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News Roundup: El Perro Del Mar, Presidents of the U.S.A., Most Serene Republic

Icy Swede songstress El Perro Del Mar, a.k.a. Sarah Assbring, will return April 22 with From the Valley to the Stars,the follow up to her 2006 self-titled U.S. debut. The forthcoming16-track set, will — according to a statement from Assbring herself –focus on a theme that “was initially something as simple yet complex asheaven” that led “into a wide and seemingly endless search for a means,a language in which to express myself.” The forthcoming record willalso follow a “certain train of thought — that of love, grief andloss, solace and hope, deepest despair and wildest childish euphoria.”Wow, those Swedes are certainly ambitious in their art; José González agrees.

Again — possibly in light of the coming election — musicians are putting the power into fans’ hands, and following Super Furry Animals’ announcement yesterday, who better to reinstate democracy to the people than the Presidents of the United States of America? The band, preparing to unveil their fifth album, These are the Good Times People,due March 11, will — in addition to their already slated tour — hitany five cities the world across at the demand of the fans. Want thePresidents to come to your town? Head to and demand they do!

Canada’s latest buzzing musical export, the Most Serene Republic, will take their live show on the road this spring alongside fellow north-of-the-border dwellers Miracle Fortress, in a continual support of their latest record, Population. Head over to for the complete itinerary.

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for: Scarlett Johansson will finally unveil her debut record, Anywhere I Lay My Head,a collection predominantly comprised of Tom Waits covers, May 20 viaAtco. But before you brush off the busty blond as yet anotherfilm-to-music wannabe, take a look at the behind the scenes cast; Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner collaborated on the record, and TV on the Radio‘s David Sitek handled production — plus she’s got that Coachella Jesus and Mary Chain-collabo on her resume. [Via]

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