After months of rumors, a Faith No More reunion has been confirmed. Fronted by vocal heavyweight Mike Patton, the group (with the same lineup as that of 1997 full-length Album of the Year) will play dates in Europe this summer. In a statement to Blabbermouth.net, bassist Billy Gould said that the band would “not only revisit our past but possibly add something to the present.”
Meanwhile, Mike Patton has kept busy with yet another project — scoring his first feature film, Crank 2: High Voltage (out April 17). His soundtrack for A Perfect Place, a short film noir, was one of last year’s best albums.
In an interview with BBC, Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys describes the group’s next album, Tadlock’s Glasses, as being a combination of live playing and obscure samples. The album is expected to be out later this year.
Rapping virtuoso Doom — dropping the “MF” — has a new album, Born Like This, that will be out March 23 on Lex Records.
After a six-year hiatus, Anticon hip-hop duo Themselves (Doseone and Jel) has returned and will issue a third full-length album, CrownsDown, in August.
Definitive Jux rapper Cage has a new album, Depart From Me, that will be out June 30. In the coming months, he’ll also release a free EP, I Never Knew You, available through Def Jux and Adult Swim.
Mogwai has announced a new North American tour, running from April 20 to May 16.
Dinosaur Jr. has signed to Jagjaguwar and announced a five-week US tour that runs through April. For these “intimate” shows, concertgoers will receive either a limited-edition 7″ or a free digital download.
Atmosphere has announced a lengthy North American tour that runs from April 9 to May 22. The hip-hop duo gets great direct support from P.O.S. from April 9-24.
Psychedelic Cambodian pop-rock group Dengue Fever will provide musical accompaniment to the 1925 silent adaptation of The Lost World during the San Francisco International Film Festival on May 5.
Grizzly Bear‘s new album, Veckatimest, will be released May 26 on Warp.
One-man grind project Toxic Holocaust has announced a North American tour with Napalm Death that runs from early April to mid-May.