Weekly Music News Roundup

Doom admits to hiring people to play him on stage; Nile will record a new album in June; Qwel puts out a limited-edition tour CD; the next Madvillain album should be finished in two months.  This and more in the roundup…

Contest: Win an Irepress Prize Package (CD + T-shirt)!

Following its debut full-length in 2007, melodic math-chug group Irepress has just released its crushing, beautiful, epic sophomore album, Sol Eye Sea I, on Translation Loss Records.

To celebrate this great release, ALARM has teamed up with Translation Loss to give away a few gift packages of the new CD and an Irepress T-shirt.  Read the details and hear a new track below.

Ten Current/Upcoming Tours to Catch

As the season’s wintry punishment eases (it cracked 50 in Chicago this weekend), more and more artists are getting back in their vans and braving the roads for packed and sparse crowds alike.

Here’s a list of tours on our radar, including dates from The Bad Plus, Fucked Up, Orange Tulip Conspiracy, P.O.S., Secret Chiefs 3, Young Widows, and more.

Weekly Music News Roundup

Announcements are made for new albums from Irepress, Karl Sanders, Black Moth Super Rainbow, and Staff Benda Bilili — a group of paraplegic Congolese street musicians.

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey releases its new studio album for free; Secret Chiefs 3 announces a concert DVD; Les Claypool announces an outstanding mini festival that will be in a town near you. This and more after the jump.

What We’re Seeing Friday: Patti Smith: Dream of Life, The Alaya Conscious

Our plans for Friday involve the impressionistic Patti Smith documentary, Patti Smith: Dream of Life, which includes an after-film conversation with Smith, director Steven Sebring, and Chicago Sun-Times pop critic Jim DeRogatis.

Later in the night, progressive-metal power trio The Alaya Conscious prepares for a new EP with a show at Chicago’s Elbo Room.