Alt-J, Royal Blood and Hozier have been nominated for this year's Ivor Novello Awards. Nominated for Best Contemporary Song are Alt-J for their track "Every Other Freckle," which will face off against FKA Twigs ("Two Weeks") and Clean Bandit ("Rather Be").
Tool has responded to reports that copies of one of their EPs mistakenly ended up inside the sleeves of U2's vinyl release of their 2014 album Songs of Innocence. Tool's 1992 EP Opiate was released on vinyl for Record Store Day, but, as reported, fans who purchased the U2 album got home to discover that inside the packaging were copies of Opiate.
The Smashing Pumpkins announced plans for their first acoustic tour this June before they hit the road with Marilyn Manson. According to the band's website, the In Plainsong tour will not only feature acoustic renditions of Smashing Pumpkins songs, but also Zwan tracks and selections from frontman Billy Corgan's solo catalogue.
Brandon Flowers was among the artists to honor what would have been Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday, during a concert attached to the Tribeca Film Festival. Sinatra died 17 years ago. Flowers performed "The House I Live In" and "Come Fly With Me," while Ne-Yo gave his rendition of "I Could Have Danced All Night."
Florence Welch was just one of the musicians to make the Sunday Times' Music Rich list, which revealed the top 40 wealthiest rockers in the U.K. The Florence + the Machine fronter tied for 14th on the under 30 list, which tracks English talent under 30. Adele tops the list of the music millionaires under 30 with an estimated fortune of £50 million.
A previously unreleased cover of The Beatles by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain has surfaced online. The cover was unearthed during the making of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. The acoustic demo of the A Hard Day's Night track "And I Love Her" was recently discover by Brett Morgen, the director behind the new Cobain documentary.
The Decemberists have signed on to give a headlining performance at the first ever Pilgrimage Music Festival. The fest is set to take place on September 26 and 27 at the Park at Harlinsdale, a 230-acre park and horse farm owned by the city of Franklin, Tennessee. The fest was co-founded by Better Than Ezra singer and Franklin native Kevin Griffin.
Jack White gave his first ever performance in Alaska earlier this week as part of his ongoing tour of secret acoustic shows. The former White Stripes rocker appeared at the Wendy Williams Arena in Anchorage as part of the tour and was joined on stage by Jack Johnson. The pair played a duet of the White Stripes track "We're Going to be Friends."
Weezer have offered up a new single titled "Everyone Needs Salvation." The track was initially released only to fan club members but has now been made available online to the general public. The release comes at a busy time for the band, who also recently headlined the Los Angeles Burgerama Festival. They welcomed a special guest to the stage for the night, Rivers Cuomo's father.
Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio has confirmed plans for his debut solo release. The album will be issued under his stage name, simply Baio and he describes the sound as "[David] Bowie and [Bryan] Ferry-influenced pop songs and dumbsmart arena techno." He has previously released two EPs as a solo entity but this will mark his first full length.
Blur has released "Ong Ong," the latest new track to be taken off of the band's forthcoming album The Magic Whip, their first studio release in 12 years. "Ong Ong," which was premiered on drummer Dave Rowntree's XFM show, follows the recently released "Lonesome Street" as well as the album tracks "There Are Too Many Of Us," "My Terracotta Heart" and lead single "Go Out."
Eddie Vedder surprised fans and shoppers at Seattle's Easy Street Records when he joined the Sonics for an intimate in-store performance on Record Store Day. "We've got a lot of really important Pacific Northwest talent who are going to come up here," Sonics sax player Rob Lind promised as the show began.
Beck and Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs paid tribute to late Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed during this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. Karen O and her Yeah Yeah Yeahs bandmate Nick Zinner performed the track "Vicious" while Beck invited fun.'s Nate Ruess for a cover of Reed's "Satellite of Love."
Jack White believes that everyone should keep local music "sacred." White interrupted his performance at the Coachella Music Festival to make his feelings known. "I want you to do me a favor. Do everything you can, tell everyone you know, and the children that you have one day, that music is sacred." He proceeded to urge fans to chant 'Music is sacred!"
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett says that he lost his iPhone which held "250 musical ideas" he'd been working on for the band's new album. "I lost my iPhone [with] 250 musical ideas," Hammett told the Jasta Show. "And I was crushed. It didn't get backed up. And when it happened, I was bummed out for about two or three days . . ."