Tuesday Music News

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  • As promised, Benjamin Gibbard will support his forthcoming solo debut, Forever Lives (out October 16th through Barsuk), with a brief solo tour this fall. Gibbard, who is currently playing shows in Japan with Death Cab For Cutie, will start the tour in Big Sur, CA on September 26th and cover the eastern United States before finishing up the trek with a pair of Californian dates in November. Northwestern dates are soon to be announced. Pre-sales for members of the Death Cab For Cutie fan club are already ongoing, and the remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 17th at noon local venue time.
  • For his 2010 take on Alice In Wonderland, Tim Burton called on a slew of his musically inclined friends to contribute to the film’s soundtrack. Burton’s upcoming film Frankenweenie will follow suit, with a soundtrack featuring contributions from Karen O, Passion Pit, Robert Smith, Grace Potter and The Flaming Lipsamong others. Karen O has said that her contribution features a theramin solo and Robert Smith’s track is called “Witchcraft”, so it might be worth sorting through the rest of the usual soundtrack drivel to get a listen. See the whole tracklisting over at Consequence of Sound.

  • English quartet Bloc Party have put their fourth album, Four, up for streaming on their website. Their first album in four years, the album was produced, engineered, and mixed by Mars Volta/At The Drive-In associate Alex Newport. The album will arrive at retailers next week on August 21st and the band will support the album with a show at Showbox SoDo on September 28th.
  • SXSW creative director Brent Grulke died yesterday at the age of 52 as a result of cardiac arrest following oral surgery. Grukle was first hired at SXSW as a stage manager and promoted to creative director in 1994. SWSW director and co-founder Roland Swenson issued a statement saying that “A lot of Brent’s personailty was in SXSW. He was adventurous and knowledgeable and excited about creative people and endeavors.” Our thoughts are with his family and the SXSW team during this hard time.
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