Wednesday Music News

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  • Seven months after the release of the Headcage EP, electronic avant-pop producer Matthew Dear will release Beams, his first full-length in two years. Arriving in August 28 (August 27 internationally) on Ghostly International, the album features the title track from Headcage alongside 10 new cuts. The opening track, “Her Fantasy,” will be released as a single on June 5, but it’s available for streaming right now:

  • Bluegrass legend and guitar pioneer Doc Watson died at a North Carolina hospital yesterday at the age of 89. According to a representative for Watson, the musician had been having difficulty recovering from a recent colon surgery on May 24th. The following day, his daughter told the Winston-Salem Journal that her father had fell in his home and was subsequently admitted to Watauga Medical Center later that day. At last month’s 25th annual Merlefest (a bluegrass festival in Wilkesboro, North Carolina founded by Watson in memory of his deceased son Merle), Watson performed multiple times and only say out on one of his scheduled sets due to fatigue. In his lifetime, Watson released over 50 albums, won seven Grammys (including a Lifetime Achievement Award), and pioneered a flat-picking style that continues to be used by guitarists all over the world.

  • While message board junkies continue to pine for the Outkast reunion that may or may not ever happen, Big Boi has provided them with new music and information to keep them busy arguing speculating. The Theophilus London collaboration “She Said OK” landed on Soundcloud last night, not long after Daddy Fat Sax announced the title of his forthcoming album (Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors) and an upcoming collaboration with Big K.R.I.T. and UGK via his Twitter account. There’s currently no word on a release date on any of Big Boi’s forthcoming music, including the album he’s producing for Modest Mouse.

  • The iconic cult experimental band Ween has called it a day… maybe. Speaking with Rolling Stone, frontman Aaron Freeman (otherwise known as Gene Ween) said that the band had contemplated breaking up for a decade, but they had recently decided that their 25 years as a band were “a good run” and “it’s time to move on.” However, on the band’s Facebook page, co-bandleader Mickey Melchiondo (otherwise known as Dean Ween) said, “This is news to me, all I can say for now I guess,” leading fans to speculate on the band’s future. Ween hasn’t released an album since 2007’s La Cucaracha and their 2011 tour was marred by a show where the rest of the band left Freeman onstage after he became too intoxicated to competently perform. Across their 25 years as a band, Ween was well known for their wide variety of musical styles and humorous lyrics. Although they never reached widespread commercial success, they enjoyed a large cult following, including a subheadling spot at Lollapalooza last year and a headlining set at Sasquatch! 2010.
  • Capitol Hill Block Party added a handful more bands to their already excellent lineup, including a bunch of performers from last weekend’s Sasquatch! Music Festival (hence the delay in announcing). On July 20-22, you’ll also be able to see Allen Stone, Beat Connection, Gold Leaves, Don’t Talk to the Cops!, Reignwolf, Fly Moon Royalty and more. Also, single day passes are on sale starting today! Find out the full lineup with the new additions and how to get your tickets here.
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