Monday Music News Oct22

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AIMEE MANN has tapped pal John Hodgman and Oscar-nominated actress Laura Linney to co-star in a witty new music video for “Charmer,” the title track from her latest album. Although Mann had only met Linney once, the actress showed up for the video shoot on a humid, 100-degree New York City day and enthusiastically played out her role as a cyber-version of Mann in a low-budget environment, impressing Mann, the director, and everyone on set. The video itself perfectly suits Mann’s quirky indie-rock inventiveness, and gets her her own ‘robot double’ to boot – check it out HERE

THE ICELAND AIRWAVES Festival is set to once again bring a host of international bands and solo artists to Reykjavik, Iceland to perform alongside a ton of Icelandic acts, with the 2012 event ready to take place October 31 through November 4 at various venues around the city. Included on this year’s Airwaves performance roster are Ben Frost, Daniel Bjarnason, Benni Hemm Hemm, FM Belfast, Ghostigital, Leaves, Of Monsters and Men, Polica, Retrobot, and of course, who could forget Icelandic faves Sigur Ros? For more info and tix, visit

RYAN ADAMS is keeping his songwriting and production skills close to home for his next project – he’s set to work with (and possibly give some indie cred to) his wife, singer Mandy Moore, on what will be her seventh studio album. Adams, who has his own studio, will likely welcome Moore there as well, to help put together the follow-up to her 2009 folk-pop effort, Amanda Leigh. Adams’ own latest collection of tracks, last year’s Ashes & Fire, is set to be followed-up soon by his Live After Deaf live recordings boxset.

PYXIS POINTS | Welsh rockers The Blackout will take on a UK tour this month with stops in Leeds, Bournemouth, and London | Paul | The Rifles are embarking on an acoustic UK tour that will include stops in Glasgow (11.20), Milton Keynes (11.24), Bristol (11.30), and Northampton (12.6) | Barcelona, Spain’s Sonar Festival is bringing its electro-prog sounds to Chicago on October 31 with Die Antwoord, Seth Troxler, and Gesaffelstein in tow | Aussie singer Kylie Minogue will drop her new The Abbey Road Sessions album on November 6 | Paul McCartney has added a quartet of stops to his North American tour, including St. Louis (11.11), Houston (11.14), Vancouver (11.25), and Edmonton (11.28) | and former Orange Juice founder/singer Edwyn Collins has been awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at this year’s Association of Independent Music Awards ceremony.  – Kristi Kates