4-1-1 Music News Minute(s) w/Todd Michaels – Week of February 25th

Mark Hollis, lead singer and songwriter of influential British new-wave-turned-art-rock band Talk Talk, has died at the age of 64. Born in London in 1955, Mark Hollis began his career in the music industry in the late 1970s, releasing one single with his band The Reaction before forming Talk Talk with bassist Paul Webb, drummer Lee Harris, and keyboardist Simon Brenner in 1981.

Korn and Alice in Chains have announced a lengthy North American tour for summer 2019. The dates kick off in July in Del Valle, Texas, before heading to the Northeast, Midwest, and eventually to the West Coast in early September. The tour wraps in Mountain View, California at the Shoreline Amphitheatre on September 4. The co-headliners will be joined by Underoath on all dates, with Ho99o9 and FEVER 333 opening select shows.

We’ve been anxiously awaiting Rob Zombie‘s 3 From Hell, a highly anticipated follow-up to House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. Luckily, Rob Zombie has given us a small insight as to what “bizarre” things this film may hold. Zombie took to Instagram over the weekend to share a photo from the movie while confirming the film has “many bizarre cameos in it”… including one from Chaz Bono.

It appears Krysten Ritter and the War on Drugs frontman Adam Granduciel are expecting a child together. The couple walked the Oscars red carpet tonight and posed for pictures with Granduciel’s finger pointed at Ritter’s heretofore unseen baby bump. Ritter is coming off two seasons starring as the titular Marvel superhero Jessica Jones, though Netflix canceled the series last week. Granduciel made his film soundtracking debut on the forthcoming Jim Gaffigan vehicle Light From Light, which debuted this year at Sundance Film Festival. The War on Drugs released their last album A Deeper Understanding in 2017.

The ultimate supergroup consisting of blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth, Simple Creatures, are officially slated to play their first live set. Coming hot off the release of their first music video for latest single, “Strange Love,” and the announcement of an upcoming debut EP of the same name, the duo is now set to make their live debut. Download Festival announced 17 more artists for their June lineup, which includes Simple Creatures. The band have two songs released so far: the previously mentioned “Strange Love” and first single “Drug.” The duo join the Wonder Years and ROAM as the most recent additions. The festival boasts heavyweight headliners such as Slipknot, Def Leppard and Smashing Pumpkins, as well as some familiar names such as Halestorm and Beartooth. Simple Creatures’ debut Strange Love EP drops March 29 with preorders available now digitally and with merch bundles. Download Festival hits Donington Park June 14-16. Check out the full lineup below, and grab your tickets here.

Real Estate seem like the kind of band who know the Earth is round. From their 2014 album literally titled Atlas to tracks like “Three Blocks,” “Same Sun,” and “Horizon,” the New Jersey five-piece have long embraced metaphors of the spatial variety, soundtracking those perfect summer days spent biking to the beach, or looking up at those endlessly-distant, yet totally-proven-to-exist things called stars spread out against the rippling midnight sky. In a strange turn of events, the band’s song “Horizon” was recently featured in a Flat Earth documentary called Behind the Curve, which they now say they did not approved the music for, as Pitchfork points out. Filmmaker Daniel J. Clark screened the documentary at last year’s DOC NYC film festival, and the documentary has since found its way onto Netflix, prompting one fan on Twitter to ask Real Estate if they had any thoughts about the film’s use of their song “Horizon.” The song was allegedly licensed for use in the film by Domino Publishing, the label and publishing house behind the band’s 2014 album Atlas from which the song is taken.

Warped Tour revealed the many different ticketing options for their upcoming 25th anniversary shows. This morning, the first round of tickets went on sale, and many of the tiers and options have already sold out. Cleveland Warped Tour, Atlantic City Warped Tour, Mountain View Warped Tour all have Single day tickets, Early Bird vs. Pre-sale tickets, The VIP package in Atlantic City includes tickets, a private entrance, a VIP lounge, a full service cash bar, air conditioned areas, on-site concierge. It also includes a goodie bag, collectors ticket, commemorative laminate and wristband and access to a pre-party and after party. The lineup will be revealed March 1, which is the same day regular tickets will go on sale.

Following a comprehensive reissue series of her discography last year, Kate Bush is releasing The Other Sides, a new 4-disc release of rarities. The set will include rare songs, B-sides, covers, and 12″ mixes. Among many other oft-forgotten Bush originals and unusual covers, it includes a previously unreleased demo (“Humming”), Bush’s theme song from The Golden Compass, a couple of holiday songs from her 1979 Christmas special, a version of Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing,” and two Elton John songs (“Candle In The Wind” and “Rocketman”). In conjunction with the album announcement, NME premiered the video for “Rocketman,” directed by Bush in 1989 for a TV broadcast but never officially released.

A Day To Remember are starting the week off right by announcing a U.S. summer tour with Knocked Loose and Boston Manor. A Day To Remember are also set to play Reading & Leeds festival this upcoming August with artists such as twenty one pilots, Post Malone, the 1975, Foo Fighters and more. You can grab tickets for that here. Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. local time.

The late Amy Winehouse’s hologram tour has been postponed, Billboardreports. The tour, blessed by Winehouse’s father Mitch, was scheduled to launch later this year. BASE Hologram, the company behind the tour, attributes the delay to its creative ambition, which it would like people to appreciate.

Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave presented at the Oscars, and many people on Twitter were confused by his appearance. The musician presented Vice as a Best Picture nominee at the Academy Awards.

Wilco has announced the 2019 line-up for their Solid Sound music festival, which is scheduled to take place at MASS MoCA in Western Massachusetts from June 28-30. This year’s roster includes Wilco (the headliner every year, with 2 sets), Courtney Barnett, Tortoise (2 sets), The Feelies, and Cate LeBon as headliners, with Jonathan Richman and Jeff Tweedy & Friends following closely behind. This year will also feature a wide variety of other activities and series, from an authors in conversation series hosted by Penguin Random House, to a Comedy Cabaret, to an art exhibition featuring work by Annie Lennox, Laurie Anderson, and others. Dates for the festival were announced, and early bird passes went on sale, in October. buy tickets for the weekend here (Single day tickets go on sale February 28).

About two months ago, Machine Gun Kelly shared that he had scrapped an entire album. Not wanting to leave fans completely empty-handed, the rapper promised the new material would be coming soon. Now it seems that blink-182‘s Travis Barker is in the studio with the rapper by making an appearance on both Slim and MGK’s Instagram stories.

Manchester’s The 1975 led tonight’s slate of winners at the Brit Awards in London. The band took home trophies for British Group and Album of the Year on the strength of their third album A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships. Frontman Matt Healey used his acceptance speech for the former award to address the cultural moment in which stars like R. Kelly and Ryan Adams face accountability for sexual misconduct. George Ezra won British Male Solo Artist.

YouTube Music has announced a new original content mini-series geared towards allowing artists to creatively express themselves and engage with their fans. Partnering with Billie Eilish for the launch, the forthcoming series will team up with different artists for their own three-piece long series. Mixing music with creative original content, this new mini-series will allow artists to connect with content creators and develop videos inspired by reaction videos, conversation-type videos, track-by-track explanations, etc. Each mini-series will be 100% owned by the artists and their teams and will also appear on the artists’ official YouTube channels. Billie Eilish kicks off the new series, using hers as a way of bringing fans into the creative process behind different tracks from her upcoming album. The song is from her debut album, out March 29. You can preorder a copy here.

Southern California punk elder statesmen Bad Religion have announced their 17th studio album Age of Unreason. Between Trump’s election, neo-Nazis marching in the streets, and the glut of InfoWars-style far right conspiracy theories, the band has had no shortage of song-writing inspiration. Age of Unreason drops on May 3 via Epitaph Records.

Greta Van Fleet have been forced to cancel their entire European tour per the doctor’s orders. The band’s tour originally ran from Feb. 22 through March 17. According to a Facebook post, the band announced that their frontman Josh Kiszka has contracted a pretty severe upper respiratory infection. Wanting to provide the full experience, the band decided to reschedule the upcoming dates in Europe. However, since their post on Thursday, the band have promptly rescheduled those tour dates, complete with venue confirmations. The dates have been postponed for this forthcoming November. All previous tickets will be honored for the later dates.

We may just have to flip to Nickelodeon this forthcoming March for this year’s Kids’ Choice Awards. After taking a look at this year’s nominees, it’s safe to say that Nickelodeon’s award show is stacked with scene favorites. That said, twenty one pilots and Fall Out Boy are nominated for Favorite Music Group. Billie Eilish and Post Malone are up for Favorite Breakout Artist. Then, 5 Seconds Of Summer are nominated for Favorite Song. This year’s Kids Choice Awards will occur on March 23 at 8 p.m. EST on Nickelodeon.