4-1-1 Music News Minute(s) w/Todd Michaels – Week of May 14th

  • As promised, Foo Fighters’ rock-focused Cal Jam festival has returned for 2018. The Foos curated the festival and will once again headline, alongside Iggy Pop,  Deer Tick, Tenacious D, Garbage, Manchester Orchestra, and more. The Cal Jam festival will take place October 6 in San Bernardino, with additional performances from new wave icon Billy Idol, comedian Bridget Everett, and exactly-what-it-sounds-like Morrissey cover band from Mexico Mexrrissey on October 5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Smashing Pumpkins are going on tour this summer. The band announced a special one-off performance ahead of the official tour opener: the “1979 House Party,” an intimate show inspired by their classic video for “1979” and held at “a secret residential location in Los Angeles” on June 28. Like all good house parties, one cannot merely buy admission to this event. You can, however, enter sweepstakes drawing to win a pair of tickets, which come with a perhaps unexpected level of rock star swag: round-trip flights to L.A., a two-night hotel stay, a $200 gift card for cab fare, and a Yamaha guitar. Needless to say, your chance of attending is still not high—there’s only one grand prize winner—but if you’d like to try your luck, you’ve got until June 3 to enter your name here.

 

 
  • Grimes has shared a tentative tracklist for her new album. The musician posted the song titles in a new Instagram story, captioned with “working titlez, subject to change but just so y’all know its real.” On Twitter, the songwriter teased fans about a new song dropping soon.

 

 

 

 

  • The Neighbourhood is hitting the road again for a North American and European tour. You can purchase tickets on May 11 here. The tour starts June 1st in London and wraps up in New York on October 6th. They’ll make a stop at Lollapalloza on August 3rd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • After a year on hiatus, Treasure Island Music Festival is returning in a new location, trading San Francisco Bay for Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland, California, and they’re bringing a small but diverse list of artists with them. The 2018 lineup includes several alt-rock artist such as Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett, Mark Ronson’s new collab Silk City, Lord Huron, Santigold, Soccer Mommy, and more.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Future Islands embarked on an exhaustive world tour in 2017 and are currently in the throes of another one, but the Baltimore alt-synth pop outfit apparently can’t get enough of being out on the road. The band announced that they’re touring North America for the duration of August and September. The trek kicks off in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and culminates in Washington D.C. on September 28 after an extensive run through Canada and parts of the United States.

  • Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love and budding musician, has reportedly lost possession of the classic acoustic guitar her father used during Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged performance in her divorce from musician Isaiah Silva. TMZ reports that Silva, who plays in The Eeries, won the 1959 Martin D-18E guitar in a property settlement agreement following their divorce 6 months ago. TMZ reports that, despite the ceding of the priceless musical heirloom, Cobain did not get a raw deal in the settlement: She does not have to pay spousal support to Silva and is retaining their house.

 

  • The long-awaited Beastie Boys memoir is indeed coming out this fall. Entitled Beastie Boys Book, the 592-page volume is a “panoramic experience” rather than a conventional memoir. In addition to candid writing by Mike D and Ad-Rock themselves about their career, the book will feature illustrations, photos, a cookbook by Roy Choi, mixtape playlists, and original essays and other material by Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, and more. Beastie Boys Book is due out on October 30, and you can preorder it here.

 

  • Ask anyone for an example of stadium rock, and their answer will almost always be U2, whose music has been played on the biggest stages possible for decades. They’re possibly the only band that can even think of automatically downloading an album to everyone’s iCloud, regardless of whether you thought they got away with it. For them to perform to anything less than several thousands of people, much less Harlem’s 1,506-seating Apollo Theater of all places is surprising, but that’s exactly what Bono and company are doing. U2 is going to play the Apollo Theater on June 11th. This is especially a departure from the rest of their current tour, where they’re playing venues like Madison Square Garden and Nassau Coliseum in NYC.

 

  • Tenacious D, Jack Black, and Kyle Gass’ beloved comedy-rock duo are preparing to hit the road for the first time in five years. Tickets for a slew of new North American can be found in our music new and blog section. You can also view the band’s released animated tour trailer. The band also claims to be “hard at work” on a new album, their first since 2012’s Rise of the Fenix, and claim that it will “probably” come out this year.

 

  • Liz Phair is having a huge year with the 25th anniversary of her brilliant debut record Exile in Guyville and a sold-out run of spring tour dates supporting the Girly-Sound to Guyville box set. Fans who weren’t able to nab tickets for Phair’s June dates should take comfort in the fact that she’s launching “Amps on the Lawn,” a more extensive North American tour in the fall. This time around, the singer-songwriter will be joined by a full band for the 25-date jaunt. In addition to the new tour, Capitol Records announced that it will be reissuing the Whip-Smart, Whitechocolatespaceegg, and Liz Phair on vinyl on June 8.

 

  • Fueled By Ramen is teaming up with eBay to raise money for Parkland students following the Feb. 14, 2018 school shooting. The joint charity auction includes signed items from Twenty One Pilots, Paramore, Basement and more! By participating in the auction here, you have a chance to own guitars signed by Panic! At The Disco and SWMRS. If guitars are not your thing, Dashboard Confessional are auctioning autographed drum cymbals. Other items include signed Twenty One Pilots, Paramore and Young The Giant signed vinyl, a the Front Bottoms merch box and much more. Check all the items being auctioned here! All proceeds from the auction benefit charities picked by Marjory Stoneman Douglas students, the school’s Victims Fund and SHINE MSD, which support victims and families.

 

  • All Time Low and Dashboard Confessional are celebrating summer by hitting the road on an epic North American co-headlining tour. The bands will be heading out on the first leg of the Summer Ever After Tour, which will feature support from gnash. The first leg of the tour kicks off Aug. 3 in St. Paul, Minnesota and wraps up Aug. 26 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. A second leg of the tour will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Orlando, Florida’s Hard Rock Hotel resort reportedly has a hotel room that would serve as a special treat for any Fall Out Boy fan’s Floridian vacation: a suite that contains an actual outfit worn by Pete Wentz in an FOB music video. That’s right, according to the avid traveler and prolific Twitter user @thetimtracker, his room at the Hard Rock featured a large Fall Out Boy display sporting Wentz‘s ionic tuxedo T-shirt from 2005’s “Dance, Dance” music video.