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monday music news 2013 7.29

MOBY’S musical career has quieted a bit since his major success in the early 2000s, but not for lack of talent. Now living in Los Angeles, he’s regrouped from his earlier time on the NYC music scene, and has recorded a brand new album with producer Mark Stent, known for his work with Massive Attack and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, among others. Moby’s latest, dubbed Innocents, is set to hit outlets on October 1, complete with guest collaborations with Damien Jurado and Mark Lanegan; it’s already being hailed as Moby’s return to form.

MANIC STREET PREACHERS, currently away from their Welsh homeland for an Australian tour, have reportedly written two full albums’ worth of new material, over 30 tracks in all, which they plan to release as might be expected, in two separate albums. The first is said to be more acoustic-based, while the second has more of a sharper, electronic edge; no release dates have been announced yet, but the band will be performing at Festival No. 6 in Wales over the weekend of September 13, alongside the likes of James Blake, Neon Neon, Temples, and more…

PREFAB SPROUT are climbing back into the music scene with their first album of new music for over 10 years, a set that they’ve been working on for the past year and a half. New tracks include “Mysterious” (reportedly a tune about Bob Dylan), “The Best Jewel Thief in the World,” and “The Old Magician” – the album, titled Crimson/Red, will hit outlets on October 7.

PYXIS POINTS | Blur’s Damon Albarn recently told Rolling Stone that he’s planning to (finally) release a solo album of his own music, which he plans to support with a solo tour that will include Blur/Gorillaz songs as well as his own solo tracks | The National’s frontman Matt Berninger has filmed a new behind-the-scenes documentary of the band called Mistaken for Strangers | Aussie band Atlas Genius have been tapped to open on tour for Stereophonics | Vampire Weekend have just announced a five-show UK arena tour, which will include stops at Leeds’ First Direct Arena and London’s O2 | San Francisco’s Treasure Island Fest has announced its lineup for the October 19-20 event, which will include shows from Beck, Major Lazer, Tricky, James Blake, and more | And if you think your library fines are bad, they’re nowhere near as out-of-control as geezer Rolling Stone Keith Richards, who reportedly owes library fines going back 50 years, for a total (lighthearted) cost owed of around $30,000 US.  – Kristi Kates