Rodriguez: “I’m going to run for mayor!”

Rodriguez reflects on his unexpected musical comeback and his political ambitions in the new issue of Uncut (dated July 2013 and out now).

Justin Vernon announces new Volcano Choir album

Bob Iver's Justin Vernon is to release a new album with his Volcano Choir project. Volcano Choir - a collaboration with Collections Of Colonies Of Bees - will release a studio album, Repave on September 3, 2013 on Jagjaguwar records. Scroll down to watch the official trailer for the album. Repave is the follow-up to the 2009 debut, Unmap. The tracklisting for Repave is: 1. "Tiderays" 2. "Acetate" 3. "Byegone" 4. "Comerade" 5. "Alaskans" 6. "Dancepack" 7. "Almanac" 8. "Keel"

Velvet Underground settle ‘banana’ dispute with Andy Warhol Foundation

The Velvet Underground have settled their dispute with the Andy Warhol Foundation over the rights to the Warhol-designed 'banana' logo on the sleeve of the band's 1967 debut album, The Velvet Underground And Nico. The band sued the foundation last year after it licensed the 'banana' logo from their debut for use on iPhone and iPad products, reports Associated Press.

300 Kate Bush lookalikes break record with ‘Wuthering Heights’ video re-enactment

300 Kate Bush fans gathered in a park in Brighton over the weekend to break the record for the most lookalikes re-enacting the famous video for her 1978 single "Wuthering Heights". Wearing red dresses like the one Bush sports in the video as well as black wigs, fans gathered in Stanmer Park on May 25 and staged their own version of the cult video, reports The Argus. Click below to watch a video of the group rehearsing.

Leonard Cohen announces UK tour

Leonard Cohen has announced details of a UK arena tour. Cohen, who released his 12th studio album Old Ideas in January 2012, will play seven dates in August and September – calling in at Bournemouth, Brighton, Manchester, Cardiff, Leeds and Birmingham before a huge date at London's O2 Arena. Leonard Cohen will play: Bournemouth BIC (August 26) Brighton Centre (28) Manchester Arena (31) Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (September 3) Leeds Arena (5) Birmingham LG Arena (8) London The O2 (14)

David Byrne and St Vincent give away free EP

David Byrne and St Vincent are giving away a free EP entitled 'Brass Tactics'. The EP, which features unreleased, live and remixed material is available to download here. David Byrne and St Vincent's Annie Clark released their acclaimed debut collaborative album, Love This Giant, last year. The 'Brass Tactics' EP tracklisting is: 'Cissus' [previously unreleased album track] 'I Should Watch TV' [M. Stine Remix] 'Lightning' [Kent Rockafeller Remix] 'Marrow' [live]

George Harrison memorial garden opens to the public

The George Harrison Memorial Garden at the Bhaktivedanta Manor Estate near Watford is now open to the public. Harrison – who passed away in 2001 – gave the site, formerly known as Piggots Manor, to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in 1973 after becoming a follower of the Hare Krishna religion. Following Harrison's death, a garden was created in his remembrance. His widow Olivia Harrison said: "I am grateful to the devotees for honouring George in the form of a garden. A manifestation in the material world of which he would be very proud."

Patrick Flanery – Fallen Land

Getting it together in the suburbs seems to be a peculiarly middle class rite of passage – the moment when city living is no longer tenable and a migration in pursuit of wider spaces, cleaner living and better schools is required. Such considerations are behind the decision taken by Nathaniel and Julia Noailles, who with their young, Aspergersy son Copley exchange their life in Boston for a more spacious existence in Dolores Woods, a large development on the outskirts of an un-named Midwestern city, in Patrick Flanery’s tremendous new novel, Fallen Land.

Robert Fripp steals the show in David Bowie documentary

I don’t know if you saw it, but BBC2’s David Bowie documentary, Five Years, screened at the weekend, was very entertaining. A lot of the archive footage was familiar, but there were also some splendidly unexpected highlights, like a sequence of Bowie filmed at Andy Warhol’s Factory, which rather vividly suggested that Bowie’s talent for mime isn’t perhaps all it’s cracked up to be in which he pretended to unspool his own entrails and pluck out his heart, a performance that was doubtless accompanied by much sniggering from Andy's crowd.
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