Arts in Brief: July 28

The Drums to replace Leftfield on August 31; Jolie on Pitt

drums 311 (photo credit: courtesy)
drums 311
(photo credit: courtesy)
Drums step up to the plate
It’s not a bad swap at all. Less than a week after British electronica duo Leftfield announced they were bowing out of their scheduled performance on August 31 at the Heinekin Music Conference, they’ve been replaced by retro indie surf rockers The Drums.
The Brooklyn-based quartet will be joining PIL with John Lydon and LCD Soundsystem to cap the summer with one of the best triple bills of the year.
Combining elements of ’60s surf rock, Jonathan Richman and the B-52s, The Drums have created waves with their summer-primed, upbeat sound.
Leftfield attributed their sudden cancellation to “production problems” in a posting on their Facebook page dedicated to their current tour. However, on their official Facebook page, they published a letter by the organization Boycott Israel calling on them to cancel their show in Tel Aviv.
• David Brinn
Wanted: A grand piano
Singer/songwriter/composer/pianist Shlomi Shaban has agreed to pioneer Maccabi Beer’s first Home Tour, its newest campaign to promote its product. From August 21 Shaban will perform in six different private homes around the country. The one essential ingredient to qualify as a concert host to Shaban’s unique rock/pop music is a grand piano. Access to a computer is also a requirement as all the info for signing up is on and more musical info is on the blog Shaban, who trained and successfully performed as a classical pianist, shifted focus to rock and pop in 1998.
He is also the recipient of the IcExcellence award.
• Helen Kaye
Angelina Jolie: Pitt a ‘wonderful father’
TOKYO (AP) – Actress Angelina Jolie, in Tokyo for the weekend opening of action thriller Salt, brushed off rumors about her shaky relations with Brad Pitt.
“He was just a wonderful father,” she said Tuesday of Pitt, during work on the film, in which she plays a tough spy. He often brought the children to the set, she recalled.
“They played with fake blood, and they found mommy very strange in her different hair,” she said.
Pitt and Jolie have been partners since they began a relationship while working on the 2005 film Mr. & Mrs.
Smith. They are raising six children.
Last week, Pitt and Jolie accepted undisclosed damages in London’s High Court to settle a privacy claim against a British tabloid that had reported in January that they were planning to split.
Asked about her ability to work and maintain a happy family, Jolie told reporters at a Tokyo hotel: “Brad is the word that makes it possible.”
Jolie, who arrived Monday, brought four of the children along on the Japan trip.