South African rockers The Parlotones confirmed that their new album will be called Antiques and Artefacts. It will be released later this year.
Franz Ferdinand and Sparks will join forces to form a new supergroup called FFS. The band are set to tour Europe this summer and are working on an album with producer John Congleton. No release date has been set, but many speculate by it will come when the band tour next season.
The Violent Femmes will release their first music in 15 years this Record Store Day in the form of an EP called Happy New Year.
The filmmakers behind the upcoming Melvins documentary The Colossus of Destiny – A Melvins Tale have launched a Kickstarter to help fund the project. Filmmakers Bob Hannam and Ryan Sutherby started working on the project last year and hope to have the film out early next year. According to a press release, Hannam said, "We kept asking ourselves why no one had ever made a film about the Melvins. What an incredible story and twisted tale both Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover have taken. There aren’t many bands who can say they’ve influenced some of the most popular artists of our generation and done it in every instance according to their own rules, still as important, if not more so, some 32 years after forming.”