Monday Music News Mar26

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Mogwai had a bit of a difficult time last year when trying to snag a passage to America for a run of stateside tour dates, between visa difficulties and illness – but the paperwork is now in order and the band’s healthy and ready to go in promotion of both their newest album and their Earth Division EP. Now signed with Sub Pop after leaving their longtime home at Matador Records, Mogwai will start their tour run by curating one one day of the All Tomorrow’s Parties fest in London in May before heading overseas to play shows in L.A. (6.2), Philadelphia (6/12), and Chicago (6.20) among other stops. Bandmate Stuart Braithwaite told the band’s fans via their website that they’re going to put even more effort into these shows as a thank you to those who put up with the tour delay.

The Clash’s Mick Jones, who toured with Gorillaz last year, is offering to educate his rock n’ roll fans both old and new by exhibiting his personal music memorabilia in the Joe Strummer Subway Gallery in London, where Strummer himself was a busker in the early ’70s. Jones’ collection includes a whopping 10,000 items from comic books and videos collected in his early years to fan magazines, lyric sheets, and clothing worn by The Clash onstage. But the long-term goal is to establish what Jones is calling a permanent “rock n’ roll library” in West London, where fans can get a long-term view of The Clash’s era of rock history.

Elsewhere in England the 2012 Latitude Festival is set for July 12-15 in Suffolk, with a wide range of fest happenings sure to offer something for music, comedy, film, and even science fans. Elbow, Bon Iver, and Paul Weller are set to be this year’s headliners, with additional musical performers including Simple Minds, Bat for Lashes, Richard Hawley, Metronomy, among others – plus Thomas Dolby, who ‘just happens’ to live nearby on the Suffolk coast. Literature, Poetry, and Film tents will host the likes of Scottish author Iain Banks, among others, and science will be represented via hipster science professor Brian Cox, who will be presenting BBC Radio 4’s science show The Infinite Monkey Cage live on site.

PYXIS POINTS | Radiohead’s song “Give up the Ghost” is set to be featured in the new film The Truth About Stanley | Portishead’s Geoff Barrow recently told the press that the band is ‘definitely’ going to be working on a new album, as soon as Barrow’s home studio is up and running | Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan is embarking on a short North American tour set to begin June 22 in Toronto and wrapping July 8 in Atlantic City | Cee Lo Green is reportedly writing a book about his life (to date) that will be published by Grand Central Books in 2013 | Arctic Monkeys and the Black Keys have just begun their tour together, and are probably on the road causing all sorts of trouble as you read this | and The Raconteurs will be releasing a live DVD in June dubbed Live at Montreux, which was recorded during their (duh) 2008 Montreux Jazz Festival performance. – Kristi Kates