Monday Music News Jul16

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THE FRAMES’ Glen Hansard, also known for his work with The Swell Season and of course as an actor/musician in the film Once, just released his first ever solo album, Rhythm and Repose, last month. Now he’s set to promote the new collection of songs with a stateside concert tour in the U.S. this upcoming fall. Hansard will be bringing new tunes “Talking with the Wolves,” “Love Don’t Leave Me Waiting,” “Races,” and “Song of Good Hope” (among plenty of others), to stops in Toronto Ontario (9.16), Washington DC (9.19), Seattle (10.3), Phoenix (11.4), Memphis (11.21), and Clearwater, Florida (12.3), among other cities.

RADIOHEAD and Jude Law are collaborating on a campaign film for Greenpeace to help stop the giant oil companies from pushing into the Arctic to drill. The film, A Homeless Polar Bear in London, relates the story of a polar bear forced out of its Arctic habitat because of climate change, featuring Radiohead’s song “Everything in Its Right Place” (from 2000’s Kid A album) and including Law as the narrator. The other part of the campaign is the Arctic Scroll, which Greenpeace are asking people to sign online at in order to call for the Arctic to be a protected region (Radiohead’s Thom Yorke already signed it, as we did here at Pyxis Mag.)  Once they snag a million signatures, the Arctic Scroll will be planted in the sea under the North Pole, and hopefully the campaign itself will help the cause.

COLDPLAY are collaborating with Oscar-nominated filmmaker on a six-part comic book series (yes, we said comic book) that will tell the background story of the Mylo Xyloto character from the band’s latest number one album of the same name. From the band’s perspective, the idea started several years ago, as the bandmates threw about ideas regarding the characters of Xyloto, Major Minus, and others. The first comic in the series was available at the San Diego Comic-Con – others will be available monthly beginning 2013 via Bongo Comics.

PYXIS POINTS | Glasvegas’ latest album, Handwritten, will hit stores next week, and will be followed this fall by a short UK tour | Tix for next year’s Glastonbury Festival are now set to go on sale waaay early this upcoming October | Foster the People are still on tour, but are already working on songs for their next album, which will reportedly be influenced by the sounds of The Kinks and The Clash | Smashing Pumpkin James Iha’s second solo album, Look to the Sky, is set to drop on September 10 | Paul McCartney is working with the creators of the Halo video game on an as-yet-unspecified new project | and Metric will kick off a tour on September 6 that will take the indie rockers across Canada in support of their fifth studio album, Synthetica.  – Kristi Kates