The curious tidbits of news of local interest have been piling up in my inbox, and we're long overdue to take a quick look at some of them. So let's dive in!
Pete's the prettier one on the left
Of course I will grant that Ashlee Simpson's significant other and the proud papa of Bronx Mowgli is endlessly annoying with his Twitter-fueled solipsism and fondness for shameless corporate expansionism (the clothing line, the bar, the label, etc.), but what can I say? The music of that erstwhile child of the North Shore suburbs and former Fall Out Boy Pete Wentz remains a guilty pleasure, and I'll argue that in his own way, he has long been as effective at subverting the pop mainstream as, say, Lady Gaga. Plus his punky dance-pop always is catchy as hell.
In any event, Wentz has announced the formation of a new electro-pop band called Black Cards, and he's streaming a weirdly endearing, 1920s-inflected club banger called "Club Called Heaven (featuring Chiddy Bang)" on the group's new Web site. The singer apparently is one Bebe Rexha, who has former band mate Patrick Stump beat in a few ways (if not necessarily in terms of vocal prowess), while other collaborators include drummer Spencer Peterson of Saves the Day and Hidden in Plain View and guitarist Nate Patterson of the Receiving End of Sirens.
The band sets out on a European tour in late October, but no word as yet on a triumphal homecoming. Blogged the now 31-year-old Fall Out Man [many sics]: