Monday Music News Mar19

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Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn is back in the news – yes, again (he’s a busy man, that Damon Albarn) – with yet another musical project. No, Blur’s not back just yet – this is Albarn’s new solo album, Dr. Dee, which is essentially a recording of the ambitious, detailed opera that Albarn wrote last year. Inspired by the life of John Dee, a mathematician, alchemist, philosopher, and advisor to Elizabeth I, the album blends Albarn’s vocals with African world music, Renaissance music, and modern sounds, making it even more eclectic than his work with Gorillaz. Dr. Dee will be available May 8, and will feature 18 tracks.

60,000 music fans are set to storm the Scottish countryside again this upcoming July for the 2012 T in the Park Festival in Balado, which will take place July 6-8 with over 120 artists performing on 8 stages. It’s also the ‘brother fest’ to Ireland’s Oxegen fest, which takes place the same weekend, and many of the acts trek from one fest across to the other. This year’s event has already snagged its trio of daily headliners, namely Snow Patrol, The Stone Roses, and Kasabian, while the secondary stages will play host to Kaiser Chiefs, Noel Gallagher, Two Door Cinema Club, Ben Howard, The Maccabees, Elbow, The Enemy, The Temper Trap, and Happy Mondays, among a plethora of others.

Aussie musician Gotye – aka Wouter De Backer – is finally seeing some success for his music through his third album, Making Mirrors, which he says took two and a half years to produce. “Somebody That I Used to Know” is the Goyte track that’s recently gone crazy-viral online, snagging plenty of accolades from celebs and we regular ‘civilian’ listeners alike – but Gotye says that he doesn’t plan to make another record for at least a couple of years, in spite of all the revitalized interest in his work.

PYXIS POINTS | Singer-songwriter Regina Spektor has released a striking preview single, “All the Rowboats,” from her upcoming album, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats, which is due to drop this May | More festival news this week, as New Orleans preps for the 36th Annual Beale Street Fest, set to take place with Cold War Kids, Florence and the Machine, Lupe Fiasco, and Grace Potter from May 4-6 | Cowboy Junkies are returning next week with the release of their latest album, Wilderness | Beach House’s newest set is now due on May 15, and has been titled Bloom | The Cribs’ new collection of tunes, In the Belly of the Brazen Bull, hits stores a little earlier on May 7 | and The Shins recently took the stage in NYC, with their entire set streamed to (and available for free viewing) on NPR’s iPad app or online via the NPR website. – Kristi Kates