Monday Music News Jul02

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Monday Music News

ANOTHER YEAR, another T in the Park festival concluded in Scotland, with music fans now having to wait a whole year again before a concert event this big returns. Kasabian headlined the final T in the Park day, barrelling through tracks including “Fire” and “Underdog,” while Swedish House Mafia took over the NME Stage for what will be one of their last gigs ever (the DJ trio announced recently that they’re breaking up.) Other T highlights included sets from Elbow, Bombay Bicycle Club, Snow Patrol, Twin Atlantic, David Guetta, and a revitalised Stone Roses.

OF MONSTERS and Men are departing their native Iceland to perform in concert for the first time in Australia this month, much to the delight of Aussie fans who have yet to see the band live. The trio of shows will take place on July 18 at The Zoo in Brisbane, July 20 at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne, and July 22 at the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT is reportedly writing a film musical that will be based on his own life as a musician and performer. Tentatively titled The Great White Way, the film is also expected to include songs from Wainwright’s extensive catalogue of music, and will portray Wainwright himself in more of a “mythic” form, weaving in some of his own experiences but not relying on them strictly. Wainwright’s current album, Out of the Game, was just released this past spring and features contributions from Sean Lennon, Wilco’s Nels Cline, and Wainwright’s sister, Martha Wainwright.

PYXIS POINTS | Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore are teaming up with Yoko Ono to craft a collaborative album called Yokokimthurston that will hit stores on September 25 | The Darkness will release a new album next month, to be prefaced by their latest single, “Everybody Have a Good Time” | R.E.M.’s Peter Buck is currently wrapping up work on his upcoming solo album, which is being kept fairly hush-hush so far (no title, no release date yet) except for lead single “10 Million BC” | will.i.am has donated $780,000 US to The Prince’s Trust, the charity organisation run by England’s Prince Charles | San Fran’s Treasure Island Music Fest has released their 2012 lineup, which is set to include performances from Matthew Dear, Toro Y Moi, Best Coast, Los Campesinos! and more October 13-14 | and Pyxis Mag Band to Watch Autumn Owls have completed recording in Chicago, and are now back in Ireland working on snagging pledges to help them release their new album – interested? Check it out here. – Kristi Kates