Monday Music News Jun11

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DEVO AND BLONDIE – although each offered very different styles of New Wave music – were each hugely influential ’80s bands, and both are now set to take on a series of tour dates that are sure to bring their music to new generations. Devo are planning their Whip It To Shreds Tour, which will kick off on September 7 and run through a dozen cities, while Debbie Harry and Blondie (sorry – it’s Deborah now, we digress) will be going along as co-headliners  in promotion of their latest album, Panic of Girls, which hit stores last year. If you doubt the influence of either, just take a listen to Blondie’s edgy-cool track “Rapture,” which was reportedly the first rap video ever broadcast on MTV.

SWEDISH SINGER-songwriter Jens Lekman is prepping a new full-length album for this fall, namely his self-professed “breakup album,” I Know What Love Isn’t. Set to drop on September 4, the album will serve as the follow-up to Lekman’s EP, An Argument with Myself, and was written and recorded in Melbourne, Australia. He’ll also be embarking on a series of tour dates to promote the album, although Americans will have to wait a while, as the bulk of the schedule so far only includes European shows, including stops in Oslo, Norway (9.13), Manchester, England (9.19), Paris, France (9.23), and Berlin, Germany (9.26).

IN BEATLES news, the five-story Beatlemania Museum in Hamburg Germany hasn’t been doing too well as of late, and is now scheduled to close at the end of this month. The museum, which is located where The Beatles played some of their first big live shows, includes over a thousand items of Beatles memorabilia, but apparently that wasn’t enough to keep Beatles fans interested in trekking to Germany to see the gear, although Beatles items are still doing quite well at auction.

PYXIS POINTS | Men Without Hats, whom you might remember from their “Safety Dance” song (“you can dance if you want to/you can leave your friends behind…”), are returning to music after 30 years with a new album, Love in the Age of War, in-stores now | No Doubt’s new album is due out this September, and has been titled Push and Shove – the lead single from the set, “Settle Down,” will hit radio on July 16 | Sigur Ros have wrapped work on another music video from their new album Valtari, this one for the evocative song “Varuo” | Spoon’s Britt Daniel has teamed up with New Bomb Turks’ Sam Brown and Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner to form a new side project band that they’re calling Divine Fits | The Frames’ Glen Hansard has announced an American concert tour for this fall | and Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan is holding a record release party on a yacht in Lake Michigan this week in advance of the band’s new album, Oceania.  – Kristi Kates