The Dillinger Escape Plan will head to the studio to record a new album on July 20. According to singer Greg Puciato, details will be made available soon.
Stereogum has a streamer of “Half Kleptos,” the second track from the upcoming album of El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez Lopez.
Stones Throw has posted a free MP3 of “One Beer (Drunk Version),” a Madlib remix of a rare Madvillain track.
Afrobeat star Femi Kuti begins a 24-date North American tour in New York City on June 3. His newest album, Day by Day, was released last November.
Dirge-metal quartet Pelican is self-releasing its Ephemeral EP on June 6 on its Migration Media label, and the band is planning a split seven-inch with Young Widows. Southern Lord will release the vinyl and MP3s of Ephemeral.
Minimalist composer Steve Reich won this year’s Pulitzer Prize in music for Double Sextet, a 22-minute piece that was commissioned by Eighth Blackbird, an experimental and theatrical chamber/percussion troupe.
Following a trip to the US last winter, Australian ambient/minimalist/rock trio The Necks will spend May touring Europe.
Seattle music blog Ear Candy reported a rumor that Sunny Day Real Estate is reuniting to tour with its original lineup.
Black-metal quintet Nachtmystium will begin a mini-tour with doom pioneers Pentagram at the end of June.
Folk-rock four-piece The Avett Brothers have a new album, I and Love and You, set for release on August 11. The album is being produced by Rick Rubin and follows a massive summer tour across the US.