Weekly Music News Roundup

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.

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