4-1-1 Music News Minute(s) w/Todd Michaels – Week of February 26th

Are you tired of the unending barrage of 2018 festival lineups headlined by every possible combination of Eminem, the Weeknd, Jack White, the Killers, Queens of the Stone Age, the National, and Travis Scott? We suggest booking a ticket to West Palm Beach for the weekend of May 3-6 for the SunFest Festival, which is headlined by none of the above artists and instead by a completely ridiculous mix including Billy Idol, Girl Talk, Zedd, Incubus, Nick Jonas, 311, and the quasi-Sublime cover band Sublime With Rome. Also, Cake, Third Eye Blind, and DNCE!

Things don’t seem to be going too well between Grimes and her label. Earlier this month, she posted on Instagram that though she had planned to release a new album later this year, her plans changed because the “music industry is trash.” In a new post on Instagram over the weekend, she now says that she’s “back in the studio making a million beats,” working on “one final album for my shit label.”

 

Liam Gallagher was all over the place last Wednesday: He was at the BRIT Awards, where he delivered a well-received rendition of “Live Forever” to honour victims of last year’s Manchester Arena bombing.But if you were watching late-night television in the U.S., you’d be forgiven for thinking that Gallagher was halfway around the world, singing a song from his four-month-old album As You Were on The Late Late Show With James Corden. Gallagher and his band recorded this version of “I’ve All I Need” at the same time as their previous Late Late Show appearance, back in October.

 

Jack Antonoff of Bleachers and Fun fame says he’s not dating anyone, and now Lorde says she’s not dating Jack Antonoff. She said in an Instagram post, “Guys: Never. No. Jack and I are not dating. For the last time. But I love him, he’s awesome. But we’re not dating. Please!”

 

 

 

Alice Glass has won a court victory against ex-bandmate Ethan Kath of Crystal Castles, she announced in a tweet. “I won in court today!! the defamation lawsuit against me was dismissed!”  In court filings, Glass reportedly indicated she was prepared to testify that Kath raped and abused her during her time in the band.

 

 

 

 

The National’s Matt Berninger and his brother Tom are taking the dark-comedic energy that fueled Mistaken for Strangers, the 2013 pseudo-documentary focused on the band and applying it to a new, “more scripted” television project. The series will be made up of half-hour episodes. No dates or network information has been announced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just as tickets are going on sale for the Smashing Pumpkins reunion tour, Billy Corgan is trying to sweep all that ugly D’arcy Wretzky mudslinging under the carpet and make some earnest appeals to fans. On Instagram this past weekend, he asked ticketholders to help the current mates of the band–Corgan, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlain, and Jeff Schroeder–decide on their set list for the upcoming shows. As promised, the bulk of the “PROPOSED” songs Corgan posted are from across the Pumpkins’ classic discography. 

 

 

 

 

 

Classic synth-pop duo Soft Cell say they’re getting back together one more time before splitting up for good. According to the band’s website, the last opportunity to see Marc Almond and Dave Ball perform “Sex Dwarf” will be on September 30 at The O2 in London. This drive-by of a reunion is appropriately titled the “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” show. The last time the duo shared a stage was in 2004. Tickets are on sale now.

 

 

 

 

 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Sufjan Stevens will join the list of performers at the 2018 Oscars. Stevens will be performing “Mystery of Love,” one of his original songs for the film Call Me By Your Name, which is the Best Picture nominee. Stevens is also nominated for a Best Original Song award for the song.

 

 

English post-punk veterans Public Image Ltd. have announced a new tour, documentary, and box set to celebrate the band’s 40 years together. The act will hit the road in May, touring across Europe and Japan through the summer and into the fall. Their documentary film, titled The Public Image is Rotten, premiered last year at the Tribeca Film Festival and the upcoming box set will also feature the same name. Find more details on the band’s website.

 

Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967—meaning that on February 20, 2018, would have been the Nirvana frontman 51st birthday. The occasion didn’t go unnoticed by Cobain’s two most famous family members: Both Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain marked the date with remembrances on Instagram. Love kept hers simple and touching, sharing a black-and-white snapshot of herself and Cobain with the caption, “happy birthday baby god I miss you.” Frances Bean, 25, weighed in as well. “I hope they don’t have the internet wherever you are,” she captioned a pair of throwback photos—one of herself as a baby with her dad, another featuring a pensive Cobain in a Breeders t-shirt. “I feel like that would be counterproductive. Regardless, Happy Birthday to an angel.”

 

Coheed and Cambria and Taking Back Sunday have announced a summer co-headlining tour. The tour kicks off on July 6 in Miami and runs through mid-August. California pop-punkers The Story So Far is also providing support for the tour.

 

 

 

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of their sophomore album Devotion, Beach House will release a deluxe vinyl reissue of the record. The deluxe reissue is available through online “record of the month” distributor Vinyl Me Please for members who sign up before March 19; the website has made Devotion its record of the month for March 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Billy Corgan spent President’s Day hyping new music from the mostly reunited classic Smashing Pumpkins lineup. Corgan teased the new music in an Instagram post where he announced that he was joining James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin, in Malibu “next week to sing shiny new lyrics and cut final guitar overdubs” after spending the week in Chicago “to refine lyrics.”

 

 

Courtney Barnett has announced new tour dates supporting her upcoming album Tell Me How You Really Feel, which is due out May 18. In June, Barnett will be doing dates in the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, following previously announced April/May dates in America. In July, Barnett will play shows in Toronto and Ottawa before hitting a few more United States dates, sharing the stage with Vagabon, Big Thief, Julien Baker, and others at different shows. The new series of tour stops ends with a Brooklyn show in Prospect Park and an appearance at the Newport Folk Festival. Tickets are on sale now.

 

 

Radiohead will be playing a set of North American shows this summer. In July, the band will play shows in New York City (three nights at Madison Square Garden), Montreal, Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cincinnati, Chicago, and Columbus. Tickets are on sale now. The band is also playing a previously-announced series of South American shows in April.

 

Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon, along with their now grown-up children Kelly and Jack, are bringing back MTV‘s hit reality show The Osbournes—sort of! The family will resurrect The Osbournes’ straightforward spirit on a new podcast series. Beginning March 5, the 10-episode podcast—led by Jack Osbourne as the de facto host. Coincidentally, The Osbournes Podcast’s March 5 unveiling will mark the 16th anniversary of the show’s debut on MTV.

 

The American Association Of Suicidology (AAS) has named Andrew W.K. their first-ever “person of the year” in honour of “his life-affirming music and message.” The award’s purpose is to recognize the person’s impact on suicide prevention and the mental health community. According to a statement released by the AAS, W.K. will receive the award “due to his consistent and powerful use of positivity to improve the lives of those who read his writings, attend his lectures and hear his music.” Andrew W.K. has recently shared tracks “Ever Again” and “Music Is Worth Living For” from his new album, You’re Not Alone, out March 2. He also announced a tour, which kicks off March 14 in Texas and wraps up May 25 in Oklahoma.