Monday Music News Sep16

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monday music news 2013 9.16

ED SHEERAN, who spent his summer touring with surprisingly sincere country-popster Taylor Swift, didn’t get an easy start at his music career (he recently told the press that every single label he went to told him that he was too “chubby and too ginger (red-haired)” to be a successful musician), but he persevered and is doing just fine now, thanks, laughing all the way to the bank, his Grammy nomination (for Song of the Year for his track “The A-Team”), and his collaborations with Swift and Elton John. Learn more about this much-buzzed-about English singer-songwriter at his official site,

STING is performing ten concerts this month and next to help benefit New York City’s Public Theater art organization, which shows running from September 25 through October 9 at the Anspacher Theater. The focus of the shows will be songs from Sting’s new album, The Last Ship, which just dropped this week and which was inspired by Sting’s youth in Northern England, near the Swan Hunter Shipyard in Wallsend, Newcastle. it’s his first album of original songs since 2003, and is reportedly also being developed into a Broadway musical that will carry the same name as the album.

PETER GABRIEL is calling turnabout is fair play – at least as far as albums are concerned. The influential musician released a covers album in 2010 called Scratch My Back, on which he performed his versions of songs by David Bowie (“Heroes”), Regina Spektor (“Apres Moi”), Radiohead (“Street Spirit (Fade Out)”), and Elbow (“Mirrorball”), among others. This week arrives a companion album to that set, appropriately dubbed And I’ll Scratch Yours, on which many of the artists whom Gabriel covered now cover Gabriel’s own songs, to make for a pair of albums that are both must-haves for Peter Gabriel fans…

PYXIS POINTS | Indie folk-popsters The Head and the Heart have a new album on the way – look for their Let’s Be Still on October 15 | Speaking of The Head and The Heart, they’ll be taking along Quiet Life as their opening act when they tour this fall to promote the aforementioned set | Villagers will be playing a half-dozen UK shows this November, including stops in Edinburgh (11.5), London (11.7), and Norwich (11.13) | An official release date for the new Arcade Fire album has reportedly been set for October 29 | Cage the Elephant have wrapped up their latest alt-rock album, which they recorded in Nashville with producer Jay Joyce | And Franz Ferdinand’s latest video is out, for their new tune “Love Illumination,” complete with pantomime, choreography, glitter, and other art rock absurdities.  – Kristi Kates