Monday Music News Mar04

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DIDO is dropping her new album this week, with 11 new songs in all, including a couple which you may have already heard, namely her first official single, “No Freedom,” and her duet with U.S. singer Kendrick Lamar, “Let Us Move On.” This collection, called Girl That Got Away, will be Dido’s first album in almost five years. She recorded it in both London and California (the cover photo, however, was shot in New York), and is calling the set a “big, fun, electronica extravaganza” that will also include production from her brother and former bandmate Rollo Armstrong, plus additional other contributions from A.R. Rahman and the esteemed Brian Eno.

THEME PARK’s debut album is just in-stores, the self-titled set having been preceded by the Ed Macfarlane (Friendly Fires)-produced first single, “Tonight,” which has already snagged the attention of critics and fans. Theme Park, the album, includes “Tonight” as well as tracks “Jamaica,” “Still Life,” and “Wax,” among others, and the band will be promoting same with a tour this month that will take them through Brighton (3.13), London (3.14), Manchester (3.15), Glasgow (3.18), and Sheffield (3.19.)

JACK WHITE has climbed into the vaults at his own Third Man Records and has offered up a live recording of himself with old band the Bricks, as recorded at an old bowling alley back in 1999. Dubbed Jack White and the Bricks: Live on the Garden Bowl Lanes, the set also features future Raconteur Brendan Benson on guitar, and finds the band dumping their gear on bowling alley lanes 11 through 14 for the show which was recorded on a four-track reel-to-reel.

PYXIS POINTS | SXSW hits Austin, Texas, next week (March 12-17), with sets on deck from Jake Bugg, Vampire Weekend, Frank Turner, Alt-J, Klaxons, and more | Libertine Carl Barat has snagged pals Johnny Marr and former Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows to work with him on what will be Barat’s second solo album | Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been debuting several new songs at their recent stage shows  in preview of their upcoming new Mosquito album | Devandra Banhart’s new album has been dubbed Mala, and will be in-stores next week | The Godfathers are making a return this month with Jukebox Fury, a set that will be their first full-length studio album since (whoa) 1995 | and Blur’s Damon Albarn has had several old-school racer bikes stolen from his home, although it’s kinda his fault since he says he “can’t be arsed” to lock them up. – Kristi Kates