4-1-1 Music News Minute(s) w/Todd Michaels – Week of May 7th

 

Fans of Gerard Way‘s Umbrella Academy, it’s time to get excited: another major actress has officially joined the cast of the Umbrella Academy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kate Walsh (13 Reasons Why, Grey’s Anatomy) is set to be joining the star-studded cast of Way‘s forthcoming TV show adaptation of his comic book series. The actress will be joining actress-singer Mary J. Blige, Ellen Page,  Tom Hopper (Game Of Thrones), Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castañeda, Robert Sheehan and Aidan Gallagher.

 

  • Nine Inch Nails have announced a new United States tour for this fall featuring support from the Jesus and Mary Chain. They’ve also shared details about an upcoming album–the band’s third release in the past two years–entitled Bad Witch (why not?) which will be released on June 22. You can preorder Bad Witch and a variety of associated bundles at NIN’s website. Tickets for the tour, entitled Cold and Black and Infinite, are only being sold in person at the box office of the shows’ venues to crack down on third-party sellers and scalping. Tickets will be on sale May 19 at all venues except Red Rocks, which will be selling on May 20.

 

 

Fans have been anxiously awaiting the return of Twenty One Pilots after they announced their hiatus last July by posting assorted lyrics and a photo of a closing eye. With no signs of the band’s hiatus being over quite yet, that hasn’t stopped them from dropping hints on their social media accounts and webpage. In the latest update, a fan found that a new picture was posted on dmaorg.info with text that further tells the story what ‘Dema’ is. Upon reading it, fans noticed that the photo had letters missing from it, and if you add the missing letters, they spell out “you are still sleeping.”17 06MOON 07

 

 

 

 

 

Billie Joe Armstrong‘s new band, the Longshot, may have just started their first U.S. tour, but it looks like their run will be a lot shorter than originally expected. Armstrong took to Instagram last night to share the news that due to a “very serious family emergency” with one of the band members, they were forced to cancel last night’s show in Santa Ana and the remaining West Coast shows. The band will be coming back to finish out those postponed dates, but there is no further word one when those rescheduled shows will take place.

 

Smashing Pumpkins are heading out on their anticipated and, thanks to plenty of D’arcy Wretzky drama, infamous reunion tour in July, and today they’ve extended the run with a few Canadian dates: London, Ontario (August 9), Calgary, Alberta (September 8), and Edmonton, Alberta (September 9). The support for the shows will come from Toronto’s own Metric. Tickets for those dates go on sale on May 14.

 

 

Hayley Williams and Laura Jane Grace are among the musicians who have donated signed gear in support of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance. The musicians have partnered with Reverb for an auction in support of the project, which will be launched on Thursday, May 10. Girls Rock Camp Alliance is a non-profit which supports worldwide summer camp and music education programs for female, transgender, and gender non-conforming youth. Besides donations from the Paramore and Against Me! frontwomen, the auctions will also feature autographed memorabilia and music from Dolly Parton, Charli XCX, Lady Gaga, Sadie Dupuis, Evanescence and more.

 

Iron & Wine have announced a long string of dates abroad and in the United States. The bulk of the United States dates will come in the fall, with a stop in Austin in July. Sam Beam’s project will also be playing in Australia, Scotland, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain next month. The band has also posted a new stop-motion video for “Last Night,” a track from Beast Epic, the band’s album from last year.

 

The 1975 have been driving us all crazy with these never-ending teasers and cryptic posts, and it looks like the band might have just confirmed the official release date of their forthcoming album. In a matter of a few weeks, the band added a countdown clock to their webpage, posted a cryptic and captionless Instagram photo, and deleted all of their social media accounts. Plus, posters similar to the Instagram post have been popping up around the U.K. that say “First disobey then look at your phones.” In a tweet made earlier this evening, the band shared a three-picture set of people looking through a VR headset, and in the middle of the photo set, is a series of numbers: “0001 0006 1975 2018”

 

Though neither Grimes or Elon Musk has officially confirmed that they are indeed dating, the two certainly haven’t attempted to drive us off the notion. They attended the Met Gala together, with Grimes wearing what appeared to be a metal choker bent in the shape of the Tesla logo. On Twitter, someone asked Musk what his favorite Grimes songs are, to which he replied: Flesh without Blood & Kill V Maim on Art Angels album.

 

Congrats are in order to Panic! At The Disco and Plain White T’s! The bands are featured on the Spongebob Squarepants: The Musical soundtrack, which just won an Outer Critics Circle award. The musical soundtrack received prizes for Outstanding New Broadway Musical, Outstanding Actor In A Musical and Outstanding New Score. The Outer Critics Circle awards ceremony will take place on May 24 in New York City. Brendon Urie composed the show’s hit song “(Just a) Simple Sponge” and Plain White T’s were responsible for penning the track “BFF.”

 

 

 

Brooklyn indie-rockers Big Thief are going on tour this summer and well into the fall. The extensive tour begins at the end of the month, with the band going to the Boston Calling music festival before jetting off to Switzerland, Portugal and the U.K. The tour then returns back to North America for the fall with shows in Vancouver, Portland, Brooklyn and Washington, D.C. This is Big Thief’s first tour since their sophomore album Capacity dropped last year.

 

A sequel to Tenacious D‘s 2006 movie Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny is in the works, with the comedy-rock duo’s lead singer and actor Jack Black touting the new film during the group’s Shaky Knees festival performance. Black reportedly mentioned a tentative October release date for the 12-years-in-the-making Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny sequel, so get ready to rock out with twosome as they follow up the “greatest motion picture of all time.”

 

Phil Collins wants you to know that he’s still alive, and to prove it, he’s going to tour North America for the first time in 12 years. The Phil Collins Not Dead Yet, Live! tour kicks off October 5 in Ft. Lauderdale and consists of just 15 shows. The former Genesis drummer finishes his North American jaunt on October 28 in Los Angeles.