Rock and Alternative
Blur have announced information for a one-off Irish date in August. On August 1st, the band will perform at Dublin’s Irish Museum of Modern Art. Tickets for this show are now available. This performance will mark Blur’s first show in Ireland in four years. Blur will also be performing at this year’s Coachella festival in California. They have plans to perform on April 12th and 19th. Blur will also play Mexico’s Vive Latino Festival. This event takes place on March 16th. They will then play Hong Kong’s Asia World Arena on May 6th and New Taipei County Stadium on May 9th. Blur have also written two new songs titled “Under the Westway” and “The Puritan” to play on their Hyde Park dates. Blur have also stated that they do not have plans to make a new Blur album in the future.
The Rolling Stones have been said to be set to head out on an eighteen date tour in the United States this year. Rolling Stone Magazine had written that a “concert business source” has confirmed that The Rolling Stones will play less than twenty dates in the United States, for the first half of 2013. There have also been other sources that have mentioned that The Rolling Stones will also play Glastonbury. Mick Jagger has already given hints about the possibility of The Rolling Stones playing the festival.
Portugal. The Man have announced details for their eighth studio album. The new album titled Evil Friends is set to be released on June 4th. The track listing for the new album is as follows: “Plastic Soldiers”, “Creep in a T-shirt”, “Evil Friends”, “Modern Jesus”, “Hip Hop Kids”, “Atomic Man”, “Sea of Air”, “Waves”, “Holy Roller (Hallelujah)”, “Someday Believers”, “Purple Yellow Red and Blue”, and “Smile”.
The Used have released a music video for their song “Hands and Faces”. This song is taken from their latest album, Vulnerable. To view the music video, be sure to visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tQBDWwnOuE&feature=player_embedded.
Phoenix have released the video for their new single titled, “Entertainment”. This is the first song to be taken from their upcoming, new album called, Bankrupt! To see the video, be sure to visit: http://www.nme.com/news/phoenix/69080. The new album will be released on April 22nd.
Electronic and Dance
James Blake is set to release his second album Overgorwn on April 8th. As this album’s release date soon approaches, tracks from the album have popped up for fans to listen. These tracks include ‘Retrograde”, “Voyeur”, and “Digital Lion”. To give these songs a listen, be sure to visit: https://soundcloud.com/lifeandbeats and https://soundcloud.com/selftitledmag/james-blake-digital-lion/s-mNFKV.
Flume has just released an official video for his single “Holdin On”. This track is taken from Flume’s self-titled debut album. The single from this talented newcomer has reached certified platinum in Australia. To view this video, go to: http://www.dancingastronaut.com/2013/03/watch-this-flume-holding-on-official-video/.
Ryan Hemsworth’s take on Lana Del Rey’s song “Summertime Sadness” had been addressed as a worthy mention. Wistful synths blanket Lana Del Rey’s lyrics, which provide for an auditory anesthetic. If you prefer a more tranquil side of music, this remix might be what you are looking for. To listen to the remix, go to: https://soundcloud.com/lana-del-rey.
Pop and R&B
Kid Cudi has announced that his third studio album, Indicud, will be released on April 22nd. The album includes singles “Just What I am”, “King Wizard”, and “Immortal”. This track samples MGMT’s Congratulations. To hear the latest song, “Immortal”, visit: http://www.nme.com/nme-video/youtube/id/_Exbswa1QQk.
Claude King, best known for his classic hot “Wolverton Mountain”, died of a heart attack on March 7th. King passed away in his home in Shreveport, L.A., at the age of 90. King made his chart debut in 1961 with “Big River, Big Man”. His song “Wolverton Mountain” reached No. 1 in the country charts and No. 6 on the pop charts in 1962. King had essentially retired in the mid-1980s, yet he still occasionally recorded. Details for his funeral are still to be announced.