Monday Music News Apr02

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AUSSIE BAND JET are best known for songs like “Look What You’ve Done,” “Rollover DJ,” and “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” – and those are the tunes you’ll have to remember the band by, as the bandmates have just officially announced their breakup. In an online statement to their fans, Jet said: “After many successful years of writing, recording and touring, we wish to announce our discontinuation as a group. From the many pubs, theatres, stadiums and festivals all across the world it was the fans that made our amazing story possible and we wish to thank them all. Thank you, and goodnight.” While Jet’s Cameron Muncey and Nic Cester appear to be on an overall break from music as of press time, Chris Cester and Mark Wilson were working on a new side project, dark-disco band The Damndogs, late last year, although it’s not yet known if that band will continue or not, either.

SQUEEZE have reunited yet again and have also just kicked off their own slate of tour dates, complete with both of the band’s pivotal members, Chris Gifford and Glenn Tilbrook. The Brit-popsters will be bringing along The English Beat as opening act for several of the shows, which will include stops in Las Vegas (4.13), the Coachella Fest (4.14 and 4.21), Baltimore (4.27), and NYC (4.28 at the Roseland Ballroom.)

THE TEMPER TRAP will be leaving their native Australia for a North American tour in support of their eponymous sophomore album, The Temper Trap, starting with a June 5 gig at NYC’s favorite uptown venue, Terminal 5. The band’s new album, produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck/Phoenix), will arrive at music outlets the same day. The band told Rolling Stone magazine that they’re particularly enthused about returning to the States, which they consider like “stepping into a movie set everywhere you go… from the faces peering out of diner windows and the smoky New York bars.” Their live shows on this tour will include performances in Boston (6.7), Dallas (6.10), Los Angeles (6.15), and Seattle (6.18.)

PYXIS POINTS | Hot Chip will be embarking on a short UK tour this June, with stops in Sheffield, Cambridge, and London | Massive Attack are currently working in-studio on what’s expected to be a new album, possibly with a special appearance from Damon Albarn | Sigur Ros have a new album already in the pipeline – their new set, Valtari, will hit music outlets on May 28 | David Bowie’s landmark album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, is set to be reissued as a 40th anniversary edition on June 5 in several different versions, including CD, vinyl, and a 5.1 mix DVD | Paul Simon is being honored with a release of one of his most influential albums, too, namely Graceland, which is getting a 25th anniversary revamp that will be re-released on the same day as Bowie’s album | And fans of David Guetta can now snag the DJ/producer’s Nothing But the Beat bio/documentary, which chronicles his career to date. – Kristi Kates