Of all the statements to come from the office of the Presidency in recent months, the new controversy surrounding Melania Trump’s $39 Zara military jacket feels like an incredibly low point. Printed with the phrase “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?,” the jacket was just the perfect attire for visiting children separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border thanks to Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration stance. In the days since the controversy, many have appropriated the jacket’s message into a form of protest, and at a Pearl Jam concert in Milan, Eddie Vedder’s wife Jill sported her own version of the garment that read “Yes We All Care. Y Don’t U?” The Vedders also took a moment to celebrate their wedding anniversary during the set, with Eddie saying that he met his wife for the first time in Milan before inviting her on stage to celebrate with champagne.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts of Sciences announced 928 new members, illustrating a push for greater diversity in the organization. Marking record highs for the Academy, 49 percent of the new inductees this year are female and 38 percent are people of color, as Variety notes. Several prominent musicians were inducted this year, including Sufjan Stevens nominated for an Oscar this year for his original songs for Call Me By Your Name.
Dashboard Confessional and All Time Low are making sure summer never ends by extending their co-headlining The Summer Ever After tour into the fall. The second leg of The Summer Ever After tour picks up Sept. 27 and ends mid-October. All Time Low and Dashboard Confessional will kick off the first leg Aug. 3.
Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner have announced the lineup for their Berlin-based PEOPLE festival, associated with their artist collective of the same name. The August 18 and 19 performances mark the festival’s second year. The huge, 150-plus lineup of artists features Feist, Jónsi and Alex Somers of Sigur Rós, Francis and the Lights, Beirut’s Zach Condon, Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner, Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and many more.
The Cure mixed in two new songs among a couple of career-spanning live sets to close out the Robert Smith-curated Meltdown festival at London’s Royal Festival Hall this past weekend. As reported by the NME, the band — appearing as “Cureation 25” and supported by the Twilight Sad — sandwiched a pair of new songs titled “It Can Never Be The Same” and “Step Into The Light” in between two massive sets of Cure classics.
British electronic institution Underworld and the basically always interesting Iggy Pop recently collaborated on an unusual single, “Bells & Circles,” and we’ve learned that song was just the first of four on Teatime Dub Encounters, a newly announced Underworld/Iggy Pop collaborative EP that’s out July 27.
Third Eye Blind has announced plans for a new EP of cover songs entitled Thanks for Everything, along with their newly released cover of “Fuck Forever” by Babyshambles, the Libertines side project. Thanks for Everything will be released on August 24 and feature cover version of songs by Santigold, Queens of the Stone Age, and others. The new EP will also include Third Eye Blind’s rendition of Bon Iver’s “Blood Bank,” a song that they have previously covered and sometimes play live.
After landing in hot water for offensive jokes about the victims of last year’s mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, NOFX frontman Michael “Fat Mike” Burkett says all of the band’s U.S. shows are canceled. “Fuck it! I’m not supposed to talk about it, but because of the comments, we made in Las Vegas… every NOFX show has been canceled in the US,” Fat Mike wrote in an Instagram post last night. NOFX’s international dates are still on, however.
M.I.A. has announced a release date for her new documentary Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. The film premiered earlier this year at Sundance Film Festival, where it won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award. M.I.A. announced that the documentary would come out on September 21 in the UK and September 28 in the US, with other countries to be announced.
Blink-182 have postponed at least another weekend of their Las Vegas residency shows as drummer Travis Barker continues to battle blood clots in both arms, as well as a staph infection. Meanwhile, TMZ reports that Barker was released from the hospital last Monday, but had to be readmitted the following Tuesday with complications including a staph infection and cellulitis (skin infection).
Producer/songwriter/engineer Richard Swift has set up a GoFundMe Page to help pay for bills stemming from a “serious medical condition,” his Facebook page. Swift is a former member of the Shins and current member of Dan Auerbach’s project The Arcs. He’s also contributed to records by Damien Jurado (they did a covers album together), Foxygen, Sharon Van Etten, and plenty of others. Swift, who his note mentions are uninsured, is hoping to raise $100,000 with the campaign. As of this writing, the GoFundMe campaign has reached $22,082 – you can donate here.
In addition to writing music for a local Denver TV station and a small Colorado radio station, Ryan Adams apparently has a lot of new music waiting to see the light of day. On Tuesday, Adams tweeted that he has “17 new songs” and four albums sitting around and wanted to know if anyone wanted to hear them. After NME picked up his tweet, Adams gave a shout out to Bryan Adams by referencing a “summer of 69 unreleased songs.”
Real Estate has announced eight new tour dates in the eastern and southeastern U.S. this September surrounding their appearance at North Carolina’s Hopscotch Music Festival. The new dates follow up a short June tour that found them mostly in the Midwest. Also on the schedule are some previously announced festival appearances in Winnipeg, Canada and in Portugal; the new U.S. dates kick off September 5 in Richmond, Virginia.
Perhaps in the spirit of the upcoming midterm elections (November 6), Kurt Vile has announced a politically-themed tour. The announcement was accompanied with a tongue-in-cheek press bio about his backing band the Violators “running on their non-partisan platform known as rock n’ roll.” They’re making “campaign stops” across North America, beginning in Boston’s House of Blues on November 24 before concluding at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago on December 22. Arcade Fire and St. Vincent are backing Vile. He will also donate $1 per ticket sold to the PLUS1 charity.