Music News Recap: New Tours and Tunes

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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manic street preachers

BIG news for Manic Street Preachers fans:  The band has announced a long-awaited fall tour of North America.  (Check out our review of their latest album here.)

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Get a taste of what’s to come at the Avett Brothers’ show in October (tix here) with their recent Daytrotter session.

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manson

If you thought the life of Phil Spector couldn’t get any more surreal, just add in some behind-bars collaboration request correspondence from ol’ Charlie Manson.

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Speaking of collaborations, have you heard about M. Ward, Jim James and Conor Oberst’s new project, Monsters of Folk?  Listen to their music here.

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mani

…ooooor what about Freebass, featuring the masters of 4-stringed rhythm from the Primal Scream, New Order, and the Smiths?  Rumor has it that their debut album is now complete.

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NPR takes a look back at the Newport Folk Festival 50 years after its debut.

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ars

While you’re at the site, you might want to take a listen to Au Revoir Simone’s recent live session.

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Is this generation of musicians lacking its intellectual star?  Some certainly think so.  Check out these thoughtful considerations on the matter from Music Think Tank.  The times they are a-changin’…

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Ari Up

The Slits’ Ari Up recently discussed the role of music during different stages in her life with the folks over at Pitchfork for their entertaining new series, “5-10-15-20.”

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Listen to some newbies from Echo & The Bunnymen here.

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