- Bon Iver‘s highly anticipated follow-up to 2007′s acclaimed For Emma, Forever Ago is finally coming out via Jagjaguwar on June 21, and now it seems that the band is taking to the stage in support of the self-titled record. A short string of US tour dates have been announced, though sadly, it seems there are no Seattle dates yet. See the list here.
Arcade Fire recently played a surprise gig in Haiti, where they covered Cyndi Lauper‘s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” Last Friday, at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, Lauper joined the band onstage for another take on her classic single, and a duet with Régine Chassagne on “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains).” Watch both songs below.
- Portland electropop quartet Starfucker have uploaded a new video for their track “Julius,” off their second full-length Reptilians. The medieval-themed clip features cuts of the band interspersed with footage of youngun’s having creepy adventures in the woods. Watch below:
- The Flaming Lips are reportedly going to collaborate with Animal Collective frontman Panda Bear, but if you’re not sick of hearing about the former yet then don’t worry: no details have been announced as of yet, so KEXP will keep you posted.
- Modest Mouse is apparently set to record a new album with -- get this -- producer Big Boi. No word yet as to whether or not this means there’ll be rapping over the indie rock riffs, but... maybe? Keep yourself up-to-date by following Big Boi’s twitter.
- A local park next to the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle’s Central District is set for renaming and new ownership. The title? Jimi Hendrix Park. The park will also be renovated in his honor. The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation still needs to raise $2 million for the project, however, so it may be a bit of time before we see the end result. Fans can add their contribution here.