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monday music news 2013 8.5

JACK WHITE has reportedly been busily recording some new tunes with both of his side projects, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather. White, who dropped his debut solo disc (Blunderbuss) last year, told the press that with all of the members of his bands living in Nashville, it’s been a lot easier and “more inspirational” to put new songs together. White is also working on more new solo material and is up to over two dozen songs, but he hasn’t decided when he’ll be putting them to disc.

THE PIXIES are back with their first new song since 2004, “Bagboy,” with music that the band’s had around for a few years, and new lyrics written at a Starbucks Coffee in Boston. The Pixies also replaced former bassist Kim Deal with another Kim (musician Kim Shattuck), and are embarking on a plethora of live shows throughout the fall, including stops in Chicago (September 13-15), Amsterdam, Holland (October 5-6), Berlin, Germany (October 8-9), and Madrid, Spain.

MATTHEW SWEET and Bangle Susanna Hoffs have collaborated on a third volume of their Under the Covers cover albums series, after taking on the ’60s on the first set and the ’70s on the second. What about this third effort? The ’80s, ‘natch, an easy pick for both musicians, who had several of their own hits during that era. They didn’t cover any of those, though – instead, they tackled ’80s tracks by R.E.M. (“Sitting Still”), Roxy Music (“More Than This”), and Echo and the Bunnymen (“Killing Moon”), among others – a tour is likely from the pair to support the new set.

PYXIS POINTS | Arcade Fire have been working on their new album with producer Markus Dravs, and recently tweeted at a fan that their new set will hit stores on October 29, so guess that’s a go | Two Door Cinema Club have changed record labels and now expect their new album to be released in 2015 | London’s Jewish Museum in Camden has opened a special exhibit on late singer Amy Winehouse to showcase her background and her climb to musical fame | Belle and Sebastian are set to play two late-season fests in the UK – The End of the Road Festival in Dorset on September 1, and the Isle of Wight’s Bestival on September 6 | Loom are in the studio working on their debut album for HHH Records | And a page of handwritten lyrics by David Bowie snagged almost $30,000.00 at the Changing Faces charity auction.  – Kristi Kates