Monday Music News May21

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RADIOHEAD producer Nigel Godrich – who’s also done plenty of production work behind the boards for the likes of Paul McCartney, Travis, The Sundays, Air and Beck – is teaming up with Atoms for Peace’s drummer to form a new band called Ultraista, an experimental electronica group that brings to mind some of Thom Yorke’s Eraser solo work. Only one track has been released so far – a spare composition called “Smalltalk” – but given Godrich’s work ethic and attention to detail, it should be interesting to hear what evolves from his latest collaboration, especially since it’s him completely at the helm this time.

BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB are still diligently working at promoting their latest album, last year’s A Different Kind of Fix, and have been touring everywhere from their homeland of England to Tokyo. They must be really chugging the caffeine, though, as they’ve got even more dates booked for this summer, including stops at a plethora of festivals from Scotland’s T in the Park to Chicago’s Lollapalooza fest. Don’t worry, American fans – there are loads of stateside dates, too, including shows in Boston (7.28), NYC (7.30), Chicago (8.5), and Denver (8.6.) And if you can’t make it to any of that, check out their “life on the road” tour diary HERE.

THE BLACK KEYS are continuing their seemingly endless tour schedule, too, with yet another round of shows (and a snazzy new lighting rig) that is taking them from Canada to Australia to Europe and back ’round again. Some of the Keys’ summer stops include shows in NYC (7.28), Toronto (8.4), Oslo Norway (8.10), Belfast Ireland (8.21), Leeds England (8.24), and Paris France (8.25), while their autumn performances will carry them to San Diego CA (10.4), Los Angeles (10.5), Phoenix AZ (10.9), and then onward to Australia. Whew – we’re tired just reading it. And the Arctic Monkeys are going to be tired, too, as they’re going along as support act.

PYXIS POINTS | Speaking of Arctic Monkeys, their frontman Alex Turner recently told an interviewer that he and the Monkeys’ drummer Matt Helders used to dress up and pretend to be Oasis in their secondary school assemblies | Coachella has chosen their festival dates for 2013 – the event is now set to span two weekends next year, April 12-14 and April 19-20 in Indio, California | Harry Potter actor Alan Rickman (aka Professor Snape) has been tapped to play Hilly Kristal, the legendary owner of NYC music club CBGB in a film about same | The Hives have a plethora of live shows booked in promotion of their new album, Lex Hives, including stops in NYC (6.22), Montreal (6.25), and Chicago (6.30) | Death Cab for Cutie are touring, too, with a dozen new live show dates kicking off on July 3 in Cleveland | and Feist is reissuing her 1999 debut album, Monarch (Lay Your Jewelled Head Down), via her online store.   – Kristi Kates