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MusicFURTHER JULIAN CASABLANCAS+THE VOIDZ TOUR DATES CONFIRMED
In addition to their previously announced “American tour to melt peoples’ faces off,” Julian Casablancas+The Voidz will play further U.S. dates this fall, including a stop at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom November 25. The band’s anticipated debut Tyranny is out September 23 on Cult Records.
MusicKAREN O SET TO RELEASE FIRST SOLO ALBUM CRUSH SONGS
Karen O has just signed to Cult Records. The label will release Karen’s first solo album, Crush Songs, September 9, via Kobalt Label Services. The album will first be available pre-release as a limited, special vinyl edition, incorporating Karen’s own personal drawings, handwritten lyrics and more (see the album cover, below, and a note from Karen, right). Full details of availability are forthcoming—in the meantime, fans can pre-order the album exclusively from the Cult Web Store now. In addition to this limited edition, the album will be released on standard vinyl, CD and digitally from September 9.
MusicTHE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART ANNOUNCES RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION OF COMPOSER, MUSICIAN, AND ARTIST BJÖRK
NEW YORK, June 18, 2014—The Museum of Modern Art announces that it will present a full- scale retrospective dedicated to the multifaceted work of the composer, musician, and artist Björk in 2015. Organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large at MoMA and Director of MoMA PS1, the exhibition Björk draws from more than 20 years of the artist’s daring and adventurous projects and her seven full-length albums—from Debut (1993) to Biophilia (2011)—to chronicle her career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, costumes, and performance. The installation will present a narrative, both biographical and imaginatively fictitious, cowritten by Björk and the acclaimed Icelandic writer Sjón Sigurdsson. Björk's collaborations with video directors, photographers, fashion designers, and artists will be featured, and the exhibition culminates with a newly commissioned, immersive music and film experience conceived and realized with director Andrew Huang and 3-D design leader Autodesk. Björk will be on view from March 7 through June 7, 2015; MoMA is the sole venue.
MusicTHE BLACK KEYS CONFIRM ADDITIONAL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES IN SUPPORT OF NEW ALBUM, TURN BLUE, WHICH DEBUTED AT #1 ON BILLBOARD 200
The Black Keys have confirmed several additional North American tour dates, including shows in Ottawa, Oakland, Sacramento and Los Angeles as well as additional nights in Brooklyn and Chicago. Special guests during the extensive tour include Cage The Elephant, Jake Bugg and St. Vincent. Promoted exclusively by Live Nation, the tour begins September 5 at Columbus, Ohio’s Schottenstein Center and runs through December, with dates at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, among others. (The Barclays Center dates are part of a celebration of their worldwide label’s 50th anniversary at Brooklyn Academy of Music: Nonesuch Records at BAM: Celebrating a Label without Labels.)
MusicTHE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS’ DEBUT “WAR ON THE EAST COAST” VIDEO
The official music video for The New Pornographers’ “War On The East Coast” premiered today at Rolling Stone and can be viewed/embedded here. Of the video directed by Thom Glunt, A.C. Newman comments, “We were going for some mid nineties second tier brit pop attitude. In the past, I’ve never really wanted to be in the video. But with this, we wanted to have fun and fully be IN the video.” “War On The East Coast” is off the band’s highly anticipated new album, Brill Bruisers, which will be released August 25 on Matador Records. Additionally, the title track, which was recently named a Pitchfork “Best New Track,” along with the album’s interactive artwork is available to hear/view at www.thenewpornographers.com.
MusicSTURGILL SIMPSON PERFORMS ON “LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN
Sturgill Simpson made his late night television debut on the “Late Show with David Letterman” last night performing “Life of Sin.” The performance celebrates Simpson’s highly acclaimed sophomore album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, which is out now on High Top Mountain Records (iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp).
FilmTALKING HEADS’ STOP MAKING SENSE OUT NOW FOR THE FIRST TIME DIGITALLY ON PALM PICTURES, CELEBRATING 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FILM’S RELEASE
Talking Heads’ acclaimed concert film Stop Making Sense is out now for the first time digitally on Palm Pictures, available via iTunes here. Directed by Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia) and produced by Gary Goetzman (The Silence of the Lambs, Where the Wild Things Are), Stop Making Sense was originally released in 1984 and has continued to receive critical acclaim: The New York Times raves “Mr. Demme has captured both the look and the spirit of this live performance with a daring and precision that match the group’s own” while the Los Angeles Times proclaims “[David] Byrne, drummer Chris Frantz, bassist Tina Weymouth and keyboardist Jerry Harrison seemed to be simply bursting with inspired elements to pack into Stop Making Sense” and the AV Club declares “There never has been, and in all likelihood never will be, a more glorious intersection of live music and cinema than Stop Making Sense.” A special limited theatrical engagement of the film is ongoing, including screenings in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Watch a montage from the film here.

TechINTRODUCING MILQ - THE NEW FRONT DOOR OF CULTURE.
New York / Toronto – As reported today in an article by Ben Sisario in the New York Times, Milq (milq.com and Milq on the App Store) debuts out of private beta today with the aim of becoming the front door for how people experience culture. Milq is designed to enable people to share their cultural passions in a playable conversation. Milq uses community curation to map the world’s cultural video and audio into playable micro-channels called Beads for everyone to explore and enjoy.