Friday Music News

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  • Local Natives have released a new single with the help of Nico Segal, a.k.a. Donnie Trumpet, from Chance the Rapper associates The Social Experiment. Entitled “The Only Heirs”, it follows the previously released track “I Saw You Close Your Eyes”, which (rather creepily) forced listeners to physically close their eyes in front of a webcam before listening when on the website. “I Saw You Close Your Eyes”/”The Only Heirs” will be released as a digital single and limited edition 7-inch via Local Natives’ webstore. No word on a new full-length, as the band is still touring behind their previous effort, Sunlit Youth. Unfortunately, Seattle is not one of the upcoming stops [ Consequence of Sound ]

  • The endlessly busy and quite literal jack of all trades Jack White has announced yet another project, a children’s book. Entitled We’re Going To Be Friends, after the White Stripes song, the book follows the adventures of the song’s protagonists, Suzy Lee and her friend. The picture book, illustrated by “The Ren & Stimpy Show” and “Pee Wee’s Playhouse” animator Elinor Blake, comes with a download of “We’re Going to Be Friends,” along with cover versions by April March and the Woodstation Elementary School Singers. It’s out November 7 via Third Man Books. [ Pitchfork ]
  • JACKARTBOOKSSSSFormer Dirty Projectors singer/guitarist Amber Coffman has a new single out called “Nobody Knows.” It will be on her forthcoming debut solo album, City of No Reply, and follows the previous singles “All to Myself” and “No Coffee.” In a statement made in March about her departure from Dirty Projectors, Coffman claimed, “It was never my intention or wish to leave the band or end my friendship with Dave. It was a surprise to me to learn last September about his album plans, the content, timing, use of the band name, etc… I consider it a loss to no longer be involved with Dirty Projectors, but ultimately walking away was the only healthy choice for me.” City of No Reply will be released June 2 on Columbia. No tour dates have been announced. [ Under the Radar ]

  • Live Nation has made a major game-changing announcement for festival junkies. You can now purchase a Live Nation Festival Passport for $799, which allows you to access any and every one of the festivals for a year, regardless of whether it’s sold out. This includes Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Reading Festival, Sasquatch!, and Paradiso, among many others. The passport goes on sale May 22nd and the quantities are limited so set your alarm. [ Pitchfork ]
  • The xx, who recently played an excellent sold out show at WaMu, stopped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night to play “I Dare You,” off their new album, I See You. The band has recently announced a brand new festival in Iceland called Night + Day, which will feature performances by Kamasi Washington, Earl Sweatshirt, Sampha, and Robyn, along with a number of Icelandic acts and will take place July 14 – 16. [ Spin ]

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