Here’s the Latest Music News in the Alternative World:
Joining the ranks of Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, 311 and other cannabis-friendly musical merchandisers, Icelandic group Sigur Rós now have their own line of edibles. According to the website of marijuana retailer Lord Jones, the limited-run, CBD-infused “medicated gumdrops” are “inspired by the flavors of Icelandic berries.” The “Wild Sigurberry,” as the flavor is known, allegedly tastes like blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries, and is set to come in two dosage options.
Alt-J have announced a North American tour in light of their upcoming album Relaxer, out June 2. The band have already shared a few festival dates they will be playing this summer, including New York City’s Panorama and Lollapalooza Paris. The US tour will start in October, beginning in Portland and ending in Houston. This is the band’s first album since the release of This Is All Yours in 2014. Recently, they added an interactive game on their website soundtracked by their new song “3WW.”
This week, the schedule for 2017’s Coachella was announced. On the two Fridays, Radiohead, Father John Misty, the xx and others will take the stage. Saturdays will feature performances by Lady Gaga, Bon Iver and Future. The weekends will close out on Sundays with Kendrick Lamar, Lorde and Future Islands. Coachella also announced recently that there would be a live Youtube stream of 51 sets for the first weekend.
General admission tickets for the first weekend are sold out, but are still available for weekend two.
Morrissey cut his Tucson, AZ concert short on Monday night after losing his voice during the performance. The frontman was
performing “Everyday Is Like Sunday” when he suddenly walked off the stage after straining to get the lyrics out. His bandmates had to come out to speak for their voiceless leader asking for their understanding and for forgiveness.
The initial Demon Dayz festival will take place June 10 at Margate, UK. The date for the Chicago version of the festival hasn’t been announced, and thus far, Gorillaz’ lone confirmed US tour date is in August’s Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in San Francisco. Humanz, is out April 28.
Last week, Tool shared a mysterious teaser image with the date “6-24,” which many assumed might be related to a new album. It is, also its the day that Tool will be performing in a star-studded concert featuring Primus and the Melvins. The aerial view seems to be of the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernadino, which is known for being the largest outdoor venue in the United States.
Dozens of artists have announced their involvement with 7-inches for Planned Parenthood, a new charity series to benefit the women’s health provider. Participating artists include: Foo Fighters, Björk, Bon Iver, Feist, Sleater-Kinney, St. Vincent, Laurie Anderson, the National, Margaret Cho, Zach Galifianakis, and many more. In the coming weeks, creative material from those contributors comprising music, comedy, and spoken word will be released digitally, and subsequently collected into a vinyl box set. 100% of proceeds will go to Planned Parenthood.
Fresh off the release of their new album Hot Thoughts, Spoon have released a video for the single and title track, which puts the lo-fi VHS spin on footage of the band performing at South By Southwest last month. Britt Daniel and crew have also announced a short run of West coast tour dates alongside The Shins