Monday, June 15, 2009

Monday Hotline: Tool, Chester French, Diplo, ARL benefit

Hotline jumped back into Herald newsprint today, with a few items on local stuff going on in the next week or so:

Tool singer gets bottle service
When Tool’s Maynard James Keenan formed A Perfect Circle 10 years ago, who knew he was referencing the mouth of a wine bottle?

In what should be an interesting mix of snooty wine connoisseurs and rugged Tool fans, Keenan will appear at Whole Foods market on River Street in Cambridge Tuesday and Wednesday for a bottle signing to promote his own Arizona Stronghold Vineyard wines. He, along with vinter partner Eric Glomski of Page Springs Cellars, will be at the 340 River St. store from 4:30 to 7:30 each night.

For added insight into Keenan’s wine obsession, check the trailer for “Blood Into Wine,” a documentary that traces the singer’s quest to bring the vine industry to his home in Arizona. See it at

Chester French blinks first
If you Blink this summer, you probably won’t miss Chester French.

The mega-hyped, kinda-sorta local, dance-pop duo just wrapped up a tour with Lady Gaga. Starting next month, Chester French hits the road for two months supporting Blink-182 and Weezer. Someone give their booking agent a raise!

The Harvard lads return to the area on the Blink bus Aug. 6, when they hit the Comcast Center in Mansfield. Unfortunately, we won’t get Weezer on this leg of the tour, but that’s more than made up for with the addition of Fall Out Boy and Panic at the Disco.

Bacardi’s dance party a rumdinger
Thursday’s Passion Pit show at the Paradise may be sold out, but there’s an even bigger dance party going on that night at the House of Blues.

The Bacardi B-Live tour rolls into the Hub offering sets by Major Lazer, featuring Hollertronix mega-DJ Diplo, Brooklyn indie duo Matt & Kim, Kanye West’s DJ A-Trak and house DJ Steve Porter, who recently made news with his Slap Chop remix video on YouTube. That Bacardi rum-tasting station will come in handy when the overrated Matt & Kim disrupt the dance flow.

Tickets are $10 - though they jump to $19 when you add on convenience ($6.05) and processing ($2.95) fees - and are available at

Rock for dogs and cats
Another day, another benefit show for furry four-legged friends. Tonight at Great Scott in Allston, it’s the Animal Rescue League of Boston getting the rock ’n’ roll love, as Croquet, M.G. Lederman, Audrey Ryan and animal benefit veterans St. Helena, who played the Pinups for Pitbulls show at the Middle East last month, come together to raise loot for the shelter.

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