R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe has shared a new 10-second snippet of solo material in support of last Saturday’s March for Our Lives rally taking place in Washington D.C. and beyond. Titled “Future, If Future,” the song offers an optimistic look at a future where “we’ve got the power.” The track technically marks the first solo songwriting for Stipe, who has previously released original instrumental composition s part of last year’s Moogfest and is also known to perform solo covers.
Sinéad O’Connor, now going by the name Magda Davitt, will be playing live in the U.S. for the first time in four years in April. According to Brooklyn Vegan, the “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer will be performing at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and the Academy of Music in Northampton, Massachusetts on April 25. Those are the only official dates at the moment, but a press release did claim that she will embark on a more extensive tour in the summer.
Indiana University is well-known for music studies and located in the notable Midwest music town of Bloomington, Indiana, so perhaps it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that organizers of an upcoming Kurt Vonnegut conference have also booked a compelling lineup of musical guests. The event, Granfalloon: A Kurt Vonnegut Gathering, takes its name from a word in Cat’s Cradle and will feature daytime lectures in addition to evening performances by artists including Father John Misty, Waxahatchee’s, Thee Oh Sees. The conference/festival takes place at multiple venues in Bloomington from May 10-12.
Marilyn Manson’s music video for “Tattooed in Reverse” stars Courtney Love as his nurse. “Who allowed Courtney Love to be my nurse?” Manson said on Twitter. “Oh shit…I did.” The brief teaser for the Heaven Upside Down track showed Love wheeling Manson around, perhaps a reference to his now-infamous wheelchair performance from last year.
Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, and the National, are among the headliners for Lollapalooza’s 2018 lineup. Also receiving top billing: St. Vincent and Franz Ferdinand. Kind Heaven, the insane-sounding immersive VR experience envisioned by Lollapalooza founder and Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell is listed too. Tickets are on sale now. Check out the full 2018 Lollapalooza lineup in our music news and blog section at alt360radio.com
The Queen’s birthday is fast approaching, and the revels are being prepared. Queen Elizabeth II’s 92nd birthday party is a concert that will be televised and broadcast on the radio by the BBC. Kylie Minogue, Craig David, Sir Tom Jones, Shawn Mendes, and…Sting and Shaggy.
Courtney Barnett is going on tour this summer, and now that they’ve wrapped up joint promotional duties and a mini-doc for their 2017 collaborative album Lotta Sea Lice, so is her pal Kurt Vile. Kurt Vile and the Violators have announced a summer 2018 tour that will take them through the East Coast and Appalachia, including previously announced stops at Mountain Jam Festival in upstate New York and Forecastle Festival in Kentucky.
Coming up on the 20th anniversary of 1998’s Moon Pix, Cat Power’s fourth record, Chan Marshall will perform a special show in its honor as part of Vivid LIVE 2018 at the Sydney Opera House, reports Pitchfork. Vivid LIVE is May 25 to June 16, and other headliners include Solange, Mazzy Star, Ice Cube, and Iron & Wine.