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BASTILLE are already working on their sophomore set, which will serve as the follow-up to their debut, Bad Blood, which has only been out for six months or so and has already snagged the band several days’ worth of acclaim to be happy about, most notably when the album hit number two on the charts in the UK, and again when it topped the Scottish Singles chart. The next collection of Bastille tunes, according to frontman Dan Smith, will be more guitar-based, although not to be surprised if the band jumps around into other genres, as well, since they’re feeling a little more musically-experimental than they were on their first album. In the meantime, the band’s been playing summer fests, and will hit the road in the UK for a series of shows in October and November.

ANDY SUMMERS of The Police is collaborating with The Rescues’ Rob Giles in a new band they’re calling Circa Zero. Circa Zero held its debut show on July 25 at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, and has just finished recording its eponymous debut album, which is expected to hit outlets early in 2014. The album was recorded at Summers’ own recording studio in Venice, California, and is being prefaced by first single “No Highway.”

THE VINYL LIBRARY is a new special music outlet opened in London this summer, but there’s only one thing you can get at it – namely, vinyl records, and plenty of them. Founded by two London-based DJs, it’s a non-profit that’s run by volunteers, and stocks vinyl donated by the public. The two DJs figured that since it was taking them a while to build up their own vinyl collections for playing DJ sets, it would make sense to start a place where other DJs and music enthusiasts could borrow some vinyl for their (temporarily) very own. The library is in the Stoke Newington area of London, and allows patrons to check out vinyl for a very minimal charge starting at one pound…

PYXIS POINTS | Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd has started a new side project band called Sons of the Sea, on which he’s presenting songs with a more poppy, beachy sound | The Life is Beautiful Festival, set for October 26-27 in Las Vegas, keeps adding new acts, the latest being Smith Westerns, Nico Vega, and Alabama Shakes, who join headliners Kings of Leon, The Killers, and Beck | Dinosaur Jr. are releasing a coffee-table book on the band called Dinosaur Jr. by Dinosaur Jr. this November, complete with tour diaries, behind-the-scenes pics, a band memorabilia | David Bowie’s 1977 single “Sound and Vision” has been remixed as “Sound and Vision 2013,” and will snag a digital release later this year; Bowie’s already told fans to look out for imitators, namely a fake remix that’s surfaced on YouTube | Passion Pit will tour North America this fall, with opening act The Joy Formidable in tow | And Elvis Costello will be leaving recent collaborators The Roots behind for a solo East Coast tour this November.  – Kristi Kates