Wednesday Music News

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  • On his forthcoming fall tour, alt-rock elder statesman Bob Mould will revisit the catalog of his older bands while pushing forward with new material as well. Mould will release Silver Age, his tenth studio album, through Merge on September 4th, and reissue his Sugar catalog on July 24th, also via Merge. To celebrate, he’ll be undertaking a full-band tour playing Sugar’s Copper Blue alongside a second set filled with past songs, including numbers from his solo career and Husker Du. He’ll be making two Northwestern stops at Seattle’s Showbox (on September 18th) and Portland’s Wonder Ballroom (on September 19th). To check his full itinerary and details about his forthcoming releases, go to Consequence of Sound.
  • In the wake of Coachella 2012, news stories regarding holograms of dead musicians like TLC’s Left Eye and Queen’s Freddie Mercury flooded RSS feeds everywhere, but the trend seemed to have died down lately. That’s all about to change as the estate of Elvis Presley is refusing to let Tupac Shakur take all of the holographic spotlight, signing a deal with Digital Domain Media Group (the creators of hologram Tupac) to produce a “series of virtual Elvis likenesses for a range of entertainment projects.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Presley estate intends to create Holo-Elvises for film, televisions, and live venues. There’s no word on specific projects yet, but it’s not out of the question that the all-hologram Coachella lineup will become a reality.

  • Can’t get enough bluesy rock duos? Seattle’s The Grizzled Mighty just released a kick-ass video for “WallFlower.” You’ll find no shrinking violets here:

  • Vocal-loop ace Julianna Barwick is teaming up with her labelmate Helado Negro to form a new group, OMBRE. Their debut album, Believe You Me, is out on August 27 via Asthmatic Kitty. Unlike her solo output, Barwick departs from her winning loop-pedal strategy to play guitar, vibraphone, and synthesizer. You can get a free download of “Cara Falsa” (“false face” in Spanish), the seventh track on the album at Pitchfork.
  • Aside from not having to persevere through 100+ degree weather for four days, there’s little consolation for music fans who are unable to make it to this weekend’s Bonnaroo Festival. The next best thing is the festival’s webcast on Youtube, where they’ll stream performances from Radiohead, Laura Marling, Fitz & The Tantrums, Alabama Shakes, Mogwai, The Shins, and countless others. Check out the schedule at their Youtube page.
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