Monday, June 8, 2009

Music Notes: Mandela concert lineup announced, Thom Yorke to go solo at festival

- Aretha Franklin, TLC, Josh Groban, Wyclef Jean and Queen Latifah will be among the artists performing at "The Mandela Day Celebration" in New York's Madison Square Garden in July. The concert honors Nelson Mandela. [Billboard]

- Radiohead's Thom Yorke will perform solo at the Latitude Festival in July. [NME]

- Alice In Chains will release their first album in 10 years this September. [NME]

- Pete Doherty (Babyshambles, formerly of The Libertines) seems to have been in a drug-related incident despite recent reports saying that he's been clean and sober. Staff on his recent British Airways flight to Geneva said they found Doherty in the airplane bathroom, reportedly leaving behind a hypodermic needle in the area when he returned to his seat. It looks like police did apprehend Doherty at some point and charge him with something, but he was eventually let go. [SPIN]

- Jeff Hanson passed away in his home by accident, according to a statement from Kill Rock Stars. The artist was only 31-years-old. [Brooklyn Vegan]

- Ida Maria has announced new tour dates. Some of these dates will feature Glasvegas. [Paste Magazine]

- Evan Dando (Lemonheads) is suing General Motors, saying that a 2008 GM ad features "an unauthorized soundalike copy of the Lemonheads' 1992 track 'It's a Shame About Ray'." [Pitchfork]

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