Monday Music News Apr28

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Monday Music News 2014 4.28
DAMON ALBARN of Blur/Gorillaz fame is set to drop his own new album this month – his first “real” solo album, and a set that will include collaborations with Coldplay’s last producer (and artist in his own right) Brian Eno, and members of indie-pop band Bat for Lashes. Albarn’s album, which he’s dubbed Everyday Robots, will hit stores on 4.28, complete with tracks “Parakeet,” “The Selfish Giant,” “You and Me,” and “Photographs (You Are Taking Now).” The first single, the title track, is already on the YouTubes.

MONTREAL is the place for more music festival news this week, as a revamped Osheaga Festival preps for its big three days at Parc Jean-Drapeau on August 1-3. While last year’s Osheaga included performances from Beck and Mumford & Sons, this year’s main stages will focus on Arctic Monkeys, Jack White, and a reunited OutKast, as well as additional sets from The Replacements, Lorde, Foster the People, Chromeo, Band of Horses, J. Cole, and melodic buzz band Kodaline.

EELS have just dropped a brand new album, The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett (Everett, of course, being the Eels lead singer, otherwise known simply as “E”), and are promoting the set with a UK tour in June, which will find the band performing in Oxford (6.15), Cambridge (6.18), and London (6.30), among other stops. Tales… will include tracks  “Parallels,” “Lockdown Hurricane,” “Dead Reckoning,” and the thematic trio of “Where I’m At,” “Where I’m From,” and “Where I’m Going.”

PYXIS POINTS | Jack Johnson will be supporting his sixth studio album, From Here to Now to You, with a big tour set to kick off on May 24, and an equally big lineup of opening acts including Edward Sharpe, Bahamas, Amos Lee, and Michael Kiwanuka | Phantogram are releasing a new album called Voices this spring, with first single “Fall in Love” already available | Dizzee Rascal, Big Country, and The Feeling are the headliners at this year’s Wickerman Festival in Dundrennan, Scotland | and the aforementioned Arctic Monkeys have dropped a music video for their new single, “Arabella.”  – Kristi Kates