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3OH!3 has unveiled a slate of activity celebrating the release of Omens, which is due on June 18. Pre-orders for the album will officially get underway on “3OH!3 Day” – that is, March 3, or 3/03/13 – via the duo’s own www.3oh3music.com. The new single “Back To Life” will also premiere as soon as fans accomplish a list of 303 tasks compiled from the band. The track will then impact multi-format radio outlets nationwide throughout the month. In addition, the “Back To Life” video is slated to debut on March 5 via The Warner Sound YouTube page. 3OH!3 also will co-headline this summer’s Vans Warped Tour, with dates kicking off on June 30 in Denver.
David Bowie’s new album, The Next Day, is now streaming in its entirety via the iTunes Music Store. The stream will be up until the album’s official release on March 12. Bowie will also release his latest single, “The Stars (Are Out Tonight),” along with “Where Are We Now?,” as a special white vinyl seven-inch for Record Store Day on April 20.
The-Dream promises that his next single is so good that it forced him to change the title of his upcoming album from Love IV to IV Play. “It’s that good of a song it made me change it. It was really that good,” he told MTV News’ Sway Calloway on RapFix Live. “It may be my best song ever as an artist.” The-Dream’s new album is set to drop on May 7.
KANROCKSAS MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Kanrocksas Music Festival returns this year on June 28 and 29 with an artist roster featuring fun., Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Passion Pit, MGMT, Kendrick Lamar, Tiësto, The Avett Brothers, Imagine Dragons, Miguel, T-Pain, She & Him, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, Pretty Lights, Grouplove and more. The two-day festival will take place at Kansas City’s Kansas Speedway. The event, which launched in 2011 with Eminem and Muse, took a break last year as its venue underwent remodeling.
Creed songwriter/guitarist Mark Tremonti is spending plenty of time on the road right now promoting his first-ever solo album, All I Was, but he’s also ready to get down to business with his other band, Alter Bridge. The guitarist told Billboard that Alter Bridge has “about five songs outlined” for a new album, and he reports that “all of them are kind of real high-energy, just real fun rock/metal. We want to not be predictable; we want to make it a little surprising, and we’re having fun with it.” Tremonti added that Alter Bridge plans to return to the studio in late April and record throughout the summer, and then hit the road in September.
TACO BELL AND PASSION PIT… AND WILDCAT!
Taco Bell customers will take part in filming a “Rockumentary” starring Passion Pit and Wildcat! Wildcat! that will culminate with their live performances at a Feed the Beat event at this year’s SXSW. Through Taco Bell’s social media fan base and a partnership with Twitter, the brand will support the creation of an experimental film, tentatively titled Feed the Beat: SXSW 2013, under the direction of acclaimed documentarian Sam Jones, using footage captured and shared by fans. Fans online and at SXSW will have the chance for their own social media content to be featured in this Rockumentary, slated to debut in summer 2013. To be involved, fans can tweet and post images, videos and Vine videos using #FeedtheBeat now through March 11, when Passion Pit and Wildcat! Wildcat! will play in Austin, TX. Taco Bell will be bringing the experience to fans at home with a customized live stream and various camera angles.
MIKE MC CREADY
Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready has been jamming with bassist Duff McKagan and ex-Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin (who also played with McCready in Mad Season) for a new supergroup. The band plans to record an album with a rotating cast of singers, and release it on McCready’s own label.
“I have a little record company called Hockeytalkter Records — it’s what my three-year-old son calls a helicopter,” McCready explained to Billboard.com. “I would like to put some of this stuff out on 45. If that happens, it’ll be great.”
He added that while some of the material from his unnamed supergroup is newly written, some of the songs actually came out of old Mad Season demos.
“Duff and Barrett and I got together. We wrote some new stuff and we took some of those old Mad Season demos from that [unreleased] second Disinformation record, so we are trying to find something to do with those,” McCready said. “We’re talking to Jaz [Coleman] from Killing Joke and I’ve been trying to find some [other] singers to work on some of that stuff.”
In the meantime, Mad Season will release an expanded reissue of the 1995 album Above in April. The three-disc reissue will feature some newly-finished tunes from that era, as well as a guest turn from R.E.M.’s Peter Buck. McCready is also about to head back into the studio to work on Pearl Jam’s next album. He told Rolling Stone in a recent interview that the album will be out by the end of 2013.
“We have seven songs that are relatively completed. But then we have an additional 15 ready to go aside from any that Eddie [Vedder] brings in, so we’ll weed through those,” McCready said. “I would say as a cliché answer it’s kind of a logical extension of what [2009's] Backspacer was. But I think there’s a little bit more experimental stuff going on. There’s a Pink Floyd vibe to some of it, there’s a punk rock edge to other stuff.”
TOM PETTY TOUR AND NEW RELEASE FOR 2014
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have expanded their 2013 touring plans, announcing residencies in New York City and Los Angeles, as well as a number of festival and other headlining dates. Petty and his band will play five shows at New York’s Beacon Theatre between May 20-26, then six gigs at the Fonda Theatre in L.A. between June 3-11. The trek officially begins in Evansville, IN on May 16, with dates announced up to June 29 in Minneapolis. Along the way, Petty will also play the Hangout Music Festival in Alabama; Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN and the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE.
Petty discusses his upcoming plans in a new Rolling Stone interview, saying the residencies in smaller venues are “a good thing to do every now and then,” he contends. “It gets the band members in tune with each other in a way that you don’t get on a big tour. There’s a different challenge than you’re used to. We got together the other night, the band and I, and everybody is up for this. There’s no telling what we’ll do.”
Petty and the Heartbreakers have also been recording a new album, and are considering debuting some new songs along the way. The band will return to the studio in July and hope to release the new record in 2014.”I’d rather people heard the record before we perform the songs,” Petty says. “But I also like the songs and want to play them. If they’re sounding really good and I get the okay from the head office, I’ll do it.”
He told Rolling Stone that the new material is “kind of like ‘s Mojo – to a new power. It’s not as strict to the blues as that one is. But everything comes from the blues, and we’ve found something new – a new way to stamp the blues.”
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 2013 tour:
5/16 Evansville, IN
5/18 Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Music Festival
5/20, 21, 23, 25 & 26 New York City
6/3, 4, 6, 8, 9 & 11 Los Angeles
6/15 Noblesville, IN
6/16 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
6/18 London, ONT
6/22 Dover, DE – Firefly Music Festival
6/23 Saratoga Springs, NY
6/28 Milwaukee – Summerfest
THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS
Thirty Seconds To Mars have announce the lead single from their upcoming new album, titled “Up In The Air.” Before anyone on Earth hears the song, it will be launched into space tomorrow, as part of the second SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station. The first copy of “Up In The Air” will be along for the ride. The band will also visit Cape Canaveral for the launch. The band will visit Mission Control Houston for a Q&A with Tom Marshburn, one of the astronauts aboard the space station. The Q&A, scheduled for Monday, March 18, will be broadcast live online with details available shortly at thirtysecondstomars.com. “Up In The Air” will premiere worldwide that day and be commercially available at all digital retailers the following day, March 19. Thirty Seconds To Mars will release their fourth studio album later in 2013.
Depeche Mode will perform on the next Live At Letterman webcast, slated for March 11. The veteran British band will debut songs from their upcoming album Delta Machine. The webcast will air on CBS.com, VEVO, and the CBS JumboTron in Times Square. Delta Machine is due out March 26.
THE FREE PRESS SUMMER FEST HOUSTON
Festival season is coming up for 2013 across the country. The Free Press Summer Fest in Houston will take place June 1-2. Headliners include The Postal Service and Iggy And The Stooges. Other performers include Bassnectar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Calvin Harris, Of Monsters And Men, 2 Chainz, and indie bands like Passion Pit, Cat Power, TV On The Radio, Arctic Monkeys, Japandroids, and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
The Ottawa Bluesfest, taking place July 4-14, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, has announced their 2013 lineup. The lineup includes an eclectic variety of sounds, including Skrillex, Wu-Tang Clan, Passion Pit, Animal Collective, Tegan & Sara, Weezer, The Joy Formidable, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Fitz & the Tantrums, Ra Ra Riot, Camera Obscura, Dixie Chicks, Rush, B.B. King, fun., Flogging Molly, The Tragically Hip, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Cat Empire, and many more. Tickets go on sale today.
MEMPHIS IN MAY!
The Beale Street Music Festival has also announced their lineup for their 2013 festival, taking place May 3-5 in Memphis, TN. Performers include The Black Keys, Phoenix, The Flaming Lips, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Roots, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Deftones, Big Boi, The Black Crowes, Alice in Chains, Bassnectar, Hall & Oates, Gary Clark Jr., Public Enemy, Gov’t Mule, Deer Tick, The Joy Formidable, Lucero, Jake Bugg, The Wallflowers, Davy Knowles, Jerry Lee Lewis, ZZ Top, Sheryl Crow, and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
Riding the massive success of the “Harlem Shake,” Bauuer will team with rapper Danny Brown for a co-headlining tour. Billboard reports the “Worst Of Both Worlds” trek begins April 9 in Houston and runs up to their appearances at Coachella on April 20.
RICHARD STREET OF THE TEMPTATIONS
Former Motown singer and member of the Temptations for 25 years, Richard Street, has died at age 70 of pulmonary embolism. “He was really fighting for his life,” Street’s widow told CNN. “He’s a fighter. They’re dancing up there in heaven, him and Damon,” she added. “I’m in disbelief right now.” Another member of the group, Otis “Damon” Harris, died earlier this month after a long struggle with cancer.