4-1-1 Minute Music News – 6/25/16



Call it a modern-day relic. A two inch long clipping of David Bowie‘s blonde hair, circa Let’s Dance, could fetch thousands this weekend at an auction. The current bid is for $2,000 on Heritage Auctions, but it is being reported that the auction house is expecting to get more than $4,000 for the lock this weekend. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Soi Dog Foundation, which aims to improve the welfare of cats and dogs in Thailand.

Other notable Bowie items that Heritage is currently auctioning include a charcoal drawing he made in 1996, a signed copy of Hunky Dory and the gold sales plaque received by David Bowie himself for Let’s Dance.


Farm Aid is coming to Bristow, Virginia’s Jiffy Lube Live on September 17th, with Alabama Shakes joining the Farm Aid board members Willie NelsonNeil YoungJohn Mellencamp and Dave Matthews on the bill.  Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will also be performing at the annual event. Tickets – which range in price from $49.50 to $189.50 – will go on sale Monday, July 27th at 10 a.m EDT.

If you read any music news this week, you probably saw a YouTube video titled “Ben Gibbard with Death Cab for Cutie has a breakdown” making the rounds. It showed the beloved alt-rock band closing a set with “Soul Meets Body” in Charleston, South Carolina, when the frontman abruptly rips out his earpiece, drops his guitar, and knocks over his mic stand. The rest of the band quits playing as Gibbard strides off stage, though they later returned for an encore. Naturally, fans wondered what fit of pique precipitated the walk-off. Now, bassist Nick Harmer has said it wasn’t as bad as all that: Gibbard was “frustrated” by equipment failure, and, simultaneously, a fight broke out at the front of the crowd. All is well in Death Cab land, then.


The Jay Z-curated Made in America Festival returns to Philadelphia this Labor Day weekend with a stacked lineup featuring headlining sets by Coldplay. The fest’s roster also includes some other Alt-Rockers like Grimes and Jamie xx. Tickets for the Made in America Festival go on sale to the public on June 27th.


As reported last week, Deftones frontman Chino Moreno actually performed inside of a volcano this weekend at Iceland’s Secret Solstice festival, plowing through a three-song set submerged inside the shaft of a volcano. Though only 20 people were allowed at the performance — at roughly $1970 a head — there’s video of the Gore musician playing Deftones’ “Change (In the House of Flies)” available for those who couldn’t’ make the trip. The BBC also reports that the performance included a David Bowie a cover and a Morrissey song.


Ahead of their 11th studio album, Give a Glimpse of What Yer NotDinosaur Jr. have released two singles, “Tiny” and “Goin Down.” Now, J Mascis & Co. have shared the video for “Tiny,” which features the band playing to a roller derby. 

The refurbished Blink-182 reminisce about the monotony of school – and how much fun kids have once the day’s final bell rings – in their new video for “Bored to Death,” the first single off the band’s upcoming LP California. You can watch the video over in our 4-1-1 section at alt360radio.com. Blink-182‘s long tour in support of their new album, the trio’s first since 2011’s Neighborhoods, kicks off July 22nd in San Diego, California.


Blink-182’s upcoming album California will be a Tom DeLonge-less affair, as we already know. After parting ways with the band, the guitarist has kept busy by releasing music and penning a novel about the threat of UFOs. In a new interview with Mic, DeLonge says that he quit Blink-182 to focus on a “national security issue,” specifically UFOs. Dealing with extraterrestrial dangers and the grind of touring with the band was too much for DeLonge. He stated this past April that he and the group do have a future together, but the fact remains that he’s been replaced by Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio and isn’t involved in California, which drops on July 1.