Monday Music News Apr16

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NYC’S FAMED CBGB club may be gone, a victim of New York City rent disputes and property bargaining (ugh), but the spirit of CB’s lives on via a brand new music festival. Set for July 4-8 of this year (in NYC, of course), the CBGB Festival, with its slogan of “Get Ready. Get Loud. Get Heard,” is sure to revive a bit of the punk in anyone who may have appreciated the likes of Blondie, The Ramones, or Talking Heads during CBGB’s heyday. While there’s not yet a listing of expected acts – although you can pretty much bank on some of CBGB’s old regulars popping up for a set or two – the planned audience is estimated at 500,000 minimum, with the performances set to cover everything from alternative rock and americana to folk, jazz, rock, world music, and of course singer-songwriters. Keep an eye on cbgb.com for more details.

DURAN DURAN are revamping their retro-alternapop cool factor again with a series of upcoming shows in the U.S., Europe, and South America, all in support of their latest studio album, All You Need is Now. The stateside leg of the tour kicks off in Saratoga, California, on August 8, with additional shows on the schedule for Memphis (8.17), Hotlanta (8.19), and Atlantic City NJ (8.25); the South American dates will preface the U.S. shows April 28-May 8, with European gigs running June 25 to the end of July.

CHICAGO’S PITCHFORK Music Festival, the more underground little brother to Lollapalooza, is now set for July 13-15 in Chicago’s Union Park, with an extensive lineup that will include Vampire Weekend, Cloud Nothings, The Atlas Moth, Iceage, Feist, The Field, and another couple dozen bands and performers that will be announced in the remaining weeks leading up to the event. Remarkably, three-day passes for Pitchfork have already sold out, so if you’re going, make sure you snag your individual day passes soon here.

PYXIS POINTS | Cee Lo Green, in addition to the book we mentioned a few weeks ago, is now also working on his fourth solo album, tentatively titled Cee Lo Green is… Everybody’s Brother | Singer-songwriter and Lilith Fair founder Sarah McLachlan is kicking off a 12-city tour that will showcase her singing her songs with the accompaniment of a symphony orchestra | Ryan Adams is taking songs from his latest album, Ashes and Fire, to the UK for a series of tour dates that will include stops in Belfast, Glasgow, and London | Best Coast are mixing their latest album with producer Jon Brion in Los Angeles – it’s expected for release later this spring | Crystal Castles are in Warsaw, Poland working on a new album that’s expected to hit music outlets via Fiction Records some time this summer | And recent Pyxis Mag Band to Watch Arthur Autumn just premiered the official music video for the single “In a Rush to Meet the Queen” from his side project, Barbarian Overlords, on YouTube – Kristi Kates