4-1-1 Music News Minute(s) w/Todd Michaels – Week of March 11th

Beach House have announced a string of North American tour dates, scheduled for late spring and early summer. The Baltimore duo’s itinerary includes several previously announced festival appearances, including sets at Bonnaroo, Bellweather, and the nostalgic-as-hell Just Like Heaven festival, as well as two-night stopovers in Brooklyn and Seattle. They’ll also be overseas for appearances at Tomavista in Madrid and All Points East in London. The band is scheduled for a run of four Australian shows beginning tomorrow. Beach House released their latest album, 7, in May of last year. Tickets for the tour are on sale here.

Hometown Detroit hero Jack White made a $10,000 contribution towards a crowd funding campaign to restore Hamtramck Stadium, a historic ballpark which hosted the Negro League’s team Detroit Stars, WDET reports. Hamtramck Stadium is one of the last existing Negro League-era stadium in the country and White, along with the Piast Institute and the Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium have joined forces in order to restore the ballpark for baseball, soccer, and other community use in addition to restoring the ballpark’s grandstand. The local coalition is hoping to raise $50,000 dollars  for the project, which will be matched by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

The National have announced a new album, I Am Easy To Find, out May 17 via 4AD. It’s the band’s eighth full-length studio album and first since 2017’s Sleep Well Beast. It comes along with an accompanying short film of the same name, helmed by 20th Century Women director Mike Mills and starring Alicia Vikander. Per a press release, the film will contain music by the National and is inspired by the new album. Mills has characterized the two projects as “playfully hostile siblings that love to steal from each other.”

Bush and Live (or +Live+, as press releases prefer to call them), together at last! The two ’90s-famous post-grunge units are hitting the road this summer for their co-headlining ALT-IMATE Tour, which will cover 33 North American cities. Our Lady Peace will provide support. Other than Bush and Live operating in a very similar stylistic space and doubtless sharing a lot of fans, the occasion of the jaunt is the 25th anniversary of seminal albums by both groups: Live is celebrating Throwing Copper and Bush Sixteen Stone. Both were multi-platinum albums that contained some of the group’s biggest hits, with Sixteen Stone being particularly stacked with rock radio anthems.

Slipknot will make their live return this summer with the North American Knotfest Roadshow headlining tour. The tour will coincide with the Aug. 9 release of their new studio album.The 29-city tour will kick off on July 26 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif. and make stops in major markets including Salt Lake City, Denver, Phoenix, Toronto, Tampa, Austin and more. The tour will close out on Sept. 8 at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Woodlands, Texas. Each pair of tickets purchased online for Slipknot’s 2019 tour comes with a digital copy of their upcoming new album, scheduled for release in August. Further instructions will be available upon purchase with additional album details to be revealed in the coming weeks.

This year’s Reading & Leeds festivals continue to impress after they dropped the third wave of their lineup this week. Joining twenty one pilots, Post Malone, Foo Fighters and the 1975, include scene-favorites such as Machine Gun Kelly, Mayday Parade, SWMRS and Of Mice & Men. Over the three days, the 1975 will headline Friday, Aug. 23 in Reading and Saturday, Aug. 24 in Leeds. Foo Fighters will headline Leeds on Friday, Aug. 23 and Reading on Sunday, Aug. 25. Finally, Post Malone and twenty one pilots will share the headlining spot in Reading on Saturday, Aug. 24 and in Leeds on Sunday, Aug. 25.


Jack White’s Third Man Records is hosting a 10-year anniversary party in Nashville on April 6. Among the bands scheduled to perform are The Dirtbombs, The Gories, Detroit Cobras, and White’s supergroup the Raconteurs. This will be the first Raconteurs show in eight years.
Tickets to the Third Man Records 10-year anniversary celebration go on sale on March 15 and can be purchased here.

Dinosaur Jr. are hosting a rock camp this summer. The band has just announced that they’ll be running a three-day music event called Camp Fuzz, which will feature instructional sessions with the band members and select special guests as well as performances. Programming includes “Pedals & Guitar style with J Mascis,” “Drum Workshop with Murph,” and “4-string Guitar & Ukulele Clinic with Lou.” It takes place at the Full Moon Resort in upstate New York, which also hosts other similar camps. Tickets and more information about the event can be found here.

Former blink-182 frontman Tom DeLonge is appearing in and executive producing a new series for the History Channel called Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation. DeLonge is planning to “expose new evidence on UFOs” as part of the six-part series. DeLonge founded the To The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences, so he’s heavily vested in this type of investigation. 

Simple Creatures have announced that they will make their live debut at the end of this month with a string of tour dates. The supergroup comprising All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth and blink-182’s Mark Hoppus previously announced their first live show at Download Festival this upcoming summer.

03/28 — Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco Ballroom
03/29 — San Francisco, CA @ The Midway
03/31 — Philadelphia, PA @ Warehouse on Watts
04/01 — New York, NY @ Public Arts
04/03 — London, U.K. @ The Hangar

Ex-Lostprophets singer 41-year-old Ian Watkins has been charged with having a cellphone while in prison, according to the BBC. The singer is currently serving a 35-year sentence for child sex offenses at HM Prison Wakefield in West Yorkshire, England. According to the Yorkshire Post, Watkins recently plead not guilty to unauthorized possession of a mobile phone in a maximum security prison. The ex-singer allegedly had access to the phone from March 4 through March 10 of last year. According to Leeds Live, Watkins is back in custody and will stand trial Aug. 5. The trial is expected to last five days. 

In case you weren’t already aware, twenty one pilots have been trying out something new for the run of their Bandito tour. Instead of encouraging fans to get loud and rowdy, the duo have implemented the “the Quiet Game,” which times fans on their ability to stay completely silent. Obviously a task like this is NOT easy at a twenty one pilots show, but fans in Paris have put in some HARD work and FINALLY created a new record for the game! While most stops have been able to hold onto their silence for at least a couple seconds, Dublin hilariously hit the record for being the least cooperative last week. In fact, the audience made it a whole 0.00 seconds. According to the band, Genovia was holding the record at a whopping five seconds. At least, until now. Paris, France came in clutch with a VERY impressive time of 5.21 seconds.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony is set to take place on March 29 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, and the list of induction speakers has been announced this week. Radiohead will be inducted by David Byrne, and The Cure by Trent Reznor. Janelle Monáe will induct Janet Jackson. Harry Styles has been assigned to Stevie Nicks, Duran Duran’s John Taylor and Simon Le Bon to Roxy Music, the BanglesSusanna Hoffs to the Zombies, and Queen’s Brian May to Def Leppard. Thom Yorke has said he will be skipping the Rock Hall induction ceremony; it’s unclear whether other members of Radiohead will be present to accept Byrne’s praise as well as the award. (Fun Fact: Radiohead is named after a 1986 Talking Heads song of the same name.) Confirmed presenter Trent Reznor’s band Nine Inch Nails has been left off the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot for the past two years after being nominated in 2016. So that may get awkward…

The line-up for Electric Picnic 2019 has been unveiled, and it’s led by the likes of Hozier, The Strokes, The 1975 and Florence & The Machine. The festival returns to Ireland’s County Laois once more between August 30 and September 1 – with all four of the above acts taking top billing across the weekend. Other notable names for the Stradbally Hall festival include Billie Eilish, Christine & The Queens, James Blake, Jarvis Cocker, Years & Years and Miles Kane. All tickets are sold out.