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Monday Music News 2014 6.10

CONOR OBERST, aka Bright Eyes, has just released another solo Conor Oberst album, a set introduced by first radio single “Hundreds of Ways.” The album, which Oberst has titled Upside Down Mountain, is his first on his new label home of Nonesuch Records, and hit stores on May 20 after being preceded by a special seven-inch vinyl single (“Hundreds of Ways” plus album outtake B-side “Fast Friends”) that was dropped exclusively for Record Store Day on April 19. Oberst has been touring since mid-May to promote all of the above, and this week made a featured appearance at NYC’s Summerstage in Central Park.

MAROON 5 has a new album of their own on the way, namely their fifth, which they’ve titled simply V and which is due on September 2. The first single, “Maps,” is already out to radio and iTunes, and the rest of the tracklisting was recorded in Los Angeles over the past year with contributions from Ryan Tedder, heavyweight Max Martin, and the return of Maroon 5’s old keyboardist, Jesse Carmichael, who was on a leave of absence from the band.

U2’s BONO and The Edge are working with aforementioned director Carney on music for yet another new musical film with the working title of Sing Street. This movie will take place in Dublin in the ’80s, with Bono and The Edge contributing plenty of input as to what the movie and scene should sound and look like (they’d know!) – the U2 duo may also write a few songs for the movie’s soundtrack.

PYXIS POINTS | The mono mixed versions of The Beatles nine UK albums, plus Magical Mystery Tour, will be released on vinyl on September 8 in Europe, and September 9 in the US | fun. are currently working on a follow-up to their last album, Some Nights, and are show-testing a new single called “Harsh Lights” | Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen has announced her first solo album, Crush Songs, which will be released September 9 |And Phantogram will be touring this fall in support of their latest album, Voices, with the trek kicking off on September 28 in Boulder, Colorado. – Kristi Kates