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

St. Vincent and Carrie Brownstein are both great songwriters and larger-than-life guitar heroes, and they have both done a whole lot to bridge the parallel worlds of music and comedy. They’re old friends and collaborators, too. Collider reports that Clark and Brownstein have co-written a concert film together. In the movie, which doesn’t yet have a title, Clark and Brownstein will play “heightened versions of themselves.” Brownstein is co-producing the movie.

Fresh from his tour with Phoebe Bridgers as Better Oblivion Community Center, Conor Oberst has announced a solo tour for summer 2019. Kicking things off in Portsmouth, NH on July 17, Oberst will tour the U.S. from mid to late July. Joanna Sternberg will open for Oberst on all dates.

Beck has released a new single, “Saw Lightning,” and announced the title for his new album: Hyperspace. The new track was written and produced by Beck in collaboration with Pharrell Williams. Hyperspace is due out on Capitol Records later this year, though no official release date has been announced.

Last summer, ’90s curiosity Cake and troubadour of the “unhinged leftBen Folds embarked on a North American co-headlining tour that was so successful that the two acts are doing it all over again. This time around, they’re focusing on the West Coast. While they’re out on the road, Folds’s memoir A Dream About Lightning Bugs – A Life Of Music And Cheap Lessons drops on July 30, and there will be VIP events before shows for fans who want their books signed.

Morrissey Postpones Canadian Tour Dates

Morrissey has postponed his first Canadian tour in almost two decades due to a “medical emergency.” He was slated to perform at the Orpheum in Vancouver this week, but the Vancouver Civic Theatres announced that the shows will be moved to 10/14 and 10/15. “Spirits are high,” the Vancouver Civic Theatres’ statement reads. “The artist is on the path to a swift recovery.” Morrissey will begin his Broadway residency in May. His new covers album, California Son, comes out 5/24. In September, he will embark on a US fall tour with Interpol.

After it was revealed that Pete Buttigieg wrote an essay in college about Dave Matthews Band & Radiohead, this week he invoked another ’90s artist at a town hall held in Des Moines, Iowa. an audience member asked the Democratic presidential candidate to pick a song he felt describes his life. Buttigieg seemed legitimately stumped by the question before answering, “There’s a song that’s been on my mind a lot by Everlast  called ‘What It’s Like.’ You know the refrain ‘God forbid you to have to walk a mile in her shoes’ and it’s about a few different stories of different people and the way we judge those people and the way we might view it a little differently if we really knew what it was like to be those people, I’m not sure it captures my life. My life has had its ups and downs but in the grand scheme of things I feel pretty lucky, but I believe it describes the way we ought to come at politics.”

Everlast himself recently displayed a far more aggressive stance towards politics, when he demanded that Donald Trump stop using House of Pain’s hit “Jump Around” at campaign rallies in 2016. After calling Trump a “scumbag” and a “piece of shit” on Twitter, Everlast told Billboard that the GOP candidate was “a moron.”