Monday Music News Jan23

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Brit indie-rockers The Kooks, currently promoting their latest album Junk of the Heart (Astralwerks), which dropped last September, will be embarking on a U.S. headlining tour this upcoming February and March, with tix on sale now; this will be the band’s first U.S. junket since their sold-out roster of dates stateside late last year. If that isn’t enough Kooks for you, you’ll also be able to catch the band live as special guests of fellow indie-popsters Foster the People, who will be hitting the road in May and June with all of their gear (and presumably their pumped-up kicks, too.) The Kooks’ initial run of dates will include two stops in NYC’s Central Park, which are rumored to be part of the park’s Summerstage series (5.29 and 5.30.)

The National are thinking ahead – almost a year ahead, to be exact – and will curate the 2012 All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival in Somerset, England next December. The event will also serve as their only UK show of the year, as the band are currently starting writing work on the follow-up album to their 2010 set, High Violet. In addition to The National’s performance on the bill, they’ll be joined by the likes of the Kronos Quartet, Wye Oak, Boris, Owen Pallett, and Megafaun, among others – 40 bands in all, plus a book club and film series also curated by The National themselves.

Did you miss ex-White Stripe Jack White on the quirky-cool U.S. History Channel show American Pickers? Then keep an eye on the channel for repeats if you want to catch White hilariously bartering some of his musical goods (including a vintage photo booth that was used in a music video for one of White’s other bands, The Dead Weather) for some decorative items dug (ahem) up by Pickers Mike and Frank; the quotes alone are worth the watch. In other White news, he’s tapped Tom Jones to be his newest collaborator for a one-time single remake of Jones’ 2002 track “Jezebel” that will be offered up as part of White’s Third Man Records’ Blue Series.

PYXIS POINTS | Jack White collaborator (and Raconteurs bandmate) Brendan Benson will be dropping his own solo album, What Kind of World, on April 24 | Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood is collaborating with Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki on an eponymously-titled album due on March 13 | ’80s icon Thomas “She Blinded Me with Science” Dolby will be promoting his new album A Map of the Floating City with a futuristic time-capsule-accompanied road tour running from March to May | Mumford and Sons have spent the last few months in the English countryside working on the sequel to their Sigh No More album | Classic NYC punkers The Ramones are being, erhm, ‘honored’ with their own Wacky Wobbler bobbleheads, including instruments and tiny leather jackets | Drummer J. Tillman has left indie-rock band Fleet Foxes, and will go, as he put it on his blog, ‘back into obscurity’ | Wilco are dropping a live EP this week, an 8-song iTunes set recorded in the band’s Chicago studio that includes a duet with Nick Lowe on the latter’s track “Cruel to be Kind” | and Death Cab for Cutie’s recorded performance on PBS’ Live from the Artists’ Den will begin airing on the American station on February 17 - Kristi Kates