Rage Deny Album Reports, Tupac Movie + More

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Zach De La Rocha / Tupac Shakur (Photo: Neil Lupin/Redferns, De La Rocha; Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty, Shakur)
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  • After a Chilean newspaper reported last year that Rage Against the Machine were working on a new album, the band has finally spoken up to deny those reports: it's not happening. "The band is not writing songs, the band is not in the studio," Tom Morello told Pulse of Radio (via MTV). Rage will be performing live, however: the rockers will play an unannounced venue on July 30 in Los Angeles, for an event dubbed L.A. Rising.

  • A screenplay written by late rapper Tupac Shakur will be coming to the big screen. The script, which Shakur wrote during an 11-month sentence for weapons possessions, follows a teenage drug lord and his attempts to get out of the game. The movie is slated to go into production in 2012. [Variety]

  • Ted Leo will play an intimate show at Jack White's Third Man Records store on May 10, which will be recorded and pressed onto limited-edition vinyl. According to the Third Man, White and Co. have already requested Leo to perform a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark," something he did for SPIN back in 2004.

  • The Cure are set to play their first three albums — Three Imaginary Boys, Seventeen Seconds, and Faith — in their entirety May 31-June 1 at the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Ex-keyboardist Lol Tolhurst will rejoin Robert Smith and Co. for the first time in 22 years and the shows will be filmed for future DVD release. The shows are part of Vivid Live, which runs May 27-June 5 at the Sydney Opera House, and is curated by Modular Records honcho Stephen "Pav" Pavlovic. Other performers include Cut Copy, Odd Future, Bat for Lashes, Chris Cunningham, the Avalanches, Tame Impala, and more.

  • After announcing the first four dates of a summer tour, Soundgarden have laid out the rest of the 17 date trek. The final itinerary kicks off June 2 in Toronto, ON, and wraps July 30 in Gorge, WA. Coheed and Cambria, Meat Puppets, Mastodon, and Queens of the Stone Age will open on select dates. [Soundgarden]

  • Beirut's Zach Condon is putting the finishing touches on a new album — his first since 2007's The Flying Club Cup. It's expected to be released this summer and Condon calls the album "sunny." [HitFix]

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