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Tuesday’s Music Roundup


[Updated: 6:43 P.M.]


    GORILLAZ Announce North American Tour Dates
    Blur frontman Damon Albarn’s band will hit the road in October behind their star-studded album Plastic Beach. [Pitchfork]
    SMASHING PUMPKINS Kick Off SPIN’s 25th Anniversary
    Billy Corgan headlines a four-hour SPIN/ZYNC bashathon that includes the Jim Jones Revue, Kill Hannah, and more live from NYC! [SPIN]
    WYCLEF JEAN Considers Running for President of Haiti
    The ex-Fugee, 37, was appointed a ambassador-at-large to his Caribbean homeland in 2007. [Yahoo]
    RIHANNA‘s First Film Role: ‘Battleship’
    The pop star is cast alongside TV hunks Taylor Kitsch and Alexander Skarsgard in a flick based on the board game. Seriously! [SPIN]
    TERRY GILLIAM to Direct Live ARCADE FIRE Webcast
    The Brazil director & Monty Python star will helm the Canadian band’s broadcast from NYC. [USA Today]
    M.I.A. Promises Free New York City Concert
    After a thunderstorm derailed her Hard Fest gig Saturday, the Sri Lankan provocateur promises ticket holders a do-over. [BrooklynVegan]
    NICK CAVE Rewriting Movie Script for ‘THE CROW’
    Australian rocker and author is putting his own twist on the cult 1994 film. [Guardian]
    PARAMORE Kick Off Summer Shows with TEGAN & SARA
    The Tennessee pop-punk band ascends the headliner stage with a powerful opening to the Honda Civic Tour. [SPIN]
    ROLLING STONES Announce 50th Anniversary Tour, Retirement
    Legendary rockers’ tour will span from 2011 to 2012. [Consequence of Sound]
    RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE Protest ‘Racist’ Arizona Law
    The band play L.A. for the first time in a decade to raise money to fight Arizona’s controversial immigration law. [SPIN]
    KINGS OF LEON Cancel Show After Pigeon ‘Shits in Bassist’s Mouth”
    A pigeon infestation in the rafters at St. Louis’ Verizon Amphitheater saw the band get bombarded with droppings. [NME]
    A United AEROSMITH Begin North American Tour
    Putting past troubles aside, the Boston band show why they’re still going strong after 40 years. [SPIN]
    19 Dead, Hundreds Injured at Germany’s LOVE PARADE
    A stampede inside a pedestrian underpass turns tragic at the 1.4 million-capacity dance music festival. [SPIN]


    Indie rock pioneers get gritty on Robert Smith and Co.’s 1985 track “In Between Days.” [SPIN]
    ar “Scars,” off the Tom Morello/Boots Riley-led band’s upcoming Ghetto Blaster EP. [SPIN]
    WATCH: SHE & HIM Play ‘Craig Ferguson’
    Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward perform the breezy folk tune “Don’t Look Back,” off their album Volume 2. [Merge]
    WATCH: New TEGAN & SARA Video
    Canadian sister act get up close and personal in the colorful clip for “On Directing.” [Teen]
    WATCH: WALE Debuts New Song
    DC rapper hits the studio to playback “Friends and Strangers,” from his upcoming mixtape More About Nothing. [Rap Radar]
    Chapel Hill, NC, indie pioneers play the melodramatic Brit band’s 1985 track “In Between Days.” [AV Club]
    WATCH: ROBYN‘s “Hang With Me” Video
    See the Swede pop star hard at work on the tour bus and in hotel rooms, and performing live. [Stereogum]