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MAXIMO PARK have announced the release date for their next full-length studio album, The National Health, which is now set to hit music outlets on June 11. Strangely, there’s no label attached to the album yet – not even one of the band’s own (they split with long-time label home Warp Records last year) – but the album can be pre-ordered via Maximo Park’s own website. As for the music, it’s a step up since their rather tepid 2009 release, the ironically-named Quicken the Heart, and includes new tracks “Write This Down,” “This Is What Becomes of the Broken Hearted,” and the title track.

EDITORS have announced the amicable departure of longtime lead guitarist Chris Urbanowicz from the band “with huge sadness”, via a statement that says that the decision is based on “future musical direction.” We’re taking this to mean that the band may have run into some conflicts while in-studio, as they’re currently working on the follow-up album to their 2009 set, In This Light and on This Evening. The remaining three Editors, Russell Leetch, Ed Lay, and singer Tom Smith, who have been together as a band since 2002, say that they’re going to continue recording the new album with producer Flood and will likely tour as a trio rather than replace Urbanowicz.

BEN HARPER’S soulful singer-songwriter skills will be showcased in unplugged-ish form during his upcoming acoustic tour, which is set to begin in September and will include a featured performance at none other than New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Harper says he’ll fill up his setlist with songs that date back to his 1994 debut album, Welcome to the Cruel World, and, of course, tracks from his newest release, Give Till It’s Gone. Other stops on the trek will include Philadelphia (10.3), Boston (10.5), and Portland, Maine (10.6.)

PYXIS POINTS |  Lollapalooza 2012’s lineup has been announced, with the likes of Jack White, The Shins, Franz Ferdinand, Sigur Ros, Gaslight Anthem, White Rabbits, and Blind Pilot all on the bill | None other than famed actor Gary Oldman directed Jack White’s American Express Unstaged concert that took place a couple of days ago |  More Sigur Ros news – the band have announced an extensive set of tour dates that will include stops at the Montreal Osheaga fest as well as shows in Brooklyn NY (7.31), L.A. (8.12), and the Isle of Wight (9.9) | And speaking of The Shins, they’ve just released a music video for their single, “The Rifle’s Spiral,” that’s accessible on Nintendo 3DS and features an animated scenario with a magician and a giant rabbit | Influential UK-punk-popsters Squeeze are set to stay on the road this spring, with more live dates expected to be announced soon | And the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards have been set for November 11 at Frankfurt, Germany’s Festhalle  – Kristi Kates