Jimmy Carl Black, the original drummer of Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, has passed away at the age of 70 after a fight with lung cancer.
All Tomorrow’s Parties has announced a new festival, scheduled for May 15-17, 2009 in Minehead. The fest will be curated by The Breeders and tickets are already on sale.
In other ATP news, ’90s doom-metal group Sleep will reunite to play the series’ next festival in Minehead, taking place earlier in May of 2009.
Interested parties can watch a free streaming video of Calexico‘s Southwestern folk from a 23-song performance in Amsterdam.
Genre-leaping identical twins and instrumentalists Nels Cline (guitar: Nels Cline Singers, Wilco) and Alex Cline (drums/percussion: The Alex Cline Ensemble, Tim Berne) are each releasing a solo album on Cryptogramophone on February 10, 2009. Follow the link for a sample track from each.
Technically assailing math-metal Relapse artists Dysrythmia have booked shows for February with labelmates Tombs.
Hard-hitting Brooklyn trio Goes Cube will have a limited-edition EP for sale on its upcoming Midwest and East Coast tour dates, some of which are paired with ALARM cover favorites Dub Trio.
Funky jazz guitarist Will Bernard has begun a handful of West Coast tour dates with his trio.
Deftones bassist Chi Cheng is hospitalized and in serious condition after being involved in a car accident.