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

Last week, we reported Frances Bean Cobain’s ex-husband Isaiah Silva filed a civil suit against Courtney Love, her business manager Sam Lutfi, 13 Reasons Why actor Ross Butler, and several others, alleging a conspiracy to assault, kidnap, and attempt to murder him—all over the contested ownership of the 1959 D-18E Martin guitar Kurt Cobain played at Nirvana’s 1993 MTV Unplugged appearance, the value of which the family apparently believes to be in the millions. Now we have an update, Spin magazine reports that Silva’s full lawsuit runs to more than 300 pages of material, describing startlingly personal details of family drama and allegations of drug abuse, impersonation attempts, and harassment, which puts Smashing Pumpkins lead man, Billy Corgan. According to the suit, Corgan had hired Silva’s friend, the drummer Robin Diaz, and Lutfi later name-dropped Corgan in order to “threaten and harass” Diaz to reveal information about Silva. Stay tuned for more from the crazies.


Gorillaz has announced the lineup for their 2018 Demon Dayz Festival scheduled to take place on October 20 in Los Angeles. The inaugural fest took place last year in Margate, England. This year’s lineup features Erykah Badu, the Internet, Virginia rapper DRAM, among others. The headlining slot is, of course, reserved for Gorillaz whose new album, The Now Now drops on June 29.  The band already released two new songs, “Humility” and “Lake Zurich,” ahead of the album release and can be heard here on alt360 radio.







30 Second to Mar’s Jared Leto‘s Joker might be getting his own spinoff movie. According to Variety, Leto is set to star in and executive produce a standalone movie about his Suicide Squad character. Details about the plot and release dates are still unknown, but Variety reports that Warner Bros. has plans to expand the world created in the movie and explore it in other movies.







Asking Alexandria will join Shinedown and Godsmack on another tour you can’t miss this fall. As Godsmack and Shinedown gear up for their co-headlining summer amphitheater tour, they’ve revealed an additional run of dates keeping them on the road together into the fall. Asking Alexandria announced via Twitter that they will be joining the two powerhouse bands on the arena tour. Asking Alexandria will be on tour in June and will perform at certain Vans Warped Tour dates before joining Shinedown and Godsmack.



Following the death of Jeffrey Fortune at Ghost’s May 31 show in Milwaukee, a GoFundMe campaign was created to help Fortune’s family. The page was created on June 2 by the fan club, Ghost American Ministries, who created the campaign after Fortune collapsed during the band’s show, dying soon after being transported to the hospital. If you would like to contribute to the fund, you can do so by going here. Ghost is currently on tour in support of their new album Prequelle, out now.



In a new interview with DIY Magazine, Matt Healy of The 1975 opened up about his struggles with drug addiction. His comments came after being asked about the line about “get[ting] addicted to drugs” in the band’s new single “Give Yourself a Try.”  He discussed his experience with prescription drug use after explaining that he “wasn’t in a good place” following the end of the promo cycle for the band’s 2016 album I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It, and explained he decided to “really get away” by taking an extended trip to Barbados, where he apparently went to rehab. The 1975 released the debut single from their upcoming third LP, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, last week.



Sleeping With Sirens announced via Twitter that they will be taking their Chill Out Summer Acoustic Tour across the U.S. this summer with the Rocket Summer and Kulick. The band also announced that a new song, “Another Day,” which was written with the Rocket Summer, will be dropping soon.






Spiritualized is teasing something new. The English six-piece have posted a mysterious Morse code message on Twitter and their website, which fans have already decoded to read “A Perfect Miracle,” the title of a song they’ve played live in the last few years. The band’s last album Sweet Heart Sweet Light was released in 2012. In 2016, frontman Jason Pierce said that their next album might be their last. The statement was made in connection with a pair of shows they played for the 20th anniversary of their career-defining album, Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space.



It looks like Louisville, Kentucky will be louder than ever this September when Avenged Sevenfold, Underoath, Deftones, Limp Bizkit and more descend upon Champions Park for the Louder Than Life festival. A7X, Bizkit and Breaking Benjamin headline Louder Than Life’s first night, Friday, Sept. 28. Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown shut it down on Saturday. And Nine Inch Nails, Deftones and Ice Cube head up the closing night, Sept. 30.






Chicago’s annual Riot Fest has announced the initial lineup for its 2018 installment. It features headliners Blink-182, Beck, Elvis Costello and the Impostors, Interpol, Father John Misty, Blondie, Incubus, and more. There’s a big set of question marks in the headliners column of the poster, suggesting that there is another major act to be announced, along with smaller acts and special performances of full albums. Other notable confirmed acts include the Jesus Lizard, Bleachers, Digable Planets, Pussy Riot, Superchunk, Johnny Marr, The Voidz, Killing Joke, and Sum 41. The festival will take place during the weekend of September 14 through 16 at Chicago’s Douglas Park.






Belle and Sebastian have announced something called “The Boaty Weekender,” which is apparently a cruise filled with four days of personally curated bands and activities across the Mediterranean. Taking place August 8-12 of 2019, the cruise parallels the band’s land-based festival, The Bowlie Weekender, and according to their website will have “yoga and cocktails and club nights and themed balls and crèches and quizzes and scrabble tournaments–and gigs. Gigs upon gigs from some of our good friends and favourite acts in rock ‘n’ roll on five stages throughout the ship.”



Coachella returns to Indio, California next April 2019. As usual, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will take place over two weekends,  April 12-14, and April 19-21. Tickets are on sale via the festival’s website. Early general admissions passes are $429, with VIP passes as high as $999. The official website, details different payment plans and camping options.




NOFX are making news in the year 2018 because of some ill-advised stage banter regarding the Las Vegas shooting during their Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival set in Las Vegas last weekend. According to footage, the offending exchange looks like it takes place between NOFX frontman Fat Mike and guitarist Eric Melvin. It starts with Fat Mike saying “We played a song about Muslims and we didn’t get shot. Hooray.” Then Melvin responded, “I guess you only get shot in Vegas if you are in a country band.” Fat Mike then finished the bit with “at least they were country fans and not punk rock fans.” Some audible groans picked up on the video suggest that the joke didn’t go over well with the crowd. Fat Mike came back with “you were all thinking it!” The NOFX members were referencing the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting which left 59 people dead and over 500 injured in October 2017. This week NOFX has issued an apology statement after receiving criticism for making the joke.




Vampire Weekend told fans in an Instagram comment that their album is “94.5%” done. The comment comes after the band announced concerts in Ojai, their first full-sets in four years, telling fans “it’s probably worth catching both.” They recently made their return to Instagram after five years and marked a new era changing their profile pictures on Facebook and Instagram.