The Beach Boys are set to release an album comprising all-new material in June, according to band member Bruce Johnston.

The band are reuniting for an extensive world tour to celebrate their 50th anniversary this summer, with founding members Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine all involved.


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Jack White played his first solo UK show last night [April 23], headlining the HMV Forum the day his debut solo album Blunderbuss'was released.

The former White Stripes man was watched by stars including The Mighty Boosh duo Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt, plus Alabama Shakes, who are set to support him on his May UK tour dates, and BBC Radio One's Fearne Cotton.


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Cat Power is set to release her ninth album, Sun, this autumn.

The LP will follow the singer songwriter's 2008 covers album Jukebox and 2006's The Greatest and will be out in the UK on September 10.

Over Christmas last year Cat Power posted the video for her single "King Rides By" featuring a cameo from boxer Manny Pacquiao online. The track was available as a download from the singer's official website, with its proceeds going towards the charities the Festival Of Children Foundation and The Al Forney Centre.


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Chris Ethridge, bass player with The Flying Burrito Brothers, has died at the age of 65, from complications from pancreatic cancer according to the Los Angeles Times.

Ethridge also played with the Willie Nelson Family Band, and it was Nelson who confirmed news of his bandmate's death, via Twitter, writing:

WN&F are sad to hear of the passing of Family member & friend Chris Ethridge he was a talented musician & we were honored to call him Family


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Glamiversary! Bolan's seminal rocker remastered with B-sides, demos and outtakes...


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Bob Dylan has paid tribute to Levon Helm, the former drummer with The Band, who passed away on Thursday April 19, aged 71.

Dylan collaborated with The Band over the course of their career, first on Dylan's 1965 American tour. They worked together on the 1967 sessions that were eventually released as The Basement Tapes, and also a joint 1974 tour.

Writing on bobdylan.com, Dylan said:
"He was my bosom buddy friend to the end, one of the last true great spirits of my or any other generation.
This is just so sad to talk about.


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Spiritualized have announced a six-date UK tour for November.

The band - whose new album, Sweet Heart Sweet Light, entered the UK Album Charts yesterday at No 11 - will play the following dates:

Thu 1 November Gateshead, The Sage Gateshead

Fri 2 November Cambridge, The Junction

Sat 3 November Leeds, Metropolitan University

Sun 4 November Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre

Mon 5 November London, Roundhouse

Tue 6 November Brighton, Corn Exchange


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Iggy Pop has announced that he will release a new covers album next month, which will feature renditions of tracks by the likes of Frank Sinatra, The Beatles and Edith Piaf.

The album, which is titled Apres, will be released on May 9 and contains 10 tracks in total.

Among them are covers of Sinatra's "Only The Lonely", The Beatles' "Michelle", Edith Piaf's "La Vie En Rose", Serge Gainsbourg's "La Javanaise" and Yoko Ono's "I'm Going Away Smiling".

The album is the follow-up to Iggy Pop's 2009 album, Préliminaires.


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Paul McCartney has paid tribute to Bert Weedon, who died on Friday [April 20] aged 91.

Known as Mr Guitar, Weedon was a huge influence on some of the biggest names in music.

Eric Clapton has said that he had "never met a player of any consequence" who had not learned from Weedon's 'Play In A Day' books.

Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon all admitted to using Weeden's manuals to help them learn guitar.

In a message on his website, paulmccartney.com, the former Beatle wrote:


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Flaming Lips' frontman Wayne Coyne has confirmed that Heady Fewnds, the Lips' vinyl-only collaboration with Bon Iver, Nick Cave, Yoko Ono, Ke$ha, Neon Indian and others is due for a future digital release.

Coyne confirmed in a Twitter conversation with Ke$ha that the album, released for Record Store Day, will be released via iTunes in "about a month".

The full tracklisting for Heady Fewnds is:

1. '2012 (You Must Be Upgraded)' (featuring Ke$ha and Biz Markie)
2. 'Ashes in the Air' (featuring Bon Iver)


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