We Are Scientists Among Bands Contributing To Ben Sherman’s V.I.P. Charity for Trekstock

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Mod British clothing company, Ben Sherman is about to open up a second round of auctions for their V.I.P. (Very Important Plectrum) charity.  As it was the first time around 100% of the proceeds will be kindly contributed to a worthy cause.  The focus for this auction is Trekstock, a UK-based foundation that specializes in this kind of thing.  Trekstock works with Cancer Research UK, collecting donations and raising awareness for youth with cancer through shows, music and fashion collaboration, and the like.

Participating artists in the auction will offer up their signed plectrums, otherwise known as picks — but think more than just guitars! harpsichords, mandolins, and ukuleles need to be plucked too.  To name a few bands involved: We Are Scientists, Anna Calvi, Band Of Horses, Interpol, and Broken Social Scene.  Check the poster above to see all participating artists, and go to Ben Sherman’s VIP site or Trekstock’s site to learn more.


Lyrics Born Adds Charity Component To Tour

Last week Lyrics Born embarked on the second leg of his As U Were Tour. During this leg of the tour, LB will be supported by Skins & Needles, the Bay Area duo comprised of DJ Zeph (Oakland Faders) and drummer Max MacVeety (Crown City Rockers).

20% of all merchandise sales profits on the tour will be donated to the Red Cross to help the people in Japan to aid with reconstruction efforts following the earthquake and tsunami that ravaged the area mere weeks ago. Moreover, Lyrics Born will be matching the total amount raised from merch sales out of his own pocket. So, check out the dates below, and try to make it out.


Apr 4 – Orlando, FL – The Social

Apr 5 – Tallahassee, FL – Engine Room

Apr 6 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits

Apr 7 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade

Apr 8 – Hunstville, AL – Crossroads

Apr 9 – Jackson, MS – Martin’s

Apr 11 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks

Apr 12 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco

Apr 13 – Nashville, TN – Exit/Inn

Apr 14 – St. Louis, MO – 2720
Apr 15 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s

Apr 16 – Little Rock, AR – Sticky Finger

Apr 20 – Whistler, BC – Skier’s Plaza

Apr 22 – Modesto, CA – Fat Cat

Apr 23 – San Francisco, CA – Yoshi’s