Music news: 4/4-4/10

John Mellencamp to work with Stephen King on musical

That’s right, campers, Mr. Small-Town himself will be working with prolific creator of the macabre on “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” which has been in the works for over a decade and will open at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta on April 4 next year and will run through May 13.

Mellencamp told the “Chicago Tribune” last year that the score will be “the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ of America.”

Buy your tickets while they last…

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And, a Flaming Lips musical!

Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne has said the band are in talks with the co-creator of “Tommy” to produce a psychadelic musical loosely based on their 2002 album “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.”

In an interview with “Billboard,” Coyne said he the musical will be “hokey and wonderful and poignant and powerful.” He also said “It’s really become a perfect combination of my fantastical robot-world vision.”

No release date is set.

In other Lips news, the band are planning to release songs unconventionally, including releasing songs on a guitar effects pedal and putting discs on the backs of cereal boxes. Coyne said they hope to collect all the releases for a full-length album to be released in 2012.

Radiohead’s “The Universal Sigh” pdf

Since you can’t find their newspaper anywhere near here, go to

and check it out there.

Kid Rock to tour with Cheryl Crow

They’ll be doing 27 dates together this summer, kicking off on July 2 in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Social Distortion announce tour

The follow-up to 2004’s “Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll” is titled “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes.” It debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 after its January release and is the first ever Social Distortion album to enter the Top 10.

The band is kicking off its tour on April 26 in Albuquerque, NM (the closest they’ll come to us) and will finish up May 20 in Nashville.

Beastie Boys release new track

The first track to be heard off “Hot Sauce Committee Part 2” is “Make Some Noise,” a funky, organ-driven classic B-Boys song. Go to to listen to it.

In other Beastie news, they have released a teaser trailer for MCA’s follow-up to their 1986 video “Fight For Your Right (To Party!)” called “Fight For Your Right Revisited.” The video features more laughs and stars than you can count, including Will Ferrell, Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Seth Rogen, Jack Black, Ted Danson and a score of others.

Go to their Tumblr site for a peek.

Aberdeen erects statue in honor of Cobain

Kurt Cobain’s hometown of Aberdeen, WA, unveiled a statue on the anniversary of his death, April 5, in honor of the musician.

The statue was design by local artist Lora Malakoff, and is a 13-foot concrete replica of the Jag-Stang guitar, made for Cobain by Fender, and is inscribed with lyrics from Nirvana’s song “On a Plain.”

Physician says Michael Jackson killed himself

The defense for Conrad Murray, the physician accused of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, has claimed that the singer accidentally killed himself in a bout of despair over financial problems.

Though they claim the death was self-inflicted, the defense carefully avoided use of the word “suicide” in court on Wednesday.

Gorillaz’s release new album on vinyl for Record Store Day

To celebrate Record Store Day, The Gorillaz will release their most recent album “The Fall” on vinyl in independent music stores on April 16.

The album was originally released as a free download for their fans on Christmas. It is mostly instrumental and was recorded on frontman Damon Albarn’s iPad while the band was on tour last year.

It will be available in CD format and for digital download on April 19.

Their single “Phoner to Arizona” can be streamed from the band’s website.

Prince announces 21 concerts in Los Angeles

The Great Purple One will be playing 21 shows at the Forum in L.A. beginning on April 14.

I guess the tour bus is in the shop.

Jane’s Addiction release new single

“End to the Lies,” the first single off Jane’s Addiction’s new album “The Great Escape Artist” is available through the band’s website.

After the departure of Duff McKagan on bass, Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio stepped in to fulfill bass-playing duties on the new record.


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