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Monday Music News 2014 6.30

NATALIE MERCHANT, best known for her solo work and secondarily for her work with influential ’80s folk-pop band 10,000 Maniacs, has returned after over a dozen years away from the music scene with her brand new eponymous album. The full-length collection she’s dubbed simply Natalie Merchant is the artist’s sixth solo album of original tracks, and just hit outlets this spring via Nonesuch Records, complete with songs “Giving Up Everything,” “Black Sheep,” and “Lulu.” Merchant is touring this summer to support the set.

MORCHEEBA and Tricky are co-headliners for the 2014 Galtres Parklands Festival, joining an eclectic lineup of performers including Bellowhead, Public Service Broadcasting, Paris XY, The Seahorses’ Chris Helme, Beans on Toast, Levellers, and The Human League. For more info and the latest on additional indie acts set to be added, visit the fest’s official site.

HOZIER is capitalising on his current buzz-artist status by returning to the U.S. for his first stateside headlining tour. He’ll be criss-crossing the states starting September 30 in Nashville, and will wrap up the trek with a big show in New York City on November 5; and he’ll also drop in on this year’s Sasquatch Festival.

PYXIS POINTS | Sam Smith is touring in support of his debut album, The Lonely Hour, out next week, and he’ll be traveling to the U.S. in September for a 15-city jaunt | Interpol are prepping to play their first U.S. shows in three years, including stops at Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza, and the Governor’s Ball | Bestival is aiming at creating the world’s “Biggest Disco Ball” for their 2014 event, with hopes of breaking the Guinness World Record | And Austin, Texas’ Fun Fun Fun Fest is set for November 7-9, with sets from Alt-J, City and Colour, Guided by Voices, and Wiz Khalifa.   – Kristi Kates