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Monday Music News 2014 3.24

MORRISSEY is returning with a month-and-a-half long tour that will trek him through a huge setlist of his hit tracks both old and new, and will take him all across the United States with oddball openers Tom Jones and Cliff Richards in tow for some of the shows. Moz’s schedule will kick off on 5.7 in San Jose, California, followed by shows in Los Angeles (5.10), Albuquerque New Mexico (5.14), Nashville (5.28), Boston (6.7), Chicago (6.13), and NYC (6.21), where the show will wrap at the Barclays Centre Arena. Speaking of new Morrissey songs, he’s also prepping for the June or July release of his latest album, World Peace is None of Your Business, which will be his first set in five years.

THE Z-MACHINES are a band that the members of Radiohead would probably love, if they don’t already – created by Asian roboticists, the “band” is comprised of three real robots with extra arms (the drummer has 22 arms in all) so that they can play music that’s “too advanced” for human musicians. Squarepusher teamed up with The Z-Machines over the winter, and the result will be Music for Robots, a Warp Records EP that will include tracks “Sad Robot Goes Funny,” “World Three,” and “Dissolver,” and that’s due out April 8.

WHITE LIES are set as headliners for this year’s Truck Festival in Steventon, Oxford, UK with The Cribs as co-headliners and plenty more acts on the busy bill, from Los Campesinos! to Circa, Eliza and the Bear, Gnarwolves, and “local” Oxford indie-rockers Stornoway. Truck will roll in to Abingdon July 18-19. Tix are 73 pounds (about $125 US.)

PYXIS POINTS |  The Civil Wars, in spite of their current hiatus, have released an EP that includes several eclectic cover songs, including their haunting take on Elliott Smith’s “Between the Bars” | CW collaborator Taylor Swift is reacting to fan demand in Asia by adding several Eastern dates to her tour, including stops in Jakarta, Indonesia (6.4), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (6.11), and Singapore (6.12) | Australian indie-rockers Greenthief just released their debut album, Voyage, and are taking to the road to promote their new tunes | And Belgian dance fest Tomorrowland has expanded to two weekends for their 2014 edition (July 18-20 and 25-27) and has already sold out its 360,000 ticket capacity, tix of which went in a mere hour.  – Kristi Kates