunday, January 31, featuring a series of short sets by ten bands largely from the Richmond area and other East Bay cities. Among the groups performing is The Savage Resurrection, a Richmond band that formed in 1967 and was signed to Mercury Records. The event starts at 3:30 p.m., costs just $2, and ends around 9:30 p.m. The Savage Resurrection plays a twenty-minute set at about 5 p.m.
The Scion Rock Fest is kind of like Coachella for heavy music fans. The dream lineup for last year’s inaugural event in Atlanta featured Mastodon, Neurosis, High on Fire, Nachtmystium, Converge, Boris, Torche, Septic Flesh, Toxic Holocaust, Baroness, Wolves in the Throne Room, Zoroaster (need we list more?). Plus, it was free. Performers for this year’s mammoth music fest — to be held March 13 in Columbus, Ohio — are still being added, but so far the Bay Area will have a decent presence with Ludicra and Saviours already confirmed alongside headliners Cannibal Corpse, Shrinebuilder, Voivod, YOB, Pelican, Hate Eternal, 3 Inches of Blood, D.R.I., and that Iraqi metal band Acrassicauda. 2010 is shaping up to be a breakthrough year for Ludicra. The black metal band releases a new album, The Tenant, on March 2, but the blogs have already been buzzing about it. Meanwhile, the band just landed an opening gig for Mayhem this spring (show at Slim’s on April 24).
Longtime Oakland piano store Piedmont Piano opened the doors to its new location in Oakland’s Uptown district last weekend, becoming the latest business to join a neighborhood that includes the Fox Theater, Uptown, Flora, Bench and Bar, Somar Bar, the New Parish, and just-opened Hibiscus restaurant. “It’s a fabulous place to be,” said Piedmont Piano owner Jim Callahan.
Oakland metal band High on Fire just announced the release of “Frost Hammer,” available for purchase on iTunes. The song is the band’s first single off its new album, Snakes for the Divine, to be released February 23 on E1 Music. Stereogum previewed the track a couple weeks ago.