Monday Music News Jun25

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THE KILLERS have completed work on what will be their first album in four years, Battle Born, which also serves as their fourth record. The band worked with the power trio of Steve Lillywhite, Brendan O’Brien, and Day & Age producer Stuart Price on the new set, and spent the better part of a year in the studio with the new songs. Not-coincidentally, Battle Born is also the name of the band’s own recording studio, and a nickname for their home state of Nevada (yes, oddly, The Killers are from… Las Vegas), explains singer Brandon Flowers – “but in a sense, all Americans are battle born,” he recently told Rolling Stone, “our ancestors arrived here in search of something better.” Tracks on Battle Born will include “Runaways” and “Carry Me Home,” and it’s due to drop this fall.

LOVE WILCO? Like Chicago? Have an iPad? Then you’re in luck – the band has just released a free, multimedia iPad book titled The Incredible Shrinking Tour of Chicago, which includes plenty of Wilco extras for their fans. The book includes posters, setlists, and loads of photos from a series of hometown shows that the band played late last year in the Windy City, plus backstage footage featuring Wilco pal Nick Lowe. The Tour… is available for free (whee!) from Apple’s iBookstore.

BON IVER frontman Justin Vernon has teamed up with L.A. based Keep Footwear to design a cruelty-free trainer in order to help increase awareness of the Best Friends Animal Society, an animal advocacy group. Vernon, an owner of a rescued pet that often makes appearances on the Bon Iver website’s blog, designed a salmon-coloured shoe with herringbone and black accents – advance sales for the shoe will run until July 1, with a limited in-store release of the trainer in October. In other Bon Iver news, they’ve just dropped a new live EP, The iTunes Sessions EP, which you can snag on iTunes, ‘natch.

PYXIS POINTS | Radiohead are set to play their first UK shows in about 3 years, with two stops planned at London’s O2 Arena on October 8 and 9, and a prior show set to take place in Manchester on October 6 | The Shins are currently trekking through Europe, too, support their new album Port of Morrow – they’ll bring their tunes and stage show to the U.S. for a series of dates beginning in September | A new festival set to focus on emerging talent has been named after late influential Brit DJ John Peel – the John Peel Festival of New Music will take place as part of the Norwich Sound and Vision Festival in England October 11-13 of this year | Toronto minimalist post-punkers Metz have signed to Seattle’s Sub Pop Records | After releasing an “experimental single” – testing the record label waters, we suspect – with Jack White’s Third Man Records, Beck has now signed on to join White’s label roster, which already includes Seasick Steve, Tom Jones, and Stephen Colbert | and David Guetta’s Titanium has just snagged the honor of the Dance chart’s longest-running title in almost 30 years.  – Kristi Kates