Weekly Music News Roundup

Garage a Trois
Garage a Trois

Mars Volta mastermind Omar Rodriguez-Lopez is releasing another solo album — this time his first through Stones Throw. Titled Old Money, it is currently available via MP3s and will be released on CD and vinyl on January 27.

Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher has been hospitalized due to undisclosed reasons. He hopes to rejoin the band, which is continuing to tour as a trio, in time for its upcoming European shows. The band, meanwhile, will release a limited-edition vinyl box set on Tuesday.

Outspoken wordsmith Saul Williams speaks with Wired about the aftermath from the release of The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust, which was released online last year through a tiered (free-$5) pricing system.

On the group’s MySpace page, a sneak preview has been posted from the upcoming album by beautiful jazz/groove trio Garage a Trois. Comprised of vibraphonist/percussionist Mike Dillon, drummer Stanton Moore, saxophonist Skerik, and keyboardist Marco Benevento, the group also recently posted performance dates for the Jam Tour 7.

NOMO mastermind Elliot Bergman and producer Warn Defever have released a small edition of handmade electric kalimbas for sale. These instruments of African origin are played through metal keys and produce a unique, resonating sound.

Don Caballero has announced a small batch of northeastern tour dates for December, a few weeks after the band returns from the UK.

Pelican has released a video for “Lost in the Headlights.” It makes its television debut on Saturday on Headbangers Ball.

The (International) Noise Conspiracy is streaming its new album, The Cross of My Calling, in its entirety from the band’s MySpace page. The album will be released on November 25 in the US.

Led by the oozing talent of Estradasphere guitarist Jason Schimmel, his Orange Tulip Conspiracy begins its West Coast tour on Saturday.

Mike Patton has another collaboration credit, this time with The Qemists, a three-piece outfit that meshes rock with club music. The group’s single with Patton, “Lost Weekend,” is available on 12″ through Ninja Tune.

After recently finishing the Experience Hendrix national tour, drummer Mitch Mitchell has passed away at the age of 62. He was the last living member of The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

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