4-1-1 Music News Minute(s) w/Todd Michaels – Week of January 15th

  • Legal battles over similar sounding songs seem to be quite the norm these days with artists finding themselves in court over copyright infringement far too often. This past weekend, the list continues to grow as Radiohead reportedly accuse Lana Del Rey of “ripping off” the band’s iconic song “Creep”. The alt-pop sensation has come under fire after similarities were noticed between her track “Get Free” and Radiohead‘s 1993 hit “Creep”. The song is the last track on Rey‘s fifth album Lust for Life which landed at No. 1 after its release last year. A spokesman for Radiohead confirmed with NME that there are no legal proceedings at this time.
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  • The two surviving Beastie Boys members, Ad-Rock and Mike D, have been working on a memoir since at least 2013, and though there have been some vague updates throughout the years, not much concrete information has come out. Until now, that is. In a new interview with Mike D says that the book will finally come out in fall 2018.

  • Veteran indie-pop raconteurs The Decemberists are putting out a new album, and it’s called I’ll Be Your Girl. It’s out March 16 on Capitol Records, according to Pitchfork.

  • Original Candlebox Lineup Reunites For 25th Anniversary Show in Seattle. Perhaps Candlebox can finally claim some of that grunge glory at its July 21 show at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle featuring the band’s original lineup for one night only. The band will perform its 1993 debut album in its entirety, according to Blabbermouth.

  • Billy Corgan teased a possible Smashing Pumpkins reunion on Tuesday with a pic of some of the band’s original members on Instagram. Corgan left it unclear if this means a reunion of the Pumpkins‘ original members will be happening, as has been rumored for years now. Chamberlin told WGN Radio last year (via NME) that he was eyeing a full-on reunion in 2018, so maybe this will be the year of the Pumpkin. Again, here’s hoping original bassist D’arcy Wretzky is in on the action when this inevitable, classic-era Pumpkins reunion happens.

  • The Cocteau Twins have announced vinyl reissues of their second and third albums. Previously, 4AD had released reissues 5 of their albums, including the classic Heaven Or Las Vegas. Last year, Universal Music Group released reissues of Four-Calendar Café and Milk & Kisses as part of Record Store Day, reportedly without band members’ knowledge.

  • Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp have teamed up in the past, and it looks like they could be spending a lot more time together. Manson took to Twitter yesterday to say that “Johnny Depp is considering a position on guitar,” and while it might seem surprising, it really isn’t at all. The duo worked together on various videos and projects over the years, with Depp most recently making appearances in Manson‘s “SAY10” and “KILL4ME” videos from Manson‘s most recent album Heaven Upside Down.

  • Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has filed for a restraining order against his Los Angeles neighbor, TMZ reports. Reznor claims that his neighbor has grown increasingly threatening toward his family over the past six months, forcing him to call the police. His neighbor also reportedly told an individual leaving Reznor’s house that he hated Reznor, and that “Satan” would seal the musician’s fate. The Gone Girl composer seeks an order that would force his neighbor to stay 10 yards away from him, his family, and his employees while they’re working at his home. A court hearing is set for next month.

  • My Bloody Valentine has announced their first show since 2013—and, by all indications, the fresh tour date will precede a new album from the band later this year. MBV‘s first announced gig for 2018 will be at Japan’s Sonicmania festival, an offshoot of the annual Summer Sonic fest, as reported by Pitchfork. The one-day concert is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 17, and Nine Inch Nails and DJ Marshmello will also perform.

  • What’s the price of partying? For an Andrew W.K. fan, it was £100. British drummer Luke Mitchell got so into W.K.’s new single “Music Is Worth Living For,” he ended up with a speeding ticket. Andrew W.K. heard the news and offered to pay for it. Mitchell tweeted about the situation and got nods from both W.K. and BBC Radio1, which was the station he heard the song on…or maybe it was alt360.

  • Michael Davenport, the former bassist for the pop-punk band the Ataris and a member of Versus The World, currently faces a 30-year prison sentence after being accused of federal fraud charges, according to reports. The musician reputedly cheated thousands of people out of a total $27 million over seven years. Davenport was arrested in Little Rock, Arkansas, in December. Over $104,000 in cash was seized from him, and an additional $850,000 from his bank accounts is reportedly in the process of being seized. He and Rawlinson are scheduled for an arraignment tomorrow, Jan. 17.

  • All Time Low will be heading out on a U.S. tour this spring in support of Last Young Renegade. Before hitting the U.S., the band will be headed on an epic tour in the UK, where they’ll be supported by Creeper and playing So Wrong, It’s Right first—and then a full All Time Low show on top of that.

  • New Found Glory have announced a headlining tour with Bayside, the Movielife, and former Yellowcard vocalist, William Ryan Key it’s set to be one sick tour…it’s literally called that. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 19, at 12 p.m. local time. Presale tickets are currently available here.

  • The National diligently toured the world in support of Sleep Well Beast, their album from September. They’ve now announced an additional string of new dates to look forward to this spring, and Big Thief fans will also be delighted to learn that they’re providing support for every show. The two bands are also set to perform at the previously announced Homecoming festival, run by The National, which will occur in Cincinnati on April 28 and 29.

  • David Byrne revealing that his new album will be called American Utopia and be releasing its first single, “Everybody’s Coming to My House,” David Byrne has announced a list of tour dates. To that end, the show will include a 12-piece band who will join Byrne on stage for a choreographed concert. The tour is indeed ambitious in scope, with shows across North and South America and Europe.

  • Jack Whites curiously titled new solo album Boarding House Reach is out on March 23. The former White Stripe and Third Man Records honcho has announced a string of American and European shows in support of the LP. They include previously announced performances at the Governors Ball, Shaky Knees, and Boston Calling festivals. Tickets go on sale to the public next Friday, January 26.