Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Quick News

A Tribe Called Quest have announced that their final NYC concerts will take place in late November when they open for Kanye West at two special gigs at Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center.

Frank Ocean has given an update to fans that don't hold your breath for any new music for about a year. Taking to his Tumblr page the singer confirmed that next summer new material will be out.

In a newsletter to fans, The Strokes confirmed they are working on new material and plan to "Return to the scene in 2014." No word if that means another full album, EP, or a handful of songs so they can play new tracks on the road.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the line-up of nominees for the 2014 induction. The list includes Nirvana, KISS, The Replacements, Cat Stevens, Peter Gabriel, NWA, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Deep Purple, LL Cool J, Cat Stevens, Link Wray, Yes, Hall and Oats, The Meters, and the Zombies.

Flying Lotus has confirmed he is working with Kendrick Lamar for music and visuals to Lamar's upcoming tour with Kanye West. One can only hope that turns into something way more and that FlyLo and Kendrick get in a studio together to churn out some mindblowing material.

The Pixies are extending an olive branch to former member Kim Deal, who left the band earlier this year. Drummer Dave Lovering told NME, ""We left it open. It was sad and tough when she left, but we wish her well and she has a welcome back if she'd like to. When she said she was leaving it was distressing and there was a lot of panic and we were like, 'What are we going to do?' We thought the correct thing is to go forward. So we did."

Damon Albarn is rebooting his Africa Express project by recording in Mali with an all-star cast of musicians and African talent. Among those working with Albarn are actor Idris Elba, Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Brian Eno, Ghostpoet, Holy Other, and more. Reports out of Mali are that Africa Express are trying to record and make their first album.