Monday Music News Mar17

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Monday Music News 2014 3.17
THE NATIONAL, Kraftwerk, Foster the People, Local Natives, Broken Bells, and more will be performing at the Sasquatch! Music Fest in George, Washington, which is expanding to a two-weekend format this year, Memorial Day weekend (May 23-25) and Fourth of July weekend (July 4-6.) Each weekend will feature a completely different lineup, with the extensive schedule also including appearances from the likes of Neko Case, The Dodos, Cold War Kids, New Order, OutKast, and many more.

THE GREEN MAN FESTIVAL is in the news, too, having confirmed Beirut and Neutral Milk Hotel as their headliners for the fest, which will take place in the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons in Wales. Beirut will headline on Friday night, with NMH closing the fest on Sunday night; also appearing this year will be Plank, First Aid Kit, and Polica, among others.

MAXIMO PARK singer Paul Smith is working on two non-Maximo Park side projects, with one album, Frozen by Sight, based on Smith’s own travel writing, and the other a special half-hour composition titled “A Mind Full of Nothing But Continue,” that he’s recording for The Great North Run. Both albums include orchestral elements, the first primarily strings, and the second including a choral ensemble that Smith also performed the tune with live last fall. As if that weren’t enough, Smith is also looking to start a third side project in which he plans to focus more on folk music. But don’t worry, Maximo fans – Smith says that the outside recordings and performanaces help revitalize his love for his main band.

PYXIS POINTS | Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are still pulling videos from their 2013 album, Specter at the Feast, the latest of which is their newest single/vid for “Some Kind of Ghost” | Video guru Michel Gondry has directed a new clip for Metronomy’s track “Love Letters” | Afghan Whigs will release their first album in sixteen years on Sub Pop Records on Tax Day, April 15 | Similar but by no means the same, The Whigs are dropping a new album, too, their own Modern Creation which will hit stores on 5.22 on New West Records | And Oasis-influencing-band Inspiral Carpets are releasing their 1987 demo tape in both vinyl and CD format for this year’s Record Store Day. – Kristi Kates