4-1-1 Music News Minute(s) w.Todd Michaels – Week of July 1

Fiona Apple has pledged to donate earnings from her hit song “Criminal” to a fund providing services to immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. The singer-songwriter will donate all earnings in 2019 and 2020 from the song’s placement in television and film to While They Wait, a fund managed by the immigration law firms Brooklyn Defender Services and RAICES Texas. Apple also encouraged other artists to donate placement royalties from one of their own songs to While They Wait. 

Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss has released a statement on Twitter announcing her departure from the band. Weiss, who joined the band in 1996 ahead of their third album Dig Me Out, wrote in the statement that Sleater-Kinney is “heading in a new direction and it is time for me to move on.” The news comes as a bit of a shock, as Weiss had been a key part of the 3-piece outfit for the last two decades and will appear on their forthcoming St. Vincent-produced album The Center Won’t Hold.

The New Pornographers are heading out on tour this fall. The 14-date affair kicks off in September with a stop at Woodstock, NY’s Levon Helm Studios. The band will go on to play shows in Madison, Minneapolis, Boston, Chicago, Brooklyn, and Washington, DC before wrapping things up at Atlanta’s Buckhead Theatre on November 12. Lady Lamb will support on most dates.

New Order have announced plans for their first ever residency in the United States. The band will perform four shows in four nights in Miami, Florida at the Fillmore Miami Beach in early 2020. The series of concerts will follow a world tour by the band, which began this month and carries well into the fall. The Miami shows are scheduled for January 14-18.

Third Eye Blind are currently on a summer tour with Jimmy Eat World, but before they get too far into the outing frontman Stephan Jenkins has something special to release. Jenkins is announcing the launch of his very own tequila brand, Summergods, in partnership with master distillers Casa Maestri. The drink is manufactured in Jalisco, Mexico and promotes sustainable agriculture and fair-trade employment practices. He’s also hosting an event on July 15 in Atlantic City where he will perform a short acoustic set and give away bottles of the alcohol to attendees. Tickets are extremely limited with only 100 being available and can be bought here. You can also purchase the tequila online here right now.

Mark Hoppus of blink-182 is currently auctioning off nearly 80 pieces of gear, including one of his iconic basses, in order to benefit LGBTQ rights. It all started when the proposed  “Straight Pride Parade” news broke. If you haven’t heard, a Boston man responded to pride month with a discrimination complaint against the city, looking to hold his own parade celebrating straight pride. The city complied and now the “Straight Pride Parade” seems to be a real thing, causing social media to explode in outrage. The idea infuriated Hoppus, who went a step further by offering a charity opportunity in response to the parade. Labeling the idea as “ridiculous,” Hoppus pledged to put a bass guitar on auction and donate double the proceeds to the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention organization focused on LGBTQ+ youth. Now, the auction is live on Reverb for his pink plaid early 2000s Fender precision bass from his personal collection up for auction. The full shop opens on July 8. Among items up for sale is a custom Blue Microphones tube condenser. It is apparently one of Hoppus’ favorite pieces of equipment. Also in the shop is a custom Fender Precision bass and a pair of Avalon U5 Ultra Five Direct pre-amps Hoppus has used since 2001. You can see the full list of items on the shop here.