Monday Music News Jul30

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DAVID GRAY has been working diligently on the follow-up album to his 2010 release, Foundling, and he says it’s been a tricky bit of business so far in regards to writing new songs, not wanting to repeat himself. The new songs he has approved of so far, include several songs with avian references, such as “Birds of the High Arctic” and “Gulls.” The new tracks are said to be more poetic in nature, too, which should be interesting since Gray’s songs are already quite elegant in their wordplay. The new as-yet-untitled set doesn’t have a release date yet, but is expected by the end of the year.

SONDRE LERCHE has booked a month’s worth of U.S. tour dates set to start at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom on September 5, and will be bringing along the live album that he says he’s always wanted to make. Dubbed simply Bootlegs, the set was tracked in Norway and NYC during Lerche’s last tour; he’ll also be re-releasing his first four albums on vinyl as another special treat for fans. In addition to the NY show, he’ll be making stops in Chicago (9.14), West Hollywood, California (9.22), and Dallas, Texas (9.27.)

OWL CITY, aka Adam Young, will release his The Midsummer Station album on August 21 on Universal Republic Records , and is set to accompany the disc with a North American tour to start September 5 in Nashville, Tennessee. Not content with conquering the U.S., Young and his band will then hop the pond to the UK, Europe, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and Indonesia for more concert dates in October and November (whew.)

PYXIS POINTS | Alabama Shakes are heading across the pond for some UK shows, and will also be stopping in Manchester on 11.12 as well as Glasgow on 11.13 | Eurythmic Dave Stewart’s new album, The Ringmaster General, is now set to drop this September | Brit rockers Status Quo are set to film a new comedy film in Fiji in which they’ll appear as themselves | | The Black Keys say that their new album will likely not be completed until 2013 | Afghan Whigs have added more dates to their reunion tour, which will now keep them busy until Halloween | and Band of Horses will release their fourth album, Mirage Rock, on September 18 – the set will serve as the follow-up to their 2010 album Infinite Arms. – Kristi Kates