Monday News Roundup

Mick Jones, John Squire and Ian Brown perform 'Bankrobber' at Manchester Ritz on 02/12/11
photo by Matt Squire

  • The Stone Roses sold 225,000 tickets within minutes of their announcement of an impending 2012 worldwide reunion tour, but apparently they couldn’t wait — the band appeared on stage at The Ritz, in their home town Manchester for a benefit concert for the victims of Hillsborough. Video of the performance, the band’s first in 15 years, can be found here.

  • While Bon Iver‘s been busy getting nominated for Grammys, The Avalanches have been silent since 2000. Recently, The New York Times posted an interview wherein Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon calls the awards meaningless. The Avalanches then took to Twitter, calling out Vernon for maintaining that stance while at the same time, appearing in ads for Bushmills Whiskey. After a heated exchange of words, the two Twitter accounts settled on buying each other drinks someday. Find the full exchange here.
  • Loutallica (the Lou Reed-Metallica “supergroup”) met with Black Swan and The Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky last month to shoot a video for “Iced Honey.” Instead, they shot one for “The View,” which you can watch below.

  • If you’ve bought concert tickets in the past decade, you’ve probably had to deal with a glut of Ticketmaster “processing” and “handling” fees. The good news is that soon, you’ll be getting some of your money back: If you’ve purchased tickets between October 21, 1999 and October 19, 2011, you’re henceforth entitled to a $1.50 credit per ticket order on up to 17 orders per customer, and if you had UPS deliver the tickets, you’ll receive an additional $5.00 credit per ticket. The bad news? The settlement isn’t changing how Ticketmaster does their business. There will now simply be a notification on their website that yes, they do indeed profit from those fees. Justice! Kind of. Join the settlement here.
  • Sundance 2012 isn’t generally the place for breaking music news, but the festival has announced a film which may be of some interest to KEXP listeners. SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS is a documentary chronicling LCD Soundsystem‘s final 48 hours as a band, “from the day of their final gig at Madison Square Garden to the morning after, the official end of one of the best live bands in the world.” Directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace.
  • Noise pop duo Sleigh Bells have announced the follow-up to 2010’s Treats, entitled Reign of Terror. Watch the video teaser below.

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