Wednesday’s Music Roundup

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[Updated: 4:59 P.M.]

NEWS:

    R.E.M. Finish Recording New Album
    The seminal Athens, GA, band have wrapped their follow up to 2008’s Accelerate. [Gigwise]
    THE DEAD WEATHER Kick Off Club Tour
    Jack White & Co. bring their brand of heavy sexy blues to the nation’s capitol. [SPIN]
    THE HOLD STEADY Announce Fall Tour
    The Brooklyn band’s nationwide tour takes them on the road for nearly four months. [Pitchfork]
    KORN: Recording New Album Was “Torture”
    Jonathan Davis says producer Ross Robinson “got into [his] head” on Korn III: Remember Who You Are. [SPIN]
    ROBYN Announces Release Date for New Album
    Body Talk Pt. II will drop Sept. 6. The singer also promises two more albums this year. [Pitchfork]
    LIL WAYNE on Prison Routine, New Lyrics
    “Amazing would be too typical and perfect would be unfair,” Weezy writes of his new rhymes. [SPIN]
    JACK WHITE to Release LAURA MARLING Covers Album
    Brit songbird covers Neil Young, Jackson C Frank on August 9 release. [NME]
    GANG OF FOUR Unveil New Album Details
    Content, the Brit post-punk group’s seventh studio album, is due out on October 4. [NME]
    TEMPER TRAP Announce North American Tour
    Australian band’s month-long trek kicks off in Philadelphia on September 26. [NME]
    SUBLIME Planning New Album
    Reformed band plan to “write the next great album of the decade,” says singer-guitarist Rome. [KCTV5]
    QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, EAGLES OF DEATH METAL Announce Benefit Gig
    Two bands will perform August 12 in L.A. with proceeds going to cancer treatment for bassist Brian O’Connor. [Girlie Action]
    U2 Reschedules North American Tour
    Shows cancelled due to Bono’s back injury are now set to start May 21 in Denver. Click here for the full schedule. [SPIN]
    ROBERT PATTINSON Tells Off COURTNEY LOVE
    The Twilight heartthrob calls Hole singer “a dick” based on her comments about his potential casting as Kurt Cobain. [SPIN]
    SEAN LENNON Defends Photo of LADY GAGA Playing ‘Imagine’ Piano
    Beatles fans are irate, but Lennon says, “Pianos are meant to be played. Why is everyone so uptight?” [Spinner]
    LED ZEPPELIN Was “Close” to Touring Without PLANT
    Jason Bonham gives inside details on the reunion that never came to be. [SPIN]

MP3s & VIDEOS:

    LISTEN: Another New WALKMEN Song Leaks
    Hear “Blue as Your Blood” from the band’s September release Lisbon. [Consequence of Sound]
    WATCH: New Video from CROCODILES
    The San Diego surf-punk band shows off their new five-piece lineup. Watch the clip now. [SPIN]
    WATCH: 10 M.I.A.s Play ‘Letterman’ for Album Release
    The MC provocateur performs “Born Free” with help from nine look-alikes and Suicide’s Martin Rev. [SPIN]
    LISTEN: Live Track from THE DEAD WEATHER
    PLUS: Win tickets to their upcoming club shows. [SPIN]
    LISTEN: New R. KELLY Song Featuring LUDACRIS
    The hip-hop artists connect religion and sex on the new track “Speaking In Tongues.” [MissInfo]
    WATCH: FLYING LOTUS‘ New Video
    L.A. experimental beat master’s clip for “Mmmhmm” is a boggling trip from outer space to Super Mario Bros. [Pitchfork]

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